and thoughtfully understand their needs and desires. It’s the President’s responsibility to
then help prioritize these needs and desires to ensure we have adequate resources available
to properly support the initiatives.
During your speech at the Annual International Education Conference in
Portland, you spoke about a unified vision for our Association. Can you
expand on that?
As I discussed in the July/August 2019 issue of Right of Way Magazine, the common ground
that unites us was recently tested and our Association faced our share of challenges and
change. Although we grappled with determining our path forward, these difficulties pushed
us to hold each other accountable. Together, we share a unified vision of addressing and
prioritizing the issues at hand.
Moving forward, I am confident that our leadership and staff are aligned on how best to
support the important work of our members. I am also confident that with any adversity, we
will emerge on the other side a stronger, more aligned community of professionals who have
a clearer, unified vision of our future.
What do you want our members to know about you and what can they look
forward to this year?
I shared with those of you who were able to attend the Annual International Education
Conference in Portland that I feel a great sense of responsibility in being our Association’s
President. At the Board of Directors meeting, I committed to give the absolute best of my
abilities. I will listen and seek to understand and consider other perspectives to work in the
best interest of our Association.
In looking to the year ahead and beyond, we have great things—and great responsibility—
on our horizon. The demands for clean water, reliable energy and efficient transportation are
mounting. Landowners, communities and stakeholders are counting on us to help mitigate
the risks, moderate the process and smooth the conflicts that are inherent in our line of
work. Our work is more important than ever, and we must continue to nurture and care
for our Association and each other so that we may effectively and responsibly meet these
How can we better engage our membership?
I believe that supporting and encouraging new and creative programming initiatives at the
Chapter level is crucial to our continued success. After all, our Chapters are the primary way
in which new members are brought into the Association.
Additionally, with the implementation
of the International Committee
and CoP strategic plans, our aim is
to provide Committees and COPs
with the support and resources they
need to be successful in delivering
member value. No one knows our
membership needs better than our
Committees and CoPs. By empowering
them to strategically align with our
membership, we in turn will be
creating enhanced engagement and
What is the greatest benefit of
There are so many incredible benefits
to becoming part of the IRWA,
which is apparent by just looking at
how much this Association means
to so many of us. Our education,
credentialing and certifications provide
the technical know-how and support
to our members as they work to
improve people’s quality of life through
infrastructure development. In
addition, our meetings and networking
allow us to create lifelong friendships
with people who understand, guide
and support one another.
Any final words for our
I will remain honest and committed to
working diligently in the best interest
of our Association as a whole. You have
my word and I expect you to hold me
accountable. Together we will partner
in trust to do our best and to do the
right thing. J