The Appraisal Institute is the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers with nearly 20,000 professionals in almost 60 countries. Beginning on January 1st, 2017, Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS of Austin, Texas was elected for a one-year term as president of the Appraisal Institute. In 2015, Jim was elected vice president of the Appraisal Institute and ascended to president-elect on January 1, 2016. Jim answered some questions for us on what his plans are for the Appraisal Institute in 2017.
Buzz: Jim, can you tell our readers a little bit about your background in the industry?
Amorin: I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in finance and real estate & urban land development and began working in the real estate valuation profession in 1988. One of my college professors was teaching an appraisal class and asked if anyone was interested in a job. Two of us came up to him after class. He hired the other student and sent me to another employer. I’m still in the business today as vice president of Atrium Real Estate Services in Austin, where we focus on litigation support, eminent domain, property tax and a variety of other unique assignments.
Buzz: Can you describe some of your duties as President of AI?
Amorin: The president chairs AI’s Executive Committee and its policy-making Board of Directors, so there’s a lot of time and effort spent determining and pursuing the Appraisal Institute’s strategic goals and addressing big-picture issues. Much of my time this year will be spent representing the Appraisal Institute at real estate events around the world; working with other organizations on issues facing the profession; speaking on a variety of valuation topics at conferences; advocating for AI and the profession with elected and appointed state and federal policy makers; and meeting members of the media and conducting interviews. I’ll also attend Appraisal Institute chapter meetings and conferences around the country.
Buzz: What changes can we expect to see from the AI this year?
Amorin: As the world’s leading real estate valuation organization, this year the Appraisal Institute will prioritize advancing the profession by continuing to implement its three-year strategic plan, enhancing its reputation and thought leadership abroad, advocating against over-regulation of the profession and helping attract the next generation of valuation professionals.
Buzz: What personal goals do you wish to accomplish as president of the Appraisal Institute?
Amorin: It’s important to me that the Appraisal Institute continue to build on its successes and to take on the tough challenges while representing our nearly 20,000 professionals in almost 60 countries. Implementing our strategic plan, enhancing our reputation and thought leadership around the world, advocating against over-regulation of the profession and helping attract new appraisers to the profession are all part of that.
Buzz: Is there anything that we missed that our readers should know about regarding the Appraisal Institute?
Amorin: The Appraisal Institute will seek to continue serving as the real estate valuation profession’s leading organization during my year as president, and we look forward to working with a wide variety of individuals and groups to make that happen.
Buzz: Thank you once again for providing our readers some insights for the upcoming year. We wish you all the best in this role.
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