Published: October 21, 2015
Written by Catherine Colan Muth, CEO
O. R. Colan Associates, LLC (ORC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Marla Britton as Senior Project Manager for our operations in Florida. Ms. Britton has been involved in real estate valuation and RW consulting for 25 years, working primarily in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. She is a 20-year member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), and she earned IRWA’s prestigious SR/WA designation in 2002.
Ms. Britton is a graduate from the University of Illinois with a BS in Agriculture and, later, the University of Wisconsin with an MS in Education – Professional Development. She is a certified general appraiser in six states, including Florida, and a long-time member of the Appraisal Institute, the governing professional association for the appraisal field. As an appraiser, she has high levels of experience with many complex property types, including office buildings, shopping centers, apartment complexes, marinas, hotels, restaurants, business/industrial parks, air rights, avigation easements, utility easements, conservation easements, special purpose properties, developmental land, self-storage facilities, agricultural lands, grain and dairy operations, and light and heavy industrial facilities. She has also been an active member in the appraisal community, serving as the Chair of the Wisconsin Real Estate Appraisers Board and an instructor/mentor to the next generation of appraisers.
“The Florida market is very important to us, and we are committed to expanding our presence there,” explains Chief Operating Officer Stephen J. Toth. “We have long known that, to accomplish this, we need a strong professional and established practice-builder to lead the effort. We are extremely confident in Marla in this respect, and we are elated that she has agreed to join our team.”
Marla views her role with ORC as an opportunity to apply her technical skills and her passion for business development to meet the objectives of a nationally recognized leader in the real estate industry. “This is an exciting opportunity for me – really the culmination of my life’s work. It is my honor and privilege to be an ambassador for ORC in Florida, and I am excited to combine a move to Florida with a high-level professional challenge. ORC is a legendary firm - really one of the forerunners in the right-of-way industry - and this is my opportunity to play an integral role in the organization’s success.”
ORC is a privately-owned company that has provided appraisal, acquisition and relocation services for infrastructure projects since its establishment in 1969. Originally established as a West Virginia company, the firm is recognized as a national industry expert in implementing programs for public agencies in accordance with the Federal Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-646, as amended) (“URA”) and local regulations and laws. On average, ORC acquires more than 2,000 parcels and relocates more than 500 occupants annually.
Published: September 29, 2015
Written by Catherine Colan Muth, CEO
The Catherine Muth Academic and Citizenship Award at Collins Elementary School in Dania Beach, Florida was presented to Tasha Ethridge at the Academic Banquet (sponsored by ORC) on May 21. Pictured with Tasha are the school’s Community Liaison person, Mr. Ford and Catherine Muth.
ORC has been a sponsor of the Academic Banquet at Collins Elementary School in Dania Beach, Florida for the last ten years. Collins Elementary is a Title 1 School and was ranked #1 in the state of Florida for its SES (Supplemental Services) tier.