Atlanta Area Chapter Appraisal Institute Newsletter

September 26, 2023

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Chapter President's Message

Bo Bass, MAI

Greetings everyone!  Hope you all had a great summer and are ready to finish the year strong! While some still have a full schedule of appraisal work, others may currently be experiencing a lower volume. Times of lighter work volume are great opportunities to take education courses, re-evaluate business plans and operations, expand your client base, or enhance technology skills (particularly with software). These are important things that often get pushed to the side during busy times. No matter where your opportunities lie, I urge you to finish strong!

As a Chapter, we have a strong finish planned! The focus of this year’s leadership team has been on educational and social opportunities for our members. While many opportunities have been presented throughout the year, we have many more yet to come this fall. 


Educational Opportunities

State of Atlanta will be held October 19th at the Cobb Energy & Performing Arts Center. In addition to another great line up of speakers, we are honored this year to have AI National President Craig Steinley and new AI CEO Cindy Chance in attendance! A huge thank you to this year’s State of Atlanta team, as well as Suzanne Brockway, as I have witnessed firsthand all their hard work in getting this year’s event together:

  •  Chair - Patrick Adamson, MAI, SRA
  • Bo Bass, MAI
  • Chris Calhoun, MAI
  • Talani Casariego, MAI
  • David Griffin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
  • Ayako Marsh, SRA
  • Jeff O’Dell, MAI
  • Bennett Sands, MAI

Additionally, we have two in-person educational offerings to finish out the year.

  • October 30-November 2 – General Appraiser Site Valuation & Cost Approach (Larry Wright, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS and our very own Jeff Bowing, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS)

  • November 9 – Becoming Proficient in Fractional Interest Valuation (Dennis Webb, MAI)

Social Opportunities

We held an Atlanta Braves outing on September 18th with 40 Chapter AI Professionals in attendance. A huge thank you to David Chamberlain and Suzanne Brockway for making this event happen!


On September 29th, we are having a Fishing Tournament at Piedmont Driving Club. Only a few spots remain available so sign up quickly! Many thanks to Lamar Ellis, John Cherry, Mike Hunter, and Suzanne Brockway for all of your hard work in getting this event together!

Of Note: Our Education Committee and Candidate Guidance Committee worked diligently to organize a Comprehensive Exam study session that was held in July. I’m proud to say that we had several candidates for designation attend and all provided positive feedback. Thank you to our Education Committee (Andy Sheppard, MAI; Jim Vernor, MAI; Chris Calhoun, MAI; Talani Casariego, MAI; and Chris Farrell, MAI) and Candidate Guidance Committee (Matthew Albigese, MAI; Grant Murphy, SRA; and Keith Nelson, MAI) for taking the time to give back and invest in others by making this special offering happen!


I look forward to finishing the year strong with you all! If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for all that you do in helping make our Chapter one of the leading Appraisal Institute Chapters across the country!

Best regards,


Bo Bass, MAI

2023 Chapter President

4th Quarter Atlanta Area Chapter Meeting

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

at the Cobb Energy & Performing Arts Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, GA

Get ready for an unforgettable luncheon as we welcome Craig Steinely, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, 2023 AI National President, and Cindy Chance, AI's new CEO, at our 4th Quarter Chapter Meeting. Don't miss the chance to witness the installation of the 2024 Atlanta Area Chapter Officers & Directors, officiated by President Steinley! This is an event you will not want to miss! REGISTER HERE

Upcoming Education

State of Atlanta Conference: Waiting to Exhale

Oct. 19, 2023 Details and Registration Here

General Appraiser Site Valuation & Cost Approach

Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2023 Details and Registration Here

Becoming Proficient in Fractional Interest Valuation

Nov. 9, 2023 Details and Registration Here

The Latest 7-Hour USPAP Update Coming Soon!

Thank you Steve Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, for teaching "The Appraiser as an Expert Witness: Prepration and Testimony" on July 24-25, 2023, for the Atlanta Area Chapter AI. It was an awesome class of 22 students, with an excellent instructor!

Face Value

We are excited to share that our Atlanta Area Chapter AI President, Hugh “Bo” Bass, Jr., MAI, was interviewed on the Appraisal Institute’s Face Value podcast. In the podcast, he discussed unusual appraisal assignments and shared his insights on the topic. Listen to the June 30, 2023, episode "Unusual Assignments: Part 2."

Upcoming Quarterly & Annual Meetings

  • Q4 Joint Region Mtg., 10/2/23, Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY
  • 2023 Chapter Leadership Program, 10/3/23, Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY
  • Q4 Atlanta Area Chapter Mtg., 10/19/23, Cobb Energy & Performing Arts Center, Atlanta
  • Q4 National BOD Mtg., 11/9-11/10/23, Rosemont, IL

Roy L. Gordon, Jr. & Atlanta Area Chapter AI Education Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following AI Practicing Affiliates for receiving an Atlanta Area Chapter education scholarship!

Deidre L. Henley - Newnan, GA

Adolfo "Jerry" Rodriguez - Gainesville, GA

Jessica Valencia - Atlanta, GA

If you would like to make a donation to the Chapter Education Scholarship fund, CLICK HERE for more details.

In Memory

William A. Northington, MAI

Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of William A. Northington, MAI, who passed away on August 18, 2023. Bill was a Past President (1977 & 1979) of the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.

MARIETTA, GA - WILLIAM A. NORTHINGTON, JR. (Bill), truly lived a great life for 84 years. Bill passed from this world to the next on Friday, August 18, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Winnie F. Smith Northington for 61 years, had 3 children who loved him dearly and 8 grandchildren whom he treasured.

Family Placed Obituary Here

23rd Annual

State of Atlanta Conference: "Waiting to Exhale"

October 19, 2023


Real Estate Appraisers & Professionals, mark your calendars for the biggest real estate event of the year! The State of Atlanta conference is coming to town and it's going to be a blast! On October 19, 2023, we'll be hosting some of Georgia's top real estate and economic specialists at the Cobb Energy & Performing Arts Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA. Get ready to learn about the latest trends, strategies, and insights in the real estate industry. You don't want to miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and network with industry leaders.

Learn More Details About the Topics and Speakers HERE.

Thank You State of Atlanta Conference Sponsors!

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Atlanta Braves Outing

September 18, 2023

Meet Our New Designated Members!

John S. Baldwin, SRA, AI-RRS

Baldwin Real Estate, Canton, GA

John S. Baldwin, SRA, AI-RRS, is a highly regarded residential real estate appraiser in Georgia. Specializing in VA appraisals, new construction, retrospective field reviews, and complex property valuations, his extensive qualifications include certifications as an appraiser and Realtor© and is also a loan consultant for a hard money lender.

Stuart M. Gregg, SRA

D.S. Murphy & Associates, Concord, GA

Stuart Gregg, SRA, is a Certified Real Estate Appraiser with six years of experience. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 2017. He currently works for D.S. Murphy & Associates covering Midwest & South Georgia and teaching continuing education classes to real estate agents. He is also involved in his community serving a term on the Pike County Agribusiness Authority.

Welcome & Congraluations

New AI Professionals!

Designated Members

Curtis J. Bank, SRA, Woodstock, GA

Stuart M. Gregg, SRA, Concord, GA

Steven R. O'Reilly, SRA, Athens, GA

Carolyn C. Sawyer, MAI, AI-GRS, Atlanta, GA

Practicing Affiliates

Jessica Brown, College Park, GA

Malcolm Jefferson, Conyers, GA

Kristen Johnson, Tifton, GA

Ronnie Chad Singleton, Lavonia, GA

Callie Smith,Canton, GA

Deonte Thomas, Atlanta, GA

Zach Evan Thomas, Atlanta, GA

Nicklas Miller Torrance, Charlotte, NC

Paige E. Winters, Atlanta, GA

Student Affiliate

Rafael Class, II, Leesburg, GA

Shakina S Rodgers, Barnesville, GA

Member Spotlight

Ashley Jernigan, MAI, AI-GRS


Truist Bank as a Commercial Review Appraiser


Duration in the profession

Almost 13 years; 6 years as a commercial appraiser and almost 7 years as a commercial review appraiser.


Hometown/Currently live

I grew up in Snellville, GA and currently live in Hoschton, GA.


Family Members

Married for 11 years to my husband Tripp and have two daughters, Abigail (3) and Madilynn (1). I also have two dogs and one cat.



Hanging at home with my family, being at the beach, and Jeep/SxS (Side-by-side off-road vehicles) riding.


What is your primary line of appraisal work?

Commercial Appraisal Review


What are the biggest issues facing the appraisal profession?

Lack of new talent coming into the profession.


What do you see as the biggest strengths of the Appraisal Institute

Name recognition, education, designations, and promotion of the appraisal industry.

Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal Mentor Program
Create the future of residential appraising! Become a mentor to participants enrolled in the Appraisal Institute Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal (AI PAREA) on a contract basis.
Providing an alternative to the traditional supervisor and trainee model for experience for licensed residential and certified residential appraisers, AI PAREA is an online program covering appraisal theory and methodology in real-world simulations, with mentoring from expert appraisers like you!
Mentors benefit from the AI PAREA program, too. Mentors gain a multitude of personal development benefits including:

  • Advancing the profession and paying it forward through this legacy program.
  • Exposure to new and different perspectives.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Communication and feedback skills.
  • Network growth.
  • Increased self-awareness.

Be a part of this exciting new initiative! Learn More Here

45-Day Notice of Proposed Amendments to Regulation 2

At its November 9-10, 2023, meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois, the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors will consider proposed amendments to Appraisal Institute Regulation No. 2. The proposed amendments are expected to have minimal financial impact.


If you have any comments on the proposed changes to Regulation No. 2, please contact your elected Directors and/or send your comments via email to


Comments received on or before November 3, 2023, will be compiled for distribution to the Board of Directors and the Admissions and Designation Qualifications Committee (ADQC).

Click here to view the 45-Day Notice

Appraisal Institute Insurance Trust (AIIT)
The Appraisal Institute offers insurance programs exclusively to AI Professionals (Members/Candidates/Practicing Affiliates/Affiliates) and their families. Read all about it HERE.
Appraisal Institute Education & Relief Foundation (AIERF) Scholarship Opportunities
AIERF offers numerous scholarships for AI Candidates for Designation as well as undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in the real estate field, on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is July 1, 2023. Learn More Here.
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Call To 2024 Chapter Service!

Participation from all AI Professionals is vital to the Atlanta Area Chapter AI and plays a critical role in the advancement of our organization and the profession. If you are interested in volunteering for the Atlanta Area Chapter, please contact Mike Hunter, MAI, 2024 Chapter President at or Suzanne Brockway at A Call to Service Letter with more details will be emailed next month.

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Employment Forum
Visit the Atlanta Area Chapter's website for employment opportunities and data sharing requests.

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2023 Atlanta Area Chapter Leadership

Hugh "Bo" Bass, Jr., MAI, - President
Mike Hunter, MAI - Vice President
Rick Kenny, MAI, SRA - Secretary
Peter Lamas, MAI - Treasurer

Patrick Adamson, MAI, SRA
Immediate Past President (Ex Officio)
George Petkovich, MAI (Ex Officio)
Dori Bower, MAI, (Ex Officio)
David Griffin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Robert Mancini, MAI
Marie Ikizler, MAI
Christina Thoreson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Adam Trammell, MAI, AI-GRS
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2023 Regional Representatives

Mike Hunter, MAI

Matthew Albigese, MAI

Peter Lamas, MAI

Greg Malcolm, MAI

Matthew Smith, MAI

Sandra Winter, MAI, AI-GRS

2023 Alternate Regional Representatives

Michael J. Brady, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS

Jarrett Schleyer, MAI

Ashley Jernigan, MAI, AI-GRS

Carolyn Sawyer, MAI, AI-GRS

Ryan Kiefaber, MAI

James Griffin, MAI, SRA

Andrea Deeds, SRA

Tamika Whitted, SRA

Keith Nelson, MAI

Alonzo "AJ" Bryant, Jr.

Online Education: Learn at your own pace anytime, anywhere.
Top-notch Appraisal Institute courses and seminars come straight to your desktop with online education! Learn from any computer anywhere, whenever you have time. It’s easy, convenient and a great way to get the education you want. Check out the current course listing now!