Behind the desk

... with Donald Rossman Jr.

Name: ARROW Land Solutions LLC

Address: 85 Logan Blvd.; satellite offices in Delmont, Harrisburg and Forty Fort

Telephone number: 944-8006

Position: Project manager and co-owner

Years with company: 11

Family: Wife, Megan, and two boys, Mason and Casey

What products or services does your company provide?

We are a Right-of-Way consulting firm, and our primary clients are the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, utility companies and other agencies that require assistance with the acquisition of real property for a variety of projects. We specialize in eminent domain acquisition and also provide relocation assistance to those impacted by eminent domain projects. We also offer title abstracting and some specialized appraisal services.

Who are your customers?

We work with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, utility companies such as Washington Gas Light Co. and New Jersey Natural Gas and team with engineering firms to assist with right-of-way activities and tasks.

What is your business day like?

We work as a team to deliver a project to our clients on time and under budget. We do this by using custom applications and reports. We also assist those impacted by these projects in an effort to help them understand their rights and the benefits they are entitled to by law. This is done by each member of our team through phone calls, emails and on-site meetings.

What is the best business advice you have received?

The best advice I’ve received isn’t a phrase, but more the example my mother, Brenda Wiedman, has demonstrated as CEO of our company on a day-to-day basis. She is a founding member of our company, and was able to work her way to CEO through years of hard work. Her examples of how to overcome adversity, how to deliver the best product possible to your clients and how to maintain a family atmosphere for our employees are the best pieces of advice I’ve received.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned on the job?

The most important thing I’ve learned on the job is the importance of forward thinking. As a manager and an owner, you cannot remain simply reactive to deadlines and issues if you want to grow and succeed. If you wait to react to everything without seeing and preparing for it first, minor issues becomes full-blown emergencies and nothing gets your full attention.

What does the future hold?

Our business, thankfully, continues to grow. We have the best team any business could ask for, so we hope to continue with more of the same.

What have you read lately that has influenced your business life?

I haven’t read anything business related recently, but, after attending a recent management training, I plan to read the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” We worked through each in some detail, and I believe that it really helps differentiate between being a leader instead of simply a manager.

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