President's Message


Dear Chicago Chapter Colleagues,

The past six months has been extremely rewarding for me to serve as president of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. The educational offerings for 2016 have been focused on the 2016-2017 USPAP seminars.  CCAI provided 19 offerings in 9 different locations. Our goal was to provide more geographically desirable locations away from our education center.

It is with great honor I congratulate the following newly designated members in reaching their goals of earning their designations: 

Brian M. Masterson, SRA

Vincent V. Lance, SRA

Andrew J. Menck, MAI

Anthony S. Chan, MAI    

 Maureen B. Sweeney, SRA, AI-RRS

Daniel R. Berenschot, MAI, AI-GRS

On April 11 and 12, the Region III meeting was held in Chicago.  The meeting was attended by Lance Coyle, MAI, and SRA immediate past president.  Lance provided the region with a presentation on the state of Appraisal Institute.  In general he indicated that AI National still faces financial pressures but through cost saving measures have been able to grow their reserves.  

The LDAC (Leadership Development and Advisory Conference) was held on May 25-27 in Washington DC.  This year the chapter attendees were:  Ivette Collins, MAI; Andrew Hartigan, MAI; Martin Casey, MAI; Michael Hobbs, SRA; and Christopher Fudacz.  Some of the attendees shared their thoughts on the conference in our June 2016 newsletter. 

The annual golf outing was attend by approximately 90 golfers on Tuesday, June 21.  Thanks to the efforts of Dan Berenschot, MAI, and Sam Louise, the attendees enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, sunshine, food, and fun.  The chapter’s ability to host an event like this, is dependent on the generosity of our sponsors.  Thank you to all of our golf outing sponsors:

Appraisal Research Counselors

Clarion Associates

Collins Real Estate Advisors

Cushman & Wakefield

FirstMerit Bank

Hilco Real Estate Appraisal

Integra Realty Resources

Joseph J. Blake & Associates

MaRous & Company

The Metron Group

Muriello Appraisal & Consulting

PF Appraisals

Polach Appraisal Group

The Private Bank

Property Valuation Advisors

Standard Valuation Services

Stout Risius Ross 

CCAI prides itself on offering timely and quality educational seminars. We are in the process of completing a property tax appeal seminar which will be offered in the fall of 2016.  The details of this seminar will be announced shortly.                                                       

I have had the opportunity to speak with several classes with a focus being on being an active member of CCAI. The strength of our organization falls directly on the shoulders of those members willing to get involved.   The level of one’s participation may vary greatly but it all starts with attending a lunch/dinner meeting or an event.  We have two upcoming events which will provide an opportunity to network and socialize.  On August 11, CCAI will be hosting a 2 hour dinner boat cruise. September 8 will be our second annual day at the races at Arlington Park Race Track. Additional information about these events is available at

I welcome your ideas comments and constructive criticism.  I wish you all continued health and prosperity.


John G McMahon, SRA  

Office:  630-916-6070

Cell:  708-267-6443