Member News

Newly Elected 2021-2022 Houston Chapter Boardmembers Installed

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Congratulations to newly elected board members. The installation on August 5, 2021 at Nino's, was the chapter's first in-person meeting in quite a while. Regular chapter luncheon meetings are set to resume September 2, 2021 at Grappino's. From left: Pamela Bensoussan, Immediate Past President; Cameron Tipton, President; Corey DeWitt, Vice President; Barbara Blades Lines, Secretary; Aaron Fleitman, Director at Large; Matt Springer, Treasurer.

Incoming Houston President Cameron Tipton, with outgoing Houston President Pamela Bensoussan. The passing of the torch concluded at the Induction Luncheon on August 5, 2021.

Congratulations, Cameron! Many thanks, Pamela!

'Checking In' with Georgie Stillman, ASA, Life Member

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Georgie Stillman is one of a small number of ASA "Life Members" honored for their life time contributions to the appraisal profession.  She moved to Houston a few years ago from San Diego and lost no time joining the Houston Chapter Board of Directors. When I interviewed her recently, she revealed she is currently transitioning towards retirement.

When asked about her history with the Society, she remarked “No one has had a finer run in ASA than I.  I am so grateful for my long life as an ASA Personal Property Appraiser.” The following summarizes her answers to my questions about her many years as an ASA Senior Appraiser.

When Georgie began her journey with ASA in 1974, she was an apprentice to the first person admitted to ASA as a Senior Personal Property Appraiser.  The Society’s membership was comprised almost entirely of Real Estate senior appraisers.  The majority of unaccredited members were PP appraisers.  Alex Sabatini was the only Personal Property appraiser on the Board of Governors; there were no educational programs or POV courses for PP appraisers. Georgie and Van Northrup (a museum trained print specialist) went to a Board of Governor’s meeting and requested they setup such courses, but “were brushed off as cup and saucer appraisers with no need for professional status.”

Highly motivated, they went on to organize the first Personal Property (four-day) education courses, in partnership with Indiana University. Georgie presented an introductory lecture and taught the first class on “Personal Property Report Writing”.  They recruited presenters “from the top echelon of personal property appraisers in the USA.” They and the many who took the subsequent courses, went on to become highly successful appraisers and Senior ASA members.

Georgie finished our conversation by saying “In November I’ll slouch into my 76th year.  Time to wrap it up.  I have had such a short time to meet and enjoy all the wonderful Houston ASAs, and I have truly enjoyed my time with you all.  But there is a time and a season for all things, and it is my time to move on in life.  If I can ever be of any help to you in my areas of expertise – silver, animals in art and craft, Americana – I stand ready to serve.”

Georgie is an incredible resource with a vast knowledge of the profession and her areas of expertise. I know she is sincere and generous with her offer to fellow chapter members. You can reach her by email at georgiestillman1@comcast.net

Houston Chapter Member Spotlight April 2021

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Christine York, GG, ASA, Master Gemologist Appraiser®
Accredited Senior Appraiser in Gems and Jewelry

Christine York is an independent jewelry appraiser specializing in the appraisal of fine antique jewelry, modern jewelry, diamonds, gemstones and watches. She began her career in the jewelry business with Helen York of York Antiques. joining Helen to perform jewelry appraisals.  In 1985, Christine opened her own  jewelry appraisal business CHRISTINE YORK JEWELRY & APPRAISALS LLC and today she is recognized as one of the most respected jewelry appraisers in Texas.

Christine holds a B.A. of Arts degree from St. Edwards University as well as a Graduate Gemologist degree from GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

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 Houston Energy Valuation Conference Committee for receiving the Education Event of the Year. This was their 10th annual conference and the second year in a row that the Houston Chapter has received the Education Event of the Year award, for the highly acclaimed Houston Energy Valuation Conference. The award was presented this year remotely at the ASA International Conference on October 12, 2020.

Houston Chapter Member Laurie-Leigh White Receives Multiple Honors!

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Houston Chapter Member  Laurie-Leigh White, ASA CEIV ™, IA has been appointed to the prestigious position of Chair of the 2021 Advanced Business Valuation Conference held in conjunction with the ASA International Conference from October 24 to 26, 2021 in Las Vegas. Laurie Leigh is a Business Valuation Appraiser and has served on the planning committee of the Award-Winning HOUSTON ENERGY VALUATION CONFERENCE for 9 years, currently as Sponsor Chair and previously as Event Chair.  She also serves on the ASA International Business Valuation Discipline Committee as Member At Large, and on the ASA International Board of Examiners. Congratulations Laurie Leigh!

 

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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!

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.

Member 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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Left: Houston Chapter Member Sumeet Sahnan, ASA, received the Chapter Member of the Year Award at the International ASA Conference in Anaheim, California, October 2018. Middle: The HOUSTON ENERGY VALUATION CONFERENCE was awarded ASA’s Best Education Event of the Year!  Displaying the award is Houston Chapter Past President Beth Hurst, ASA, Houston Energy Valuation Conference Chair Carol Akers Klug ASA and Melanie Modica, ASA, ARM-PP.  Right: Houston Chapter President Walter Turville accepts the Best Education Event award for the Chapter's Houston Energy Valuation Conference from International ASA President Robert Morrison during 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

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

Melanie Modic receives her advancement certificate from Chapter President Elizabeth Hurst, ASA, during November 2017 chapter meeting.