Michael Morris, ARA, MAI, vice president, appraisal at Compeer Financial, Normal Illinois, was inducted into the member Hall of Farm of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers during the organization’s annual meeting held January 28.
The Hall of Fame was begun in 1980 and salutes members who have given ‘above and beyond’ the expectations of normal membership. In making the presentation, Woodrow noted Morris’ career beginning as a trainee with Farm Credit Services 30 years ago. He cited Morris’ climb through that organization from a district review appraiser, a senior appraiser and finally the chief appraiser spot as the company went through a number of name changes including AgriBank, 1st Farm Credit Services and now Compeer Financial.
Morris also served as president of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals for nearly 10 years. “Mike has been a strong supporter of the Chapter and has been instrumental in encouraging membership among younger and new employees at Farm Credit,” Woodrow added.
The Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers was founded in 1928 and is the largest of the 28 state organizations in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The Illinois Chapter is best known regionally for producing the annual Illinois Land Values Conference and the Illinois Land Values and Lease Trends Report. The group currently has 244 members statewide.