President’s Message for ASA NorCal Chap. Sept., 2010 by Robert P. Lentz III, ASA


The American Society of Appraisers and Our Chapter


This is my first message to you as your new president of our NorCal Chapter.  I look forward to the upcoming year, and to seeing many more of you actively engaged in our Chapter meetings and seminars.


The American Society of Appraisers is "The International Society of Professional Valuers," and is the only appraisal organization offering the range of all six disciplines:


        ARM               Appraisal Review and Management

        BV                  Business Valuation

        G&J                Gems and Jewelry

        MTS                Machinery and Technical Specialties

        PP                   Personal Property                                 

        RP                   Real Property


The ASA is "The Gold Standard in Valuation," requiring the most rigorous accreditation standards in the appraisal industry.


To be a member of the American Society of Appraisers is truly an honor, as ASA membership represents the highest standards of ethics, training and professionalism.  Simply put, the American Society of Appraisers offers to its members (and to the general community) the education, experience, integrity and reputation that no other appraisal organization offers.  In each of the ASA’s six disciplines, our members have the expertise provided by solid preparation, continuing professional education, peer review and professional contacts.


These are the very qualities that your clients seek, and which you must provide to stand out in this increasingly competitive environment.


Again this year, our Chapter will be offering local seminars that are timely and cost-competitive with distant alternatives.  Our meeting topics are directed and appealing to all disciplines.  Your participation will be “time well spent.”


Our first event of the 2010 – 2011 Chapter fiscal year is our annual Candidates’ Night on Thursday, September 9th.  This dinner meeting, at no cost to you, should be “required attendance” for those of you who seek that extra “leg up” in completing all the requirements for the Accredited Member or Accredited Senior Appraiser designation.  It will provide you candidates with the opportunity to network with other candidates and with more senior members in your discipline, … and, I hope, ultimately complete your goal in getting that difficult designation.  It also provides senior members with the  opportunity to meet with and mentor the younger members of our Chapter. 


Candidates, please remember that self-learning is the order of the day.  That undergraduate degree or even that post graduate degree you earned ten or twenty years ago simply doesn’t cut it in this constantly changing environment.  As with all things in this life, you generally get out of it what you put in.


I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 9th at L’Olivier in San Francisco!


Bob Lentz      510-530-0296