We are thrilled to welcome John Hohol to the GKiS family. A wonderful man who does a lot of valuable work for the industry.
If you are not a surveyor, what do you do? President of the FIG Foundation (2003-present).
How long have you been in the industry? Since 1979. I have been a member of the national surveying association in the U.S. since 1979 (originally the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping- ACSM which merged with the National Society of Professional Surveyors-NSPS in 2012), I have also been involved in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) since 1981.
Are you part of any associations or organisations you would like us to mention? Honorary Member- International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Life Fellow- National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS); Fellow- American Congress on Surveying and Mapping; Member- Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS)
Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador? I am proud of my involvement in the creation and growth of young surveyor networks around the world and look forward to extending it to the youth of the world.
Why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry? Beyond being one of the oldest professions in the world the surveying and geospatial profession is also the foundation of everyday life. Those professionals were there first so the police, fire and ambulance first responders could find you. They determined boundaries, set roads, streets, subdivisions so we can live in our neighborhood, postal carriers deliver our mail and our governments provide important everyday services.
What are you going to do as an ambassador for GKiS? Continue to support and work with FIG, NSPS, young surveyors and other groups to open the eyes of young people to the amazing world of surveying.
What are your hobbies? Reading, traveling, helping others.
If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be? A detective, Sherlock-style, searching for opportunities to involve young people in surveying.
What poster or resource would you like to see next from GKiS? Archaeological or space.