— Philadelphia Chapter —
• Personal Property
• Real Estate
• Gems & Jewelry
• Business Valuation
What You Should Know About Free Online Appraisals
Eric H. Hencken, Chapter 35 President, says:
Many websites offer low and no-cost "appraisals". Consumers would be better served if they were called rough estimates or guesses.
Unlike full appraisals, they're not offered by trained and certified appraisers bound by a rigorous code of ethics. And unlike full appraisals, they're often inaccurate (not based on sound methodology) and unreliable (not repeatable). That's why they're not valid in court and not accepted by banks, insurance companies, auction houses, and the IRS.
For results you can rely on, ask an ASA appraiser for a full appraisal.
Philadelphia Attends the 2014 International Appraisers Conference in Savannah
Representing the Philadelphia Chapter at the ASA 2014 International Appraisers Conference in Savannah, GA were, from left to right, Nick Luceno; Sam Luceno, FASA; Andrew Sherriff, ASA, 2nd Chapter VP; Andrew Comly, ASA; Susan Golashovsky, ASA, International Secretary-Treasurer; Eric Hencken, ASA, Chapter President; Mark Penny, ASA, past International President; Paul D. Amenta; and Rob Luciani, ASA, past Chapter President.
Welcome to the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers!
Leading Appraisal Organization
The American Society of Appraisers is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary appraisal organization. Founded in 1936, the ASA includes specialists in all types of tangible and intangible property, both real and personal.
Serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey
The Philadelphia Chapter (Chapter 35) of the American Society of Appraisers represents accredited ASA members serving the greater Philadelphia region spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Many Fields and Specialities
Our members provide appraisals in the disciplines of Business Valuation, Gems and Jewelry, Machinery and Technical Specialties, Personal Property and Real Property (Real Estate).
Why Choose An ASA-Accredited Appraiser?
Appraisers who have earned the ASA designation have a minimum of five years experience.
The ASA designation is granted only after successful completion of a rigorous course of training and a challenging evaluation process. And ASA appraisers are recertified every five years.
ASA-accredited appraisers follow nationally recognized standards and provide USPAP-compliant appraisals recognized by the courts, the IRS, financial and insurance industries.
ASA appraisers conduct themselves according to The Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics established by the American Society of Appraisers.
ASA accreditation enhances appraiser credibility in many arenas, including litigation, financial reporting, and insurance. It is also meaningful for property tax, estate, gift and business planning.
- Interdisciplinary Referrals
ASA appraisers will identify and value the property they are qualified to appraise, and refer to or consult appraisers in other disciplines or specialties as needed.
Mark Penny Swears in 2014-15 Officers
The September Chapter Meeting was held on September 10, 2014 at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Plymouth Meeting, PA. At the Meeting, ASA Philadelphia Chapter 35 welcomed its new Officers, led by President Eric Hencken.
In the photo left, Past Regional Governor, J. Mark Penny, ASA, right, swears in the 2014-2015 Chapter Officers, Megan Salehli, ASA, Sec'y/Treasurer, Eric H. Hencken, ASA, President; William P. Mitchell, ASA, 1st Vice President. Officers unable to attend were Andrew G. Sheriff, ASA, 2nd Vice President and Sheila Gorman, 3rd Vice President.
The guest speaker was Bob Wegbreit of the West Conshohocken firm of GF Data Resources, LLC. Mr. Wegbreit, seen at right, provided real world insights about middle-market transactions and recent private company valuation trends.
Bob Wegbreit on Private Company Valuation Trends
2014 BV Seminar "A Stunning Success"
The Eighth Annual ASA Philadelphia Chapter Spring Business Valuation Seminar on Friday, May 2, 2014, was a stunning success by all accounts.
The all-day event, held at the DoubleTree Suites in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and attended by approximately 50 appraisers whose practices extend along the entire eastern seaboard and west to Ohio, featured four acclaimed thought leaders as speakers.
Read the complete press release.
Best Chapter Mentor Program
The ASA Philadelphia Chapter was one of only four Chapters to come home from the 2013 Joint International Appraisers and Advanced Business Valuation Conferences in San Antonio with an Award plaque in its kit bag. At the annual International Awards luncheon, presided over by ASA International President, J. Mark Penny, ASA, Chapter President Robert J. Luciani, ASA accepted the Award for Best Chapter Mentor Program. As a member and past President of the Philadelphia Chapter -- and a 2-term Regional Governor -- Mark Penny knows mentoring is a core Chapter value, one that has brought the Best Chapter Mentor Program trophy home to Philadelphia from three previous International Conferences.
Susan Golashovsky, ASA: 2013 Sinclair Award Winner!
The 2013 George D. Sinclair Professionalism Award was presented to Philadelphia Chapter member and ASA Region 1 Governor, Susan Golashovsky, ASA by Samuel F. Luceno, FASA (left) at the Chapter's September meeting. The Award, which was created in 2003 by the Philadelphia Chapter, recognizes an individual -- not necessarily a Chapter member -- whose actions have enhanced the appraisal profession. Ms. Golashovsky is the principal of her eponymous Doylestown, PA appraisal consultancy, which serves corporate, general public, industry and governmental clients worldwide. She is accredited in Personal Property with specialty designations in Residential Contents, Antiques & Decorative Arts, Antique Furniture, and American Folk Art. She also holds a Winterthur Museum certificate in American Material Culture and is an elected Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (National Museums Scotland). Known for her wide-ranging expertise, Susan is often called upon for presentations and mentoring. Before joining the Board of Governors, Ms. Golashovsky served ASA as Chair of the Ethics Committee, and is a past President of the Philadelphia Chapter. She is the immediate Vice-Chair of the Personal Property Committee. As the 2013 recipient of the Sinclair Award, Susan Golashovsky is both honored by and does honor to the award.