Invited Speakers

Timothy Andersen, MNAA, MAI has been actively involved in the appraisal of real property since 1986.  Since then he has worked for some of the largest appraisal firms in Palm Beach County, Florida, the County Property Appraisers Office, as well as himself.  His experience in appraisal extends from Key West in the south to Brooksville on the northwest part of the state, and many places in between.  This experience includes, vacant sites and raw land, office buildings, apartment complexes, warehouses, schools, day care centers, condo units, condo complexes, and so forth.  He has done expert witness work, tax appeals, eminent domain, mortgage, and estate work.

In 1990, the former Society of Real Estate Appraisers awarded him the SRPA designation.  In 1997, the Appraisal Institute awarded him the MAI designation.  In 2002, he qualified to be a USPAP instructor.  He still teaches both the 7-hour update and 15-hour qualifying classes to both real property and personal property appraisers.  His formal education consists of a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, as well as a Master of Science degree, specifically in real estate appraisal, from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.  Tim is a member of the National Association of Appraisers Board of Directors.

Teaching, writing, and consulting with his fellow appraisers are what he loves to do.  He started teaching the sales persons and brokerage classes in the mid 80s at the local community college, then taught basic appraisal classes when it offered those programs.  He has taught for the Appraisal Institute, the National Association of Master Appraisers, the National Association of Appraisers, National Aircraft Appraisers Association, the Association of Texas Appraisers, the State of Arkansas, the State of Oklahoma, the Wisconsin Realtors® Association, the Columbia Institute, as well as numerous proprietary schools.  In addition to teaching, he has also written numerous articles on various facets of real estate appraisal, two books (with another in the works), as well as numerous classes and seminars on various real estate appraisal-related topics. 

Tim and his wife Debbie live in Florida, with their three children and their four grandchildren close by.

James Baumberger, MNAA, is CEO and part-owner of First Choice Appraisal Management (FCAM), operating an ethical cost-plus business model in CA, ID, NV, OR, and WA. Jim has an outstanding record of providing inspirational executive leadership for appraisal organizations serving the financial services industry. His past positions include Collateral Services Manager for Washington Mutual, Regional Chief Appraiser for Bank of America, Division Appraisal Manager for World Savings, Mortgage Group Leader for Wachovia Bank, and President of Synergy Appraisal Services.

As a certified residential appraiser, Jim’s 30 years of professional appraisal practice includes valuation services for eminent domain, lending, litigation, marketing, and relocation purposes. In addition, Jim has authored numerous qualifying and continuing education courses and training seminars for industry professionals. He frequently presents customized training for agents, appraisers, loan originators, loan processors, and mortgage underwriters.

Jim served for four years on Oregon’s Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board (ACLB), which is the state’s regulatory agency for appraisers and appraisal management companies, including two years as ACLB Board Chair from 2014 through 2016. He currently serves on the executive board of the Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association (OMBA) and chairs the Oregon Association of Realtor’s Appraisal Subcommittee (OAR). Jim is also President of the Oregon Coalition of Real Estate Appraisers (COREA). With his compliance knowledge, appraisal and real estate expertise, and lending experience, Jim is an experienced instructor and knowledgeable speaker.

Melissa Bond, MNAA is a Certified Residential Appraiser licensed in Mississippi and Louisiana.  Since 1994, she has been the sole proprietor of her thriving real property appraisal practice.  This practice specializes in fee appraising for VA, FHA, Fannie Mae, title companies, attorneys, school districts, and the general public.  Melissa is also a State Compliance Reviewer performing investigative reviews for USPAP-compliancy adherence. 

As a Continuing Education Provider and author, she has personally developed over 27 continuing education courses for real property appraisers, tax assessors, lenders, underwriters, REALTORS, etc. She has developed, coordinated, and presented course studies that align with current and prospective licensing issues as presented by the Mississippi and Louisiana State Licensing Boards, as well as, the Standards Board.   

Melissa has served on various Boards and Committees at the local and state levels for REALTOR and appraiser organizations, associations, and coalitions.  She is a board member of the National Association of Appraisers.  Through training opportunities, Melissa has been highly successful in opening and maintaining lines of communication between the REALTOR and appraiser professions.

Serving as an appraiser advocate for licensees, Melissa has assisted numerous appraisers in successfully defending themselves when faced with a consumer complaint before his/her licensing board.  

Jeff Bradford is the founder and CEO of Bradford Technologies, the leader in the new field of Computer-Aided Appraising. He has over 26 years of experience providing appraisers with innovative software solutions and is a nationally recognized expert in computer technology and analytics. His company introduced the industry to statistically supported appraisals and a superior reporting format–the Collateral Valuation Report.  Today, he is focused on expanding opportunities for appraisers in the valuation space.   His company introduced the industry to Computer-Aided Appraising technology which eliminates many of the manual, tedious tasks traditionally performed by an appraiser. Today, Mr. Bradford is focused on harnessing the power of Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence to expand the appraiser’s opportunities and support their valuations.

Prior to founding Bradford Technologies, Mr. Bradford worked at companies such as Apple Computer, Structural Dynamics Research and FMC Central Engineering Labs. He holds three masters degrees. One in Engineering Mechanics, Computer Science and an MBA.

The Collateral Risk Network, which is made up of the leading lenders and chief appraisers across the country, awarded Jeff Bradford, CEO of Bradford Technologies the prestigious Valuation Visionary award for 2014. In 2015, he was recognized by the Mortgage Bankers Association as a Tech All Star for his work in introducing appraisers to the concept of Computer-Aided Appraising.

David Brauner, Senior Broker at is principal of OREP and publisher of Working RE magazine. He has been involved in E&O insurance for real estate appraisers and home inspectors for over 20 years. He founded OREP/Working RE in 2002. OREP is a leading provider of Appraiser E&O insurance nationwide. Visit today for comprehensive coverage at competitive rates.

Craig Capilla is an attorney with the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, focusing his practice on representing appraisers and other professionals in state and federal lawsuits against as well as before various licensing bodies. Previously a prosecutor for the Real Estate Division of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation(IDFPR), Craig has the unique perspective of having been on both sides of litigating appraisal matters, drafting statutes and rules that impact the profession, and working directly with appraisers to minimize the risk of running into trouble. He has taught seminars on the appraisal practice and limiting liability for licensed professionals, and has frequently been a featured speaker at appraisal organization conferences throughout the Midwest, both as an IDFPR prosecutor, and again since he returned to private practice.

Scott Cullen, MNAA is a boots-on-the-ground appraiser from Minneapolis / St Paul where he has been a Certified Residential since 2001. Scott is cofounder of Solomon, a suite of cloud based calculators that use cost data to help appraisers extract depreciation from the market and develop market based adjustments for the sales grid.

Beyond grid adjustments, Solomon supports other assignment results for appraisers like effective age, remaining economic life and site value.

Scott graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and stays busy as a fee appraiser, supporting the Solomon user base and developing CE classes on the Cost Approach.

Lisa Desmarais, MNAA has over 25 years of appraisal experience and is a leader in the industry. The Appraisal Foundation was thrilled to welcome her as the Vice President of Appraisal Issues in April 2020. Prior to joining the foundation in this capacity, Lisa served on both The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Standards Board and Appraisal Practices Board. 

Prior to 2020, Lisa owned her own residential appraisal firm and was heavily involved in all facets of the appraisal profession. In addition to mentoring aspiring appraisers and teaching seminars, she published several papers and served as a peer reviewer for others in the profession. She was also a member of a number of appraisal task forces and research groups dating back to 2011 and served as an expert witness in numerous hearings and court cases.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys tennis and spending time with her family.

Scott W. DiBiasio is the Manager of State & Industry Affairs for the 19,000 member Appraisal Institute.  Based in the real estate appraiser trade association’s Washington, D.C. office, Scott is responsible for tracking state legislative and regulatory issues affecting the real estate appraisal profession across the country.  Scott is also responsible for tracking and working to influence state legislative proposals regarding background checks, appraisal review licensing requirements, and alternate valuation standards.  Scott also works with the leaders and members of the Institute’s 89 chapters to assist them in developing and executing their state government affairs programs.

John Dingeman, MNAA, a California, Nevada and Arizona Certified Residential Appraiser and registered Property Tax Agent in Arizona, is the Chief Appraiser at Class Valuation, in a national Appraisal Management Company (AMC). He also serves as Past-President of the National Association of Appraisers (NAA) and as the Past-President for the Coalition of Arizona Appraisers (CoAA).  He has extensive experience in the appraisal of single family dwellings, small income producing properties, and vacant land; and as an FHA appraiser he specializes in HUD/REO properties.

Additionally, John serves or has served in the community as Board Member to the Arizona Office of Manufactured Housing, Past-President of his homeowner’s association, village planning committee, stakeholder committee for a freeway project, and Past-President of a charitable organization called Arizona Helping Hands. Dingeman has assisted in the development of continuing education course materials approved by the Arizona and California and has instructed appraisal, assessor, mortgage loan origination, and real estate sales classes.

Paul Hardin began his journey growing up on a 1,500 acre row crop, beef cattle and catfish farm in North Mississippi.  He followed that theme with a degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business at Mississippi State University in 1983.  He then went to work with USDA Farmers Home Administration.  This is where he got his start in appraising low income single family housing and then later farms and whatever a farmer might have for collateral.  He worked in several MS offices ranging from Northeast, East Central and the Mississippi Delta.  He left MS and trekked to Washington DC to work at the national scale as a Senior Loan Officer.  This is where he started receiving his formal education in appraising with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).  He was in DC when FIRREA was passed and USPAP came into existence.  He was part of a team to rewrite FmHA’s appraisal regulations and forms to conform with the new USPAP requirements.  He later transferred back to the State Office in MS to work his last 26 years for FmHA that was split into Rural Development and Farm Service Agency in 1995.  He worked for FSA handling loan approvals above $700,000 to orchestrating all foreclosures in MS before retiring in 2016 to continue in his private appraisal practice he created in 1996.  He is currently engaged in residential, commercial and land appraisals in Madison as well as being a broker and engaged in selling the same types of real estate.  He is an Accredited Land Consultant with the Realtors Land Institute with the National Association of Realtors.

Hal Humphreys, MNAA I tell stories. I am a private investigator, an actual licensed PI.

I help defense teams fight criminal and civil charges. I help lawyers tell better stories. I help journalists find facts. I'm a story teller.

I’ve been a research specialist for years: Real estate research, valuation, feasibility studies, internal audit, that kind of thing. I dipped a toe into the cold waters of journalism several years ago, mostly out of a love of words, language, and storytelling.

Which brings us to Hear the Beard. I've presented on a number of topics over the past several years: From one-hour talks to rooms packed with five investigators, to day-long seminars in front of 500 attorneys. I tell stories.

William Hussey is the Board Attorney for the Mississippi Appraisal Board. A native of Jackson, Mississippi and alumni of Millsaps College, William earned his J.D. from Georgia State University.  He provides counsel for a wide range of clients including regulatory agencies, health professionals and organizations, and numerous corporate entities and labor associations.  His practice areas include general civil litigation, disability rights advocacy, regulatory enforcement and compliance, and labor and employment matters for both employers and individuals.

Diana T. Jacob, MNAA is an Certified General Appraiser in New Carolina and Louisiana and Certified Residential in Texas.  She is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructors.  She aided in the original development of the 15-hour USPAP course.  She teaches for several schools and associations throughout the United States.  She is well known as a prominent appraisal instructor and author.  She has authored more than 25 formal publications.  She has three children, eight grandchildren.  Her hobbies are cooking, watching movies, gardening and playing with her dogs.  She resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Amelia Lovorn is currently a Mississippi Appraisal Board member.

Amelia originates from Southaven, Mississippi. She holds an Executive MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Memphis with an emphasis in real estate and finance.

Having obtained both her broker and appraiser’s licenses in the nineties, she is the principal broker of her firm and a certified appraiser in both Mississippi and Tennessee. In addition, she performs many other functions including expert witness testimony, state board investigatory duties, compliance reviews for a number of entities, and is an investment consultant.

Heavily involved in all aspects of real estate, she has served as the local Realtor board president, the president of the Realtor Services Association of the Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors, as an advisory member to the Memphis Association of Realtors, Appraiser Association of Regulatory Officials board and education team member. She served on the Legislative Affairs Committee for the Mississippi Association of Realtors as well as the National Association of Realtors Appraisal Committee. She also serves as a board member for the Bouchillon Institute of Community Planning.

Ms. Lovorn travels throughout the country instructing appraisal/real estate continuing education, pre-licensing courses, bar association court preparation classes, and USPAP consulting for the Justice Department over the past 15+ years. She is an Appraisal Qualification Board Certified USPAP instructor since 2004.

Craig Morley, MNAA is a Certified General appraiser licensed in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. His professional associations include: National Association of Appraisers (NAA), National Association of Realtors (NAR), Appraisal Institute (AI), Coalition of Appraisers of Nevada (CAN), and Utah Association of Appraisers (UAA). With designations from NAA and NAR.

Craig was appointed to the Utah Appraiser Licensing and Appraisal Board by the Governor of Utah in 2004 to 2012, having chaired the board for 4 of those years. Craig is the past president of the Washington County Board of Realtors, past president of the Utah Association of Realtors, and is a past president of the National Association of Appraisers. He is also currently serving in the NAR Real Property Valuation Committee. Craig is a licensed education instructor for Real Estate and Appraisal as well as for Accurity Valuation Corporate Commercial Appraisal Development.

Craig has been a full-time real estate appraiser since 1984, with his appraisal experience in appraising most types of commercial property, residential property, easements, water rights. He also has experience in litigation valuation together with residential and commercial development. Craig has been qualified as an expert witness in district court in Utah and Nevada as well as providing testimony in Georgia, US District court and federal bankruptcy courts.

In 2020, Craig has been appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Appraisal Foundation to serve on the Appraisal Standards Board. This is a 3-year commitment.

James (Jim) R. Park, Jim has served as The Executive Director of the Appraisal Subcommittee in Washington, DC since 2009. He is the senior staff person responsible for the day-to-day ASC operations and staff. Under direction of the ASC, the Executive Director is responsible for implementing ASC policies, overseeing its programs and budget, and developing recommendations to the ASC members.  The Executive Director also represents the ASC before state appraisal regulatory officials; federal regulatory officials, federal and state legislators, and various appraisal industry groups.

During his career Jim has held executive management and leadership roles within the mortgage banking and appraisal industries.

Jim holds a B.A. in organizational communications from the University of Colorado and a certified general appraisal license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Isaac Peck is the Vice President of Operations and Marketing at OREP and the Editor of Working RE magazine (appraiser and home inspector editions). He has served the appraisal industry with the latest news and valuable information for over 8 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting Information Systems from San Diego State University.

Robert Praytor has been the Administrator to the Mississippi Real Estate Commission and the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board since July 1, 1998. 

 Mr. Praytor became licensed as a Real Estate Broker in 1972 and a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in 1991.  He was the President of a real estate brokerage and appraisal firm from 1974 until 1998.  He was elected as the first "President-Elect" of the of the Mississippi Association of Realtors® (MAR) in 1984, became President of MAR in 1985, was the "Region 5" Regional Vice-President of the National Association of Realtors® in 1990, Chairman of the National Association of Realtors® Education Committee in 1991, is a past Realtor® of the Year for the MAR, is a member of the MAR Realtor® Hall of Fame and is a member of Omega Tau Rho, a national honorary society for distinguished service to the real estate profession.

He served from 1992 until 1998 as a member of the MS Appraisal Board, with two of those years being chairman.  He was one of the original directors of the Association of Appraisal Regulatory Officials (AARO) and served as a Regional Vice-President for the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) in both 2010 and 2011.

He is married to Lynette Magee-Praytor, a licensed real estate broker and the Vice-President and General Manager for Crye-Leike Realtors® in the state of Mississippi.  He has a son, a step-son, a daughter and a son-in-law who are all certified real estate appraisers.

Jared Preisler, MNAA has been in the Appraisal Industry for 20+ years as an independent fee appraiser.  He joined the DataMaster team in 2016 as their Chief Appraiser and Director of Product Development.

Jared maintains a pulse on the appraisal industry by teaching, continuing as an independent fee appraiser and training new appraisers.

 He earned his SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute in 2011 and in 2014 became a certified instructor for the Appraisal Institute.  He serves as the Government Relations Chair for the Utah Chapter. He has served as a board of trustee member and Vice President of the Utah Association of Appraisers since 2010 (UAA).

Jared has developed several CE courses for the real estate profession in his capacity with UAA and as a board member of the Utah Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

Prior to becoming an appraiser Jared earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University.  Jared owned a remodeling and construction company and home inspection company.  He also owned and managed 64 rental properties, sold plastic injection molding and managed a truck rental company.

He and his wife Lisa have 4 children, the oldest Taylor is recently married and attends BYU as a pre-Med student. Ashley is recently returned from serving a fulltime mission for the LDS Church in Seoul Korea and is now a Junior at Southern Virginia University and part of their Women Soccer team, Bostin is a freshman at Southern Virginia University and a Goalie for their Men’s Lacrosse Team.  Their youngest MyKenzie is in the 9th grade at North Ogden Jr High.

Jared is passionate about real estate; he loves watching his kids play sports, traveling with Lisa, and golfing.

R. Wayne Pugh, MAI, CRE is the CEO and founder of Software for Real Estate Professionals (SFREP) where his firm has developed residential appraisal software for almost 30 years.  Mr. Pugh is also the CEO of R. Wayne Pugh and Company, a real estate consulting and appraisal firm founded in Baton Rouge in 1975.  He is graduate of LSU, holding a degree in Real Estate Finance.  From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Pugh had the honor to serve as an officer of the Appraisal Institute wherein he served as national president in 2008.  Many appraisers also know Wayne as the author of the Cool Tools column for Valuation Magazine.  In recent years, he has also had the honor of chairing the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board.

Lyle Radke is Director of Fannie Mae’s Collateral Policy team, which establishes and maintains policy standards for appraisals and property eligibility. Shortly after receiving a master’s degree in Geology from Brigham Young University, Lyle began his career in real estate valuation in New Mexico. After nearly nine years of appraisal field work, he joined the Valuation Department of GMAC Mortgage, becoming manager in 2007. In that role, he hired and trained a large valuation review team from the ground up, as well as supervised the creation of one of the first XML appraisal delivery platforms. Looking for a new challenge in 2013, he joined Fannie Mae to work on Collateral Underwriter and other collateral policy initiatives.

Bryan S. Reynolds, MNAA, CDEI is a certified appraiser with thirty years of experience in real property appraising and mortgage banking.  He is an investigator, author, instructor and nationally featured speaker in the appraisal field.  He is certified as an AQB USPAP Instructor, Registered Agent with the TN State Board of Equalization and FHA Fee Appraiser.  Bryan is also recognized as an expert witness qualified by various courts.  His articles have been published in the Appraisal Buzz, Working Real Estate Magazine , and USA Lawyer Guide.  He has also published several books including Fannie Mae CU & You, Navigating FHA, and Appraiser’s Guide to Covering Your Assets.  Bryan is a contributing author to REO Appraising and Appraising in a Depressed Market.  Bryan owns Reynolds and Associates, Reynolds Appraisal Service, Fine Point Valuations and he is a founding partner in Appraiser e-Learning.  His on-line classes can be located at Appraiser  Bryan is the President of the National Association of Appraisers.

Greg Stephens, MNAA, SRA is a recognized subject matter expert in appraisal regulations and standards, whose 35 plus 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.

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.

For over thirty years, Mr. Stephens has also been involved in national appraisal organization leadership- most recently as the 2013 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. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences for professional organizations around the country and was voted the Collateral Risk Network 2013 Valuation Visionary for life-long contributions to the industry.

In 2014 he developed a 7 Hour on-line review course that was approved by The Appraisal Foundation Appraiser Qualifications Board. Current industry advisory positions include Chair, Government and Legislative Affairs, National Appraisal Congress, Vice Chair, Government Affairs Council, Collateral Risk Network and committee member, National Association of Appraisers, Government Relations Committee and a member of the board of directors.

In September 2011 Mr. Stephens joined Metro-West Appraisal Co. LLC as Senior Vice President, Appraisal Operations and Compliance and in December 2013 was promoted to Chief Appraiser, SVP Compliance where his responsibilities include corporate policies and procedures, federal and state appraisal regulatory compliance, national staff.

Joshua Walitt, MNAA is the principal consultant for Walitt Solutions. He provides short- and long-term consulting services related to compliance, valuation, education, review, and investigations. Clients include lending institutions, appraisers, appraisal management companies, attorneys, accountants, education providers, regulators, and others.

With over 20 years of experience, Walitt’s skillset includes appraisal, banking, regulations, policy, training, licensing, audit, and enforcement. His core goal is to foster clients’ efficiency, accuracy, compliance, and growth through appropriate methodology and technology, sound reasoning and communication skills, and proper oversight.

He writes for industry publications and speaks at events such as the Appraisal Institute’s Annual Conference, Appraisal Summit and Expo, Valuation Expo, Appraiser’s Conference and Trade Show, Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials, and other client and industry conferences.  Walitt designs seminars and continuing education courses for online and classroom delivery.

In 2013, he was the appraiser member of Colorado’s AMC Rulemaking Taskforce. In 2015, Walitt designed the Market Machine, a market analysis and modeling tool used by appraisers throughout the U.S. He has also provided valuation consulting for international applications. Walitt has been recognized as an expert witness in local and federal court.

Walitt holds the SRA & AI-RRS designations with the Appraisal Institute, is the Vice President of the National Association of Appraisers (MNAA), holds a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) certificate, is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, is an Appraisal Institute approved instructor, and served on the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers.

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