Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Wins Virginia Cup for Florida
October 4, 2011 2011 I.A.A.O. Conference, Phoenix, Az
In 1990, the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers challenged other states to increase the number of designees in their respective states and, ultimately to increase professionalism in the assessing field. The state with the most members receiving an IAAO Professional Designation since the previous Annual Conference is awarded the Virginia Cup.
The Virginia Cup has been won by the state of Florida the past three years. For 2011 the Virginia Cup was awarded to Florida with one difference. Palm Beach County single handily won the cup because all (9) nine of the qualifying designees were from Palm Beach County.
Under Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits’ leadership Palm Beach County had 17% of the fifty-five 2011 designations earned worldwide. Palm Beach currently has the "largest number of certified IAAO professional designees of any jurisdiction in the world" according to the IAAO’s Fair & Equitable Magazine, January 2011 issue of "Spotlight".
In addition, 64 percent (176) of the full-time employees have earned the professional Certified Florida Evaluator designation awarded by the Florida Department of Revenue. Furthermore, Mr. Nikolits has(33) thirty-three state-certified residential and (16) sixteen state-certified general appraisers on staff. He has 13 staff members with professional society designations from the Appraisal Institute and the American Society of Appraisers.
"Mr. Nikolits has always been an advocate for education opportunity, said Mike Pratt ASA, CFE, LCAM, Director of Education Services. "Mr. Nikolits’ education programs have catapulted Palm Beach County into the national and international spotlight" Pratt concluded.