Turning Points: July 2008


John Edward Chance, of Lafayette, La., died May 1, 2008, at the age of 84. Chance founded John E. Chance & Associates Inc. in 1957 and, later, Survey Boats Inc. Chance was an active member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the Louisiana Engineering Society and the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors. He was a registered professional engineer in civil engineering in Louisiana and Alabama.


Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), Livermore, Calif., announced the appointment of Ray O’Connor, president and CEO, as an executive officer of Topcon Corporation, which is headquartered in Tokyo. O’Connor is also chairman of Topcon Europe Positioning Business and sits on the board of Topcon America Corporation and Topcon Europe BV. He is the first person of non-Japanese descent and the youngest person to be named as a Topcon Corporation executive officer.


Also, Topcon reorganized its sales and marketing personnel and duties. Murray Lodge, former director of construction sales, is vice president of construction sales. Mark Contino, former director of international sales and marketing, is vice president of survey sales. TPS regional survey managers report to Contino. Peter Wallace, former director of survey sales, is director of business development-Latin America. Wallace’s new role expands his responsibilities to include the entire product line of Topcon’s survey, construction and agricultural businesses. Brian Juroff, former national sales manager, is director of construction sales.


Juroff previously served as U.S. and Canada national sales manager and as Laser marketing manager. Jason Killpack, former senior product marketing manager, is director of product marketing and events. Dale Jefferson assumed the new role as director of product management and training. Jefferson continues to build the software product management group and serve as the lead interface for headquarters-based survey and laser products. Jefferson also assumes the responsibility for managing the newly formed Topcon training group.


Additionally, Topcon promoted John Beaver to vice president of quality assurance and service. Prior to his promotion, Beaver served as director of operations/quality. He developed and launched the Topcon Regional Repair Center program in the United States and established an east coast distribution center for repair parts to expedite delivery. In addition to maintaining existing programs, Beaver is charged with automating customer service functions and integrating worldwide customer service, quality and technical support teams.


Allen Precision Equipment Inc., Duluth, Ga., hired Jennifer Pritzlaff as controller. Pritzlaff has more than 10 years of experience in accounting. She has graduate and postgraduate degrees in business and has recently moved to Atlanta from the Midwest area.


Carlson Software, Maysville, Ky., named Harry O. Ward, PE, as a vice president. Ward directs the operations of Carlson College and the Civil Engineering Division. He brings more than 20 years of experience in applying CADD within the civil engineering and surveying industries and was the founder and director of Outsource Inc., which became Carlson College. Ward is also a licensed contractor, a member of the engineering faculty at George Mason University, a columnist for POB and Site Prep magazines and a member of the POB editorial advisory board.


Loyola Enterprises Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., expanded its Monitoring Systems Division and named James Stowell as division director. The division, which provides consultation on the development and integration of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) solutions, is staffed by Robert Asher, Michael Carlyle and Erik Soderstrom.


The National Museum of Surveying, Springfield, Ill., elected Denny DeMeyer and Joe Coppedge to its board of trustees. DeMeyer, a licensed surveyor in Washington, serves on the board of the U.S. David Thompson Bicentennials Partnership, is a member of the Surveyors Historical Society and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and has served as the Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington Historical Society chairman. Joe Coppedge is a licensed surveyor in Virginia and Maryland and a principle partner of ATCS, PLC. Coppedge is a member of the Virginia Association of Surveyors where he has served as president and chairman of several committees. He is currently chairman of the Educational Trust. He has also served on the Planning Commission for Culpeper County and has been an instructor for the Department of Transportation Apprenticeship Program.

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