Jim Trussas Award

Don Machholz from the Sacramento Chapter is the recepient of the 2015 Trussas Award!

Why Don?

If you're a residential appraiser, you've probably used Don's 1004MC Spreadsheet. That's why. In 2009, after the national real estate market collapse, Fannie Mae decided that residential appraisers were not reporting market trends in a meaningful way.  So one of the managers at Fannie Mae came up with the 1004MC Market Conditions Addendum and forced it down the industry's throat.  While residential appraisers were scratching their heads wondering how to get the information required to fill out this new form, Don spent a lot of time developing an Excel workbook, the 1004MC Spreadsheet, that automated the generation of the information needed to fill out this new required form.  After spending months troubleshooting and fine-tuning the workbook, he posted links on several appraiser forums and offered the workbook for free.  He then toured the country teaching appraisers how to use his free tool.  Don should never have to pay for a beer again.

Past Recepients

Trussas Award Winners
2010 Tinna Morlatt and Bill McKnight

Corina Rollins

2012 Ken Hunsinger
2013 Vicki Keeler
2014 Jim Bellavance
2015 Don Machholz

Why the Jim Trussas Award?

The Jim Trussas Commerative plaque is awarded to the appraiser that has given back to our industry and set the high standards that REAA aspires to. This award is given annually.  The Jim Trussas Award is in honor of REAA’s first president.  The Sacramento Chapter remembers Jim as the guy that always wore the tie.  He was a true professional who represented our industry with the highest standards.  Jim lived in Redding and drove 3 hours each month to the dinner meetings in Sacramento.  Although his daughter lived in Sacramento and he would visit her, he also made time to visit OREA.  He met Greg Harding and John Brenan and over lunches they developed the idea to have REAA offer educational credits for the dinner meetings.

Jim was a true ambassador for REAA.  From Jerry Jolly, Tony Majewski, Bob Clark, and now Jim Martin, REAA has maintained a good working relationship with OREA.  Although Jim Trussas passed away before he could see the opening of more chapters, he was instrumental in their development.  Jim Trussas played a pivotal role in introducing the idea of REAA to future chapter leaders in the North Bay and East Bay.  Victor Valley morphed from Sacramento member Phyllis Hess.