I am honored and excited to be your 2017 President, thank you to the membership for electing me. I’d like to thank my fellow officers in advance for their assistance in 2017, which include Vice President James Meehan, Treasurer Dan Mistichelli and Gary Wade Secretary as well as the 2017 Board, Committee Chairs and Committee members.
In addition, Gregg Manzione deserves a special congratulations and thank you for all his hard work as the 2016 President of the Chapter as well as his many years of service to the chapter. Finally an extra big thank you to Debra Miller for all her hard work as Executive Director to the Metro New Jersey Chapter as well as executive director to our region. Without Debra our chapter and region would not run as smoothly as it does year after year.
The Appraisal Institute and the Metro New Jersey Chapter have some challenges ahead of us in the next few years. New Chapter finance practices are in the works to be beta tested in 2017 and rolled out to all the chapters in 2018. For better or worse, the duties of the chapters are slowly being shifted to our national organization. One major reason for these changes is the lack of chapter volunteers across the country. Fortunately, the Metro New Jersey Chapter has not run into this issue yet and hopefully never will.
In 2016 there were 17 new MAI/SRA’s and 5 new AI-GRS’s, which was a great year for designations. However, out of these 22 designee’s, less than half are volunteering in 2017 on a committee. Volunteering does not take up substantial time, but a few hours a year. So consider getting involved to help continue making the Metro New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute one of the strongest in the organization.
One of the first ways to get involved is at our Chapter Leadership strategic planning meeting, which will be held on January 12th at the Holiday Inn in Clark, New Jersey. This meeting is not just for board members and committee chair people and members, but for anyone who would like to give their input into the chapter. All are encouraged to attend. Contact Debra at the chapter office for details.
In addition, to the leadership meeting, our chapter has some great events coming up this year. The first is our February meeting at the Spanish Tavern. The topic will be technology in our industry and as usual there will be good food (and sangria) served.
Next up is our chapter fundraising event. Held in March of 2017, it will be at the brand new TopGolf facility in Edison, New Jersey. The facility is brand new and I encourage everyone to attend. Bring a client, a friend or a coworker. There will be games, food, drinks, prizes and more. Non-golfers are more than welcome and if you do not have clubs, not an issue, the facility has brand new Callaway Clubs for use by all. The charity this year is Avon39, with the proceeds going towards Laura Whitaker, a member of our chapter and breast cancer survivor and her sister Dina Hanlon, who will be walking in the event in 2017.
Finally, the Princeton Conference will be held on April 28th. As usual, this event will provide 7 hours of continuing education credits and the committee chaired by Tom Lenahan and Chris Otteau have some amazing speakers already lined up.
To conclude, thank you again to the membership for electing me and thank you to all who have and will be volunteering their time for the chapter. I look forward to working with you in 2017. Feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at email@example.com.
Joe Baldoni, MAI
2017 Metro New Jersey Chapter President