Charles William Carlson, Jr., co-founder of Carlson, Norris & Associates, was born in 1948 in Miami, Florida. In 1963, his family moved to Fort Myers, where Bill attended Fort Myers High School. Bill played both football and baseball. After high school, Bill attended NorthEastern Oklahoma College, on a football scholarship, but later transferred to University of Southern Mississippi.
Bill began his appraisal career with Richard P. Webster, Inc. in 1976. After 10 years, Bill and his brother-in-law, Lee Norris, opened their own appraisal office, Carlson, Norris & Associates. Professionally, he earned designations of SRA, SRPA, and MAI, Member of the Appraisal Institute, and included South Florida Water Management and the Department of Environmental Protection as former clients. He also worked for Lee County Value Adjustment Board, serving as a Special Magistrate. After 30 years of successful business, Bill semi-retired, continuing to work as an appraiser part time.
Bill, a State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, had held the highest distinctions in his appraisal career including MAI and SRA. He had completed many appraisal projects for the City of Fort Myers, City of Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, financial institutions, attorneys, builders, developers, mortgage companies, home transfer companies, and private individuals.
Bill was a Special Magistrate for Lee County and Collier County Adjustment Boards.
His professional memberships included:
- President of Southwest Florida Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
- Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Chapter 186, Fort Myers, Florida 1991
- Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI, SRA)
- State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser #RZ667
Although Bill passed away on November 22, 2022, the impact he had on our local community will be felt for many more years to come.