Houston Chapter Member Spotlight April 2021
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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!
Above: Current Chapter President Steve Hu, ASA, accepts Chapter of the Year Award for Walter Turville, last year's Chapter President.
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
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.
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..
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.