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Nominations Committee Announced; MAPPS Board Candidates Sought Through May 31
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In accordance with MAPPS bylaws, I am pleased to announce the establishment of a MAPPS Nominations Committee, thus beginning the election process for the MAPPS Board of Directors for 2017.

MAPPS President Susan Marlow (Stantec) has appointed the following members of the Nominations Committee:

Marvin Miller, Mapping Resource Group, Inc.  , Zimmerman, MN,  Chair

Renan Lopez, RLDA Surveying & Mapping, San Juan, PR

Scott Perkins,  Surveying And Mapping, LLC (SAM), Overland Park, KS
Cassy Crouse, Richard Crouse & Associates, Inc., Frederick, MD

The terms of the following current MAPPS Board of Directors expire in July, 2017:

Susan Marlow, MAPPS President & Director, (Stantec, Nashville, TN)
Chris Ogier, Secretary & Director, (Foundation Spatial Associates, Decatur, GA)


Mitch Long, Director, (GRW, Inc., Lexington, KY)
Joe Seppi, Director, (Woolpert, Arlington, VA)
Mark Brooks, 
Director, (Optimal Geo, Inc., Huntsville, AL  )
Kelly Francis, Director, (Aero-Graphics, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT)
Thomas Newman, Director, (TerraSond Limited, Palmer, AK  


Individuals who wish to be considered for election to the MAPPS Board should submit interest in being a candidate for the Board in writing to Mr. Miller, Chair of the Nominations Committee, by May 31.


When considering candidates, Nominations Committee members will evaluate the following qualities in individuals for the MAPPS Board of Directors –

  • be active in MAPPS and demonstrate a commitment to the association by active participation at meetings, as a speaker, as a committee member, and as a political activist on issues important to MAPPS, and be knowledgeable about the association;
  • be senior executives in their firms (principals, owners or partners) with profit/loss responsibility;
  • has the management, resources and support of the firm to serve;
  • has the ability to attend required meetings and dedicate the time needed to fulfill the responsibilities of a Director;
  • be experienced in the geospatial field, and recognized and respected by their professional peers;
  • has the management skill and political acumen and experience that would serve MAPPS well;
  • be of a range of firm sizes in the membership; the various professional service disciplines; all geographic areas of the United States; gender; age; race; and other characteristics so that the Board in total is reflective of the diversity of the membership;
  • reflect and represent the broad range and diversity of member firms of MAPPS; and
  • be from a firm (or family of firms with common ownership relationships) that has not recently been represented on the MAPPS Board so as to spread among the member firms an equitable opportunity to participate on the Board.

The Nominations Committee will announce its recommendations by June 23, one month prior to the Summer Meeting. The election of Directors will take place at the annual business meeting of MAPPS during the Summer Meeting, on Wednesday, July 26 in Colorado Spring, CO. Any individual not nominated by the Nominations Committee can be considered by a nomination from the floor at that meeting, provided that notice is filed in advance.

The schedule for the nominations and elections process is as follows:


May 1
 - Announcement of Nominations Committee members by MAPPS President and call for candidates for MAPPS Board of Directors

May 31 - Close of submissions to Nominations Committee

June 23 - Nominations Committee slate announced (additional nominations may be made from the floor at the annual business meeting, if filed in advance)

July 7 – Deadline for notifying President Marlow of a nomination from the floor

July 26 - Annual MAPPS Business Meeting and Election during the Summer Conference in Colorado Springs, CO.

Again, any MAPPS Member Firm principal interested in serving on the MAPPS Board of Directors the contact Marvin Miller by May 31.



John M. Palatiello 
MAPPS Executive Director