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OCPA Takes Top Honors at the 2019 IAAO Conference

OCPA, led by Rick Singh, CFA, took home top honors at the International Association of Assessment Officers (IAAO) annual conference September 8-11, 2019, cementing its position as a global leader among worldwide assessing organizations.

Terry Taylor, OCPA's Residential Real Estate Assessment Director, was recognized with two of the most prestigious awards in the industry - the Ian W. McClung International Award and the Instructor of Excellence Award. He received the Ian W. McClung International Award for his leadership in advancing the appraisal industry worldwide. Moreover, he was named Instructor of Excellence for his commitment to teaching and mentoring the next generation of appraisal professionals.

Notably, OCPA keeps the Ian W. McClung International Award - the highest individual honor bestowed by the IAAO - in the agency, as Rick Singh received the same award at the 2018 convention.

Also, during the conference's award ceremony, four of OCPA's staff members were recognized by the IAAO for their dedication to professional development. Commercial Real Estate Appraiser Analysts Elizabeth Alvarez and Andres Ayala; Residential Real Estate Appraiser Analyst David Johnson; and James Kleitz, Commercial Real Estate Assessment Manager, all earned professional designations, allowing them to better serve the constituents in Orange County.

An important part of the international conference is education and OCPA contributed expertise in several breakout sessions. Singh presented a multi-media session - "Digital Technology Impacting Real Estate - Industry Reaction" - highlighting the office's accomplishments over the past year to a select audience of international appraisal professionals. The presentation described the technological assets currently in place at OCPA, and what tech initiatives are in the pipeline for the agency.

In another session, Singh presented valuable insight on the agency's experience with oblique aerial photography that aids appraisers in viewing properties that are difficult to access. This presentation - "EagleView: Tough Calls and Tools for All" - was presented in conjunction with EagleView. OCPA announced its partnership with the company earlier this year electing to employ these images for more accurate assessments of parcels in the region less invasively.