ASA PHILADELPHIA GOVERNING BOARD 2020/21
President — Walter O’Connell, ASA
Walter O’Connell Tax Services, LLC — www.walteroconnell.com
Walter has performed and managed cost segregation studies on hundreds of types of properties for a wide variety of clients for over 25. His experience in tangible asset valuations for tax, book, insurance placement, due diligence, and business planning purposes spans several industries and geographies. Walter holds an M.A. in Economics from Montclair State University, and a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Kean University.
1st Vice President — Michael D. Cunningham, ASA
Benchmark Appraisal Group Ltd.— www.benchmarkapr.com/
Michael is a PA State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Higgins & Welch, a Philadelphia area real estate brokerage and a Licensed Real Estate Appraiser Trainee at the Benchmark Appraisal Group in Huntingdon Valley, PA. He is working to add the ASA designation in Real Property to his ASA designation in Business Valuation.
Prior to joining Benchmark in 2018, Michael — who is ASA-designated in Business Valuation — was a business appraiser for over a decade, most recently at Hempstead & Co. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M.B.A. in International Business from Temple University.
2nd Vice President — Poonam Vaidya, ASA
Centri Business Consulting — www.centriconsulting.com/
As Manager of Valuation Services, Poonam conducts valuations of securities and intangible assets of public and private corporations, including purchase price allocations, goodwill impairment analyses and valuation of financial instruments.
Poonam received a Master of Science degree in finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a graduate management degree and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has and lectured at national valuation conferences, presented national webinars on valuation topics, and written a chapter in a valuation handbook.
Treasurer — Felix Aguirre, ASA
True Value Appraisal Services, LLP — www.truevalueappraisalservices1.com/
Felix is a residential real estate appraiser focusing since 2004 on single-family to quad-unit properties in the greater Philadelphia market area.
Felix provides USPAP-compliant appraisals for mortgage lending and refinancing, Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) removal, estate planning and settlement, divorce settlement, and home sales — buying and selling.
Past President — Todd C. Jarden, ASA
Jarden and Associates — www.jardenllc.com
Todd is the Principal of Jarden and Associates and is a Manager for Haverford Capital Advisors. Todd provides valuations of closely held businesses and intangible assets, as well as valuations for estate and gift planning, goodwill impairment testing, and for mergers and acquisitions.
Todd holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University. He has made presentations to law firms, bar associations, and for master’s degree courses, and taught continuing education classes on business valuation and litigation support topics.