Industry Relations

The Industry Relations Committee is dedicated to maximizing communications with all stakeholders that produce and consume appraisals. The committee will act as CRN’s Ambassador and to identify potential new CRN participants and develop strategic areas of stakeholder engagement while increasing awareness of CRN’s collaborative efforts to improve valuation processes.

Chair: Ernest W. Durbin, II

Ernie Durbin is Chief Valuation Officer at Clarocity. As CVO, Durbin leverages the strengths of Clarocity’s technologies and develops new solutions for the valuation industry. Durbin has been instrumental to the invention of technology and methodologies that power Clarocity’s proprietary valuation products. Additionally, Durbin has leveraged his 35+ years of real estate valuation experience to expand Clarocity Valuation Services into portfolio review and due diligence.

Durbin and Associates Inc. specializes in identifying and solving complex residential valuation problems in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Complex valuation services include specialized appraisals such as: relocation, review, REO, and forensic assignments.

Personally emphasizing Relocation, Ernie is along time member of Worldwide ERC© holding their CRP designation since its inception in 1990. Ernie is also a member and serves on the board of directors of Relocation Appraisers and Consultants (RAC), a nationwide organization of independent professionals who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the Employee Relocation Industry.

Ernie Durbin also holds the SRA and AI-RRS designations from the Appraisal Institute. With the Institute he has served on several special projects as well as a residential experience screener. At the national level, Ernie is currently on the Apprasial Practices Board of The Appraisal Foundation. He also serves on the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) of the Appraisal Foundation. Ernie is on the Executive Council of the Collateral Risk Network (CRN), a network of “thought leaders” within the valuation profession.

Ernie Durbin is married to Velina, and they have four children ranging in age from 21 to 31.

Vice-Chair: George Paquette

George Paquette, Strategy Manager of Valuations for Springhouse AMC, is a state-certified appraiser in multiple states, and has his SRA designation with the Appraisal Institute.

George has over 15 years of valuation experience and has worked as a Chief Appraiser, Compliance Officer, and as a Valuation Manager for nationwide AMCs and large lenders, and has owned and operated one of the largest independent appraisal offices in Orange County, California.

Prior to joining Springhouse AMC, George served as the Chief Appraiser of a nationwide AMC and asset management company for the last nine years, and is currently studying data science at the University of California Irvine.