LRES, a national provider of commercial and residential valuations and asset management for the mortgage, banking, credit union and real estate industries, welcomed Scott Pickell as its new vice president of operations, responsible for strategic planning, labor efficiency, budget spending, engineering effectiveness, material spending and customer service. Before joining LRES, Pickell served in many senior leadership positions as a senior appraiser. His most recent role was serving as chief appraiser at a real estate appraisal management service provider. There he developed numerous policies and practices related to employee training and executive management. He also served as owner of Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Preferred Appraisal Services where he managed company strategy and performed appraisals and property reviews following strict time and quality standards. Pickell also worked for Bank of America as a senior appraiser for 12 years where he was the top producer for statewide departmental staff. In addition, Pickell served in senior positions at several other banks receiving similar accolades and promotions. “Scott’s past experience ensuring appraiser guidelines, training others on compliance issues and meeting strict quality and time constraints makes him an invaluable addition to our leadership team,” said Roger Beane, CEO of LRES. Pickell has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance from University of Oklahoma and received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a certified residential appraiser in the states of California, Oregon and Nevada.