Tony Sokol, President/Owner
Tony Sokol began his career in property taxes as a residential appraiser for the City of Lansing in 1979, achieving Senior Appraiser status in 1982. In 1984 Tony decided to leave the public sector and join a major tax consulting firm to be their Chief Appraiser for the next 9 years. During that period of time, he was able to negotiate property tax settlements for major companies though out the United States.
In 1993, Tony co-founded Valu Tec in Fort Wayne, Indiana. By the year 2000, Tony became the sole owner of Valu Tec. He has continued to maintain the highest standards both in appraising and property tax consulting assignments, and has worked diligently to always do what is right for his clients.
Tony has achieved designations as a State Certified Appraiser in several states throughout his career. He currently maintains his Certified General Appraiser designation within the State of Michigan, and is also a certified Level III-Advanced Assessing Officer.
Tony has been actively involved in the Michigan Assessor’s Association for over 25 years. He has taught state-certified classes to the State of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania Assessor’s Association members, as well as a class for the Michigan Association of CPA’s. He has also served in several positions as a Gideon, and is very active in jail and prison ministry. Contact Tony at Tony@ValuTec.com
Cindy Hendon, Client Relations Manager
Cindy joined Valu Tec in 1996, and has taken on many roles since! Cindy’s pre-Valu Tec years were spent in the US Air Force and various positions in banking. Cindy is responsible for many facets of the business including the most important – client retention. She has been instrumental in growing Valu Tec into the company it has become today, thanks in no small part to her exceptional customer service and her incredibly infectious positive attitude! Contact Cindy at Cindy@ValuTec.com
Sue Stump, Accounting Manager
Sue joined the Valu Tec team in October of 2009. Sue is a graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, IN and has worked in the accounting field for over 25 years. Sue is responsible for all of our accounting needs as well as the administration of our Agreements. Contact Sue at Sue@ValuTec.com
Jill Schwanz, Director of Marketing and Property Tax Analyst
Jill joined Valu Tec in 2016. She has been a Michigan Certified Assessor since 1992, and currently holds the Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (MAAO) and Personal Property Examiner Certification. Prior to her career in assessing, Jill was a Broker/Co-Owner of StateWide Real Estate in Menominee, MI. Jill was the assessor for the City of Menominee, MI for 24 years!
She is responsible for all asset inventories conducted for Kellogg Company, as well as inspecting and determining value of special purpose properties. Contact Jill at Jill@ValuTec.com
Steve Niemoeller, Project Manager
Steve Niemoeller joined Valu Tec in 2016. He attended Indiana University Fort Wayne, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public and Environmental Affairs, as well his associate degrees in Business and Criminal Justice. His past experience includes managing various retail operations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and serving as the Director of the Food and Consumer Protection Division for the Allen County Indiana Health Department.
He is a Level I Certified Assessor-Appraiser in Indiana, and is responsible for overseeing personal property compliance work and as well as managing our asset inventory division.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his son, riding his motorcycle, and playing guitars in his church and two local bands. Contact Steve at Steve@ValuTec.com