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MAA President's Message

September Message

There are many people that came together to put together the 47th Annual Summer Conference of the Michigan Assessors Association. This undertaking represents a tremendous amount of work and collaboration. I cannot thank enough our conference co-chairs who made this conference run so smoothly, Matthew Raftary and Linda Stevenson. They put together some great education, the fabulous Communication Symposium and some very fun conference activities. Check out the photos in this magazine’s conference section.

Thank you to everyone on the conference committee and the golf committee for all their hard work and planning. Thank you to Michael Racklyeft and the Awards Committee for their hard work putting together the Awards Breakfast. Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

I was greatly honored to be the one to inform David Heinowski, the winner of the 2019 Subscribing Member Award, that he was the last and final winner of the Robert Eckhart Subscribing Member Award. Earlier this year, the MAA Board of Directors passed a resolution renaming the Subscribing Member Award as the “David M. Heinowski Subscribing Member Award”, much to David’s surprise.

Thank you to the Communication Symposium Moderator Philip Mastin for providing an interesting and lively forum. Thank you to the participants; State Representative Julie Brixie, MTT Chairman Steven Bieda, Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff, Larry Steckelberg, Bari Johnson, David Maturen and Manny Lentine for sharing their insights and experiences.
Thank you to Shila Kiander and Nathan Stein for presenting an enlightening professional speaking and communication seminar. If you missed this seminar, you may want to check out the two communications books that Shila highlighted: Can You Hear Me? How To Connect with People in a Virtual World by Nick Morgan and If I Understood you, Would I have This Look on My Face? By Alan Alda.

Finally, thank you to Keri Miles and Sean Mulchay of Michigan Department of Treasury and Leonard Kutschman of the State Tax Commission for the Treasury Property Services Division update.

Thanks to our exhibitors, attendees and sponsors. Without you, this conference would not be possible! Looking forward to Conference 2020 to be held at Shanty Creek August 9-12, 2020. Hope to see you there!!

Paula Jastifer, President

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Ruth Scott Named 2019 Most Valuable Member

Michigan Assessors Association

In 2018, there was a strong initiative in the legislature to drastically change the way Assessment Administration was done in the State of Michigan.

This initiative seem to come from sources who were not familiar with the profession and involved input from very few stakeholders. Ruth Scott became the leader of many assessing and property tax professionals, along with the Legislative Committee, who worked hard to educate and inform the legislators on the issues of the time and did so with great professionalism.

Through her hard work and testimonials, she has elevated the organization's clout with the ever changing legislature. The result was legislation, while not perfect, did not cause every MCAO to lose their job and profession, strengthened the profession overall and provided a clearer path for problematic assessment jurisdictions to implement a plan for correction.

Ruth has served on the MAA Executive Board for many years, has served as the Legislative Committee Chairperson for many years, has testified before numerous committees in the Michigan State Legislature, is certified as a Michigan Master Assessing Officer, has served as President of the Michigan Assessors Association in 2017.

She is a true champion and leader in the assessing profession and because of example and leadership, we recognize her with this Association's highest honor and award her the Ernest Beren Most Valuable Member Award.
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