We are pleased to announce the Valuation Visionary award winner for 2013 is Greg Stephens of Metro-West Appraisal Co., LLC.
The Valuation Visionary Award has become one of the most prestigious awards in the appraisal industry. Now, in its third year, we are excited to announce this year’s winner is Greg Stephens, SVP of Appraisal Operations and Compliance with Metro-West Appraisal Co. LLC. Each year, the recipient is chosen by the members of the Collateral Risk Network. The purpose of the award is to recognize the person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and professionalism in the valuation industry in the past year.
Greg has been instrumental in writing a white paper on the topic of mentoring and training the next generation. Joan Trice had this to say about Greg upon hearing the results of the vote. “Greg doesn’t just write a theoretical white paper he has an action plan to go along with it. He has done more to engage trainees than anyone else in the US. And for his commitment to the profession he has earned the respect from his peers. I think Greg was an obvious choice.”
When Greg was told he had received the award he was extremely happy. He stated, "This is such a tremendous honor, especially coming from my CRN peers, and especially considering the previous recipients, Tony Pistilli and Mark Linne. It is so fortunate working for a company that welcomes and embraces innovation and change, enabling me to collaborate with the exceptional wealth of knowledge and experience of the CRN members.I want to thank Joan for making it all possible. By creating this incredible network of what I am convinced are the best and brightest in the industry, through the concerted efforts of these industry experts we have the ability to initiate change that would not otherwise be possible."
Be sure to join us in Las Vegas for Valuation Expo 2013 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino for the live presentation of the award. For more information on the Collateral Risk Network or Valuation Expo, email Karen Connolly at Karen@allterragroup.com
About Greg Stephens
Greg Stephens is a recognized subject matter expert in appraisal regulations and standards, whose 35 year career in the industry includes owning and managing a five office regional appraisal firm in Northern California for twenty-four years prior to spending ten years in financial institution valuation QC and governance managing pre and post-closing review teams, monitoring state and federal appraisal-related legislation and USPAP subject matter expert.
Mr. Stephens professional credentials include Certified General appraiser, SRA Designation from the Appraisal Institute, AQB Certified USPAP Instructor through The Appraisal Foundation, CDEI certified distance education instructor through the International Distance Education Certification Center, and is also a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
For over twenty years he has been providing qualifying and continuing education seminars around the country through his seminar company, Appraisal Seminars, the Appraisal Institute and several colleges. He has also been involved in national appraisal organization leadership for over thirty years, most recently as vice president of the North Texas Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and prior board and officer positions with the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, the American Society of Appraisers and is a frequent speaker at national conferences for professional organizations around the country. In September 2011 Mr. Stephens joined Metro-West Appraisal Co. LLC as Senior Vice President Appraisal Operations and Compliance.
Metro-West is the largest independent appraisal firm in the US with over 175+ staff appraisers in 30 states. Metro-West has been in business for over 25 years and the average tenure of the Metro-West staff is 8.5 years. Metro-West has invested in training of their staff offering a full spectrum of compliant products including CVRs in over 50+ metropolitan markets.
One of Metro-West's specialties is review with designated field and desk review experts in every branch. The company is also investing significantly in the development of new appraisers into the industry through a formal national mentoring program that includes 15 trainees pursuing state appraiser certification under the mentorship of their certified staff appraisers.
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