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ASA International Conference 2020 Award Recipients

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Houston Chapter Member Melanie Modica, ASA, ARM-PP, received the prestigious Appraiser of the Year award at the ASA International Conference on October 12, 2020. Melanie is a Fine Arts Appraiser and serves the Houston Chapter as ARM Chair, Education Advisor, and Chair of the Expert Witness Workshop and Mock Trial. She also serves on the ASA International Arm Discipline Committee and Board of Examiners. Congratulations Melanie!

Houston Chapter Awarded ASA International Chapter of the Year!

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Congratulations to Past Chapter President Steve Hu, ASA and the entire Houston Chapter and Board of Directors in 2019-2020! This is the second year in a row that the Houston Chapter has received the Chapter of the Year Award, presented this year remotely at the ASA International Conference on October 12, 2020.

Houston Chapter Honored for ASA Education Event of the Year!

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Congratulations to Chair Carol Akers Klug, ASA, and the entire Energy Valuation Conference Committee for receiving the Education Event of the Year. This is the second year in a row that the Houston Chapter has received the Education Event of the Year Award, for the highly acclaimed Energy Valuation Conference. The award was presented this year remotely at the ASA International Conference on October 12, 2020.

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Houston Chapter Member Laurie-Leigh White, ASA-BV, received a "Rising Star" award at the ASA International Conference on October 12, 2020. Ms. White is a Managing Partner with BVA Group and serves on the BV Discipline Committee and the Board of Examiners. Congratulations!

Member Spotlight October 2020

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Matt Springer, ASA, MBA, ABV
Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation.

Matt Springer joined the Houston ASA Chapter Board this year as Treasurer for 2020-2021 fiscal year. He is a Director at Convergent Capital Appraisers, a business valuation firm headquartered in Houston. Matt holds a BBA and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2006 he has performed financial analysis and valuation of corporate securities and partnership interests of private and closely held companies as well as publicly traded corporations. His assignments also include valuations for estate, gift and income-tax purposes, fairness opinions, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, accounting requirements, litigation support, estate planning, and employee stock ownership plans. He assists select companies representing a broad range of industries. For an appraiser’s perspective on an interesting and complicated tax litigation case read Matt’s article Valuation Insights From Kress v. U.S.

Recent Member Advancements

The  following Houston Chapter members have advanced to Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA):

William Banfield, ASA in MTS, Specialty in Machinery & Equipment;

Ryan Johnson, ASA in MTS, Specialty in Machinery & Equipment;

Allan McBrayer, ASA in RP, Specialty in all kinds of Real Property;

Barbara Baldes-Lines, ASA in PP, Specialty in Antiques & Decorative Arts

Congratulations to all!

ASA International Election Results 2020/2021

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Houston Chapter members Cameron Tipton (left) and Melanie Modica (center) were elected to ASA's International ARM Committee as standing members at large. Jaclyn Burket Franks (right) was elected to the International Business Valuation Discipline Committee as member at large. Congratulations to all!

ASA Board of Governors Election

Scott Miller, ASA, Region 3 Governor

We are pleased to announce that Houston Chapter Member Scott Miller, ASA, was recently elected to begin a four-year term as Governor of ASA Region 3.  Scott is a Business Valuation Appraiser who has been active on the Board of Directors of the Houston Chapter for many years and served as Chapter President in 2010-2011.

Member Advancement

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Chapter President Steve Hu congratulates Mark Hammond Sr for advancement to ASA in Machinery and Technical Specialties and Cameron Tipton (right) for achieving the Appraisal Review and Management designation.

ASA National Awards 2018 / 2019

Bravo Houston Chapter!

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Above: Current Chapter President Steve Hu, ASA, accepts Chapter of the Year Award for Walter Turville, last year's Chapter President.

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Above: Houston Chapter Members Melanie Modica, ASA, ARM-PP and Pamela Bensoussan, ASA, ARM-PP, received Members of the Year Honors at the International Conference in New York.

Members in the News

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Real Property Appraiser Richard Hurt, ASA (above), lent his expertise to Chris Tomlinson for a column on protesting property tax appraisals of homes and businesses. Article was published May 1, 2019 in the Houston Chronicle. Link to article.

Member Advancement

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Left: During June, 2019, Houston Chapter meeting Member R. Joseph Corkin, ASA, is congratulated by Chapter President Walter Turville for his advancement to ASA designation in Business Valuation, and

Right: Matthew Springer, ASA, receives his ASA advancement certificate, also in Business Valuation..

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Right: Michael Morgan, ASA, receives his ARM-BV designation from Houston Chapter ARM Chair Melanie Modica, ASA, ARM-PP during March 2019 meeting.

Left: During February, 2019, Houston Chapter meeting Member Horacio Correa, ASA, is congratulated by Chapter President Walter Turville for his advancement to ASA designation in Personal Property, MTS.

ASA National Awards 2017 / 2018

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Houston Chapter Member Sumeet Sahnan, ASA, received the Chapter Member of the Year Award at the International ASA Conference in Anaheim, California, October 2018....and Past President Beth Hurst, ASA, received on behalf of the Houston Chapter the national award for providing outstanding chapter sponsored education! Houston Chapter President (right) receives the Chapter Education Award from International ASA President Robert Morrison at the International Conference in Anaheim, CA;

Member Advancements

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Above Left: Chapter President Elizabeth Hurst, ASA congratulates Michael J. Morgan on his advancement to ASA in Business Valuation. Right: Pamela Bensoussan, ASA, ARM-PP receives her ARM advancement certificate from Chapter ARM Chair Melanie Modica, ASA, ARM-PP, during chapter meeting

Communiques from HQ

Publications for Accredited Members to revisit and refresh your memory:

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Appraisal Best Practice and Ethics

Recent Member Advancements

Mr. Miles D. Gilmour, ASA (advanced from Candidate to ASA) in Business Valuation

Mrs. Leah N. Raschke Pollard, ASA (advanced from Candidate to ASA) in Machinery and Technical Specialties/Machinery and Equipment

Mr. Tobiah J. Utter, ASA (advanced from Candidate to ASA) in Business Valuation

Mr. John B. Gilmore III, ASA (advanced from Candidate to ASA) in Machinery and Technical Specialties/Machinery and Equipment

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John B. Gilmore III, ASA (left) and Leah N. Raschke Pollard, ASA (right) receive their official certificates from Chapter President Elizabeth Hurst, ASA during the Feb 1, 2018 Chapter Meeting.

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And congratulations to Ms. Melanie Modica, ASA, for achieving the special designation of Appraisal Review & Management/Personal Property (ARM-PP).

Melanie Modica, ASA, ARM-PP receives her advancement certificate from Chapter President Elizabeth Hurst, ASA, during chapter meeting November 2017.