Spring 2019 Valuation Expo – Re-cap

Another Valuation Expo is now a closed chapter in the long line of great events.  I’ve been to many, many Valuation Expo events throughout the years and the Valuation Expo Chicago has been one of my absolute favorites.

We kicked off the week with Chicago’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!  The 2019 theme, “Think Big, Be Bold” took on its own personality!  You can’t get any bigger and any bolder than starting the week off with Irish parades and painting the city green.  The clothing, the scrambled eggs, the deserts, the beer, the coffee, even the river—all turned green in Chicago.  That momentum and enthusiasm carried us into the meetings throughout the week with presenters from the agencies, the GSE’s, and some of the most prominent rating agencies, lenders, AMCs, software providers, and appraisers in the industry.  Take a look at the list of speakers HERE and check out all of the photos from the event HERE.

We began with Collateral Risk Network meeting on Monday, March 18 while McKissock brought a newly revamped version of their best-selling course on HUD’s Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook, Focus on FHA Minimum Property Requirements.  The Lenders and Venders Live session highlighted a litany of the newest products and services from the venders, and the lenders gave us detail into their latest trends and needs.  Participants included Anow, Hubbard Decision Research, Wells Fargo, GeoData Plus, McKissock, AmRock, UBS, Bradford Technologies, Computershare, Sekady Capital, Associated Bank, ValueLink, and Axis.

The evening kicked off the Valuation Expo with our Trade Show Opening Reception.  This gave everyone the chance to mingle and network with exhibitors, appraisers, AMCs, and other valuation professionals with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres.

On Tuesday, March 19, the day started off on a high note with the much-anticipated Keynote address.  New York Times best-selling author, Bethany McLean, interviewed by Gwen Muse-Evans, GME Enterprises provided a wealth of information about the last economic downturn. Bethany explained in detail the similarities and the differences between the political climate in 2008 and the current political climate.

In the morning session, policy Updates from HUD, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac gave us a sneak-peak into the future of housing policy.  The afternoon took us into Valuation Vision session where we gained insights into the trajectory of the industry from unique perspectives of the appraiser, the secondary market, and we examined the valuation process in the US compared to valuation in New Zealand. After this monumental day of Continuing Education, the relaxed evening mood was kicked off in the Trade Show with drinks and refreshments.

The final day, Wednesday, March 20, once again offered an amazing line up for Continuing Education, kicking off with discussions on Collateral Matters from Appraisal Institute, VA, and NAR.   Capping off the morning, Fannie Mae peeled back the layers of their Modernization Initiative giving us a revealing look into the latest buzz on where they are headed.

The afternoon brought an extraordinary treat with a discussion from a diverse panel with varying opinions on Bifurcation, AVMs, and Wavers.  This session took us into an amazing finish with questions, answers, and comments on the subject from the appraisers in the audience and our friends from Fannie and Freddie joined in to provide answers straight from the source.

During the lunch break we took some time to draw the winners from the Appraisal Bee. As always, our vendors went above and beyond with some fabulous prizes. Here is a list of prizes that our sponsors donated and the lucky winners.

John Springer – $150 Gift Card – Accurity Valuation
Mike Coyne – Anow Party Pack – Anow
Stephanie DeWitt – Disto Laser Measurer – Amrock
Annie Shook – Amazon Echo Dot – Appraisal Buzz
Karen Wallace Prioleau – Appraisal Institute Library – Appraisal Institute
Karen Schmidt – Senso Active Ear Buds – SFREP
Rachel Massey – $100 Cash – Axis
Tom Konesky – $100 Taste of Chicago – Bradford Technology
Merritt Dietz – Roku Ultra – Clearbox
Cindi Brunell – $150 Gift Card – Connexions
Bill King – $100 Gift Card – Computershare
Cindy Zazzetti – $100 Cash – DataMaster
Daniel McDowell – Ember Mug – Fannie Mae
Kelli McDowell – $150 Gift Card – GeoData Plus
Leroy Willis – dessert club – Intercorp
Tammy Schoenbeck – $100 Amazon Giftcard – ISBA
Jessica Dutra – $100 Giftcard – LIA
Mike Manganaro – 2years free CE – McKissock
Joe Zazzetti – $100 ProxyPics Cash – ProxyPics
Tahir Hafeez – $100 Cash – Sekady Capital
Jerry Bunn – $150 gift Card – ValueLink Software

We want to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors who participated this year for donating such fantastic prizes, meals, and drinks.  We congratulate all of our winners again and those who helped make this one of our best shows ever!

Property Sciences – Lanyard, Water, & Opening Reception Sponsor
Class Valuation – Networking Reception Sponsor
Freddie Mac – Lunch Sponsor
Anow – Morning Coffee Sponsor
Amrock – Internet and General Session Notepad Sponsor
Computershare – Annual Cornhole Tournament Sponsor
McKissock – Pre-conference Education Sponsor

If you were in Chicago, thank you for being part of the success, and I will see you again this fall at Valuation Expo in Las Vegas.  If you couldn’t make it, register now for Valuation Expo, Las Vegas, coming Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2019. This remarkable Expo is already shaping up to be another extraordinary event offering all new CE, different panel sessions, great speakers, and a buzzing trade show floor. Register today to be able to include your name for one of the great Appraisal Bee prizes.


About Crispin Bennett

Crispin Bennett
As Chief Operating Officer at Allterra Group Crispin is a seasoned and trusted leader in the valuation profession. His long time career within the industry has created a unique perspective based on his diverse background in Governance, Risk Management and Appraisal. A member of the CRN since the early 2000's, Crispin has served as Chief Appraiser for one of the largest AMCs in the nation, Chief Collateral Office for several large banks, and Chief Valuation Officer for Finance. Crispin has authored numerous articles and bulletins, and is a prominent instructor as well as a frequent contributor to industry groups, government agencies, and policymakers.

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