President's Message


A Message from:
Paul R. Gillespie, MAI                                        September 13, 2013
2013 Chicago Chapter President

Greetings from Bloomington, Illinois!  

Hope to see many of you on SEPT 18 in Chicago as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of LA Anderson’s Service to our Chapter. Visit to reserve.  We’ll be joined by The Four Closures – a great band comprised of Chapter Members.  Come celebrate!

CONGRATULATIONS to our most recently designated Members!     David Walden, MAI

Daniel Ryan, SRA

Anthony Guth, MAI

Michael Lindsey, MAI, SRA    

Am writing to you from Bloomington (IL) where I’ve been attending class over the past two days with a number of residential & commercial appraisers from O’Fallon, Nashville, Peoria, Champaign, Bloomington, Galena, Salem (WI), Indiana and points between – all attending an excellent program, Practical Regression using Excel, which was developed by our Chapter’s very own, John Urubek, MAI.   

Upcoming:  SEPT 27 Bloomington: “13 Real Estate Fallacies” with Special Guest, Professor of Finance Joseph Trefzger of IL State University and joined by CCAI President-Elect Sharon Bagby, SRA as well as Jim Blaydes and T.J. McCarthy who will provide a Legislative Update.  Visit to reserve.  

OCT 24 Chicago: Chapter Luncheon with Special Guest, Dr. Rachel Weber, Professor of Urban Planning at University of Illinois at Chicago:  Why we overbuilt? (And why we’ll do it again) – Supply & Demand in Chicago. Luncheon will be preceded by a recognition of CCAI Appraisers who are Veterans of the Armed Forces.* Visit to reserve.  

NOV 4 Bloomington: Joint Meeting re Potential Bubble in Farm Land Values with CCAI and the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers, and the Illinois Chapter of CCIM & an open invitation to all real estate professionals with Guest Speaker, Mr. Michael Morris, ARA, MAI, Chief Appraiser at First Farm Credit Services. Visit to reserve.  
NOV 6-7 Chicago: Residential Applications & Case Studies, visit

NOV 8-12 Chicago: Residential Report Writing, visit

Save the Date - November 15, 2013 at Chicago’s Union League Club, The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s Installation Dinner for 2014; come support our 2014 Board and our incoming president, Sharon Bagby, SRA!

Also - SEPT 25 Chicago:  CCAI Members, Candidates & Associates are all invited to attend the ULI’s ConDO or DON’T:  Is the Timing Ripe for the Chicago Condo Market?  with moderator, Gail Lissner, SRA.  Visit

If any suggestions, challenges or opportunities for our Chapter, please call. Thank you.

For our Chapter,
Paul R. Gillespie, MAI  (773.612.4408)