Bluestone Investment Partners, LLC (“Bluestone”), a McLean, Virginia-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce the completion of an investment in Continental Mapping Consultants, LLC (“Continental Mapping” or the “Company”). Based in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Continental Mapping is a rapidly growing geospatial data analytics and mapping solutions provider to Defense, intelligence, federal and state government agencies, and commercial customers. The Company combines remote sensing technologies, proprietary technology, automation tools, commercial cloud services, and artificial intelligence capabilities to deliver products and solutions to its clients.
John Allen, co-founder and Managing Partner of Bluestone said, “We are excited about our partnership with Continental Mapping. The Company has a 20-year track record of successful delivery of complicated solutions, a great leadership team, a talented and technically differentiated workforce, and attractive clients. We look forward to helping the Company accelerate its growth and expand its capabilities.”
“Our management team and 170 employees are energized about the next phase of growth for Continental Mapping. We look forward to leveraging the experience of Bluestone’s principals to build our business through organic expansion and acquisitions,” said Dave Hart, Chief Executive Officer of Continental Mapping.
Founded in 1999 by Chris Gross, President, and Dave Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Continental Mapping initially provided photogrammetric solutions to local clients in Wisconsin. Through investment in people, technologies, and capabilities, the Company grew to support operations for multiple government and commercial clients around the world. Today, the company maintains over 125 active production improvement tools, utilizes advanced artificial intelligence capabilities, and employs a highly credentialed employee base in Sun Prairie, St. Louis, MO, San Antonio, TX, and Northern Virginia.
Continental Mapping has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies for the second year in a row. In an announcement Wednesday, August 14th, Inc. magazine released the Inc. 5000, a list of the nation’s 5000 fastest-growing private companies. Continental Mapping, a leading provider of geospatial solutions, placed 4076th on the 2019 list, and 2517th on the 2018 list.
Continental Mapping provides innovative solutions across its dynamic mapping and surveying offerings, including aerial and street level imagery, photogrammetry, satellite mapping, mobile lidar, and a complete host of surveying capabilities. The company is a geospatial vendor of choice for many private and public organizations and holds multiple federal prime contracts and state master contracts.
In June 2019, Continental Mapping moved their headquarters to a new facility in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. With US-based operations, they have mapped on all seven continents and in over 180 countries. Inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list for the second straight year plots more data on an already strong growth trajectory for the company.
CEO Dave Hart adds, “To be included on the list for the second straight year is indicative of the dedication of our team to stay innovative and execute at a high level. It’s a credit to our whole staff in our headquarters, at our satellite offices, and our crews in the field. We aim to continue this trend into the future.”
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.