Career Opportunities Workshop & Chapter Dinner Recap
Metro DC area appraisers convened at the the Sheraton Hotel in Beltsville, MD to share networking techniques and explore career opportunities. Molly Skipper, Associate & Networker Extraordinaire with Valbridge Property Advisors, described a variety of channels through which appraisers can connect with prospective employers/customers such as real estate industry events and social media channels like Linked-In. She then guided a series of lively discussions around conversation starters and effective follow-up practices both newbies and seasoned professionals can put to work to get more work.
Employer Panel (L to R):
A panel of area employers then shared their perspectives and practices in the recruitment, training and management of trainees as well as experienced appraisers. While all recognized the growing need for fresh faces in the industry, there was a consistent refrain that trainees are an expense few employers can afford to cover. Suffice to say, getting over the appraisal profession's barriers to entry will demand grit and determination, but there is a substantial upside for those who succeed.
David H. Brooks, MAI, Executive Vice President, Valbridge Property Advisors
Robert C. Clark, MAI, SVP, Chief Appraiser, Pacific Western Bank
John Libeg, MAI, National FMV Appraiser, U.S. General Services Administration
AIDC President Bob Johnson, MAI, capped the evening off with an overview of current and upcoming chapter programs and events followed by the presentation of his newly acquired AI-GRS certificate to Steve Studabaker, MAI, AI-GRS (on left in photo).
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