John Truong, RPLS #6514 - Chapter 5 (Dallas)
TSPS: How/why did you get into surveying?
JT: I had just graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and was looking for a job. A college friend of mine was working for a title company that was owned by a fellow fraternity brother. I reached out for an IT position, which is what I went to school for, and the owner mentioned he had a CAD position available for his survey firm. At that point I had only taken one semester of AutoCAD drafting in high school, but decided to take the job anyway, telling myself it would be temporary so I could continue my job search in the field that I studied. Over a decade later, I’m an RPLS and living the good life!
TSPS: Why did you join TSPS?
JT: I was searching for new job opportunities and a friend of mine suggested I come to a TSPS meeting to see if anyone was hiring. I attended my first meeting and found it to be very valuable, both in helping the general public understand all that surveying entails and for meeting fellow professional colleagues. Ultimately, I was able to network and found a new job. I feel that TSPS is a great resource and provides a general forum to ask professionals for their honest opinions regarding surveying.
TSPS: What is your most memorable surveying moment?
JT: There are a couple:
- Surveying in the freezing rain / fog and having to wipe down the lens of the “robot” every few minutes.
- Crawling through a ravine trying to locate corners and finding out that we were in the thick of poison ivy country
Food: Tacos/Pizza ie. SNL- "Taco Town"
Animal: Liger, it's like a lion and a tiger mixed, bred for its skills in magic.
Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Singer/band/group: Lionel Richie / Queen / The Lonely Island
Hobbies: Reading, my book club thinks I’m neat! I also like to get engaged with my local community. I’m a member and chair of the Frisco Young Professionals (FYP) and a class member of Leadership Frisco. FYP is a group of like-minded, successful individuals that are interested in helping their community become an attractive and dynamic place for young professionals to engage in professional, personal, and civic development. The purpose of Leadership Frisco is to develop a pool of qualified, highly motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their sense of civic responsibility, and becoming more involved in their community as a whole.
JT currently serves at the 1st Vice President of TSPS Chapter 5 - Dallas and works at Cobb, Fendley & Associates in Frisco, TX.