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2016-2017 TSPS Officer & Director Candidates

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2016-2017 TSPS Officer & Director Candidates

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President Elect: Douglas W. Turner

Vice President: John D. Barnard | Trisha M. Lund

Secretary-Treasurer: Bill D. O'Hara | Tim C. Pappas

Directors:
Philip E. Adams | Connor G. Brown | Steven J. Freeman, II
Michael Hoover | David L. Klotz | J. Stan Piper
Wesley R. Quinn | Larry V. Sherlock

 


 

President Elect

 

Education:
Associate of Arts degree in Civil Technology, San Jacinto College, 1975

Memberships:
TSPS Vice President; TSPS President Elect, Chapter 9; Past Secretary/Treasurer, Chapter 9; TBPLS 1999-2011 Board member and Chair; past editor, Gulf Coast Surveyor, NSPS

Professional Activities:
League City Planning and Zoning Commission Chair; Chair, Lone Star College Land Surveying and Mapping Technology Program Advisory Committee; past member San Jacinto College Surveying and Mapping Program Advisory Board; past NCESS Finance Committee member

Douglas W. Turner (League City)
RPLS #3988

Experience: I have been surveying in Texas for over 40 years. I obtained as Associate of Arts degree in Civil Technology in 1975 and progressed from rodman in 1969 to Survey Director. I was licensed in 1981 and, except for a brief stint with TxDOT in the late 1980s and early 1990s, have been in private practice since 1969 performing land title and boundary surveys all over the State. In 1999 Governor Bush appointed me to the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying. In October of 2003, I was appointed Chair of the TBPLS by Governor Rick Perry and in 2006 was reappointed for an additional six year term. During my 12 years with the TBPLS I served as the Continuing Education Committee Chair, Board Chair, and Rules Committee Chair. I also currently chair the Lone Star College Land Surveying & Mapping Technology Program Advisory Committee and am a Past Member, San Jacinto College, Surveying and Mapping Program Advisory Board. I am currently the Survey Director for ID Engineering Group, a Houston based consulting firm with offices in Houston and San Antonio.

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

To influence TSPS members to be more active I would assign responsibilities and reward positive efforts. One way to influence TSPS members to be more active is to give members responsibilities and tasks and team them up with more experienced and active members. I believe they will, rightly, feel useful and the general membership will value the effort. The completed tasks should be mentioned at quarterly membership meetings and even in print in the TSPS publication. Many members have indicated that they feel that they have no real input to the affairs of the society. If a member is not actively engaged in the society, then he/she is right, they have no input. I would like to see these members get involved and change the things they don’t like. I would encourage the general membership to experience having their voices heard by expressing their opinions and concerns through active membership in both local chapters and state level membership meetings.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

I believe that surveyors usually join TSPS because they want to do something for or be a part of the surveying community. But they also want something out of being a member. We should stress TSPS as an association that can expand a surveyor’s network and provide opportunities for growth or recognition. Perhaps a new, first time member could receive a free 4-hour TSPS seminar. Another option would be to provide online mentoring or even peer to peer mentoring for the younger surveyor. We could hold a membership drive and any member that brought in three or more new members would receive a cash award, free membership for a year, or free seminar.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

I am motivated by the future. I want to see new, young RPLSs join the association because when I look at the membership of the TSPS, I see the next generation of leaders. And, as I believe is true of all the TSPS leaders, I want to cultivate the best in TSPS members and see them and the organization succeed for the future. This success would include increased membership and, as it states in the preamble to the TSPS Constitution, “the advancement of the surveying profession so as to serve the public interest and the interest of the members.”

 

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Vice President

 


Education:
BA Geography, University of Texas at Austin

Memberships:
TSPS, Chapter 13; NSPS; Real Estate Council of Austin; St. Luke United Methodist Church

Professional Activities:
TSPS Chapter Level: Chapter 13 – Director 2004-06; Chapter 13 – Vice President 2007-09; Chapter 13 – President 2009-11. TSPS State Level: Secretary-Treasurer 2014-15; Board of Directors 2010-14; Budget and Finance Committee Chairman 2014-16; Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairman 2014-15; Standards Committee Chairman 2010-11; Chapter Activities Committee Chairman 2012-14; Chairman Business Model Task Force 2012-14; 2005 and 2012 Convention Committee; Ethics Committee 2009; Symposium Course Development and Presenter 2009-10; 2009-15 Sales Tax Work Group; TSPS Awards: Chapter President of the Year 2011; Surveyor of the Year 2012.

John D. Barnard (Austin)
RPLS #5749

Experience: I began my land surveying career in 1996 with Metcalfe and Sanders in Austin. I then joined the surveying staff of Loomis Partners in May of 2004 and supervised and performed a wide range of boundary surveys, engineering design surveys, bathymetric surveys and construction control surveys for private and public sector clients. In 2013, Loomis Partners became Bowman Consulting where I am now Vice President and Texas Director of Surveys. I also spent seven years as an adjunct professor in the Land Surveying and Geomatics Department at Austin Community College. And, I serve as Chairman of the Cut-off Score Advisory Committee for TBPLS.

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

One way to encourage participation from members is to find specific discreet tasks that members find interesting and accessible and then connect members to those opportunities. Working together on a specific task allows context to develop friendships, build common ground and feel an investment in the association. At the chapter level this can include anything from cooking for a picnic to helping plan a seminar or presenting at a school career day or youth group like the Boy Scouts' Merit Badge University. At the state level, our education committee is a great in-road to participation at the state level. The course development workshops and speaker development programs are perfect for working in a group to accomplish something important for our profession. In all of these examples, the point is to connect members with something that piques their interest and accomplishes something by working with a group of surveyors. 

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

We need to work on demonstrating value. To me, the value of a TSPS membership is a no-brainer. My career would be totally different without the knowledge and personal connections that I’ve gained through TSPS. It’s been a fundamental building block for my practice, not to mention the value of a united voice in advocating for our profession with the public and the government. And as importantly as all of that is, being a member of TSPS is FUN. I have a great time at TSPS events and enjoy working with surveyors from across the State. The friendships I’ve made through TSPS are its greatest value. We need to communicate this great value in a way that new members respond to. The Young Surveyors Network is a step in the right direction in that it is exploring new ways for surveyors to connect and participate.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

I love our profession and I want to protect it and see it grow. 2019 is a legislative year that includes the Sunset Commission review of TBPLS in the 2018-2019 review cycle. And, 2017 is our last legislative year to build our political relationships and affect any needed change prior to 2019. This is a pivotal time for the regulation of our profession that presents risks and opportunity. The risks go as far as sunsetting TBPLS or combining it with another agency. The opportunity is for TSPS to be a voice to bolster our professional regulation. I want to grow our profession by continuing to build our educational and outreach efforts to reach our current members, potential new members and the public. All of this is to educate, license and regulate the best surveyors to protect the public, the hallmark of our profession.

 

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Education:
Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science-Texas A&M University Kingsville, 2004 Associate of Applied Science in Surveying-San Antonio College 2001

Memberships:
TSPS Director, Co-Chairman 2016 Convention Committee, Chairman Publications Committee, Chairman Chapter Activities Committee, Past Membership Committee member, Budget & Finance Committee member, Past nominating Committee member, Course Developer & Speaker, Chapter 11 past President (and all other offices various Chapter Committees), Chapter 11 Representative; IRWA (International Right-of-way) member, past survey committee member, past Surveying & Mapping Contest committee member; WTS (Women in Transportation Society) member; N.I.O.S.A. (Night in Old San Antonio) committee member; Kick up your Heels for Women in Business-scholarship committee member; Relay for Life-past event coordinator ; Past Audey L. Murphy VA Hospital Volunteer; “Cheers for Chastity” (raised money for a Downs Syndrome Child also fighting Cancer) event co-coordinator; Drag Racing Association of Women- Member, 2010 Regional Director; East Central ISD- Board Member, 2008;East Central High School Booster Club-member, 2009-Present; Secretary, 2012;Elisa Chan for Senate- Campaign Volunteer; Jeff Wentworth for Senate-Campaign Volunteer; Now Word Covenant Church Member

Professional Activities:
City of San Antonio 2017 Bond Committee member; Former Adjunct Professor San Antonio College; Former San Antonio Community College Academic Advisory Committee for the Surveying Program; San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Member

Trisha M. Lund (San Antonio)
RPLS #6088

Experience: I went to work for Dan Snell with Maverick Land Surveying as his secretary in 1996 and he took me under his wing and began teaching me how to do research and helped me go to school. I mentored under Dan for 8 years working my way from secretary to rodman and up to fill in party chief to survey technician. Dan was such a great mentor that I quickly chose this as my career and he motivated me to do everything I could to become registered. After leaving Maverick, I worked as Chief of Parties for a few years at a smaller firm becoming the Survey Manager and a silent partner in the firm before joining Survcon (AECOM), which later became McKim & Creed, where I was a Project Manager and Interim San Antonio Branch manager. In 2012, I joined Unintech Consulting Engineers as Survey Division Director where I run a company within a company as each division functions as a separate entity. I handle the day to day operations and I am involved with all purchasing, HR issues for the division, marketing decisions, staff training, field operations and other major factors. My experiences have taken me from the residential market to construction staking, ALTA surveys, design build projects, transportation projects, overseas projects, federal work, TxDOT work, the Mission Espada Acequia retracement survey, large boundary surveys and has allowed me to work in several parts of the State.

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

For me influence is all about the personal connection. I am one of those people that believe a phone call goes a lot further than a mass email or survey. While those things are great tools, I have just found in many aspects if I simply pick up the phone and ask someone to do something or be involved with something specific for example “Hey Jan how are you….there is this course that TSPS is working on and your background is so fitting for this would you like to be on the development team?” The personal touch goes a long way in influence and I can say that personally I would not be as involved in TSPS if it were not for a few individuals doing just that. It is also very important to share the benefits of being active with the chapter or State level with the new members so that they feel the desire to want to do it.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

First and foremost continuing some of the relatively new ideas but expanding them such as the “1st time attendee” badges at convention and symposium would be a must. Every officer and director should be tasked to personally reach out to at least 5 surveyors who are not members of TSPS in their area. They should also delegate to at least one other person from their home chapter to do the same. Personal contact with those who are not members is something we don’t always do and I feel we should. I know that requires additional time commitment from each of us; however it also allows us to share our personal story of what benefits TSPS has to offer. We could also include in the budget to do a random drawing for all Registered Surveyors (current members or not) for a free 1 year membership to TSPS or ½ price for a year...something along those lines. We could do the same thing from a free registration of 1 day of classes at convention and/or symposium. I have heard many times that the price is too high for what you get. While I personally do not agree with this statement, if you get new members involved and they actually start seeing the sometimes hidden benefits and the actual cost that TSPS incurs, then they would not have that complaint. Another area that is very important is the para-professional. There is not enough emphasis on this membership and TSPS stands for all involved in this industry, so I would make an effort to reach out to the SIT’s and technicians to find out what they feel is needed to enhance the benefits of TSPS.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

I came from a very poor background and was blessed to have some very good people in my life who took the time to mentor me, help me make my way and push me to do more. From the very beginning of my career I was surrounded by those who held education in high regard and went out of their way to help me achieve my goals and who gave me goals I would have never thought of. Without those people in my life, I would not be where I am today and I feel it is now my turn to give back to others. I truly believe that the leadership of TSPS must continue to be the focal point for continuing education, mentoring the up and coming surveyors no matter what level they aspire to reach. I have seen TSPS grow over the years from what many considered a “good ol’ boys club” to a society that I believe every surveyor should be a part of and to me it is my moral and ethical obligation to continue the excellent work started by so many to give back. Being a member of the society has helped me reach new levels in my career and I feel there are a lot of surveyors out there who don’t know the benefits of TSPS and what it can do for them. I am motivated to change that and continue to see TSPS grow.

 

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Secretary-Treasurer

 

 

Education:
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree, Land Surveying Technology - Austin Community College, 1983

Memberships:
TSPS; NSPS

Professional Activities:
Instructor for the Heart of Texas Boundary Retracement Seminar held near Brady, TX, 2002-present; Instructor for the Original Corners Boundary Retracement Seminar held in Concan, TX, 2002-present; Chair, TSPS Governmental Affairs Committee, 2016; Member, TBPLS Cut Off Score Committee, 2000-06 and 2015-present; Member of NCEES Exams for Professional Surveyor Committee, 2007-present

Bill D. O'Hara (Cedar Creek)
RPLS #4878

Experience: Began surveying career in 1981 with Doug Seelig Land Surveying company in Austin as a chainman on a survey crew. Progressed to party chief and worked for Doug until 1988. Worked at the Texas General Land Office from 1988 until mid-1994. During that time I worked in the field on surveying projects across most regions of the State, performed technical survey work in the office, and had the unique opportunity to become very familiar with the archives and records, all under the direction of Licensed State Land Surveyors at the GLO. During the period of mid-1994 through mid-2006 I worked at several different land surveying firms in Austin as a Project Manager. I spent the latter eight years of this period employed at Loomis Austin, (now Bowman Consulting Group) a multi-discipline consulting firm in Austin, beginning and establishing a surveying department within that company. In September 2006, having been asked by Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson to serve as the Director of the Surveying Division and Chief Surveyor, I went back to work at the GLO. During that time I also served as the Commissioner's designee to the TBPLS. Following a change in the administration at the GLO my employment there ended in August 2015. August 2015 - May 2016 Project Manager with Bowman Consulting Group in Austin. On June 1, 2016 I began my own private land surveying consulting practice as Bill O'Hara Land Surveyor. 

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

In every organization I have been a member, you have those who want to be fully involved by serving in leadership roles, chairing a committee, organizing events and attending regular meetings. You also have the members who prefer to be much less involved but value their membership just the same. TSPS is not different. Regular chapter meetings with interesting programs, TSPS sponsored seminars, and other related activities provide an opportunity for members to get involved in this organization. Like any other association, we need the leaders and the doers. Asking/inviting our members to participate at the local and statewide levels, and providing the avenue for them to participate is key to encouraging those on the sideline.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

We (TSPS) have initiated a lot of creative ideas to increase our membership over the years. My ideas are not necessarily new or even refreshing, but I do believe TSPS is important to Texas land surveyors and membership in our professional association can be of great benefit. To entice the non-members of TSPS, including the professionals, para professionals, students and affiliates, we must continue to demonstrate the value of membership. That value goes well beyond the magazine, newsletter and website. The true value is in the relationships that are formed, the knowledge that is gained, and the awareness of local, national and international issues facing our profession we get through TSPS membership. Those in chapter and statewide leadership roles must promote membership at every opportunity by extolling the real value of TSPS membership. All members should invite non-members and non-active members to TSPS meetings and activities. Not everyone will join TSPS, that's the reality, but I truly believe there are a lot of potential members out there.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

I had been very active in my local TSPS Chapter (13) and was becoming even more active in the state wide association before returning to the GLO in 2006. However, being a member of the surveying board as the Commissioner's designee presented a conflict of interest so I stepped back from pursuing or accepting any leadership role on the TSPS Board of Directors. Now that I do not have that position on the surveying board I am free and willing to serve in a leadership capacity with TSPS. TSPS has been an important element in my professional career and I want to give back to the organization.

 

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Education:
Bachelor of Science - Civil Technology/Surveying and Mapping - University of Houston; Worked half way through the program for a Master of Science - Geospatial Surveying Engineering - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Memberships:
TSPS Chapter 10 Permian Basin; New Mexico Professional Surveyors; California Land Surveyors Association

Professional Activities:
TSPS Chapter 10 President; Member of Chapter 10 Ethics Committee; "Become a Texas Surveyor" outreach to high school students

Tim C. Pappas (Midland)
RPLS #5543

Experience: I started at the bottom as a completely green rodman in the sweltering and steamy field in Houston in the summer of 1991, and subsequently worked as a geodetic and boundary party chief and then project surveyor and survey manager for various firms in Houston, Austin, Southern California, and Midland. Registered in January 2002 as RPLS.

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

As Chapter president, I rely on a personal and individual outreach to members with an emphasis on getting them involved and drawing on our members vast and varied experiences.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

I'm thinking of ideas to get the young surveyors and paraprofessionals enthusiastically involved early in their careers; they are the future of our profession.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

My primary motivation comes from giving back to and serving our profession after 25 years (so far!) of a successful and fulfilling career as a land surveyor.

 

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Directors


Education:
Graduate of Richland High School; Community College of the Air Force; Tarrant County Junior College; and, East Field Community College

Memberships:
TSPS; NSPS

Professional Activities:
Current Chapter 5 President; Chair of the Standards Committee

Philip E. Adams (Richardson)
RPLS #5610

Experience: After leaving the Air Force I began surveying in 1983 for Brookes Baker Surveyors in Ft Worth Texas. I moved to Virginia in 1989 and worked for Stone and Webster, primarily in the nuclear and fossil fuel energy sector. I returned to Texas in 1993 to work in land development. I obtained my RPLS in 2002 and began Adams Surveying in 2009 with the primary practice of land development surveying.

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

I would like to bring my common sense work-life experience to the board to develop our association's future and develop ways to attract quality individuals to our profession. In working with each firm in a given Chapter, we must encourage them to send each of their staff, no matter the position, to the Chapter meetings. We must have productive, informative and relative meetings for this to work. I would start by developing a questionnaire and ask each member and firm to give 3 things they would like to see at a Chapter meeting.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

In our chapter we have grown our membership from 15 attending our meetings to 50 per month. This was done by bringing in the younger members and giving them a platform to be heard and appreciated. We need to drive the younger generation into being active on committees and chapter officers/directors to develop our future leaders.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

I see a huge divide in the "old" surveyors and the new generation surveyors. We must find a way to bridge the gap between the "old" experienced surveyors and the younger educated surveyors who lack the experience needed to practice the profession. I believe with some common sense approaches, we can find a way to find, develop and register a new breed of surveyors to fill the current and future needs of the surveying profession.

 

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Education:
Associates of Applied Arts & Sciences - Drafting & Design Technology - Angelina College, 2000; Bachelors of Applied Arts & Sciences - Industrial Technology - University of Texas at Tyler, 2002; 21 credit hours - Land Survey Program - Lone Star College Montgomery, 2008-10

Memberships:
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), New Mexico Professional Surveyors (NMPS), Texas Surveyors Foundation, Inc. (TSFI), Surveying Education Foundation of Texas, Inc. (SEFT)

Professional Activities:
TSPS: Public Relations Committee Member, Education Committee Member, Chapter 4 Director; NSPS: Texas Young Surveyors East Region Coordinator, Tyler Junior College Summer Survey Camp Volunteer - 2013, 2016 Lone Star College Land Surveying Advisory Board Member - 2013-14; City of Bullard Planning & Zoning Commission Board Of Directors Junior Achievement of Tyler University of Texas at Tyler Regional Alumni Council Member; Tyler Morning Toastmasters; Leadership Tyler Class 29

Connor G. Brown (Tyler)
RPLS #6366

Experience: I am a third generation Land Surveyor. My father (Gary Brown, RPLS 4654) worked for many years for Champion International Paper Company and I can remember going to work with him as a kid and being fascinated by C&G software and pen plotters. I began my survey career as a Rodman with Everett Griffith Jr & Associates (Mike Parker) in 1999 and moved into the office to become a CAD Technician with Texas Surveying Associates (A.L. Hargraves) later that year. From 2001-2002, I worked as a CAD Technician for E.L.S. Surveying (Buster Sartain). I then explored a career in GIS, working as a GIS Technician for the San Jacinto County Appraisal District 2002-2005. I returned to my Land Survey roots as Instrument Man/Survey Party Chief for the City of Conroe 2005 -2009. In 2009, I joined my father at Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong, beginning as CAD Technician/Instrument Man and working my way up to Survey Technician, Project Manager, and Survey Department Manager. I passed the SIT Exam in 2009 and became a Texas RPLS in 2012. From 2014-Present I am currently RPLS/Project Manager with E.L.S. Surveying. I became a New Mexico PLS in 2016 and am currently working on my Colorado PLS. 

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

John F. Kennedy famously stated "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." While reaping benefits and rewards from a TSPS membership is important, somehow we must change our mindset to the greater worth of what we as individuals can do for the Society and the Profession. It's been said that "the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing" (Edmund Burke). Well, all it takes for our Profession to become irrelevant and an afterthought is for everyone to be too busy to invest our time and energy into the greatest voice our Profession has - the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

I'm a big believer in mentorship and most of my ideas revolve around it. I would like to see the State level provide the opportunity for training to Chapter level officers. I believe this would help Chapter Officers be able to perform their duties more efficiently which could increase activity and membership. At one time in our Profession's past, SITs were assigned a TBPLS BOD member as a mentor to help them navigate the challenge of becoming an RPLS. My father fondly remembers the many conversations he had as a mentee with his mentor, Darrell Shine. Mr. Shine would send him copies of boundary court cases and would invite him down to his office to discuss them. A TSPS program like this would not only help train and teach but would foster relationships that would assist in the transition and succession of our Profession and Society to future generations.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

To help influence younger surveyors to take a look at the bigger picture of our Profession and Society and how we can contribute, not only for ourselves, but for those who will come after. As Steve Jobs said "And no, we don't know where it will lead. We just know there's something much bigger than any of us here."

 

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Education:
University of Texas at Tyler, B.S., 2011; Industrial Technology with Land Surveying emphasis Texas A&M University, Studied from fall 2001 thru 2003; Petroleum Engineering Tyler Junior College, attended 1999-2001, 2004-11; Core Land Surveying Course Work; Core Curriculum Course Work; General Studies

Memberships:
TSPS Chapter Representative on the State Level Board 2016-Present; TSPS East Texas Chapter 4 President 2014-16, First Vice-President 2010-2012, Second Vice-President 2008-10; 2012-14 Surveyors Education Foundation of Texas, Inc.; Texas Floodplain Management Association Board of Trustees, 2015; Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity 

Professional Activities:
I believe I am a very well rounded Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Certified Floodplain Manager given my experience over the last 22 plus years in the profession.

Steven J. Freeman, II (Tyler)
RPLS #6339

Experience: I am a fourth generation professional land surveyor in the state of Texas and began my career as a young boy going to the field to hold a prism pole for my grandfather from time to time. I’ve been active in the profession of land surveying since 1994, of which I’ve experienced all aspects of the land surveying profession. I am currently serving as Vice-President of Surveying Operations of Thompson & Associates, Inc. I personally have been involved with all areas of the land surveying side of the business during my tenure with the corporation from project inception to completion. 

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

The best way I believe we can achieve this goal is through participation of all the individual chapter leadership members working together in organizing events, meetings and other activities throughout the year, working as a team instead of that burden being placed on a select one or two members in the local chapters.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

I believe the biggest factor we are not seeing is an increase in membership, especially with young surveyors placing active membership or continuing with TSPS is the annual dues amount. Additionally, I believe time is a major factor given the technological advancements of today and the way our society has changed over the last few decades. A person’s personal time away from his or her job is getting shorter and shorter. Another factor is TSPS member employers and firm leaders need to take an active role in encouragement of the young surveyors to participate in events and playing an active role in our society.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

To continue in a leadership capacity by representing the interest of surveyors from my area. To help further solidify the profession by educating the public and extending the profession’s legacy of importance in the past and continuing into the future to the various industries and individuals.

 

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Education:
Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio, TX; University of Houston 1973-1975; 1978-1980

Memberships:
TSPS (Past Director, Past President of Local Gulf Coast Chapter 9); Chairman, TSPS Licensed State Land Surveyor Committee; Convention Chair of 2010 TSPS Annual Convention, Houston, TX; Land Surveying Advisory Committee Lone Star College Montgomery; Texas Flood Plain Management Association; Past Managing Editor of the Journal of the Gulf Coast Surveyor – the TSPS Chapter 9 bi-monthly newsletter; Texas Surveyors Foundation, Inc; Sigma Chi Fraternity (University of Houston); USS Howard W. Gilmore Memorial Association 

Professional Activities:
Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor No. 5423, 2001; Texas Licensed State Land Surveyor No. 220004, 2012; Certified Floodplain Manager, 2006; Vice President for Surveying – Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc. I'm still in production!

Michael Hoover (Houston)
RPLS #5423

Experience: 1987-99: R.S. McClendon Company (McClendon and Reno, Tejas Surveying): Field and office technician, Project Manager; 1999 - 2001: GBI Surveying: Senior Project Manager; 2001-02: Keypoint Surveying (Allpoints Surveying): Director of Surveying; 2002-13: Benchmark Engineering Corporation: Chief Surveyor. Next year will mark my 30th year in land surveying, all of it has been great! 01/2014 - 08/2015: McKim & Creed, Engineers-Surveyors-Planners: Senior Geomatics Mgr; 08/2015 - present: Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc.: Vice President for Surveying

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

We have to lead by example. Being active in the society begets activity by others! In the last few years I've been involved with TSPS Course Development. The job involves a lot of work but is so rewarding when you finally get the opportunity to present a new course to fellow surveyors. I believe it is programs like these which can provide inspiration to others!

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

New ideas are hard to come by! While that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep looking (and I will), I believe we are mostly on the right track. They say you can take a man to a bus stop but you can't make him get on the bus. Well, our bus is TSPS and the benefits are self evident! The value is not a material one, rather, it is intrinsic - interacting with other surveyors on a professional level is such a rewarding experience. Passing that concept along to the under exposed is a great way to recruit others.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

The profession has provided me opportunities that I never dreamed I would have. I'm so fortunate to love the work I do - I enjoy coming to work everyday! I want others to see the beauty of land surveying as a profession. What more motivation could one possibly have?!

 

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Education:
Saint Louis High School of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawai'i; Midland Community College: Drafting Technology Certificate Program; Austin Community College: AAS, Geomatics/Land Surveying Technologies; Texas State: Courses towards a BAAS degree

Memberships:
TSPS Chapter 13 Capital Area

Professional Activities:
TSPS State Director, 2014-16, and Central Area Chapters Representative; TSPS Brand Certified Course Developer and Speaker; Co-Developed TSPS “Survey Math” 101, 2008 & “Survey Math” 301, 2010; Co-Developed and Presented “Functions of the Texas General Land Office” 2014 TSPS Convention; Co-Developed and Presented “Exploring Texas Boundaries”, 2013, 2015 & 2016; Currently Co-Developing “Riverine” course (debut @ 2017 Symposium) TSPS Capital Area Chapter 13; Director, 2007-08, Second Vice President, 2008-09 and First Vice President, 2009-11 Austin Community College, Geomatics/Land Surveying Curriculum Advisory Committee member

David L. Klotz (Buda)
RPLS #5428

Experience: Veteran, U.S. Navy, 1976-80 USS Albert David, FF1050; Registered Professional Land Surveyor, 2001; Licensed State Land Surveyor, 2012; Surveyor at the Texas General Land Office (GLO) supporting the public/state sector. I have over thirty (30) years of experience in the Land Surveying/Civil Engineering field. Most of this has been in the private sector supporting Land Development, Transmission Line and Oil & Gas Projects throughout the states of Texas, Louisiana and California. 

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

I would encourage them to take advantage of being an active member by utilizing my top three benefits of membership -Education, Growth and Networking. Education for learning and teaching skills. This goes for both the “Educator” and the “Learner” because the old way may not be the best way any longer. Take advantage of TSPS Course and Speaker Development programs to become effective and efficient at learning and teaching; Second, Growth is part of being successful and essential to productivity in the association as well as in business. And last, but by no means least, Networking. TSPS has a strong community of members that work and thrive together. I have gained quite a number of good and meaningful friendships and working relationships through membership. IMO, these three are directly related - improve on one and the others will tag on.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

I had this exact question when I ran for Director in 2014. It wasn’t an easy question then and it still isn’t. Surprisingly, I still have a similar answer. We are an aging society and profession, and we need to make membership more attractive to our younger generations. We must start getting the attention of students at Junior High and High School levels. If and when they choose, or contemplate choosing, the survey profession, it is imperative to hold their interest and keep them on that path through college and into a surveying career. This is not a new or refreshing idea as TSPS has been on course to address this issue for some time now. Staying on course will have its rewards.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

Past TSPS leaders have always looked for ways that members and the Society can improve the surveying profession. That motivates me to help that professional improvement through education and knowledge. Not only by learning and keeping up with surveying through training, seminars, symposium and expos, but by getting involved in teaching others about surveying and passing on your knowledge. Get involved, share your knowledge and motivate others.

 

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Education:
Paducah High School, 1970; Bachelor of Science - Texas Tech University, 1974

Memberships:
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors since 1977; New Mexico Professional Surveyors

Professional Activities:
Held all offices of TSPS Chapter 10 Permian Basin; Chapter 10 “Legends of the West” award recipient, March 2009; Past Director of the TSPS; TSPS “Young Surveyor of the Year,” 1981; 1987 TSPS Annual Convention Program Chairman; TSPS Education and Nomination committee member; TBPLS Exam Item Writing Committee member

J. S. "Stan" Piper (Midland)
RPLS #1974

Experience: I started surveying June 1970 with Hugo Reed and Associates as a chainman while going to college and worked my way up to Vice-President and a branch office manager. I founded Piper Surveying Company in 1981. I have experience working with the General Land Office of the State of Texas on projects involving hundreds of Original or Corrected Field Notes filings. My surveying experience includes 68 Counties in West Texas and 3 counties in Southeastern New Mexico. I taught as an adjunct surveying professor at Odessa College during the Fall and Spring of 2009, teaching Legal Principles I & II, as well as Surveying Measurements in the Fall of 2013. I have been an instructor at the TSPS High Plains Experience at Tascosa for the past five years.

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

You have to visit with your fellows surveyors and listen to their concerns. I will invite them to meetings and ask them to participate so they feel like they have a voice. As a director, I will report the issues and ask what their thoughts are on the matter. I have a varied group of friends within the surveying profession. A majority are members, but also a very large group are not members. The most recurring answer that I get on why they are not members is they don’t feel like TSPS represents their best interest. I pledge that I will speak out for the average surveyor on each issue.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

To give each member a benefit for attending chapter meetings, we should start a state wide program of supplying guidelines to be used at chapter meetings to be qualified for an hour or half hour of continuing educational units per meeting. Therefore, by attending four to eight chapter meetings within a year, a member would be able to receive 4 hours of CEU’s, including ethics. The Chapter Secretary should issue a certification after checking sign-in sheets that a member attended and earned 4 hours of CEU’s.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

I served one term as a director 30 years ago and have earned a reasonably good living for 46 years surveying and have enjoyed each day. I think we are at a crossroad in the surveying profession. I hope that I can speak for the graying profession and inspire the younger members and prospective members to strive to accept the reins for the profession with the same effort that many of our fellow surveyors have presented in the past. I will always speak for the profession, support our education activities, and champion the Professional Land Surveyor.

 

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Education:
Brady High School, Brady, Texas; Bachelor of Arts, Geology, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Memberships:
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors; National Society of Profesional Surveying; American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; Texas Association of Environmental Professionals; Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association; Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association; Texas Association of Real Estate Agents; Better Business Bureau; San Angelo Association of Realtors; Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 

Professional Activities:
McMillan and Quinn Inc. Land Surveying- Owner; Dallas County Community College District- Richland College- Adjunct instructor; Angelo State University - Engineering Department- Ramgineers Volunteer; NSPS- CST Program

 

Wesley R. Quinn (Wall)
RPLS #6625

Experience: Ranch Enterprises - Survey Tech, 2002-07; Pattison Land Surveying- Kona Hawaii- Survey Tech, 2008; SKG Engineering - Survey Project Manager, 2010-16; McMillan Land Surveying - Project Manager, 2016; McMillan and Quinn Inc. - RPLS, Owner, 2016

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

I would like to support and promote education by urging our members to educate their employees. Situation: Survey Manager says to CEO " What happens when we spend our assets to educate our employees and they leave to get better jobs outside our company?" CEO replies " What happens if we don't educate our employees and they stay?" This situation applies to the surveying profession as a whole. I will push my colleagues and employees to reach for the next level of knowledge for the personnel in our profession. 

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

In the light of "Pay It Forward" with a combination of friendly challenges between current members, I challenge all TSPS members to be a mentor to their employees and to the local Vocation Agriculture programs. 1. The Vocational Ag programs teach the fundamentals of Ag and at many times expose the students to their first glimpse into the heritage of the state. I think this would be a perfect opportunity to speak with High school students and give them insight to the disbursement of public lands and spark interest to the survey profession. 2. Our employees keep us running day to day through long hours and various weather conditions. We should offer to sponsor our non-TSPS employees to become members and to become involved in the CST program. 3. Make it fun! Lets make a sponsor challenge between members to sign up all our employees. I believe that our employees are a gold mine of future members and will promote TSPS values into the lives of our employees. 

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

Stewardship of the State of Texas. My heritage is deeply rooted in the State of Texas. An early relative came to Tejas with the original Austin 300 and my family has been farming and ranching in Central Texas ever since. I believe the TSPS members are on the front lines of the protection of the lands of Texas and the citizens of Texas. TSPS members represent the elite historians of Texas. TSPS represents the values and professionalism that I wish to uphold in my daily life as a Texan.

 

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Education:
San Jacinto Junior College; North Houston Community College; University of Houston

Memberships:
TSPS - Chapter 9 President (2015-2016); NSPS

Professional Activities:
Proctor for NSPS Certified Survey Technician (CST) exam

Larry V. Sherlock (Spring)
RPLS #5453

Experience: Carter & Burgess - 1980-1985: Rodman, Instrument Man, Party Chief; Taplin Engineering (formerly Taplin/Smith) - 1985-2005: Party Chief, Survey Supervisor, SIT, RPLS; Bury + Partners - 2005-2013: Houston Survey Department Manager; SAM, LLC - 2013-2015: Houston Operations Manager, Senior Project Manager; RODS, INC. - 2016-Current: Project Manager

As an Officer or Director, how would you influence TSPS members to be more active at the Chapter or State level?

The keys to more active participation in any group or organization are communication and motivation. Notification of upcoming events must reach the members so they have sufficient time to arrange their schedules to attend. Electronic communication is much more efficient than the postal service, and should be the method of choice for distributing information. To this end, TSPS must make a diligent effort to update and keep current the email addresses for all members. Motivation comes from finding out what the members want/need from TSPS and providing it. Recently Chapter 9 utilized an online survey service to solicit member opinions regarding: speaker topics, time/place for meetings and other relevant input; a similar survey distributed state-wide would be one of my first suggestions as a State Officer.

What are some new and refreshing ideas for increasing the membership in TSPS?

Simply increasing the membership of TSPS is not the answer, increasing the ACTIVE membership is. Each member of TSPS that attends meetings should find another surveyor (field personnel, technician, SIT or RPLS) that is either interested in TSPS, or a member that is not active, and invite them. We have to make sure every surveyor, no matter at what level, knows they are welcome. Buy their lunch, carpool, get them as excited about the society as we are, make sure they know when/where the next meeting is and that TSPS has their email and contact information. This approach would not only benefit TSPS but our profession as a whole.

What is your motivation to become a leader within TSPS?

I am a member of only four organizations, but am in a leadership role in each. When you find your enthusiasms in life it becomes easy to devote your time and energy to making them successful. Surveying is my passion as well as my profession and I hope to be chosen so that I may continue contributing to TSPS on the state level.

 

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