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ASA Discipline Governors Speak on ASA/NAIFA Merger

Sep 14, 2017

To Our Fellow ASA Members,

As we continue the merger proxy process, many of you who are not Real Property members have asked a simple, but important, question: Who is NAIFA? And, relatedly, why should we want their members to become members of ASA? In our view, one need only look at their history to understand why NAIFA’s members would be an important addition to our ranks.

Founded in 1961, NAIFA is an organization “committed to the support of its members, for a service of trust and integrity that benefits the members, the profession, and the general public.” NAIFA’s objective speak further on these core goals:

"…to raise the standards of the appraisal profession, to exchange experiences and ideas to the betterment of the profession and the public, to maintain and encourage a code of ethics of the highest standards for members, to gain recognition for its members as qualified professionals, to encourage educational pursuits for members in attaining a high standard of proficiency in their chosen specialty, and to promote fellowship among appraisers."

As for designations, NAIFA awards credentials focused on residential, agricultural, non-residential and income properties, and appraisal counselor activities. NAIFA regularly offers high quality education, primarily through their robust local chapter system, and is a sponsor of the Appraisal Foundation.

As a group, NAIFA’s members are fully engaged in the appraisal profession. NAIFA members have served on state appraiser licensing boards, as well as the boards and committees of the Appraisal Foundation. NAIFA has also been a long standing partner of ASA, both in our government relations efforts as well as in educational offerings. This commitment to working with the broader profession underscores their view of how, working together, we can all become stronger as professionals.

Perhaps most important, though, is how NAIFA’s members are overwhelmingly collegial people. To be amongst a meeting or conference of NAIFA’s is to feel among old friends, even as someone who may be new to the group. They are welcoming, encouraging, and friendly in a way that speaks volumes as to the type of people who have chosen to join NAIFA’s ranks over the years. It is a compliment to say that, for as good a group of professionals as NAIFA’s members are, they are even better people. We would be fortunate to add so many good people to ASA’s membership through this proposed merger.

We, as discipline governors, are excited to vote “Yes” and support the merger, and we hope that you feel the same way we do about this exciting opportunity. We know you may have other questions, and we continue to encourage your feedback by email at mergerinfo@appraisers.org. Please complete and submit your proxy today!

Sincerely,

Ernest A. Demba, FASA, ARM-RP – Real Property Governor
Michael T. Orman, ASA – Real Property Governor
James O. Brown, ASA – Business Valuation Governor
R. Chris Rosenthal, ASA – Business Valuation Governor  
Martin D. Fuller, ASA, MGA – Gems & Jewelry Governor  
Mary B. Reich, ASA, MGA – Gems & Jewelry Governor   
Richard Berkemeier, ASA – Machinery & Technical Specialties Governor   
David Crick, ASA – Machinery & Technical Specialties Governor   
Charles T. Rosoff, ASA – Personal Property Governor  
Sandra J. Tropper, ASA – Personal Property Governor