Southard Elected First Chairman of MAPPS Associate Members Committee
The committee provides a forum for the principals of Associate Member firms in MAPPS to assure that these firms are fully integrated in the activities of MAPPS; is a vehicle for the MAPPS Board to solicit these members' input on issues; provides input to the Program Committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addressed at MAPPS conferences affecting Associate Members interests; and assist the Board and Membership Committee in recruiting new Associate Members to MAPPS.
Brant Howard (CompassData, Centennial, CO) will serve as the MAPPS Board liaison to the committee. Southard has worked with Leica Geosystems since 1993. His career in the photogrammetry profession began in 1977 working as an aerial photographer and aerial photo lab manager for a small mapping firm in the Salt Lake City area. During his years in the geospatial profession, Southard has been an active member of MAPPS. Southard has made numerous presentations to MAPPS members at the association's conferences. He has also presented before the National Academy of Sciences on behalf of MAPPS and currently represents MAPPS on a joint committee with ACSM and ASPRS to select students as recipients of the recently established Frank Moffitt Scholarship. He has also been an active member of ASPRS and served two years on the ASPRS Board of Directors as chairman of the Sustaining Members Council.
"The MAPPS bylaws were amended by the membership in 2007 expanding the scope of membership to include a broader range of Associate Members," said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director. "This committee will provide a forum for Associate Member firms to be able to provide more input into the programs offered by MAPPS."
In MAPPS, an Associate Member is any firm engaged in the manufacturing and/or supplying of geospatial equipment, services, supplies, hardware or software, that supports but is not engaged in the geospatial profession, any firm not engaged in but with an interest in the geospatial field, and any firm meeting the MAPPS bylaws definition of "engaged in the geospatial profession" whose home office is located outside of the United States of America.