Valuation Expo 2012 has come and gone. It's hard to believe that a year's worth of planning spills out in just a few days time and then it's over. We want to thank our great speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who made it all possible. And, of course, our attendees, without whom there would be no point. From the initial response, sounds like they had as much fun as we did.
We had three action packed days of meetings and expo time. Here's a recap for those of you who missed it.
The event kicked off on Thursday November 8th with the Collateral Risk Network meeting sponsored by ACI, Clearbox, Global DMS, LPS and Metro-West Appraisals. Coffee was courtesy of Collateral Risk Solutions. The CRN meeting covered AMC regulation, Evaluations, an NAHB Appraisal Workgroup, and Repurchases. It was a fact filled meeting with some engaging dialogue tackling current issues in the valuation industry. For more information on the CRN, go to www.collateralrisknetwork.com.
Thursday also included the ACI Technology workshop. ACI hosted a day long workshop which covered a variety of topics including mobile appraisal products, integrations, regression analysis, and STATS/CVP. The workshop concluded with an "Ask the Experts" session encompassing everything UAD to USPAP for the ACI experts to answer.
The Trade Show Opening Reception began at 4:00 pm and featured the first round of the 2012 Valuation Expo Cornhole tournament. There was a great deal of energy in the room as each attendee walked around collecting trade show goodies from the vendors in their Valuation Expo bags sponsored by NDC/FREA. With appraisers meeting with the exhibitors, networking and finding some time to play, it was obvious that a good time was had by all. Afterward, The Appraiser's Club hosted a workshop for appraisers featuring details on how to market your appraisal business.
On Friday, November 9th, the general sessions kicked off the Keynote Panel moderated by Robert T. Murphy of Fannie Mae. CLICK HERE to see a list of the sponsors who helped us put on the event. Morning coffee was courtesy of Solidifi. After lunch, Tony Pistilli, the 2011 Valuation Visionary Award winner, moderated the Valuation Visionary Panel and kicked it off by presenting the 2012 Valuation Visionary Award to Mark Linné of Bradford Technologies. When asked about this year's expo Mark Linné commented "This year's conference was simply remarkable in terms of the amount and quality of information available". Linné noted that the view of panelists and participants were very positive on the opportunities for appraisers-and this resonated with the attendees. "There was an energy at the conference that is hard to describe-but I think that there was an enthusiasm for the future of the industry which I had not seen until recently."
The first day of continuing education, was followed by a cocktail hour for all attendees. The Mercury Network by a la mode sponsored free frozen margaritas for all attendees. Funny how no one minds a big line when there's a free drink waiting for you at the other end. The Cornhole Tournament concluded with Jason Goldberg and Tony Pontikis of Real Valuation Services edging out the championship over Ted Mullucey and Jon Forrester of Southwest Financial Services. Trophies and prizes were handed out to the winners.
The final day began on Saturday, November 10th, with coffee sponsored by Clearbox. The topics were an Appraiser Town Hall Meeting moderated by George Opelka of ACI and Reengineering the Appraisal Process moderated by Scott Reuter of Bank of America. Everyone agreed that the continuing education this year was engaging and covered all the hot topics facing appraisers today.
After lunch, we announced the Appraisal Bee winners. The prizes were incredible. Those attendees who took the time to fill out their AppraisalBee game cards by visiting all the participating booths were entered to win. Exhibitors donated a long list of terrific prizes making it worth the attendees while to participate. Fortunately the winner of the big screen TV was a drive in attendee and was able to get it home with no problem. Others walked away with iPads, a jambox, video cameras, a Kindle, gift certificates, website design and other appraisal related tools.
The exhibitors enjoyed a successful event. Ramir Rodriguez of Treasure Valley Factors said, "Valuation Expo 2012 in San Antonio, TX was a great event. I enjoyed meeting appraisers that came from all over the country, networking with other exhibitors, and participating in the First Annual Cornhole Tournament where my partner and I took 3rd Place! A job well done to all those behind the scenes in making Valuation Expo 2012 a success! I'm already looking forward to next year!!!"
Karen Connolly, Director of Continuing Education for Allterra Group said, "This was a record breaking year for Valuation Expo on many levels. We had more exhibitors than ever before, we gave away more prizes than ever before and we received the Continuing Education approvals in record time. That, along with the energy on the trade show floor meant a successful event for everyone!"
Now, we turn our attention to next year's Valuation Expo being planned for Las Vegas. We will be announcing next year's venue shortly so keep a look out for more details to come and we hope to see you next year.
For more information on Valuation Expo go to www.ValuationExpo.com.