TSPS: How/why did you get into surveying?
John: In a cold Ohio November with a foot of snow on the ground, I started as a chainman. Frozen toes and hands were thawed by joining the Air Force, where I was trained in surveying and drafting. I made it to south Texas by way of Germany and this area has been my home for years now. I have enjoyed learning our profession from some of the best surveyors in San Antonio. The interconnection of our history with surveying is fascinating and I continue to be amazed at facts that are uncovered.
TSPS: Why did you join TSPS?
John: I joined TSPS long ago to attend the surveyors’ rodman training that was offered by the society. As I moved up the ranks and continued my training, I attended a class or seminar now and then. I more recently became involved at a higher level due to my desire to give back to the profession and help keep it vibrant and growing. I believe that TSPS is a valuable asset to our profession and a huge part of our continued success.
TSPS: What is your most memorable surveying moment?
John: I have prepared a few boundary surveys along the historic San Antonio Riverwalk. The amount of research that went into these projects was incredible. Following the chain of title back one hundred or more years taught me quite a bit about the history of our city. Surveying an entire city block and beyond was usually the standard in order to come up with a resolution. A whole range of situations were addressed, party walls, different monuments called for on neighboring deeds, and the fact that the City of San Antonio actually owns the river within the downtown area.
Food: Pizza (no not pizza hut or papa johns)
Singer: Led Zeppelin and Stevie Ray Vaughan
Above: John participates in a historic survey demonstration on the Alamo grounds
Right: One of John's favorite places to visit - Breckenridge, CO
John is currently the TSPS Chapter 11 - Alamo Representative and works for TGD Surveying LLC in Garden Ridge, TX.