NEBB Institute Bolsters Leadership with Renowned Appraisers John Harris & Chris Rials

Published On: January 2nd, 2024

[NEBB Institute, Durham, NC] – [Jan. 2, 2024] – The NEBB Institute, a leader in machinery/equipment appraiser education, strengthens its core with the appointments of Chris Rials, BCA, MCMEA, CSBA, as Director and John R. Harris, ASA, BCA, MCBC, as member, Board of Directors. This dynamic duo brings decades of combined experience and expertise to elevate the CMEA program and empower aspiring professionals.

A Passion for Excellence:

John Harris, a recognized leader with over 40 years in the industry, returns to NEBB, serving on its Board of Advisors. His accredited senior appraiser qualifications, international business broker expertise, and frequent expert witness role demonstrate his commitment to excellence. He has trained over 1,000 appraisers globally and personally sold over 400 businesses, solidifying his dedication to education and industry growth.

Alongside Harris, Chris Rials brings a prodigious 13-year career in machinery and equipment appraisal, mastering the field with the coveted Master Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser (MCMEA) designation from the NEBB Institute. Beyond this pinnacle achievement, Chris holds the nationally recognized BCA (Business Certified Appraiser) and CSBA (Certified Senior Business Analyst) designation, demonstrating his broad expertise across business valuation and analysis.

A Brighter Future Ahead:

“We are thrilled to welcome John and Chris to the NEBB family,” states NEBB Institute President Carol Lee Roberts. “John’s leadership and Chris’s expertise are perfect complements, and their combined dedication will solidify NEBB’s position as the premier resource for CMEA certification.”

Under Harris and Rials’ guidance, the NEBB Institute will:

  • Expand its online curriculum and learning resources.
  • Cultivate a thriving CMEA professional community.
  • Showcase the CMEA credential’s value to key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with industry leaders for continuous program enhancement.


About the NEBB Institute:

The NEBB Institute offers self-guided online courses, empowering qualified professionals to earn the coveted CMEA designation. Through its comprehensive curriculum, ongoing support, and dynamic international network, NEBB propels individuals to excel in machinery/equipment appraisal and brokerage.