Letter from the President


Mark Anderson

Greetings, Sunshine Chapter 26! It will be my honor and privilege to be your president in the 2023-2024 fiscal year. I have many good memories with the IRWA as a member since 2002, but it became time for me to be more active when I returned to my home Chapter in 2019.

I want to thank all the leadership of the previous years and all the hard work and hours they put in to make Chapter 26, the Sunshine Chapter, what it is. As I embark on this journey, I want to reflect on the past year with thanks to Mark Mendez for his leadership as President- a job well done, to Sarah Boggs as Secretary and keeping us on track with our action items, to the Board of Directors Virginia Anderson and Chad Marcus for guiding us through regional issues and for the Treasurer- Rossanna Asencio for keeping the accounts current. Let’s not forget our fabulous committees’ efforts that make things happen for our members. The hard work put in by our Professional Development chair- Victoria Bucher, to keep us moving and motivated with the courses we need to get those designations. When we talk about education, the talented people that come to mind are Florence Green and Huchani Dodd. They work hard to find the courses that we need in the chapter. The next two committees are critical and often not recognized for their contribution. They are essential to the chapter’s growth: Membership and Communications. Virginia Anderson worked tirelessly on growing the chapter’s membership. I also have seen the extra effort with Lynn Zolezzi as the communications chair on social media and the chapter’s website. Their efforts have created a big impact in the growth of Chapter 26. We must also not forget the behind-the-scenes leadership and guidance from Pete Waldman, Esquire, as our Legal Committee. Don’t forget to read his blogs on the Chapter website. Also, very important for the chapter is the Social and Events Committee. I want to thank Barbara Strouse and those who supported the efforts to provide the chapter with the event planning process and help find suitable venues that gave value to our members. Lastly, I want to thank the efforts of Andrea Olden and the rest of the committee, who had a challenging year with nominations and elections. We got through it, but it uncovered some flaws in how we managed that process. We will see some changes in this, so stay tuned.

Young Professionals, I didn’t forget about you. In fact, this committee is so important that I am creating a whole separate paragraph for them. Thank you, Sarah Boggs, and Stephanie Gonzalez, for your leadership in this part of the chapter that we all need to pay attention to. This is our future leaders of the IRWA and the reason we have them as a major part of the membership drives and social gatherings, such as the successful TopGolf events of the past years and the event at SplitsVille in Tampa prior to the Winter Symposium. Let’s make 2023-2024 a great year for the growth of the Young Professionals. It needs to be a priority for the success of Sunshine Chapter 26.

Where do we go from here? I will humbly serve as your leader, but we all know that our roles on the board and the committees will be the reason for our success. We will grow when we provide a reason to be a member of the Sunshine Chapter 26 of the IRWA. The core benefits of membership are education and credentialing in the right-of-way profession, opportunities for networking with clients and consultants, and an environment for relationship building within our right-of-way community.

Let’s take this chapter to the next level and be the benchmark for others to follow.

IRWA Sunshine Chapter 26, President:
Mark E. Anderson
Mark E. Anderson