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Chris Mavis


Chris Mavis

Chris Mavis currently serves as the Hennepin County Surveyor. Chris’ land surveying career began in 1990 at Widseth Smith Nolting in Brainerd, MN. He has also held surveying and spatial data management positions at Washington County, the City of Inver Grove Heights, Short Elliott Hendrickson and Esri. He earned his B.E.S Degree in Geography from St Cloud State University, with additional land surveying coursework at Inver Hills Community College.

Mr. Mavis is a current member of MSPS and is involved with the MSPS Events Committee. He is also a member and past president of Capitol Area Land Surveyors Association, is a member of the MnDOT Survey Technical Workshop planning committee, and serves on a variety of Hennepin County Committees.


Bryan Balcome


Bryan Balcome

Experience: With more than 18 years’ experience, Bryan Balcome is a vice president in the firm and serves as land survey coordinator for Widseth Smith Nolting & Assoc., Inc.’s eight offices. Balcome assists and advises the office managers and survey department heads by providing leadership, estimating and scheduling, staffing, and technical resources necessary for overall project success.

Education: Associate of Science, Civil Engineering Technology, Rochester Community College, 1995.

Employment History: 18 years of land survey experience: 2006–present, Widseth Smith Nolting & Assoc., Inc.; 2003–2006, John Oliver & Associates, Inc.; 2000–2003, Aerometric; 1999–2000, Olmsted County; 1997–1999, Goodhue County; 1995–1997, Fangman Land Surveying.

Licensure: Professional Land Surveyor: Minnesota (Lic. No. 42594), North Dakota (Lic. No. LS-4897), South Dakota (Lic. No. 7708), Wisconsin (Lic. No. 2599-8), Iowa (Lic. No. 17677), Nebraska (Lic. No. 746).

Professional Activities: 1995–present, Member, MSPS; 2003–present, Member, MSPS Central Lakes Chapter 5; 2011–present, member, WSLS; 2012–present, member, NSPS. Currently serving as Vice President of MSPS Chapter 5 and has served as Secretary / Treasurer of MSPS Chapter 5.

Community Activities: 2007–present, Boy Scout Troop 496 / Cub Scout Pack 496 Den 4 Leader; 2008–present, member, Alexandria Kiwanis (president, 2012).

Awards: 2011, MSPS Wm. S. Kelley, Jr., Community Service Award Recipient; 2008, Prairie Business Magazine “40 under 40,” recognizing 40 leaders under the age of 40.

Dan Stueber


Daniel Stueber

In addition to being a professional land surveyor, Dan is also a licensed civil engineer providing unique expertise and perspective to the industry. He serves as a firm Principal at ISG, a professional consulting firm providing architecture, engineering, environmental and planning strategies and services to a wide range of clients throughout the Midwest.

With more than 16 years of experience, Dan leads ISG’s Land Survey Group, and manages a staff of experienced land surveyors, technicians and project managers. By serving as an MSPS member and Director, Dan is able to share his expertise, collaborate with other professionals, and promote the industry.

Registrations: Licensed Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor, Minnesota Registration #43110; Licensed Surveyor, WI: #3003-08; IA: #19880, SD #10021

Affiliations: Director, Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) since 2012; Member, Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE)

Academic Background: Bachelor in Civil Engineering South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD; Land surveying coursework at St. Cloud State University

Community Service/Involvement: As a Director for MSPS, Dan is helping to update the Common Interest Community (CIC) Plat Manual, a statewide guidebook for surveyors.

Cynthia Hidde


Cynthia Hidde

Education: Associates degree in Civil Engineering from NWTC, Greenbay - Bachelor of Science Degree from ST. Cloud State University.

Employment: 15 years of Land Surveying Experience. 2010 - Present, Stonemark Land Surveying, Inc. 2000-2010 Landecker & Associates, Inc.

Licensure: Licensed Land Surveyor in Minnesota - 44881

Professional Activities: Member NSPS, MSPS, MSPS Chapter II, past vice president and past president of Chapter II MSPS, member of MMBA, member and current President of North Country Networkers.

Community Activities: Co-chair Bean hole Days, Stars & Strips Committee, Pequot Lakes Chamber Advisory Board, Chamber Ambassador, president of Out of Towners Toastmasters, past president of Paul Bunyan Toastmasters, past Area 61 Governor - District 6 Toastmasters, member of Pequot Lakes Community Action, past committee chair of Pack 102 cub scouts, past co-chair PTA Health & Wellness Committee, Gloria Dei Sunday School Teacher, Black Bear 4-H parent volunteer.

Marcus Hampton


Marcus Hampton

Marcus Hampton has been working in the surveying profession since the turn of the century. During this time, he has been volunteering time to the surveying community at both the state and local levels. Marcus is a past Director of MSPS and is currently Treasurer of Chapter 6. Additionally, he is on the Events Committee of MSPS and within Chapter 6, is a past president, has served on Summer Meeting planning committees, has coordinated local TrigStar competitions, and has been a counselor for the Boy Scouts of America Land Surveying Merit Badge. Marcus has also been heavily involved in the development of the Young Surveyors networks for MSPS, NSPS, and FIG (North America).

Marcus is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, is licensed to practice in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and holds a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) certificate. He is currently Vice President at James R. Hill, Inc. in Burnsville.

Chris Ambourn

NSPS Governor

Chris Ambourn

Chris Ambourn has been working in the surveying profession for 20 years, a journey which has taken him and his family from Wisconsin, to Michigan, back to Minnesota, to Alaska, back to Minnesota, to South Dakota and once again back to Minnesota… from where he vows to never leave again. Having been exposed to such a diverse breadth of experiences, personalities, geographies, as well as, importantly, a 3 year reintroduction to the field, has given him a unique perspective on the surveying profession and the way that we survey here in both the metro and greater Minnesota. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Surveying from Michigan Tech, is licensed in MN, WI, ND, SD and WY and served as NSPS Governor from 2010-2012 during which he provided a strong voice in important national issues such as the 100% membership transition. He believes strongly that the land surveying profession is in the midst of monumental transition and that strong leaders and action are needed to maintain and strengthen the role that we play in society. Public relations, youth outreach, positive cooperation within the geospatial industry and proactive and progressive legislative action are the top priorities that he will pursue both nationally and within MSPS.

Chris is currently a survey manager at Wenck Associates where he supervises and conducts much of their surveying throughout the Midwest. He lives in Maplewood with his wife, son and daughter and in his spare time he enjoys coaching baseball and softball, and spending time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and lounging.

Curt Schley


Curt Schley

Education: A.A.S. Degree in Civil Engineering Technologies, B.S. Degree in Technical Management

Employment: Currently with MSA Professional Services as a Senior Project Surveyor with almost 20 years of experience.

Curt has been a project manager responsible for field and office operations of municipal and private surveying services for almost two decades. His experience includes performing construction, topographic, America Land Title Association (A.L.T.A.) and cadastral surveys. As a professional land surveyor he is responsible for the supervision of field crews working on many forms of control, boundary and construction surveys for county, municipal, commercial, industrial and residential projects. He is also responsible for project scheduling and coordination from preliminary field surveys to final drawings.

Registrations: Minnesota, Wisconsin

Professional Memberships: MSPS, WSLS

Katie Cook


Katie Cook

Education: Bachelor of Elective Studies Land Surveying & Mapping Science, Magna Cum Laude, St. Cloud State University, 2006; Certificate Land Surveying, Dunwoody College of Technology, 2004; University of Minnesota Twin Cities 1995-1999

Employment: 12 years of Land Surveying Experience. 2003-2007 Land Surveyor in Training, Loucks Associates, Maple Grove, MN; 2007-2010 Project Surveyor/Crew Chief, Yaggy Colby Associates, Eagan, MN; 2010-2013 Marine Construction Project Manager / Hydrographic Surveyor, Portable Barge Service, St. Paul, MN; 2013-2014 Project Surveyor/Crew Chief, LHB, Inc., Duluth, MN; 2014 – present Civil Engineer Technician / Hydrographic Surveyor, US Army Corps of Engineers, Duluth, MN

Licensure: Professional Land Surveyor Minnesota 47491, Wisconsin S-2867

Professional Activities: Member NSPS, MSPS, MSPS Chapter Four, MSPS Young Professionals, MSPS Public Relations Committee, past vice president Capitol Areas Land Surveyors Association (CALSA)

Mark Severtson


Mark Severtson

Employment: Mark Severtson has more than 38 years of land surveying experience and has been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor for 29 years. 2017-Present, Olmsted County Surveyor; 2013-2017, WSB & Associates, Rochester, MN; 1979-2013, McGhie & Betts, Rochester, MN.

Education: Associate of Arts in Civil Engineering Technology from Rochester Community College, with additional land surveying coursework at Inver Hills Community College. Surveying instructor at Rochester Community College.

Memberships: NSPS, MSPS, MSPS Chapter 3, RCTC Foundation Board.

Licensure: Professional Land Surveyor in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Chad Conner


Chad Conner

With over 20 years of experience in the land surveying profession, Chad currently serves as the manager of the survey department for Widseth Smith Nolting’s Baxter office. He began his career working on a field crew performing various types of surveys and was also for many of Widseth Smith Nolting’s construction staking projects. As the Baxter land survey department manager, Chad is responsible for supervision of the field and office staff, scheduling, estimating, client development and quality control.

Academic Background: Diploma, Civil Engineering Technology, St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Bachelor of Science Degree, Land Surveying and Mapping, St. Cloud State University.

Licensure: Licensed Land Surveyor in Minnesota – 41643; Licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Illinois - 3887; Certified Federal Land Surveyor - 1292

Professional Activities: NSPS Member MSPS Member, MSPS Chapter 2 member, Past Vice President and Vice President MSPS Chapter 2

Preston Dowell


Preston Dowell

Preston began his land surveying career in 1998 in the private sector. He worked on a variety of projects ranging from construction surveys to ALTA Land Title Surveys to Public Land Survey System corner restoration surveys. In 2011 he transitioned to the government sector and is currently employed as a Deputy County Land Surveyor in St. Louis County. He focuses on restoring the Public Land Survey System in St. Louis County, improving access to survey records and integrating surveying into a variety of county functions.

Preston holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and Technology from St. Paul Technical College.

Preston is an active member of MSPS where he is the past chair of the Events Committee. He is also the secretary/treasurer for Chapter 4. He is active in the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium. He has completed numerous presentations on a variety of surveying topics. Preston also serves on the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council where he represents rural county governments.

In 2016 Preston was the recipient of the E.A “Bud” Rathbun Award of Merit for the Advancement of the Profession of Land Surveying from the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors. He also won awards for drafting in 2002 and 2004. He is active in his community where he is a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

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