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MAPPS Announces 2012 President's Award Recipients

Friday, August 10, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
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MAPPS, the national association for private sector geospatial firms, recognized 10 individuals for significant contributions to the association and the profession at the association's recent annual conference in Snowmass, CO.

Richard "Dick” McDonald, CP, PLS (T3 Global Strategies, Inc., Bridgeville, PA) President, recognized the following individuals for Presidential Awards:

  • Eric Andelin, CP, GISP (Woolpert, Inc., Garland, TX) for service as Program Committee Chairman;
  • Steve Ellis, GISP (AeroMetric, Inc., Lock Haven, PA ) for contributions as President of the MAPPS chapter in Pennsylvania;
  • Jeff Lovin (Woolpert, Inc., Dayton, OH) for his work as delegate to COGO, Nominations Committee Chairman, on Bylaws, and on UAVs;
  • Alan Mikuni, PE (Towill, Inc., Concord, CA) for his leadership as Chairman of the Geospatial User Fee Working Group;
  • Chris Ogier (Woolpert, Inc. Atlanta, GA) for his work organizing the MAPPS state chapter in Georgia;
  • Pat Olson, CP, PE, PLS (AeroMetric, Inc., Sheboygan, WI) for his work on LiDAR policy with FAA, as MAPPS delegate to COFPAES, and as chairman of the MAPPS PAC and the MAPPS-USGS Liaison;
  • Gary Outlaw (Merrick & Company, Aurora, CO) for his service as the first President of the MAPPS State Chapter in Colorado;
  • Brian Raber, CMS, GLS, GISP (Merrick & Company, Aurora, CO) for his testimony before Congress on the Map It Once, Use It Many Times (MIO-UIMT) Act, H.R. 4233 and the Federal Land Asset inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, H.R. 1620;
  • Mike Tully, CP, GISP (Aerial Services, Inc., Cedar Falls, IA) for development of a government cost estimating document; and
  • Jim Van Rens (Riegl USA, Orlando, FL) for his work on FAA policy regarding LiDAR operations.

Scott Perkins (T-Kartor USA, St. Louis, MO) was given special recognition for his dedication to the organization after fulfilling four terms on the MAPPS Board. Mr. Perkins had been a member of the Board of Directors for eight years.

"MAPPS would not have accomplished what it has over the past 30 years and continue to effectively represent the private sector without the efforts and involvement of the volunteer members who make up this association. The President’s Award recognizes those individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty serving the organization. These awards are an expression of my gratitude to each of these individuals who dedicate so much time and talent to the organization to make a better profession,” said McDonald.


Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.

MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.

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