ADI Scholarship Recipient Spotlight – Brent Quashie
Brent’s career has taken him down many paths, from military intelligence, honorably serving our country overseas in multiple tours, to owning a drone business, and towards a future in real estate as an aspiring appraiser.
Brent is currently a Registered Trainee Appraiser and Appraisal Institute Practicing Affiliate residing in the Tampa Bay Area and a scholar in the Appraiser Diversity Initiative program. He gained 20 years of leadership and analytical experience as a Senior Intelligence Analyst in the United States Marine Corps. He also owned a drone service company providing aerial mapping, photography, and video service in the Tampa Bay area, and is a licensed life insurance agent in the state of Florida. He earned a B.A. in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in criminal intelligence analysis.
During his military career, Brent worked on humanitarian assistance in the Philippines and served three tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan before retiring as a Master Sergeant (E8). His military experience honed his attention to detail, focused on the importance of accurate data and information and sharpened his networking skills.
Brent left the Military in 2016 and opened a drone business while getting his degree. He had always wanted to explore a career in real estate, and upon completing his degree he decided to close his business and start something new. After watching a video from Appraisal Buzz on YouTube, Brent connected with the ADI team. He researched what being an appraiser was all about and how he could positively impact the industry. After meeting with the ADI team, Brent received a scholarship and started the education process for becoming a trainee appraiser in August 2022. He received his registered trainee appraiser license in September 2022 – completing his coursework in a record two months. His biggest challenge has been finding a supervisor with both the business and bandwidth to support a trainee. In between actively networking to find a supervisor, Brent works in insurance appraisals, an ancillary business.
With Brent’s technology background, he sees this time in our industry as an opportunity to bridge the gap between technology and appraising.
This is an especially exciting time in real estate with the appraisal modernization initiative, having new entrants being trained via PAREA and video simulations, and new forms designed to be seamless, more intuitive and user friendly. With my technology background, I hope to create a better consumer experience and bring my expertise in drones into my career as an appraiser. It just seems a natural fit.