Happy Summer North Star Chapter members,

I hope you’re all enjoying the start to your summer season, especially after the long cold spring we had. I for one am looking forward to the long summer days!

As a quick recap, we had our first quarter board meeting and chapter meeting on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, at the Golden Valley Country Club. We had over 80 attendees for the chapter meeting, which was highlighted by our own Josh Folland, MAI and CCIM, who moderated a panel of speakers that discussed the new rent control legislation in St. Paul. A special thank you to Josh and his panel of speakers that included Thomas O’Neil, Vice President of Market Development at Colliers Mortgage; Maureen Michalski, Vice President of Development at Ryan Companies; Ted Bickel, Senior Executive Vice President of Capital Markets and Investment Services at Colliers; and Brad Moore, MAI and Principal at Nicollet Partners. Thank you all for making this a great event. Also, thanks to all of our chapter members who attended. It was good to see everyone out and about on a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day!

We also held our 23rd Annual Real Estate Trends seminar at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville on June 8th. We had a fantastic turnout with over 160 attendees who received 7 hours of appraisal, real estate and/or assessor CE. A special thank you to Ethan Waytas, Byron Miller, Brett Hall, Christy Mackaman and Doug Stangohr for their contributions in organizing the event.

Three of our North Star Chapter members recently took part in the Leadership Development and Advisory Council (LDAC) meetings in Washington, D.C. on May 18th through the 20th. For those of you that are unfamiliar, LDAC is a group of dedicated appraisers who come together once a year in Washington D.C., to formulate solutions to problems and challenges faced by the appraisal profession. Each year, the North Star Chapter supports this trip for two or three of our members that are interested in attending LDAC. This year, the North Star Chapter members that attended LDAC included Sam Adesiji, Solomon Akanki and Corey Kost. If any of you are interested in the experience or want to learn more about LDAC, please visit the Appraisal Institute’s website or reach out to Sam, Solomon or Corey. I am sure they would be happy to discuss their experiences in Washington, D.C.

We are busy planning the rest of our board meetings and chapter meetings for the remainder of 2022 – stay tuned for further details.

For those of you that are interested, the Appraisal Institute’s Annual Conference will be held in Las Vegas on August 2-3. More information is available on the Appraisal Institute’s website.

I hope you all enjoy the summer, and I will see you at one of our next chapter meetings!

Scott E. Neu, MAI
2022 North Star Chapter President