The Leadership Development & Advisory Council (LDAC) is an assembly of dedicated appraisers who come together once a year in Washington, D.C. to formulate solutions to problems faced by the appraisal profession. The council fosters creative thought and develops future leaders of the Appraisal Institute. It also establishes the organizations presence in Congress and demonstrates the importance of active involvement in the political process.

The event has served as a source of leadership and as an inspiration for new programming ideas since 1969. Through a series of roundtable discussions, ideas, and opinions on targeted topics of concern are exchanged.

LDAC alumni often describe the event as having been one of their most positive professional experiences. The Tennessee Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is proud to sponsor annual contingents of delegates through scholarship support.

If you know of someone who has demonstrated outstanding ability in appraising or a related profession, who is a potential leader for the chapter and who could make a strong contribution to discussions on appraisal topics, please encourage their participation. Scholarship funds are available.


These distinguished members of the Tennessee Chapter of the Appraisal Institute have participated as delegates of the Leadership Development and Advisory Council.

Michael V. Tankersley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS
Tankersley Appraisal

720 Connersville Road
Lewisburg, Tennessee 37091
(931) 580-6865

Vice Chair – 2013
Discussion Leader – 2013
Delegate – 2010, 2011, 2012

T. Seth Rohling, MAI, AI-GRS
Randy Button & Associates

223 Rosa Parks Avenue, Suite 402
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 324-6086

Vice Chair – 2020
Delegate – 2017, 2018, 2019

Steven M. Goodpaster, MAI, MRE
Woodford & Associates

6201 Central Avenue Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37912
(865) 686-3300
Delegate – 2010, 2011, 2012

Rex S. Garrison. MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Garrison Appraisal Services

127 Bob Fitz Road, Suite 5
Johnson City, Tennessee 37615
(423) 477-2940
Delegate – 2010, 2011, 2012

Clayton Haehl, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS

300 Beechwood Farm Lane
Pulaski, Tennessee 38478
(931) 381-1309
Delegate – 2013, 2014, 2016

Weston A. Woodford, MAI
Woodford & Associates

6201 Central Avenue Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37912
(865) 686-3300
Delegate – 2015, 2016

Sandra S. Akridge, SRA, AI-RRS
Akridge Real Estate Appraisal, Inc.

109 Bellepointe
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 537-1186
Delegate – 2013, 2014, 2015

Mari Carlson, MAI, AI-GRS
Scott Collins Company

PO Box 30015
Knoxville, Tennessee 37930
(865) 671-3552 ext. 4
Delegate – 2015, 2016, 2017

Mark E. Abbotoy, MAI, SRA
Sigma Appraisal Service

779 McMurry Blvd. East
Hartsville, TN 37074
(615) 476-3709
Delegate – 2010, 2011, 2013

Michelle A. Alexander, MAI
Integra Realty Resources – Memphis

1661 International Drive, Suite 330
Memphis, TN 38120
(901) 322-1703
Delegate – 2011, 2012

David W. Ballenger, SRA
G.T. Ballenger, Realtors

403 Hotel Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 688-3946
Delegate – 2003

Robert K. Barnes, MAI
Valbridge Property Advisors

5205 Maryland Way
Ste. 300
Brentwood, TN 37027-7525
(615) 369-0670
Delegate – 2003, 2006

Creighton R. Cross, MAI, AI-GRS
Braun & Associates, Inc.

317 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
(865) 392-4117
Delegate – 2013, 2014, 2015

Clint Carver Dorris, SRA
Clint Dorris Appraisals

27 Lamar Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 234-0155
Delegate – 2016

S. Todd Glidewell, MAI
Valbridge Property Advisors – Memphis

756 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Suite 225
Memphis, TN 38120
(901) 753-6977
Delegate – 2003

Kevin Harden, SRA
Harden & Associates

545 Amber Drive
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
(615) 310-9036
Delegate – 2004, 2005, 2006

Gary L. Harmon, SRA

P.O. Box 30802
Clarksville, TN 37043
(931) 801-4863 O
Delegate – 2001

Brian S. Jenkins
111 Stella Ct.
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone O
Phone C
Delegate – 2007

Brett B. Mansfield, MAI, SRA
Mansfield Realty Group

210 S. 11th Street
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 559-8227
Delegate – 2017, 2018, 2019

Kevin McGuigan, MAI
McGuigan & Associates, LLC

3207 West End Avenue, Suite 201
Nashville, Tennessee  37203
(615) 327-0662
Delegate – 2019, 2021, 2022

Jonathan Stone, MAI
Jonathan Stone Appraisal Services, LLC

P.O. Box 882
Southaven, MS 38671
(901) 326-4696
Delegate – 2017

Jeffrey E. Norwood
Rip Walker & Associates

4933 William Arnold Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(662) 298-0016
Delegate – 2014

James R. Plante, SRA
TP Research

278 Florence Avenue
Selmer, TN 38375
(731) 645-8254
Delegate – 2010

Andrew Renfro, MAI
Colliers International

615 3rd Avenue South, Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 850-3213
Delegate – 2014, 2015, 2016

Charles R. Rolen II, MAI
Braun & Associates, Inc.

317 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
(865) 392-4117
Delegate – 2019

Derrick A. Smith, MAI
Boozer & Co.

106 Mission Court
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 591-4422 Ext. 205
Delegate – 2018, 2019

Eric A. Trotz, MAI, AI-GRS
Trotz Real Estate Services, Inc.

4709 Spottswood Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
901-683-7373 ext. 101
Delegate – 2005

Taylor Vandever, JD, MAI
CRV Group, Inc.

607 Hill Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 449-8089
Delegate – 2018, 2019

Sandra C. Tuck, SRA
Kaley and Tuck Real Estate Appraisers

224 S. Peters Road, Suite 99
Knoxville, TN 37923
(865) 470-9646
Delegate – 2007, 2008, 2009

Michael E. Williamson
Williamson Group

P.O. Box 2667
Cleveland, TN 37320
(423) 476-0066
Delegate – 2015, 2016, 2017

William H. Whitley, MAI, SRA
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

110 9th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 736-7722
Delegate – 2011, 2012, 2013

Randolph S. Word, MAI
Cushman and Wakefield

5101 Wheelis Drive, Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 252-6481
Delegate – 2008, 2013

Danny Wiley, SRA
Senior Director, Single Family Valuation
Freddie Mac

7129 Poplar Creek Tc
Nashville, Tn 37221
Delegate – Chair 2001
Chair – 2001
Discussion Leader – 2000
Delegate – 1999

Earl Randle Bouldin, Jr., MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Bouldin and Associates

PO Box 172025
Memphis, TN 38187

Delegate – 1999


“LDAC is one of the most rewarding experiences I have participated in with the Appraisal Institute.  It allows you to participate in the future of the profession, experience lobbying on Capitol Hill, and network with some of the best appraisers across the county.” – Rex Garrison

“LDAC is a great way to learn about yourself, others, and the appraisal profession in general.  An attendee is guaranteed to meet real estate valuation professionals from all over, learn from them and also have lively discussions on the most relevant topics concerning the Appraisal Institute.  I remember leaving LDAC with more energy and passion than I had before attending. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend one year of LDAC, but it helped me tremendously as I began to head towards my leadership service to our Chapter.”  Eric A. Trotz, MAI, AI-GRS, GAA


“LDAC is a place to interact with a bright group of people concerned with our profession, its future, and its growth.  LDAC was the foundation for many friendships and colleagues that I keep today.” – Weston Woodford,

“I have many nice memories of attending the LDAC Conference.  It occurred at about the time I was entering leadership positions in our chapter.  I was able to network and learn from other real estate valuation professionals from all over the country. The LDAC experience provided many different points of view on the appraisal profession.  We had good discussion groups and topics concerning the profession at the time.  We were able to see some of our Tennessee Congressman and Senators, or staff, and lobby concerning real estate related concerns.  It was a great experience to spend a day lobbing on Capitol Hill.  Many of the people I met at LDAC were very nice and cordial.  The LDAC conference was well planned and helped me prepare for leadership roles in our chapter.” David Ballenger, SRA

“LDAC is one of the best ways to serve AI and our profession.  It opens doors to new relationships and offers insight into AI’s efforts to promote and protect our industry.”  S. Todd Glidewell, MAI

LDAC validated the reasons I joined the Appraisal Institute when I first started appraising. Surrounded by some of the top valuation professionals in the country, the standard of excellence seen at LDAC encouraged me to continue to grow in my profession and helped spur me on to completing both of my designations.”  Mark Abbotoy, MAI, SRA

“LDAC brings together the best appraisers in the country with different specialties and levels of experience, from decades in the profession to those beginning to be established in the industry.  It was exciting to be part of a group of passionate appraisers who shared their past challenges, and successes, and who wanted to work to shape the future of the profession.”  Mari Matsuzaki, MAI, AI-GRS

“LDAC provided an unmatched experience, one I’ve never seen anywhere else in our profession.  With LDAC, I found my place in appraising.  Be fully prepared!” Sandra S. Akridge, SRA, AI-RRS

LDAC was an incredible experience in our Nation’s Capital with an outstanding group of young appraisers from across the country.  The experience was rich with fellowship and the sharing of ideas with the best of our profession from around the country; as well as encouraging as we actively interacted with legislators on matters related specifically to our profession.”  Robert K. (Ken) Barnes, MAI, CCIM

LDAC was an unbelievable experience that I was lucky to be a part of.  The opportunity to surround yourself with the best valuation thought leaders in the world, and to tackle the toughest obstacles our profession faces was one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.  I highly encourage anyone interested to get involved and try to attend LDAC.”  Creighton R. Cross, MAI, AI-GRS

“LDAC validated the reasons I joined the Appraisal Institute when I first started appraising. Surrounded by some of the top valuation professionals in the country, the standard of excellence seen at LDAC encouraged me to continue to grow in my profession and helped spur me on to completing both of my designations.”  Mark Abbotoy, MAI, SRA

History of the Leadership Development and Advisory Council (LDAC)

In 1969, the Society of Real Estate Appraisers founded a program known as the Young Men’s Council.  Initially its composition was men only and included PhD’s as well as real estate appraisers.  In the early to mid-1970’s the group was renamed Young Advisory Council (“YAC”). As part of the name change, registration was opened to both men and women with an age restriction of 35 and under. Meeting at various venues around the country once a year, YAC was a think tank for the young real estate professional discussing the appraisal industry and its future. The name YAC remained until around 1999/2000 when the group was renamed Leadership Development and Advisory Council (“LDAC”). Prior to 1993 the group met at various venues around the country. Since 1993 the group has met in Washington, DC with a focus including the think tank discussion sessions and lobbying on Capitol Hill for various issues of concern to our profession. Since 2008 a focused effort has been made to provide additional leadership training to the LDAC participants.

Appraisal Institute (“AI”) leadership consistently advises those wishing to be involved in leadership roles with their local chapters and on a National level to attend and use LDAC as a training ground.  In 1996 the AI Finance Committee considered eliminating YAC due to costs. Spence Powell, MAI (a long-term supporter of YAC and 1996 AI President) contacted Ted Anglyn, MAI (1997 YAC Chair) and requested he come to Chicago in an attempt to convince the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee otherwise.  Ted made a case for saving the group.  Ted’s primary argument to the Executive and Finance Committees was “if you do not invest in your future, you will not have one”. Ted considered YAC/LDAC the future, as it represented the only national meeting platform for young appraisers to meet without specific designation status and not bound by outside agendas.  Spence said that abolishing YAC would be like “eating your young”.  Spence then arranged for his Executive Committee made up of Ken Nicholson, SRA (1997 AI President), Joe Stanfield, MAI, SRA (1998 AI President), and Bert Thornton, MAI (1999 AI President) to attend YAC in 1996.  After their attendance they became strong supporters of this program.  Mr. Stanfield recently said that he “believes anyone wishing to fill a leadership role on a chapter or National level should pass through LDAC to have their ticket punched”.

Ted then went on to provide a plan of action to save this group that included rewriting the LDAC bylaws. In the rewriting of the LDAC bylaws the age restriction was eliminated. Attendance from two out of three years was replaced with three out of five years.  This increased the continuity and experience level which in turn has enhanced the program.  In 2009 the LDAC was made part of the AI Governance Structure, with the LDAC’s recommendations being made to the AI’s Strategic Planning Committee for consideration in the future path of the AI.

LDAC continues to thrive by motivating the young and young at heart to participate in the appraisal profession and the AI.  Participants come to Washington, DC participating in the discussion groups, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and networking with colleagues from all over the US and internationally.  The participants also have the unprecedented opportunity to get to know the Executive Committee and staff during this conference.  These participants leave Washington, DC with buy-in to the AI as a national and international organization returning to their local AI chapters as foot soldiers for the AI.

In 2011 the LDAC hosted its largest number of participants in its history numbering 109 participants, representing 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The maximum number of participants (100) for 2012 was reached faster than at any time on record. This is a direct reflection of the positive word of mouth referrals that come to AI members from current and past LDAC participants.  The AI continues to make a huge investment in its future by providing a venue of open discussion and independence in LDAC that cannot be replicated within our organization.

Written by, Joseph (Joe) B. Woods, SRA