March 25, 2022
After a short break to coordinate National Surveyor’s Week and Global Surveyor’s Day, we are back! We think we made up for the absence with this week’s offering.
This informative episode covers the importance of contracts with our resident Land Title Survey expert, Mr. Gary Kent, PLS. He recently sat down with Tim Burch to discuss why a signed contract is particularly important when performing and providing a Land Title Survey along with several good tips on protecting both the surveyor and client with a solid agreement. Gary stressed the importance of spelling out which Table A items are to be included along with making it clear that the standard surveyor certification is required for the final survey. Lots of great insight from the guru of the standards, so sit back and enjoy the conversation.
We have several great guests in the coming weeks along with a few surprise announcements from NSPS so make sure and subscribe wherever you listen. Also, check out our social media accounts for more information on upcoming episodes. Thanks for listening to “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.
February 23, 2022
“Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast finds us in the Palmetto State and chatting with Aaron Leach, PLS, owner at Rowe Professional Services Company (Myrtle Beach office) and member of the NSPS Trig-Star committee. He recently sat down with Tim Burch to talk about his beginnings in surveying, childhood trips with his grandfather leading to his love for the outdoors, and why membership in your professional society is more than networking. Aaron shared his thoughts on past experiences and mentors, and why education within the profession never stops.
Aaron is a great example of expanding one’s ability to give back to a profession, starting locally and extending to serving on a national education committee. Thank for listening to “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and subscribe wherever you listen to your audio selections.
February 9, 2022
One of the biggest values of being an NSPS member is advocacy, so this week’s episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast is a great way to hear all about our legislative efforts. John Palatiello, Partner at Miller/Wenhold, is the NSPS Legislative Consultant, longtime advocate for geospatial professions, and leads the overall efforts of our Joint Government Affairs Committee (JGAC). He recently celebrated his 40th anniversary of legislative representation and recently talked with Tim Burch about his career, our current political climate, and the items our NSPS directors will be discussing during the upcoming Lobby Day activities. John shared his opinions on surveyors being recognized as professionals and the importance of working with legislators to separate professional licensing from occupational licensing. He also talked about the importance of lobbying and getting our elected officials to consider the professional surveyor’s view when supporting legislation.
We appreciate John, John “JB” Byrd, and JGAC Chair Pat Smith for their ongoing efforts to represent our great profession at the federal legislative level. Thank for listening to “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and subscribe wherever you listen to your audio selections.
January 6, 2022
After a much-needed break for the holidays, we are back and with big changes to announce for the new year. This episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast features our two hosts, Curt Sumner and Tim Burch, but in different roles for the organization. After a 23-year run as Executive Director, Curt is transitioning to an Emeritus role and has handed the reins to Tim as the new Executive Director. Curt and Tim sat down after a hectic first week to reflect on the change at the top of NSPS yet retaining the continuity of the organization with its wonderful staff. We learn about Curt’s career to date and how this next chapter takes him back to his roots and near his immediate family.
Lots of great episodes and guest are on tap for 2022 so make sure you are subscribed to “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast to catch more of these great interviews. Thank you for joining us!
December 8, 2021
This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” features interviews with Jeanette Harley, Heather Kennan, and Eric Salovich, the candidates for NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN) Secretary in the upcoming 2022 Election. All three young entrepreneurs sat down recently to chat with NSPS President-Elect Tim Burch about goals for the YSN, the importance of a strong relationship between the Young Surveyors and the NSPS Board of Directors, and what each of them sees coming up with the future of surveying.
The Young Surveyors Network represents a bright future ahead for the profession and these two candidates are prime examples of those leaders. Thank you for listening to this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and look for ballots for the 2022 NSPS Young Surveyors Network election cycle to be announced soon.
December 1, 2021
This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” features interviews with Nolan Mark and Jacob Heck, candidates for NSPS Young Surveyors Network (YSN) Vice President in the upcoming 2022 Election. Both gentlemen sat down recently to chat with NSPS President-Elect Tim Burch about goals for the YSN, the importance of a strong relationship between the Young Surveyors and the NSPS Board of Directors, and what each of them sees coming up with the future of surveying.
The Young Surveyors Network represents a bright future ahead for the profession and these two candidates are prime examples of those leaders. Thank you for listening to this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and look for more interviews with the YSN Secretary candidates for the 2022 NSPS election cycle.
October 13, 2021
Welcome to the 100th episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast”!
When NSPS began the process for replacing its venerable “NSPS Radio Hour” on internet radio, we knew it would take some time, work, and learning some new skills to put together our own podcast. While the format has changed, the transformation to a podcast medium has allowed us to attract more guests from around the globe and introduce many more topics than before.
This week is no different, as we meet our coordinators for the upcoming “Survey & GIS Summit” co-hosted by NSPS and URISA. Brent Jones (EP79) and Linda Foster (EP81) are leading the charge to bring a virtual conference event that has plenty to offer to the GIS and surveying professions together. Listen in on the details of the origin of the conference, evolution to today’s version, and where this endeavor can take both professions.
Thank you for tuning into “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” and listen for the question to enter into our drawing for great prizes. Simply email the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter the drawing for shirts, hats, Yetis, and more! The deadline is enter is Wednesday, October 20 at 5:00 pm Eastern. And watch social media for more announcements about future episodes and guests!
October 6, 2021
Chalk up another great conversation with a true role model! Our chat this week for Episode 99 of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” is with Virginia Winberg, a PLS from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, (Minnesota, for those who don’t know that tidbit). Tim Burch sat down with Virginia to talk about her involvement in the Women’s Survey Summit AND the Future Surveyor’s Foundation with our previous “Surveyor Says!” guests, Anna Rios (EP21) and Heather Sides (EP95). She also shared her recent experience at the Minnesota State Fair (exhibiting for 12 days!) and spreading the survey gospel to fair goers. Virginia talked about what makes a great mentor and how we need to continue to give back to our wonderful profession.
Thank you for tuning into this episode of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast and keep watching social media for our announcements regarding Episode 100 and cool prizes!
July 14, 2021
This episode of “Surveyor Says! The NSPS Podcast” highlights the Certified Survey Technician (CST) program during a conversation with Norm Ellerbrock, a CST Board member. He recently sat down with Tim Burch to talk about his introduction into surveying, starting his own business, and how mentoring is important to teaching the future practitioners. Norm provides an overview of the program, the pathway to certification on two tracks to four levels, and preparation for taking a CST exam. He also shares the importance having CST employees for an advantage as a business owner in both experience and prequalification for certain projects. Norm also shared how to become a proctor for potential exam takers as well as finding a proctor if an applicant cannot find one.
If you are interested in giving back to the profession and future surveyors, then CST could be your answer! The CST Board is looking for future members to help administer, grade, and review test questions for our future technicians. For more information, go to cstnsps.com for more information. And stay tuned for more great episodes of “Surveyor Says!” The NSPS Podcast.