Right-of-Way

Senior Specialist - Right-of-Way

Carol J. Ahles, RWA, R/W-NAC

As a member of Steigerwaldt’s Right-of-Way department, Carol is responsible for assisting the department in title review, document preparation and execution, database management, permitting, market study research, and project procurement. Carol has worked on a variety of utility, governmental, and renewable infrastructure projects and is well-versed in the statutory and permitting requirements for these projects.

She supports acquisition projects with a special focus on quality control and data organization. She also assists in analyzing, preparing, reviewing and interpreting land and Right-of-Way related agreements, deeds, easements, leases, permits, and licenses. She has received her Right-of-Way Agent designation through the International Right-of-Way Association and has her Right-of-Way Negotiation and Acquisition designation (R/W NAC) through IRWA. Carol is a licensed real estate agent and notary in Wisconsin.

Carol has worked on numerous transmission line, gas line, and highway projects in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with her family and fishing the lakes of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

carol.ahles@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 306

Right-of-Way Agent

Kari L. Genson

Kari is responsible for collaborating on a variety of infrastructure projects with public and private utilities, governmental agencies, and on renewable energy projects. She is a new member in IRWA, where she maintains her education in the field of right of way.

Her responsibilities include liaising with clients and landowners to get necessary land rights for the project, securing necessary access, resolving construction-related damages, obtaining necessary project permits, attending public meetings, and handling vegetation management issues.

Kari also holds a Wisconsin Real Estate Sales License and assists clients with residential and recreational real estate acquisitions, dispositions, marketing, and contracting.

In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time with her family and four-legged friends. She also loves musky fishing, hunting, cycling of any sort, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

kari.genson@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext, 204

Vice President - Energy, Infrastructure, and Real Estate

Haakon K. Hagemeister, SR/WA

Haakon serves as the Right-of-Way Operations Director for Steigerwaldt and has been with the company since 2004. He worked as a staff and project forester prior to transitioning into his current role in 2011. Haakon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Michigan Technological University in 2003. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association, Society of American Foresters, and Association of Consulting Foresters. He served as the chapter chair of the Northeast Chapter of the Society of American Foresters from 2011 to 2013 and holds the SR/WA designation from the IRWA. He is a Wisconsin and Michigan Notary, and is a Wisconsin Cooperating Forester.

Haakon’s current job duties at Steigerwaldt include performing and overseeing all aspects of utility, renewable, and governmental acquisition and permitting projects. Haakon coordinates and ensures client expectations are met in relation to project budgeting, forecasting, schedule, and workflow to ensure successful completion on time and within budget. Additional duties include attending public meetings, obtaining necessary local and state permits, preparing market studies, negotiating with public and private landowners, settling damage claims, and handling vegetation management issues. As Operations Director, Haakon is also responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of the day-to-day activities of the Real Estate team. This includes reviewing, evaluating, and managing the acquisition process, ensuring due diligence and compliance with all client and statutory requirements, and ensuring project database and spatial solutions are current and correct.

In his free time, Haakon enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, brook trout fishing, and spending time outdoors.

haakon.h@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 332

Real Estate Assistant

Jessica L. Patterson

Jessica Patterson serves as Real Estate Assistant at Steigerwaldt Land Services. She is responsible for supporting the Right-of-Way division through supporting digital and hardcopy file management, providing project support for Right-of-Way Agents and team, and providing general support to the acquisition, permitting, and damage claim process.

Jessica holds an Associate degree from Northcentral Technical College in Business Administration. Prior to her current position, Jessica was the Payroll Clerk/Timekeeper at a local manufacturer.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys camping, hunting, puzzles, and traveling with her husband and two children.

jessica.patterson@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 344

Senior Project Specialist - Right-of-Way

Nate E. Seely

Nathan is responsible for all aspects of Right-of-Way and Real Estate work, specializing in right-of-way acquisition. He holds a Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson License and is a full member in IRWA, where he continues his education in the Right of Way field. His duties include working with clients and landowners during negotiations for easements, access, or damages. He is skilled at the negotiation process while acquiring easements, and ensures that the landowners’ needs and concerns are met.

Prior to his current position, Nathan was a Contract Landman working for oil and gas companies throughout the United States, negotiating leases for oil and gas exploration with mineral owners and running full title for the mineral ownership.

In his free time, Nathan enjoys all aspects of the outdoors including hunting, fishing, four wheeling, and camping with the family.

nathan.seely@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 211