Reston, Va., Jan. 10, 2013—MAPPS (www.mapps.org), the national association of private sector geospatial firms, has announced the selection of Susan Marlow, founder and CEO of Smart Data Strategies of Franklin, TN as a member of the association's Board of Directors. Ms. Marlow was selected by the MAPPS Board to fill a vacancy caused by the retiremen t and resignation of Paul Harwig, PE, SP, formerly of Fugro Horizons, Inc., Rapid City, SD.
"Susan Marlow has been a recognized and respected leader of our profession. Her vision and experience will be an asset to the Board and our entire membership," said Richard "Dick" McDonald, PLS, (T3 Global Technologies, Bridgeville, PA), President of MAPPS. "I am delighted she has agreed to serve and we welcome her to the Board."
Smart Data Strategies, Inc. provides a variety of GIS software and services that focus on Real Property Intelligence™. Ms. Marlow has been involved in numerous leadership activities in the geospatial profession. She has long served as Chairman of the MAPPS Federal Cadastre Task Force and has been the recipient of numerous MAPPS Presidential Awards for her contributions.
Ms. Marlow has also been Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Panel for Integrating Geospatial Technologies into the ROW Process; a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Land Parcel Databases that produced the report, National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future; a delegate to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) summit on Land Parcel Data for the Mortgage Crisis; and Chairman of the Board, Institute for GIS Studies (IGISS). She has testified before Congress on parcels, federal geospatial coordination, and geospatial workforce development.
Pursuant to the MAPPS bylaws, Ms. Marlow was selected by the other members of the MAPPS Board to serve as a director until the next business meeting of the association, to be held at the MAPPS Summer Conference in Rockport, ME on July 22 - 26, 2013.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.
For more information on MAPPS, please visit www.mapps.org.