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Final steps of becoming IRWA Chapter 88...
We are close to needing to submit an updated membership roster to the IRWA, as one of the last steps to become a Chapter. If you're planning to be a Charter Member of 88 (main or associate), please let us know your intent at this link, if you haven't already. We are currently very close to having the minimum number of Members, however, we are still in need of more Members to meet the required minimum to be a full chapter.

Please join in this endeavor as it is important for us to establish our Tri-State Region for the IRWA!

For the advancement of Right-of-Way Professionals



Please join us for this Pittsburgh Right of Way Group Event!

You are invited !!!        

Virtual Event

Due to the current Covid-19 virus, April's event will be online via Bluejeans Video Conference.

PITROW Group Monthly Luncheon Event (held on the second Tuesday of each month)

Location: via Bluejeans Video Conference, depending on Covid-19 restrictions)
Date and Time:  Tuesday April 13th, 2021 at 11:30am EST

PLEASE RESPOND WITH: YES, NO, or MAYBE, in your plans to attend.
Our recent growth gives us a great opportunity to allow even more to join us, so please let us know if you intend to make the event.

[CLICK HERE] to respond to our Monthly Online Event.

Please attend for some good informative conversation!

April 13, 2021 - This month's topic "Appraisals" presented by Mark V. Smeltzer, Sr. & Mark V. Smeltzer Jr. of Ditio Real Estate Appraisals & More

Mark V. Smeltzer, Sr.Mark V. Smeltzer Jr.

Mark V. Smelter, MAI, SRA, AI-RRS, MBA

Mark, Sr. is currently the Director of Operations at Ditio Appraisal Services.  Mark has over 40 years of experience as an appraiser.  Besides Ditio, Mark is the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Appraisers and is a national appraisal instructor for the Appraisal Institute.  Mark is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and Slippery Rock University.     


Mark V. Smelter, Jr., MAI, A-GRS, MBA

Mark Jr., is a staff appraiser at Ditio.  Mark's work is predominantly in commercial appraising and reviewing.  He does do some residential work.  Mark is a Certified General Appraiser in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, as well as a barred Attorney in Pennsylvania and New York.  Besides Ditio, Mark is on the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  Mark is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, and the University of Rochester Simon Graduate School of Business. 


If anyone is willing to help mitigate future costs by donating $5, $10 or $20, it would be greatly appreciated. Any donations will help with planning future seminars, IRWA courses and other educational events. We know it is a tough time for many of us given the state of the industries in which we are involved so by no means is anyone obligated to pay anything. If you would like to donate via PayPal [CLICK HERE].

Here are the Officers and Committees for the chapter:
Officer Appointments:
President: Jonny Garner
Vice President: Aaron Rohlfing
Treasurer: Alex McElroy
Secretary: Grant Stetz

Director 1: Ken Davis
Director 2: Harry Heinbaugh
Committee Chairs:
Education Chair: Ryan Pankiewicz w/Beth Minear & Michele Martin
Elections Chair: Mark Acree w/Michele Martin & Bruce Dawley
Professional Development Chair: Phil Khoury w/Frank Domenico & ____________
Membership Chair: Travis Powell w/_____________ & ______________
Social Media Chair: Austin Owen w/Michele Martin &  _____________
Webmaster: Zane Keslar
Group Founder: Ryan Pankiewicz

Want to be a Speaker at one our Monthly Luncheons? Please contact Aaron Rohlfing

Monthly Speaker Lunch Sponsor:
Open to sponsorship...

Events Calendar Sponsor:
Tom Foster of ONG Marketplace is now assisting us with updating the calendar of industry events.
Interested in being a Sponsor of PITROW Group?
Please Contact Aaron Rohlfing to discuss sponsorship opportunities!


The Pittsburgh Right of Way Group (PIT ROW Group) is a network of land professionals, for those in the tri-state area working in Oil & Gas, Electric & Utilities, Telecommunications and Transportation. This includes, but not limited to, Acquisition, Construction, Engineering, Environmental, GIS Mapping, Inspection, Legal, Permitting, Production, Safety, Survey & Title. We believe having a greater understanding of each component involved in a project will deliver a better product. Come share your knowledge and experience, network with others across the different specialist and enjoy a good lunch.

Our History:  The group was established in August of 2017, our goal is to have IRWA presence in the Pittsburgh region. Membership in the IRWA isn't required to participate in the group, but it is encouraged (for more information on the IRWA visit
The PIT ROW Group meets the second Tuesday of each for a lunch and learn, featuring a monthly guest speaker. Speakers typically present a topic for about 15-20 minutes and then we open up the floor for questions and discussion. Luncheons are held in the Southpointe area, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Unique Visits


Upcoming 2021 Dates, Topics, and Speakers:

April 13th - Mark V. Smeltzer, Sr. & Mark V. Smeltzer Jr. of Ditio Real Estate Appraisals & More Topic: “Appraisals“

May 10th CLASS - We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our next IRWA virtual class on Monday, May 10, 2021.  "Course 213 Conflict Management", Gordon MacNair will be the instructor, to register for this course click here, if you have any questions about this course please let us know.

May 11th - Jim Garner of Mott MacDonald Topic: New FAA Drone regulations for 2021 and beyond. (Virtual event) 

June 15th "Special Joint Luncheon" - Joint luncheon with NALA (Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association).Topic: to be Announced

July 13th - Steve Grandon, SR/WA of Liberty Core Consultants Topic: TBA

August 10th - Patrick McCallister, SR/WA of WPS USA, Topic: “Overcoming Challenges of Project Management of Right of Way Acquisition:  A Purple Line BRT Case Study”

September 14th - TBA

Keeping in the Know - Calendar listing

Click here for Comprehensive Calendar:
ONG MarketPlace and PITROW Group have put together a comprehensive list of  industry events is a google calendar, we hope this will assist you to stay in the know and network with others If we missed an event please let us know, we would be happy to add them.