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Sharon A. Desfor, ASA

 

Email: sharon.desfor@helivalues.com

Website: www.helivalues.com
Contact Information:
1001 N. Old Rand Road, Unit 101
Wauconda, IL 60084
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1 (224) 345-1777


Appraiser Profile:

Sharon Desfor,  ASA 
HeliValue$, Inc.
1001 N. Old Rand Road, Unit 101
Wauconda, IL  60084-0575, USA
Tel (847) 487-8258   Fax (847) 487-0206     
Email
sharon.desfor@helivalues.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

January 2005       HeliValue$, Inc.
to                          President
Present                President of HeliValue$, the helicopter industry's premier source for helicopter resale values, both as publisher of The Official Helicopter Blue Book® and in its helicopter appraisals: fair market and orderly liquidation evaluations: past, present, and future.  Manage HeliValue$' business strategy and implementation.  Serve as expert witness in cases involving HeliValue$’ appraisals.  Train new HeliValue$ appraisers.  Act as liaison between HeliValue$ and helicopter finance sources, explaining helicopters as assets.  Give seminars on helicopter valuation for banks and associations.

                             Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers.  

July 2015        American Society of Appraisers
to                    International Secretary/Treasurer
Present 

April 2015         American Society of Appraisers
to                      Chapter Assessment Task Force Chair
June 2015

July 2013         American Society of Appraisers
to                     International Development Committee Chair
June 2015

July 2013         American Society of Appraisers
to                     Strategic Planning Committee member
June 2015

July 2012         American Society of Appraisers
to                     Budget & Finance Committee member
June 2014

July 2011         American Society of Appraisers
to                     MTS Discipline Governor, ASA Board of Governors
June 2015       Represent the viewpoints of the members to the board and of the board to the members.  Communicate between the two groups.  Contribute to decisions that affect the Society as a whole.  Participate in Budgeting and Finance review and decisions.

July 2008         American Society of Appraisers
to                     MTS Committee member
June 2015

January 1990     HeliValue$, Inc.
to                        Vice President
January 2005      Worked with President to secure purchase of The Official Helicopter Blue Book®.  Established the HELP book (Helicopter Equipment Lists & Prices) in 1990.  Initiated CD-ROM production for the Blue Book and HELP.  Developed new software tools for residual value projections.
 
December 1988   HeliValue$, Inc.
To                         Director
January 1990        Appointed to board of directors of HeliValue$, Inc., the provider of appraisal services to The Official Helicopter Blue Book®.  Became corporate Secretary, Treasurer.  Coordinated services between HeliValue$ and IHFS.  Hired and trained replacement Circulation/Customer Service Manager.  Hired and trained Accounts Receivable replacement. 

December 1986     International Helicopter Financial Services, Inc.
To                          Circulation Manager
January 1990         In charge of integrating appraisal services from IHFS into HeliValue$, Inc.  Worked closely with HeliValue$ to seamlessly transition these services from the customer point of view.  Continued previous work with circulation, customer service, and accounts receivable. 

 
January 1984       Helicopter Financial Services, Inc.
to                          Circulation Manager
November 1986    In charge of circulation for publication, The Official Helicopter Blue Book®, customer service, and subscription renewal invoicing.  Wrote algorithm for program to automate renewal invoices and oversaw programming and integration with accounts receivable system.  Accounts receivable and collections. 

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

February 2016    American Society of Appraisers
                            SE101PP USPAP for Personal Property Appraisers
February 2015    American Society of Appraisers
                            Webinar: MTS129WEB: Unlocking Private Company Wealth
November 2014  American Society of Appraisers
                            Webinar: WEBRP: International Valuation Issues
April 2014            American Society of Appraisers
                            SE101PP USPAP for Personal Property appraisers
January 2014      Non-Citizen Trusts
                            Vedder Price webinar
July 2013            Bloomberg BNA
                           Webinar: Changes in Lease Accounting: Analysis and Implications for your Business
June 2013          American Society of Appraisers
                           Webinar: Valuing Business Aircraft
July 2012            Asset Finance International
                            Lease Accounting Update webinar
December 2011  American Society of Appraisers
                            SE101 7-hour USPAP update
                             American Society of Appraisers
                            ME216: Modeling for the Machinery & Equipment Appraiser
May 2010            American Society of Appraisers
                            Webinar:  Dissecting FAS 157
December 2009  American Society of Appraisers
                            SE101PP USPAP for Personal Property appraisers
June 2009           American Society of Appraisers
                            ARM204 Appraisal Review and Management
Dec 2008             American Society of Appraisers
                            ARM203 Appraisal Review and Management
Sept 2008            American Society of Appraisers
                            ARM202 Appraisal Review and Management
March 2008         American Society of Appraisers
                            ME206 Appraisal of Inventory
Nov 2007            American Society of Appraisers
                            SE101AC 7-hour USPAP update
May 2007            Equipment Leasing and Financing Association
                            Coping With The Capetown Convention (Closing AirFinance Deals – One Year Later)
March 2007         Equipment Leasing and Financing Association
                            Changes in Lease Accounting - No Longer IF, It's WHEN
July 2006            American Society of Appraisers, Center for Advanced Valuation Studies
                            CAVSEWP:  Expert Witness Preparation
March 2006         American Society of Appraisers
                            ME207 Advanced Applications of the Cost Approach
2006-present Attendance at international conferences: American Society of Appraisers (2006-2014), National Aircraft Finance Association (2006-2011), Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (2008, 2010, 2011), Helitech (2001, 2003, 2008) China Helicopter Exposition (2011); Corporate Jet & Helicopter Investor (2012-2015); Helicopter Association International (1985-2015)

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

September 1979 Northwestern University
- March 1983 Bachelor of Science, School of Communication

PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS AUTHORED IN LAST TEN YEARS

Editor, The Official Helicopter Blue Book®, Specification Book™, and HELP (Helicopter Equipment Lists & Prices™) by HeliValue$, Inc.

Author, Speaker, “Helicopters as an Asset Class,” March 22, 2016, for IMN 15th Annual Investor’s Conference on Equipment Finance, New York, NY.

 Author, Speaker, “The Elephant in the Room,” March 1, 2015, for HeliExpo 2016, Louisville, KY.

Co-author, Panelist, “Contract Negotiations and Pre-Closing Considerations,” February 29, 2016, for HeliExpo 2016, Louisville, KY.

Author, Speaker, “Helicopter market forecast – what’s now and what’s next,” February 3, 2016, for Helicopter Investor London 2016, London, UK.

Co-Author, Panelist, “Helicopter Values – the only way is up,” February 4, 2016, for Helicopter Investor London 2016, London, UK.

Co-Author, Co-Presenter, "Update on the Current Aviation Finance Market," October 26, 2015, for Equipment Lease and Finance Association's 54th Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.

Author, Speaker, “Helicopter Values and Oil Prices,” October 23, 2015, for Helicopter Investor, Miami, FL.

Panelist, “Spotlight on Finance,” October 6, 2015, at Helitech International 2015, London, UK.

Author, Instructor, “Valuing Helicopters,” September 8, 2015, for School of International Helicopter Finance, Dublin, Ireland.

Author, Speaker, “WEBMTS133: Helicopter Values and Market Drivers,” June 17, 2015, for American Society of Appraisers webinar.

Author, Speaker, “Helicopters, their Market, and its Drivers,” June 4, 2015, for ASA Equipment Appraisers’ Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Author, “Helicopters in Offshore Oil & Gas,” April 28, 2015, for ASA Houston Energy Conference, Houston, TX.

Author, Instructor, “Residual Values in Helicopter Leasing,” March 1, 2015, at HeliExpo 2015, Orlando, FL, for the Helicopter Association International.

Panelist, “Helicopter Values: Tracking the Market,” February 11, 2015, at Helicopter Investor London 2015, London, UK, for Corporate Jet Investor.

Author, Speaker, “Understanding The Official Helicopter Blue Book 2015,” February 7, 2015, for American Society of Appraisers” ME201AS, London, UK.

Panelist, “Helicopter Values: Tracking the Market,” February 11, 2015, at Helicopter Investor London 2015, London, UK, for Corporate Jet Investor.

Author, Instructor, “Residual Values in Helicopter Leasing,” March 1, 2015, at HeliExpo 2015, Orlando, FL, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, Speaker, “Residual Values for Machinery and Equipment,” for the American Society of Appraisers National Virtual Chapter, April 2014 webinar.

Speaker, Business Aviation – Helicopter Financing, April 11, 2014, at the American Bar Association Aircraft Finance Subcommittee Spring Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.

Panel discussion, Finance & Leasing 7th Annual Roundtable, February 25, 2014, at HeliExpo 2014, Anaheim, CA, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, Speaker, Panel discussion, Nightmares of a Helicopter Transaction, Module 2 – Strengthen the Deal, February 24, 2014, at HeliExpo 2014, Anaheim, CA, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, Speaker, Forecasting Residual Values, February 6, 2014, at International Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance London Conference 2014, London, UK, for Corporate Jet Investor.

Author, Speaker, Will the recent Super Puma problems have a long-term effect? September 11, 2013, at Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance Americas 2013, Miami, FL, for Corporate Jet Investor.

Author, Speaker, “Residual Values for Machinery and Equipment,” for the American Society of Appraisers, July 2013 webinar.

Author, “The Helicopter Market Today” Top Flight magazine, May 2013.

Author, “Flying Asset,” Top Flight magazine, May 2013.

Author, “What is driving today’s helicopter economy?,” (http://www.corporatejetinvestor.com/articles/whats-driving-todays-helicopter-economy-455)  Ed. Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor, March 6, 2013.

Panel discussion, Finance & Leasing 6th Annual Roundtable, March 5, 2013, at HeliExpo 2013, Anaheim, CA, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, Speaker, Panel discussion, Nutz & Boltz of Financing or Leasing Your Helicopter, Module 2 – The Credit Review Process, March 4, 2013, at HeliExpo 2013, Anaheim, CA, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, Speaker, Panel discussion, Helicopter values: Which models are doing what, February 11, 2013, at Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance 2013, London, UK, for Corporate Jet Investor.

Co-author, Co-speaker, Helicopter Funding – Assembling the Pieces of the Puzzle, October 2012, at the 4th Annual HELI World Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, for AIRTEC 2012.

Author, Speaker, Panel discussion, Tracking Helicopter Values, September 10, 2012, at Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance Asia 2012, Hong Kong, for Corporate Jet Investor.

Panel discussion, Helicopter Funding Workshop, February 12, 2012, at HeliExpo 2012, Dallas, TX, for the Helicopter Association International.

Panel discussion, HAI Finance & Leasing Committee Finance, Accounting, & Tax Interactive Seminar, February 11, 2012, at HeliExpo 2012, Dallas, TX, for the Helicopter Association International.

Panel discussion, Helicopters: How are the different models and markets faring?, February 7, 2012, at Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance 2012, London, UK, for Corporate Jet Investor.

Author, “Critical Elements of Helicopter Values: ‘Micro Elements of Value,’ ‘Macro Elements of Value.’”(http://www.corporatejetinvestor.com/categories/Helicopter_Investor_Helicopter_Finance) Ed. Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor, 2012.

Production Manager (editor) of reference book, Valuing Machinery & Equipment, 3rd Edition, by the Machinery & Technical Specialties Committee of the American Society of Appraisers, release date August 2011.

Editor, MT&S Journal, by the Machinery & Technical Specialties Committee of the American Society of Appraisers, 2009-2011.

Author & speaker, “Helicopter Appraisals,” at the China Helicopter Exposition, September 2011, Tianjin, China.

Author & speaker, “Well, That Was Painful,” at the Equipment Management Conference, April 2011, St. Petersburg, FL, for the Equipment Leasing & Financing Association.

Panel discussion, Helicopter Funding Workshop March 6, 2011, at HeliExpo 2011, Orlando, FL, for the Helicopter Association International.

Speaker, “Understanding The Official Helicopter Blue Book®” for the American Society of Appraisers, Machinery & Technical Specialties discipline, January 26, 2011, webinar.

Author & speaker, “Adding to Your Fleet,” at the Rotor & Wing Safety & Training Summit 2010, June 8, 2010, Denver, CO.

Panel discussion, Helicopter Funding Workshop February 28, 2009, at HeliExpo 2009, Houston, TX, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, “Is the Sky Falling,” 2009 Helicopter Annual, March 2009 by Helicopter Association International. 

Editor and contributing author, Helicopter Funding handbook, 1st Ed., (Articles: “Appraisals and Valuations,” “Cape Town Convention and the International Registry”) March 2008 by the Helicopter Association International.

Moderator, panel discussion, “Financing New Frontiers:  The Emerging Aircraft Market,” October 13, 2008, at ELFA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, for the Equipment Leasing & Financing Association.

Moderator, panel discussion, Helicopter Funding Workshop February 27, 2009, at HeliExpo 2009, Anaheim, CA, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, “The Liquidity Crisis and Funding your Helicopter,” Vertical magazine, Oct/Nov 2008 by MHM Publishing, Inc.

Author, “The Banking Liquidity Crisis,” M&TS Journal, Vol. 24 Issue 4/Volume 25 Issue 1, February 2008.

Speaker and contributing author, “Helicopter Funding,” at HeliExpo 2008, February 2008, Houston, TX, for the Helicopter Association International.

Author, “Helicopters: A Different Type of Asset,” Valuation Strategies journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, March/April 2008 by Thomson Tax & Accounting.

Author, “The Helicopter Resale Market,” 2008 Helicopter Annual, 26th Ed., published February 2008 by the Helicopter Association International.

Author & speaker, “Helicopters as Capital Assets,” at the Equipment Management Conference, February 2007, Miami, FL, for the Equipment Leasing & Financing Association.

Author, “The Sun Sets on FAS 13 – Will We Be Left in the Dark?” M&TS Journal, Vol. 23, Issue 2/3, 2nd Quarter 2007, by the American Society of Appraisers; and Rotor Magazine, Fall 2007 Issue, by the Helicopter Association International.

Author & speaker, “Helicopters and the Sales Comparison Approach,” at the ASA Chicago Chapter’s Aviation Day, April 2006, Rockford, IL; at the National Aircraft Finance Association’s Appraisal Education Seminar “Beyond the Airframe,” May 2006, Laguna Niguel, CA, and at the American Society of Appraisers’ International Convention, July 2007, Hollywood, CA.

Author, “The Cape Town Convention and the International Registry,” Rotor Magazine, Summer 2007 Issue, by the Helicopter Association International.

Co-author, “U.S. Used Helicopter Market Trends,” 2007 Helicopter Annual, 25th Ed. Published January 2007 by the Helicopter Association International.

Helicopter value chart, HAI Convention News, March 2007.

 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers, 2005-present
Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2008-2014

International Secretary/Treasurer, American Society of Appraisers, 2015-2016
MTS Discipline Governor, American Society of Appraisers, 2011-present
Member, Budget & Finance Committee, American Society of Appraisers, 2012-2014
Member, Strategic Planning Committee, American Society of Appraisers, 2013-present
Chair, Special Committee on International Membership, American Society of Appraisers, 2013-present
Member, Machinery & Technical Specialties Committee, American Society of Appraisers, 2008-2014
Member, Marketing Committee, International Institute of Business Valuers, 2014
Editor, M&TS Journal, American Society of Appraisers, 2009-2011
Project Manager, Valuing Machinery and Equipment, American Society of Appraisers, 2010-2011
Past Chair, Finance & Leasing Committee, Helicopter Association International 2008-2010
Past Vice Chair, Finance & Leasing Subcommittee, Helicopter Association International, 2005-2007
Member, Finance & Leasing Committee, Helicopter Association International 2005-2012
Past Chair, Past Treasurer, Past Director, Helicopter Foundation International, 1987-2002
Member, American Helicopter Society, 1992-present
Corporate Member, Helicopter Association of Canada, 2010-present
Corporate Member, Helicopter Association International, 1990-present
Corporate Member, National Business Aircraft Association, 2006-present
Corporate Member, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, 2007-present
Corporate Member, National Aircraft Finance Association, 2006-present
Honor Roll, National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW), 2007-2008
2007 Woman of the Year in Helicopter Appraisers and Publishing, NAPEW

PERSONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Mensa Ltd., 1987-present
Past Chair/Treasurer/Director, Fremont School District #79 Education Foundation, 2003-2005