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The Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is home to some of the appraisal profession’s leading practitioners, educators and authors since its founding in 1933. Our chapter comprises over 1,200 real estate professionals who reside or practice within our chapter’s boundaries, which include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. In addition to exhibiting a higher level of competence than the minimum standards required of appraisers who are solely licensed or certified, our Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates for Designation, and Practicing Affiliates are committed to upholding a rigorous code of ethics.


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Robert M. Lea, MAI

To be honored at

2019 Heritage Night


On October 24, 2019, the Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute will have its annual Heritage Night, and will pay a special and well deserved tribute to Robert M. Lea, MAI.

Bob’s roots within the boundaries of the Chapter run deep, having grown up in Riverside, graduating from UCLA, and attending graduate school at USC.  He entered the appraisal profession more than 50 years ago (while still at UCLA) under the guidance of Robert H. Flavell, MAI.  From there Bob worked closely with John C. Donahue, MAI, expanding the business of Donahue and Company with the opening of its Los Angeles County office.  At that time, Bob was also an instructor of appraisal courses at El Camino College.

In 1976 Bob started his own business with the opening of Lea Associates, Inc. in Westwood.  For more than 40 years, Bob led a successful business that provided a professional foundation for 16 appraisers who became MAIs in large part due to Bob’s guidance and the environment at Lea Associates that fostered personal and professional growth.  Bob continues to support the growth and development of young appraisers – in addition to actively serving a loyal base of clients – in his current position as a Partner and Director at Integra Realty Resources – Los Angeles.

Bob’s contributions to the appraisal profession include significant volunteer service at the Chapter, Regional, and National levels of the Appraisal Institute.  Not surprisingly, Bob served as the Chair of the National Candidate Guidance Subcommittee, in addition to serving on national committees for Experience Review, Admissions, Government Relations and External Affairs, and the General Appraisal Council.  At the Regional Level, Bob served on the Nominating Committee and on Ethics and Counseling.  For the Southern California Chapter (and its predecessor Chapter No. 5), he held every major position including that of Chapter President in 1994.  Bob continued to serve after his Presidency and has been the Chair of the Nominating Committee, and Special Advisor to the president multiple times.

Bob is a frequent speaker on appraisal topics as well as a published author.  He continues to provide expert testimony in Federal and Superior Courts throughout California.

Bob enjoys time with his family, especially when that includes long walks in the mountains of California, Switzerland, or New Zealand.  He is a serious wine connoisseur with an impressive cellar.

Very few people have made the contribution to our Chapter – and our profession – that has been made by Robert M. Lea, MAI.  Please join us at the Los Angeles Omni Hotel on Thursday, October 24, 2019, to congratulate him on a career of service, and to enjoy a wonderful evening with your friends and colleagues.