Dare to Be Bold

The Valuation Expo team has a bold announcement that we are very excited to share with you. The keynote speaker for ValExpo in Chicago, March 19th will be Bethany McLean. Bethany will bring a dynamic spin to the conversations at Expo by sharing her knowledge and expertise in the housing market.

Currently, Bethany is a journalist, editor, and columnist for Vanity Fair, Fortune and Slate but you may have first heard of her during the Enron scandal. In 2005 she co-authored with Peter Elkind, The Smartest Men in the Room. Bethany was ready for the next financial crisis and in 2010, co-authored with Joe Nocera, All the Devils are Here.

Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants was published in September 2015 wherein she examines the governance and financial situation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seven years after the 2008 financial crisis. I interviewed Bethany on September 25, 2015. At that time, we chatted about waivers! Who knew they would become such a hot topic today.

Bethany will be discussing how the valuation process impacts the world economy, how the market relies on the appraiser and their role in the mortgage system. She will also be sharing her expertise in the financial world and provide insights on where the market is headed.

I could not be more excited about the opportunity to meet her in person. I have been a big fan of hers and have chatted with her numerous times over the course of the lingering housing crisis. Before you join us in Chicago you can find clips in YouTube from many of her TV appearances and be sure to read her books!

We want to inspire you to think big and be bold! If you don’t who will for your business?! This Valuation Expo will be covering in-depth debates that every appraiser is talking about, giving you the tools you need to succeed, and even the chance to directly engage with the policy makers. We are going where no conference has gone before!

To find out who else will be speaking at Valuation Expo and to register, visit our newly designed website here. We will see you in Chicago.


About Joan Trice

Joan Trice
Joan N. Trice is the founder and CEO of Clearbox, LLC, publisher of Appraisal Buzz, and host of the annual Valuation Expo, the largest conference for the valuation community. Joan also hosts the Collateral Risk Network, a members-only group of more than 500 dedicated chief appraisers, collateral risk managers, regulators, and valuation experts who are focused on resolving the many challenges facing our profession.

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