This Award recognizes Robert (Bob) Macpherson for his significant contribution to the field of right-of-way and his dedication to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Bob Macpherson has been a Right-of-Way Agent with Caltrans for 39 plus years. His career has been in District 4 (San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area) for more than 27 years and Caltrans Headquarters (Sacramento) in excess of 12 years. Bob is also a past officer and Director of the local chapter of the International Right-of-Way Association.
He has been the District 4 Division Chief for Right-of-Way since March 1997, and has led the District to the best overall "delivery" record three times. During his tenure, District 4 has continued to expend 100 percent of its annual Right-of-Way Capital Allocation—even though it is one of the largest districts in the state, with significant political involvement from the nine counties and numerous cities.
His reach extends to other Caltrans functions. His opinion and strategic thinking are so valued throughout Caltrans that he is often invited to weigh in on Department-wide issues. He never misses an opportunity to educate groups, whether internal or external to Caltrans, about the function of right-of-way. Bob continues to develop positive business relationships with the Department's regional partners.
Bob MacPherson is a compassionate person with a sincere regard for his staff. He is a reasonable man who is fair in all of his dealings. Ever aware of the public perception and personal impacts of right-of-way work, Bob always tests business decisions with probing questions, such as "What would you do if it were your property?" and " How would that read on the front page of the newspaper?"
Many consider him a "human database" of right-of-way activities, based on his knowledge and long experience. He knows, understands and honors the "old school," traditional right-of-way system, but also adapts well to new methods.
This Award recognizes Micke McJunkin for her lifetime commitment to the field of right-of-way and her proactive leadership within the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Mickie has worked for the GDOT for the past 32 years and was promoted to her current position as Right-of-Way Assistant Administrator in 2003, the first female to achieve this position within GDOT.
Mickie's commitment to leadership is recognized in her exceptional effort and initiative in refining the right-of-way process pertaining to the Transportation Enhancement (TE), Livable Communities Initiative (LCI) and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) programs.
After Mickie coordinated and participated in Local Public Agency right-of-way statewide training, a joint effort of GDOT and FHWA, she realized that additional coordination and program guidance was needed in the TE, LCI and CMAQ program. She noticed a lack of right-of-way knowledge among the local agencies charged with carrying out these programs. She wanted to assure compliance at the local level with federal and state regulations and laws. Mickie immediately took the initiative to revise current GDOT right-of-way procedures, developed additional guidance for the programs and coordinated with groups to improve the TE, LCI and CMAQ programs.
Mickie has demonstrated her leadership abilities to develop solutions and achieve consensus to assure GDOT attains its goal of "on-time" project delivery. She willingly volunteers to participate on project teams and task forces in the Department to improve interagency efforts to work as a One-DOT team. Mickie has played a major role in numerous high profile projects, including the first signature bridge in downtown Atlanta.
Mickie is an inspiration and role model for the Department women and men who follow in her shoes. Her commitment to excellence and creative approaches has improved the overall delivery of transportation projects for the Georgia Department of Transportation. As Mickie blazed a new trail for women at GDOT, she sets a high standard of excellence for all that follow behind.