Issue Date: 2011 MAY, Posted On: 5/18/2011

05182011 Oriental Rug Retailers of America (ORRA) Sets Educational Events for July International Rug Market in Atlanta


ATLANTA -- The Oriental Rug Retailers of America has scheduled a series of educational events for the Atlanta International Rug Market, being held Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, 2011 at AmericasMart Atlanta. 

Thursday July 14, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
USPAP Course and Exam

9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Building 1, 4th floor, room 4-G-7

Pre-registration required to take the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)examination.The course will be given Thursday and Friday morning, with the exam on Friday afternoon.

This is the first time the USPAP examination will be given under the auspices of the ORRA.

Contact ORRA for registration materials or log on to www.orrainc.com.  Phone: 804-270-3195; fax 804-270-3196 or e-mail to orraarnold@verizon.net.

The cost of this course is $250. Registration deadline is June 15, 2011. Register early as space is limited.

Gayle Skluzacek, AAA, a certified USPAP instructor. She is president of Abigail Hartmann Associates of New York, NY  and past president of the Appraisers Association of America. She is an  instructor in New York University’s Appraisal Studies Program.

Gayle Skluzacek

USPAP Sets a unified code of ethics for standards for appraisal report writing and many courts now expect appraisers to be tested in USPAP and to prepare appraisals which conform to the USPAP criteria. The AAA USPAP curriculum, developed over ten years ago, is significantly different from other USPAP courses. Developed by the Appraisers Association of America, the major concentration of its curriculum is in the field of personal property, and examples to illustrate the standards are drawn from different areas of personal property appraising including fine arts, furniture, decorative arts, collectibles, gems, and jewelry.

IRS Regulations for non-cash charitable donations now call for all appraisals to be completed in compliance with “generally accepted appraisal standards.” An appraisal will be treated as having been conducted in accordance with generally accepted appraisal standards. if, for example, the appraisal is consistent with the substance and principles of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (“USPAP”), as developed by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation.

Five Reasons to Take the USPAP exam:

• Enhance your credentials
• Keep abreast of government regulations 
• Clarify ethics, advocacy, and record keeping issues
• Stay on the cutting edge of the profession
• Protect yourself through due diligence

Saturday, July 16
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Building 1, 4th Floor, Room 4-B-1

Knot To Be Missed -Part II
Presented by Phil Menendian, CRA
Rich Amatulli

Phil Menendian  has been instrumental in developing the Certified Rug Appraisers program and serves as the Education Chairman and Secretary for ORRA. He sold K. A. Menendian in late 2009, and is continuing his rug business under the name. Butler-Oliver Rugs, Ltd., West End, NC,.  focusing on old and antique Oriental rugs.

Phil Menendian

Rich Amatulli

Rich Amatulli has authored numerous articles and lectured extensively on the Middle East, Oriental Rugs, Energy and Environmental Sciences.  He founded Amatulli Imports, Inc in 1968. With his sons, he currently operates Amatulli & Sons, LLC, in Greenville, SC.

As part of its ongoing efforts to educate members, ORRA is offering the second part of a series which was inaugurated  in January 2011. 

 “Knot to Be Missed Part II”  will focus on specific types of rugs which are difficult to identify. Numerous pieces will be examined for their differences and there will be an in depth discussion about recognition of these rugs.

To register, send your contact information to orraarnold@verizon.net or call 804-270-3195 “Knot  To Be Missed –Part II” will be held in Building 1, 4th Fl., Room 4-B-1




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