Invited Speakers


Eric Allen led the expansion of Metrostudy’s operations into the Greater Salt Lake market in 2001, later opening the St. George & Mesquite market area in 2005, and the Boise, Idaho market in 2006. Eric is responsible for the Utah / Idaho operations including research, consulting and managing client relationships, and therefore possesses a vast knowledge of local real estate and the home building community. Eric currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake and Northern Wasatch Home Builders Associations, and was the Associate Vice President for the Northern Wasatch HBA in 2007 and 2008.

Eric oversees all operations for Metrostudy’s Utah and Idaho markets, including consulting with builders, developers and financial institutions regarding the housing and economic market conditions. He is in charge of compiling housing information and quantifying the data for clients by providing them with a better understanding of how their projects can succeed. He also takes part in writing market studies and preparing absorption forecasts. Eric spends much of his time discussing the best possible scenarios for clients’ current situations (being, housing projects, future development or lending opportunities). He is a frequent guest speaker at housing seminars and has been quoted in many articles focused on the local market conditions.

James Baumberger, MNAA, is Chief Executive Officer and minority owner of First Choice Appraisal Management (FCAM). 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, and Mortgage Group Leader for Wachovia Bank.

Jim grew up in Ohio in a real estate family, as the son of a successful appraiser and real estate broker. He was photographing homes, measuring buildings, and attending open houses from an early age through high school. After attending Ohio State University for two years, Jim relocated to Oregon. He later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Concordia University in Portland with a degree in Business Management and Communications.

As a certified residential appraiser, Jim’s 28 years of professional appraisal practice includes valuation services for eminent domain, lending, litigation, marketing, and relocation purposes. In addition, Jim has developed 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 knows how vitally important it is that agents, appraisers, and lenders understand the best ways to ensure compliance with the industry’s far-reaching, ongoing regulatory changes. He 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. Jim provided executive leadership as the state regulatory 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). With his compliance knowledge, appraisal and real estate expertise, and lending experience, Jim is well-prepared to help industry professionals effectively navigate the financial and reputational risks of non-compliance and increase their success.

David Brauner (Insurance agent) 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. He graduated San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism & Political Science and a minor in English. David is active in his church, where he is an Elder and member of the choir and praise band.

John S. Brenan has been the Director of Appraisal Issues for The Appraisal Foundation since October 2003. In this capacity, John serves as the Foundation’s senior staff contact regarding the work of the Appraisal Practices Board (APB), Appraisal Standards Board (ASB), and Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB). 

Prior to his current position, John spent 8½ years as the Chief of Licensing and Enforcement for the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers (OREA). In that role, John administered the largest real estate appraiser licensing program in the United States, evaluating applicants for compliance with both federal and state requirements. John was also responsible for California’s enforcement program; educating and/or disciplining licensees who violated law, regulations or USPAP. John worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies regarding cases involving fraud.

John has been in the appraisal profession since the early 1980s. Prior to joining OREA in February 1995, he worked as a staff appraiser and fee appraiser for several large financial institutions, appraising both residential and non-residential real estate covering a wide variety of property types. He also previously managed an appraisal department for a major financial institution. John is a Certified General appraiser, AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

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.

Peter Christensen is an attorney and serves as the general counsel of LIA Administrators & Insurance Services.  LIA’s appraiser E&O program is endorsed by the Appraisal Institute.
 
As LIA’s general counsel, Peter responds to the claims affecting LIA’s insured appraisers and AMCs, provides instruction to appraisers on liability prevention, and writes regularly for publications dedicated to valuation and legal compliance.
Peter also maintains a law practice oriented to legal and regulatory issues affecting valuation.  He has worked on several of the largest cases in the U.S. concerning appraiser liability.

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 Landmark Network, in a national Appraisal Management Company (AMC). He also serves as 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.

Dustin Harris For more than half of his career, Dustin Harris ran his appraisal business just like everyone else. As a consequence, he got the same results as everyone else; long hours and living paycheck to paycheck. After an intense study of successful people however, Dustin began putting principles of prosperity into place that have transformed his appraisal business and made him a success leader in our profession. Now, in addition to being an appraiser, Dustin finds every way possible to teach these principles of success to other appraisers across the country. He has mentored hundreds of appraisers who have also transformed their businesses. In a big way he is ‘creating value’ for real estate appraisers.

Hal Humphries, MNAA I tells 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.

Craig Morley, MNAA, is a Certified General Appraiser in Arizona, Nevada and Utah having been an active fulltime appraiser since 1984. Craig is the general partner of Accurity Valuation Morley & McConkie, a regional appraisal firm with nine appraisers performing all types of real estate appraisal including residential, commercial, condemnation and litigation valuation services.

Craig was on the Utah Appraiser Licensing and Certification board for 8 years and is the past present of the Utah Association of Appraisers, Washington County Board of Realtors, Vice President of the Utah Association of Realtors and is currently the Vice President of the National Association of Appraisers and the Vice Chair of the NAR Real Property Valuation Committee and serving on the NAR Commercial committed.

Wayne Pugh is the CEO of R. Wayne Pugh and Company, a real estate consulting and appraisal firm founded in Baton Rouge in 1975. He is a graduate of LSU holding a degree in Real Estate Finance. Mr. Pugh is also the CEO and founder of Software for Real Estate Professionals, where his firm has developed residential appraisal software for the past 32 years. From 2006-2009, Mr. Pugh had the honor to serve as an officer of the Appraisal Institute where he served as national President in 2008. Many appraisers also know Mr. Pugh as the author of the Cool Tools column for Valuation magazine.

In recent years, Mr. Pugh had the honor of serving as chair of the Louisiana Appraisers Board. Mr. Pugh is also a principal member of Real Estate Counseling Group of America, Inc. (RECGA), a national organization of analysts and academicians founded by the late William N. Kinnard, PhD.

Lyle Radke is a risk manager on Fannie Mae’s Collateral Policy and Strategy team providing subject matter expertise, training, and support to lenders. Shortly after receiving a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University, Lyle began his career in real estate valuation in New Mexico.  After nearly nine years of field work, he joined the valuation department of a large national mortgage company, becoming manager in 2007. In that role, he was involved in creation of one of the first XML appraisal delivery platforms. Looking for a new challenge after ten years, he joined Fannie Mae in 2013 to work on Collateral Underwriter and other collateral policy initiatives.

Scott Reuter is the Chief Appraiser and Director of Valuation for Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia. He is a State Certified-General Appraiser, and has over 30 years of experience in valuation, appraisal and collateral risk management concerns. Scott holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University (June 1982), and has completed the Executive Leadership program at Cornell University, Johnson School of Business (Dec 2007). His previous management experience includes positions with Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and General Electric, prior to being recruited to Freddie Mac in 2016. His team at Freddie leads the effort for ongoing development and refinement of property valuation risk management strategies; underwriting products, and establishing and maintaining a credible quality assurance process across multiple lines of business support.  Scott and his team interact with both sellers/clients as well as stakeholders across the appraisal industry to reinforce Freddie’s appraisal quality requirements.

Bryan S. Reynolds 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, FHA Fee Appraiser, and a FHA Fee Panel 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 Appraisal Service, and is a partner in The Bryclan Group property tax consultants, and a partner in Appraiser e-Learning.  His on-line classes can be located at Appraiser e-Learning.com.

Joshua Walitt, MNAA is a certified residential real estate appraiser, reviewer, and educator. As the Compliance Manager for Property Interlink, he oversees procedures, training, licensing, audit, operations, and review functions. His ongoing goal is to increase accuracy and efficiency through sound reasoning and communication skills, appropriate methodology and technology, and proper oversight.
 
He writes for industry publications, speaks at national industry events and client conferences, and designs and presents education courses. Prior to joining Property Interlink, he provided fee appraisal and consultation services. He has also been recognized as an expert witness in local and federal court.
 
Walitt holds the SRA & AI-RRS designations with the Appraisal Institute, is a Board Member of the National Association of Appraisers (MNAA), holds a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) certificate, is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and currently serves on the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers.

Danny Wiley, MNAA is the Chief Valuation Officer for ServiceLink. Prior to joining ServiceLink in 2011 he was an independent fee appraiser for over 25 years. He received the SRA designation in 1992. He has spoken at appraisal meetings and conferences around the world.

Mr. Wiley served as a member of the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation for six years (three as Chair). He also served for six years on the Standards Board of the International Valuation Standards Committee.

He has been recognized as an expert witness in local, state and federal courts, and he has testified at numerous hearings before appraiser regulatory bodies. He has also been recognized as a contributor to major textbooks, including The Appraisal of Real Estate, and Appraising Residential Properties.

Ashley Wolthus, MNAA was born and raised in the foothills of Ogden, Utah. She began her sales career at the age of 8 when she sold wild blackberries, found throughout the area, to the neighbors. At the age of 9 she diversified her business by selling maps of where the blackberries were located so her neighbors could experience the joys of picking fresh berries for themselves - thorns and all.

Ashley continues to discover all the hidden attributes of a neighborhood, and shares this knowledge with her long list of loyal clients. In addition to being an active real estate agent Ashley is also a Certified Residential Appraiser - giving her unique insight into the different aspects of real estate transactions. Ashley's extensive knowledge of the Northern Utah real estate market has helped her clients in transactions such as purchases of first homes, military relocation, investment and income properties and selling homes that no longer fit her client's lifestyles. Years later, and Ashley has discovered she's gone back to her roots in helping her clients avoid the thorns.

After her stint in adolescent berry sales, Ashley continued her education receiving her Bachelor's Degree from local, Weber State University, followed by a Master's Degree in International Development from the Universitat Juame I, in Castellon, Spain.

Ashley's formal education and on-going continuous education in both real estate and appraisal courses, coupled with her extensive work experience has made her one of the most knowledgeable real estate/appraisal professionals in the area.

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