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Lester R. Cisneros

Lester R. CisnerosMr. Cisneros, an Associate with TBE Group, has 22 years of experience in the
right-of-way profession. He is the Utility/Right-of-Way Liaison in New Mexico for TBE's Right-of-Way Service Group. His career includes more than three years as the Right-of-Way Director for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and he was the Railroads & Utilities Section Manager at NMDOT. Mr. Cisneros received BA and MA degrees in Social Science and Organizational Management, respectively.

Ralph Divine

Ralph DivineRalph Divine is employed by HMB Professional Engineers, Inc., as a Right-of-Way Adviser for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project (LSIORB). As part of his assignment, he is working with Community Transportation Solutions, a partnership of three major firms including HMB. He retired from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in December 2003. During his forty years of service in the Division of Right-of-Way, he was the Right-of-Way Manager in four District offices and the state's Director of Right-of-Way and Utilities. He also represented Region 3 on the Executive Board of Directors for the AASHTO Subcommittee on Right-of-Way and Utilities.

James H. Finnegan, SR/WA

James H. Finnegan, SR/WAJames H. Finnegan, SR/WA, is Senior Vice President, Western Division, of Universal Field Services, Inc. Before joining Universal, he spent 20 years as a top manager with Caltrans. A senior member of the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA), Mr. Finnegan received Chapter 27's Professional of the Year Award in 1999 and the Louise L. & Y.T. Lum Award in 1990. He was a Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year finalist four times. Mr. Finnegan has developed several IRWA courses and seminars and taught more than 300 courses. He has held numerous IRWA Committee positions and currently serves on the Association's International Executive Committee. Mr. Finnegan has a BA degree in Business Administration from Fresno State University, and anMA degree in Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Lee Satterfield Hamre, R/W-RAC

Lee Satterfield Hamre, R/W-RACMs. Hamre has worked in the right-of-way acquisition and relocation field for more than 12 years specializing in large, federally assisted transportation projects that require Uniform Act compliance. She is Relocation Assistance certified by the International Right-of-Way Association, aswell asa certified Instructor for all IRWA Relocation Courses. In June of 2003, Ms. Hamre became President and Principal-in-Charge of H.C. Peck & Associates, Inc., a national right-of-way firm founded in 1988 to provide professional land services to both private industry and government agencies.

Updated: 09/05/2014
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