If you could go back and tell yourself something
10 years ago, what would it be?
There’s a lot of things I would love to go back tell myself
about life, love and careers, but I think the top piece of
advice would be to do what you love, not what everyone
thinks you should do. Only you know what’s best for your
path forward and how to get there.
What has this career meant to you?
When I graduated from Texas A&M, I didn’t know “what
I wanted to be when I grew up.” Finding my place within
the right of way industry has been the best thing I could
have ever asked for. I like to claim I talked my way in and
I have never looked back.
If we could hold the IRWA Annual International
Education Conference anywhere in the world,
where would you pick and why?
I’ve been to the past five conferences and enjoyed every
one of them. I’m really looking for ward to the San
Antonio conference in 2021 so everyone can come get a
good taste of Texas! However, if I had to pick somewhere
other than Texas, I would chose the New England area.
There’s so much history in that part of the United States
and I would love to spend more time up there.
Share a YPG memory that has impacted
One of my favorite memories with the YPG would be
within my own Chapter in Houston. When I was new
to the right of way industry and started to volunteer
within the Chapter, I was introduced to someone who
would ultimately become one of my best friends. We had
a lunch setup so we could meet and start planning YP
events for the local young professionals. Our friendship
immediately kicked off and we haven’t looked back. That
was a great day to discover someone just as ambitious and
driven as I am and we had a lot of fun growing our YP
If you had to describe the YP Committee in one
sentence, what would it be?
The YP Committee is and will always be resilient.
What can IRWA do better to support the YPs
within the organization?
The IRWA can continue to support the YPs with more
educational courses and mentorship opportunities.
I believe one thing missing in our course listings are
courses dedicated to project management.
How has being a YP representative on the
Trustee’s Board impacted you?
Being a Trustee for the Right of Way International Education
Foundation has been one of the greatest honors of my career.
I’ve learn so much about the Foundation and Association
from the other Trustees and it’s opened my eyes to all the
possibilities that we are so lucky to have. This group is one of
the most supportive teams I’ve ever been a part of.
How have you impacted the Trustee Board?
During my second year as a Trustee, I was given the
opportunity to play a big role during the Monday Night Event
in Portland. The sub-committee—which was formed to handle
the live and silent auction—tried many new things this past
year and was part of the reason for the success. One thing
about the Foundation and the trustees serving is they all pull
their weight and work together as a well-oiled machine. All
opinions and ideas are listened to in an environment that is
encouraging of growth and development, and that allows the
Foundation to continue to be successful.
Bonus Question: What is your favorite food?
Okra. I will eat it any and every way you can possibly cook it,
including straight out of the garden. J