Milestones in the industry.


Topcon America Corporation, Paramus, N.J., named David Mudrickas the new president and chief executive officer of the management holding company forTopcon Positioning Systems (TPS)andTopcon Medical Systems (TMS). Replacing Susumu "Scott" Hokari, who has rejoined the executive staff of Topcon Corporation in Japan, Mudrick is responsible for the financial, human resources and legal areas of TPS and TMS. He has been with Topcon since 1993 and has served as the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer for the past seven years.

Randy Mrowicki, PLS, joined RBF Consulting (RBF), Las Vegas, as survey manager and senior associate. Mrowicki brings more than 24 years of professional surveying experience to RBF. He is an active member of the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors (NALS).


Dr. Gary Jeffresswas appointed director of theConrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Scienceon the campus ofTexas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Jeffress has been with A&M-Corpus Christi for 16 years, serving as a professor of Geographic Information Science and as the coordinator of the same program within the College of Science and Technology. While at A&M-Corpus Christi, Jeffress has served as director of the Division of Nearshore Research and has been the principal investigator of the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network and the Texas Height Modernization project.

Clary & Associates Professional Surveyors and Mappers, Jacksonville, Fla., announcedMike Bellarsas the company's newest survey crew chief. Bellars oversees a variety of projects performed by the company's survey field crews.


Scott Cattranwas named director of GIS atWoolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio. Cattran brings 14 years of GIS experience to the position, specializing in strategic planning and enterprise information management for Woolpert's utility, municipal, aviation and federal clients.

Loyola Spatial Systems, Virginia Beach, Va., announced thatTJ Frazierjoined the firm as a technical sales representative for HDS and survey systems. Frazier is based in Frederick, Md., and provides consultation and technical support to clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He is also responsible for supporting Leica Geosystems' comprehensive line of TPS and GPS products in Western Maryland.


Robert Landino, PE, andBL Companies, Meriden, Conn., finalized an agreement where Landino sold his shares in the company. Landino will no longer serve as CEO and chairman of the board of directors but will remain as a consultant to BL Companies. David Ball, ATA, president of BL Companies, named the new members of the board of directors: John Mancini, director, civil, transportation and landscape architecture; Mark Koellner, PG, director, environmental sciences; and Carolyn Stanworth, chief financial officer.


Schneider, Indianapolis, Ind., andProMap, Ames, Iowa, two of the Midwest's leading providers of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) services for land development, joined forces. Schneider retired the ProMap name and merged the two companies into one brand,The Schneider Corporation. Since last year, several changes have taken place at the two firms: an Iowa-based client services facility was created; GIS production was centralized to assure efficiency and monitor quality; research and development was combined to improve desktop and web-based products; and staff experience and technology infrastructure was enhanced to meet the current and future needs of clients.