President's Message


A Message from:
Paul R. Gillespie, MAI                                                                                     April 11, 2013
2013 Chicago Chapter President

Dear Colleagues:

Your Input & Feedback- I want it!  Everyday, your Chapter is trying to move ahead in the areas of Networking, Education, Public Relations, Government Relations and more.  Throughout this still-young year, I’ve heard from many with concerns re legislation of our profession, challenges of state certification, communications or lack thereof from the Appraisal Subcommittee, the Appraisal Foundation and more. Your input is always welcome. If you would like to visit in person, Members, Candidates & Affiliates are all welcome to visit with me at the Chapter Office on April 23rd from 10:00 to 11:00am.  The primary focus on that day will be discussion re the recently passed AMC legislation, although any topic is fair game.


Congratulations to CCAI Member,Timothy E. Fitzgibbons, SRA who was named today as Region III Volunteer of Distinction!  Exemplifying endless measures of resilience & perseverance, Tim gave tirelessly to the Chapter during the past year & beyond to solicit bids, enter negotiations, educate peers, interact with brokers, asset and property managers, contractors, engineers -  all while doling out patience, a calm attentive ear, and rapid response to see the classroom renovation through to completion. Without Tim, our classroom renovation would not have happened - nor would the opportunities that are now available in the long-term for The Chicago Chapter & classroom users. Thank you, Tim!

CCAI’s Annual Conditions of The Chicago Real Estate Market- May 1, 2013 at The Chapter.

Mark Muenzer, City of Chicago, Zoning Board of Appeals, Problems & Opportunities for Appraisers
Steve LaKind & Joe Arnstein, Studley, Office Market Trends

Hugh Williams, Avison Young, Industrial Market Trends
Jim Costello, CBRE, Economist- Where are we headed?
Luke Molloy, Cushman & Wakefield, Retail Market Trends
Scott Duckett, Campus Advantage, Student Housing Trends, How deep is this market?
Eric Bell, Marcus & Millichap, Multi-Family Trends
Bob Dudick, Mixed-Use Realty Advisors, Market Observations

EARN 7-hoursof Continuing Education Credit. Details re this and other upcoming events & education can be found on the Chapter Website:


May 22 – Members’ Meeting – Lisle, ILTim McCarthy, SRA re Illinois Appraisal Rules; Attorney Craig Capilla re Problems Appraisers Can Face – 4-hours of Continuing Education – Details to follow.


Make plans now to attend the AI Connectnational conference of the Appraisal Institute on July 23-25 in Indianapolis. The Chicago Chapter is a key sponsor of the event. During the week of the conference, my wife and I look forward to welcoming you – on behalf of ALL of our Past Chapter Presidents and Current Members - to The Chicago Chapter Presidents’ Suite which will be available for Chapter Members who would like to reserve some space for meeting clients or some quiet space to work…and of course, for a Chicago Chapter Gathering on the evening of Tuesday, July 23rd.

Earn up to 16 AI CE credit hours via more than 30 outstanding educational programs. Network with Appraisal Colleagues from around the world.

Also, Golfers- beginners & experienced – will be chasing the little ball at the Indy 500 course on Monday, July 22nd…at least two chapter families with children & teens have already secured lawn tickets to attend theLynyrd Skynyrd Concert in Noblesville on SAT, July 20.  All are welcome!   

Until we next meet, am available if you ever have any suggestions about how your Chapter can better serve you. 

For The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute,

Paul R. Gillespie, MAI      773.328.2044