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.

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 Braun has been actively engaged in appraising properties ranging from residential lots to complex commercial properties since 1976.    He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Corporate Finance, from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  He holds a certified general appraiser license in Tennessee, as well as a real estate sales broker license.  He has earned the MAI, SRA, and the AI-GRS designations from the Appraisal Institute.  David is an AQB certified USPAP instructor, and an Appraisal institute approved instructor.  He has developed several seminars for appraiser CE.  In addition to founding and managing Braun & Associates, Inc. (now affiliated with Accurity) he started Automated Valuation Technologies, Inc. (AVT).  AVT was formed to address unique appraisal issues which were not being addressed by any other entity.  AVT has addressed issues like scope of work reporting, the 1004MC form, regression analysis, and other automated valuation analyses for appraisers.  A few of the presentations he has made follow:  statistical analysis at the Appraisal Institute's national conference in 2013, scope of work for the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council in Washington D.C., the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO) on the topic of scope of work, and others.  In David’s new book, THE VALUATION ANALYST he addresses many of the pertinent questions that appraisers continue to ask concerning the extraction of adjustment rates.  David’s goal today is to help appraisers become true valuation analysts.

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.

Michael Brunson, MNAA, SRA (Mike) is a partner at Brunson-Jiu, LLC, a private firm specializing in expert witness and consulting services in the areas of Real Estate Damages, USPAP Compliance, and complex valuation assignments.

Michael is an active and passionate advocate for the appraisal profession. He is a founding member and Past President of the National Association of Appraisers and is the current Chairman of the Board. He currently represents the NAA before TAFAC. Michael is a founding member, Past President, and a current member of the Coalition of Appraisers in Nevada. He is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, a certified general appraiser in Nevada and California. He holds the SRA Designation from the Appraisal Institute and the MNAA designation from the National Association of Appraisers.

Michael is also active in his community. He is an ordained chaplain with Messages of Faith Ministries in Las Vegas, a board member at Lake Mead Christian Ministries, and serves as president and chaplain to Addicted…to HOPE (working with at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system).

Creighton Cross, MAI is the Managing Director of Accurity Braun & Associates as well as the Director of Franchise Development for Accurity Valuation.
Creighton graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He has been actively engaged as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in the State of Tennessee since May 2008, Georgia since November 2011, Virginia since June of 2014 and Kentucky since 2016.

Creighton is a member of the Appraisal Institute and holds the prestigious MAI designation. He is also an active member of the appraisal community and served as the President of the Tennessee Appraiser Coalition. He is also a three year Leadership Development and Advisory Council Alumni. Creighton is also very involved in his community and serves as the Chair for the local Boys and Girls Club.

Creighton has extensive commercial appraisal experience and has completed appraisals throughout East Tennessee including but not limited to; Subdivision Developments, Retail Properties, Office Properties, Convenience Stores, Multifamily and Large and Small Land Properties. In addition to the property types listed above, he has also appraised specialty properties throughout the East Tennessee region.

Creighton has been recognized as an innovator in the appraisal industry and has been featured in Valuation Magazine multiple times.

John Dingeman, MNAA, is a 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.  As an FHA appraiser he specializes in HUD/REO properties and is considered a subject matter expert.  In 2015, he earned the Home Measurement Specialist certification through the Institute of Housing Technologies and has been a guest speaker on the subject of residential measurement standards.

Additionally, John serves or has served in the community as a Board Member to the Arizona Board of Manufactured Housing, Past-President of his homeowners 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 Arizona and California and has instructed appraisal, assessor, mortgage loan origination, and real estate sales classes.

Roxana Gumucio is the Executive Director for the Tennessee Real Estate Appraiser Commission as well as fourteen other regulatory programs.  This commission was moved under her responsibility in September 2016. She started her work with the State of Tennessee in 2011 with the Board of Professional Responsibility, the licensing agency for attorneys, under the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Ms. Gumucio brings to the department more than 14 years of experience in Ohio and Tennessee with the court system, various government agencies, and regulatory bodies. 

Ms. Gumucio attended the University of Houston and is a Certified Court Manager with the National Center for State Courts.  She is also bilingual in Spanish and English.

When not at the office, Ms. Gumucio enjoys spending time with her family and being outside as much as possible.

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.

Jared Preisler, SRA 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.

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

 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, SRA is the Compliance Manager for Property Interlink, and is a certified residential real estate appraiser, reviewer, and educator. His position focuses on procedures, training, state licensing, audit, and review functions. When working with appraisers and staff, Mr. Walitt’s goal is to increase efficiency and accuracy through the use of sound reasoning skills, technology, and analytical tools, while ensuring compliance with USPAP and state and federal appraiser independence regulations.

Prior to becoming Compliance Manager, he worked as a fee appraiser and consultant. He designed the Market Machine, an analytical tool for market analysis and regression modeling that is used by appraisers.

In 2013, he was a member of Colorado’s AMC Rulemaking Taskforce. He writes articles for newspapers, blogs, and national industry magazines, and provides education at regional and national real estate conventions, as well as at client conferences. In addition, he designs and teaches webinars and online continuing education courses.

Mr. Walitt is a designated member with the Appraisal Institute (SRA) and is a member of the National Association of Appraisers (MNAA). He received his Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) certificate in 2014.

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