40 Under 40: Chris Bourland, MAI

Who or what has been the strongest influence in your career? “Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor” resonates with me. Mentors have played the most influential factor in my career. I have been fortunate to have been employed by ethical, patient and intellectually curious appraisers. I began as an apprentice under Robert D. Wright, MAI, who introduced me to the profession. As an investor with experience on both sides of the settlement table, Wright offered practical insight and wisdom that can only come with many years of real estate experience. My good fortune continued with supervision from Michael J. Acquaro-Mignogna, MAI, AI-GRS. Mignogna serves the appraisal profession in leadership capacities and provided me with exposure to complex appraisal assignments for a variety of different property types. In the current phase of my career, my intention is to pay forward the graciousness that has been offered to me by these mentors and others who have positively contributed to my professional development. I have been privileged to able to provide mentorship through my firm’s summer internship program, which I plan to expand in the coming years.



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