IRWA Illinois Chapter 12 is a chapter of the International Right of Way Association and has been serving land acquisition professionals throughout Illinois since 1955.
Our members are land acquisition professionals who work in all facets of acquisition, management, and disposition of real property, and serve many sectors of industry and government, including:
The land acquisition profession is an important one. The infrastructure associated with modern society: highways, airports, broadband fiber optic cable, skyscrapers, pipelines, just to name a few, require real property.
Explore our web site and feel free to contact us. We want to hear from you and show you how IRWA Illinois Chapter 12 can serve you. Membership provides many important benefits for land acquisition professionals.
On a vacation trip to California around 1955, Frank Kaplan, head of the Survey Division of the Cook County Highway Department, visited the California State Highway Department to investigate their operation. While there, he was introduced to Frank Balfour who was head of the California State Highway Right of Way Department and who had founded the Southern California Right of Way Agents Association in 1934. The organization evolved into the American Right of Way Association.
Upon returning, Kaplan discussed the meeting with Balfour and ARWA literature with Raymond J. Budinger, the head of the Land Procurement Division of the Cook County Highway Department who was Frank’s boss. Ray Budinger was interested. The first organizational meeting of Chapter 12 was held in Ray Budinger’s office on September 29, 1955. Fourteen men attended; all enthusiastically offered their services for any job. Budinger was elected President at a subsequent meeting. On October 31, 1955, the Charter meeting for Chapter 12 was held at the Bismark Hotel in Chicago. There were thirty-eight charter members and applicants. A year later the chapter had seventy-six names.
In 1957, the Third Annual Education Seminar was hosted by Chapter 12, and in 1968, the Fourteenth National Seminar was hosted by the Chapter at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago. Chapter 12 has always stressed the educational needs of its members. In fact, Chapter 12 was one of the first chapters to present a course on “Negotiations” in 1966.
Today, IRWA Illinois Chapter 12 has approximately 160 members, and still strives to meet the educational needs of those members.
Bill works for Ameren Illinois Company as a senior right-of-way agent in Peoria, IL. He has over 25 years of right-of-way experience in the Real Estate Department at Ameren and has been working in the electric transmission department for the past 5 years. Bill received his SR/WA in 2013.
Bill and his wife, sweet Diane, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by taking a cruise from Vancouver, BC to Anchorage Alaska and then Bill attended the Annual IRWA Education Conference in Anchorage. He serves as an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria and enjoys serving in a leadership role in the missions program there. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking/biking, yard work, grilling, and spending time with friends and family.
Smed is the Managing Director of 1st AEROW Valuation located in Chicago, Illinois.
Rob works for Ameren Services as a Real Estate Supervisor, leading a team of 11 ROW agents across Illinois that handle electric distribution, gas transmission, gas storage, and property management. He started with Ameren in 2012 acquiring electric substations and was on the team that handled real estate activities for the divestiture of Ameren's merchant generation fleet in 2013.
Prior to joining Ameren, Rob worked in commercial real estate development, brokerage, and property management for nearly two decades across Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Rob is a die-hard football fan, and spends much of his time at his youngest son's sporting events. He and his wife Jackie enjoy traveling, boating, and exploring new wineries.
Mark joined Mathewson Right of Way Company in August 2013 and became licensed to practice law on October 31, 2013. Since becoming an approved negotiator by the Illinois Department of Transportation in November 2013, Mark has successfully negotiated over 275 parcels throughout the State of Illinois. Currently he concentrates on right of way negotiations and is a member of the firm’s condemnation litigation team. Mark is an active member of the International Right of Way Association having been elected Treasurer of the Illinois Chapter for the 2015-2016 term.
Patty works for ERM as a Project Scientist in the Impact Assessment and Planning Practice, Land Services.
She has four years right of Way experience including document review and information management.
Previous to joining ERM, Patty worked at Land Surveying/Civil Engineering firms in the land surveying departments. She has also held an Illinois Real Estate license since 1991. Over the last few years she has worked primarily on the Ameren Illinois Rivers Project, recently branching out to ComEd work.
Patty spends her free time gardening and beekeeping.
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