Mark E. Akers, ARA, President


Professional Designation and Certification

Mark E. Akers is an Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA), designated by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

State of Illinois Certified (General) Real Estate Appraiser.

State of Wisconsin Certified General Appraiser.

Certified General Real Property Appraiser in the State of Iowa 


Actively engaged in the practice of real estate appraisal, specializing in agricultural properties, since April 1985. Scope of Experience covers a wide range of real estate valuation, including grain, livestock and dairy farms, ranches, dry and irrigated cropland, rural-urban transitional properties, highly specialized confinement hog and cattle facilities, commercial grain handling facilities, fertilizer facilities, and agribusiness properties throughout the Midwest.


July 22, 2013 to present:
President/Owner, Akers Group Appraisal Services, Inc.

June 21, 2011 to July 22, 2013:
Partner/Owner, MGW Appraisal Services, Inc.

July 1, 2007 to June 21, 2011:
Lead Appraiser, Martin, Goodrich, & Waddell, Inc.

January, 1999 to June 30, 2007:
Employed as Director of Appraisal Services, 1st Farm Credit Services, functioning as real estate appraiser in the Northeastern Counties of Illinois and supervising the appraisal functions of the Association. 

March, 1989 to January, 1999:
Employed as Senior Appraiser for Farm Credit Services of Northern Illinois, functioning as real estate appraiser in the northern 22 counties of Illinois, concentrating on nine counties in northeastern Illinois, including the Cook and the Chicago Collar Counties. Responsibilities include assisting the other appraisers employed by FCS of Northern Illinois and the appraisal of large and complex properties. 

October 1987 to March 1989:
Employed by Farm Credit Services of the Fourth District as Senior Special Accounts Loan Officer/Appraiser, at Washington Court House, Ohio. Charged with developing, implementing and supervising an appraisal staff for 32 counties and 1200 accounts in southern Ohio. Supervision duties included hiring and direct supervision of a staff of up to seven appraisers. 

August 1987 to October 1987:
Employed as real estate appraiser for Farm Credit Capital Corporation of the Fourth District, in Fostoria, Ohio. 

April 1985 to August 1987:
Employed as Regional Appraiser with Doane Farm Management Company, Marshalltown, Iowa, as a Real Estate Appraiser, Analyst, and Consultant.


Professional Membership

Accredited Member of the American Society of Farm managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), holding the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation. Chairman of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Member ASFMRA Appraisal Review Committee Associate Member of the Appraisal Institute President of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (2006 - 2007)

Specialized Education

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers courses: Principles of Rural Appraising; Report Writing Seminar; Advanced Rural Appraisal (A-30); Standards and Ethics (A-12A) Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (A-12b); Certification School (A-45); Uniform Agricultural Appraisal Report Form Seminar (A-22); Swine Facilities Seminar; Cost Approach Seminar; Sales Comparison Approach Seminar; Advanced Rural Case Studies (A-40); Rural Residential Appraisal Course, Rural Business Valuation, Valuation of Conservation Easements & Other partial Interests in Real Property. 

Appraisal Institute courses: #101; An Introduction to Appraising Real Property Real Estate Education Company courses: Principals of Capitalization, Illinois.


Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, with emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. Associate of Science degree in Agriculture, Kishwaukee College, Malta, Illinois.