Ambassador Spotlight ‘Trent Keenan’

Meet our Brand Ambassador Trent Keenan from Nevada, USA.


Where did you study? I studied AutoCAD in Phoenix, AZ before becoming a land surveyor. 


What are the requirements to be a surveyor in your area? For the State of Nevada, we require a bachelor’s degree in Geomatics 


How did you get into surveying? My story is a little different than everyone else, I was in High School driving down the road and saw a couple of surveyors walk out to the intersection and thought, that is cool… A few days later and I am researching what it will take to become a land surveyor. And I am glad I did. 😊


How long have you been in the industry? This is my 25th year in the land surveying profession! 


Are you part of any associations or organizations you would like us to mention? I have been involved in our local and state chapters of the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors since 2007. I am the past president of the local chapter 2011, and past president of the state association 2015, I am the current Nevada director on the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors (WestFed) and lastly, I am the current editor for our State Association quarterly publication called The Nevada Traverse.


Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador?  I am heavily involved in outreach for our local and state association as well as the chairman for outreach on the WestFed board, so its only fitting to use the GKiS brand to help promote the profession and attract the under generation! 


Why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry?  There is a few reasons, but the main one would be to help kids understand that there is a career that will allow  them to work in a lot of different fields all at the same time, using history, law, math and working indoors or outdoors all in the same day. The profession requires a lot of working knowledge in a lot of different subjects. 


What are you going to do as an ambassador for GKiS? Help promote the GKiS brand, educate and mentor as many kids as possible through school career fairs, class presentations. And most of all bring awareness to the profession! 


What are your hobbies? Photography, Running ½ Marathons, Biking, Hiking & Golf 😊


If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be? Already have one. Its myself and my two dogs! 

What poster or resource would you like to see next from GKiS? Well Las Vegas of course!