Brian Raber of Merrick & Company has been appointed president of MAPPS for a two-year term.  He succeeds Susan Marlow of Stantec. For the past year he has served as president-elect.

Mark Brooks of Optimal Geo Inc. is now president-elect and will succeed to the office of president in 2019.

Pam Nobles, owner of 3DS, now holds the position of secretary. Tom Newman of TerraSond was elected to the position of treasurer. 

Chris Ogier, with Michael Baker International, won re-election as a director on the MAPPS board. John Copple of The Sanborn Map Company Inc., Mark Schubert with Aerial Surveys International LLC, and Doug Ward of Aerial Data Services Inc. serve as new directors on the MAPPS Board. Jim Van Rens with Riegl USA joins the board as a director, representing MAPPS Associate Members.  Incumbent Director Bob Hanson of Michael Baker International rounds out the 10-person board.

The vote of new Directors by the MAPPS membership took place during the association's annual business meeting on July 25, at the MAPPS Summer Conference at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Formed in 1982, MAPPS is a national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the U.S. 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, LiDAR, 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 U.S. and other firms from around the world.