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Minneapolis Selected by IGC to Host the IRWA Education Conference in 2020!
At the IRWA Board of Directors Meeting in June this year in Hartford, Connecticut, the IRWA
Board of Directors selected Portland, Oregon as the host location for IRWA’s 2019 Annual
International Education Conference. The final selection came after four rounds of dead heat
voting where Portland and Minneapolis each received 50 percent of the vote. On the fifth vote,
the IRWA Board of Directors selected Portland as the 2019 site by a margin of seven votes.
Given that half of IRWA’s Board Members selected Minneapolis during four rounds of voting,
the International Governing Council (IGC) received many comments from Board Members that
they would like the IGC to consider naming Minneapolis as the 2020 host location. In light of
the timely nature of the request, and due to the immediacy created because the Minneapolis
proposal’s pricing and dates were only valid until July 31, 2014, the IGC met on Tuesday, July 9,
2014 to take up this single issue item, in accordance with IRWA Bylaws. Following full discussion
and a number of actions, the IGC approved a motion to make Minneapolis, Minnesota the 2020
host location for the IRWA Annual International Education Conference by a vote of 14 to 1.
Because of this action, there will be no chapter bids presented at the 2015 Board of Directors
meeting. Bidding will resume at the 2016 Board of Directors meeting.
IRWA Chapter 20 is BEYOND excited with this decision and thanks our members, region, and
supporters! Without the support or our sponsors, our efforts would not have been possible. A
special thanks to these companies for their sponsorship and continued support within our great
|Briggs and Morgan, P.A.||Midwest Right of Way Services, Inc.
|Enbridge Energ||ProSource Technologies, Inc.
|Evergreen Land Services||SRF Consulting Group
|HDR, Inc.||Stern & Anderson PA
|JCG Land Services, Inc.||Twin Peaks Field Services, Inc.
|L.D. Martin & Associates, Ltd.||Wilson Development Services
|LHB, Inc.||WSB & Associates, Inc.
|Melissa Wurtz||Xcel Energy
Chapter 20 looks forward to hosting the Annual Education Conference in 2020!
March Board & Member Meeting
IRWA Chapter 20 March Board Meeting & Member Luncheon
Brought to you by our Gold Sponsor WSB!
When: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Board Meeting - 10:00am – 11:30am
Member Meeting - 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: WSB & Associates, Inc.
701 Xenia Avenue South, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55416
Topic: Body Talk for ROW Professionals
Mazie Leftwich, Psy.D.
Senior Vice President
CLS Professional Development Institute
Dr. Mazie Leftwich,
Sr. VP of Contract Land Staff, LLC (CLS), a nationwide Land Management and Right-of-Way
consulting company, is a nationally recognized Speaker and Workshop Leader. Dr. Leftwich
is the Officer in Charge of the CLS Professional Development Institute and has been the
catalyst behind CLS's extensive employee training, team-excellence programs, and the first
university-based Right of Way Certificate Program at the University of Houston/Downtown
College of Business.
Dr. Leftwich is an IRWA Certified Communication Instructor. A Gulf Coast Chapter 8 – Region 2
IRWA member for over 20+ years, she has provided training for numerous national and international
energy companies, as well as non-profit organizations, various IRWA events and conferences, and has
often been a presenter at a number of Energy Industry Conferences throughout the United States.
Dr. Leftwich has written for numerous newspapers and magazines – most recently penned the regular
column ROW Therapy for the IRWA Magazine.
Dr. Leftwich combines her communication skills, her business acumen, 30 years of clinical
expertise, her knowledge of relationship and organizational dynamics, a sense of humor and a
joy for presenting creative, informative, fun-filled workshops and classes.
Course 105 - The Uniform Act
Course 200 - Principles of Real Estate Negotiation
Course SR/WA Study Session & Comprehensive Exam
Questions Regarding Education:
Mindy J. Leadholm
Professional Development Corner:
Trevor Seely – RWP
Toshana Barthel – RWA
Chris Rogers – RWA
Tamara Leinweber – RWA
Thomas Dickson – RWA
Bryan Kruger – RWA
Matthew Hagelin – SR/WA
Ben Barker – R/W-NAC
Penny Rolf – R/W-NAC
Ben Barker – R/W-RAC
Penny Rolf – R/W-RAC
Sean Lawler – RWA
Randall Phillips – SR/WA
Chris Rogers – R/W-AC
Patrick Lambert – RWA
Jill Unterberger - RWA
Tony Derrick - RWA
John Foster – R/W-AC
Aimie Mims - SR/WA
Ric Ahern – RWA
Jill Unterberger – RWA
Sean Lawler - RWA
Debbie Johnson - SR/WA
Aimie Mims – RWP
Debbie Tyler – R/W-NAC
Charles Mayers – RWP
Chuck Mayers – SR/WA
Greg Cooley – SR/WA
Anthony Derrick – RWA
Aimie Mims - RWP
Matthew Hagelin – RWA
Cassie Fulda – RWA
Corrine Sullivan – RWA
Patrick Lambert – RWA
Matthew Hagelin - RWP
Lisa Beckman – R/W NAC
Questions Regarding Certification:
Greg Cooley, PDC Chair