Chapter Awarded Best Newsletter Honors AGAIN at National Meeting

The 2021 Chapter Awards Program recognizes chapters that did exemplary work in the areas of state government relations, newsletter communications and special projects during 2020. Winning chapters were honored at the 2021 Chapter Leadership Program.  We are proud to announce that our chapter won the best newsletter award for the second year in a row — and the third time in four years!

Chapter Newsletter Award

  • Small Chapter Category: Delaware Chapter
  • Medium Chapter Category: Southern New Jersey Chapter
  • Large Chapter Category: Chicago Chapter

Hot Topic/Special Projects Award

Massachusetts/Rhode Island and Maine Chapter

Government Relations Special Recognition

  • New Hampshire-Vermont Chapter
  • Keystone Chapter
  • Philadelphia Chapter
  • Western Pennsylvania Chapter
  • North Texas Chapter


George Olasin Award

The George Olasin award is given to a member of our chapter who has given years of dedicated service to the chapter and exhibited a high standard of ethics and professionalism in their appraisal practice. This award is named after George Olasin, 1962 Chapter President, who passed away in February 2011.

The George Olasin award for 2020 is awarded to Mary Fox, MAI.

This prestigious honor was recognized at the December 8th installation Zoom event, where she was named as the award recipient by 2021 National Appraisal Institute President Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA.

Mary F. Fox, MAI, has been a full time practicing real estate appraiser since 1981.  Mary received the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute (formerly AIREA) in December of 1989.  She became a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in 1992.

Mary received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lasalle University (Philadelphia, PA) in May of 1978.  Mary began her real estate appraisal career as a proofreader with Marshall and Stevens, Inc., in Philadelphia in 1979 and was a staff appraiser and review appraiser with Mellon Bank from 1984 to 1990.

Currently, Mary is President of Cape Island Appraisals, Inc. in Cape May.  She has operated her own full-service appraisal practice since July 1991.  During this time, Mary has supervised up to five employees and a number of independent contractors in various appraisal assignments. She provides expert testimony for a variety of jurisdictions. In her career as an appraiser, Mary has been involved in appraisals in 27 states & Canada.  Highlights of her career include meeting Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. while appraising a horse farm in New York State, appraising the 11,000-square foot home of a UAE royal in Houston, Texas, and working on the Atlantic City Tunnel Project in Atlantic City.

Mary is past President of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute having served in 1999 and has served in various officer and director positions of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute as well as serving on various committees at the regional level. Mary is an approved instructor for the Appraisal Institute and the State of New Jersey Board of  Real Estate Appraisers.  Past honors include the Harrison-Winder Award from the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter, Appraisal Institute in December 2009 and the Teal Heart Award from the Cape May County Chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners in July 1995.  Mary resides in Lower Township, Cape May County, with her dog, Migo, who is often seen accompanying her on her assignments.

Past Award Recipients

1997          George Olasin, MAI, SRA
1998          Allen Black, MAI, SRA
1999          Richard Sheldon, MAI, SRA
2000          Norman C. LeGore, MAI, SRA
2001          Henry Herskowitz, MAI, SRA
2002          Alvin Rosen, SRA
2004          Edward J. Bligh, MAI, SRA
2005          Michael D. Jones, MAI
2007          E. Guy Elzey, Jr. SRA
2008          Robert Sapio, MAI, SRA
2010          Howard Rosen
2015          A. Craig Black, SRA
2016          Tim Sheehan, MAI, SRA
2017          Patrick K. Conover, MAI
2018          Edward T. Molinari, SRA, AI-RRS
2019         Joseph V. Heenan, MAI, SRA

Joseph V. Heenan, MAI, SRA (left) presented with the 2019 George Olasin Award by Jefferson Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, 2020 National President of the Appraisal Institute.

2019 Southern New Jersey President Charles McCullough, MAI, AI-GRS, received the Best Chapter Newsletter certificate from Appraisal Institute President James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA.

Edward T. Molinari, SRA, AI-RRS (right) presented with the 2018 George Olasin Award by Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, 2019 National President of the Appraisal Institute.