Employee Perspectives

I’ve seen a lot of change over my ten year career at Continental Mapping. I’ve experienced diverse work opportunities, advances in technology, significant company growth, and many great coworkers. Throughout my time I’ve grown my GIS knowledge and become a trusted resource.
I’ve been lucky in the timing with a plethora of opportunities. I’d like to think hopefully I’ve grabbed some of them. The experiences have given me exposure to many of the things we do here and have allowed me to expand my knowledge and understanding and be a better problem solver.
Along the way, I joined survey crews in Kansas, dabbled in photogrammetry, and worked in each sector of the company wherever help was needed. Doing so has given me a good understanding of how everything works, and what everyone’s role is. I enjoy getting to know and work with a group of people with very diverse backgrounds and personalities; but in certain ways, are also quite like-minded.
An excellent Earth Science professor opened my eyes to GIS while attending the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. My entry-level role at Continental Mapping had me providing feature data for the Defense & Intelligence sector. Since then, I’ve seen the company transform and grow, as well as lots of new technology in the industry.
I now serve as a Project Lead for the Defense & Intelligence sector where there is never a dull day. I enjoy the challenge of constantly finding ways to improve upon procedures and methodologies, as well as helping coworkers find solutions to their problems.
Away from work I enjoy boating of all types, but especially sailing. In the winter, which we have plenty of in Wisconsin, I like to downhill ski and join some of my fellow Continental Mapping employees in a recreational hockey league.
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.
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.