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The Appraisal Foundation Announces New Appointments for Year 2008.

WASHINGTON -- The Appraisal Foundation, a congressionally-authorized nonprofit organization that fosters professionalism among appraisers by setting qualifications and standards, elected new Board of Trustees members for 2008 during its recent fall meeting. The members will start their terms on January 1, 2008.

The following officers were elected to The Foundation's Board of Trustees: Shawn McGowan of Germantown, Tenn. was appointed as Chair, John Bredemeyer of Omaha, Neb. was appointed as Vice Chair; Alan Hummel of Des Moines, Iowa was appointed as Treasurer; Larry Kokel of Georgetown, Texas was appointed as Secretary, Paul Welcome of Olathe, Kan. was appointed as Assistant Treasurer, Eugene Kaczkowski of Greendale, Wis. was appointed as Assistant Secretary and Art Clapp of Tolland, Conn. was appointed as Immediate Past Chair.

"These positions are important not only to The Foundation but the professionals for which we set qualifications and standards as well as the industry and the general public," said David Bunton, president of The Foundation. "We depend on the expertise and information from these boards so that we can operate efficiently in our role as a source of information for appraisers, users of appraisal services and appraiser regulators."

The following appointments were made to the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB), which is responsible for developing qualifications for all appraisers: Gary Taylor of Brooksville, Fla. was reappointed to the board for a three-year term and appointed as the 2008 Chair of the AQB; Wayne Miller of Tampa, Fla. was appointed to a three-year term; Jeffrey LaGrew of Versailles, Ky. was appointed to a one-year term; and Chad Campbell of Seattle, Wash. was appointed to a two-year term. Scott Seely of Lufkin, Texas was appointed as the 2008 Vice Chair of the Appraiser Qualifications Board.

In addition, the following appointments were made to the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB): Sandra Guilfoil of Olympia, Wash. was appointed to a two-year term and appointed as the 2008 Chair of the ASB and Paula Konikoff of New York, N.Y. was appointed as the 2008 Vice Chair of the Board. Richard Knitter of Oak Brook, Ill. was appointed to a two-year term; and Richard Borges of Seymour, Ind. was appointed to a three-year term.

The Foundation's goal during its search for board members is to expand the diversity across all its boards by considering business leaders with an interest in valuation or involved in various appraisal disciplines, including real property, business valuation and personal property. The Foundation was able to reach its goal with representatives from legal, financial and mortgage industries.

About The Appraisal Foundation

Founded in 1987, The Appraisal Foundation is authorized by the U.S. Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications for real property appraisers. Through its effective production of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), The Foundation has been instrumental in setting a high level of professionalism in the industry. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, which oversees two independent boards, the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB). The Foundation also receives valuable advice from four advisory councils: The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC), Industry Advisory Council (IAC), Educational Council of Appraisal Foundation Sponsors (ECAFS) and International Valuation Council (IVC). For more information on The Foundation, visit www.appraisalfoundation.org.
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