Annual ISA Summer Conference to Focus on Scholarship and Business Development

CHICAGO – Author and gallery director Michael Findlay will deliver the keynote address at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), which will also feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers at its annual meeting, this year slated for April 25-28 at the InterContinental at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

Findlay, director of Acquavella Galleries, will speak on the value of fine and decorative arts by relating accounts from his book, “The Value of Art.” Acquavella Galleries recently set a new world record for the highest price paid for art purchased at auction. Additional topics cover antique and fine art connoisseurship, expert witness preparation, title and ownership defects and how they impact value, brand marketing, museum services, IRS and tax related valuation issues, and artifact conservation.

“This conference is the perfect launching pad for any dealer or gallerist who has ever considered becoming a professional appraiser,” said ISA President Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg. “The conference program covers an extensive range of topics with the opportunity for attendees to network with top professionals in the appraisal industry.”

The ISA conference program and associated events have been developed with business growth and market development in mind, organizers say. The numerous educational programs include general sessions which are applicable across valuation disciplines, and more specific break-out sessions for antiques, residential contents and fine art for dealers and appraisers. Beyond the educational programs, the conference schedule includes new member functions, exhibitor displays, museum tours and plenty of networking opportunities from luncheons to smaller social events. Over the years, the ISA annual conference has gained a reputation of not only having the best program and speakers within the profession, but for emphasizing the importance of networking opportunities to grow and advance appraisal practices and dealer/gallerist business development opportunities. In these difficult economic times it is imperative to be current with market trends, professionally involved and to expand existing business networks.

“Our speakers for this conference are dazzling,” said Judith Martin, ISA Conference Chair. “Kansas City is a festive setting with a fantastic venue at the legendary Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza, fine local dining, antique shops and galleries, museums, and accessible transportation with reasonable rates.”

Founded in 1979, the ISA is the largest of the professional personal property appraisal associations representing the most highly trained and rigorously tested independent appraisers in the United States and Canada. It is a not-for-profit association, formed to support member needs and to enhance public trust by producing qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in personal property appraising.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the ISA website.


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