GAAO names Mike Marchese Honorary Lifetime Member

The Georgia Association of Assessing Officials (GAAO) would like to congratulate Mike Marchese, the recently retired Chief Appraiser of Coweta County and GAAO Past-President, who received a lifetime honorary membership into the organization. Nominated by GAAO Past President Chuck Anglin, Mike was confirmed as an honorary member after a vote by the membership during the semiannual membership meeting. Mr. Marchese received his honor alongside retired Richmond County Chief Appraiser Alveno Ross and retired Cook County Chief Appraiser Larry Arnold. Please join with us by congratulating Mark Marchese!

The following was presented by Chuck Anglin in nomination of Mike Marchese for GAAO Honorary Lifetime Membership.

Mike Marchese graduated from Newnan High School, attended West Georgia College, and started his career in 1985 as field appraiser in the Coweta County Assessor’s office. As a field appraiser he was responsible for measuring, sketching, and appraising residential houses. He received his Appraisal 4 designation in 1992.  During his time with Coweta he wore many hats, Residential Appraiser, Commercial Appraiser, Senior Real Estate Supervisor, Deputy Chief Appraiser and appointed to the position of Chief Appraiser of Coweta County in 2010.

He has spent many hours working for our state organization GAAO and the county he loves. He served as an advisor on the state review committee. Mike has been a member of the GAAO organization since 1986 and served on board for many years, first representing the Northwest district, went through the chairs as district representative, elected Vice-President and served as President in 2008. He was a Georgia representative at the IAAO conference in 2008. He chaired many of our state committees, including Commercial, Membership & Promotions and Policies & Procedures. Also, he has been an active participant in our GAAO summer conference as a worker bee, helping with set ups, gift bags, donations, and programs. He spearheaded and was master of ceremonies of the Ladies Luncheon at our summer conference. One of his latest jobs has been working with Bryan Traylor and announcing Bingo to our summer conference participants.

Mike has been a mentor, friend, counselor to many in our GAAO organization and especially to the staff of Coweta and surrounding Counties. He is one heck of a singer, shared his talents with Jekyllaires, singing at our banquet many times.

Unfortunately, his wife Julie is not here tonight to share this honor. But every year Mike has been at Jekyll, Julie was always by his side. Mike asked Julie to be his bride at his first Jekyll Conference. She said yes and for years she shared every conference, every dinner meeting, luncheon, short courses at Athens, sat outside the door and waited for the meeting to end and listened to all our of conversation about GAAO and the members and joined in many times. We all join Mike and the family in his loss. She was a true friend of GAAO.