Fred Easton, Jr., began his career at a young age running a survey rod for his Father’s mapping company performing surveys across the United States every summer and spent many summers setting control throughout the Rocky and Appalachian Mountain Ranges. After serving in the US Navy and then surveying in Central Florida, Fred has been with Farnsworth Group as a Senior Land Survey & GIS manager for Farnsworth’s survey staff since 2001. He has over 30 years of experience in surveying, mapping, GIS, ROW, and construction. Fred’s experience includes a wide range of industries including utilities, transportation, public bases [...]
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Amanda Vande Voorde, SR/WA, is a CDBG-DR Project Manager with GrantWorks, overseeing URA compliance matters. Amanda has over 11 years’ experience in the right-of-way profession, and like many in the field, her experience spans several states and industries. Amanda has negotiated land rights for federal disaster buyouts, energy and utility projects, transportation and telecommunication projects, as well as municipal infrastructure projects including bridges, trails, and flood control. Amanda is most passionate about Relocation and helping displacees navigate the URA process. Amanda's educational journey took a non-traditional route, but she continues to be a strong proponent of industry-specific trainings and [...]
BY ANGEL BANKS, SR/WA The Right of Way International Education Foundation (RWIEF). Whew, that’s a long name! You may have heard of us but may not know what we do or how we do it. For all the answers, read on. Who are we? Created in 1976, we are a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is raising funds to grow and use for right of way education. As a 501(c)3 entity, donations to the Foundation are tax deductible, and this structure provides a secure holding place to grow a funding corpus dedicated to [...]
This scholarship offers an impactful way to combine the RWIEF’s mission and values of past IRWA leaders. The goal of this program is to identify and support IRWA members who can be future IRWA leaders by funding their pursuit of IRWA credentials and professional development. One $2,500 scholarship toward IRWA education courses will be available to each of IRWA’s 68 Chapters within the 10 Regions. The RWIEF will fund the program (up to $170,000) for two years from June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2025. IRWA will manage the program. To [...]
Callie Howard-Braddock, R/W-AC is a Vice President within CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services and the Right-of-Way specialty practice in Houston following more than 9 years of valuation experience throughout the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Callie has worked extensively with large scale right-of-way infrastructure projects which include the valuation of fee simple and easement estates for proposed and existing pipelines, proposed electrical transmission line projects, proposed roadway expansions and public utility lines. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a BS in Agricultural Science and also with a Master’s in Real Estate from Mays Business School [...]
Matt McGee obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Texas State University in 2005. He became a Right of Way Agent for NuStar Energy, L.P. in March 2015 after working four years for Contract Land Staff on various projects in the South Texas Region. At NuStar, his job responsibilities include managing capital projects and operations support for all existing pipeline and terminal assets throughout the Midwestern United States. Matt became a member of Chapter 39, South Texas, of the IRWA in March 2015. The following year he was voted in as Secretary of Chapter 39 and recently completed [...]
Angel Banks is the Right of Way Manager for the Metropolitan Sewerage District, a regional public sewer authority in Asheville. She created the District’s right of way division in 1991, establishing policies and procedures for easement acquisition over 1,000 miles of sewer lines. Working with area municipalities, she developed agreements allowing greenway uses over the District’s sewer easements. Angel became a member of IRWA in 1991. She served on Chapter 31 committees and officer positions, becoming President in 2004. From 2004-2009 she served as Region 6 Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair. She served with the IRWA Leadership Institute since [...]
Kevin L. Winner, SR/WA, MBA, AB obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He is a Project Manager for Percheron located in the Southwestern US. Percheron is a land and right of way Service Company providing a wide range of comprehensive right of way acquisition and permitting services primarily to the pipeline, power, energy, renewable, transportation, telecommunication, and governmental sectors. He has been involved in the Right of Way Industry since 1999 and has worked for both private and public utility companies negotiating property rights for telecommunications, pipelines [...]
David W. Sinclair, SR/WA, is a Senior Project Manager for Paragon Partners Ltd. and is based in their office in Houston, TX. Prior to joining Paragon Partners, Mr. Sinclair was President of Steele Land Services, worked at ENGlobal for 11 years in various executive positions, and worked at Enron for more than 16 years serving as Director of Right of Way until January of 2001. While at Enron his responsibilities included overseeing the acquisition of land and right-of-way for new facilities and managing existing land rights across their domestic pipeline system. In addition, Mr. Sinclair also provided right-of-way assistance [...]
After retiring from the Federal Highway Administration with over 30 years of service, he served as the Director of Real Estate Services for TBE Group for 2 years. He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1966 until 1969 and began his career in Right-of-Way with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1973. He served in the Office of Real Estate Services, Washington Office from 1998 through 2002 and was responsible for FHWA’s National Training Program, the Highway Beautification Program and assisted in the Uniform Act compliance and re-write. He developed and presented FHWA’s Outdoor [...]