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Chapter 25 
Travis Carmack, SR/WA

Travis Carmack, SR/WA  a Senior Right of Way Agent with Emerald Energy and Exploration Land Company. He joined the firm in 2020, bringing with him 14 years’ experience in eminent domain and right of way acquisition for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the private sector.


Travis has led entire right of way acquisition initiatives and has worked as a part of a team on larger projects. His project background includes the preparation and completion of appraisals, minor acquisition reviews, project reports, and right of way estimates. He has experience in negotiations with property owners, relocation assistance for residential and business properties, and working with legal teams to prepare estimates and exhibits for condemnation and other cases.


Currently Travis serves as Chapter 25 and Region 5’s Young Professional Chair where shares his experiences with peers to encourage them to seek their designation, guide them in their professional development, and pair them with mentors.

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Chapter 25 
Vice President
Doug Grant

Doug is a Certified General Real Property Appraiser with William D. Otto Spence Real Estate.  He has been with the firm since 2015.  His focus is on eminent domain proceedings, civil suits, environmental contaminated properties and anything weird.


Doug has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University with emphasis in Biochemistry.  He previously worked in Toxicology Department of Labcorp in several managerial positions.  He has also worked at the University of Louisville Hormone Receptor Lab where he was on faculty/staff in University of Louisville Medical School where he aided in teaching Molecular Biology, supervised medical students in a laboratory environment and did laboratory testing.  His roles with the university was in the study of environmental estrogens and progesterone's and other environmental contaminates related to Breast Cancer research.

Doug also serves in a part time capacity as Senior Pastor of Westport Road Christian Church.


Doug has been a member of the International Right of Way Association since April of 2018.  He has served Chapter 25 in the capacity of Treasurer, Newsletter Editor and Environmental Committee Chair.

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Chapter 25 
Jamey L. Cash, P.E.

Jamey Cash oversees Strand Associates' municipal discipline in their Louisville, Kentucky office, where he applies his 20 years of experience to manage engineering and right of way acquisition projects.  Jamey is a key member of Strand's right of way staff that helps serve the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, local municipalities, and various utilities.  His design experience with roadway, sidewalk, and utility improvements give him a unique insight into overall project development that facilitates coordination between the acquisition and design staff and property owner communications.  He has 15 years of experience in the right of way field as a project manager and acquisition agent where he negotiated with owners and representatives of residential, commercial, agricultural, and special use properties.

Jamey has been an IRWA member for a number of years and currently serves as the Treasurer for IRWA Chapter 25.

Chapter 25 Secretary
Wade Abbott, SET, RWA

Wade Abbott, SET, RWA is a Designer and a NICET Level IV Certified Engineering Technician for H.W. Lochner, Inc.. Since 1986, Wade has prepared preliminary and final design plans for dozens of bridges and culverts throughout multiple states and municipalities.

Wade has inspection experience with multi-span and single-span railroad and highway bridges. He has served as Program Manager of inspections and report preparations of ancillary highway structures.

Wade has broadened his interests by adding right of way acquisition services to his capabilities. He is certified by the International Right of Way Association as a Right of Way Agent (RWA).  Over the years, Wade brought his experience to the Chair of the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Board of Governors and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Board of Directors/House of Delegates as well as a past position as National President of American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (ASCET).