Fall Conference 2020

Thursday and Friday
September 10-11, 2020

Okemo Mountain Resort (Roundhouse)
111 Jackson Gore Road, Ludlow, VT
15 PDH Pending Approval

Program Agenda

Thursday, September 10 (7 PDH)
7:15 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM: Business Practices for Land Surveyors (with Rick and Patti Brooks)
12:00 PM: Lunch and Business Meeting
1:30 PM: Seven Deadly Sins of Email & Eight Essential Contract Provisions (with Cameron Poole)
2:30 PM: The Professional and Ethics (with Robert Dahn)
4:30 PM: Final Announcements
Friday, September 11 (8 PDH)
7:15 AM    Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM    Floodplain Issues in Surveying (with Jim Nadeau)
12:00 PM  Lunch
1:00 PM   Charging What You're Worth / Working Successfully with Realtors (with Jim Nadeau)
3:00 PM   Overview of the Vermont Land Survey Library (with David Fox)
4:00 PM   Lyme Disease: Prevention and Recognition (with Eliza Doncaster)
5:00 PM   Final Announcements


Business Practices for Land Surveyors

Presenters: Rick and Patti Brooks, Co-Owners of Brooks & Brooks, PC

In this four-hour seminar, we'll cover best practices for land surveying businesses. We'll discuss the pros and cons of establishing your business as an LLC, PLC or Inc. We'll also cover how to set up business practices to optimize tax benefits, including managing large purchases and depreciation over time. We'll discuss employee relations and employee benefits and how how they impact running a successful business. And we'll get into the nuts and bolts of crucial administrative tasks like communication, client relations, billing, and many more.

Seven Deadly Sins of Email & Eight Essential Contract Provisions

Presenter: Cameron Poole, Associate, Poole Professional

This program will examine the eight contract provisions that matter most to Land Surveyors, including indemnification, standard of care, and others. It will then outline the seven deadly sins of email practices for design professionals, concluding with steps to take to keep you out of email hell.

The Professional and Ethics

Presenter: Robert Dahn, Principal Surveyor and Managing Partner, Meehan & Goodin

This seminar will explore the ethical roles and responsibilities of the surveying professional in modern practice. Included is a brief introduction to the history and the evolution of ethics. The talk will cover the relationship between surveying and its allied professions, as well as the duties and obligations professionals owe to their clients and the public at large. We will review and discuss the Section regarding Unprofessional Conduct contained in the Vermont Statutes. We will explore ways a professional surveyor can incorporate ethics into our daily practice and our lives in general. Ethics by its nature is unique to every individual regardless of profession or practice, and this seminar intended to encourage an interactive and reflective exchange among all attendees.

**Descriptions of Friday's seminars will be added soon.


Rick and Patti Brooks, Co-Owners of Brooks & Brooks, P.C. Land Surveyors and Land Planners

As president of Brooks & Brooks, Patricia Pauli Brooks, L.S., has been Licensed as a Land Surveyor since 1988 and is a second generation Surveyor. Mrs. Brooks’ expertise includes title surveys, large tract surveys, highway right of way surveying, site planning and subdivision design. She also enjoys an extensive background in land use planning, including preparation of site analysis, feasibility reports and environmental assessments. She has assisted many municipalities in the implementation and/or revision of zoning and subdivision regulations. Her knowledge of the New York State Environmental Quality Act has led her to serve as a consultant to many private and public agencies. She has presented educational programs to the New York State Bar Association, many Colleges and Land Trust organizations.

As vice-president of Brooks and Brooks, Richard C. Brooks, L.S. achieved his license as a land surveyor in 1984. He started his land surveying career in 1974 as a third generation Surveyor. As the special projects manager for Brooks and Brooks he has successfully managed many logistically complicated projects including, title surveys for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Protection Program now in it’s twenty fifth year, as well as large tract surveys for land preservation organizations such as the Open Space Institute, Scenic Hudson, Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy. He oversees the firms Site Analysis Mapping program offering clients complete land asset feasibility studies. He regularly presents seminars for the New York State Association of Land Surveyors. He has been a guest lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the Catskill Area Forestry Association, as well as many educational and historical organizations. In addition he has authored numerous articles on surveying related matters.

Cameron Poole, Associate, Poole Professional

Cam Poole is a third generation professional liability insurance agent at Poole Professional, Ltd. Cam has worked with design firms of all sizes and disciplines throughout New England and New York to develop individualized risk management plans and insurance programs. Cam is a graduate of Colby College and a resident of Newburyport, MA.

Robert Dahn, Principal Surveyor and Managing Partner, Meehan & Goodin

Bob brings over 35 years of direct experience to the management, scheduling and preparation of all types of land surveying projects. He is a past president of the National Society of Professional Surveyors having previously served as Area 1 Director and Vice President for NSPS. He is a past president of the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors and a member of the Connecticut Building Industry and Safety Council. Bob is a also member of his Town's Conservation Commission and the Joshua's Land Trust. He was named Surveyor of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors. He has co-authored (with Rita Lumos, NSPS Past President), an article outlining the activities, accomplishments, and on-going efforts and goals of the NSPS,published in the November 2006 edition of the Surveying and Land Information Science Journal.

Jim Nadeau, Professional Land Surveyor | Certified Floodplain Manager | Certified Floodplain Surveyor | ANFI | Realtor | CDEI

Jim Nadeau is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has been a professional surveyor in Maine since 1993. As the owner of Nadeau Land Surveys, Jim holds the three National Flood Insurance Program designations: Certified Floodplain Manager, Certified Floodplain Surveyor, and Associate in National Flood Insurance. He is Chair of the State of Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Land Surveyors, Co-chair to the FEMA Sub-committee of the NSPS External Affairs Committee, and a delegate on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Jim also serves as the Land Surveyor Member on the Technical Mapping Advisory Council, a federal advisory committee that makes recommendations to FEMA, and in 2018, received the Francis Crowe Society Distinguished Engineer Award from the University of Maine, in recognition of outstanding professional service to the Field of Engineering. Jim has been a Realtor since 2004, and is an active Broker and owner of Jim Nadeau Realty.

As an instructor with The Real Estate Learning Group and Beyond the Boundary, Jim conveys the importance of land surveying and floodplain management to Realtors, lenders, appraisers, municipal officials, and other professional consultants to improve client representation and public safety. He successfully completed Kirkpatrick Bronze Level certification in training evaluation, is an internationally Certified Distance Education Instructor, and received a Basic Instructor Certificate from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. His formal education has passed through the doors of the University of Southern Maine, New England College of Business and Finance, and Colorado State University for Real Estate, Business Administration, and Organizational Leadership, respectively.

David Fox, Parcel Project Technical Lead, VCGI

David comes to the Vermont Center for Geographic Information by way of Virginia, where he worked as a Planner for Albemarle County. David holds a Master's Degree in Geography from Virginia Tech. Previously, David worked for over a decade in Conservation, studying birds and plants, working on land conservation, and conducting prescribed fires across Virgina. David loves a good map, closely followed by a good graph--sometimes he even puts graphs on his maps.

Eliza Doncaster, Entomologist, Vermont Agency of Agriculture

Eliza is coordinator of statewide mosquito and tick surveillance programs for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. She involves the broader community in her work tracking disease-bearing insects by educating the public about how to avoid tick and mosquito bites.

Registration opens July 15, 2020.
Lodging Information

Jackson Gore Inn
Okemo Mountain Resort

Special rate:

• $127/night for Inn rooms
• 20% off best available rate for all other room types

*Mention the VSLS Conference for the special rate!

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