GALLAHER & BIRCH, INC. formerly known as Hedg-peth & Gallaher, Inc., was established as The Hedg-peth Company, Inc., in 1967 by George Hedg-peth, MAI and has been meeting the need for competent, responsive and accurate appraisals in South Florida since its inception. Mr. Hedg-peth is now retired, but the current owners and staff of the company are dedicated to providing the same prompt, personal service and high quality work product while, at the same time, maintaining the highest ethical standards of the profession. By generally limiting our area of practice to South Florida, but addressing the analysis of all types of property from vacant land to complex, multi-purpose commercial developments, we aim to assure a continued high level of service to our clients.ROBERT E. GALLAHER
PATRICIA J. BIRCH
GALLAHER is President of the firm and the majority owner. He was
born and raised in Miami, Florida and graduated from the University of
Florida in 1972 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, his
major having been real estate. He began his appraisal career as a staff
appraiser with George Hedg-peth in 1972, achieving his SRPA designation
(Senior Real Property Appraiser) in 1983, his MAI designation (Member of
the Appraisal Institute) in 1984 and becoming a partner in the company in
In 2001 he was invited to membership in The Counselors of Real Estate, an
affiliate of the National Association of Realtors and was awarded the
distinguished CRE designation. In 2007 he was named a Fellow of the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an international organization of
valuation experts headquartered in London, England. He holds both a real estate broker's and a real estate
instructor's license from the State of Florida as well as being a state
certified general real estate appraiser. Through his more than 30 years of practice,
he has developed an expertise in the valuation of income properties, as
well as extensive experience in the analysis of land, residential real
estate and special purpose properties.
In 2001 he was invited to membership in The Counselors of Real Estate, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors and was awarded the distinguished CRE designation. In 2007 he was named a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an international organization of valuation experts headquartered in London, England. He holds both a real estate broker's and a real estate instructor's license from the State of Florida as well as being a state certified general real estate appraiser. Through his more than 30 years of practice, he has developed an expertise in the valuation of income properties, as well as extensive experience in the analysis of land, residential real estate and special purpose properties.
For many years the firm has been involved in eminent domain and other court related appraisal work and Bob has extensive experience (for both plaintiffs and defendants) in litigation support, trial preparation and deposition and trial testimony. Bob has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in the District Court of both Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and in Federal Court.
Bob has also been involved in the local Realtors' organizations having served on the Board of Directors and as President of both the Coral Gables and the Miami Boards of Realtors. He has also chaired the Education Committee of both of these organizations and has been director of the Florida Association of Realtors. He is past Chairman of the Realtor Association of Miami (now the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches) and is a past chairman of the Association's Education Foundation, has been a Trustee of the Florida Association of Realtors Education Foundation and has served as a member of a Realtor's state-wide task force on affordable housing. Bob has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in the District Court of both Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and in Federal Court.
Bob has been or is, an officer, director and shareholder for several closely held corporations involved in real estate including Sanctuary Farms, Inc., a farming venture in Collier County; Marina Bay, Inc., a shopping center development in North Miami-Dade County; Burlingame Group, Inc., an office space owner in Miami; Miller Ludlam, LLC, an owner of retail stores; and, First Reserve, Inc., a corporate holding company that owned Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell, Inc., a general real estate brokerage firm and which developed both the Gables Waterway Executive Center and the University Inn Condominium Apartments.
Bob served for nine years (four years as Chairman) on the Dade County Documentary Surtax Advisory Board, which oversaw the lending of approximately 12 million dollars per year in tax dollars to low and moderate income families for purchase of their own home. He has authored a book on real estate applications of the Hewlett-Packard 12C calculator and served on a statewide task force of MAI's that had significant impact on the current Florida real estate license law. He also served on the Board of Directors of Consumers Savings Bank until its sale to BankUnited and served as a director of Florida Savings Bank until its sale to Mercantile CommerceBank. He currently serves on an advisory committee of local professionals advising the Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute at Florida International University. He is also on the Board of Directors of Chamber South.
He has taught a variety of seminars and courses for local real estate brokerage and appraisal associations, the Florida Association of Realtors, Miami Dade Community College and the American Bar Association.
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PATRICIA J. BIRCH, CRE has been with the company since 1986 and is currently Vice President and a stockholder. Having been raised in Miami and having functional proficiency in Spanish, she brings a comfortable familiarity with both the community and its second language to the practice of appraisal. In addition, she has experience in property acquisition, ownership, and management, which contributes to both the analysis and consulting process.
Pat specializes in the investigation and analysis of commercial and industrial properties having appraised a range of property types from remote acreage to proposed apartments and hotels. She has been involved in appraisals prepared for litigation purposes and participates in the trial preparation process. She is a state certified general real estate appraiser, a licensed general appraisal instructor, and a licensed real estate salesperson.
Pat served on the Florida Real Estate Appraisal board having been appointed to the board by Governor Jeb Bush in 2000 and again in 2003. She served as Chairman of that board during 2001. She was appointed to the newly formed School Site Planning and Construction Committee that makes recommendations to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2002 and continues to serve as Vice Chair. Pat was appointed to and served on the Unsafe Structures Board of Miami-Dade County for six years including as Chair and Vice Chair.
She holds the CRE designation, having been invited to membership by the Counselors of Real Estate in 2011. As an Associate Member of the Appraisal Institute, Pat is working toward her MAI designation, having completed all course work and having had her appraisal experience reviewed and approved by the Institute. She chairs the local Institute Chapter's Candidate Leadership Committee. In April 2002 she was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University, having majored in real estate and finance.
She is a member of the Commercial and Industrial Association of South Florida Pat is a graduate of the 1991-1992 Class of Leadership Miami, a program sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Pat has been an active member of the Commercial Real Estate Women - Miami (CREW), having served as its local chapter President. She has also chaired its Program Committee and has organized innovative and widely acclaimed programs on a variety of topics. Pat has also served as Chair of CREW's Newsletter and Job Bank committees and has represented the organization on the national level as a delegate to the National Network of Commercial Real Estate Women now CREW Network.
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ADDITIONAL APPRAISAL STAFF Gallaher and Birch maintains an on-going working relationship with a number of qualified independent appraisers that work on a contractual basis with the firm.Back to Top