Marvin F. Poer
December 8, 1927 – November 23, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Marvin F. Poer on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
Marvin’s life is woven into the fabric of the Property Tax Industry. After earning a BBA from the University of North Texas and then a former Ad Valorem Tax Agent for the Mobil Oil Corporation, Marvin started his firm by opening a small office in the Melrose in downtown Dallas in December 1964 with the goal to create a firm with strong ethical practices that would break the chain of mystery embedded in the property tax industry. Jim O’Quinn joined Marvin in 1969 and they were partners for many years. Marvin put his people first which facilitated growth as well as his ability to change and innovate and know when it was time to delegate authority and tasks to other people and trust them to guide the Company into one of the leading property tax consulting firms with offices located across the United States.
Among Marvin’s many accolades is being the founder and first President of the National Council of Property Taxation; a Senior Certified Member of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP); a proud supporter and member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), which awarded in 2015 IPT’s Lifetime Achievement Recognition; International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO); National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC); and Urban Land Institute (ULA).
Marvin’s reputation for high business standards, personal ethics, and respect has led to a lifetime of friendships with many throughout the property tax industry, and his shining example of integrity is one all his employees strive to emulate. Marvin was an icon and a standard of excellence in the property tax industry and he will be greatly missed.
“… it takes courage to overcome the inconveniences and the chance of failure
to challenge the odds and achieve the objectives.” – Marvin F. Poer