Organized to improve the standards of assessment practice; to provide a clearing house for the collection and distribution of useful information relative to assessment practice; and to promote justice and equality in the distribution of the tax burden.

MAA President's Message

April Message

As a member of this Association, you already understand the value of the networking, professional development and mentoring that this Association offers.  As we move into the next 60 years of the Michigan Assessors Association, we will increase our mentoring commitment by formalizing a program to develop mentors and connect with those who wish to partner with a mentor.

In sports, every athlete has a coach or trainer to improve their performance.  This is exactly how we must think of providing mentors to help improve the training, education and professional development of our assessing personnel.  After every performance, the coach offers feedback, encouragement and advice to improve the athlete for the next opportunity. There is absolutely no reason that you should not expect to have similar coaching in your career.   

When successful people reflect on their path to success, they always have some influencers to thank for setting them on a certain course, for changing the way they were doing something or for providing inspiration.  We naturally gravitate to those leaders without even knowing we are doing it.  Successful people learn from the successes of their coaches, mentors and predecessors. They also learn what not to do from their experiences, errors and missteps.  Many times, the coach’s advice is something that the athlete may not have thought of on his/her own.  How many times have you heard, “we don’t know what we don’t know”?  The coach/mentor can bridge this gap.  Who is your coach and who are you coaching?  If you can help with this project with your time, talent and experience, please contact me at  We need to hear from you.

By the way, if you have not been to an MAA conference, this year is the time to go.  The committee is developing an excellent program.  While you can read books on professional development, nothing is better than the personal connections you make during a professional conference.  You are connecting with the smartest people in the profession.  You should be there to find out what you don’t know.

So, mark your calendar for August 11-14, 2019.  These are the dates of the Annual Conference to be held at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, Michigan.  The education, networking and great company at the Michigan Assessors Association Conference provides each one of us the opportunity for professional development.

Finally, a big thank you to all the Michigan Assessors Association Instructors who have gone the extra mile and taken the time to share their experience, their knowledge and skills to train and educate others in this profession.  Your commitment is greatly appreciated and vital to the quality of this profession.

All the best,

Paula Jastifer President

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Strategic Planning Update

At its Strategic Planning session held November 18 & 19, 2018, the Michigan Assessors Association Board of Directors developed Mission and Vision statements for the organization. The Mission Statement is intended to be explain MAA's purpose and direction, while the Vision Statement focuses on our goals and aspirations as an organization. Both are designed to be uplifting, inspiring and timeless - even if the organization changes its strategy, the vision will often stay the same. These statements will be incorporated as part of our Board meeting agendas as well as posted on the website to keep them in the forefront.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Michigan Assessors Association is to promote excellence in assessment administration and professional development by providing quality education and advocating for equitable tax policy.

Vision Statement:

The Michigan Assessors Association will be the leader in education and the champion for accurate and efficient assessment administration.

After these statements were written, the Board then came up with objectives, based on our values, as an organization. Those values came from the list of priorities identified in previous strategic planning meetings. The objectives will be assigned to Committees, who will identify goals and specific tasks to achieve the objective.


  1. Education and Conference
    • affordable
    • quality
  2. Advocacy and Leadership
    • Liaison with STC
    • Data Resource - Magazine and Website
  3. Legislative
  4. Communication and Public Relations
    • Networking
    • Reaching younger members
    • Membership involvement


  1. Expand participation in educational programming by increasing attendance by 25%.
  2. Expand social media presence (Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc).
  3. Provide incentives for expanding membership (certified assessors who are not members).
  4. Create MAA designations (i.e. Equalization Director, Mentor, etc.).
  5. Recognize assessing excellence (passing AMAR) and advancing certification.
  6. Reduce education costs.
  7. Host "summit" with MAA affiliates.
Goals will be set to convert the strategic objectives into specific performance targets, and action items will identify the specific steps that will be taken to achieve the strategic objectives. Committees will be responsible for flushing out the details of the plan. If you want to make a difference in YOUR organization, now is the time to volunteer or say "YES!" when asked to be a committee member. MAA will only get better for everyone when we are ALL involved. The goals and action items, to be drafted by each Committee, will use this mnemonic so the Board, and our members, can monitor and see the progress being made:

S    M    A    R    T    E    R

Specific - identify the goal precisely and clearly

Measurable - establish criteria to measure progress toward reaching the goal. How we will know when it has been achieved?

Attainable - you have or will develop the capacity and capability to actually reach or attain the goal. We may have to develop abilities or kills or change behaviors to be successful.

Realistic - are we willing and able to work towards the goal? Make sure it is not unreasonably optimistic.

Timely - an identified time frame for reaching the goal. This creates a sense of urgency.

Evaluate - assess and evaluate progress regularly and adjust as needed.

Re-evaluate - review and assess whether the goal was actually achieved, determine what went well and what did not, identify what was learned.

Once the Board has reviewed and approved all of the goals and action items, along with a timeline for achieving them, this will become our Strategic Plan. A matrix will be developed and posted on the website for everyone to see.

The MAA Board hopes that more of you, our members, will get involved in this process, and help make the Michigan Assessors Association the best it can be - an organization we can all be proud to be part of!
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2019 IAAO President Timothy L. BoncoskeyI.A.A.O. President
Timothy L. Boncoskey, ASA

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