|American Society of Appraisers: Philadelphia Chapter Serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey|
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2012-13 CHAPTER MEETINGS: September 18, November 20, January 15 (breakfast), March 19 and May 21. More ...
Welcome to the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers!
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Serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey
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Best Chapter Mentor Program
The ASA Philadalphia Chapter was one of only four Chapters to come home from the 2013 Joint International Appraisers and Advanced Business Valuation Conferences in San Antonio with an Award plaque in its kit bag. At the annual International Awards luncheon, presided over by ASA International President, J. Mark Penny, ASA, Chapter President Robert J. Luciani, ASA accepted the Award for Best Chapter Mentor Program. As a member and past President of the Philadelphia Chapter -- and a 2-term Regional Governor -- Mark Penny knows mentoring is a core Chapter value, one that has brought the Best Chapter Mentor Program trophy home to Philadelphia from three previous International Conferences.
Susan Golashovsky, ASA: 2013 Sinclair Award Winner!
The 2013 George D. Sinclair Professionalism Award was presented to Philadelphia Chapter member and ASA Region 1 Governor, Susan Golashovsky, ASA by Samuel F. Luceno, FASA (left) at the Chapter's September meeting. The Award, which was created in 2003 by the Philadelphia Chapter, recognizes an individual -- not necessarily a Chapter member -- whose actions have enhanced the appraisal profession. Ms. Golashovsky is the principal of her eponymous Doylestown, PA appraisal consultancy, which serves corporate, general public, industry and governmental clients worldwide. She is accredited in Personal Property with specialty designations in Residential Contents, Antiques & Decorative Arts, Antique Furniture, and American Folk Art. She also holds a Winterthur Museum certificate in American Material Culture and is an elected Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (National Museums Scotland). Known for her wide-ranging expertise, Susan is often called upon for presentations and mentoring. Before joining the Board of Governors, Ms. Golashovsky served ASA as Chair of the Ethics Committee, and is a past President of the Philadelphia Chapter. She is the immediate Vice-Chair of the Personal Property Committee. As the 2013 recipient of the Sinclair Award, Susan Golashovsky is both honored by and does honor to the award.
Mass Appraisal Designations Revised
The ASA Real Property Committee recently released a white paper outlining an updated and expanded Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal designations. Philadelphia Chapter member Samuel F. Luceno, FASA, (at right in photo) who chairs the Committee, recommends an AppraisalBuzz article Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal: A New Direction and Opportunity by Micheal R. Lohmeier, FASA, which describes the circumstances and logic behind the new designations. Mr. Lohmeier, also a member of the Real Property Committee, is Assessor for the City of Auburn Hills, Michigan. In brief, the new designations are Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal – General, and Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal – Residential, both of which have rigorous experience, education and examination requirements.
Mark Penny Swears in 2012-13 Officers
Susan Golashovsky Elected to Board of Governors
Susan M. Golashovsky, ASA, a personal property appraiser who has served ASA in many capacities, has been elected to the Board of Governors for Region 1. When not working with the clients of her eponymous Doylestown, PA appraisal consultancy, Ms. Golashovsky also serves ASA as Vice-Chair of the International Personal Property Committee and Chair of the International Ethics Committee. As a member of the Board of Governors, she can be expected to advocate for high standards of experience, ethics, and education. An exemplar of the "well-educated appraiser," she holds a Winterthur Museum certificate in American Material Culture and has earned ASA accreditation in multiple specialities. Raising the bar for standards, she is designated in Residential Contents-General, American Folk Art and Antique Furniture, and Antiques & Decorative Arts.
Chapter Supports George Sinclair Fund
At a time when true heroes and great leaders are hard to find, the Philadelphia Chapter is fortunate to have had among its members George D. Sinclair, FASA (1925-2005), whose example continues to inspire. To carry on George's tradition of generous mentoring, the Chapter established a George Sinclair Memorial International Education Fund in 2006, making the initial contribution. The Fund, which is administered by ASA, provides tuition assistance to qualified international applicants, including most recently to Machinery & Technical Specialties Candidate, David Mbindyo of Kenya.
This year, with the economy making scholarships more important than ever, the Philadelphia Chapter is pleased to announce a grant-in-aid to the George Sinclair Fund of $750.
Past Regional Governor J. Mark Penny, ASA of Hempstead & Co., Inc. in Somerdale, New Jersey has also made a generous contribution, donating the $250 honorarium he received for conducting the recent USPAP Update Course.
ASA members and the public are encouraged to support the fund too. Donations to the George F. Sinclair, FASA International Studies Fund can be sent payable to "ASA Chapter 35" to ASA-Philadelphia, 8 Terrace Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, or payable to "ASAEF" to ASA Educational Foundation, 555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125, Herndon, VA 20170.