Wayne is the International Director for
IRWA’s Chapter 25. He has worked with
the Louisville Water Company for 19 years
as a Property Specialist, handling all real
property dispositions including easement and
fee simple acquisitions, as well as planning
assistance for projects.
President-Elect and Pat Petitto,
SR/WA, past International President.
They not only provided their valuable
input on business topics, but also
joined in the fun and fellowship. We
thank them for their presence and
leadership at the Region Forum.
At Friday evening’s hospitality and
free bowling event, attendees got to
loosen up and share a relaxing time
with fellow professionals. Old friends
and associates reunited, while new
friendships launched as well. We were
impressed with the skills and savvy of
many members, especially Jeff Jones
and Pat Petitto.
A Grand Memorial
James Donald Brent, SR/WA, a
beloved member of IRWA, passed
away in late 2017 to the dismay of
many that had associated with him,
especially members of Chapter 25. His
warmth and generosity always gave
good feelings to all.
In honor of Don and his 50+ years of
involvement with IRWA, Chapter 25
sponsored the last race of that night’s
card and named it the James Donald
Brent Memorial. The race ended in
a dead heat, which was just the way
Don would have liked it. We were
happy that Mark Rieck and Jeff Jones
could join others in the Winner’s
Circle after the race, as Don would
certainly have liked that too.
A Group Effort
As all volunteers for Chapter events
know, hosting a Region Forum
doesn’t just happen by hoping for the
best. A core committee of dedicated
folks generously gave their time and
talent to ensure that all the details
were secure and that the needs and
interests of attendees were given
proper attention. A big thank you
to everyone involved, as well as the
significant others that supported
them in the process.
For me, this Forum brought together
all the elements for a successful event.
Fellowship, learning, service and
enjoyment were all part of the Forum.
As a Louisville local, it was great to
see members enjoying the weekend. I
hope that everyone in attendance felt
that their time was well-spent and left
with fond memories of their visit. J
IRWA's CEO Mark Rieck, President-Elect Jeff Jones, SR/WA,
and Manager of Field Operations Tim Drennan.
Greg Mathias, SR/WA, Karen Alexander, John Alexander, SR/WA, Becky Merkley,
SR/WA, and Bill Merkley.
Region 5's Forty for Forty Scholarship Recipients.
These ladies embraced the "Southern Belle" tradition of Kentucky Derby hats.