Hello North Star Chapter members,


Our dedicated board and committees have been hard at work on your behalf, resulting in a. fruitful year for the NS AI Chapter.  I thought I’d give folks an overview of the past year as well as the year ahead.

The 2020 education season is going to be a busy one.   We will be offering the new 2020-2021 USPAP 7 Hour Update course starting in December 2019.  We are also planning offerings outside of the Twin Cities for our members that live in outstate Minnesota.  Through a partnership with the Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO) we will be teaching the Basic Appraisal Principles, Procedures and 15 Hour USPAP courses twice in 2020.  If you know of anyone looking to obtain their appraisal license, let them know.  For those looking to upgrade their license or working towards a designation, we will be offering the General Site Valuation and Cost Approach course as well as Advanced Income Capitalization this spring.  Looking for some good continuing education?  Check out The Discounted Cash Flow Model: Concepts, Issues and Applications or Evaluating Commercial Leases: The Tenant and the Terms Both Matter seminars being offered in March and April respectively.  Be sure to check out the Education section of our website for up-to-the minute classes and seminars.

The Scholarship Committee, chaired by Michelle Koeller, MAI awarded Andrew Totzke a cash award for the most AI chapter classes taken in a year.  Andrew has been busy!  As you may recall, he was awarded the Kurt Ophus Scholarship last year.  A special shout out to Andrew.  Check out the Chapter Scholarships page and Appraisal Institute Education & Relief Foundation on our website for scholarship opportunities.  The Practicing Affiliate Committee had a successful outing this past Summer and is planning two more outings for 2020.  Check the website for events.

The Government Relations Committee, Chaired by Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA, MSSE has had a successful year.  On the state level our fourth bill in a row was signed into law by the Governor in May 2019.  NS GRC is already preparing our draft legislation for the 2020 session.  The items on the agenda are evaluations and out of state CE reciprocity.  Feel free to contact me with questions or issues.

GRC has also been instrumental in the creation and involvement of the Real Estate Appraisal Advisory Board (REAAB).  In fact, four of the seven board members as well as the chair are North Star members!  NS REAAB board members are Jeannee Hebert, Terri Jensen, Byron Miller, and Brian Tinjin chair


Byron E. Miller, SRA, AI-RRS
2020 North Star Chapter President

2020 North Star Chapter President,

Byron E. Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, President – BM Appraisals