Turning Points - December 2007.

Milestones in the industry.


James Edward Inkster passed away on Oct. 5, 2007, at age 72. He was most recently employed by Schonstedt Instrument Company, and prior to that, worked for General Supply and Forestry Suppliers.

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging, Norcross, Ga., announced that Mladen Stojic joined the management team as senior vice president, Product Management and Marketing. Stojic, the former director of Enterprise and Visualization Solutions, has more than 10 years of experience with Leica Geosystems and has extensive product development and management experience.


Also, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announced that Christopher Tucker joined the management team as senior vice president, National Programs, with purview over U.S. Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security and associated Federal Programs. Tucker is former president and CEO of recently acquired IONIC Enterprise by Leica Geosystems.

Allen Precision Equipment, Duluth, Ga., appointed John Phillips as technical support manager. Phillips has been with Allen Precision for 19 years. He is involved with the customer training program and has been instrumental in the development of the Atlanta area’s GNSS Network Solution.


Bentley Systems Incorporated, Exton, Pa., appointed Tom Clemons as vice president, Bentley Roads and Bridges Solutions. Clemons brings more than 30 years of experience, including seven years at Bentley, in civil engineering and geospatial technology applications. In his new position, Clemons plans, manages and executes strategies for the expansion of Bentley’s Roads and Bridges Solutions asset-class portfolio.

Seiler Instrument, St. Louis, Mo., celebrated 62 years of business under the same family ownership. Seiler attributes this to the support of its professional sales staff, full surveying equipment lines, service and repair facilities, support and implementation.

NavCom Technology, Torrance, Calif., a subsidiary of Deere & Company, appointed Jim Williams and Gregg Boorman as sales managers for NavCom’s external business. Williams and Boorman are responsible for achieving NavCom’s revenue and growth goals for GPS products and services.


Bob Lucas joined National Survey & Engineering, Tarentum, Pa., a division of R.A. Smith & Associates Inc. as survey project manager. Lucas owned and managed Lucas Land Surveying Inc., and recently closed his Glenshaw office after 20 years. In his new role, Lucas is responsible for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, plats of survey, certified survey maps, subdivision plats, legal descriptions, topographic maps, transportation plats, condominium plats and proposals for survey services.

G&L Land Surveying Inc., Beaverton, Ore., and Tetsuka Associates Inc., Portland, Ore., merged to form Lodestar Surveying Inc., headquartered in Beaverton. Principals Mark Lichtenthaler, Kevin Williams and Troy Tetsuka merged their companies to establish leadership in the Pacific Northwest surveying industry.

Greenhorne & O’Mara (G&O), Laurel, Md., acquired SCR Surveying & Mapping Inc., Lynn Haven, Fla. SCR has a 26-year history of land surveying and mapping services in northwest Florida. With the acquisition, G&O strengthens its presence in Florida.


Jeff Padgett, PSM, PPS, CP, joined Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio, as a project director for the photogrammetry group. Padgett joins Woolpert with more than 32 years of photogrammetry and GIS experience.

WilsonMiller Inc. opened its new office in Sebring, Fla. The new office is located in the Wachovia Building at 3200 U.S. 27 South, Suite 206.


SECO Manufacturing Inc., Redding, Calif., hired Jose G. Alvarez as Latin America account manager. In this newly created position, Alvarez works with SECO dealers in Latin America.

The Schinnerer Group, Chevy Chase, Md., named Jean Laurin as president and chief executive officer of its operations. Laurin has more than 20 years of experience in the professional liability and specialty lines insurance industry. Lorna M. Parsons assumed the role of president and chief underwriting officer for Victor O. Schinnerer & Company Inc.

Professional Engineering Associates Inc. (PEA), Troy, Mich., named James P. Butler, PE, as president. Butler served as vice president for the company for the past five years and as a shareholder for the past eight.

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