Benefit Auctioneer Tom DiNardo Becomes First Certified Appraiser to Cross Over ISA Bridge

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Earlier this month benefit auctioneer Tom DiNardo became the first certified appraiser to cross over the newly created appraiser designation bridge built between the International Society of Appraisers and the National Auctioneers Association.

Auctioneer, certified sommelier and master wine appraiser Tom DiNardo

This appraiser designation is yet another skill set that I can offer my clients through my benefit auction firm.

The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the National Auctioneers Association officially ratified their joint bridging policy concerning their mutual appraiser designations in July 2008 after over one year of meticulous planning. The idea for creating this bridge between these two appraiser membership organizations was first promoted in April 2007 by benefit auctioneer Tom DiNardo, an NAA member, when he first contacted ISA with his idea. "I was informed by ISA's then Director of Education, Jeannie Wood, and former ISA Executive Director, Jorge Sever, that creating a bridge between these two appraiser organizations was a good idea," said DiNardo.

Tom DiNardo is the owner of DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers and he is one of the most sought after benefit auctioneers and wine appraisers in the nation. "I applied as an ISA Candidate in April 2007. I wanted to take my appraiser skills to the next level and the International Society of Appraisers had an established program that is internationally recognized," recounts Tom DiNardo. Tom was previously certified by the NAA in 2002 as a Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA) after completing this NAA appraiser course and passing the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) exam. In January 2007 he completed the requirements for his Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation awarded by the NAA. When asked how this appraiser certification will help him Tom responded, "This appraiser designation is yet another skill set that I can offer my clients through my benefit auction firm." Tom DiNardo's auctioneer-appraiser biography was recently included in Marquis Who's Who in America. His benefit auctions company provides fundraising consulting, certified appraisal reports and wine education services to his clients.

Tom DiNardo's bridging concept between ISA and NAA had the strong backing from ISA's Vice President and fellow NAA auctioneer Christine Corbin. During this planning period the International Society of Appraisers governing board members reviewed the NAA's appraiser course materials and sample appraisals. ISA's Board Secretary and former Director of Education Judy Martin and ISA President Fred Winer had expressed some concern regarding the NAA's sample computer template appraisal created by the NAA's Education Board Member Jane Campbell-Chambliss. It was revealed that the NAA's prior computer template appraisal report failed to incorporate many of the required 58 points specified in ISA's appraisal report checklist. As a result of this discovery ISA determined that some form of appraiser competency test was needed to assess the experience of those NAA appraisers who desire to bridge over to ISA.

"Last month ISA offered a two day report writing class to NAA auctioneers currently holding MPPA and GPPA appraiser designations who wished to achieve their ISA-AM Accredited Member designation," said DiNardo. This class was taught by ISA instructors Leon Castner (former auctioneer and owner of Castner's Auctions in New Jersey) and Lyn Livingston (Livingston's Auction in Oklahoma). At the conclusion of this ISA sponsored class the instructors administered a proficiency exam to the NAA's bridging appraiser candidates. Only those NAA appraiser members who passed the exam with a score of 75% or better would be awarded their ISA-AM appraiser designation. All NAA auctioneers attending this inaugural class had passed the ISA administered exam. Tom DiNardo was one of only two NAA members and benefit auctioneers who previously attained his ISA-Candidate status prior to this class and was therefore immediately eligible to be awarded his ISA-AM (Accredited Member) designation. Tom DiNardo passed the ISA proficiency exam with a perfect score of 100%, and he was the first NAA fundraising auctioneer member to be awarded his ISA-AM designation earlier this month.

The International Society of Appraisers next designation above their ISA-AM certificate is the prized ISA-CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property). There are approximately 215 ISA members nationwide who currently hold this prestigious ISA-CAPP designation. ISA currently offers reciprocity regarding their appraiser designations with two other appraiser organizations in the United States. ISA's appraiser designations are recognized worldwide.

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