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Giving Back to One’s Profession

Posted By Dick McDonald, PLS, Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Book of Proverbs teaches us, "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want."

I was reminded of that passage when reflecting on the fact my predecessor as MAPPS President, Jeff Lovin, upon assuming office, launched an "I'm In" campaign. Stickers with pink pigs were distributed to members who volunteered to serve on a MAPPS committee. The pig was a symbol of an old joke about a bacon and eggs breakfast -- the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.

It is gratifying that we have so many members of MAPPS who are committed to our profession and our association.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of two members to important positions to represent MAPPS. Susan Marlow (Smart Data Strategies, Franklin, TN), who was recently to fill a vacant position on the MAPPS Board, will also be the MAPPS Delegate to the Coalition of Geospatial Organization (COGO – www.cogo.pro). Susan has already been serving us on a COGO Data Sharing Working Group. Additionally, Kurt Allen, PLS, (Photo Science, Bowie, MD) will be the MAPPS Alternate Delegate to the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES – www.cofpaes.org).

In order to provide more MAPPS members a way to give back to their profession and association, I am renewing Jeff’s call. While not resurrecting pig stickers, I would like to offer members a chance to get richer by giving freely of their time and talent.

Most MAPPS committees are open to any interested member. Committees generally meet at our summer and winter meetings. Some hold conference between these meetings. All can collaborate, communicate and deliberate via committee pages on the MAPPS web site.

To become a member of a MAPPS committee, follow these simple steps:

  • Login to the MAPPS website using your unique username/password
  • Select the committee(s) you would like to join.
  • Select Join Group
    • Your membership in the group will be approved by a staff member.

By volunteering to serve on a MAPPS committee, you will help your profession and association by contributing some of your knowledge and expertise. In return, you will be enriched by having an opportunity to network with and learn from other professionals who share a particular interest. Committees generally plan and recommend the programs and activities of MAPPS; keep the Board of Directors of trends and issues affecting the profession, the market and the association; and recommend policies to the Board.

The following are the committees of MAPPS, and their respective charges, that are open to participation by the members --

Program Committee - plans and provides the programs for the Winter and Summer meetings of MAPPS; evaluates, organizes, and secures speakers for the technical sessions and group discussions, and works with staff to coordinate such program with the social events on the conference schedule. Mike Tully, Aerial Services, Inc., Cedar Falls, IA, Chairman.

Aerial Acquisition Committee - provides a forum for members involved in the acquisition of imagery and data from aerial platforms; identifies issues for presentation to the MAPPS Board and takes such action on issues as directed by the MAPPS Board; recommends policies to be taken by the MAPPS Board; and provides input to the Program Committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addressed at MAPPS conferences affecting aerial photography and other data acquisition. Richard Crouse, Richard Crouse & Associates, Frederick, MD, Chairman.

Commercial Remote Sensing & Licensed Data Committee – provides a forum for members involved in the operation of commercial remote sensing satellites and those offering licensed geospatial data in the marketplace; identifies issues for presentation to the MAPPS Board and takes such action on issues as directed by the MAPPS Board; recommends policies to be taken by the MAPPS Board; and provides input to the Program Committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addresses at MAPPS conferences affecting the practice of commercial remote sensing and offering licensed geospatial data in the marketplace. Mark Baker, Esri, Redlands, CA, Chairman.

Associate Members 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 member’s input on issues; provides input to the Program Committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addresses at MAPPS conferences affecting Associate Members interests, and assists the Board and Membership Committee in recruiting new Associate Members to MAPPS. Don Carswell, Optech, Vaughan, ONT, Chairman.

Government & University Competition Committee – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies, as well as universities, wherein such entities perform activities that are commercial in nature and unfairly compete with the private sector; recommends actions for MAPPS to police such situations; recommends legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board. Marvin Miller, Aerometric, Maple, Grove, MN, Chairman.

Emerging Markets & Technologies Committee – identifies new markets, technologies, and demands for geospatial services, data and technologies; assists the Program Committee with recommendations for sessions and speakers to keep the membership informed of such emerging markets; assists the Legislative Affairs Committee with recommendations for legislation or policies needed to assure that MAPPS member firms have access to these markets and to remove any barriers to entry by MAPPS member firms; develops programs and activities to facilitate MAPPS member firms ability to participate in exporting and engaging in projects outside the United States; plans MAPPS programs and activities to educate and inform MAPPS members about participating in the international market; advises the Board of actions it should take to facilitate MAPPS engagement in the markets, and recommends to the Legislative Affairs Committee and the Board such legislation and policies that may be necessary to enable MAPPS members to fully engage in exporting and international market opportunities;. Mark Brooks, Magnolia River, Huntsville, AL, Chairman.

GeoInt Committee – provides a forum for MAPPS member firms engaged in providing geospatial intelligence data, products, services and technology; acts as a liaison with the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation on education and information programs; is a liaison to government agencies engaged in geoint activities; plans programs for MAPPS member firms; recommends to the Legislative Affairs Committee and the Board legislation and policies that may be necessary to enable MAPPS members to fully engage in the geoint market. Bart Bailey, B Cubed, LLC. , Springfield, VA, Chairman.

State Chapters Committee – leads the effort to create MAPPS state chapters based on the model originally established in Pennsylvania; assists members in states who wish to form chapters; promotes the establishment of chapters among the membership; and advises the MAPPS Board of policies MAPPS should consider to facilitate the creation and success of state chapters within the association. Gerry Wingate, GRW, Lexington, KY, Chairman, Mike Shillenn, Photo Science, West Chester, PA, Vice Chairman.

Infrastructure Committee – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies related to climate change, energy, highways, underground utilities, and other aspects of infrastructure wherein there is demand for geospatial data, identifies opportunities to utilize the services and data products of MAPPS member firms, considers the need for the development and advocacy of policies or legislation to enable the full utilization of geospatial assets in energy, environment, and infrastructure; recommends actions, legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board, provides a forum for discussion of such issues by interested MAPPS members, and assists the Program Committee in developing sessions, speakers and programs at MAPPS conferences to address and educate the full membership on these issues. Brad Adams, Woolpert, Dallas, TX, Chairman.

Cadastre Task Force – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies on issues related to parcel data, development of cadastre systems, and creation of geo-enabled land inventories; coordinates efforts in support of the proposed Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, recommends legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board. Susan Marlow, Smart Data Strategies, Franklin, TN, Chairman.

HSIA/Oceans & Coastal Task Force – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies related to implementation of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act (HSIA), and other ocean and coastal mapping, remote sensing and geospatial issues, considers the need for the development and advocacy of policies or legislation to enable the full utilization of geospatial assets in hydrographic, ocean and coastal programs and recommends actions, legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board, provides a forum for discussion of such issues by interested MAPPS members, and assists the Program Committee in developing sessions, speakers and programs at MAPPS conferences to address and educate the full membership on these issues. Kurt Allen, Photo Science, Bowie, MD, Chairman

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Action Alert: FTC Privacy Rules -- Complying with Onerous Federal Regulations

Posted By John Palatiello, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

At the Winter Meeting, I gave a presentation on "Privacy".

In that presentation, I challenged everyone with a homework assignment -- to read the final report of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers,".

When the FTC issued its original draft report for public comment, MAPPS responded and mobilized dozens of individuals and member firms to do the same. The membership took action to the point where an FTC official said the geospatial issue attracted more comments than any other aspect of the Commission’s draft.

The issue was that FTC proposed to protect the privacy of individual citizens’ "sensitive” data, including "precise geolocation data” that included, for example, an address. However, FTC did not define the term "precise geolocation data” and the report recommended that before any firm could collect, store, or use such data, it would be required to "provide prominent disclosures and obtain affirmative express consent before using consumer data in a materially different manner than claimed when the data was collected..."

MAPPS called compliance with requirement "impractical to the point of impossible" for geospatial firms. The proposed regulatory language threatened information that is collected by private firms and government entities to perform E-911 and emergency response management, environmental protection, homeland security, mortgage foreclosure monitoring/early warning systems, master planning, and many other tasks that are conducted by geospatial professionals.

When issuing its final report, FTC only provided a single footnote to address the geospatial community’s concerns. It said, "With respect to use of geolocation data for mapping, surveying or similar purposes, if the data cannot reasonably be linked to a specific consumer, computer, or device, a company collecting or using the data would not need to provide a consumer choice mechanism. Similarly, if a company takes reasonable measures to de-identify smart grid data and takes the other steps outlined above, the company would not be obligated to obtain consent before collecting or using the data.”

MAPPS has been working with allies, such as other geospatial associations in the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO – www.cogo.pro) and the federal government’s Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC – www.fgdc.gov) and the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC - www.fgdc.gov/ngac) to convince the FTC that it has not adequately addressed the geospatial community’s concerns and has established an untenable standard.

Call to Action

In its final report, the FTC urged the private sector to "accelerate the pace of its self-regulatory measures to implement the Commission’s final privacy framework. Although some companies have excellent privacy and data security practices, industry as a whole must do better.” It went on to offer the following ominous warning, "to the extent that strong privacy codes are developed, the Commission will view adherence to such codes favorably in connection with its law enforcement work. The Commission will also continue to enforce the FTC Act to take action against companies that engage in unfair or deceptive practices, including the failure to abide by self-regulatory programs they join.”

The report also said, "the Commission calls on individual companies, trade associations, and self-regulatory bodies to adopt the principles contained in the final privacy framework, to the extent they have not already done so. For its part, the FTC will focus its policy efforts on the five areas identified (in the report) … vigorously enforce existing laws, work with industry on self-regulation, and continue to target its education efforts on building awareness of existing data collection and use practices and the tools to control them.”

What should we do? Please view my presentation and the full FTC Report.

What are your suggestions for self-regulation? What should be the "privacy code” for MAPPS members? What are the "existing data collection and use practices” in the geospatial profession? Is it practical to "provide prominent disclosures and obtain affirmative express consent before using consumer data in a materially different manner than claimed when the data was collected..."?

Again, while MAPPS fights the FTC regulations, we must prepare to meet the standards the Commission has set so that if our effort to change the Commission’s view is not successful, you the members are in compliance with this federal regulatory requirement and not subject to an enforcement action by the FTC.

If you have comments and suggestions please include them below.

 

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Private Sector Capacity for 3DEP

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The USGS has launched a program to provide a national elevation dataset to a common standard with scheduled updates. The 3DEP program (http://nationalmap.gov/3DEP/) is based on a recommended 8-year acquisition cycle at a cost of $146 million per year. In response to a request from USGS, MAPPS, the association of private sector geospatial firms, conducted an analysis of existing and future private sector LIDAR data acquisition capacity and capability.

 

In a response to USGS, MAPPS has confirmed that a capable, qualified private sector capacity exists to fulfill the LIDAR data acquisition requirements of 3DEP.

Using a conservative "rule of thumb" estimate of a firm being able to generate $3 million in fees per LIDAR unit per year, there would need to be 50 (rounded) operational units in the commercial sector in the U.S. to accomplish 3DEP consistent with the projected annual funding.

MAPPS estimates there are more than 100 operational LIDAR units in the commercial sector in the U.S. that can meet the NEEA/3DEP standards and specifications. This includes units brought into production within the past six years and which are capable of large area collections, and excludes older systems and those used for corridors or similarly limited areas. Therefore, an acquisition capacity more than adequate to accomplish the requirements of 3DEP exists in the U.S. private sector.

Additionally, 3DEP would stimulate additional capacity, as a "build it and they will come” phenomena would exist if 3DEP is fully funded. Firms engaged in LIDAR acquisition would likely secure additional units to increase the collection of data. We estimate that as many as 15 additional units would be purchased annually by service firms in the first years of 3DEP if certainty of full funding is provided. The manufacturing capacity of LIDAR sensor instruments is more than sufficient to meet this demand.

Under the current economic climate, it is reasonable to assume that there is adequate capacity in the market to fulfill current needs. Indeed there is excess capacity. According to the biannual MAPPS Economic Survey, only 35 percent of MAPPS member firms are currently operating at full capacity. There is existing LIDAR capacity to satisfy current requirements, 3DEP, and future market growth, as well as an ability for acquisition capabilities to grow to meet prospective increase in demand.

Utilizing the Geospatial Products and Services Contract (GPSC), a suite of multiple-award USGS contracts with the private sector that has been competitively procured via the qualifications based selection process pursuant to 40 USC 1101 and FAR part 36.6, provides a public-private partnership between USGS and the private sector to accomplish 3DEP via task orders for LIDAR acquisition. Based on information collected from firms in its membership, MAPPS is confident the equipment infrastructure, service capacity and contract mechanism is in place to efficiently implement the 3DEP program at its fully funded level.

In an economy where you are counting every dollar, it is good to know you can count on MAPPS!

 

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How’s It Going?

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Monday, January 7, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013
When the economy started to slow in the fall of 2008, the MAPPS Board of Directors began to wonder how the market was affecting the member firms of MAPPS. The Board discussed ways MAPPS could help members measure their experiences with revenues, payroll, investments and market segments, particularly in a way where firm principals could benchmark their own experience, observations, and forecasts with those of their peers in other firms.

 

Beginning in January 2009, MAPPS has conducted a biannual survey to gauge members’ view on the economic climate. Conduced in January and June of each year, the brief survey of member firms collects data that is more qualitative than quantitative in nature to take a snapshot of current conditions as well as determine attitudes about the coming months.

The survey is conducted by Dr. Steven Cox of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. Individual firm responses are held in confidence; only membership-wide trends are reported.

 

The economic survey takes the pulse of the membership on factors such as whether federal, state, or local government markets, commercial markets, or foreign markets are up or down and how members forecast those segments in the coming six months; whether there have been reductions in their firms’ workforce and a decline or growth is projected; expectations for capital investments in equipment, including hardware and software; and whether firms are operating at their maximum capacity. The survey also tracked members’ participation in projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the 2009 "stimulus” bill, and firms’ experience with "insourcing”, the cancellation of federal contracts with the private sector and transferring such work to performance by government employees.

 

MAPPS member firms, based or with an office in the United States that acquire geospatial data are included in the survey. Associate Members, service firms that do not have a physical presence in the United States or are equipment and software manufacturers, are not polled. The exclusion of the Associate Members is to provide a homogeneous group of firms engaged in geospatial data acquisition, production and application services in the United States.

 

The next survey will be conducted among member firms January 14-18. The results will be reported at the MAPPS Winter Meeting, January 27-31, 2013 in Miami, Florida and provided to all members thereafter.

 

"One of the benefits of membership in MAPPS is to give members a sense of community. Rather than feeling alone in the wilderness, MAPPS member firm principals know they are part of a larger profession and organization, and that there are other principals, owners and senior executives in geospatial firms who are experiencing the same challenges. Whether it is face-to-face networking at conferences or virtual networking through the MAPPS economic survey, the association provides the peace of mind that all geospatial firms are in it together,” said MAPPS President Richard "Dick” W. McDonald, PLS.

"I encourage every member firm that is a data or service provider in the United States to participate in the survey,” McDonald said. "The more participants we have in the survey, the better the quality of results will be.”

In an economy where you are counting every dollar, it is good to know you can count on MAPPS! 

 

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the MAPPS Winter Meeting - #1, Deadline Extended!!!

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

 

If you have not yet registered, here is the last of the Top Ten reasons.

Regular registration rates HAVE BEEN EXTENDED to January 4. Register before January 4 and SAVE. Late fees will go into effect January 5.

The conference will feature a program of first-class business, technical education, and market opportunities. You will enjoy an education program focused on markets, technologies and business practices; networking to build business-to-business relationship; and ways to better manage a surveying, mapping or geospatial company.

To ensure you receive the special MAPPS conference rate be sure to make your reservations at the Trump International Resort before January 4. Reservations cannot be guaranteed due to availability after January 4 and the hotel rate will increase! The hotel is easily accessible from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA).

 
Special Non-Member Offer


Attend the MAPPS meeting as a non-member*, if your firm joins by the end of the conference on January 31 the difference between the non-member and member rate will be credited to your firms membership! Register for the conference before December 29 and you could receive a $770 credit! Register for the conference here.


*Membership in MAPPS is by firm not by individual unless an individual is an independent consultant. For more information about MAPPS membership, click here.
 
 

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the MAPPS Winter Meeting - #2, Networking

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Going to a MAPPS conference is NOT meeting with your competition.

Rather, it is your "coopetition" or "competimates” -- firms with whom you also partner or cooperate.

Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars in business-to-business transactions occur between MAPPS member firms, much of it originating from relationships at MAPPS conferences.

MAPPS members have said attending a MAPPS conference is an enormous savings in time and money. You can see over 100 clients - principals of other firms you work or want to work with - at a MAPPS meeting. It would otherwise take months, and thousands of dollars in airfare, hotels, and other expenses to see these same colleagues separately.

MAPPS attracts the top people in the geospatial market -- the principals, owners, partners and senior executives of the leading firms in the community. The deal-makers. The decision-makers. The people YOU want to meet with.

Quality time with your peers at MAPPS is not five minutes in your booth on an exhibit floor. Rather, MAPPS meetings provide an opportunity to meet with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere at a venue that facilitates partnership-building, networking, and developing business-to-business relationships.
 
Register today. In addition to the networking opportunities, check out full conference program of sessions and presentations. Take a look at who is already registered to attend.

To ensure you receive the special MAPPS conference rate be sure to make your reservations at the Trump International Resort before January 4. The hotel is easily accessible from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA).
 
Special Non-Member Offer

 
Attend the MAPPS meeting as a non-member*, if your firm joins by the end of the conference on January 31 the difference between the non-member and member rate will be credited to your firms membership! Register for the conference before December 29 and you could receive a $770 credit! Register for the conference here.


*Membership in MAPPS is by firm not by individual unless an individual is an independent consultant. For more information about MAPPS membership, click here.
 
 

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Passing of a MAPPS Founder

Posted By John Palatiello, Friday, December 28, 2012

It is my sad duty to report that Don Mohr, a President of the Legislative Council of Photogrammetry (LCP, the predecessor of MAPPS) and one of the founders of MAPPS, passed away peacefully on Christmas Day at the age of 82.

Don was the founder of AeroMetric. He had most recently visited his many MAPPS friends and colleagues at our 20th anniversary conference in Monterey, CA in 2002 and our 25th anniversary celebration in Bretton Woods, NH in 2007.

Don suffered a stroke several months ago and had been in a nursing home in Elkhart Lake, WI. I had the honor and pleasure of visiting with Don and Marlene, and their two sons, in October.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Don's name for Saron United Church of Christ W3830 County Road J, Sheboygran Falls, WI 53085 and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice W2850 County Road 28, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085.

Condolences can be sent to Marlene Mohr, 22 Point Elkhart Drive, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020.


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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the MAPPS Winter Meeting - #3, Continuing Education

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, December 28, 2012


#3

If you are licensed or certified in a geospatial, surveying, engineering, GIS or other field, you may have continuing education or continuing professional development requirements.

As a professional, you are required to stay current with trends, practices, and techniques in your field.

MAPPS meetings are a relaxed, enjoyable and effective way to earn your continuing education units (CEU's), professional development hours (PDH's) or other requirements for keeping current.

MAPPS will issue a "certificate of completion" for attendance at its Winter Meeting, January 27 - 31, 2013 at the Trump International Hotel in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. This certificate is for your files and use, as applicable, for any licensing or certification program. The program provides first-class business, technical education, and market opportunity information. The education program will include: 

Mergers and acquisitions; human resources: performance evaluations and 360 reviews; health care reform: implementation in your firm and family; wealth management; National Geospatial Advisory Council (NGAC) update; indoor mapping; sensor fusion; automated feature extraction; thermal mapping; asset management; Florida market for geospatial services; Federal agency updates; location/mobile mapping; ethics; privacy issues and geospatial firms; legislative issues roundtable; geospatial excellence awards; CFO issues panel; and an important session on "big data" with Amazon, Esri, Microsoft and Google all presenting.

Register today. Join us in Florida for education and information. Check out full conference information.

To ensure you receive the special MAPPS conference rate be sure to make your reservations at the Trump International Resort before January 4. The hotel is easily accessible from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA).



Special Non-Member Offer
 

Attend the MAPPS meeting as a non-member*, if your firm joins by the end of the conference on January 31 the difference between the non-member and member rate will be credited to your firms membership! Register for the conference before December 29 and you could receive a $770 credit! Register for the conference here.

*Membership in MAPPS is by firm not by individual unless an individual is an independent consultant. For more information about MAPPS membership, click here.
 
 

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the MAPPS Winter Meeting - #4, Big Data

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, December 21, 2012
 
#4
 
Is "Big Data" becoming a problem for your firm? Big Data is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using existing database management tools. The challenges include capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization.

To address "Big Data" in the geospatial world, we've assembled leaders in the field -- Esri, Microsoft, Google and Amazon.

At the MAPPS Winter Conference, January 27 - 31, 2013 at the Trump International Hotel in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, experts from these firms will lead a discussion of the diversity, volume, velocity, and analytics of geospatial data and the revolutionary changes that are occurring. Learn what’s happening, what to expect in the future, and how it will impact the geospatial professional and market.

Bid Data is the wrap-up session of the conference. Register today. Join us for an exciting discussion. Check out full conference information. When making travel plans, make sure your depart from Miami provides ample time for this "must see" session.

Registration rates increase December 29.

To ensure you receive the special MAPPS conference rate be sure to make your reservations at the Trump International Resort before January 4. The hotel is easily accessible from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA).
 

Special Non-Member Offer
 
Attend the MAPPS meeting as a non-member*, if your firm joins by the end of the conference on January 31 the difference between the non-member and member rate will be credited to your firms membership! Register for the conference before December 29 and you could receive a $770 credit! Register for the conference here.

*Membership in MAPPS is by firm not by individual unless an individual is an independent consultant. For more information about MAPPS membership, click here.
 
 

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the MAPPS Winter Meeting - #5, CFO Roundtable

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Thursday, December 20, 2012
 

#5

The Chief Financial Officer of a geospatial firm has unique responsibilities, as well as issues and challenges to address.
At the MAPPS Winter Meeting, January 27 - 31, 2013 at the Trump International Hotel in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, we're hosting a session to discuss CFO issues.

Representatives of a large firm and a small business in our profession present experiences and observations. This CFO Roundtable will be a historic first in the geospatial business.


Don't miss this session and the entire MAPPS Winter Conference, register today. Registration rates increase December 29.

To ensure you receive the special MAPPS conference rate be sure to make your reservations at the Trump International Resort before January 4. The hotel is easily accessible from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA).


Special Non-Member Offer
 
Attend the MAPPS meeting as a non-member*, if your firm joins by the end of the conference on January 31 the difference between the non-member and member rate will be credited to your firms membership! Register for the conference before December 29 and you could receive a $770 credit! Register for the conference here.

*Membership in MAPPS is by firm not by individual unless an individual is an independent consultant. For more information about MAPPS membership, click here.
 
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