Introducing Dave Dagostino a fabulous Brand Ambassador who does a lot of work for us!
What do you do and what company do you work for? CEO and owner of Dagostino Geospatial, Inc.
Are you part of any associations or organisations you would like us to mention?
Member: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
Member: Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA)
Member: Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
Member and company is a “sustaining firm”: Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS)
Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador and why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry?
The need for getting more people into surveying is becoming a critical issue right now. As we all know the demographic for surveyors is aging quickly and we are not replacing surveyors fast enough to keep up with demand. Getting kids exposed to surveying is so important as none of them even know who we are or what we do. Most adults know that either. I can hopefully be a small part of the solution of exposing kids to our profession and getting them interested in what we do.
What are you going to be doing as an ambassador for GKiS?
I would like to be able to set up presentations at all levels of schools to promote our profession. Also attend job fairs and career day events for kids to do the same. I am open to promoting GKIS in any way that you feel would be helpful to the organization as well as the profession.
How did you get into surveying?
I actually just stumbled into to it by luck. I was working at a grocery store right out of high school and ran into a surveyor. He explained what he did and it sounded interesting to me. He gave me a contact and I wandered into a survey office 34 years ago and never left – ended up with a B.S. in Surveying & Mapping from The University of Florida in 1995 and have had my own company since 1998
What are your hobbies?
In my spare time I enjoy family time with my wife and kids, all Gator athletics, being a student of business and entrepreneurship.
If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be?
A Survey Gator of course 😊
What poster or resource would you like to see next from GKiS?
I really enjoy the coloring pages for the younger kids. Maybe something geared more towards middle school age kids – a little more technical and in depth.