Spring Seminar 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020
Lake Morey Resort | Fairlee, Vermont
7 PDH Pending Approval

Program Agenda

7:15 AM    Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM    Business Practices for Land Surveyors
12:00 PM  Lunch and Business Meeting
1:30 PM  Seven Deadly Sins of Email & Eight Essential Contract Provisions
2:30 PM   Ethics for Land Surveyors
4:30 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 successfull 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.

Ethics for Land Surveyors

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

What are the surveyor’s ethical responsibilities? Professional conduct and ethics contain some of the most difficult moral decisions we most confront in the daily practice of our profession. A sound understanding of this subject and how completely we integrate these principals into our professional characters will play a critical part in our personal practice and in the health and growth of surveying now and in the future. In this seminar, we will look at the ethical responsibilities of land surveyors as a profession and in our day-to-day work as individual practitioners.


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.

Registration opens on March 1, 2020.
Lodging Information

Lake Morey Resort
82 Clubhouse Road
Fairlee, Vermont

Overnight rate: $149 plus tax (mention the VSLS conference)

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