Two weeks ago, MAPPS members read an open letter from Ed Cox announcing his departure from Prime Policy Group. While we are sad to see Ed leaving his full-time position at Prime, MAPPS will still have access to Ed's knowledge of geospatial activities on Capitol Hill, as he will remain an advisor to Prime and MAPPS, albeit from 1700 miles away in the Denver area. Ed will provide strategic counsel, policy guidance, and introductions to key geospatial policymakers, among other activities. Prime is much larger than one man, however. While at Prime, Ed relied on numerous individuals who assisted him with policy meetings, legislative research and Capitol Hill activities.All these individuals remain, including Stefan Bailey, who will serve as client leader for MAPPS. Many of you have met Stefan at MAPPS conferences and have learned of his experience in Washington DC. Stefan served on legislative staffs of both the House and Senate, has many specializations, including aviation and infrastructure, and manages a number of Political Actions Committees (PAC), including the MAPPS PAC. Most importantly, like the MAPPS President, Stefan is a die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan.
Stefan will rely on other members of the Prime staff, just as Ed had done. Casie Daugherty has been a key member of the MAPPS team, having assisted with policy meetings on the Hill in addition to previously supporting the logistics of the MAPPS annual fly-in and some of the PAC fundraising activities. Erin Dorton has relationships with Members of Congress on Key Committees in the House of Representatives and Leadership and has extensive experience in building relationships between Congressional offices and the corporate community. Jacob Beaver leads Prime's research team and has assisted MAPPS as the point man for fly-in logistics and management. He is able to provide MAPPS with timely intel and detailed summaries of legislation, regulation, and congressional events like hearings and markups. In addition, Prime is in the process of exploring outside candidates to add to the team. All of these individuals are committed to MAPPS legislative agenda.
I am happy to announce the addition of a new member to the MAPPS staff, John Dixon. John started with Stringfellow Management Group as the MAPPS Association Manager at the beginning of September and is based in New Jersey, across the river from Philadelphia. John has many years of experience in guiding non-profit organizations and will be responsible for leading the day-to-day activities of MAPPS. John will have the continued support of the entire SMG organization. MAPPS members first chance to meetJohn will be at the 2020 Winter Conference in Hawaii.
On the subject of conferences, MAPPS members are demonstrating professional thought leadership by hosting a workshop at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas on October 30th. A special thanks goes to Mike Tully of Aerial Services, Inc., Jason Heywood of DroneView Technologies, and Brian Raber of Merrick for organizing this event. Information and registration details can be found here.
Thank you for your continued support of MAPPS. Please feel free to reach out to any of the MAPPS Board of Directors with your suggestions or comments on how we can make our organization better.