Congratulating the 2023 ISA Award Winners
Thursday, July 27, 2023 in News
The ISA Annual Awards Program gives us the opportunity to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to help strengthen the mission of ISA and the personal property appraising profession. ISA would like to give a huge thank you to the board, committee members, members, and staff for their hard work in keeping ISA running smoothly throughout the year. The effort and commitment to ISA have not gone unnoticed.
This year, ISA honored much-deserving 2023 award recipients at the ISA Annual Member Business Meeting. Please join ISA in congratulating the winners for their significant contributions to the organization and its members.
For the past 40 years, serving as past president, past board member many times, and current chair of the Finance Committee, this recipient has championed ISA from its infancy and continues to strengthen our organization through his service and devotion. It is an honor to present Fred Winer with the Distinguished Service Award for 2023. Fred Winer, ISA CAPP
Susan joined the ISA Board of Directors in 2020. She took over the helm of the membership committee with grit and vision. She restructured the committee and created initiatives for outreach to past and lapsed members among many others. Under her leadership she gathered valuable data that gave us insights to better understand our member needs for the Meet and Greets. And for the new members she got the information that they needed to navigate the beginning of their ISA journey. It is with great satisfaction and great respect that we award Susan Boze the emerging leader award.
As she took the helm of ISA, the organization was emerging from a pandemic. We no longer had a Director of Education. Our current management company needed replacing. Conference attendance was down because it was virtual. And the morale among members was flagging. During this year under her direction a new and better management company was hired. A new and skillful Director of Education was appointed. New conference chairs were chosen who designed a conference that broke attendance records. The KSP program took on new vitality, and the Meet and Greets were launched. Our organization is now thriving. Exhibiting remarkable strength by any standard, it is our honor to present the 2023 leadership award to madam President Irene Szylinger.
If you've ever been to a conference, you've been treated to one of her luncheons. If you've ever heard of the education foundation, she has been its major funder for years. Throughout the past 40 years this woman has mentored a small army of budding appraisers. Shepherding them from rank beginners to CAPP achievers, she has trained and paid for their ISA education so that they would have no choice but to succeed. Her appraisal business has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for deserving charities, and at this very moment she is already planning her next conference luncheon. It is with our utmost respect that we award Wendy Gerdau the International Society of Appraisers Lifetime Achievement Award.
Each of us knows that appraising is a never-ending journey of discovery and learning. There is always something you don't know. With the right colleagues we can reach out to find the right answer, the right expert or the right resource, and this makes us better appraisers, stronger in our career. One such colleague spends countless hours on the ISA Facebook Forum, generously answering questions, sharing knowledge, and contributing to conversations. A former committee chair, who faced enormous personal obstacles and still found a way to contribute. It is a great pleasure to recognize Edward Kitson as our first outstanding colleague.
We don't have a picture of her, but everybody knows that she serves behind the scenes on every committee in ISA, and acts as a liaison to our management company, guiding them on the nuances of our profession and all the details that make up the work that she loves. In her paid position, she matches it with unpaid volunteer hours. Her work as our Marketing Director has raised our social media profile and helped amplify the ISA brand. For her devotion to the organization, it is our pleasure to award Bailey Sexton our second Outstanding Colleague Award.
Our final Outstanding Colleague Award goes to a very good and enthusiastic Lennie Rose. She was one of the very first volunteers to step up and agree to provide her time, her talent and her energies to assist in bolstering membership participation. The Meet and Greet program is a great way to introduce and immerse new members into our culture. The format is effective in that during a single session we can meet more than a dozen different appraisers. It is the most groundbreaking program in ISA since the KSPs, and she has worked tirelessly to create a program that would fulfill the social needs of ISA members. As the facilitator, she sets the example to be followed by anyone who wants to follow anything in their forging of ISA disciplines. Her commitment to this program is exemplary. It is our pleasure to present the Outstanding Colleague award to Lennie Rose.
Please join me in congratulating Judith Martin, our Director of Education, who has been a steadfast believer in providing high quality education for our members, which is critical to our mission. She has devoted her valuable time and energy to ISA, as a gifted instructor who is both patient and passionate about her students. Judith provides a long-standing and extraordinary dedication to the education standards of ISA. She offers sound guidance to our members and always does what is best for the membership. It is my pleasure to offer the President's Award to Judith Martin.