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Valuation Expo 2022 Recap

Valuation Expo 2022 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas was a record-breaking success! With our highest numbers recorded for attendance in the last 10 years, Valuation Expo provided everyone with the connections they wanted and need to build their business. Attendees had endless opportunities to learn, network, and prosper with informative sessions, CE courses, and a jam packed Trade Show Floor with over 40 exhibitors. Here is a quick recap of how the show went for those that couldn’t make it and want to find out what they missed.

Recession Proofing Your Appraisal Business was a timely session sponsored by True Footage, featuring Blaine Feyen. Blaine shared the essentials of website management, developing a strong Google profile, building the vital systems in your business to increase capacity, and shorten turn times. Vendors and Lenders Live featured over 20 speakers and allowed for quick demos on the newest products and services, in addition to insights from lenders on how to thrive on their panels.

The Appraiser Diversity Initiative: How the Industry is Attracting New Entrants and Fostering Appraiser Diversity session was sponsored by Solidifi and featured 15 speakers speaking to the benefits of supporting a trainee. Speakers included ADI Partners, the lender perspective, and a “fireside” chat with supervisors and trainees.

McKissock offered a 3-hour course entitled Learning from the Mistakes of Others: Appraisal Disciplinary Case Studies with Mel Black as the instructor. Mel, an attorney and seasoned appraisal educator, used real-life case studies to demonstrated how appraisers can avoid making the same mistake. Renowned USPAP instructor, Bryan Reynolds of Appraiser eLearning, taught the 7-Hour update and never fails to make it interesting.

The Trade Show Opening Reception featured Hot-Sauce the band! We had a great time jamming out while attendees took turns joining them onstage. We also had our Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by Accurate Group.

Pictured above are the first place winners of the Corn Hole Tournament: Paul Rowe and Cody James!

We always start off the continuing education with the Keynote Panel featuring Lyle Radke of Fannie Mae and Scott Reuter of Freddie Mac. Michael Schnetzler gave details on the USDA program while Jim Park provided insights into what’s happening at the Appraisal Subcommittee. The afternoon session continued with the Appraiser Town Hall. In this session, we assembled a panel of “subject matter experts” to respond to questions about the most pressing appraisal issues today. Our speakers included John Brenan, Clear Capital; Jeremy Staudenmaier, First American; Erin Reed, ServiceLink; and Rick Langdon, Wells Fargo.

On Friday, we broached the question everyone is wondering about… Will the market go Boom or Bust? There was a lively debate about where this housing market is heading. The presenters included John Dingeman, Class Valuation; Shawn Telford, CoreLogic; Lee Trice, Opteon; and Tobias Peter, American Enterprise Institute.

Valuation Expo wrapped up with Gold Standard Appraisal Report and attendees learned the “do’s and don’ts” of appraisal report writing. The presenters were Craig Capilla, Franklin, Greenswag, Shannon & Capilla, LLC; Kim Perotti, AXIS Appraisal Management Solutions; Hal Humphreys, Appraiser eLearning; and Susan Alley, Appraisal Aid.

We want to take some time to highlight some of our sponsors who went out of their way to make the appraisers comfortable at the show. Class Valuation and Clear Capital were our platinum sponsors. Voxtur sponsored the attendee bags and gave totes to everyone. Cubicasa was our lanyard sponsor, and we can’t forget Consolidated Analytics who provided WiFi for all attendees. ValueLink and McKissock sponsored lunch and coffee was sponsored by Pearl Certification and Walitt Solutions. Home Vision provided beautiful reusable metal water bottles for attendees to refill and keep hydrated at the show. Valuation Connect sponsored a photographer who took professional headshots for anyone that wanted them for free. Appraiser eLearning graciously provided notepads for everyone in the CE sessions and Amrock was our official pen sponsor at the show.

And we can’t forget one of the best parts about the Valuation Expo Trade Show … the Appraisal Bee! Every year our sponsors give away some amazing prizes to our attendees. See the list below of who left Vegas a big winner.

Company, Item, Winner, Winner Company

Accurate Group, 2 $50 Visa cards, Joni Reese, Reese Appraisal Service
ACI, 2 Widescreen Monitors, Diane Rivest, DR Appraisal
Appraisal Buzz, TV, Will Humphrey, Vector Appraisals
Appraisal Institute, $100 Apple Gift card, Liane, Gooch, Gooch Appraisal Service
Appraisal Vision, Classic Smoky Sippin’ Old Fashioned Kit, Richard Alonzo, Alonzo Appraisals
AXIS, $100 cash, Bruce Feldmah, Silver State Appraisals
Bradford Technologies, $100 Gas card, Wes McDaniel, Real Metrics AZ
Class Valuation, $100 Amazon digital card, Michael Patraw, Voyager Appraisal Services
Clear Capital, $100 Amazon card, Susan Dilbeck, Porubski, Appraisal Services
Clearbox, Airpods, Jeremy Darrow, Jeremy Darrow, Inc.
Consolidated Analytics. Airpods, Laurie Rhodes, R-Appraisal Co. Inc
CoreLogic, iPad Air, Shemech Patterson
Cubicasa, Airpods Pro, Yessica Valenzuela, Sloan Evaluations
Fannie Mae, Gift bag with hat, speaker, and golf towel, Sean Barnett, 24/7 Appraisals Inc.
Freedom, TV, Hilda Biscaro, Biscaro Appraisal Service
Incenter, iPhone, Timur Paculov, RTi Appraisals
Intercorp, Nectar gift basket, Edgar Mujukian, E Appraisal Services
LIA, $150 Visa card, Kevan Smith, Edge Appraisal Services
Nationwide Appraisal Network, $200 Amazon Digital Gift Card, Renee Perlz, DVS Appraisals
Nationwide Property & Appraisal Services, $100 in Poker chips, Elaine Rodriguez, Sloan Evaluations
Opteon, Airpods, Rick Collins, Johnston Property
ProxyPics, $100 Amazon card, Ann Marie Jensen, A-M Appraisal
ServiceLink, $1,000 in Visa gift cards, William Haslett, Haslett Appraisal
SFREP, JBL bluetooth speaker, Josh Darrow, Idahome Appraisal
Thomas Appraisal Services, Ring doorbell, Joseph Weidinger, Collateral View, LLC
True Footage, TV, David Tidwell, Tidwell and Associates
Valuation Connect, Ring Doorbell and Alexa, Minwook Song
ValueLink, $100 Amazon card, Timothy Wintill, Wintill Appraisals
Voxtur, TV, Chris Kujawa, Allstar Real Estate Appraisal

And Finally, a very special thank you to all our sponsors who help make this such an amazing show!

Jeff Bradford

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