Milestones in the industry.

Leica Geosystems, Atlanta, Ga., announced a major strategic initiative to expand and integrate technical support, service and training for customers in North America. The effort is being spearheaded by Paul Stack, PE, newly appointed vice president of support and service for the Americas. In his role at Leica Geosystems, Stack is responsible for overseeing customer service and support for surveying, machine automation, mining, lasers and leveling systems throughout North America.

Also, Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping division, Atlanta, Ga., announced Jim Farley joined the company as vice president of business development. Farley has spent more than 20 years in the information technology industry in both mainstream IT and GIS, working in the public and private sectors and in academia.

Surveying And Mapping Inc. (SAM Inc.), Austin, Texas, announced that David Jellison, RPLS, LS, joined the firm as the department manager of survey operations for the Austin office and Tony Cavell, PLS, joined the firm as GPS manager for the Austin office. With more than 30 years of surveying and management experience, Jellison provides senior leadership, project management and staff supervision. He supports marketing efforts to further facilitate the management and growth of the company.

Cavell carries the responsibilities of project manager and provides senior technical leadership in SAM Inc.'s GPS operations and terrestrial laser scanning services. Cavell brings 27 years of experience in land surveying, GPS, terrestrial laser scanning, hydrographic surveying, offshore positioning, SONAR and GIS services.

SurveySA, San Antonio, Texas, a residential and commercial surveying company, announced Susan Banks returned to the firm as office manager.

PBS&J, Las Vegas, Nev., named John B. Zumwalt III, PE, as the new chairman of the board. Zumwalt, who has served as president of PBS&J since 2000, continues to serve as CEO. He replaced outgoing chairman Richard A. Wickett, CPA. Todd J. Kenner, PE, assumed the president's role.

Also, PBS&J acquired Land & Water Consulting Inc., a 43-person engineering and natural resource consulting firm headquartered in Missoula, Mont.

Sanborn, Colorado Springs, Colo., announced three new employees. Hugh Bender, the company's new Texas Gulf regional manager, is responsible for the success of market presence and direct client communications for customers in the Texas Gulf region. Shawn Slade, Sanborn's new West Coast regional manager, is responsible for the success of current and future client development within California, Oregon and Washington. Joseph Stark, Sanborn's new Southeast regional manager, is responsible for the success and development of a strong market presence and focused client relations in Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Corbley Communications Inc., a public relations and marketing communications firm exclusively serving the international geospatial industry, has moved its corporate headquarters from Colorado to the Washington, D.C., area. The new mailing address is: Corbley Communications Inc., P.O. Box 84, Winchester, VA 22604.

Woolpert Inc., Arlington, Va. hired Thomas Gregory Pendleton, PLS, as survey project manager. Pendleton has more than 17 years of experience with GIS, GPS and conventional surveying in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Pendleton addresses the needs of private, municipal and federal clients in and around the D.C. metropolitan region.

Also, Woolpert named Russell S. Kauffman, PLS, as GIS federal Department of Defense group manager. Working out of Woolpert's Hampton Roads, Va., office, Kauffman is responsible for providing all branches of the nation's military with Woolpert's GIS and surveying services. Kauffman also manages the firm's onsite staff at Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) and Air Force Mobility Command (AMC) bases. Kauffman possesses more than 30 years of experience in utility surveying, mapping, distribution engineering and GIS services. His background includes extensive experience in CAD, GIS and relational database management system technologies.

John Chance Land Surveys (JCLS), Lafayette, La., named Larry Broussard, PLS, as vice president of survey operations in the Land Division. Broussard has been with the company since 1997. In the Corridor Mapping (CM) Division, JCLS created a LiDAR development group and named Morgan Reed as manager. Reed is responsible for LiDAR hardware/software development. Also placed in the group were Kevin Normand, supervisor, LiDAR software development; Eric Lissard, CM systems engineer; Jay Wiltz, CM programmer/analyst; and Marcus Nepveaux, CM programmer/analyst.

Carter & Burgess, Fort Worth, Texas, recognized Marla McOmber, PLS, for her success within the industry and her contributions to the firm by naming her an associate of Carter & Burgess. McOmber is a survey group manager based in Denver, Colo.

Also, Chet Glasscock, PLS, joined Carter & Burgess as survey unit manager in Austin, Texas. Glasscock supports business development efforts while managing survey staff. Glasscock has 29 years of experience as a surveyor and manager.