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Message from the CEO

by Todd Paradis | Apr 08, 2014

A fantastic turnout of ASA members rallied at our second annual Lobby Day this past month. Our members carried the ASA voice to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of U.S. Congress and their staff. ASA Government Relations Committee Chair, William H. Frazier, ASA; Director of Government Relations, John D. Russell; with consultant Peter Barash, led the charge and hosted another excellent program. Our members were well prepared with key talking points to discuss matters that have an impact on the valuation profession.

This amazing experience along with many other offerings provided by the Society come to mind when I am often asked, “What is my return on investment for the dues I pay?”

Here are few additional examples of that ROI.

  • Education—ASA conferences and activities enable members to keep current on emerging trends and profession developments.
  • Discipline Committee Activities—“mini-associations within the Association,” ASA discipline committees allow members to focus on the issues and concerns unique to their specific services and markets.
  • Representation—ASA volunteer leaders and staff actively coordinate with a number of national and international standards-setting organizations, as well as other various governmental committees which debate valuation standards. Throughout the Society subject matter experts, professional position letters and comments are shared with standard setting organizations.
  • Publications at Special Member Rates—ASA’s Marketplace offers publications on the valuation profession written by industry leaders at discounted rates secured for ASA members.
  • Affinity Programs—ASA’s annually-updated affinity programs provide a resource for members to receive deeply discounted rates on many products and services that benefit appraisers.
  • ASA Website—appraisers.org communicates with the world about the valuation profession and with ASA’s Find an Appraiser, we’re linking potential customers to our members and growing the pipeline.
  • ASA Valuer Newsletter—An electronically transmitted ASA Valuer newsletter keeps ASA members current on industry, government and society hot topics. Nowhere else is there a newsletter as focused on appraiser topics for the price. Information on not just what happens, but on what matters.
  • Legislation and Regulations—ASA works, either independently or in collaboration with other like-minded state and national organizations, to help elected and appointed government officials understand the valuation profession.
  • Networking—ASA-sponsored events are designed to provide opportunities for colleagues to enhance their business relationships. ASA’s diverse membership provides opportunities to expand your business resources. Networking with those you already know is good business; meeting someone you haven’t met before and forging a mutual relationship is even better business.

ASA membership is a sound business decision with solid returns on investment, and we look forward to serving you. The ASA logo—the symbol of ASA membership—brings a credibility like no other. Backed by a long history of member commitment and know-how, a member of the American Society of Appraisers is not just another membership in a valuation professional organization, it is part of a long tradition of excellence and achievement, and, though its affiliation with the ASA, it signals an exceptional commitment and obligation to the profession, its customers and to the public.

Jim Hirt, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Appraisers