I Do Not Quit, Not Ever!
I Did Not Quit when HVCC, UAD and CU Came Along. I Do Not Quit, Not Ever!
I do not quit. Not ever. I have a different perspective based on lifelong lessons from my father.
I did not quit when a lost helmet in the last play of the season made it painful to block during high school football. That effort got me my school letter despite being 3 quarters short. It was worth the headache.
I did not quit Boot Camp in 1969 when at 129 pounds and six feet, very few thought I’d make it. To this day I am proud of my earned title United States Marine.
I did not quit when my city council (1986) started abusing my fellow live aboard boaters. Instead, we replaced 4 out of 5 of those members; one harbor director, made them appoint a harbor commission rep that actually knows what boats are, and forced them to draw a completely new general plan. Certain Army Corps of Engineers also had to redo hydrographic studies.
I did not quit when HVCC came along. I went to work as a senior appraiser for a federal agency that I had been fighting vigorously for over 25 years (IRS). I did not quit after I ‘embarrassed’ my boss “suggesting” she sat on a million and a half dollar refund for over a year and she tried to force me to resign. When I was eventually terminated after a case was constructed over 6 more months; I took her down with me. I do NOT quit, not ever. When I err, I am the first to admit it. When I have not, do NOT make the mistake of thinking my polite attitude is acquiescence. By the way, my ‘gift’ to IRS was to post their (unclassified) policies on Discounting for Lack of Marketability DLOM, which major CPA firms accessed off my site for three years before IRS posted it on their own.
I rebuilt my appraisal business from scratch. Like many, I too lost contacts and clients of over thirty years standing. I sought and continue to seek new ones. In four years I went from my home office to one on PRIME Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills.
When my ‘peers’ accept $300 sfr fees; and as low as $185, I still do not quit. I seek to educate them, instead.
I joined my state appraisal coalition (CCAP) . Recognizing that is not enough, I also joined a national appraisal guild that is part of the oldest Union in America. I do not quit!
When UAD was implemented I did not quit. Nor did I quit when CU came along. I educated myself.
Crooked politicians and dirty players in my profession had better fear me, rather than thinking that I should fear THEM! You guessed it, because I DO NOT QUIT!
For those of you that ALSO do not quit, join me in the American Guild of Appraisers (AGA). Yes, it IS a union, but it is NOT your grandfathers union. It is OUR union. YOURS and MINE. I do not blindly follow opportunists. I work WITH like minded appraisers trying to reclaim our profession.
Together we can show those that need and use professional appraisal services, that WE DO NOT QUIT!
We WILL reclaim our profession.
Call me at (714) 366 9404 or email me at m…@mfford.com for information on joining our California Chapter AGA, OPEIU/ AFL-CIO. Alternatively call Jan Bellas, National Membership Coordinator at AGA, or Peter Vidi, President. Her number is 1(800) 660-1835. The website is http://www.appraisersguild.org.
It’s long past time to stop WHINING and start DOING SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE!