The MSCAPP annual summer conference was recently held at the workforce training center on the Ridgeland campus of Holmes Community College. The conference featured informative open discussions, business meetings, and multiple CE classes. The conference was organized and presented this year by Melissa Bond, MSCAPP’s Education Chairman. Appraisers at various license levels who are active in a number of appraisal industry sectors were in attendance from throughout the state. Responses from many in attendance stated one of the best benefits of this conference was the opportunity to interact with and learn from appraisers from such a broad cross section of the industry.
The three day conference opened with a general session meeting focused on hot topic appraisal issues and the formulation of 2014 legislative agenda goals. Successful programs in other states, such as a recovery fund to compensate Mississippi appraisers when state regulated AMC’s go bankrupt or otherwise fail without paying the appraisal fees due, were discussed. Possible amendments to the state statue to require a more realistic AMC bond requirement and other proposals were also considered. Keynote speakers included Representative Herb Frierson, a licensed appraiser, who currently serves as the House Appropriation Chairman and Robert Praytor, the current administrator of the Mississippi Appraisal Board. MSCAPP’s current Legislative Committee Chairman, Jim Conerly, solicited input from the appraiser audience regarding formulating next year’s legislative goals for MSCAPP.
The following two and a half days allowed appraisers to attend 18 hours of CE classes. Melissa Bond taught two of the CE class, which were on The Workfile and The AMC Law. Steve Brenner taught the national USPAP Standards Update course. Both instructors are active appraisers, MSCAPP Directors, and are certified to teach various courses in multiple states.
The Board of Directors also held a business meeting during the conference where committee reports, financial reports, and other business was transacted. Highlights of this meeting included the review of the financial status of the organization. MSCAPP is in solid financial shape due to the continued support and growth of its membership and successful education offerings, such as the spring CE session featuring timberland appraisal courses. Plans were also begun for the next annual membership meeting and fall CE course offerings with the exact schedule to be announced later in the year.