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2020 Nominations Committee Announcement and Call for Board Candidates

Wednesday, May 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
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MAPPS Board of Directors Nomination Announcement
MAPPS is pleased to announce the following members comprise the 2020 Board of Directors Nominations Committee:
Jim Brainard
Engineers, Inc.
Mitch Long
GRW Aerial Surveys, Inc.
(Committee Chair)
Jeff Lower
IIC Technologies, Inc.
Carlos Prieto
SurvTech Solutions
Aaron Schepers
Cornerstone Mapping, Inc.
Thank you in advance to the above MAPPS members for their service to the association in the important task of evaluating and selecting future members of the Board of Directors.
MAPPS is a membership led Association that relies heavily on its Board for both strategic and operational leadership.
In accordance with the MAPPS Bylaws the nomination and election process for the 2020 MAPPS Board of Directors is hereby initiated and announced.
As the MAPPS President, I have appointed Mitch Long of GRW to Chair the 2020 Nominations Committee. This important committee will recommend the slate of candidates for election to the MAPPS Board of Directors.
The terms of the following MAPPS Board of Directors expire in July 2020
  • John Boeding, MAPPS Director, Surdex Corporation
  • Mike Tully, MAPPS Director, Aerial Services, Inc.
  • Robert White, MAPPS Secretary/Treasurer, WhiteStar Corporation
  • Jim Van Rens, MAPPS Director, RIEGL USA
Please note: Board positions are 2-year terms, and there are no term limits.

Summary of the Nominations Process

  1. Individuals who wish to be considered for election to the MAPPS Board can submit interest in writing to the Chairman no later than June 15, 2020.
  2. The Nominations Committee next evaluates and ranks those who formally submitted letters of interest.
  3. The Nominations Committee will announce its recommended slate of candidates by July 1, 2020.
  4. The election of Directors will take place at the annual business meeting of MAPPS during the 2020 Summer Conference tentatively scheduled for September 2020.
  5. Any individual not nominated by the Nominations Committee can be considered by a nomination from the floor at that meeting, provided that notice is filed with the MAPPS President by August 1, 2020.

General Board of Director Qualifications

When considering candidates, the Nominations Committee shall evaluate the following qualities in candidates for the MAPPS Board of Directors:

  • reflect and represent the broad range of member firms of MAPPS;
  • be senior executives in their firms (principals, owners or partners) with profit/loss and decision-making responsibilities;
  • has the management, resources and support of the firm to serve the entire Board term;
  • has the ability to attend required meetings and dedicate the time needed to fulfill the responsibilities of a Director inside and outside of our Board meetings. The Board meets approximately ten times per year by conference call, and approximately four times per year in person with associated travels;
  • be experienced in the geospatial field, and recognized and respected by their professional peers;
  • be of a range of firm sizes in the membership; the various professional service disciplines; all geographic areas of the United States; gender; age; race; and other characteristics so that the Board in total is reflective of the diversity of the membership;
  • has management, business and political acumen to effectively provide oversight to the Association while actively engaging with our Board and our members, and promote MAPPS to expand our membership within the entire geospatial community;
  • be active in MAPPS and demonstrate commitment to the association by active meeting participation (speaker, committee member, political advocacy, sponsorship, PAC, excellence awards, etc.), and be knowledgeable about the association; and,
  • be from a firm (or family of firms with common ownership relationships) that has not recently been represented on the MAPPS Board so as to spread among the member firms an equitable opportunity to participate on the Board.

MAPPS members who are interested in serving the association as a member of the Board of Directors should advise the Nominations Committee of their interest in writing by June 15, 2020.

Along with a statement of interest, prospective Board members should include the following information:
  • Candidate's Name and Candidate's Firm
  • Brief (not more than two (2) pages) biographical sketch of the candidate to include education, experience, registrations/certifications, past participation in MAPPS activities including positions, leadership, political activity, and a statement as to why he/she desires to be a member of the MAPPS Board of Directors.

The 2020 Board of Directors Nomination Schedule is hereby established:

  • May 26, 2020 - Announcement of Nominations Committee members by MAPPS President and call for candidates for MAPPS Board of Directors
  • June 15, 2020 - Close of submissions to Nominations Committee
  • July 1, 2020 - Nominations Committee slate announced (additional nominations may be made from the floor at the annual business meeting if filed in advance)
  • August 1, 2020 - Deadline for notifying President Brooks of a nomination from the floor
  • September 2020– Annual MAPPS Business Meeting and Election during the Summer Conference

Please contact me at or 256-882-7788 if you have any questions.

Mark Brooks
MAPPS President
2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Questions? 443.640.1068
Fax 443.640.1031