Kansas City Chapter
Message from 2014
Chapter President Jason Roos, MAI
The Appraisal Institute is a global membership association of professional real estate appraisers, with nearly 23,000 members in 60 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism, and ethical conduct, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Our members benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs and many hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA, and SRA designations.
Our Kansas City Chapter is operated for the benefit of all of our members. Over the past several years I have had the privilege of serving on our chapter’s Education Committee and I believe that bringing quality educational opportunities to Kansas City for our members is one of the most important functions of our Chapter. With these courses being offered locally, all members, from those who are already designated to those just getting started in our profession, will be able to meet their qualifying and continuing education commitments without the costs associated with travel to other cities. In addition, the classes held in 2013 attracted students from all over the country to fulfill their educational needs. This benefits all members of the Chapter.
I will be working closely with the Education Committee in the coming year to ensure that a sustainable plan is developed to assist those members that are seeking qualifying courses. These affiliates can then consult a schedule that will show what qualifying classes will be offered in Kansas City over the next several years. We will continue to ensure that the newest and most applicable seminars and classes are brought to Kansas City so that our licensed and designated members can maintain a high level of expertise through attending challenging and in-depth continuing education courses.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Appraisal Institute currently has 42 candidates for designation and 13 advisors. At the 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis this year, we were informed by the national Appraisal Institute office that the Candidate for Designation program has been successful and that nationwide there are currently 4,700 candidates for designation registered with the national office.
Enrollment in the Candidate for Designation program is increasing, and advisors are needed. I would encourage anyone who might be interested in mentoring a candidate for designation, or who might simply be interested in exploring this opportunity, to check out the requirements and information available at: www.appraisalinstitute.org/myappraisalinstitute/candidate/advisor-information.aspx
I have personally completed the advisor course. It is free and the primary emphasis of this course is on positive motivation. The course enables volunteers to understand the intended advisor-candidate relationship and provides a great way to give back to our profession and foster future growth in our organization.
I would like to recognize those members that have recently completed the journey to designation. These recently designated individuals all completed their requirements in 2013:
Michael Hohmann, MAI
Todd A. Stansell, SRA
Martin R. Guenther, MAI
Jason S. Bitter, MAI
Last, but certainly not least, I know I speak for the entire Chapter in extending my – and our - thanks to our Chapter Executive Director Rosanne Saitta for her continued excellent management of the Chapter.
Thank you also to the current Board of Directors for their leadership in advancing ideas that benefit our members.
The past presidents of our Chapter are among the most exemplary in our profession and it is humbling to be included in this group. I am truly honored to serve as president of the Kansas City Chapter of the Appraisal Institute in 2014.
Jason Roos, MAI