Years ago, when I first established my appraisal business, I would complain to my husband, a software engineer, about how time-consuming it was to use Word type documents to format reports, add and size photographs and tables, and cut and paste repeated content from one report to another. I was frustrated with how many hours it took to produce a report, taking away from time I could be marketing my services and expanding my business. A problem-solver, he came up with a cloud-based collaborative system that my partner and I have used ever since.
As the years have passed, I noticed that while there are a number of report writer and project management options for Real Property and Business Appraisers, there were few options for Personal Property Appraisers. Those that are available are systems that are often collections management first, with appraisal report writing added as an afterthought. To fill this void we are making Appraisal Scribe commercially available, a report writer designed specifically with professional personal property appraisers in mind.
Lydia Thompson, Ph.D., ASA, is an accredited appraiser and art advisor based in San Diego. She has served on the board of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Appraisers and has published in the Journal of Appraisal Studies, among other academic publications. She is also President of Thompson & Martinez Fine Art Appraisals and has taught at UCLA and UCSD. Most recently she taught a webinar on the Chinese art market for the American Society of Appraisers. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University, Institute of Fine Arts.
David Fox earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at UC San Diego. His academic research is focused on computer graphics and human-computer interaction. In the 1980s he was a member of the technical staff at AT&T's Bell Labs and has worked as a developer at start-ups in San Diego. Most recently he founded SeeReason, a software company devoted to developing a powerful and flexible platform for building websites using functional programming language technology.
Clifford Beshers works at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, and software usability, always striving to make applications at once more powerful and usable. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College and an M.Phil. from Columbia University, where he did research in user interfaces and scientific visualization.
Jeremy Shaw is a leader in adaptive application of Lambda Calculus and Hindley–Milner type theory to securing critical Internet infrastructure, Hypertext Transfer Protocol, and large database systems.
Theresa Brennan graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Information Systems. Brennan is passionate about teaching yoga and living a healthy lifestyle.