Valbridge Women’s Council Member Spotlight: Shanon-Imani Benjamin

September 28, 2022
Name: Shanon-Imani Benjamin
Title: Appraiser Trainee
Date: September 22, 2022
VPA Office: Baltimore Washington Metro

Employee background:

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Anthropology from Susquehanna University. I was originally on the Pre-Med track but I realized that it wasn’t a good fit for my personality. I was always interested in real estate, so I worked as a loan signing agent for a year and stumbled across appraising. After speaking with some local appraisers, I made up my mind, did the pre-licensing coursework, and was eventually hired to work at Valbridge.

What is your title and what do you do at Valbridge?

I am a commercial appraiser trainee and I assist the appraisers and market analysts in completing valuations for a variety of property types in the Baltimore Washington area.

How did you become a part of Valbridge and VWC?

One of the members of our staff at the Baltimore Washington Metro office is a strong advocate for the Women’s Council. She invited me on my first day and after attending the meeting I felt welcomed. The members of the VWC also encouraged me to join the DEI committee and now we are working on different strategies to recruit younger and more diverse candidates for commercial appraisal careers. I know that there is an initiative to enhance diversity within the appraisal industry, so I am pleased that Valbridge is so committed to ensuring that more women are represented and supported.

What are your specialty areas?

I’m still quite new to this field so I do not have an area of specialization yet, but I enjoy multi-family and affordable housing appraisals and market analyses.

What are some of the most interesting projects you've worked on at Valbridge?

I enjoyed working on a tax credit market analysis for a major development in a nearby city and the appraisal of a development for Habitat for Humanity. I am excited to gain the skills necessary to appraise more properties like those.

What do you like most about working at Valbridge and being a member of the VWC?

I like that VWC offers programming not only to educate our Valbridge community but to create an open dialogue to engage them and make sure that concerns are addressed, and questions are answered without judgment. The VWC is solution-oriented and works diligently to advocate for women and underrepresented groups.

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