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2020 Installation Dinner

Join us in the first networking event of the year as we install the 2020 Board of Directors.

LA's Retirement Party

LA's Retirement Party

You are invited to say thank you to LA for her 32 years of service and wish her the best in her retirement. Where: Green St. Tavern 130 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60607. When: January 8, 2020.


2020-2021 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)

Appraisal Institute National Update Bulletin

AI News

Don’t Wait to Winterize Your Home, Appraisal Institute Advises
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2019) – The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today advised homeowners not to wait for the upcoming cold months to winterize their property.

Appraisal Institute Premieres Solar Photovoltaic Seminar
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, premiered a four-hour classroom seminar on developing the value of solar photovoltaic systems today in Chicago.

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Industry News

FHFA Raises Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie, Freddie
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:30:00 GMT

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Nov. 26 that it will raise the conforming loan limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to $510,000, up from $484,350, Housing Wire reported. This will be the fourth consecutive annual increase, during which time the limit has increased by more than $93,000.

Fed Beige Book Reveals Increased Construction Activity
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:30:00 GMT

Both residential and commercial construction activity was steady to moderately higher in most Fed districts during the past six weeks, but home sales remained mostly flat or showed only slight increases, the Federal Reserve reported Nov. 27 in its latest Beige Book. Overall economic activity showed [...]

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Instructor Spotlight

Tom Hamilton, PhD, MAI, CCIM, CRE, FRICS

Tom Hamilton, PhD, MAI, CCIM, CRE, FRICS is the Fogelson Distinguished Chair at Roosevelt University's Chicago School of Real Estate and founder and president of Karvel-Hamilton Real Estate Analytics. For over 20 years Dr. Hamilton has taught graduate and undergraduate real estate valuation courses, and for 30 years he has conducted valuation and appraisal services for the telecommunication and public utility industries and for numerous local and state agencies in the valuation of real property. Dr. Hamilton holds a BS, MS and a PhD (Real Estate) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS (Finance) from the University of Wyoming...

Jeff Jacobson, MAI, SRA

Jeff Jacobson, MAI, SRA is Vice President at Jacobson and Associates, Real Estate Appraisals and Consulting, in Sycamore, Illinois. During his 25+ years in the valuation and consulting of real estate, Jeff has extensive experience as an appraiser, consultant, expert witness, and investor. Jacobson is an approved instructor for the Appraisal Institute and the State of Illinois and actively teaches qualifying education courses including the Supervisory Appraiser/ Trainee Appraiser Course, Income Capitalization, among others. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University in Business Management and Administration with a minor...

Joe Mags, Joseph Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS

Joe Mags, Joseph Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS has been an active instructor for AI for the past three decades. He was the 2011 National President and has served on the Education Committee in many capacities including Chair. Joseph is qualified to facilitate numerous courses and seminars.

Joe Wallace, MAI

Joe Wallace, MAI, is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner, at Praedium Valuation Group (PVG), which is headquartered in Chicago, IL. Mr. Wallace began PVG in 2001 and today the firm has a diverse service offering, which includes commercial valuations, residential valuations, litigation support and consulting services. PVG's clients include attorneys, developers, title companies, mortgage lenders and public agencies, as well as corporate and institutional owners and investors.

John Urubek, MAI, CCIM

John Urubek, MAI, CCIM has been an appraiser for 40+ years and heavily involved in the Appraisal Institute's educational system for more than three decades. He is now approved to teach all general level and all advanced level courses needed to become an MAI. On a national level, he has served on the Curriculum, Body of Knowledge, and Education committees. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He is a recipient of the national President's Award and the President's Award for the Chicago Chapter. He was extremely honored when inducted into the Instructor's Hall of Fame for the Chicago Chapter...

Kerry M. Jorgensen, MAI

Kerry M. Jorgensen, MAI is an active real estate appraiser and owns a small firm in Utah. He has been an instructor for the Appraisal Institute for more than 30 years and has served that organization as a chapter president and on the national board of directors, as well as on numerous committees and project teams. He has authored courses and seminars and is a contributor to the current editions of The Appraisal of Real Estate and The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal. Among his awards and honors are the 2014 Armstrong-Kahn Award - For Outstanding Original Article in the Appraisal Journal, the 2015 Dr. William N. Kinnard, Jr...

Randall Neff, MAI, SRA

Randall Neff is a partner in Neff Valuation Group in Peoria, Illinois. Neff Valuation Group is a diverse practice that completes valuations of residential, multifamily, commercial and industrial properties for a variety of client types. Randall has been an appraiser since 1982, primarily involved in the valuation of commercial and industrial properties. He has been an instructor for approximately 20 years.

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Enjoy 24/7 access to a world class research library. Select from thousands of articles, documents, industry research and more.

Find an Appraiser

Become a part of AI's comprehensive appraiser database that lists AI professionals from all over the world. It has become an indispensable resource to those seeking valuation services, as well as a source of business for appraisers themselves.

Career Center

Utilize the AI Career Center which serves as a resource for job seekers and employers alike, specializing in opportunities in the field of real estate appraisal.

AI Business Tools

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Education and Publications

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Industry Tools

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Annual Conference

Join your colleagues and AI thought leaders at this 3-day education conference and expo.

Leadership Development and Advisory Council (LDAC)

The Leadership Development & Advisory Council (LDAC) is a group of dedicated appraisers who come together once a year in Washington, D.C., to formulate solutions to problems and challenges faced by the appraisal profession.

Chapter Leadership Program

Don’t miss this valuable, information-packed event. A must attend event for: Incoming chapter presidents (attendance required), Chapter Executive Directors, other Chapter Officers, Executive Council Members and Committee Chairs.

Communities of Practice

Discuss hot topics, exchange ideas, share documents and other resources, and stay connected to your colleagues.

Leadership Resource Registry

Gain leadership skills and experience by volunteering to serve at the local, regional or national level.

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Find An Appraiser

Search the Appraisal Institute's comprehensive appraiser database that lists professionals from all over the world. It has become an indespensible resource to those seeking valuation services, as well as a source of business for appraisers themselves.

This Directory lists real estate appraisers who are Designated Members, Candidates for Designation, or Practicing Affiliates of the Appraisal Institute.

Designated members who hold the MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations have met rigorous requirements relating to education, experience and demonstration of knowledge, understanding and ability.

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What Our Members Say

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute offers the best real estate appraisal education in the industry. The Chapter offers many gatherings, ranging from meetings, seminars, classes and social events which allowed me to meet and mingle with like minded professionals and expand my network"

-David Binz, SRA

"Being a designated member has opened many doors. I get inquiries from all around the country looking for work from MAI's. I have also made many friends and have enjoyed the classes and seminars. I think anyone involved in the real estate industry would benefit working with AI. The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is a comfortable facility with a friendly and knowledgeable staff."

-Bruce Darata, MAI

"CCAI has a proud history as being "the" innovative leader and influence in the Appraisal Institute. An aspiring appraiser cannot find a better environment or mentor network that encourage success. It offers outstanding opportunities in appraisal education and leadership. Many members have developed national fame for their specialties, published books and journal articles, seminars, and contributions to the profession. CCAI is truly a treasure. Nearing the end of my career, I personally realize the importance of CCAI in where I've been, what I've done, what I've learned."

-Richard C. Sorenson, MAI

"Whether just starting your career or already established, membership in The Appraisal Institute provides a wide variety of quality education options, consistently high ethical standards, and a variety opportunities to network with other appraisers, and related real estate and financial market participants."

-Karen T. Emerle, SRA

"Benefits of membership include up-to-date continuing education, opportunities to serve the appraisal professionals in the industry in various capacities, social interaction and access to a vast network of appraisal professionals. An MAI since 1984, and a member of the Chicago Chapter since1981, I strongly believe the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute could be an advantageous association for anybody who desires to be in the appraisal industry."

-Michael A. Wolin, MAI SRA

"The Appraisal Institute is the premier professional organization in the appraisal industry and the MAI designation is the most prestigious in the industry and widely recognized world-wide. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute is an important appraisal industry organization that advocates for its members through educational services, legislative activities and social activities."

-John C. Satter, MAI

"Being a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has provided me with many wonderful networking opportunities with other appraisers from all over the country. Classes are offered at convenient locations both downtown and in the suburbs. The Chicago Chapter has provided me with an outstanding education through their vast offerings of qualifying education on my path to designation as well as continued education course offerings to help maintain my state licenses. I have made many great friends and colleagues at the Chicago Chapter, and am honored to be a part of this professional organization."

-Alexandra M. Meade, MAI, AI-GRS

"I joined the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute because of the excellent educational resources afforded members and the ability to speak with seasoned veterans of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. It is truly difficult to find fellow appraisers that truly understand the business and have such a depth of insightful knowledge. The Chicago Chapter is the proverbial North Star of chapters, in my opinion, as the depth of appraisal knowledge in the Chicago chapter runs from rural to urban properties and from nationwide to worldwide properties. Every commercial and residential appraiser would benefit from joining the Chicago Chapter just to be well informed and to have the ability to call a knowledgeable fellow appraiser for those complex assignments or insight into running a fee shop."

-Mark T. Gasick, SRA, AI-RRS

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has been a great source of education to advance my career in the real estate appraisal industry. It also offers many opportunities for networking with my peers, as well as serving the organization."

-Cameron Rex, MAI

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has established itself as one of the leading providers of appraiser education and training in the country, and actually the world. With the expansion and establishment of the four different designations, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, and AI-RRS, education and training is more important than ever in the advancements of our careers as appraisers. Become a member of the Chicago Chapter and give some of your time and energy to make it great. It really is going to give back to you as much as you give to the organization and more. Whether it be sponsorships, or donations of time, it will make a difference in your life and career as an appraiser."

-Mark S. Whitsitt, SRA

"Prior to joining the Chicago Chapter, the leadership was very helpful to me, when I approached them with questions. So, I joined the chapter. Since joining, leadership opportunities have been made available to me that were not available at other chapters. I have also participated as a member. The members have been very supportive of me and helpful in my journey. I have enjoyed my time with the chapter members and hope to continue to do so."

-L. Stacy Letton, MAI, SRA

"As the owner of a small appraisal firm, I often struggle to find new opportunities to meet leaders and experienced appraisers in our industry. Becoming a member of the appraisal institute and getting involved in the chapter, has given me access to a vast network of these professionals, and has been the single greatest decision I have made as a leader, appraiser and a business owner."

-Sam Louise, Standard Valuation Services

"The Chicago chapter of the appraisal institute is a wonderful resource for continuing education and appraisal networking. I look forward to the annual conditions of the market seminar every year."

-Susan Z. Ulman, MAI

"Joining the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute was a defining moment in my career and over time has converted my business into a professional firm. The appraisal industry is changing and building strong relationships with other professionals is essential to staying ahead. Nowhere else can you find better real estate valuation experts."

-Kenneth J. Mrozek, Jr., MAI, SRA

"The Chicago Chapter’s website is my go-to resource in finding appraisers for my firm. In addition to being able to post available positions, I also can take a look at appraisers who are seeking work. This is a great resource available to Appraisal Institute members and affiliates."

-Kent D. Steele, MAI

"Becoming a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute provided me an opportunity to network, as well as, employment opportunities. The majority of my employment opportunities were due to membership and access to the CCAI website. The benefits are surmountable when it comes to membership discounts on courses, educational offerings, employment postings, scholarship opportunities, etc. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute is a professional powerhouse for real estate appraisers and other professional organizations of real estate services."

-Barbara Neal

"I have found the instructors at the Chicago Chapter and the fellow members are extremely willing to help others in this profession to succeed. Their help extends beyond the classroom into ones daily business practice. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute has provided me with the tools to help me be better prepared for the challenges facing our profession. CCAI has been and continues to be made up of people who recognize a need and are willing to work to fill that need to improve the organization or a fellow member, often at great sacrifice to their own to their own needs."

-John G McMahon, SRA, AI-RRS

"The local chapter has the most comprehensive and frequent CE and QE offerings available to appraisers. The Staff at CCAI always WOW's the membership in customer service."

-Keith Wolf, SRA, AI-RRS

"The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute provides one of the largest networks of appraisers in the US. To be a part of the Chicago Chapter has not only benefitted person growth but professional growth as well. I believe any company would benefit with working with the CCAI. With an extensive membership and networking opportunities there is no limit to the cross impacts between business. The CCAI values its members and looks out for their best interests. To be as successful as it has been year over year is a testament to the strength its community."

-Kenneth Konrath, MAI

"I feel honored to be affiliated with what I considered to be some of the best appraisers in the country. The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute keeps me up to date with issues and I stay informed of the changes in the profession, some I even had to privilege of participating in their development. The Chicago Chapter gave me a good foundation for my career and has sustained me as I near retirement. But, one of the most important benefits are the relationships I developed with other members of the Chapter that have created lasting friendships."

-Sharon Bagby, SRA

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute provides high quality professional education, industry support, interesting social events and chances to become involved and meet with other appraisers. If you are looking to expand your appraisal knowledge and network with other appraisers, the chapter is by far the best option."

-Keith Solomon, MAI

Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. To learn more about the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s Scholarships visit this site. To make a donation or if you have any questions please contact Sarah Walsh at

Appraisal Institute Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Appraisal Institute Education Trust (AIET). To learn more about the AIET, visit the Appraisal Institute Education Trust. Or visit the Charitable Entities section to make a donation. Please email if you have any questions.

Newly Designated Members

MAI Members

MAI Members

Robert D. Becker, MAI
Peter D. Helland, MAI
Mark Munizzo, MAI
Jacob Johnston, MAI
Nicholas T. McGinn, MAI
Donald A. Hall, MAI
Kari A. Kreiter, MAI
Anne F. Gompel, MAI
Paul Finch, MAI
Jorge Carlos Paredes Sanchez,MAI 
Robert J. Anton, Jr, MAI
Rebecca Rae Franklin, MAI
Craig A Schumacher, MAI
Robert A Tafaro, MAI
Randall L Neff, MAI, SRA
Robert S Huth, MAI
Ibiyinka A. Aboyade-Cole, MAI
Brent Baldwin, MAI
Kyle James Bryant, MAI
William C. Cantrell, III, MAI
Shillah Enayat, MAI
Douglas B. Jirka, MAI
Erik J. Lekberg, MAI
Antonino Salvatore Mule, MAI
Theofanis Nicholas, MAI
James T. O'Leary, MAI
Nenad Trichkovski, MAI
Gary J. Wager, MAI
Adam K. Zimmerman, MAI
Douglas V. Duda, MAI
Nicholas Masella,Jr., MAI
David Ibarra, MAI
Nikolas R. Bex, MAI
Charles Brigden, MAI
Clayton P. Conn, MAI
Eileen M. Lach, MAI
Joseph M. Miller, MAI
Oluwaseun Olatoye-Ojo, MAI
Virginia C. Evely, MAI
John C. Hereford, MAI
Alan R. Geerdes, MAI



SRA Members

SRA Members

Glenn D. Brandt, SRA
Jonathan Michie, SRA
Dennis F. Smith, SRA

AI-GRS Members

AI-GRS Members

Martin Casey, MAI, AI-GRS
Bradley R. Braemer, MAI, AI_GRS
Thomas P. Lowery, MAI, AI-GRS
John W. Von Santen MAI, AI-GRS
Donald A Hall, MAI, AI-GRS
Jill C. Linder, AI-GRS
Lorraine M. Apiecionek, MAI,AI-GRS
Julie A. Broman, AI-GRS
Matthew M. Magdziarz, MAI, AI-GRS
John H. Urubeck, MAI, AI-GRS



AI-RRS Members

AI-RRS Members

John Y Paslawsky, SRA, AI-RRS
John G McMahon, SRA, AI-RRS


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Job Board

Posted Jobs

Sr. Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:28:05 GMT

The Milwaukee office of Valbridge Property Advisors seeks an experienced real estate appraiser, ideally an MAI or advanced MAI candidate. Great opportunity for growth with potential leadership or partnership position. The right candidate is already a State Certified General Appraiser and producing quality work, but looking for a new situation and long-term opportunity. Valbridge Property Advisors is the largest independent national appraisal company with over 70 offices across the country. Vitale Realty Advisors, established in 1998 Steve Vitale, became a part of Valbridge Property Advisors when Valbridge launched in 2013. Based in Brookfield, we appraise a wide variety of commercial property types across Wisconsin for a mix of client profiles. Any contact will remain confidential.

Steven Vitale, MAI

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:14:12 GMT

We are looking to fill a full time commercial appraiser position. Our firm appraises a variety of commercial properties. Illinois Certified General or Associate Trainee license preferred. Send resume to

Brad Braemer

Commercial Appraiser

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:31:08 GMT

Second City Appraisal is looking for a part-time commercial appraiser with the potential to become full time. If interested, please email your resume to

Andrew Richter

Commercial Appraiser

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:49:12 GMT

Full time commercial appraiser position. Candidate should have Illinois Certified General or Associate Trainee license. Great opportunity for the right person. Send resume to

Daniel Costello

Split Fee Assignments

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:44:09 GMT

Are you a seasoned appraiser wanting to diversify your appraisal services by doing some split-fee work? If yes, then join our team at S&P Appraisals, Inc. because we are looking for appraisers with experience in high-end assignments (AND fees are much higher than regular type assignments). We are a 20+ year-old firm that has earned a very positive reputation and our support staff and review appraisers are always available for you, so you will never feel "alone" while completing an assignment. You will still maintain the flexibility of being an independent appraiser and dictate your work-load (1-a-day; 3-a-week; orders just near your home-office; etc.). We will handle the back-end work, so you can focus on appraising and we understand you have a life out-side of appraising. ACI and E&O are required. Please e-mail resume.

Carmen Smith, SRA

Appraisers Seeking Positions

Associate Trainee

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 23:26:26 GMT

Hi! I am a recently licensed associate trainee currently working on Valuations for Mortgage Companies. I need appraisal volume to reach my full licensed appraisal status. I would like an opportunity to work on residential appraisals and would be grateful for the opportunity to learn and advance. i can be reached anytime at 773-551-4103 or Thank you so much for your consideration

Art Jarrett

Appraisal Trainee

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:03:03 GMT

Hi! I.m a recently licensed associate trainee currently working at a small appraisal company doing residential appraisals. I have worked on several appraisals, completed some from beginning to end, but need increased volume to reach my full licensed appraisal status. I would also love to do commercial appraisals and would be grateful for the opportunity to learn and advance. i can be reached anytime at 773-875-1617 or Thank you so much for your consideration.

Marvin Logan


CCAI is a proud sponsor of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals!

+Veterans Administration - Assisted Appraisal Processing Program (AAPP)
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 5:00:00 GMT

This authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs’(VA) Secretary to issue guidance explaining the conditions under which VA permits VA fee panel appraisers to rely on information provided by another person when making appraisals forVA’s home loan guaranty program.

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+NCUA board issues CUNA-requested appraisal proposed rule
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 5:00:00 GMT

The NCUA board issued a proposed rule to raise the threshold for which an appraisal is required for a residential real estate transaction to $400,000

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+Federal Banking Regulators Approved The Final Rule to Increase the Residential Appraisal Threshold
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 4:00:00 GMT

On Aug. 20th the OCC, Board, and FDIC (collectively, the agencies) adopted a final rule to amend the agencies’ regulations requiring appraisals of real estate for certain transactions. The final rule increases the threshold level at or below which appraisals are not required for residential real estate transactions from $250,000 to $400,000.

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+ICAP signed a letter supporting House Resolution 3619 - Appraisal Reform Act of 2019
Mon, 12 Aug 2019 4:00:00 GMT

ICAP along with 27 other state appraisal organizations signed a letter supporting House Resolution 3619 the Appraisal Reform Act of 2019.  The letter states that the issues addressed with H.R.3619 bring much needed relief to areas of concern that have been a focus of the appraisal and lending communities. Consumers will ultimately benefit from the directives found in H.R.3619 as they will become more aware of fees associated with the appraisal and lending process. Veterans will be represented and have additional oversight of the profession with inclusion on the Appraisal Subcommittee and trainees will be legitimized and represented on the Appraisal Subcommittee's registry.

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+NAR Powerpoint from the Valuation Summit in DC
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 4:00:00 GMT

On July 18th, 2018, NAR hosted its annual Appraisal Summit in Washington DC. The Summit brought together REALTORS® including appraisers and agents, as well as AMCs, government officials, trade associations, and private market entities, to discuss and engage on hot topics in real estate valuation. The goal of the event is to keep communication open between the interested parties in real estate property valuation and ensure REALTORS® continue to have a seat at the table when it comes to major issues concerning real estate valuation.

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When looking for stat-of-the-art conference facilities in a convenient downtown Chicago loation, look no further thatn the Chicago Education & Conference Center. Located along the Chicago River on Wacker Drive, we have combined the art and science of hosting a business meeting or conference ensuring every event is a success.

The Art
When you walk down the marble-lined hallway you will find two sophisticated conference rooms, each surrounded with beautifully carved wood panels, 18 foot high ceilings and a full 1,750 square feet of meeting space with seating for up to 68. You will also be surprised to learn that by simply removing the soundproof dividing wall the two rooms can be combined for 3,500 square feet and seating for up to 136 participants.

The Science
In addition to our elegance, you will find state-of-the-art technology. Unlike most conference centers which charge you outrageous fees for equipment, these two conference rooms come complete with wireless internet access, computer data projection, audio and video conferencing, white boards, tablet PC's and document projection at no extra cost. We even include our on-site technology staff, ensuring your conference will proceed flawlessly.

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