Member Spotlight: Melissa Halpin

By ASFMRA Press posted 23 days ago

dF8v4s9FSQyB3gFfZrdR_melissa halpin high quality-M.jpgFor this spotlight, we're sharing a highlight of Melissa Halpin from the Illinois Chapter. Along with Elizabeth Heaton, Melissa will be leading the chapter's Young Professionals Network (YPN) through the coming year. Melissa has previous organizing experience with the ASFMRA, and she served as Chair of the Illinois Chapter Summer Tour in 2016.

Background: I grew up on a registered Holstein dairy farm in Sheldon, Illinois – Iroquois County. I graduated with a bachelor’s in agriculture economics with a focus on farm and financial management from the University of Illinois. While at U of I was a member of the 4-H House sorority. Today I now reside with my two teenage sons in Sheldon, IL a mile from the family farm.

Hobbies and Interests: Relaxing and family/dog time at our family’s pond. Camping, bonfires, hiking, and gardening.

Employer: Hertz Farm Management and Real Estate Services

Role: Certified General Real Estate Appraiser – Illinois and Indiana, Licensed Real Estate Broker – Illinois and Indiana

Years in her profession: 5 years

Reason you chose this profession: Growing up on a dairy farm, I’ve been surrounded by agriculture my whole life and I have always wanted to continue in the ag industry. I knew the appraiser field was challenging, but I knew it would be rewarding with being a lifelong career and a way to contribute to a service that is much needed in my local ag community.

Your favorite aspect of being an appraiser: I enjoy solving problems and helping my clients meet their goals.

What do you see for the future of the profession: I see a great opportunity for young folks to enter the ag appraiser field. It is an area of the ag sector that has a great demand with many current appraisers nearing retirement.

A suggestion you would give to a young person that is considering a career as an appraiser: Seek out and spend a day with different experienced appraisers. Ask for advice and try to learn about all the different specialty areas.

Favorite inspirational quote: “Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Professional Affiliations: Member of Watseka Chamber of Commerce, ASFMRA, ISPFMRA