Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Chevy Chase, Md., an underwriting management firm, chose John F. Shettle as a new president to lead its operations.
The MAPPS membership also elected four new members to the board of directors and re-elected one incumbent member. Michael Bullock of Intermap Technologies Inc., Englewood, Colo. was re-elected to a third term on the board. Newly elected directors include: David Hart of Continental Mapping Consultants, Sun Prairie, Wis.; Brant Howard of CompassData, Centennial, Colo.; Dick McDonald of Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Beaver, Pa.; and Anne Hale Miglarese of EarthData Holdings, Washington, D.C.
Leica Geosystems HDS, San Ramon, Calif., announced a further strengthening of its strategic partnership with Zoller+ FrÃ¶hlich, Wangen, Germany. Based on the commercial success of an OEM distribution agreement under which Leica markets Z+F's ultra-high speed laser scanners as the Leica HDS4500, the OEM agreement has been made fully exclusive to Leica for several key geographic markets. The key Leica-exclusive markets are North America, South and Latin America, China and Australia. Leica remains free to sell under the Leica brand and fully support HDS4500 phased-based scanners to the remaining geographic markets on a non-exclusive basis.
BL Companies, Meriden, Conn., announced that 12 senior staff members became shareholding owners of the firm. BL Companies' ownership team now includes its two directors of land surveying: Jennifer Marks, LS, and Robert Roper, LS.