Missouri Society of
Professional Surveyors


67th Annual Conference

October 3-5, 2024


Conference Registration Information

Date and Location

October 3-5, 2024


  • Dr. William “Bill” Ambrose
  • Jacob Carroll, PLS
  • Bob Cunningham, Certified Forester
  • Matt, Davis
  • Austin Desain, PLS
  • Tim DeVaney, PLS
  • Chris Dunn
  • Dr. Dick Elgin, PLS, PE
  • Stan Emerick, PLS
  • Chris Ferguson, PLS
  • Mike FLowers, PLS
  • Rich Leu, PLS
  • Dr. Joe Paiva, PLS, PE
  • Darrell Pratte, PLS
  • Mark Schnesk
  • Bob Shotts, PLS
  • Steve Weible, PLS 


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Registration Information

Registration fee is $375 for Members and $600 for Non-Members.
The deadline for registrations is September 16, 2024.
After this date, a 10% processing fee will be added to all registration fees. The registration fee includes instructional materials, refreshment breaks, a lunch and breakfast each registered day, and a cocktail reception with exhibitors. To register, complete the attached registration form and mail, fax or email with your payment to MSPS. Registration is open online at
722 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-635-9446
Fax: 573-635-7823
Email: msps@missourisurveyor.org

Location and Lodging

Margaritaville Lake Resort, 494 Tan Tar A Drive, Osage Beach, MO, is the location for the 67th Annual Meeting of MSPS.
A special room rate of $134.00 has been extended until Wednesday, September 4, 2024. Reservations can be made by
calling 855-516-1090. When making your reservation, ask for the conference rate and identify yourself with MSPS. Parking is complimentary for all guests and attendees.

Margaritaville Lake Resort
494 Tan Tar A Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Golf Tournament

The Golf Tournament benefitting the MSPS PAC Fund will be held at The Oaks Golf Course, 1524 State Road KK, Osage Beach, MO. You may pick your partner or a foursome, if you do not have a partner, one will be provided to you. Tee-time starts will begin at 12:00 noon with a shotgun start. The cost is $85 per person and includes 18 holes, a cart and two mulligans.

Continuing Education

This course has been approved for 20 Professional Development Units (PDUs) by the Missouri Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects (2.0 hours of Standards).
PDU breakdown on days is as follows:
Thursday – 8.0 PDUs | Friday – 7.0 PDUs | Saturday – 5.0 PDUs

Hospitality Room

A hospitality room will be provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during conference hours.
Please see the registration desk for hospitality room location. A map of the area will be available at the registration desk.

Cancellation Policy

MSPS reserves the right to cancel the program and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration. The request of exhibit space must be accompanied by the non-returnable fee of $500 per exhibit space. A participant may cancel a registration at any time, however all refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given after Monday, September 16, 2024.

See Agenda

Interested in seeing what we have scheduled for training? See Agenda Here 

For More Information

Send registration or administrative questions:
Sandy Boeckman

Online Registration

Paper Registration

Please fill out and submit to:
Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS)
722 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Fax: 573-635-7823

Speakers Bios

  • Chris Ferguson, PLS, is the Boundary and Title Program Manager for the Mark Twain National Forest, headquartered in Rolla. The Mark Twain covers nearly 1.6 million acres and is comprised of more than 7200 miles of Ozark boundary line throughout 29 counties across South Central Missouri. Originally hired as the Rolla District Surveyor, he took on several more geographical areas and later became the Forest Surveyor focusing on Potosi/Fredericktown, Salem, and Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger Districts. Prior to that, Chris began his surveying career by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps and served over 23 years in active and reserve status on five continents. His final posting was as the senior Artillery Survey Officer for the 4th
    Marine Division. Meanwhile, Chris worked his way from rodman to manager at various St. Louis Metro firms. He later ran his own company for over a decade highlighted by projects such as Busch Stadium, STL-Lambert International Airport Expansion and the Gateway Arch grounds. Along with Missouri registration, Chris holds licensure in other Midwestern states remaining active in Kansas and Arkansas and is also a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) through the Bureau of Land Management and a Certified Floodplain Manager
    (CFM®) through the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
  • J. Michael (Mike) Flowers, PLS, retired as the Missouri State Land Surveyor in 2008 after 38 years in the surveying profession. He became the State Land Surveyor in 1998 after the retirement of Robert E. Myers. He began his surveying career in 1970 as instrument man for Big Piney Surveying and Engineering in Houston, Missouri. As Director of the Land Surveying Program, he was responsible for the Land Records Repository, USPLSS corner restoration programs in Missouri and the densification of Geodetic Control.
  • Rich Leu, PLS, was hired as a temporary employee by the Iowa State Highway Commission in 1970. No one ever told him to quit, so he kept showing up for work and by the time he retired from the Iowa Department of Transportation in 2002, he had bluffed his way into the position of Senior Land Surveyor in the District 5 Right of Way Department. Richard is a member of the Board of Directors and a past president of the Society of Land Surveyors of Iowa and Vice-President of the Iowa Professional Surveyors Foundation. He currently represents Iowa on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Richard is also Past President of the Great Lakes Regional Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Surveyors Historical Society. Richard is thinking about getting a job, so he has some free time. He has run with the bulls in Spain, climbed a volcano in Ecuador and wrestled alligators in the Everglades. Richard once solved the meaning of life but unfortunately, he neglected to write it down. He is, however, certain that he is right more often than he is wrong.
  • Dr. Joseph V. R. Paiva, PLS, PE, is CEO of GeoLearn, an online education company specializing in education using video rather than PDFs. He has technical, general and executive management experience in civil engineering, mapping/GIS and surveying consulting firms and companies that develop products for the geospatial market such as Sokkia, Gatewing and Trimble. Due to his Gatewing experience, his interest in unmanned airborne systems (drones) continues; he is an FAA licensed Remote Pilot. Dr. Paiva also has considerable experience as an educator, having taught surveying for eleven years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as performing adjunct online teaching duties at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and currently, at the State Technical College of Missouri.
  • Darrell Pratte, PLS, began his career in land surveying in 1974 as a chainman at Smith and Company, a multi-discipline engineering and surveying, firm located in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Gaining licensure in 1985, Pratte accepted the position of State Parks Surveyor with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 1987. In 1991, he left the Division of State Parks to work directly for the Cadastral Survey Section of the Land Survey Program (LSP) in the Division of Geology and Land Survey of DNR. In 2002, Pratte was promoted to Chief of the Geodetic Survey Section of the LSP. Continuing on this management track, Pratte accepted the position of Missouri State Land Surveyor
    (SLS) in July of 2008. After 35 years with the State of Missouri, Pratte retired to Desloge, Missouri in November of 2021.
  • Mark Schnesk has over thirty years of experience as a civil engineering technician along with experience in surveying and geospatial analysis. Mark graduated from Michigan Technological University. Mark is an Autodesk Certified Instructor, AutoCAD Civil 3D Certified Professional, AutoCAD Certified Professional, and a FAA Certified sUAS Pilot.
  • Robert “Bob” Shotts, PLS, grew up in eastern Kansas and has for as long as he can remember loved the outdoors. After graduation from high school at Shawnee Mission North, he attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. After two years he transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, graduating with a BS in Forestry in 1971. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and saw the world, including a tour in Vietnam in 1972. Upon completing his active duty commitment, he returned to the Midwest and once again attended Kansas State University doing graduate work in Landscape Architecture. He worked as a Landscape Architect and Planner for the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri for three years and then moved to Lebanon, Missouri. After working for Barton Engineering in Lebanon, Missouri for 13 years, he started his own company in 1994. In May of 2020 Shotts, Inc. was sold to CM Archer in Rolla, Missouri. The Lebanon office is now Archer Elgin and Shotts. Bob is licensed as a Professional Surveyor in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas and Colorado. He is also licensed as a Professional Landscape Architect in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. In addition he became a Certified Federal Surveyor in 2007 and a Certified Floodplain Manager in 2005.
  • Steve Weible, PLS, earned a B.S. Degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1994. After graduation, he worked for three years in mining before transitioning to a career in land surveying. He began working full time in land surveying in 1997 at Govero Land Services in Imperial, Missouri. He later moved to Rolla, Missouri, and began work with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2000 as a land surveyor-in-training. In 2001 he was transferred to the State Park Survey unit and in 2002 he was licensed in Missouri as a Professional Surveyor. Since being licensed, he has served as the Professional Surveyor for Missouri State Parks. In 2016 he was moved from Rolla to the State Parks Central Office and now resides in Jefferson City, Missouri.