Nationwide Appraisals

Our Team

  • Chris Bakes

    Founder And President

    Bringing twelve years of management, sales, and operations experience to the table, Chris was determined to make a change in the appraisal industry. Prior to starting Nationwide Appraisals, Chris worked most recently at Innovation Group in roles varying from operations to sales. As SVP of Auto Operations, Chris was challenged with developing Innovation Auto's product line, including numerous physical damage services. It was this challenge to find quality appraisal services that sparked the development of our company. Chris holds a bachelor of arts in telecommunications management and is also the founder of the Auto Physical Damage Claims Professional Group, a leading industry think-tank and sounding board for industry experts.

    Our Staff Appraisers

    Jim Alford, John Nowell, Aaron Adams and Bobby Werner have a combined 60 years of experience in the auto damage industry, including hands-on repair experience, shop management, and extensive field work. They are available during business hours to assist our field appraisers with questions and issues that arise. They are also responsible for quality reviewing each file before it is approved for completion. With so much industry experience, they are able to spot cost saving opportunities, errors and omissions. Both are platinum ICAR certified and well versed in state and industry regulations.