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I can't claim to be an strong American Society of Appraiser (ASA) member, I rarely attend meetings, I don't often communicate with other members and I have even been known to pay my dues late once in a while.  The ASA has however been there or me for 20 years and I think that it is only appropriate that I acknowledge them.

I have seen several referrals from ASA members over the years, thank you very much.  I'm sure that the referrals alone have paid for a good portion and possibly all of my dues over the years, and I have made an effort to make referrals back to other ASA members. 

There were times in my career that my ASA designation helped to get me through a door that would have otherwise been closed, and there were years when I was one of the only members of ASA in my metropolitan area.  It's great being the President of the local ASA group but not if you feel like you have failed in your recruitment and meeting attendance efforts, which also happened to me for a few years.

It's no secret to most people that ASA is a multi-disciplinary organization.  So appraisers with a wide range of specialties can all belong to the same organization.  Is having personal property appraisers, business appraisers, jewelry appraisers, art appraisers, real estate appraisers and equipment appraisers all in one organization a bad thing?  I don't think so, I personally think it's better to include appraisers who have a common profession together as one group rather than to have a number of fractional organizations each with its own separate specialty.

Yes there are other good organizations, but I have remained loyal to ASA and they haven't failed me after these many years.  The fees, never an easy thing for an independent appraiser to pay, are not outrageously high which is a testament to management, and the organization has accomplished control and grace in the face of sharp regulatory assaults and dramatic changes in the valuation industry. 

In some respects there is absolutely no competition or substitute for ASA.  There are larger organizations and some have stronger worldwide recognition, but ASA has been around since the 1930's and its viable because of its diversity.

I didn't set out to write a promotional article on ASA, but it occurred to me that there hasn't been much that I have been able to depend on since I left my job as an Economist and became an Appraiser many years ago, and ASA has provided me with resources and an identity.  Thank you ASA for 20 good years!

For more appraisal information contact Glenn Rigdon MA, MRICS, ASA is a Las Vegas / Henderson Nevada appraiser who can be contacted via email or via his business website Appraiser Las Vegas  (, or you can also click on “Contact Us” on the home page of this website or visit my public profile at LinkedIn at  

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