National James H. Pritchett Award

In 2002, the Appraisal Institute established the annual James H. Pritchett Award "In recognition of an outstanding contribution to the appraisal profession in the area of education and professional development." The Award is one of only four national awards, and is available to any Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute. The selection process begins with letters of recommendation being provided to the individual Chapters. The award comes with an honorarium and a plaque.

Inaugural Presentation in at National AI Annual Meeting in Hawaii

Below is a list of all past Award winners.


James D. Eaton, MAI, SRA

Sequim, Washington

Jim Eaton, MAI, SRA, began his appraisal career in the mid-1960s. He has worked as the chief appraiser for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and currently resides in Sequim, Wash. Mr. Eaton is best noted for his publication "Real Estate Valuation in Litigation." Mr. Eaton is also the recipient of the Appraisal Institute’s Percy and Betty Wagner Award, the George L. Schmutz Memorial Award.


Roscoe ("Rocky") W. Shiplett, MAI

Charlotte, North Carolina

Having received his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1978, Mr. Shiplett is managing director of Grubb & Ellis/Landauer Valuation Service in Charlotte. For seven years, he was owner of R.W. Shiplett & Associates. He is qualified as an expert witness in courts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Mr. Shiplett earned his bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from the University of Florida in 1969. Mr. Shiplett is an approved Appraisal Institute instructor and has served on several course content teams, including being awarded the President's Award in 2001 for his participation on the Commercial Database Committee.


James D. Vernor, MAI, PhD

Atlanta, Georgia

In addition to being a life-long friend of Mr. Pritchett, Dr. Vernor is the Chairman Emeritus and Associate Professor Emeritus of Real Estate, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia where he was a full time faculty member from 1974 through 1997 teaching real estate appraisal, finance, investments and market research. He has also been a mortgage officer, a real estate broker and a commercial real estate appraiser. He is an MAI Member (semi-retired) of the Appraisal Institute and a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, the American Real Estate Society, and the Urban land Institute.


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E. Nelson Bowes, MAI, PE, CRE

Denver, Colorado

Mr. Bowes is part of a family of MAIs that includes a father, a brother, two uncles and a wife. Mr. Bowes joined the Marines after high school, earned a BS and MS in civil engineering, and has been appraising since 1966. It has been his privilege to serve the Appraisal Institute writing, reviewing, teaching, editing, and serving on committees and boards. In addition to his MAI designation, he is also a CRE and Professional Engineer.


David Lenhoff, MAI, SRA

McLean, Virginia

Mr. Lenhoff is President of SCandH Appraisal Services. He has been closely involved with the topic of this book since serving as a member of the Appraisal Institute’s Study Group on Business Enterprise Value in 1997-1998. He was a development team member, chief reviewer, and frequent instructor of the original Appraisal Institute Course 800, Separating Real and Personal Property from Intangible Business Assets, and editor of the first edition of A Business Enterprise Value Anthology. Mr. Lennhoff continues to teach regularly for the Appraisal Institute and has been a frequent contributor to The Appraisal Journal since 1982.


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John Maggi, SRA

Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Maggi's service to the Appraisal Institute includes serving as co-chair of AI’s Candidates Leadership Committee, chair of the Chapter Admissions Committee and as a member of the Demonstration Report Graders Panel, Chapter Admissions Committee, National Associate Member Guidance Committee, and Ethics & Counseling Committee. A former Region IX representative, he has served as president of the Atlanta Area Chapter and received the chapter’s Legion of Leaders Award. An instructor of eight AI courses, he has represented the Appraisal Institute at three national conferences and during his career has recruited more than 70 members to the organization.


Stephanie Coleman, MAI

Chicago, Illinois

Ms. Coleman is the Director of Screening for the Appraisal Institute. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the property valuation field and has been actively involved with the Appraisal Institute in the areas of appraisal standards, ethics and counseling, education and publications. She is the author of Understanding Limited Appraisals and Appraisal Reporting Options, published by the Appraisal Institute in 1994, and co-developed a seminar by the same name. More recently, she has been involved in the development of the Appraisal Institute's Scope of Work seminar. Ms. Coleman is a past member of the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation, the body responsible for developing and interpreting the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). She is an AQB-approved USPAP instructor and is actively engaged in teaching classes on USPAP throughout the United States.


Richard Parli, MAI

Fairfax, Virginia

Mr. Parli became a full-time appraiser beginning with an apprenticeship with American Appraisal Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1973-1975. Mr. Parli's experience includes regular teaching assignments in advanced appraisal concepts for The Appraisal Institute. He has also served as Admissions Chairman of the local Appraisal Institute Chapter, and was serving as the 1995 President of the Chapter.


Craig M. Harrington, SRA

Chanhassen, Minnesota

Mr. Harrington’s private appraisal and consulting practice specializes in litigation issues, but he also provides consulting on a variety of projects. Craig’s career includes eight years in appraisal management as a consultant to financial institutions. He has taught courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute in over 35 states from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Mr. Harrington is a Certified National USPAP Instructor and was the developer of The Appraisal Foundation’s 2004 and 2005 National USPAP Update Course. He is a co-developer of the 15-Hour National USPAP Course for 2006. Several years ago Craig wrote the course Basic Appraisal Principles that was developed jointly for the Appraisal Institute (AI), the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), and the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). During that same period he also wrote Basic Appraisal Procedures for the Appraisal Institute. In 2005, Mr. Harrington was presented the William N. Kinnard, Jr., PhD Award by the Appraisal Institute for his educational development work.


Richard Stephens, MAI, SRA, CRE

Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Stephens is the Vice President of Richard A. Stephens & Associates, Inc., and is married to past National AI President, Sara Stephens. Mr. Stephens' practice includes condemnation and litigation support, as well as counseling, tax appeal work and education support.


Gary P. Taylor, MAI, SRA

Brooksville, Florida

Mr. Taylor served as the 2004 National Appraisal Institute President, as well as numerous boards, committees and project teams. Mr. Taylor was also a member of the Residential Appraisal Board from 1992-1995 and served as Long Island Chapter president in 1992, having served as its executive vice president in 1991. For the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, Taylor was a member of the National Publications Committee. For the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Taylor served as the vice president, secretary and treasurer for the executive board in three one-year stints, chaired the Advancement, Education and Bylaws committees and was the national chairman for courses and examinations.

In 1992, he received the William N. Kinnard Jr. Ph.D. award from the Education Trust of the Appraisal Institute for excellence in education and in 1997 received the Real Estate Man of the Year Award from the Long Island Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. Additionally, Mr. Taylor attended the first-ever MAI designation ceremony in Korea, spearheading the Appraisal Institute's globalization effort into 60 countries.


Stephen D. Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS

San Diego, California

Mr. Roach is co-owner of Jones, Roach & Caringella, Inc., and has been appriasing in the San Diego area for 35 years. His current work focuses on different and complex valuation and consutling assignments, along with litigation support. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate from San Diego State University, the MAI, SRA and AI-GRS designations from the Appraisal Institute, and is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in California and Nevada. Mr. Roach currently serves the Appraisal Institute as a member of the Strategic Planning committee and as a member of the General Comprehensive Examination Panel. He formerly served as the Chair of the International Relations Committee, as a member and the Vice Chair of the National Education Committee, and as a member and the Chair of the Curriculum Subcommittee. He is a member and former San Diego Chapter Board Member of the International Right of Way Association, a member of Lamda Alpha International (Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics), and a Principal Member of the Real Estate Counseling Group of America. He has extensive teaching and curriculum development and oversight experience for the Appraisal Institute and other organizations, having participated in editing multiple editions of The Appraisal of Real Estate, The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, and over 30 courses and seminars. He has taught over 200 appraisal courses and seminars throughout the United States, and in South Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Mr. Roach has served as a visiting professor of appraisal theory and practice at the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taoyuan, Taiwan since 2004.