Chapter Awarded Best Newsletter Honors at National Meeting

The 2018 Chapter Awards Program recognizes chapters that did exemplary work in the areas of state government relations, newsletter communications and special projects during 2017. Winning chapters were honored at October’s Chapter Leadership Program in Chicago.

Chapter Newsletter Award

  • Small Chapter Category: West Virginia Chapter
  • Medium Chapter Category (tie): Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter and Southern New Jersey Chapter
  • Large Chapter Category: Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Hot Topic/Special Projects Award

  • Long Island Chapter
  • Government Relations Award
  • Greater Tennessee 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 2019 was awarded to Joseph V. Heenan, MAI, SRA. Joe has been a full time practicing real estate appraiser since July 1979.  Joe received the SRA designation from the Society of Real Estate Appraisers in May of 1983, and he received the MAI designation in November of 2016.  He became a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in 1992.

Joe received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Stetson University (Deland, Florida) in May of 1978.  He is also a licensed New Jersey Real Estate Sales Professional and holds an active New Jersey Tax Assessor Certificate.  He has also been an active real estate developer developing condominiums, rehabbing multi-family properties and creating minor subdivisions in Ocean City, New Jersey and has also owned multi-unit buildings and managed real estate with his family.

Currently, he is the supervising appraiser for the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Tidelands Management.  Joe has for the last five years been the supervising appraiser for eminent domain projects for Superstorm Sandy related projects for the Division of Law.  He is directly involved in the supervision of all outside appraisers and review appraisers in the Beach Replenishment/ Eminent Domain Project and other projects in New Jersey.  Additionally, he supervises the appraisers for Tidelands related matters in New Jersey for the Department of Environmental Protection.

Joe also maintains a small boutique valuation firm known as Garden State Valuation and Consulting Services, LLC, in Ocean City, New Jersey.  He is past President of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute having served in 1993 and has served in various officer and director positions within the former Chapter 26 of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  Joe resides in Ocean City and has a daughter who is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in 2017 and is an accountant/financial planner in Havertown, Pennsylvania.  He also has a son who graduated from Stockton University in 2019 and is presently working to become a licensed real estate appraiser in New Jersey.

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

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.