ORC Welcomes Steve Chastain to the Role of East Region Vice-President

Steve Chastain

Steve is a graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1986 with a B.S. in professional aeronautics. In 1987 Steve entered the right of way profession upon his discharge from the United States Marine Corps. Since that time he has been involved in the profession across multiple disciplines having worked for municipal government, engineering firms, energy providers and the right of way service industry. He holds the SR/WA designation with the IRWA and is an active member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL).

Mr. Chastain is currently a licensed real estate broker in both Florida and North Carolina. Steve has published numerous articles for the IRWA Magazine and was the recipient of the Mark A. Green award in 2009. Steve is often a frequent speaker at professional roundtables, seminars and conferences.

Steve will be located in ORC's Charlotte, NC office.

ORC Named One of Top 50 Women Led Businesses in the State of Florida

Karen Ammar and Cathy Muth ORC Top 50 Women Led Businesses Florida

O. R. Colan Associates was named as one of the Top 50 Women Led Businesses in the state of Florida for the fifth straight year by the Commonwealth Institute. Pictured here are Karen Ammar and Catherine Muth accepting the award.

ORC represented at three career fairs in a week to promote Junior Agent and Junior Appraiser programs nationwide

O. R. Colan Associates is taking the “graying” of the right-of-way industry seriously, and the company is rolling out an innovative approach to cultivating new talent. To promote its Junior Agent/Appraiser training program at college career fairs, ORC sent delegates to three universities – two in Ohio and one in Virginia - just last week, and the company is more and more represented at similar fairs nationwide.

“We sent representatives to events sponsored by Ohio Dominican University in Gahanna, OH (Columbus), John Carroll University in University Heights, OH (Cleveland), and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA,” said Marketing Director and Proposal Manager Kevin C. Robison. “Late last year, we were represented at Stony Brook University in New York (Stony Brook), and, later this year, we will attend fairs in the Carolinas, Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, and elsewhere – really everywhere we have a presence.”

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ORC Joins with SMPS to Host Panel Discussion on Opportunity Corridor

Steve Toth at Panel Discussion on Opportunity Corridor

CLEVELAND, OH - Capitalizing on its high-level involvement and familiarity with the Opportunity Corridor project, O. R. Colan Associates joined with the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) to develop and deliver a panel discussion on “Opportunity Corridor: What’s Next?” held at the prestigious City Club of Cleveland. The panel, moderated by Chief Operating Officer Steve Toth, addressed many of the future issues and challenges associated with development within the corridor once the roadway is constructed. SMPS arranged for a diverse forum of high-level panelists, including Marie Kittredge, Executive Director of the Opportunity Corridor Partnership; Myron Pakush, District Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT); Debra Janik, Senior VP, Real Estate and Business Development of the Greater Cleveland Partnership; Jeffrey Patterson, CEO and Safety Director of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA); and Robert Jaquay, Associate Director of The Gund Foundation.

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ORC Welcomes Marla Britton to Lead Florida Operations

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.

ORC’s Value of Social Responsibility

The Catherine Muth Academic and Citizenship Award

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.

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