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Chapters tell the story: AI proudly supports its chapters through events, education and administrative backing.

The Appraisal Institutes nearly 80 chapters play a vital role in the continued success of the organization, helping AI professionals throughout the country enhance and advance their careers and encouraging them to get involved at the local level. And the Appraisal Institute is tremendously proud to support its chapters' efforts through events, education, networking opportunities and administrative backing, including the following:

LDAC conference

A select group of 100 AI professionals from around the country participate in the annual Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference in Washington, D.C. Many of these individuals are sponsored by their chapters. Appraisers who are enthusiastic and passionate about the valuation profession attend the conference to network with one another, discuss critical issues, brainstorm "big ideas" and spend a day lobbying on Capitol Hill.

Registration for the 2019 LDAC conference is closed, but save the date for 2020: May 18--20 at the Hilton Washington, D.C., National Mall.

Education and networking

The Appraisal Institute develops and produces continuing education offerings that chapters make available to members throughout the year. Chapters that advertise and promote online education are eligible for a revenue share, and they may be reimbursed for a portion of expenses incurred in advertising AI to external audiences. Find education offerings by state at

Chapters also plan and host local networking events where appraisers can exchange ideas and connect with others aligned with the valuation profession. These important in-person opportunities not only serve to educate and inform appraisers but also facilitate important connections that can help advance careers. Successful, well-attended events range from informal happy hour social gatherings, to residential roundtables, to real estate and appraisal symposia. Find chapter events and programs online and through social media; chapter websites and contact information are available at

Another important event hosted by the Appraisal Institute is the annual Chapter Leadership Program, which provides a forum for chapter leaders to meet, network and take ideas back to their chapters.

Additional resources for chapters include the annual Chapter Operations Manual, the monthly Chapter FYI e-newsletter and quarterly webinars for chapter executive directors.

Administrative support

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors voted at its November 2018 meeting to implement the Chapter Financial Management and Administration Policy for all chapters by the end of 2020. Currently, 90 percent of AI chapters are either already using CFMAP or have selected a future transition date. Members of AI's finance staff are available to answer questions or make presentations regarding the program.

Additional chapter support comes in the form of materials such as training guides, operational resources and videos accessible online by chapter officers and certain committee chairs. New materials are added regularly as needs are identified.

I'm also excited to report that this fall the Appraisal Institute will unveil a new association management system, phasing out its current membership database and customer relationship management software platform. AI has invested in new technologies to enhance the user experience, and the benefits to AI professionals, national and chapter staff, students, and customers will be extensive.

The Appraisal Institute will provide more information and schedule training as the rollout date approaches.

Hosted by AI, the annual Chapter Leadership Program provides a forum for chapter leaders to meet, network and take ideas back to their chapters.

by Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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