William Ard, MAI
After ten years of selling real estate and serving as an associate appraiser, Bill Ard, with his 1963 awarded MAI designation, opened his own shop as William T. Ard Associates in July of 1965.
A very modest beginning as a two person appraisal office led to a continuing trend of growth and expanding experience. Ard was directly involved with the property appraisals that led to the creation of the Liberty State Park along the Hudson River. Major assignments were taken on for the Right-of-Way acquisitions of Route 1-195 through central and western Monmouth County; relocated Route 24 trough eastern Morris County; and Route 78 through Union and Somerset Counties. These assignments involved both major and secondary commercial, industrial, special purpose and acreage parcels. Bill's enthusiasm was contagious. Sons Christopher and Patrick entered the business, each sought and achieved the Member Appraisal Institute designation. Ard Appraisal Company became one of the very few companies with three family member MAIs in the country. Each contributed significantly to the continuing growth of the Company and its present high regard in the legal and financial communities. The past is prologue. Under the present direction of Patrick Ard, the Company and its staff have extended its role as a major player in the appraisal field. They look forward to new and diverse challenges with an expanding clientele.