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Roberts named Real Estate Professional of the Year

Fort Worth, Texas native Randy L. Roberts has been named the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Real Estate Professional of the Year. Roberts’ exemplary and exceptional service to the U.S. Army, Real Estate Community of Practice, and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division (SWD) elevated him to top honors.

“Roberts’ personal efforts and skill level go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. David C. Hill. “His achievements reflect SWD’s azimuth as a respected organization that develops and cares for our people.”

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The Real Estate Professional of the Year award is given to a USACE real estate employee who exemplifies the best traditions of real estate service to the nation in the performance of a specific act or consistently exemplary acts during the previous 12-month period – the “best of the best.” 

“Randy’s exemplary work and guidance on multiple high cost, high profile projects and his consistent contributions to training within the community of practice led to his recommendation for the award and ultimately being named Real Estate Professional of the Year,” said Southwestern Division Chief of Real Estate, Paula Johnson-Muic.

Roberts’ work on a Fort Hood, Texas energy project, the Army’s largest energy project, provided direct benefits to the Army and Department of Defense by meeting their renewable energy goals and enhancing energy security at the installation.

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“The Corps’ vision – ‘Engineering Solutions for our Nation’s Toughest challenges’ – is one that helps us demonstrate our value to the nation,” said Southwestern Division Director of Programs Mark L. Mazzanti. “Roberts is making an important contribution to streamlining business processes, providing reliable solutions, and improving delivery.”

Roberts led the SWD’s efforts to improve data quality and portfolio management that addressed challenges associated with backlog out-grant execution, shortfalls in funding, data anomalies and other geospatial and land tract data requirements, tracking progress and providing suggested solution sets. Roberts’ efforts led the division’s regional team to meet the Army Military Land Tract Army Audit requirements for fiscal year 2016, including GIS data submissions.

“Roberts’ contributions directly support the Corps’ goals to deliver innovative, resilient, and sustainable solutions to the Department of Defense and the nation,” said Hill. “His ability to set the standard by delivering quality solutions and services will help the Corps build ready and resilient employees and teams in the future.”

Cotter receives Communicator of the Year award

Fort Worth District Chief of Water Resources Jerry Cotter was named the 2015 Ronald J. Ruffennach Communicator of the Year.

Jerry Cotter, chief of Water Management Branch for the Fort Worth District is interviewed by a local TV station concerning flood operations at USACE Flood Risk Management reservoirs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in May 2015.
Jerry Cotter, chief of Water Management Branch for the Fort Worth District is interviewed by a local TV station concerning flood operations at USACE Flood Risk Management reservoirs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in May 2015.

 

This top award is named in honor of the late Ronald J. Ruffennach, who was the Chief of the Fort Worth District Public Affairs Office and considered one of the best to ever work in that career field.  It recognizes a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outside of the Public Affairs career field for outstanding contributions in communicating USACE missions and programs.

 

As the Chief of Water Resources, Cotter is responsible for managing and executing one of the Fort Worth District’s top priorities – water resources.  Those responsibilities extended to ‘round the clock’ operations during the Texas Spring Floods of 2015.  He led his team to provide timely modeling and real-time analysis of the flood situation, while simultaneously acting as a liaison keeping emergency managers, community leaders, Congressional members and other key stakeholders updated on the District’s flood fight operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout the state of Texas.

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Cotter was already recognized as one of the top liaison engineers to our stakeholders, and his outstanding work as the primary subject-matter-expert before, during and after the Spring floods earned him the same accolades as a top spokesperson with local, regional, national and international media.  These achievements were also recognized this Fall when Jerry received Fort Worth District’s ‘Golden Mike Award’.

 

“It takes a special and highly talented professional to be able to successfully run major operations for a flood fight the magnitude of what we encountered this past Spring, while simultaneously serving as the subject-matter expert and spokesperson to meet the needs of media outlets who run on 24-hour news cycles.  Jerry is that person and his ability to communicate often technical information about water supply and flood operations is just one of the many reasons he deserves this top communicator award,” said Col. Calvin C. Hudson II, commander, Fort Worth District.