James ”Gunny” Heaslet is the Chief Appraiser for the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a retired Gunnery Sergeant of the U.S. Marines, he has an aggressive track in the Appraisal industry. Gunny, as he is called, has just 10 years as an appraiser, he was appointed to the Arizona State Board of Appraisals by the Governor and served for 6 years. He had served as Chairperson of application, personnel and was Vice Chair of the board. Adjudicated over 2500 cases est., both residential and commercial. During this time, he maintained his business as an independent Fee Appraiser, and earned his Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Arizona. James now oversees an appraisal panel with over 6500 Appraisers Nationwide, and over 6000 Staff Appraisal Reviewers.
While serving on the Appraisal Board, took Level I and II Investigator training, and is a member of the Mortgage Fraud Task Force overseen by the FBI. Gunny is also an associate member of the Certified Fraud Examiners Association. Volunteers as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.