Mark Finley and Leonard Meador honored at ASFMRA 2008 Meeting
November 18, 2008

Denver, CO - The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) announced honorees at the 2008 ASFMRA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on November 11-14.

Each year the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) recognizes outstanding leaders in the professions of farm management, consulting, and rural appraisal. The H. E. Stalcup Excellence in Education Award is awarded to individuals who have contributed his or her knowledge and countless hours toward the advancement of the ASFMRA education program.

The 2008 H.E. “Buck” Stalcup Excellence in Education Awards went Leonard Meador, AAC, of Rossville, Indiana, for management education and Mark Finley, ARA, RPRA, of Willcox, Arizona for appraisal education.

Leonard Meador, AAC, is responsible for the complete rewriting of the ASFMRA farm management and consulting education package. The material was rewritten and repackaged into modules that work in a variety of educational curriculums. Meador has served as a committee chair, course guru, and instructor for ASFMRA. 

He is both a business owner and an international industry consultant. His 25 years of experience developing and implementing practical, cost-effective business management solutions adds value to his many clients nationwide. In addition to his quality system development, he holds several ISO auditing certifications. Meador is an authority on business management systems and provides management/auditing services for businesses nationwide and around the world. He facilitates employee training, management seminars, and quality management system development. He and his wife Karen have one son and two daughters and live near Lafayette, Indiana. They are very active in their church and community.

Mark Finley, ARA, RPRA, is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a double major in General Agriculture and Animal science, receiving a B. S. Degree in 1965 and a M. S. Degree in 1967.  He was employed by the U. S. D. A., Farm Service Agency (FSA) and its predecessors since 1971 and provided appraisals and appraisal reviews of a wide variety of properties in New Mexico, Arkansas, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, and Arizona.  He served as Chief Appraiser in Arizona and Hawaii for Farm Service Agency with responsibilities for the overall appraisal program prior to retiring in 2002. 

Mark joined the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) in 1987, received his Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation in 1990 and his Real Property Review Appraiser (RPRA) designation in 1993. He has been Co-Chair of the National Accreditation Committee and served on the National Program and Appraisal Education Committees. Mark was a Certified Appraisal Instructor for the ASFMRA and was the course author for the A-35, A360 and A390 Appraisal Review Courses.  He is one of the authors of the appraisal textbook, Appraisal of Rural Property, second edition, published by the Appraisal Institute and the ASFMRA.

Currently Mark is the CEO of Finley Appraisal Services, Inc. and has been in the independent fee appraisal business since 1996. He also is a Vice President of Ag Network USA, a corporation that specializes in appraisals of very complex properties and specialized property interests. His appraisal experience includes homes, farms, ranches, pecan groves, pistachio groves, vacant land, dairy facilities, poultry houses, forestry enterprises, state and federal grazing allotments, apartments, and rural commercial properties.  He has qualified as an expert witness in Federal Bankruptcy courts in Portland, Oregon; Phoenix, Arizona; and Tucson, Arizona.


American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a non-profit organization of over 2,100  professionals who provide management, consultation and valuation services for rural and agricultural assets throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. ASFMRA members manage more than 25 million acres of farm and ranch land for absentee owners, banks and trusts. Members complete more than 175,000 appraisals a year on more than 30 millions acres of land.

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