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Members Only Archives
The Members Only Area is primarily for ASA Philadelphia Chapter members, candidates and staff, but you're welcome to browse, too. Not a member? Considering joining us. You'll be in good company! This page contains past Members Only Items. Current items are on the Members Only Page.
Advancements: Class of 2011
Six Philadelphia Chapter Appraisers have completed the requirements for advanced accreditation. Business Valuation Appraisers, Kevin Moore, ASA of BCG Valuations in Pennington, NJ, and Nicholas Hoffmaster, ASA and Randall Raifsnider, ASA, both with ParenteBeard, Nicholas in the York, PA office and Randall in Reading, PA, can now add the ASA designation to their business stationery. Machinery & Technical Specialties Appraiser Richard Jordan, ASA of De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. in Exton, PA, also advanced to ASA status. Additionally, Business Valuation Appraisers, Michael Cunningham, AM of the Philadelphia firm of Hempstead & Co., Inc, and Michael Peter Ghelardi, AM at Ernst & Young in Philadelphia are now both Accredited Members of the Society.
Susan Golashovsky, ASA: Chairs Ethics
Susan Golashovsky, ASA, Philadelphia's peripatetic personal property appraiser, known for service to professionalism,
was appointed Chair of the International Ethics Committee at the 2010 ASA International Conference in Nevada. Ms. Golashovsky also serves as Vice Chair of ASA's Personal Property Committee.
June 2010 Advancement
Congratulations are in order for James H. Cassidy, III, ASA of KPMG's Philadelphia Office who has completed the requirements and earned the right to add the ASA designation to his business card. James' qualified in the Real Property/Urban specialty.
Shirley S. Swaab, ASA: In Memoriam
Coupling a razar sharp wit with unbridled generosity, she was a perpetual Chapter cheerleader and unselfish mentor.
The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) is pleased to announce renewal of its grant in support of the George F. Sinclair, FASA International Studies Fund, one of the memorial funds administered by the ASA Educational Foundation.
The Sinclair Fund was established in 2006 by the Philadelphia Chapter in memory of George F. Sinclair (1925-2005), one of its most illustrious members. George, who was accredited in both Real Estate and Machinery & Equipment, served the ASA in many capacities, including as Northeast Regional Governor and as International President, often using his assignments to foster a generous commitment to education and mentoring.
The Sinclair Fund provides tuition assistance to qualified international applicants, including most recently to Machinery & Technical Specialties Candidate, David Mbindyo of Kenya. Mr. Mbindyo has completed ASA Course ME201 (Introduction to Machinery and Equipment Valuation) and is continuing his professional education with support from the Sinclair Fund.
The Philadelphia Chapter hopes to assist others, like Mr. Mbindyo, in the near future as part of its ongoing commitment to elevate and maintain educational standards within the appraisal profession. The Sinclair Fund provides a ready means to renew and extend the commitment rooted and nourished by George.
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.
New Applicants for Membership: May 2009
The following applicants for membership were approved at the May 2009 Board meeting: Shawn Cahalane in Machinery & Techinical Specialties, and in Business Valuation, Michael Harmeson and James F. Killmeyer. Welcome to our new applicants!
Philadelphia ASA at American Association of Museums Conference
|John Woods, ASA, Shirley Sue Swaab, ASA and Sandie Tropper, ASA staff the ASA booth at the American Association of Museums Conference in Philadelphia April 30-May 3, 2009.
Personal Property members of the Philadelphia Chapter took turns manning a booth at the American Association of Museums conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center, April 30 thru May 3, 2009. Alexa Breslin, Candidate, Katherine Linzey AM, Barry Slosberg, ASA, Shirley Sue Swaab, ASA, Judy Lepow, ASA, Andrew Bertolino, ASA and Susan Golashovsky, ASA all volunteered. They were joined by John Woods, ASA from CT and Sandie Tropper, ASA Chair of the International Personal Property Committee.
ASA's Personal Property Committee held a panel discussion at the conference called "Latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Update: Changes for Gifts and Donations to Museums." The panel, chaired by Laurette McCarthy, AM, an independent scholar and curator, included Karen Carolan, Chief, Art Appraisal Services, IRS, Washington, DC, Frances Zeman, FASA, Fine Arts Appraiser, and Romy Vreeland, Assistant Manager for Acquisitions, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
The event was a great success with ASA volunteers networking with many museum professionals and distributing Philadelphia Chapter brochures until they ran out. The International Personal Property Committee extends sincere thanks to the Philadelphia Chapter volunteers who were generous with their time and donations.
Betty Snyder, writing in the Spring 2008 ASA Professional, said "You have a tool in your practice's marketing bag of tricks that you may not be using to best advantage. Some recent changes to guidelines for use of the ASA logo should help boost the ASA recognition factor and help drive business to your practice." Here's the Branding Policy, adopted as ASA Resolution 03-08-03 in March 2008, that spells out how to use the ASA logo to best effect on your stationery, business cards, marketing materials, and website. Current logos, which can be obtained from the ASA Members Only homepage or by calling (703-733-2107) or emailing Betty Snyder, should be implemented no later than December 31, 2010.
October 2008 Welcome
The Chapter welcomes new member Michael P. Ghelardi (BV), who is being mentored by Robert Haas, Jr., ASA. Welcome and good luck!
New Applicants for Membership: September 2008
The Philadelphia Chapter welcomes the following new applicants, who were approved at the May Board meeting: Steven Klein (BV), Michael Smith (BV), Michael Kelly (MTS), and Paul Amenta (MTS). Congratulations also to David Rosen, ASA (Gems and Jewelry) who was approved for reinstatement to ASA.
The Philadelphia Chapter is putting together a directory of all Chapter members. It will be distributed to local businesses, such as law firms and insurance agencies, with the intention of marketing your services and creating new business opportunities. The directory will list member names, designations, specialties, web addresses, and all other contact information. To make the directory work for you, it is important for you to update your contact information and fulfill your accreditation requirements, if you have not done so. For additional information, please contact Chapter Secretary, Joanne Paciello (610-277-1366).
New Applicants for Membership: September 2007
The following applicants for membership were approved at the September 2007 Board meeting: Leslie Vitale as an Applicant in Machinery & Technical Specialties, Timothy Suchanick in Business Valuation, Alexa Breslin in Personal Property, and Robert J. Luciani in Real Property. Welcome to our new applicants!
Shirley S. Swaab, ASA: 2007 Sinclair Award Winner!
The 2007 George D. Sinclair Professionalism Award was presented to longtime Philadelphia Chapter member, Shirley Sue Swaab, ASA at the Chapter's May 16 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. As the 2007 recipient of the Sinclair Award, Ms. Swab is both honored by and does honor to the award.
A native of Birmingham, AL, Ms. Swaab is an avid collector whose involvement with antiques spans several decades. A frequent lecturer on American and European antiques, she typically uses items from her own collections -- she collects Mourning Art, early Oriental, Dutch, German and English Ceramics, to mention a few -- to create hands-on teaching presentations. Her bi-annual 10-week Antiques Seminar for the Maine Antique Digest have been legendary for over 25 years. She has also created a number of popular seminars and lectures on antiques for ASA, most recently the May Seminar on Identifying and Distinguishing Antique Ceramics. A generous and rewarding teacher, she has also been an eager learner, enjoying membership in several professional societies in addition to the American Society of Appraisers, where she is accredited in Antiques & Decorative Arts, as well as in Residential Contents. Ms. Swab can truly be said to have enhanced the appraisal profession by her practice and teaching.
At the May 16, 2007 meeting, the following members were recommended for advancement and approved by the Board of Directors: Real Property appraisers John Marrazzo to ASA, and Daniel T. Vigano, reinstatement to ASA. Congratulations!
The following advancements were approved at the March 21, 2007 Board of Directors Meeting: Susan Golashovsky, ASA, a personal property appraiser, was approved for a specialty designation in Folk Art. Candidates Edward Sarno and Tara Stephenson, both business valuation appraisers, were approved for advancement to AM. Congratulations to all!
New Applicants for Membership: May 2007
The following applicants for membership were approved at the May 16 Board meeting. Nick Hoffmaster, Jason Dombar, and Randall Raifsnider as Applicants in Business Valuation; Zachary B. Rimler in Machinery & Technical Specialties, and Gail Momjian in Personal Property. Welcome to our new applicants!