Every year the North Star Chapter nominates one or more representatives to attend the Leadership Development & Advisory Council (LDAC) in Washington, DC. This year the Chapter was represented by Brett Hall, MAI, SRA; Cory Kost, MAI; and Christine Mackaman, MAI. Below, read about the valuable lessons they learned at the conference. Perhaps you will be inspired to apply for next year’s Council!
LDAC 2018 North Star Chapter representatives at the Hart Senate Office Building.
From left: Cory Kost, MAI; Brett Hall, MAI, SRA; Christine Mackaman, MAI
Brett Hall, MAI, SRA (Education Chair): “LDAC is an amazing experience. I would highly recommend it to any chapter member. LDAC brings together 100 of the best and brightest appraisal minds (I’m not one of them, but Cory and Christine were there to take up my slack) with the goal of formulating ideas about how to solve some of our industry’s toughest problems. It also is an opportunity to discuss ways to increase membership not just in the Appraisal Institute but the profession as a whole. This is my third year at LDAC and during my time a common theme has been discussed: the impact that over-regulation has on our industry.
We face many other challenges such as the difficulty and expense of attracting and training new appraisers, a decline in our numbers that is causing clients to seek valuation alternatives, enforcement actions based on an ever-changing set of standards, inconsistent licensing and continuing education requirements across state lines to name a few. However, most of the challenges we face are a result of the outdated regulatory structure.
I have come away from the conference with the firm belief that the single most important thing we can do at the local level is to positively influence legislative change. Thanks to our Government Relations Chair, Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, the North Star Chapter has become a nationally recognized example of just how effective appraisers can be if we actively engage in the political process. Each of us needs to get involved and support that important work, not only for the good of our membership, but also for the good of the profession as a whole.”
Christine Mackaman, MAI: “LDAC is a great way to meet other professionals interested in promoting and growing the appraisal industry. Also, it’s a good opportunity to meet our state congresspeople to promote the industry and to be a soundboard regarding real estate and valuation issues to our legislators.
We had four outstanding discussion leaders this year. Charles Barker encouraged teams to discuss the perception of the Appraisal Institute as an organization – strengths, weaknesses, and solutions. Jeff Harris led a discussion regarding opportunities in the future for the appraisal industry. Michael Lamb brought the topic of building community and how to foster community within the appraisal industry. Jacinto Munoz encouraged attendees to think outside of the box, and explore how – as professionals and as an industry – growth can occur.”