Meet Doug Mathys

Meet Doug Mathys, Senior Specialist, Right-of-Way agent for Steigerwaldt. Doug is responsible for performing and overseeing all aspects of utility and highway right-of-way acquisition and permitting. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association and Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors. He is a Wisconsin Real Estate Broker, Wisconsin Professional Land Surveyor (retired status), and a notary public.

Please provide a professional history introduction (prior and during your time at Steigerwaldt):

  • Employed at Wisconsin Public Service beginning in 1980 as a licensed surveyor. In 1990, I moved into the Real Estate Department and was responsible for managing easement acquisition on all electric and gas transmission line projects including the major 345 kilovolt line from Wausau to Superior. I retired from Wisconsin Public Service in 2017.

Why are you passionate about this field?

  • I enjoy the unique challenge of satisfying the needs of the client while treating the property owners in a respectful and dignified manner when negotiating to acquire rights from them that they would not normally voluntarily surrender.

How do you serve our clients?

  • I serve Steigerwaldt’s clients by providing land rights for energy or transportation projects needed to upgrade their infrastructure with an emphasis of on-time and within budget.

Why do you enjoy working at Steigerwaldt?

  • As a semi-retired and part time employee, I enjoy the variety of projects available to work on and flexibility to take on the amount of work I am comfortable with while still enjoying most of the benefits of retirement. I also enjoy being part of a very well qualified and motivated team.

Since you’ve worked here, how has the industry changed?

  • I have only been part of this organization for a short period of time. The most significant change has been transforming, at least temporarily, into remote workforce. This was mostly created out of necessity because of the COVID pandemic.

    What industry changes are you most excited about?

    • I think the ability for a team to work remotely in an efficient manner improves overall efficiency. However, opportunities for team building to maintain comradeship within and across all areas of the company are important. In other words, establishing or maintaining relationships with others who share common goal has an impact on being successful.

      What would you do with 10 acres?

      • Raise some chickens, maybe a few goats and have an awesome garden. Then maybe buy some more.

      Where do you like to go on vacation?

      • British Columbia to go fly fishing. This is a bucket list item for both my wife, Mary and me.

          What is your favorite outdoor activity?

          • Golfishunt. It is a trio of activities I enjoy.