The NSPS Radio Hour

Curtis W. (Curt) Sumner

Curtis W. (Curt) Sumner is the Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), serving the interests of professional surveyors nationwide, and internationally.

A longtime NSPS activist, he served on its Board of Governors (representing Virginia) from 1987-1994 (Chair 1993 and 1994); progressed through the NSPS officer chairs, serving as President in 1997. In mid-year 1998, he took on the roll of Executive Director of NSPS (as well as Executive Director for its then-parent organization, ACSM). ACSM was merged into NSPS in 2012.

Mr. Sumner is an invited presenter and keynote speaker throughout the U. S., and his articles routinely appear in many national and state publications.

He worked in the private sector as a licensed professional surveyor in Virginia and Maryland from 1980 through 2000, including being owner of Sumner Consulting.

NSPS is…..

  • The recognized national voice of the surveying professional.
  • Continually seeking to respond to the challenges presented by new technologies, government, and industry activities by providing a forum for its members to use their expertise and knowledge to confront those interests that are common al all surveyors.
  • Responsible for the evaluation of surveying related educational programs in colleges and universities seeking to establish or renew accreditation through ABET.
  • The organization that provides the surveying perspective on matters of collective interest through coalitions, and membership in organizations representing geospatial professionals.
  • A partner with the American Land Title Association in the adoption and promulgation of the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Requirements.
  • A conduit for input from the National Association of County Surveyors, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and the State Surveying Society Executives Council.

The NSPS holds spring and fall business meetings, and sometimes these meetings are held in conjunction with a conference held in conjunction with other organizations.

Contact information for Curtis Sumner is 240-439-4615, ext. 106 or curtis.sumner@nsps.us.com.

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04/14/14 Guest Glen Mattioli

Join Curt and his guest Glen Mattioli, Ph.D., Director of UNAVCO which is a non-profit membership-governed consortium that facilitates and participates in research and education using geodesy plus related science, technology, and engineering fields.

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03/31/14 Guest Robert W. Zierman, Esq.

Robert W. Zierman, Esq. leads Justice Smiles, pllc, a firm whose work methodology seeks to resolve – not escalate – Boundary Dispute Law matters. He joins host Curt Sumner to discuss a potential for surveyors to become critical players in the resolution of land ownership issues, not just presenters of the “facts”.

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03/24/14 Guest Jack Owens

Join Curt and his guest Jack Owens, Chair of the joint Inidana-Michigan Boundary Line Commission as they discuss a project to resurvey and remonument the state line between the two states.

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03/17/14 Guests Joe Palva and Bob Morris

Join host Curt Sumner and his guests, GeoLearn principals Joe Paiva and Bob Morris, for a discussion about a new education company that provides online courses for professionals and technicians in the geospatial field. Joe and Bob will talk about the concept on which they based their business, which is to allow licensed surveyors to capitalize on information that could actually help them achieve a stronger base of knowledge from which to deliver higher quality service to their clients, while fulfilling the requirements for their professional development.

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03/10/14 Guest Lisa Isom

Join Curt and his guest Lisa Isom as they discuss more about your insurance needs.

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03/03/14 Guest Kris Kline

Kris Kline joins host Curt Sumner to discuss some interesting experiences/feedback during his appearances at state surveying conferences this seminar season.

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02/24/14 Guest Frank Lenik

NSPS Area 2 Director Frank Lenik will joins Curt to talk about National Surveyors Week (March 16-22), and the activities planned by NSPS.

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02/17/14 Guest Don Teter

Don Teter, a West Virginia Surveyor and activist with the Surveyors Historical Society, will join host Curt Sumner to discuss The Fairfax Stone and Deakins Line adventure undertaken by Don and a group of other surveyors.

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02/10/14 Guest Lisa Isom

Lisa Isom (Manager of the NSPS Insurance Program) joins host Curt Sumner for the second in a series of shows dedicated to insurance issues that affect surveyors.

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02/03/14 Professional Surveyors – Ensuring the American Dream (of land ownership).

Join Curt and his guests authors/presenters Jeff Lucas, Gary Kent, and Bruce Blair discussing land ownership.

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01/27/14 Guest Kristian Forslin

Kristian Forslin, GISP, PLS is the GIS Coordinator for the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR). Joins host Curt Sumner to discuss the implementation of geospatial technology intended to augment the rail corridor management program for the NCRR. Of particular interest to listeners of this show is the monumentation portion of the program through which the boundaries of the NCRR right of way will be more easily identified by surveyors, and others.

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01/20/14 Guests John Palatiello and John JB Byrd

Join host Curt Sumner and his guests John Palatiello and John JB Byrd, NSPS's federal government affairs consultants as they discuss current issues affecting the surveying profession, including the Davis-Bacon Act, UAVs, privacy regulations, and the recent Congressional hearing on the FLAIR Act and the Map it Once bill.

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