Celebrating ASA African-American Appraisers

February 19, 2021

This month we would like to spotlight a few of the men and women of color who are making a difference in ASA and the appraisal profession.

Alvah T. Beander, is president of Melanin Art Appraisals, LLC. She has over 35 years of experience appraising African, African American and African Diaspora art, as well as being a court appointed expert. Her broad list of clients have included: collectors, auction houses, museums, universities, insurance companies, corporations and estate/divorce attorneys. Alvah is an active volunteer currently serving on multiple women, art, small business and diversity/equity/inclusion focused advisory boards, roundtables and working groups. She has been a member of ASA for 20 years and a past president of ASA’s Washington, DC chapter. Read more about Alvah here.

Curtis T. Johnson, ASA, is a managing director, FSO strategy and transactions at Ernst & Young, LLP. He has over 27 years of focused valuation experience within the financial services industry, including insurance, banking, and wealth and asset management, and has performed hundreds of purchase price allocations under US GAAP and IFRS. Curtis has mentored and developed future EY Strategy and Transaction leaders who started as staff and have risen through the ranks as high-performing professionals. He has actively participated in the hiring of women and underrepresented minorities on behalf of FSO Strategy and Transactions. He has been a designated member of ASA for 27 years and previously served on ASA Business Valuation Discipline Committee. Read more about Curtis here.

Genice R. Lee, ASA, is owner of Harvest Estate and Appraisal Services, LLC. She has over 17 years of experience as a decorative arts and antiques appraiser, consultant and presenter. She speaks with professional and community groups on personal property topics such as inventorying, adequate insurance coverage and downsizing. She has been a featured guest on Newsbreak with Renee Nash and Spotlight on Business with Taylor Thomas of WHUR 96.3 in Washington DC to discuss the appraisal industry. She was also a guest appraiser on the PBS television show Chesapeake Collectables for the 10th season. Genice has been a designated member of ASA for 15 years and a past president of ASA’s Washington, DC chapter. Read more about Genice here.

Michael Morgan, ASA, ARM-BV, ABV, CPA, is principal for Houston Valuation & Advisory, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in strategic and financial consulting, business valuation, investment advisory, internal auditing, investigations and project management. Michael also is an expert witness and has given numerous presentations regarding business valuation, capital investment decision making using quantitative analysis and transaction advisory related to business acquisitions and divestments. He has been a designated member of ASA for the past five years and has served as a member on the board of directors of the ASA Houston chapter and is a current member of the ASA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Read more about Michael here.

Donald W. Osborne, ASA, is chief executive officer at Audrain, LLC. He is a classic car historian, author, consultant and writer who also shares his experience and knowledge with millions of viewers on television in his regular segments “Assess & Caress with Donald Osborne” and “Behind the Bowtie” on the internationally-distributed CNBC primetime show “Jay Leno’s Garage. Donald has been a designated member of ASA for 17 years and a past presenter for the Society’s Personal Property Discipline. Read more about Donald here.

ASA salutes these and other members of color who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of appraisers. For more information about becoming an appraiser and joining ASA visit www.appraisers.org/join.

About ASA

About ASA
ASA is a world renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession. As the oldest and only major appraisal organization representing all appraisal specialists, ASA is dedicated to providing the highest possible standards in all areas of ethics, professionalism, education and designation criteria, as well as fostering a fully inclusive Society and profession. Read more about ASA’s efforts to address unconscious bias and discrimination.

For more information about ASA, the ASA designation program, student membership, educational grants, or the Society’s free “Find an Appraiser” Referral System, visit www.appraisers.org or call (800) 272-8258.