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Turning Points: April 2004

April 1, 2004
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Obituaries of R. Stanley Trent and Fred E. Myers; Leica Geosystems appoints Wendy Watson vice president of product management and marketing; and more.

Ruell Stanley Trent (1941-2004) passed away on Feb. 22, 2004, leaving behind his wife of 37 years and his mother, siblings, 11 children, seven grandchildren, and hundreds of friends and relatives. In 1983, Trent formed software company Surveyors Module Inc. (SMI), and pioneered electronically-assisted surveying procedures for surveyors. He will long be remembered for his sense of humor, his stalwart character and his unquestioning trust and love for all humanity.

Meyers
Fred E. Myers (1944-2003) passed away on Dec. 1, 2003. He is survived by his wife Helen, son Kirk and daughter Kim. He left behind a loving family, many friends, colleagues and customers for whom he cared very much. When it came to supporting his Geodimeter, Spectra Precision and Trimble customers, Fred held himself to the highest standards for dedication, hard work, honesty and integrity. He considered all of them his friends. Fred was an outstanding person who will be missed by all who knew him.

Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, LLC, Atlanta, Ga., appointed Wendy Watson as its new vice president of product management and marketing. Watson has more than 15 years of experience in GPS/GIS product development and management. She takes over two departments previously headed by Martin Tremp. Tremp's continued role as vice president of business development and strategic planning focuses mainly on expanding the company's strategic relationship with business partners, customers, suppliers and universities.

Rife
The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) elected Donald E. Rife, PLS, as president for 2004. Rife has been a member of PSLS for more than 25 years and has served as a chapter and state officer. Rife currently works for Pickering, Corts & Summerson Inc. (PC&S), Newton, Pa. Licensed since 1977, Rife has more than 35 years of experience in survey work including property, topographic, construction and expert witness testimony.

KAPPA Mapping Inc. (KMI) opened its headquarters at 6 State Street, Suite 100, Bangor, Maine. KMI provides photogrammetric mapping services for all stages of mapping projects to clients throughout the country. KMI was founded by Claire Kiedrowski and Lori Phillips, who bring a combined 25 years of experience to the business, and by Robert Garster and Stevenson Sheppard, owners of Shyka, Sheppard & Garster Land Surveyors. Kiedrowski focuses on client services and market development. Phillips serves as KMI's production coordinator. Both Kiedrowski and Phillips are graduates of the University of Maine's Surveying Engineering program.

Jerry Shively, of DAT/EM Systems, Anchorage, Ala., has been promoted to international sales director. Shively joined DAT/EM in 1995 with a degree in surveying and mapping from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage teaching CAD classes, as an active member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Shively has been elected from within the local Alaskan Chapter as vice president for 2004 and president for 2005.

Cody Benkelman, principal engineer at Positive Systems, Whitefish, Mont., earned a Mapping Scientist-Remote Sensing Certification from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Benkelman holds a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in electrical engineering, but accredited his successful completion of the certification process to 14 years of remote sensing experience with Positive Systems.

Scott Kvandal, president of Berryman & Henigar, San Diego, Calif., announced the appointment of Daniel A. York, PE, PLS, as manager of municipal services. York will work closely with municipal clients in providing a wide variety of services, to include in-house engineering staff support, developing studies, assisting with compliance issues, and researching and procuring funding for infrastructure projects. York has more than 20 years of municipal management and engineering experience.

Woolpert LLP, Dayton, Ohio, announced the acquisition of informational technology firm Tesseract Technologies, Washington, D.C. Woolpert acquired Tesseract to augment its service offerings for federal clients. For nearly 10 years Tesseract has specialized in GIS and Internet application services to agencies including the U.S. Air Force and the Corps of Engineers.

Atwell-Hicks Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., opened a full-service office in Grand Rapids, Mich., with capabilities in civil engineering, surveying, land planning and environmental services.

Vertical Mapping Resources Inc. (VMR), Scottsdale, Ariz., named Bret Okraski director of consulting and development. Okraski relocated to Phoenix from the company's Raleigh, N.C., office where he served as regional manager for east coast operations. Prior to joining VMR, Okraski directed sales and marketing, supervised research and development and technical training for ResponsePoint. VMR provides photogrammetric mapping and geotechnologies, imaging and land information consulting services.

GlobeXplorer, Walnut Creek, Calif., formed a new sales team focused on vertical market integration. Eric Waldman joined the team as senior director of sales and channel development. He will head up GlobeXplorer's growth plans in the mapping/AEC market, the federal government and visualization/simulation sectors. Andrew Pitcairn moved into the team as head of business development and strategic sales.

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