COVID-19 impacts BV conferences

BVWireIssue #210-3
March 18, 2020

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AICPA, ASA, the appraisal foundation (TAF), conference, national association of certified valuation analysts (NACVA), coronavirus, COVID-19

As BV conference season approaches, the obvious question is how the coronavirus is impacting these events. Keep in mind that things are changing rapidly, but, at the time of this writing, here is a rundown of the status of some of these events.

The New York State Society of CPAs Business Valuation/Litigation Services Conference on May 18 in New York City is currently scheduled to be held as planned, the event’s organizers tell BVWire. There is an option to attend via webcast.

NACVA’s 2020 Business Valuation and Financial Litigation Super Conference has an online option. NACVA has made no official announcement as to whether in-person attendance has been canceled.

Like you, BVR is optimistic that the coronavirus will be contained before the AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference is held in Las Vegas September 10-12. An option to attend online will soon be made available. We know that you need to make choices with confidence, so there is a risk-free cancellation policy with 100% full refunds being issued up until August 10 (a month before the event).

The American Society of Appraisers has no immediate plans to cancel or postpone its annual conference scheduled for October 11-13 in Chicago. Select sessions from the BV track will be available via live streaming. The ASA Fair Value Conference on May 6 in New York City and the ASA/USC Fair Value Conference on June 18 in Los Angeles have been canceled for in-person attendance, and online options are being explored.

BVR will definitely offer the Houston ASA chapter’s Energy Valuation Conference on May 13 online only. BVR will convert all “in person” tickets to “online” tickets at no extra cost to attendees. What’s more, all early-bird tickets will be honored, so there is no need to hesitate to register for the conference today. Also, the Houston chapter’s Expert Witness Workshop & Mock Trial has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 27, at the South Texas College of Law in downtown Houston. Immediately following will be the Forensic Expert Witness Association’s National Conference on August 28-29 in the same location, for three total days of CE/CPE/MCLE educational hours and networking.

Most of the AICPA’s events are currently going on as planned, but it is adding an online attendance option free of charge, according to the organization’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Its Forensic & Valuation Services Conference is scheduled for November 9-11 in Denver.

The Appraisal Foundation has a dedicated page on its website for all coronavirus information relevant to appraisers. The organization is currently determining whether classroom courses can be held virtually. The meeting of the Appraisal Standards Board on April 3 will now be a virtual meeting only and will be livestreamed.

Of course, the first concern is the health and safety of all individuals involved and all organizations are monitoring the situation very closely, so things may change at any time.

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