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George K. Demopulos, RA, SRA, and Jennifer E. Schnell, SRA, of Lincoln Appraisal & Settlement Services to Speak at 2012 Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting in San Diego

North Providence, RI - July 24,2012 – Nationwide appraisal management and settlement services company, Lincoln Appraisal & Settlement Services is pleased to announce that George K. Demopulos, RA, SRA, and Jennifer E. Schnell, SRA will be speaking at the 2012 Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting, which is being held at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel in San Diego, CA, from Wednesday, August 1, 2012 through Friday, August 3, 2012.

The Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting consists of a keynote address and several informational sessions, in addition to a welcome reception, an exhibit hall reception and a closing awards dinner. The session that George K. Demopulos, RA, SRA, and Jennifer E. Schnell, SRA will be speaking at is titled, “Working with an AMC: Finding Common Ground”, and will focus on legislation affecting the appraisal profession, specifically pertaining to the Dodd-Frank Act and appraisal management companies (AMCs).  George and Jennifer are educated and experienced in the real estate valuation industry, and each has obtained the SRA designation of the Appraisal Institute.

George K. Demopulos, RA, SRA, President and Chief Corporate Appraiser, Lincoln Appraisal & Settlement Services will begin with a discussion of the history of appraisal management companies (AMCs) and the current legislation in the industry, including the Dodd-Frank Act, moving on to an analysis of the many ways working with an AMC can assist independent appraisers, such as with handling increased client requirements, and much more. Jennifer E. Schnell, SRA, Senior Corporate Reviewer, Lincoln Appraisal & Settlement Services will speak about creating relationships on both sides – both the side of the AMC and the side of the independent appraiser – and how everyone working together towards the same goal can result in the betterment of the industry as a whole. Additional speakers for this session include: Alan Hummel, SRA, Sr. Vice President and Chief Appraiser, Forsythe Appraisals; Bill Waltenbaugh, SRA, Chief Appraiser, Kirchmeyer & Associates; Thomas Kirchmeyer, SRA, President, Kirchmeyer & Associates; and Chuck Mureddu, Managing Director, Quality Valuation Services.

George K. Demopulos, RA, SRA, President and Chief Corporate Appraiser of Lincoln Appraisal & Settlement Services stated, “I am thrilled to be speaking at such a well-attended event for the Appraisal Institute, particularly on such an important topic in the real estate and valuation industries. I sincerely hope that the audience is ready to hear and reflect upon what myself and my colleague, Jennifer E. Schnell, SRA, have to say about the importance of relationships between AMCs and independent appraisers.”

The Appraisal Institute is an international organization with approximately 23,000 members in nearly 60 countries worldwide. The organization is made up primarily of real estate appraisers and property analysts who provide valuation services to mortgage lenders, financial institutions, government agencies, attorneys and financial planners, as well as homeowners and other individual consumers. In order to become a designated member of the Appraisal Institute, individuals must meet rigorous requirements relating to education, testing and experience, and must demonstrate extensive knowledge, understanding and ability.

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