Rising Stars Award Program

The Rising Stars Award program is aimed at engaging up-and-coming appraisal professionals by honoring young leaders who have demonstrated significant contributions and successes throughout the year within the valuation profession.  Rising Stars honorees are nominated and selected by the Rising Stars Committee based on their professional achievements in the workplace and their volunteer efforts at the local, national or international levels.  Representatives from all six appraisal disciplines are eligible for nomination. The program culminates with an awards ceremony and reception at ASAʼs International Conference to recognize and celebrate all the Rising Stars.

2021 Rising Stars Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 ASA Rising Stars Award winners: 

Tom Keesey 
Hannah Simmler
Abigail Athanasopoulos
Kathryn (Kathy) A. Duckworth
Ryan Kinahan
Derek Wong


1 Eligibility Criteria

Eligible participants must: 

  • Be age 40 and under;
  • Regularly demonstrate leadership and exemplify
    commitment to their professional community;
  • Make significant contributions towards the valuation profession within the 2020-2021 fiscal year; and
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the advancement of the valuation profession.

2 Online Nomination Form

Nominations may be submitted via the  Online Nomination Form.

All required information should be included for the nominee to be considered.  

Once a nomination is received, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the submitter.  



All online nominations are due by June 30 of each year.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities for Rising Star events are available.  Contact ASAʼs Marketing Team or call (800) 272-8258.