President's Fall/Winter 2022 Message



Dear Chapter 26 Members,

Last June, our 2021-2022 distinguished Board members’ term ended, and our new Executive Board and future leaders were installed. I am honored to be your incoming President, and I’m excited to be allowed to lead Chapter 26. I look forward to serving as your Chapter President. I’m humbled, too, especially considering the many outstanding, inspiring, and tireless leaders who volunteer to keep this well-oiled machine running day in and day out throughout the year. I want to extend a special THANK YOU to our Executive Board and Committee Members for all their time and effort. I also want to thank our Sponsors because our achievements would not be possible without their continued support and dedication to our Chapter.

I know and have built relationships with many of you through IRWA, but for those, I have not met, let me share with you my path towards becoming involved with this great organization. I am from Austin, Texas, and I was first introduced to the IRWA by my mother. I fondly remember what sparked my interest in the Right of Way Industry. I was unemployed then, and my mom had a broken leg and many offers to make. She came to me and said, “get off the couch. I need a driver. I’ll buy you lunch.” I took my mom to make three offers that day. When the day ended, I looked at my mom and said, “This is all you do? Drive around and deliver paperwork. And you make how much? I want to do what you do.” My mom laughed and encouraged me to join the local IRWA Chapter. I became a member of the IRWA and learned quickly that right of way is a lot more complex than delivering paperwork.

When I joined IRWA in 2012, I found it provided not only great networking and education opportunities but also great new friends throughout the nation. Volunteering with the IRWA on the committee and Board levels gave me a greater appreciation for our organization’s offerings.

In this term, our priorities will be to (1) engage our members to become more involved with IRWA both on the Chapter and Region levels, (2) Create annual educational and social events to provide more value to our members, and (3) Enhance opportunities for Young Professionals or other Professionals new to the industry.

If you have an idea, suggestion, comment, or criticism, please get in touch with me directly to convey your thoughts. If you want to make a difference, contact me, and let me know if you would like to get more involved. Please keep in mind that our Board Meetings are open to all members and take place on the second Wednesday of every month. Join us. We would love to have you!

We are looking forward to a fantastic year!

Mark A. Mendez,
President, Chapter 26