James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, is the 2017 president-elect of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as president in 2018 and immediate past president in 2019. He also will serve on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors.
Murrett has served on the Appraisal Institute’s national Board of Directors (2011-14), Finance Committee (2012-15) and Strategic Planning Committee (2012-14) in addition to many chapter roles, including as president of the Upstate New York Chapter (2000). He chaired the Finance Committee in 2016. Since 2014 he also has been treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Valuation Certification, an affiliate of the Appraisal Institute.
He is an approved Appraisal Institute instructor and a certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice instructor by the Appraisal Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation.
Murrett has received the 2014 Appraisal Institute Edward W. Adams, SRA, Outstanding Board Service Award and the 2008 President’s Award, which is presented by the Upstate New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute for ongoing commitment, dedication and service to the chapter and the profession.
Since 2009, Murrett has been in management roles with Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services currently as the executive managing director, Compliance & Quality Assurance, where he is responsible for the general oversight of appraisal quality for Colliers.
He received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Walsh University, in Canton, Ohio.
Michael Robinson, SRA, IFA, RAA
AQB Certified USPAP Instructor
Hearthstone Appraisal, PLLC
Mike entered the appraisal profession in 1983 when the aerospace industry was contracting and he was laid off from his Engineering Teck position. With the exception of taking 3 years off to teach science in the public schools, he has worked as a Real Estate Appraiser. When he left teaching in the public schools in 1989, he was tapped by a local college to develop and teach Appraisal courses in the business department. This led to an offer to do the same in another area college, and ultimately take on developing course work and teaching nationally. When there was a downturn in the industry, Mike opened his own appraisal school in an attempt to keep classroom instruction alive. Well we all know where the paradigm shift has taken us to today.
Mike started training appraisers in the field in early 1990 and over the years has trained over 20 appraisers. As the profession and the industry changed, it became increasingly difficult to take on trainees and the great recession put a hold on his ability to train new appraisers. That changed early last year as the industry exited the great recession and he is now training again.
Mike was appointed to the Washington State Real Estate Appraiser Board/Commission and served for 9 years. He is a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser.