Leadership

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Centrally headquartered in the Kansas City area, United States Appraisals provides professional appraisal management services in all 50 states. Our management team has over 120 years of combined mortgage and residential real estate experience, ensuring each appraisal is completed with the highest level of quality. With the intense focus on customized personal service, our cutting-edge online tracking system manages every appraisal order from start to finish. United States Appraisals delivers much-needed confidence to the valuation process.

Aaron Fowler

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Aaron has more than 20 years of management experience in the mortgage, finance and appraisal industries. His primary roles as CEO are leading the valuation management team with a focus on

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diversifying the client portfolio, providing operational direction and inspiring a culture of excellence. Under Aaron’s guidance, the company has experienced client satisfaction and retention rates that are unparalleled in the industry.

Before co-founding United States Appraisals, Aaron held various leadership positions including District Finance Manager for Enterprise Leasing, Internet Banking Team Lead for First Tennessee Bank and Regional Mortgage Banking Manager for Capital One Financial. Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science from Graceland University.

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Chris Purcell

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


Chris has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting as well as extensive knowledge of software management and reporting. As CFO, Chris oversees the company’s finances including

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financial reporting, forecasting, auditing, compliance, payroll and billing. Chris is also key in Appraisal Management Licensing at the state level.

Before coming to United States Appraisal, Chris led financial operations for a variety of companies including those in pharmaceuticals, institutional investing, telecommunications, software development, government and the housing market. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration for Accounting and a Master in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Management, both from Rockhurst University.

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Sam Grashoff

AVP NATIONAL VENDOR RELATIONS


Sam is an expert in customer service and leads our client relations team. Sam is the senior point of contact for clients, manages the company’s vendors, oversees the appraiser panel, and trains staff on providing

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the best service to our clients. Sam has been with United States Appraisals since its inception in 2008. Prior to joining United States Appraisals, Sam was a National Sales Coordinator for Sprint Telecommunications. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.

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Richard Garrie

CHIEF APPRAISER


Richard has more than 20 years of residential valuation experience. His primary role at United States Appraisals is leading the Quality Assurance team – he assists appraisers with completing complex

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assignments, supervises the internal review staff, works with clients and appraisers to mediate appraisal disputes and provides training and guidance on compliance. Richard also works with Washington, D.C. law firms Ballard Spahr, LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP to stay up-to-date on all new and emerging regulatory appraisal guidelines.

Prior to joining our team, Richard spent eight years as a branch manager with Forsythe Appraisals, LLC where he launched the company’s first Florida branch in Orlando, and developed and implemented policies and procedures to start successful branches in Tampa and Las Vegas. He also served as a staff appraiser in the Cass County MO Assessor’s Office and briefly ran his own appraisal company. Richard is FHA certified and was the first appraiser in the country certified in the Collateral Valuation Report. Prior to entering the appraisal industry. Richard spent four years in the United States Air Force.

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James Webster

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER


James has more than 15 years of software development and technology experience. As Chief Technology Officer, James oversees current technology and creates relevant policy. James aligns technology-related decisions with company goals, along with managing research and development.

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Wardell Watkins

APPRAISER RECRUITING MANAGER


Wardell manages our appraiser panel and leads the onboarding process for newly-added appraisers. His daily role includes initiating and continuing ongoing communications with appraisers, reviewing appraisers’

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background and work, and managing the completed report upload process. Wardell earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Simpson College.

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Matt Lanning

VENDOR MANAGER


Matt works directly with our panel of appraisers to meet client expectations and to ensure they are providing the highest quality service. His duties include selecting appraisers for assignment,

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monitoring client exclusionary lists, and working with our clients and vendors on the more unique and challenging appraisals. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and minor in communications from the University of Kansas.

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Ethan Schachter

VENDOR MANAGER


Ethan has more than ten years of experience in the real estate industry. His role at United States Appraisals includes managing our panel appraisers to ensure timely delivery of quality appraisal reports. His

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duties involve selecting appraisers for assignment, monitoring deadlines, and working directly with our vendors to provide excellent service.

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Brett Berg

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL SALES


Brett has over 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry managing National Wholesale and Retail lending operations. Brett brings a wealth of experience in understanding the service

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expectations and tools needed for our clients. The level of expertise Brett brings to United States Appraisals allows him to understand the needs of the clients to enhance business development.

Before joining the team, Brett was responsible for daily operations of a regional sales and client center where he oversaw employee recruitment, sales production, training, profitability, expense control and administration. He moved into a national sales executive role where he excelled in identifying top-tier decision-makers, establishing and nurturing business relationships, and closing contracts. Brett earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Lauren Yoho

STRATEGIC ACCOUNT MANAGER


As Strategic Account Manager, Lauren works directly with clients to ensure they receive the absolute best level of service on a daily basis. She is involved with each of her clients’ orders from start to finish, and is

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ready to assist in any way. Lauren graduated from the University of Central Florida and is a Florida native. She obtained her real estate license after college and worked as a Realtor until her move to Kansas City in 2014, where she joined the United States Appraisals team. In her spare time, you can often find her cheering on the Florida Gators.

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Reed Malek

CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER


As a member of the United States Appraisals Client Relations team, Reed’s duties include managing client accounts, assisting with expanding our nationwide valuation service, and helping to promote our

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reputation as an industry leader in customer service. Reed graduated from Louisiana Tech University and joined our team in Fall 2016, bringing to the table a passion for customer service and an obsession for developing solutions.

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Kellie Beargie

DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE


Kellie Beargie brings legal and compliance experience to United States Appraisals. She has held compliance leadership positions within the low-income housing sector, and as Director of Compliance.

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at USA, she manages all aspects of federal and state compliance with all applicable Appraisal Management Company rules and regulations. She studied at Cleveland State University, and then went on to earn an M.B.A. from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

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