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Friday, December 15, 2017

Assets 2018: Spotlight on Sunday’s Program

Kathi Jablonsky,
You can achieve gold at Assets 2018 by attending our expert-led educational sessions around the theme "The Gold Standard: Innovation and Valuation." Here’s an inside look at our planned programming for Sunday, March 11.

Beyond Readily Apparent Identity

Sunday morning starts off with "Beyond Readily Apparent Identity" by ISA CAPPs and past presidents Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg and Todd Sigety. Their presentation will explore situations where identity disclaimers can be used or when deeper work is required.

Following this session, you'll enjoy your choice of break-outs through the afternoon. You'll have a hard time choosing between our fabulous speakers.

Break-Out I
  • Session A: Art - A Source of Liquidity. Learn about evaluating art and other personal property assets to be used as loan collateral. Presented by John Arena, US Trust.
  • Session B: Discovering California Pottery. Explore colorful and delightful mid 20th-century pottery with Bill Stern, book author and California Design Museum Director.
  • Session C: New Appraisers Guide to the Galaxy. Kirsten Smolensky, JD, ISA CAPP, and ISA’s Core Course instructor will touch upon many of the key areas of appraising. New appraisers will find practical advice on building their practice.

Moon and Half Dome
Ansel Adams
Break-Out II: Good, Better and Best
  • Session A: Ansel Adams Photographs. Be enlightened about the preeminent 20th century photographer of the American landscape, and compare valuation characteristics for his iconic works. This session will be led by Brittany Moorefield, Director of Photography Sales at Ansel Adams Gallery.
  • Session B: American Furniture and Silver. Brooke Sivo, Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Bonham’s, will teach us to compare and rate examples of furniture and silver based on design and craftsmanship.

Break-Out III

  • Session A: Stop, Look and Listen: Using Connoisseurship to Navigate the Contemporary Art Market. Holly Sherratt, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art for Heritage Auctions, will inform us about the Post-War and Contemporary sector, which has been dominating the fine art market.
  • Session B: Stay Golden! Explore What Glitters in Costume Jewelry. Discover costume jewelry makers and the current market in this dazzling presentation by Rosalie "Rhinestone Rosie" Sayyah.
  • Rosalie "Rhinestone Rosie" Sayyah
  • Session C. The Intersection of Appraising and Wealth Management: Working with High-Net Worth Clients, Their Collections and Their Insurance Carriers. This session will be presented by AIG Directors Danna Kay and Barbara Chamberlain and moderated by Todd Sigety, ISA CAPP. Find out why a collaborative approach is necessary to work with high-net worth clients.

Break-Out IV
  • Session A: Eight Street Artists to Watch in 2018. Investigate the major players in the contemporary street art scene and their place in the art market. Led by Tim Luke, CAI, BAS, MPPA, ISA AM, President, TreasureQuest Group, Inc., and Executive Director, Contemporary and Street Art for Julien’s Auctions.
  • Session B: American Innovations: Studio Glass. Bruce Orr, Owner of Jaremos and art glass consultant, will lead us on a journey from the launch of the American Studio Glass movement in the 1960s through the explosion of studio glass artists and the current market.

Liquid Assets: Wine Investment and Appreciation

Sunday’s educational programming will conclude with Liquid Assets, by Amanda Crawford, Director of Fine and Rare Wines for Heritage Auctions. Find out about wine investment and appreciation while tasting delectable California wines.

View the full conference program.

Read the first part of our deep dive into Assets 2018 programming, focused on Saturday's educational offerings.

If you haven’t already, register today to attend Assets 2018. It will be ISA’s first conference in the golden state, and you don’t want to miss it!

Kathi Jablonsky, ISA CAPP, is co-chair of the ISA Annual Conference Committee.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Submit Your Nominations for ISA Awards

Libby Holloway, ISA CAPP
Awards Committee Chair
Once a year, ISA’s members are asked to help identify those in the organization who have inspired them by an accomplishment or act of service. ISA is a volunteer-run organization with many members who spend hours contributing to the good of the entire membership. There are others who use their gifts to inform the general public about the importance of using professional appraisers through speaking or writing. Recognizing these people is one of my favorite parts of Assets.

I’m sure you can think of members who seem to be especially generous with their time and who certainly deserve thanks. There are some familiar faces who always seem to be involved. To me, it is really exciting when someone is awarded who is either new to the organization or who has been working quietly for a while and has never been recognized.

I challenge all of you to spend a little time thinking of members you know who deserve recognition and to nominate them this year. You can also promote your chapter by nominating it for Chapter of the Year.

Spend a few minutes looking through the award descriptions and see who you know who fits each one, and submit your award nominations through our online formThe deadline for submission is Friday, January 26.

This year, awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Lamp of Knowledge - Awarded to one ISA member for a singular outstanding educational work product pertaining to the appraisal profession as a whole or in a specialty area.
  • Leadership - Awarded to one ISA member in a leadership position for outstanding service above and beyond what is normally expected.
  • Rising Leader - Awarded to one ISA member who is new to a leadership position for outstanding service above and beyond what is normally expected.
  • Distinguished Service - Awarded to one ISA member in each of the following four categories: Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts; Fine Art; Gems & Jewelry; and Machinery & Equipment for outstanding achievements or participation in the appraisal profession.
  • Chapter of the Year - Up to two awards available: one for chapters in existence more than three years, and one for chapters in existence three years or less.
  • Service - Awarded to two outgoing ISA members who have held volunteer leadership positions in either the Board Member or Committee Chair categories.
  • ISA Instructor Distinguished Service - Awarded to one instructor for outstanding appraisal instructional achievements in and beyond the physical classroom; positive reviews from current and past students; and for inspiring appraisal methodology excellence within our membership.
It is now easier than ever to make nominations by filling out the short form. You may make more than one nomination but must revisit the form for each. Awards are given based on merit rather than frequency of nomination so please be detailed when you are describing your nominee’s accomplishments.

All of you who do such a great job representing the spirit of ISA and our industry every day deserve a big thank you. Keep up the good work!

Remember to put registering for Assets 2018 in Pasadena on your holiday to-do list, especially before prices increase on January 31. I’ll see you there!

Libby Holloway, ISA CAPP, is chair of the ISA Awards Committee.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Assets 2018: Spotlight on Saturday's Program

Suzanne Houck, ISA CAPP
The California gold rush started with the discovery of just two gold nuggets. After that, prospectors tried to figure out the best way to not only find the gold but to find the most gold.

Almost 170 years later, the theme for Assets, ISA’s annual conference in Pasadena, California is The Gold Standard: Innovation and Valuation because as appraisers we want to know what can help us find not only more jobs but the best jobs. We want to learn about innovative technology, expand our knowledge in our selected fields and advance our professional appraisal skills and report writing, and we know that the best pricing happens when we register in advance! Register here for Assets 2018.

After the stimulating pre-conference tours on Friday, March 9, conference attendees will take their seats on Saturday, March 10 and begin absorbing the messages and information from a diverse slate of speakers.

Want to learn about California design? 

Don't miss "California Dreamin' ...Missions to Modernism," Saturday 9:15-10:15am.

California photographer
Ansel Adams
While in California, it is only natural to want to learn about creative California design and understand how these designers have shaped and celebrated our modern lifestyle. We’ve lined up Staci Steinberger, the Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the perfect person to present a survey of distinctive California Design by visionary artists, designers and craftspeople.

Do you want to expand your appraisal practice, set yourself apart from others in the appraisal field and get quality jobs from previously unexplored areas?

If this is you, it's time to create some new connections during "The Gold Standard of Leadership," Saturday 10:15-11:15am.

To help you, Melody Kanschat, Executive Director of Executive Education for Museum Leaders at the Getty Leadership Institute will give insight into working with museums, curators, collectors and collection managers, and insurers.

Do you shy away from tax-use appraisals?

If so, you need to attend "Avoiding Errors and Omissions that Raise Flags in Tax-Use Appraisals," Saturday 11:15-11:45am.

This discussion will show you how to avoid common errors and omissions in what can often be complex and challenging appraisals. You’ll leave with much more confidence in handling these types of appraisals, especially in regard to fair market valuations. It's time to have the IRS help you make more money!

Do you have or want to have clients who could benefit from art risk advisory, especially in the areas of art, antiquities and collectibles?

Explore new technologies at "Tracking and Verifying Assets: Better Authenticating Through Technology," Saturday 2:00-3:00pm.

Jordan Arnold, Senior Manager of K2 Intelligence, New York and Los Angeles will cover new and emerging technological advancements that are making an impact on the verification and security of asset class collections. These advancements affect areas familiar to appraisers like provenance and establishing clear title during sale or acquisitions, identifying fakes and frauds, advancements for maintaining physical security during storage, display and transport, and resolving complex frauds and disputes.

Do your clients have celebrity-signed or owned items they need appraised?

Join the conversation about valuation and the celebrity factor at "From Dylan to Marilyn: The Value of Celebrity," Saturday 3:30-4:30pm.

You’re in California, playground of celebrities, and Laura Woolley is the one to inform you of the many value characteristics that can turn an intrinsically inexpensive object into a cultural treasure. She has served as COO of Julien’s Auctions, a premier auction house for high profile celebrity and entertainment, and now manages sales and appraisals of memorabilia of well-known celebrities at own appraisal company, The Collectors Lab in Los Angeles, California, that focuses on Hollywood and rock and roll memorabilia.

Copies of handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan
recently went up for auction in Los Angeles.

See you soon in California! And don't forget to register for Assets today!

About the Author: 
Suzanne S. Houck, ISA CAPP, B.A. and M.A.L.S., is Vice President of ISA and Chair of the ISA Annual Program Conference Committee.