Don Valden – CEO
Don D. Valden is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ARWA, Inc. – America Right of Way Acquisitions & Survey. He is a respected businessman and entrepreneur in both the Real Estate and the Oil and Gas/Energy industries. Since 1980, after graduating from the Texas Real Estate Institute and Tarrant County Junior College where he received his Associates degree in Business/Marketing, Don worked as a Right of Way Consultant for some of the largest energy companies in the world such as Koch Industries, Gulf States Utilities, Southern Natural Gas, Devon Energy and EOG Resources.
Don had a vision to share and teach his knowledge in the industry and wanted to provide a way for individuals and the men & women in his community to obtain the right of way acquisition positions in their hometown to become the next generation of future right of way agents. He began a strategic plan to develop a curriculum specific to the energy industry and founded the American Right of Way Academy.
With the development of the Shale Plays prior to Barnett Shale, Haynesville Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale and other Shale plays, Don acquired over 30 years’ experience in the oil & gas/energy industry in various aspects of the industry including Project Management, Land Survey & Engineering plays & profiles, Pipeline Route Studies, Petroleum Pipelines, Natural Gas Pipelines, Chemical Pipelines, Jet Fuel Pipelines, High Voltage Transmission Lines, Water and Sewer Lines, Road Crossing Permits, Road Casings, Construction Easements, Staging Areas, Damage Claim Settlements and Encroachment Issues, and is well versed in the areas of Project Management, Fee Simple and Easement acquisitions including Title Abstracting, Platting, Well Location & Connections Sites, Compressor Sites, Valve Sites, Meter Runs Sites, High Voltage Transmission Lines, Utility and Roadway Widening.
Early in Don’s career, he founded a Real Estate Mortgage Investment Company, published a monthly foreclosure listing service in four Texas counties, a comedy and magic club, and was a professional boxing promoter in Texas. It was at no surprise when the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized and awarded Mr. Valden the 2012 Businessman of the year.
Mr. Valden not only shared his vision, goals and purpose, he was inspired to provide opportunity to those wanting a career in the energy industry.