2020 NSPS Election
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Mark Sargent (NH) will accede to President
Tim Burch (IL) will accede to President-Elect
Lisa Van Horn (WI) will accede to Past President/At Large Director
Bob Miller (PA) will serve final year of a two-year term as Treasurer
Craig Amey (MI) will serve final year of a two-year term as Secretary
For the office of Vice President
Amanda J. Allred, PLS Podcast Interview
In 2016 Amanda was listed as one of xyHt Magazines 40 under 40 remarkable geospatial professionals. She is currently employed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers as the district land surveyor for the Walla Walla District in Washington State. Her position oversees all land surveying activities for the development of water resources projects on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Amanda is from southwestern New Mexico and graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Surveying Engineering and from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Geomatics.
Her experience includes working for the Bureau of Land Management in the Alaska and New Mexico field offices, conducting original boundary surveys and dependent re-surveys. She’s a licensed professional land surveyor in six western states. She owned and operated her own land surveying firm in Silver City, New Mexico for a number of years conducting boundary surveys, construction staking, and design for large-scale mining reclamation projects, water rights, mining claims and utility surveys.
As the National Society of Professional Surveyors has grown in recent years with increased participation from young professionals, Amanda has been active in her state’s professional surveyor association (where she has served as president and as the NSPS Director). She was also on the national Executive Board of Directors and Chairman of the NSPS Western States Director’s Council. She is currently the chairman of the NSPS communications committee and is also a CST board member.
Thomas Whitson Brooks, Jr., LS Podcast Interview
Thomas Brooks has been a licensed surveyor for twenty-nine (29) years and is currently licensed in fifteen (15) states. He has been a member of NSPS (ACSM) for forty (40) years, originally joining the ACSM student chapter at the University of Alabama. Thomas is currently a fellow member of NSPS, serving as the NSPS Director from the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS). He is serving in his second three-year term as Director. Thomas is a Past President of ASPLS. As an NSPS member, Thomas has served in the following roles: Chairman of Youth Outreach Committee, Chairman of the NAFTA Committee, Member of the Membership Committee, Chairman of the NSPS Political Action Committee, Chairman of the Council on Federal Procurement for Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES), ACSM Director, Secretary of the NSPS Board of Governors, Chairman of the NSPS Board of Governors, Member of the Executive Board of NSPS, and Past President of NSPS 2000. As Chairman of the Youth Outreach Committee and a Member of the Boy Scouts of America, Thomas has taught the surveying merit badge at three Boy Scout national jamborees and rewrote an edition of the Survey Merit Badge Book.
Professionally, Thomas ran his own surveying company, Brooks & Brooks, for twenty-two (22) years with his father Thomas W. Brooks, Sr., LS. He is currently the survey manager for Hunt Guillot & Associates, Birmingham AL, office, working in the oil and gas field. He has presented education courses at state conferences and national conferences on various surveying topics, including rights-of-way and easements, safety and ethics.
Personally, Thomas is married to Jeanine, the love of his life for thirty-eight years (38). They have two sons, Trey a surveyor, and Alex a senior at the University of Alabama studying project management.
Bob Akins Podcast Interview
Bob began his surveying career in the US Army as a construction surveyor. He served two (2) consecutive tours of duty in Vietnam, building roads and bridges in the central highlands. He served in seven (7) campaigns while earning two (2) army commendation medals. After returning home he began surveying in the private sector and earned his professional license in Ohio in 1976. After being licensed, he went to work in the construction industry. He began as a layout foreman and worked his way up to superintendent and general superintendent of a company employing 100+ workers. He supervised hundreds of projects including Multimillion dollar ODOT projects.
Bob opened his own business in 1985 in the basement of a barbershop. Today, Bob is licensed in four (4) states and Akins Land Surveying is a thriving business that involves the whole family. Bob is joined by his son Jared, a Licensed Surveyor, his daughter Vanessa as operations manager and several technical and support staff members.
Bob has served his local and state surveying societies in many positions including President of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio in 2006. That same year he was chosen as member of the year. He has served as the NSPS Director from Ohio for ten (10) years and sat on the Executive Committee for two (2) terms. Bob serves on numerous NSPS committees including railroad monumentation, admissions and fellows. He authored national legislation for the monumentation of abandoned railroad lands. Additionally, Bob works with the Trig-Star program and CST program in Ohio. He loves to visit schools for career days and attending historical events dressed as a Surveyor of the times to educate the public about our industry and to generate interest in surveying careers. Bob served as an advisor to the University of Akron’s surveying program. He also has been a guest lecture at Akron and Youngstown State University.
In his free time bob is the president of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America and loves spending time with his granddaughters. He is currently teaching the four-year-old how to properly use a Plumb Bob.