Travis Lee Avant is a principal of Compass South. Before founding Compass South Inc. and Compass South Appraisals, Travis had a successful career as an appraiser and has extensive experience appraising rural commercial properties- including timberland, recreational property and farms. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Appraisal Society, and holds a designation as an ARM-RP- Appraisal Review Management with the American Appraisal Society. He is a designated Senior Appraiser with International Right-A-Way Association, a Certified General Appraiser in multiple states and a member of the National, State, and Local Realtors Association. Travis has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to his appraisal career, he served as a law enforcement officer, including acting as an investigator for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and two terms as Sheriff of Colleton County, South Carolina. Travis heads the Compass South Appraisals group, which specializes in the valuation of agricultural, and timberland properties as well as improved commercial properties.
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Jennifer Dean is a Certified General Appraiser in the State of South Carolina as well as a member of the National Appraisal Institute and Local Realtors Association. She has been affiliated with Compass South Appraisals since its foundation and has extensive experience appraising a variety of property types but specializes in improved commercial properties. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and, prior to her appraisal career, was employed with Rhodes Oil Company, a Shell petroleum and gasoline distributor and convenience store operator. Jennifer is a senior appraiser of the Compass South Appraisals group.
Austin Rizer is a Certified General Appraiser in both South Carolina and Georgia and is an active member of the Appraisal Institute. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Applied Economics and Statistics in 2011 and has been affiliated with Compass South Appraisals since the beginning of 2012. Austin has extensive experience appraising a variety of property types, to include improved commercial properties, with highest concentration of agricultural properties.
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Marshall West is a Certified General Appraiser in the State of South Carolina. Marshall is an active member of the Appraisal Institute and has completed all course work and comp exams. Marshall is a member of the South Carolina Professional Appraisers Coalition, where he currently serves as a Board member and Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee. Marshall is a graduate of The Citadel, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Marshall is a senior appraiser of the Compass South Appraisals group.
Brittany Avant is a licensed Apprentice Appraiser in the State of South Carolina. She is a member of the Appraisal Institute and is also working towards a Certified General Real Estate License. She has been affiliated with Compass South Appraisals since the beginning of 2016. Brittany has a Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Business Administration from Furman University – and graduated magna cum laude from both programs. Prior to her appraisal career, she was employed as a grants manager with the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
Thomas Kirby is a licensed Apprentice Appraiser in the State of South Carolina and working towards a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser License. While in college, Thomas worked for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, a conservation organization, in both Canada and North Dakota. After receiving his B.Sc. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University, he continued on to get a Master of Forest Resources Degree from Clemson, graduating in May of 2014 to join Compass South Appraisals. Thomas is a Certified Tree Farm Inspector with the American Tree Farm System, a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Abbeville County, South Carolina, Forest Landowners Association. Thomas specializes in timberland appraisal.
John Hatcher is a licensed Apprentice Appraiser in the State of South Carolina and working towards both a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser License and a Registered Forestry certification in the State of South Carolina as well as certification as a member of the Society of American Foresters. John has a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Clemson University in addition to a M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Statistics and a B.Sc. in Wildlife Fisheries Biology from the same university. Prior to joining Compass South in early 2014, John was an instructor of Forest Management and Forest Economics at Clemson. In addition to working as an appraiser, John is heavily involved in developing Compass South’s proprietary timber growth and yield modeling system.
Billy Nelson is licensed in Georgia as a Real Property Appraiser and is also a Registered Forester in that same state. Prior to joining Compass South, he worked for the Georgia Forestry Commission, performing a wide variety of roles and ending his career there as a District Manager. Billy graduated from Auburn University in 1987 with a degree in Forest Management and is a member of the Georgia Forestry Association.
Sally Walker is Office Manager at Compass South Appraisals, joining the company in 2009. Sally holds a South Carolina Real Estate License and is a member of the American Association of Notaries. She has completed coursework for a South Carolina Appraisal License. Sally received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. Prior to joining Compass South, Sally was affiliated with Copper Station Holdings, a regional timberland investment company, where she held a similar position.
Victoria Anne Rizer is the Administrative Assistant and Marketing Coordinator for Compass South, Inc. A 2015 graduate of Clemson University, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a minor in Agribusiness. She has been affiliated with Compass South since January, 2016. Victoria currently manages all Compass South websites and social media and serves as the information database manager.