Jeff A. Lawson, MAI, SRA, is President of Jeff Lawson & Associates, LLC, a real estate appraisal and consulting firm serving north Metro Atlanta and northeast Georgia. Following graduation, Mr. Lawson was employed as a staff appraiser with a local savings and loan from May 1983 to March 1990, completing primarily residential and vacant land appraisals. He attained the SRA designation in 1988. In March 1990, the savings and loan arranged for Mr. Lawson to work a full-time internship with a commercial appraisal firm in Atlanta. Upon receiving the MAI designation in 1993, Mr. Lawson was hired as the Senior Review Appraiser for First National Bancorp, a $2.1 billion financial holding company with 18 banks in Georgia and 3 in Florida. First National Bancorp was acquired by Regions Financial Corporation in 1995, and Mr. Lawson was promoted to their Senior Review Appraiser. During his time in the banking industry, his responsibilities included policy formulation, assuring compliance with federal appraisal regulations, the formulation and implementation of appraisal review procedures, review of appraisals, assisting with the disposition of bank-owned (OREO) real estate, the evaluation of appraisal quality on due diligence exams, evaluation and/or performance of feasibility studies for prospective branch/bank locations, and managing/qualifying appraisers for approved appraiser list for each affiliate bank.
In July 2002, Mr. Lawson became Vice President of Carr, Lawson, Cantrell & Associates, Inc., which featured offices in Atlanta and Gainesville. In September 2013, Carr, Lawson, Cantrell & Associates, Inc. split and, with the present staff in the Gainesville office, Mr. Lawson started Jeff Lawson & Associates, LLC. Mr. Lawson is a past president of the Atlanta Area Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, a nationally published coauthor of Mastering Real Estate Appraisal, an active national faculty member of the Appraisal Institute having instructing various courses and seminars, and was appointed to the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board by Governor Nathan Deal in May 2013. Mr. Lawson holds an active real estate sales license and has qualified numerous times as an expert witness in local, state and federal courts.
Mr. Lawson resides in Gainesville, Georgia with his wife Amy. They have three grown children. Mr. Lawson is an avid golfer and University of Kentucky supporter, having played on the university golf team from 1979 through 1983.
James R. Sigsbee, MAI, is currently the Vice President and Senior Appraiser at J. Lawson & Associates, LLC. James is an MAI Designated member of the Appraisal Institute, a Certified General Real Property Appraiser in Georgia, and a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in Georgia. Previously, James was the Vice President of Carr, Sigsbee and Associates, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. James has been exclusively engaged in the valuation and analysis of commercial real estate since 2004 and has a wide variety of experience by property type. James graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration (Finance). He currently lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and two daughters. James enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, traveling, reading, and mountain biking.
Brent is currently an associate appraiser with Jeff Lawson & Associates, LLC. He was an associate appraiser with Carr, Lawson, Cantrell & Associates, Inc., 2005 to October 2013, and associate appraiser with Priority Valuation Services, 2002 through 2004. Experience includes market research and appraisal analyses for a diverse array of property types including commercial, office, vacant land, and special use properties. Continuing education includes numerous advanced courses with the Appraisal Institute. Brent graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991 with the degree of Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering. He worked as a truck driver during college and still holds a Class A commercial driver's license. After college, he worked as process engineer for a wood products company, General Manager for a truck repair company, and construction contractor. Brent is an avid reader and enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with his family. He lives with his wife and two children in northern Hall County.
Matt is an associate appraiser with J. Lawson & Associates, LLC. He was an associate appraiser with Carr, Lawson, Cantrell & Associates, Inc. from August 2007 through October 2013 and prior to that worked in Right of Way Acquisition with the Georgia Department of Transportation. Experience includes market research and appraisal analyses for a diverse array of property types including but not limited to commercial, office, vacant land, and special use properties. He has attended numerous advanced appraisal courses with the Appraisal Institute, of which he is a member. Matt is a 2006 graduate of North Georgia College (now known as the University of North Georgia). He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Social Science and a minor in Business Administration. He spent his college years working for the Northeast Georgia Health Systems.
Matt has been a member of the Gainesville Jaycees since 2008 and has been an active board member within the organization since 2013, running Mule Camp Market in 2014-2015 (lead director for 2015) along with taking an active role in various other major and minor projects (Hawgin' on Lanier BBQ Competition, Laurel Summer Fest, Hawgzilla Mud Run, the Gut Check Program, Empty Stocking Fund, and various work projects). He was named a VP to the State Jaycees board for 2015 and is a 2013-2014 graduate of the Leadership Hall Program.
Matt currently resides in North Hall County with his wife Jessica. He enjoys spending time with his wife, leading worship at his church, and is an Atlanta Braves/Georgia Bulldogs fanatic!
Chris W. McDuffie is currently an Associate Appraiser at J. Lawson & Associates. Chris graduated from North Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance. Chris is currently pursuing his Certified General License and MAI designation. Appraisal experience includes valuations of a variety of property types including commercial, office, vacant land, and special use properties. Chris currently lives in Banks County, Georgia. Outside of J. Lawson & Associates, Chris is co-owner of McDuffie Farms, an active member of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association, and a member of Maysville Baptist Church. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending quality time with family and friends
Amy is the executive administrative assistant at J. Lawson & Associates, LLC, and formerly held the same position in the Gainesville office of Carr, Lawson, Cantrell, and Associates, Inc. from 2005 to 2013. Before entering the business world, Amy was a high school English teacher in Cleveland, Georgia, teaching primarily ninth and tenth graders. Over the course of her seventeen-year teaching career, she was also the staff supervisor of the yearbook and newspaper staffs, co-advisor of the senior play, Key Club sponsor, dance corps sponsor, and a member of various administrative committees. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education and finished her master's degree in the same major at North Georgia College (now the University of North Georgia) in 1993. She and her husband Jeff live in Gainesville and have three grown children. An active member of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Amy serves on the women's ministry committee and the baptismal committee and has been the vendor chair for the Emporium for the past five years. She is also a member of the Estes-Dozier women's mission group as well as two Sunday school classes (one of which she and Jeff help to shepherd). Her hobbies include reading, papercrafting, doing puzzles, watching movies and HGTV, and traveling.