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TSPS continues to offer the very best in speaker and course offerings at its annual convention & tech expo.

Check out the 2016 TSPS Convention Education Session and Special Event speakers!

 

Texas State Senator José Menéndez, Keynote Speaker

Bill Beardslee | Jenny Blair | Joe Breaux | Eddie Garcia

Kristopher Kline | Joe Paiva | Stephanie Prosser | Joe Webber, Jr. | Frank Willis

 


 

Keynote Speaker: José Menéndez, Senator - Bexar County
Senator José Menéndez was elected in March of 2015 to represent Senate District 26 in Bexar County. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as State Representative for District 124, San Antonio's West Side. He had a breakout inaugural session as State Senator - passing more bills than any other session. He passed meaningful legislation to like Senate Bill 1317 which criminalized the act of improper photography. The Senator helped secure millions of dollars in state appropriations for San Antonio including $32 million for the Alamo; $9 million for Veteran Resource Centers at Alamo Colleges; $11 million for Texas A&M San Antonio to expand into a 4 year campus; and $3 million for San Antonio parks. Senator Menéndez currently serves on the Criminal Justice Committee.

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Bill Beardslee, P.E., P.L.S., P.P.
William "Bill" E. Beardslee is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, Engineer and Planner with over 45 years experience in the field of land development. He is known for his excellent presentation and writing capabilities, along with being one of the leading technical experts on land development in the engineering and surveying arena. Bill has made over 2,000 presentations on engineering and surveying projects to local and state agencies. Prior to his retirement, he was the owner and Director of Engineering for Beardslee Engineering Associates in Sparta, NJ.

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Jenny Blair, C.W.B.
Jenny Blair is a project manager and senior environmental scientist with over 10 years of experience as an environmental professional. She is registered as a Certified Wildlife Biologist® by The Wildlife Society. Her principal fields of training and experience are environmental planning and permitting of terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. She specializes in endangered species surveys, assessments and permitting, Corp’s permitting assessments, delineations and compliance, habitat and biological assessments, GIS mapping and analysis, land and wildlife management, conservation baselines and monitoring, and agency consultations.

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Joe Breaux, RPLS
W. J. "Joe" Breaux is the District Survey Coordinator for the TxDOT Austin District. He began his career in 1999 with TxDOT in the Beaumont District. After serving there for 15 years he transferred to the Austin in late 2014. There he coordinates work done by consultant surveyors, writes work scopes and authorizations for consultant survey work and monitors in-house surveying. His prior experience includes 25 years in the private sector with consulting engineering and surveying firms that performed boundary surveys, engineering design surveys and pipeline right of way work. He also serves as Chairman of the TxDOT Committee on Geomatics and Surveying (COGS).

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Eddie Garcia
Eddie Garcia joined the Map, Survey & Utility Section in the Right of Way Division in January 2014 after spending the previous 5 plus years with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. He was instrumental in developing and maintaining geospatial data for the 30 plus surface coal mines permitted in Texas, covering more than 300,000 acres. Since joining TxDOT Eddie has been at the forefront of getting the ROW GIS message out to TxDOT Districts and surveying consultants around the state.

 

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Kristopher Kline, P.L.S., G.S.I.
Kristopher M. Kline, president of 2Point, Inc., became licensed in North Carolina in 1991. In 2001, Kris began offering continuing education courses in North Carolina on legal aspects of retracement. In August 2013, Kris published his first book “Rooted in Stone: the Development of Adverse Possession in 20 Eastern States and the District of Columbia.” His second book was published in 2015, “Riparian Boundaries and Rights of Navigation” which includes extensive discussion of the many definitions of the term “navigable.”

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Joe Paiva, PhD, PS, PE
Dr. Joseph V.R. Paiva, is principal and CEO of GeoLearn, LLC (www.geo-learn.com) which is an online provider of professional and technical education since February 2014. He also continues to serve as a consultant to lawyers, surveyors and engineers, and international developers, manufacturers and distributors of instrumentation and other geomatics tools, as well being a writer and speaker. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor, was an NSPS representative to ABET serving as a program evaluator, where he previously served as team chair, and commissioner, and has more than 30 years experience working in civil engineering, surveying and mapping.

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Stephanie Prosser
Stephanie Prosser is the Conservation Director for Bayou Land Conservancy, a regional land trust that operates out of Houston. She has been with the organization for 8 years and in this time held the titles Conservation Lands Biologist, Sr. Conservation Lands Biologist, and Interim Executive Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Texas San Antonio and a Master of Science in Biology from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Stephanie is currently in the process of getting her surveyors license to join her father in the operation of his surveying company.

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Joe Webber, Jr., RPLS, PLS
Joe D. Webber, Jr. has over 40 years of experience and began surveying at age 14 working for father Joe D. Webber, Sr., in Champaign, Illinois. After graduating from high school, Joe got his first job with Danner & Associates. He later followed two (2) of the engineers to a company they started called Berns, Clancy & Associates and in 1982 he moved to Houston, Texas, where he became a Project Manager for Cotton Surveying Company for the next 15 years. In 1997, Mr. Webber began working for SURVCON, INC. (a division of AECOM) as a Project Manager and would become the Manager of the Austin Office in 2002. He is a Licensed Surveyor in Texas, Illinois & Arizona. Mr. Webber is a Sr. Staff member at McGray & McGray Land Surveyors, Inc. and is currently is a TSPS liaison for TxDOT COGS committee and reports to the TSPS Governmental Committee.

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Frank Willis, PhD, PLS, PE
Mr. Willis is a PLS, PE in Civil Engineering, PE in Environmental Engineering and Professional Geoscientist. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering, BS in Biology, Master of Engineering and PhD in Engineering and Applied Sciences. Mr. Willis owned Willis Engineering, Inc. from 1980. The company provided civil infrastructure design and land surveying. He had between 1 and 4 survey crews that did mostly boundary work. Mr. Willis sold the company to a national firm in 2004. Most of Mr. Willis’ time now is spent in forensic engineering and forensic surveying.

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