The Appraisal Foundation Announces a new President

The Appraisal Foundation Announces a new President

Monday, April 1, 2024 in Member Insights

The Appraisal Foundation Board of Trustees voted to name Kelly Davids as President of The Appraisal Foundation. Davids is the former Superintendent of the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing, the chief regulator for Ohio’s appraisers, a former Foundation trustee, and a member of the staff since 2013. Her most recent role has been Senior Vice President.

“We are thrilled to have such a qualified person as Kelly Davids to lead the Foundation’s next chapter,” said Board of Trustees Chair Tracy Johnston. “With Kelly’s thoughtful and inclusive vision for the organization, I have complete confidence that Kelly will meet and surpass the Board of Trustees initial expectations.”

“After a comprehensive process, we are confident we have identified the right leader to take the Foundation forward,” said CEO Search Committee Chair and Immediate Past Chair Dayton Nordin.

“I had the privilege of collaborating with Kelly Davids during various pivotal moments at The Appraisal Foundation,” said past Board of Trustees Chair Tom Boyer, a member of the CEO Search Committee. “From our work together on the Board of Trustees to her instrumental role in shaping Vision 2030, I’ve consistently witnessed her unwavering commitment and exceptional leadership. Kelly’s innate ability to inspire and guide is unparalleled, and she possesses a rare blend of vision, determination, and strategic thinking.”

Davids will officially assume the role of President on March 31, 2024. Current President Dave Bunton will transition to a new role as Senior Advisor the same day but remain an available resource to Foundation boards and staff on an as needed basis through the end of his contract on December 31, 2024.

Ms. Davids leads The Appraisal Foundation in fulfilling its mission to uphold public trust in the appraisal profession. Her experience includes working in senior-level positions for two Ohio Governors and serving multiple terms in elected office. Davids holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.

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