MAPPS Members "Team Up for Troops"; Create Care Packages for U.S. Military During Association Confer
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Posted by: Sally Palatiello
La Jolla, California - Attendees
at a national trade association conference in the geospatial field are
accustomed to collecting billions of pieces of information to create
maps. The products and services created by the individuals in the
profession are used for location intelligence and planning by the U.S.
military. Today, however, these professionals developed a different type
of product to serve our men and women in uniform.
100 attendees attending the annual winter conference of MAPPS
(www.mapps.org), the national association for private sector geospatial
firms, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines competed in physical and
intellectual challenge games to win prizes for care packages to be sent
to deployed military service members. This was part of the "Team Up for
Troops" networking event held during the conference.
a regular basis the members of MAPPS are working to provide information
to our military partners and clients, but today we are providing a
different type of support. As business owners, MAPPS members are not
just interested in profit, but professionalism and community service as
well. This is a gratifying opportunity to benefit active duty service
members protecting our freedom and in harm's way," said Jeff Lower,
MAPPS President (PAR, LLC, Bossier City, LA). "As a trade association,
MAPPS is an advocate for professionalism in the geospatial market and
this event is an example of the community spirit of the organization and
its mission of service to others."
were split into teams to collect items including DVDs, flip cams, mini
footballs, flashlights, winter hats, note pads, pens and chap stick
provided by the event sponsors. The sponsors of each of the teams
included Michael Baker Jr., Inc. (Harrisburg, PA); Microsoft Corporation
(Boulder, CO); Merrick & Company (Greenwood Village, CO); PAR, LLC
(Bossier City, LA); Quantum Spatial (Sheboygan, WI); and RIEGL USA
care packages were received by Lieutenant Colonel Jon Shultz of the
Alabama Air National Guard and will be sent to service members around
the world. Recipients of the care packages have a connection to
attendees or the firms that make up the MAPPS membership.
behalf of the active duty, guard, and reserve service members I would
like to thank the MAPPS organization for this gesture," said Lt. Col.
Shultz. "These care packages go a long way to boost morale to those that
are deployed around the world."
in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised
of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic
information systems field in the United States. 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 United States and other
firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole
proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or
provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
provides its member firms opportunities for networking and developing
business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education,
public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and
For more information on MAPPS, please visit www.mapps.org.