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 the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute 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 2023 is being awarded to Steven Bartelt, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS.

This prestigious honor will be awarded at our December 11th installation event.

Steven W Bartelt, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, has been a full time practicing real estate appraiser since 1982.  Steve was awarded the MAI designation by Allen G Black, MAI, on behalf of the Southern NJ Chapter of the Appraisal Institute in May of 1993.  He also earned the SRA in 1988 and the AI-GRS in 2017.  He became a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in 1994.

Steve received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania in May of 1978. He received a master’s degree from Rowan University in 1988 in Environmental Science.

His early career was spent working with his father, E Wayne Bartelt whose office was in Haddon Township.

Since 1987 Steve has operated an appraisal office in Washington Township, New Jersey. Steve has an active practice and works primarily in the fields of eminent domain, wetlands, Pinelands, easements and partial interest.  Although he has worked in most of the New Jersey counties, he enjoys the southern part of the state the most.

Unusual assignments have included the remnants of a bridge foundation in the Delaware River, a landlocked orchard, historic structures in Camden, and an island.

Steve is past President of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute having served in 1994 and has served in various officer and director positions of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

He taught classes locally and nationally for the Appraisal Institute and later became an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Rowan University.

Steve resides in Sewell, Gloucester County, with his wife Judi. He has three children, two of whom live in Gloucester County. The third lives near Seattle. He has 11 grandchildren. He spends off hours working in the garage, hunting or lounging in Ocean City.

Congratulations to Steven Bartelt, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS — our 2023 George Olasin Award recipient!

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
2020          Mary Fox, MAI

Mary Fox, MAI (right) presented with the 2020 George Olasin Award by Michael J. Acquaro-Mignogna, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, Region VI Director.

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.