Neil has been publisher of Professional Surveyor Magazine since 2004. He began his career as an award-winning daily newspaper journalist and photographer, worked as press aid for a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C., and served as managing editor of a major national trade publication and editor/publisher for a regional bicycling magazine. He is an avid cyclist, runner, swimmer, hiker, and skier. In 2008, he completed what he hopes will be first of many triathlons. Neil is married and has two young children.
Director of Sales and Business Development
A 30-year veteran of the advertising and marketing business, Chuck brings plenty of experience in print, online and e-marketing to your efforts. His ability to customize just the right advertising combinations, packages and schedules will help you maximize your valued investment with Flatdog Media.
Having also owned his own national media planning and local marketing businesses, he understands the challenges of effective budgeting and will help our clients use their marketing dollars in the most efficient, effective ways possible.
He enjoys golf, the occasional Texas Hold ‘em game and the opportunity to travel and meet clients across the globe.
Gavin Schrock, PLS
Gavin Schrock, PLS is a surveyor, technology writer, and operator of a cooperative GNSS network (RTN). Originally from PA, Gavin spent most of his youth in Australia, then worked in AK, AZ, HI, CO, CA, and a few other places that sometimes he can’t remember before settling in the Pacific Northwest, where he is viewed as a relatively harmless survey geek. He tried his hand at standup comedy, but someone told him he wasn’t funny and should take up surveying. He has worked in surveying, mapping, data management, GNSS, and GIS for more than three decades in the civil, utility, defense, and mapping disciplines. He has published in these fields and has taught these subjects at local, state, national, and international conferences.
Karen joined the staff of Professional Surveyor in 1999. Her primary responsibilities include maintaining our circulation, the monthly distribution of the magazine to subscribers, state trade shows and conventions, and our semi-annual circulation audit. She enjoys walking and spending time with her family and cats.
Editor in Chief
Shelly helps solicit, develop, and edit feature stories and columns. She has an MA in English, hikes with her dog and human family, and loves living in historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
I have been engaged in geodetic surveying since my enlistment in the U.S. Army in July 1967. Following a tour with an Army topographic engineer[NL1] company in Germany, in 1970 I was employed by a small surveying firm near Washington D.C, while I attended undergraduate school in geodesy at George Washington University.
I joined the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) in August 1972. My duties included a wide array of field and office activities that kept me in constant connection with the surveying, mapping, and GIS communities. I served in the position of NGS chief geodetic surveyor from 2000 until my retirement in early 2013. In that position I was challenged with efforts to keep the various elements of the National Spatial Reference System up to date with contemporary measurement technologies and advise NGS management on improvements to a variety of products and services aimed at ensuring the highest possible positional integrity.
Because positioning services and technologies will continue to improve and become more cost-effective and ubiquitous, I believe the roles of surveyors are being challenged in many areas. Regrettably, training in the fundamentals of geodetic reference systems has not generally been a part of the educational or practical process leading to surveying professional licensure and is an area of technical weakness for many in the profession.
I believe that those who aggressively support improved technical, professional development and engage in active participation with their local survey chapters, as well as state, national, and even international surveying associations, will guide the direction of the profession into the future.
Web & Pangaea Editor
Jeff has been in the land surveying arena for more than six years, working as a survey instrument operator, land survey business manager, and a land-use consultant as well as a customer working with land surveyors in land development and building projects. Jeff is editor for Pangaea
, our twice-monthly enewsletter, and posts news stories on our website weekly.
Administrator, Classified Ad Sales
Angie has been with Professional Surveyor Magazine since 2001. She handles all accounting/human resources as well as manages the classified ads and pdf requests for the magazine and website. When not at work, Angie can usually be found playing with her kids, scrapbooking, and watching her husband coach high school football.
Mike Pfister brings more than 14 years of art direction and award-winning design experience to the PSM team. Having worked in a variety of capacities, including regional magazines, studio design, and government outreach communications, Pfister has had his work recognized by the American Advertising Federation, the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, as well as Print
, and HOW
magazines. Pfister earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in design from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.