Submitted by Mirek Frolek, AAM
The 82nd Annual Association of Assessing Officers was held at the Tampa Bay Convention Centre starting on Sunday, August 28th to Wednesday, August 31, 2016. The theme of the conference was Charting New Waters and Building Bridges to Assessment Excellence. The conference had over 1200 delegates and Mike Taylor and I were given the opportunity to attend this event as representatives of the AAOM.
There were a couple of sessions that I found most enjoyable. The first one titled “Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Cost Approach?” The presenter was William D. Shepherd from Hillsborough County, Florida. His presentation focused on the unrecognized benefits of the cost approach and the pitfalls of the income and direct sales approach with all the adjustments to create a value. Mr. Sheppard referenced his court cases against large American retail stores, Menard’s, Nordstrom and CVS.
There were two other presentations that provided a global perspective on our profession. One was titled “Mass Appraisal Developments around the Globe. This presentation talked about the highlights and challenges of trying to implement a mass appraisal system in countries such as Moldova, Poland, and Turkey. The next session was called “The Importance of Property Tax in a Kingdom not so “United”. It highlighted the challenges of maintaining the fiscal health of sub-national governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and how each jurisdiction approaches valuation with different methodologies.
Before the conference, I was asked by John Lindsay, past president of the Alberta Assessors’ Association if I could act as a moderator for the conference. This consisted of introducing two separate presentations on the Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The topics that I introduced were “Best-Practices for Automated Field Data Collection” and “Geostatistical Response Surface — An Appraiser Training Manual”.
This was my first IAAO Conference and what I enjoyed the most was the opportunity to network, and learn about other jurisdictions around the world. I realized that despite the challenges that we have in Manitoba, we at least have the legislative authority to obtain information for commercial property assessments with regard to sales, income and cost data. (See 16.1 in the Municipal Assessment Act). In Texas, they do not have access to such information. The challenges they have in creating a Mass Appraisal Model are unimaginable.
During the conference, I had discussions with IAAO past presidents Kim Lauffer, Rob Turner and Bruce Woodzell. I was also able to reconnect with colleagues Mark Kenney, James Siebers, and Randy Ripperger, whom I had met at the 2015 North Central Regional Association of Assessing Officers conference (NCRAAO). If you recognize some of these names, it is because they attended our Conference(s) in Manitoba in previous years.
If you have any questions regarding this conference, please feel free to get in contact with me. In 2017, the IAAO conference will be held in Las Vegas September 24 – 27.
2016 IAAO Conference Review Tampa Bay Submitted by Mirek Frolek, AAM The 82nd Annual Association of Assessing Officers was held at the Tampa Bay Convention Centre starting on Sunday, August 28th to Wednesday, August 31, 2016. The theme of the conference was Charting New Waters and Building Bridges to Assessment Excellence. The conference had over 1200 delegates and […]
2017 Annual AAOM Conference Report Submitted by Marc Connelly, Conference Committee Chair On Wednesday, May 10th Registration opened at 7:00 am and a full breakfast buffet was available to all delegates. The Opening Ceremonies began at 8:30 a.m. with Michael Cortvriendt, AAOM President, acting as MC. The AAOM was pleased to welcome Sister Association representatives Chandra Reilly– SAAA, […]
The 2017 Architecture + Design Film Festival (a+dff) is now underway in Winnipeg, running from May 3 to 7. In its sixth year, the Winnipeg festival is the only festival in Canada devoted solely to architecture and design.
The five-day festival presents critically acclaimed films covering a range of design-oriented topics, focusing on the importance of architecture and urban design in everyday life.
The site of the 2017 Conference is an example of modernist architectural design. The Viscount Gort Hotel is located at 1670 Portage Avenue between Kintyre Street and Century Street in Winnipeg.. According to Winnipeg Architectural Foundation, the hotel was constructed in 1960, by Winnipeg architect Roy M. Lev (1930 to 2010). When approaching from the south or the west, […]
The snow has melted. And in Winnipeg, the month of May is book-ended by two popular events: Jane’s Walk and Doors Open Winnipeg. For 2017 Jane’s Walk runs May 5 to 7th. This year their walks include a trip to West Kildonan for” The Ghosts of Seven Oaks”. Or to Whittier Park in St Boniface for“The Wild Edibles of Whittier”. Or […]
Do you have a background or interest in real estate, agriculture, land survey systems, geographic information systems, building construction or municipal government and enjoy meeting and interacting with people? Are you looking for a position that provides excellent career advancement potential, and on the-job training? Indigenous and Municipal Relations is looking for motivated individuals to join our Property Assessment Team! If you’re interested in a challenging career that combines office work, the
outdoors and travel within the service region, a career as an Assessment Officer could be for you!
It was before the crack of dawn on Tuesday, September 27th that Shirley Bomak and I headed down the highway to the big City of Regina for the Saskatchewan Assessment Appraisers Association 14th Annual Workshop and AGM. Arriving just in time for lunch, we were greeted by the kind SAAA executive. The first afternoon session speakers were two […]
The 2017 Annual Professional Development Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday May 10th and 11th, 2017…
The City of Medicine Hat has posted the position of Assessor III (Senior Assessor). This posting remains open until Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm.
Congratulations to the latest AAM Designates: Michael Boyle (AAM #232) – Provincial Assessment Services – Accredited June 23, 2016 Ariel Jentsch (AAM #233) – City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation Dept. – Accredited Sept. 14, 2016 New Member: Welcome to Clayton Diachun who joined the AAOM in October 2016. (City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation […]
Red River College is again offering opportunities for anyone interested in getting into our valuation profession…
AAOM Annual Golf Event – CANCELLED Welcome, New Member Angel Melnychenko — from the Dauphin Assessment Office.
The 60th Annual AAOM Professional Development Conference was held May 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel (Greenwood Conference Centre) on Wellington Avenue.
The theme of the 2016 Conference was The Changing Landscape of Assessment 1956 – 2016. Seventy-five delegates registered for the two days.
A Reception to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the AAOM was held on Wednesday May 4th, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel, with the AAOM Conference (May 4 & 5).
When yours truly was first hired by the Assessment Department in 1965 (called the Metro Corporation of Winnipeg back then), I was part of the clerical staff. There were no female assessors until 1977 when some of the ladies in the Department started to wonder why it was supposedly just a“man’s” job. After we protested, […]
2016 marks the 13th annual Doors Open Winnipeg, a free event put on by Heritage Winnipeg that opens up buildings of historical and architectural interest to the public. Dozens of buildings and sites are available May 28 – 29. Volunteers offer a variety of tours. Many of the buildings remain“working” buildings rather than museums. This year’s offerings include the Burton Cummings Theatre, Mariaggi […]
The world’s tallest wooden building is under construction on the UBC campus in Vancouver. Brock Commons Student Residence will be 18 storeys or 174 feet high. The $51.5 million project is slated to provide housing for 404 students. It will have a hybrid structural system with a one-storey concrete podium, two concrete cores and 17 storeys of mass timber. The […]
Do you know anyone interested in entering the property valuation profession? Red River College is offering two courses licensed from the Real Estate Division, Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Fifty years ago this month, AAOM published its April 1966 newsletter…
It was bacon and eggs and house prices on January 27.
Winnipeg Realtors rolled out their annual forecast for 2016 and looked back at the 2015 results.Peter Squire, Director of Public Affairs, said the rising number of listings in recent years has been a “game-changer.” Listings reached 24,603 in 2015.