CHICAGO – RealEstateRama – Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA, of Arvada, Colorado, will begin his one-year term as president of the Appraisal Institute on Jan. 1. The Appraisal Institute is the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers with over 17,000 professionals in almost 50 countries.
The Appraisal Institute’s other elected officers for 2021 are: President-Elect Pledger M. (Jody) Bishop III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Vice President Craig Steinley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Immediate Past President Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio.
In the coming year, the Appraisal Institute’s officers and Board of Directors will focus on advocating on behalf of all appraisers, increasing diversity and inclusion in the organization and throughout the valuation profession and expanding AI’s body of knowledge.
“I’m excited to lead this outstanding organization during such a critical juncture for the valuation profession,” Schley said. “I look forward to helping appraisers and the organization tackle ongoing challenges, and continue to enhance the Appraisal Institute’s role as the valuation profession’s thought leader.”
Schley has served nationally on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors, and he has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Governance Structure Project Team and the National Nominating Committee. He attended AI’s annual Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference as a participant (2013-15) and was selected as a discussion leader (2016), vice chair (2017) and chair (2018). He also has served in chapter roles, including as president of the Colorado Chapter. In 2002, he founded Denver-based Commercial Valuation Consultants, Inc., which was acquired by national appraisal firm BBG in 2016. Schley is also Senior Managing Director at BBG.
Bishop serves nationally on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors and previously on the Audit Committee. He has chaired the General Demonstration of Knowledge Grading Panel and has served on the Admissions and Designations Qualifications Committee. He has served as president of the South Carolina Chapter. He also is an Appraisal Institute associate instructor, has been a seminar and webinar author, and has served as discussion leader at the Appraisal Institute’s annual Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference. He is currently senior managing director of Valbridge Property Advisors in Charleston, South Carolina.
Steinley serves nationally on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors as Region II vice chair. He previously served on the Audit Committee (2016-19), including as chair (2019) and vice chair (2017-18); as Region II chair (2017-18); on the Strategic Planning Committee (2017-19); Professional Liability Insurance Program Committee (2016-18); as Region II vice chair (2015-16); Region II third director (2014); on the Governance Structure Project Team (2013-16); and on the Professional Standards and Guidance Committee (2013-16). He also has served as president of the Wyoming and Western South Dakota Chapter (2012-13). He participated three years in the Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference, and is an education developer and instructor for the Appraisal Institute.
Sherman has served nationally on the Board of Directors (2000-02), Finance Committee (chair in 2018 and vice chair in 2002), Nominating Committee (2002), Education Committee (2010-13), International Relations Committee (2016) and Strategic Planning Committee (2017). He has served nearly continuously on the Region V committee since 1993, including many years as its parliamentarian. He also has served in chapter roles, including twice as an Appraisal Institute chapter president in Ohio, and has worked on two successful chapter merger teams. Sherman is principal of Sherman Valuation & Review, LLC, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He has taught courses for the Appraisal Institute since 1992 in 10 states and in Saudi Arabia. He also has served on two course development teams and was chief reviewer for the apartment appraisal course.
The Appraisal Institute is a global professional association of real estate appraisers, with over 17,000 professionals in almost 50 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Individuals of the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations. Learn more at www.appraisalinstitute.org.
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