July 19, 2011 -- MAPPS, the only national association for private sector geospatial firms, elected three new members to the association's Board of Directors and re-elected five others. The MAPPS Board also elected a slate of officers to serve the association for 2011-2013.
Richard "Dick" McDonald, PLS, CP, Director of Geospatial Services of T3 Global Strategies Inc., Bridgeville, PA assumed the office of President. McDonald has been a member of the MAPPS Board for six years, including roles as Secretary and President-Elect. He has been the chairman of a number of committees and task forces, including the MAPPS-FEMA/DoD/DHS Liaison Committee and Underground Utilities Task Force.
The MAPPS membership elected Claire Kiedrowski, CP, President of Kappa Mapping Inc. Bangor, ME; Jim Page, PhD, CEO of James W. Sewall Company, Old Town, ME; and Tim Stagg, Vice President, Federal Programs of AeroMetric, Easton, MD as new directors of the MAPPS Board. Eric Andelin, CP, GISP, Group Manager of Woolpert, Inc., Garland, TX and Mike Tully, CP, President of Aerial Services Inc., Cedar Falls, IA, were re-elected to terms on the Board.
Other officers, elected by the Board of Directors, include Robert "Bob" Hickey, CP, Vice President Marketing/Business Development of Photo Science, West Chester, PA, as President-Elect and will succeed to the office of President in 2013. Hickey served as the MAPPS Treasurer the past two years.
Mark Safran, CP, Program Manager, Geospatial Solutions of BAE Systems, Mt. Laurel, NJ has been elected treasurer. Safran has been the chair of the GeoINT Committee and chair of the MAPPS-NGA Liaison Committee.
Stagg was elected as secretary by the Directors.
Scott Perkins, GISP, Associate Vice President of Wilson & Company, Kansas City, MO is an incumbent member of the Board continuing his service with one more year remaining on his term.
The vote of new directors by the MAPPS membership was held during the association's annual business meeting and the Board's election of officers occurred on June 27, 2011, at the MAPPS Summer Conference at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY.
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, mobile mapping, LIDAR, building information models (BIM), 3D mapping, 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 180+ 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.
For more information on MAPPS, please visit www.MAPPS.org.