Gerry Gehlen is a prairie boy, born and raised in various small towns in Saskatchewan. His traditional small town values led him to join the RCMP at the young age of 19. His 25 years of service was all in Alberta – during which time he married Brenda, his wife of 38 years, raised 3 children, and now boasts of 5 grandchildren.
As a part of raising his children and contributing to the communities he lived in, he coached/managed/volunteered extensively, to such an extent he received a provincial award for his community service in 1989 – along with receiving several other minor awards over the years.
While enjoying his service in the RCMP, around the 20 year mark he started researching a second career – realizing that the strains of policing were encouraging retirement within a few years. In-depth personal analysis/research reflected a strong aptitude with numbers, economics, visual structure and analytical thinking, which lead to selecting the real property appraisal field as his second career.
He retired from the RCMP in 1998 and started working full-time to achieve a recognized designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC). His strong aptitude and genuine interest in the field led to his obtaining his AACI designation in near record time.
While his children have long since left home he continues to “give back” to his community by refereeing minor hockey, belonging to Rotary International, volunteering labour with community projects, volunteer member of the AIC Professional Practice Committee, teaching appraisal at local college, etc.
While he previously worked as a contractor and then part-owner of an appraisal business in Lloydminster, he is/has been the original owner/manager of Atlas Appraisal Services Inc. since July 2007.