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The North Carolina Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is part of a global association and was chartered in 1957 under the predecessor organization, American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.  Today, the NC Chapter has just under 600 Designated Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates, and Affiliates across the state including over 300 of whom have achieved the MAI and/or SRA designations through the Appraisal Institute (www.AppraisalInstitute.org).   Every year, our Chapter hosts over a dozen educational offerings to real estate practitioners.  We meet four times a year in key cities across the state.  Our mission statement is "The mission of the chapter is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide."

 The Chapter is the largest in Region V and strives to provide superior AI benefits at the local level.  We are headquartered in the Piedmont Triad area of the state.

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Dear NC Appraisal Institute Colleagues: 

As I begin to write this on November 19, 2015, I am traveling to Chicago to attend the 2016 Appraisal Institute Board of Director’s dinner meeting where our very own NCAI member, Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, will be installed as the 2016 President of the Appraisal Institute. Claire Aufrance, MAI and Nancy Linton-Hall are also traveling to attend, as we are collectively representing our chapter to show our support for Scott, who has served our chapter, our region, and the Appraisal Institute in countless ways. I think I can speak for everyone in our chapter when I say we are extremely happy and proud of Scott for all that he has and will accomplish. On behalf of all our NC Chapter members, Scott, thanks so much for all you do for the appraisal profession. 

As I mentioned, it is late November and my year as president has flown. It has been an honor to represent our chapter as President in 2015. In January 2016, I will be handing off this position to the very capable Claire Aufrance, MAI, who has big plans for 2016. I don't want to steal any of her thunder, so I won't get into any of the 2016 plans, but expect great things! 

I would like to use this space to highlight some of our chapter's accomplishments in 2015 and to recognize those that helped.

 As I mentioned in my installation speech, I believed that 2015 would be the year of Government Relations. And it didn't disappoint. Under the leadership of the dedicated Joel Tate, SRA, the Government Relations Committee (GRC) made significant strides toward becoming an even more formalized and dynamic committee. As most of you know, we hired David Ferrell as our lobbyist in December 2014. His efforts and effectiveness on our behalf have been tremendous. Over the course of the year, we monitored, vetted, and acted upon several legislative bills. Most notable is House Bill 651. While it was introduced by another organization, key players asked us to become involved with it and we were instrumental (lead by Joel and David) in getting the final version of the bill passed. Joel will be handing the GRC reins to Mike Moody, MAI for 2016 and I know Mike will continue to build upon the recent GRC successes. 

 As many of you already know, North Carolina will host the 2016 AI Annual Conference on July 25-27 in Charlotte. Our Chapter began planning for this event in early 2015, as the host chapter typically plays a prominent role in the event. We will put our best foot forward and it is certain to be a success. Laura Mallory, MAI has been spearheading NCAI’s public relations effort in regards to the meeting. If you’d like to help NCAI with the Annual Conference in any way, please reach out to Nancy or Laura. 

In an effort to better market/promote our chapter events, to help build the AI and NCAI brand, and to engage more members and non-members, we have increased our social media presence in 2015. We are now on Twitter and Instagram, as well as Facebook and Linkedin, which we have been using for some time. Miles Hamrick, MAI, AI-GRS will be leading the effort on social media. We look forward to this new way of connecting with our chapter professionals and non AI professionals. So...please follow us on Twitter at @AINorthcarolina and on Instagram at @AI_North_Carolina. 

As I complete the writing of this, I am on a plane heading back to Charlotte after the Board of Directors' dinner meeting. It was a great privilege to see Scott and his fellow officers installed at that meeting. It is very apparent that the National officers are truly humbled and honored to serve the members and the profession in general. Their selflessness and unending energy and enthusiasm to put AI and the profession first knows no bounds. As we look toward 2016, we are in terrific and capable hands of Scott on the National level and with Claire Aufrance, MAI on the state level. The future truly is very bright for both AI and NCAI.

Thank you for your continued support of the Appraisal Institute and the North Carolina Chapter. It has been an honor and privilege to represent the NC Chapter over the past 5 years as an officer and this past year as President. Looking back over the years, I have held some sort of volunteer position with NCAI for each of the past 15 years. It has been time well spent and has been incredibly rewarding. I encourage everyone to get involved – either on the branch chapter level, chapter level, regional level, or national level. There are so many opportunities to volunteer within our organization, that anyone can find a spot that suits them in terms of topic and time commitment. Please consider it and please reach out to anyone on the board of directors or Nancy to get started. I promise you won't regret it. 

Thanks again,
Brian Bryant, MAI
Chapter President



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