Workshops & Training

MAAO's 2020 Virtual Fall Conference sponsored by the Maine Association of Assessing Officers - September 10, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 25, 2020

Location: Remote Access – Live via ZOOM
Cost:  Varies (see registration form)
Presenters: Various speakers and presenters (see attendee packet)


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Featured Speakers:

Lisa Hobart, IAAO Instructor
Lisa Hobart, CAE, PPS, ASA is the retired Assessor of West Bloomfield Township Michigan. Ms. Hobart formerly served as the Chief Assessor for the City of Detroit. She currently works as a Consultant.
Ms. Hobart has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Administration. She was appointed to a second 3-year term to the Board of Trustees of the Appraisal Foundation.
Ms. Hobart is a Senior Instructor with the International Association of Assessing Officers, and is a Michigan Certified General Appraiser. She has authored numerous course work materials and was co-author of IAAO’s Property Assessment Valuation, 3rd Edition.
Ms. Hobart was 2018 Recipient of the IAAO Fellow Award. She was also awarded the 2017 IAAO Most Valuable Member Award and 2014 IAAO Instructor of the Year Award.

N.Joel Moser, Attorney at Bernstein Shur
N.Joel Moser, Esq., M.P.A., is a shareholder in Bernstein Shur’s Municipal andGovernmental Services Practice Group and the Energy Practice Group, and chairs thefirm’s Property Tax & Valuation Team, where he assists public and private clients withassessment appeals, tax collection, and current land use programs, as well as analysisand modeling of local property tax obligations.
An affiliated member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, Joel has experience in advising clients on over a billion dollars in property tax assessed values, and has litigated on behalf of municipalities some of Maine’s largest property abatement requests and most pressing issues facing Maine assessors, including so-called “dark stores,” renewable energy projects and power plants, and large commercial taxpayers. Mr. Moser also represents municipalities, renewable energy companies, and utilities in regulatory compliance matters across New England.
Mr. Moser resides in Lewiston, Maine, with his wife, two young sons, and calculator.

Thorn Dickinson, CEO and President, NECEC Transmission, LLC and Vice President of Business Development, Avangrid Networks
Thorn Dickinson is responsible for creating and supporting growth initiatives in sustainable energy. Thorn has worked in the energy industry for 30 years. Prior to his current position, he worked in transmission and distribution operations, resource planning, rates and regulatory, strategic planning, investor relations and risk management. In these roles, Thorn worked on integrated resource plans, clean-air compliance, industry restructuring, the Maine Power Reliability Project, the sale and acquisition of numerous businesses and most recently the development of renewable energy projects. Thorn earned an MBA from Syracuse University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Union College.

Kate Dufour, Director of State and Federal Reglations, Maine Municipal Association
Kate Dufour has worked for MMA since 1995 and has served as the Director of the State and Federal Relations Department since 2017. She received her BA degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine. Kate serves her home town on both the City Council and the Ordinance Rewrite Committee. Ms. Dufour’s advocacy is focused on the areas of taxation, education, labor and State appropriations.

Dan Whittier, Senator Loss Control Consultant, Maine Municipal Association
Dan Whittier joined the Risk Management Services Department of MMA in April of 2013 as a Loss Control Consultant. Dan’s primary duties are to provide loss control services to members located in Eastern and Mid Coast Maine. In the past six years Dan has worked with Loss Control and Risk Management Services to integrate technology into Loss Control Services offered. Dan is one of two MMA Loss Control Consultants who became licensed aerial drone pilots through the FAA in 2018, allowing them to operate small unmanned aerial systems. Together they are working to develop and implement an aerial drone inspection program for Risk Management Services. Dan was promoted to Senior Loss Control Consultant in October 2018.
After graduating from Mattanawcook Academy in 2004 Dan attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent for Business Administration. After 2 years he transferred to Eastern Maine Community College, graduating in 2008 with an Associates of Applied Science in Building Construction and NCCER Level 3 Carpenter designation. During and after college Dan worked on various construction projects in Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Mount Desert, and Brooklin Maine as a Lead Carpenter. In late 2008 he obtained his Maine Energy Auditor certification and was hired by Penquis CAP Housing Department. During his three years at Penquis CAP, Dan completed property inspections, developed estimates, and oversaw the completion of the work on behalf of the homeowner. Dan also furthered his knowledge obtaining his Building Performance Institute- Building Analyst and HUD-Housing Quality Standards Certifications. In 2011 Dan transitioned into local government becoming the Code Enforcement Officer and Licensed Plumbing Inspector for both The Town of Lincoln and the Town of Enfield. On top of typical code duties, Dan also helped transition Lincoln from no building codes to adopting the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. Dan still stays active with the Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association, attending the annual conference.
In 2018, Dan became a FAA certificated sUAS pilot holding a Part 107 permit to fly small unmanned aerial systems weighing less than 55 pounds. Dan is one of two certificated drone pilots employed by MMA operating a DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus drone for aerial surveys of insured properties.



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