2016 MAPPS Summer Conference
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7/16/2016 to 7/20/2016
When: 7/16-20/2016
Where: Grand Traverse Resort
Traverse City, Michigan 
United States
Contact: Sally Palatiello

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2016 MAPPS Summer Conference
Join us in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan for education and networking at the 2016 MAPPS Summer Conference! For more information on our conference location, www.traversecity.com.

Hotel Information

The special MAPPS conference rate at the Grand Traverse Resort expired on June 23.  If you need hotel reservations, please contact Sally Palatiello at 703-787-6996. 

The Grand Traverse Resort has complimentary shuttles to and from the airport. Please call the resort's bell stand at 231-534-6420 and give them your anticipated landing time and flight information to ensure a shuttle is waiting for your upon your arrival. The shuttle is right outside the doors of the airport. The airport is very small so it won’t be hard to see the shuttle with the Grand Traverse logo on the bus.  Parking at the Grand Traverse Resort is complimentary.

Golf Scramble
The MAPPS golf scramble is a fun, friendly competition designed for golfers of ALL levels. We encourage all principals, spouses and guests to register for this event. The MAPPS scramble is a great way to network with your colleagues, meet new friends, enjoy an afternoon on the golf course. Remember, regardless of whether if you are a competitive golfer or a once a year golfer, this tournament is for you!!! Click here to register.

Sponsorships Available!
Click here to view sponsorships availableIf you have any questions, email sally@mapps.org.

  Preliminary Schedule
Saturday, July 16, 2016
   8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
MAPPS Board Meeting                                                                              
   1:00 PM
MAPPS Registration Office Opens (Michigan C)
   2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

MAPPS PAC Briefing
Speakers:  Former State Senator Jason Allen (MI), Candidate for Congress, John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director

   4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Keynote Session -  "sUAS Part 107 Rule"
Speaker:  Randy Willis, FAA


   5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 Welcome Reception
 Sunday, July 17, 2016
   7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
 Member/Principal Breakfast
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 A/E Forum
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 Legislative Affairs Committee
    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 General Sessions

FAA/UAS Update
  Speakers:  Randy Willis, FAA; John Perry, Altavian, Greg Winton, MAPPS Aviation

  UAS Risk and Insurance
   Speaker: Robert Habel, Aon Risk Solutions
  Forum Meetings (Aerial Acquisition, Surveying, GeoINT)
  Geospatial Market Opportunities to Support America's Oil and Gas Energy Sector
  Speaker:  Jay Arnold, Magnolia River
  What's Behind the National and State Legislative Campaign Against Occupational Licensing
       and What it Means for Geospatial Professionals
  Speakers: John Palatiello, MAPPS

  Speaker:  Paige Parker, Planet Labs

   8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 Spouse/Guest/Child Breakfast
   9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 Spouse/Guest/Child - Old Mission Lighthouse
   1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Transportation Sponsor:
 Group Networking Activity - Sleeping Bear Dunes
 Monday, July 18, 2016
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 Member/Principal Breakfast
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 Small Business Forum
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 FEMA Task Force
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 Government & University Forum
   8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 General Sessions
     Speaker: Richard Serby, GeoSearch
  Forum Meetings (Emerging Markets, Ocean & Coastal Mapping, Infrastructure)
  "Thought Leadership" - Presented by Forum Chairs
    GEOINT Forum  -  Joe Seppi, Woolpert
    Infrastructure Forum  -  Jim Brainard, R.E.Y. Engineers, Inc.
    Aerial Acquisition Forum  -  Richard Crouse, Richard Crouse & Associates
    Small Business Forum  -  Kelly Francis, Aero-Graphics, Inc.
    Emerging Markets & Technologies Forum  -  Mark Brooks,Optimal Geo
    Government & University Competition Forum -  Marvin Miller, MRG GEO
    Ocean & Coastal Mapping Forum  -  Thomas Newman, TerraSond Limited
    Surveying Forum  -  Mitch Long, GRW Aerial Surveys
    A/E Forum - Bob Hanson, Michael Baker International

  When Disaster Strikes:  The Need for a Continuity of Operations

  Speakers:  Marvin Miller, MRG GEO; Mike Tully, Aerial Services, Inc.

  Results of the MAPPS Salary and Benefits Survey
  Speakers:  Brian Raber, Merrick; Bob Hanson, Michael Baker International

   8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 Spouse/Guest/Child Breakfast
   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 Spouse/Guest/Child - Downtown Traverse City Featuring a Cooking Class at Fustini’s
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Beverage Bar Sponsor:
 Group Lakeside Networking Activity
 Tuesday, July 19, 2016
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 Member/Principal Breakfast
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 Membership Committee
   8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 General Sessions
  Professional Ethics
  Speaker:  Marvin Miller, MRG GEO

  FEMA Flood Mapping and TMAC
  Speaker:  Scott Edelman, AECOM


A Perspective on Geospatial Workforce Development & MAPPS Geospatial Awards
  Speaker:  Bob Burtch, Profession Emeritus, Ferris State University

  MAPPS Annual Business Meeting & Election
   12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
   Golf Sponsor:
 Golf/Free Time - Golf is a separate registration.  Click here to register.
   7:00 PM
 Banquet Reception
   7:45 PM
 Wednesday, July 20, 2016
   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 New Board, Committee and Forum Chairs
   8:00 AM


 Member/Principal Breakfast
   8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

 General Sessions
  10 Questions for Geospatial Equipment Manufacturers
  Moderator:  Mark Brooks, Optimal Geo

  Connected Vehicles:  What Is It and What Does It Mean for Geospatial Firms?
  Speaker:  Jim Dineen, HERE 

   10:30 AM
 Conference Adjourns
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