Continental Mapping is proud to support Taking Autism to the Sky (TATTS), who was awarded the 2019 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Community Achievement Award on Tuesday, June 4th 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. The organization was founded by Continental Mapping employees and counts many staff members as volunteers. The 501(c)(3) organization leverages drones to develop social and employment skills for autistic individuals.
The USGIF Community Achievement Award honors TATTS, which began as a crowd-funded project in 2012, for its unique approach to developing skillsets relevant to the geospatial industry in autistic individuals. Utilizing drones provides an opportunity to practice perspective taking, teamwork, and data processing skills, which are much needed for the geospatial industry.
In recent years there has been a heightened awareness of promoting diversity in the workplace for people with special needs. Large corporations such as SAP and Microsoft have publicly promoted their positions and states such as Wisconsin have enacted Employment First laws that set policy priorities of Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for people with special needs. Recent studies have shown that unemployment rates among autistic young adults run as high as 70%. Concurrently, the geospatial industry is hard pressed to find employees with deep focus and attention to detail who can collect and curate geospatial information, train and manage algorithms, and perform geospatial analytics. TATTS provides a valuable service to the autism community, sets an example for ways to leverage the strengths of autistic individuals and is developing the geospatial workforce of tomorrow. Directly applicable geospatial industry skills include content collection, processing, and analysis.
TATTS volunteers bring their real-world geospatial and teamwork experience to guide learning and development. Founded by Continental Mapping employees Paul Braun and Dan Frye, other volunteers include Brad Gartmann, Mark Harris, Joe Lahti, Patrick Murn, Dawson Bancroft-Short, and Gary Morrison. This team of dedicated geospatial professionals promotes geography and technology to an underserved population that can potentially address the prospective employee shortages in industry.
The innovative atmosphere in the workplace is similarly present within TATTS. The very idea of TATTS was innovative in that commercial drone technology was just emerging in in 2012 and there weren’t many people to rely on to learn how to build, fly and use them. In 2017 TATTS built an augmented reality sandbox, aided by equipment donations from Continental Mapping. A Microsoft Kinect sensor and high end graphics card renders dynamically-updated topography on the sand using a projector. The AR sandbox brings hands-on interaction as TATTS members try to model in the sandbox what they’ve seen for real through the drone, as well providing sensory input to a population that often needs such input.
To learn more about TATTS, including how to enroll, volunteer, or support, please visit www.tatts.org.
Continental Mapping is excited to announce the hiring of Jeremiah Johnson (JJ) as Deputy General Manager and Janus Program Manager. JJ brings more than 13 years of experience from Leidos, Hexagon U.S. Federal, and Perspecta where he directly supported the NGA Foundation mission for products and services. JJ is an alumnus of Gettysburg College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Spatial Analysis. JJ also earned a Graduate Certificate from George Mason University’s USGIF-accredited Geospatial Intelligence program.
JJ’s hiring reinforces Continental Mapping’s dedication to providing innovative and reliable products and services to its GEOINT partners. As Deputy General Manager, JJ will support the Defense & Intelligence sector’s expanding opportunities, and he will also act as Program Manager on Continental Mapping’s 10 year, $570 million Janus contract with NGA. JJ contributes a breadth of experience to these duties and is a welcome addition to a strong, mission-focused team.
Continental Mapping is pleased to announce the hiring of Aaron Wolf, PMP, as new General Manager of the Civil Works Sector. Mr. Wolf is a recent active duty army officer retiree with 24 years of service. His hiring bolsters the growing sector with comprehensive experience and industry insight.
Mr. Wolf, a native of Poynette, Wisconsin, has a distinguished military career. Retiring as Lieutenant Colonel, he has served as the deputy district commander with the Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis and Vicksburg districts. He also served as the Division Engineer for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) leading engineer efforts during operations in Iraq in 2016. He commanded the 320th Engineer Company (Topographic) in Iraq from 2003-2004. Wolf has deployed five times and earned seven combat overseas bars with missions in support of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, as well as numerous military awards.
He brings a strong experience and educational background to the role, including a Bachelor of Science in geography (cartography) from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and successfully completed various military courses. Mr. Wolf is also a certified PMI Project Management Professional.
The addition of Mr. Wolf is a strong signal of Continental Mapping’s dedication to supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies. Mr. Wolf will seek to expand on the steady growth of the sector and leverage his experience to provide benefit to the company and its clients.
CEO David Hart adds, “Aaron is a great professional who served to build a stronger nation for over 20 years. We are thrilled to have him join the Continental Mapping team to continue supporting that mission.”
Mr. Wolf is married to the former Kari Werschem of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, and they have three children.
(Sun Prairie, WI) – September, 2018 – Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc. is pleased to announce their newly formed Board of Advisors. Creation of the Board is precipitated by Continental Mapping’s maximization of growth opportunities throughout the organization. The Board is assembled of an esteemed group of proven, dedicated professionals whose counsel will guide Continental Mapping to help enhance decision making globally.
Continental Mapping President Andy Dougherty adds, “Our successful execution of growth strategy has led us to the next step for continued growth. Adding our new Board of Advisors will enable Continental Mapping’s ownership and leadership team to move out smartly and enable increased growth and execution of our plan. I am so pleased our ownership has formed such a strong and knowledgeable Board of Advisors.”
Susan Chodakewitz brings to the Board an extensive history as a senior executive, whose strategic leadership has brought success to expanding organizations. Ms. Chodakewitz was recently named as a “Top 20 Global Women of Excellence” by Chicago’s 7th Congressional District. She currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nathan Associates, Inc.
Dr. J. Greg Hanson has over 30 years of leadership experience throughout various Federal and civilian markets, as well as academia. Dr. Hanson has a strong technical background, having served as a Career Officer with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Chief Software Engineer. He also served as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Senate.
Pamela Little contributes over 30 years of experience in wide-ranging senior leadership roles. Ms. Little most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MTSI. She has demonstrated experience guiding growing companies as a senior executive and has served on numerous boards as director and chair.
Continental Mapping has been recognized in Inc. magazine’s 2018 list of America’s 5000 fastest growing private companies. The list, in its 37th year of publication, tallies a company’s revenue growth over a three-year period. Continental Mapping ranks as the 2517th fastest growing company during this timeframe. This recognition is an indicator of Continental Mapping’s growth strategy, strong business practices, and the hard work and investment of its employees.
“Our growth is the result of our business and government clients recognizing the value we bring in helping them embed authoritative geospatial solutions into their organizations at many levels. Our outlook for future growth is very strong.”
- Dave Hart, CEO
See the list here: https://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2018