Turning Points: March 2004

Martin Instrument opens new facility; Bob Williams made president of Leica's American sales.

Martin Instrument, Austin, Texas, opened its new full-service facility carrying Trimble and Nikon equipment, as well as a wide range of surveying supplies, accessories, cables, and used and rental equipment. The new location houses a training facility specifically designed for continuing education programs, manufacturer presentations and business classes for surveyors. The facility also includes expanded warehouse space and a Trimble factory authorized service center where most repairs can be completed within a week.

Hans Hess, CEO of Leica Geosystems, announced that Bob Williams is president of the company's surveying and engineering division for the Americas selling region. Williams replaces Matthew Smith, who moved to corporate headquarters in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, to work on corporate and international projects. Prior to joining Leica Geosystems, Williams was vice president of commercial and industrial facilities for Invensys, a maker of industrial controls and automation equipment. Williams has also held key management roles with Siemens Energy and Automation and British Oxygen Company.

Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., completed its acquisition of MENSI, Fontenay-sous-bois, France, as a business area within the Trimble Geomatics and Engineering (G&E) division. The business area, 3D Scanning Solutions, provides laser scanners and software packages to the survey and construction markets. Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of MENSI, heads the business area, reporting to Bryn Fosburgh, vice president and general manager of G&E. The MENSI sales team has been integrated into the Trimble sales organization to leverage its distribution network with laser scanner technology.

Jeffery N. Lucas, a 28-year veteran land surveyor, was admitted to the Alabama State Bar after passing the bar examination in February 2003. Lucas is registered as a professional surveyor in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Lucas has a dual practice in Birmingham, Alabama.

Eagle Point, Dubuque, Iowa, promoted William C. "Butch" Herter to the position of survey products manager. Herter has 17 years of land surveying experience with degrees in both computer science and civil engineering.

David A. Wilkins, PLS, joined Woolpert LLP, Atlanta, Ga., as a senior project manager. Wilkins is licensed in Alabama, Arkansas and Florida, and brings to Woolpert more than 30 years of land surveying experience.

GiveMePower Corporation, Las Vegas, Nev., announced that Doug Medley, a former Autodesk reseller, joined the GiveMePower management team as a regional sales manager, spearheading an aggressive growth campaign in the Southeastern United States. Medley has 22 years' experience in selling, marketing, and providing technical support and training for the CAD/CAM industry.

MACTEC Engineering & Consulting, Alpharetta, Ga., named Paula Blaydes as San Francisco Bay Area Manager of the Site Development and Compliance Group. The Site Development and Compliance Group provides environmental regulatory compliance, environmental impact reports/statements, natural and biological resource studies, industrial hygiene, and asbestos/lead/ mold consulting services to private, municipal and federal government clients.

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