Dear friends and colleagues:

It is an honor and privilege to serve the Long Island Chapter as your 2018 President, along with my fellow Officers, Directors and Committee Members. On behalf of the Chapter, I would like to thank Michael Scalia for the leadership of the Chapter over the past year. It has been a great opportunity and learning experience to work alongside him and the other Chapter officers. I would like to thank Charissa Kwan, John Biordi, Howard Morris and Anne Sheehan for accepting their leadership roles. I look forward to working with them this coming year.

As always, Robert Marks was an outstanding installing officer. I thank him for guiding me in my appraisal career on both a professional and personal level. Mr. Marks, you have and will always be my first mentor in this profession. I have learned so much from your Zorro reviews, critical analysis and leadership skills.

National 2017 President, and Acting CEO, Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Austin, Texas provided an excellent presentation on the State of the Appraisal Institute and Valuation Issues during the installation dinner in December 2017. I would like to thank him for taking the time out of his busy schedule to attend our Chapter’s installation dinner.

I would also like to thank the generous sponsors for their continued support throughout the years. The sponsorship program helps us provide chapter education, programs, seminars and events. Our Sponsorship Chairs and Members, Charissa Kwan, John Biordi and James Taylor are leading the efforts this year to gain sponsorships for our chapter and for events. I respectively request your generous support of the sponsorship of the chapter to help us in our initiatives.

The chapter is pleased to recognize the recipients of the 2017 Scholarship Award – Daniel Finnigan, James T. Kirk and Kevin Malone. This award honors them for the commitment they have shown the appraisal profession and encourages advancement towards the AI designations and growth in the appraisal industry. The 2017 Scholarship Fund was donated by James Taylor in memory of his wife Maureen Taylor.

Congratulations to all candidates who achieved their designations last year, are in line to complete their requirements in 2018, or in the next few years. Your hard work and dedication shows your commitment to the appraisal profession and the Appraisal Institute. The Candidate Guidance committees are led by Ronald Haberman (General Guidance) and Kevin Matheson and Gerard O’Connor (Residential Guidance). Along with their committee vice chairs and members they are excited to help the membership during the designation process. Your Candidate Committee is represented by Donald Franklin, Kevin Malone and Katherine Sullivan. Please reach out to them, they are in various points in obtaining their designations and their first-hand experience is an excellent source for candidates.

As Chapter President for 2018, I look forward in guiding our chapter in its continued goals some of which include; offering Appraisal Institute industry leader educational courses and seminars to our members; gaining members on all levels including new designees, candidates and practicing and non-practicing affiliates; raising awareness of the benefits of becoming an Appraisal Institute Member; and developing future leaders.

We have an excellent line-up of educational offerings including full day courses and seminars planned for 2018. As always, we are offering USPAP and Business Practices and Ethics. In addition, we would like to offer special courses or seminars that should spark your interest. We would like to focus on legal matters, appraising according to federal standards, lease analysis, appraising green buildings. As the schedule of educational offerings solidifies, Francine Morgenstern will reach out to you with continued updates. I would like to give a special thanks to our Executive Director, Francine Morgenstern for all the support she provides to our Chapter

Our website ( is an excellent source of information, including upcoming Chapter events and appraisal related topics.

I encourage you to participate in the Chapter’s activities. If you have any questions, please contact me or our other Chapter Leaders. I look forward to the following year and seeing you at our many meetings and events.


Tonia Vailas, MAI

2018 President, Appraisal Institute Long Island Chapter