Real estate appraiser honored for volunteer service

A Grand Junction real estate appraiser has been honored for his volunteer contributions to his industry and community.

Robert Stevens, president of Stevens Real Estate Services, was selected as the Appraisal Institute volunteer of distinction for September for a region that includes nine states and parts of Canada. Stevens is a member of the Colorado Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

“Robert Stevens is an example of the outstanding individuals who belong to the Appraisal Institute,” said Leslie P. Sellers, president of the institute. “We’re proud of the contributions Robert and all our members make to our organization, to the real estate valuation profession and to the communities where they work and live.”

Stevens has been a member of the Appraisal Institute for 34 years. He has served as chairman of the institute’s  communications and public affairs committees as well as a member of its Lum Library, national relations and university relations sub-committees. He also has served as president of the Colorado Chapter and chairman of its admissions and education committees. Stevens holds several designations from the institute.

Stevens has worked in the real estate valuation profession for 37 years. His service to the profession includes developing and instructing real estate courses and appraisal certificate classes for the University of Colorado. He has mentored trainee appraisers over the years and has completed the Appraisal Institute’s certificate program in valuation of conservation easements.

In addition, Stevens has volunteered as a high school and all-star basketball coach for more than 20 years. He serves on the boards of two local churches and volunteers as a marriage mentor along with his wife of 39 years, Rita. Together, Stevens and his wife operate and finance the La Brita Retreat Center, a nonprofit facility specializing in services to churches, cancer patients and families of children with serious handicaps or illnesses.