From a young age I have always been drawn to maps. Whether it was first seeing the Lewis and Clark Trail map in 3rd grade, or being the family GPS when traveling around the U.S. to sporting events. In high school I took a few CAD classes and was really drawn to the computing power of such a program. After high school I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Ohio Wesleyan University. From there I continued my education, and obtained my GIS certificate from Penn State to prove my proficiency to future employers. I have been with Continental Mapping Consultants since January of 2015. Over the last 3 years I have worked on a wide variety of projects that all require a different skill set and knowledge base. This diversity of work is what makes Continental Mapping such a unique place to work. From creating printable flight charts, marking vertical obstructions, updating transportation networks and revising watershed maps. Every day is a new challenge and an opportunity to learn a new skill. Continental Mapping is at the forefront of innovation and technology, the company is always striving to be an industry leader. Continental Mapping offers opportunities for individuals to grow and really find their niche in the workplace.
Since I was little, I have always enjoyed traveling and learning about new places. I am so fortunate to be able to travel and see new parts of the world. I have been to 12 countries over 5 continents and I still have a bucket list a mile long. I grew up on the other side of town in Middleton and then went to the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where I studied Geography and Earth Science. When it came time to look for jobs, Continental Mapping couldn’t have been a better fit. After working here less than six months I have already been able to travel across the country from California to Pennsylvania in this position. Continental Mapping offers amazing opportunities and I can’t wait to learn and grow more with this company.
When I was studying Geography at the University of Missouri KC, the U.S. Census Bureau came looking for students who could help create maps for the Census. Over the next 2 years, we transitioned from updating maps using a drafting table and colored pencils to using a simple CAD program on a desktop PC. At my next job, I discovered photogrammetry and surveying and all the cool technology that goes with them. Since that time, I’ve been lucky to work with and learn from many awesome people. This is especially true at Continental Mapping. I enjoy the variety of work I’ve been able to do here and I appreciate that Continental supports me when I need to learn something new to get better at my job.
When I was in third grade my Dad gave me my first highway map of Wisconsin. It sparked an interest that is still with me to this day. Aside from working with maps, I use maps in my favorite hobby; road biking. I am always planning out new rides and enjoy exploring the Wisconsin countryside. I obtained my degree in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Once I graduated, I had a few friends working at Continental Mapping and they informed me how the company was looking to grow. That was two and half years ago and the growth is still ongoing. The best part about growth are the opportunities that come with it. The staff here at Continental Mapping is always encouraging personal development and growth. One of my favorite parts of working at Continental Mapping are the people and the work environment. The constant support from managers and coworkers becomes contagious which ultimately leads to success. It is exciting to work at a place with such a great future and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
I've always been drawn to maps, as a kid I would make maps of everything and anything, real or pretend. My fascination with maps eventually would lead me to obtaining my degree in Environmental Geography from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I held a few jobs after graduation unrelated to mapping when I came across an opening at Continental Mapping. They were located in my hometown and would provide an opportunity to use my knowledge and skills doing something that I have always enjoyed. Continental Mapping has the small business mentality and values that have made it an incredible place to work. They are always encouraging the personal development of their employees and pushing them to succeed. The company is growing rapidly and it is a very exciting time for Continental Mapping and I am thrilled to be a part of it.