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 negotiated property tax settlements for major companies throughout 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
Property Tax Manager
Cindy Hendon joined Valu Tec in 1996. Cindy’s pre-Valu Tec years were spent in the US Air Force and various positions in banking. Currently, she is a Michigan Certified Assessing Technician (MCAT), and is responsible for many facets of the business including the most important – client relations. Cindy 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 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
Property Tax Analyst
Jill Schwanz 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 the valuation of all special purpose properties as well as servicing all of our Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin clients. Contact Jill at Jill@ValuTec.com
Property Tax Director, SE Region
Greg began his career in property taxes as an appraiser for Pickens County, SC in 1986. Demonstrating proficiency in the valuation of commercial and industrial properties, he was offered a position with the South Carolina Department of Revenue in 1987. With thirty-one years’ experience Greg retired from SCDOR as the senior appraiser in December of 2017.
Maintaining a genuine desire to help taxpayers with compliance and property tax consulting, Greg founded Palmetto Assessment Solutions to offer his wealth of experience to his clients. Recognizing the mutual benefits of a partnership, Valu Tec and PAS formed a partnership in 2019 to further enhance exceptional service to our clients.
Personally, Greg is an avid tennis player and competitive cyclist serving as captain of both his tennis team and elite level master’s bicycle racing team. With his love for dogs and tender heart for animals Greg enjoys volunteer work at the local animal shelter. Contact Greg at Greg@ValuTec.com
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 certified both as a Michigan Certified Assessing Technician (MCAT) and an Indiana Level I Assessor-Appraiser, 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
John Harding, Director of Sales and Marketing
Director of Sales and Marketing
John Harding joined Valu Tec in 2019. He attended Ball State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Communications. His past experience includes developing sales training videos for Do it Best Corporation and 20 years in light industrial OEM sales.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren, running, and working in the nursery with his wife at church. Contact John at John@ValuTec.com.