As the new chair of the ARC Committee, I would like to introduce myself and give you a little background information. I am Michael Logan, ISA CAPP (please call me Mickey). I have been a member of ISA for over 12 years. While working at my career as a Mechanical Engineer, I attended antique auctions and shows frequently. As so often happens with people like me, there was soon too much stuff to put in the house so I opened a booth in a local antique mall. That business started with merchandise I would be ashamed of today, but as time passed I was able to make a little profit and start buying better merchandise. I was always a dealer who wanted to know what I was selling and as an engineer doing research was second nature. After a few years, I got interested in exhibiting in shows which required a significant upgrading of merchandise for the type of shows I wanted to do. This brought on attending seminars, self-study and a lot more learning. This all continued for over 20 years with the focus shifting to major Southeastern shows, including Heart of Country in Nashville. While this was going on I started getting enquiries from people who wanted to know what they had and what it might be worth. I also saw a lot of people who would have a local dealer come in and price their parents’ estate and then buy it for what I knew to be an unfairly low value. I saw a real need for a “genuine” appraiser who would be a neutral third party, but there was not a credentialed appraiser in a 100 mile radius. I determined that I would be that guy so, while still working, I joined ISA, took the Core Course by Distance Ed and then started doing appraisals part time. When I retired a few years later I opened my own shop and began practicing full time. I finally gave up the buying and selling two years ago and sent my entire inventory to auction, experiencing first-hand what I had been telling others for several years about the devaluation of their collections (ouch!). I have recently moved to Punta Gorda, FL and am now focusing on the appraisal practice (well, with some fishing mixed in).
Over the years, I have made a lot of contacts (and friends) attending ISA Conferences and courses. This network has proven to be invaluable to me. Having been the only credentialed appraiser in a 100 mile radius in Tennessee (which is down to about 50 miles in Florida), I have gotten calls for every kind of antique, collectible and household stuff from Tupperware to Fine Art. I have never had the luxury of choosing one small area in which I could become a true expert. I think this is the situation that most ARC members will find themselves in so I can truly say I feel your pain. Part of our job is recognizing when we are over our head and the other part is knowing who to call. These are the contacts you can make at ISA functions. Another good source is the online ISA Forum. If you have not used this, look into it. It is a valuable resource.
After assisting in a small way with the re-write of the ARC Course Manual, I was asked last year if I would consider being an instructor for the course, which I jumped at and had a great group of attendees for my first class last October. I look forward to future classes and Distance Education students. Then last November, I was asked to serve as the Chair of the ARC Committee to which I agreed. My job is to offer support to ARC members and be a link to the Board of Directors for you. I invite you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about any aspect of the Society with respect to ARC. I can’t promise that I can answer everything, but I can find someone who can.
I would encourage each of you to attend the 2014 Conference in Kansas City if at all possible. One of the sessions will be the ARC meeting, which I hope you can attend. I plan to spend the time allotted to gather ideas and questions to determine where our needs and interests lie. Be thinking about issues with training, support and other topics of interest to you. We have an opportunity to provide input for the 2015 conference in Philadelphia relative to topics and presenters you would like to see.
There are a many reasons for you to attend the conference in Kansas City
• You will meet other appraisers and form lasting friendships as I mentioned above
• You will network with other appraisers with different areas of expertise who are more than willing to share their knowledge with you (this alone is worth the price of admission)
• The general session speakers, Michael Finley and Judith Pearson, are gearing their presentations to ARC members, as well as Fine Art. James Jackson’s talks are always crowd pleasers and he is back by popular demand for this conference
• There are many sessions on a variety of topics led by subject matter experts. I challenge you to attend at least one on a subject you don’t think you are interested in and see what you can learn. Every time I have done this I learned something that I needed to know for an appraisal assignment I got shortly thereafter. It will, at a minimum, give you some contacts in these areas and, perhaps most importantly, help you at least recognize significant items you would have overlooked.
• Come and learn about the insurance plan ISA is now offering.
• You earn Professional Development hours towards your continuing education requirements required for renewal every five years. There is not an easier or more enjoyable way I know to earn credits.
• Country Club Plaza is a really interesting place.
• You will have fun and learn a lot!
I hope to see you there. Please introduce yourself to me. You can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please do.