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Check out the 2019 TSPS Convention Education Session and Special Event speakers!


Mike Miller, PPE - Keynote Speaker 

Bill Beardslee | Paul Carey | Alex Chiba | Dave Doyle | Eric Gakstatter 

Kristopher Kline | Josh W. Leamons | J. Stan Piper | Elizabeth Quintanilla | Doug Turner

Mike Miller, PPE

Mike Miller is the Director of Private and Public Engagement within the Department of Defense’s Defense Personnel and Family Support Center (DPFSC).  He serves as the interface and liaison between OSD, federal inter-agency partners, state agency partners, private sector companies, technical and trade schools, and universities and colleges. He is also the engagement lead for the five offices comprising DPFSC: the Transition to Veterans Program Office, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, the Federal Voting Assistance Program, and the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program. Mike is a U.S. Army Veteran and “Soldier for Life” who served three strategic enterprise assignments in Headquarters, Department of the Army; three Chief Human Capital Officer assignments at U.S. Army installation, Division, and Corps levels; and operational deployments in Somalia and Afghanistan.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Cameron University, a Master of Arts from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science from the U.S. Army War College.

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Bill Beardslee, PE, PLS, PP

Bill Beardslee is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor, Engineer and Planner with over 50 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 is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and that society’s 2006 “Surveyor of the Year”.  He is also a regular contributor to the geomatics resource magazine xyHt, as well as being listed in “Who’s Who in Technology” and “Who’s Who in the East.”

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Paul Carey, RPLS, LSLS

Paul Carey graduated from St. Mary's University, Class of '78, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology. He worked as an oil field geologist in South Texas until 1980.  Then Paul was employed as a Party Chief and Technician and in the San Antonio area from 1980-1986, passing the RPLS exam in 1986, and opened Carey Land Surveying the same year.  In 1995, he formed a cooperative association with Frank Lubbock Kennedy, RPLS 1461 and succeeded Frank as President of Medina Valley Surveys in 2003. Paul earned his LSLS in 2002.  

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Alex Chiba
Team Leader and one of the Curators of the map collection at the Texas General Land Office. He has worked at the GLO for over 15 years across both the Archives and Records and Surveying Divisions. Over this time, he has acquired extensive knowledge and experience with the archival collections, processes, history, and online tools of the agency. Alex is also the chief architect and administrator of the database that drives the online map store and is instrumental in maintaining, improving and providing access to this data via the GLO website.

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Dave Doyle
Dave Doyle has been involved in geodetic surveying since 1967.  He joined the National Geodetic Survey in 1972 and functioned in numerous positions dealing with national adjustments, datum transformation and outreach to the surveying and geospatial community. He held the position of chief geodetic surveyor for 12 years prior to his retirement in 2013.  He now owns Base 9 Geodetic Services which provides consultation to public and private agencies and companies as well as teaching seminars on the fundamentals of geodesy and the National Spatial Reference System.  

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Eric Gakstatter
Eric Gakstatter  has been involved in the GPS/GNSS industry for more than 25 years. Since 2000, he’s been a power user of GPS/GNSS technology as well as a consultant with capital management companies; federal, state and local government agencies; and private companies on the application and/or development of GPS technology. For 10 years, he was a contributing editor to GPS World magazine and the Geospatial Solutions website. Currently, Eric is a GNSS Technologist at the Discovery Management Group.

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Kristopher Kline, PLS
Kristopher M. Kline, president of 2Point, Inc., has a four-year Bachelor of Science degree (class of '84) in General Science from Bridgewater College located in Bridgewater, VA. He has been involved in the surveying profession since graduation. 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, Riparian Boundaries and Rights of Navigation” includes extensive discussion of the many definitions of the term “navigable" was completed in 2015. Kline’s third (and latest) book was released in December 2016. How to Fix a Boundary Line” chronicles variations in the legal mechanisms related to unwritten property rights across the United States.

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Josh W. Leamons, RPLS, ESQ
Josh W. Leamons is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Attorney at Law in Texas. Josh practices surveying as a Partner at Searchers Land Surveying, LLC and has over 12 years of land surveying. He received his Bachelor of Science in Technology with a surveying and mapping emphasis from The University of Texas at Tyler and his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law. Josh is co-writing Select Statutes and Boundary Decisions, 3rd Edition. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas at Tyler, where he teaches advanced land surveying courses online.

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J. Stan Piper, RPLS, PLS, LSLS

Stan Piper has over fifty years of surveying experience in West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University.  He has been an active member of Texas Society of Professional Surveyors since 1977. Stan has prepared and presented numerous papers on various topics of boundary surveying and mapping at seminars for TSPS. His experience in surveying includes global positioning survey control for global information systems, ALTA/ACSM land title surveys, topographical surveys, oil well location surveys, route surveys and boundary surveys. His surveying experience includes 68 counties in West Texas and 3 counties in Southeastern New Mexico.  Since founding Piper Surveying Company in 1981, he has provided competent surveying supervision to nurture the Company to its current stage of development.

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Elizabeth Quintanilla, MBA

Elizabeth Quintanilla, MBA has over 10 years of experience as a digital marketer. She is Marketing Gunslinger and Owner of EQ Consultants Group, LLC in Austin. As a consultant and speaker, she focuses on understanding the customer perspective and consults on a variety of topics: online technologies and strategies, social business, marketing (traditional, online, social, content, Go-To-Market), product marketing, and demand generation. She has a broad-base of experience in multiple industries including aerospace, franchise, IT, software, and real estate. As an expert communicator, she explains complex concepts in understandable terms and delivers high-quality creative solutions to ensure product and customer success.

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Doug Turner, RPLS

Doug Turner, RPLS has been surveying in Texas for 40 years. He obtained as Associate of Arts degree in Civil Technology in 1975 and has progressed from Rodman in 1969 to Survey Director for IDS Engineering Group, a Houston based consulting firm with offices in Houston and San Antonio. He is a past Director and the immediate Past President of TSPS.


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Boundaries, Ethically Determined - Part Three Webinar

7/24/2020 » 7/25/2020
Dallas Chapter 5 ZOOM Seminar (Must register by July 15)

7/31/2020 » 8/1/2020
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