CRN is a group of dedicated chief appraisers, collateral risk managers, regulators, and valuation experts who are focused on resolving the many challenges facing our profession. The Collateral Risk Network is represented by lending institutions, Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Veterans Affairs, the Federal Housing Administration, Appraisal Management Companies, and appraisers.
With the inclusion of all stakeholders in the collateral valuation space to an open dialogue, we intend to find solutions to the current crises. Through our quarterly meetings and private email network the “thought leaders” within the appraisal profession act as counsel to each other, share experiences, and assist each other in solving mutual problems.
At each CRN meeting, we have industry leaders present on the relevant topics of the day. You can find their biographies here. Let the networking start here, then come to the meeting and meet these professionals in person.
The Valuation Visionary award is in recognition of a collateral valuation professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, and professionalism. Winners are nominated by their peers within the Collateral Risk Network. Once again, we will be presenting the Valuation Visionary Award at Valuation Expo.
- George Opelka, 2016
- Rick Langdon, 2015
- Jeff Bradford, 2014
- Greg Stephens, 2013
- Mark Linné, 2012
- Tony Pistilli, 2011
Our 2016 Valuation Visionary!
Senior VP, Sales & Marketing Manager, ACI
George Opelka, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Manager for ACI, has been voted the Valuation Visionary for 2016. The Valuation Visionary award, established by the Collateral Risk Network (CRN) in 2011, nominates the person who exemplifies integrity, dedication and exemplary service to the collateral valuation profession. The Valuation Visionary Award has become the most coveted award in the appraisal profession, represented in prior years by Tony Pistilli, Xome; Mark Linné, ValueScape; Greg Stephens, Metro-West Appraisal Co., LLC; Jeff Bradford, Bradford Technologies; and most recently by Rick Langdon, Wells Fargo.
George is widely recognized as a leader in technology through innovation. Joan Trice, the founder of the Collateral Risk Network states, “I have known George since the beginning of my career. He is committed to this profession for the long haul. And what makes it even cooler is the legacy passed down from his dad, Gregg Opelka, the designer of the Green Hornet.”
The CRN is a group of valuation experts focused on resolving the many challenges facing our profession. Lending institutions, Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Veterans Affairs, the Federal Housing Administration, Appraisal Management Companies, and appraisers represents the CRN. Through our quarterly meetings and private email network, the “thought leaders” within the appraisal profession act as counsel to each other, share experiences, and assist each other in solving mutual problems.
Rick Langdon, Chief Residential Appraiser, has been voted the Valuation Visionary for 2015. The Valuation Visionary award, established by the Collateral Risk Network in 2011, nominates the person who exemplifies integrity, dedication and exemplary service to the collateral valuation profession. The Valuation Visionary Award has become the most coveted award in the appraisal profession represented in prior years by Tony Pistilli, Mark Linne’, Greg Stephens and Jeff Bradford.
Joan Trice, the founder of the Collateral Risk Network states “it is with great pleasure I get to make this announcement. Rick is a regular speaker at Valuation Expo each year. He is the most highest rated speaker we have so he has earned a permanent spot on the podium. He exudes passion for the industry. When he gets on the podium the audience gets very excited by Rick’s high energy and positive message and vision for the future. I don’t know how to precisely define leadership except to say Rick has all of the attributes of a true leader”.
Every year the Collateral Risk Network joins together to nominate and vote on the most influential mind in the appraisal industry for the year. The winner is presented with the prestigious Valuation Visionary Award. We are pleased to announce the winner of this year’s award is Jeff Bradford, founder of Bradford Technologies.
Jeff is one of the strongest voices in bringing technology to the forefront for valuation. Joan Trice, Founder of the CRN, had this to say about the announcement of the results of this year’s vote, “Jeff has demonstrated phenomenal leadership and vision in developing the first commercially available interactive valuation model. And most importantly he put a lot of capital at risk to execute that vision”.
Upon hearing that he was the winner of this year’s award Jeff stated, “I’m very honored to receive this award and truly appreciate the recognition. I just want to say that it’s one thing to have an idea and it is quite another to make it come to life. For that its takes a team and leaders like Alan Hummel, Greg Stephens, Tony Pistilli and Joan Trice and a whole host of other people nationwide. These are the people who are taking valuation to the next level and it is truly exciting to be a part of it. Thank you very much.”
Greg Stephens, SRA
Greg Stephens is a Certified General Appraiser whose 33 year career includes owning and managing a five office regional appraisal firm in Northern California for 25 years prior to joining LandSafe Appraisal in 2001 conducting pre and post funding audit reviews, managing review teams, monitoring state and federal appraisal-related legislation.
In April 2010 he joined Bank of America’s Corporate Quality Control group as an appraisal policy and regulatory subject matter expert.
Mr. Stephens appraisal organization involvement includes membership in the former Society of Real Estate Appraisers, American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisal Institute where he currently holds the Appraisal Institute’s SRA designation and is an AQB Certified USPAP instructor. He is currently the government relations committee chair for the North Texas Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
“It is with great joy that I announce Mark Linné has been chosen by his peers to be the Valuation Visionary for 2012”, states Joan Trice, CEO of Allterra Group and founder of the Collateral Risk Network. The CRN is a group of 392 chief appraisers and collateral risk experts across the United States and Europe. The award was presented at the Valuation Expo in San Antonio, TX November 10th, 2012.
When Mark Linné was notified of this honor, he said, “I have always been focused on what direction makes sense for our profession and the decisions that we have to make as we move into the future. To be recognized by my peers for that effort is one of the great honors of my life.”
Tony Pistilli the 2011 Valuation Visonary Award Winner Present the Award to Mark Linné during the Valuation Visionary Panel at Valuation Expo.
Tony Pistilli, is EVP and Chief Appraiser of Axios Valuation Solutions, a Fort Worth, Texas based national valuations provider. Tony is responsible for all aspects of the operations and compliance for the organization. Tony has over 25 years of real estate appraising and lending experience. He has previously work at large national banks, mortgage companies, a federal agency and as a self-employed fee appraiser. He has provided compliance and regulatory assessments to financial institutions, regulatory agencies and appraisal management companies. Tony is a member of several appraisal industry organizations and was a subject matter expert for the Appraisal Foundation in the area of declining markets. Tony is an AQB certified USPAP instructor and holds a certified residential appraisers license. Tony is the winner of the 2011 Valuation Visionary Award presented at Valuation Expo.
Joan Trice, the host of Valuation Expo states, “This year I wanted to add some fresh buzz. Our industry is under tremendous stress. I thought it might be good to create a Valuation Visionary Award to promote those who have demonstrated vision and leadership through these difficult times. Tony has contributed tremendously to the industry and to the success of the Collateral Risk Network. He has been a forward thinker at US Bank in adopting leading edge technologies and has been a thought leader for industry change.”
When informed of being selected the Valuation Visionary for 2011, Tony said, “To be selected by your peers as a leader in the industry is very rewarding and humbling. There are many others that could have been selected, as well. I feel very honored to be recognized for my efforts.”