On April 12-13, 2016, in excess of 175 people attended the NJ-NAIFA's 50th Educational Conference in Atlantic City. National instructors, past national presidents as well as New Jersey’s own national president Lou Bonato were in attendance. Lou addressed the group with some scintillating words of motivation at dinner. During the conference, past NJ Real Estate Board President Joe Palumbo taught the NJ Appraisal Law course while NAIFA National Treasurer, Rob Luciani taught the Pennsylvania Appraisal Law Course.
Education was the hit of the conference as echoed by those in attendance. However, it did not hurt to have outstanding entertainment in honor of the occasion. Among those entertaining us was Rob Luciani's wonderful band "Flipside", Becky Sabota, (Wayne's wife), playing the piano during our cocktail hour, and our wonderful impersonator, "Holly Farris", who brought us the characters of Joan Rivers, Cher, Tina Turner, and Marilyn Monroe. I am certain that those sitting down front during her performance would not do so again or be forced to suffer the wrath of Joan Rivers.
I am extremely happy with the turnout and the entire conference which was held at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. It was a total group effort from the committee, and would not have been so well received without everyone's assistance.
The committee consisted of:
It has been customary during my term as state director to feature a charity to participate in our conference. This year it was New Jersey's Operation First Response for whom we raised $1,000.
At the end of the evening it is customary to present an award to the NJ Appraiser of the Year, and this year's recipient was Rob Luciani. Although living in Pennsylvania, Rob is very supportive of the NJ NAIFA and is always volunteering to help with our educational and membership process.
To end the evening and begin the transition to next year, the chapter presidents elected Sherrie Galderisi to the position of 2017 NJ NAIFA State Director. We could not have selected a better person. Sherrie was also the recipient of the State Director's Award for all of her valiant efforts assisting me with the conference. I could not have done it without her.
My thanks to the committee, participants, and all who attended. We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues again next year at our 51st annual Educational Conference in Atlantic City, the week of April 17th, 2017.
2016 State Director