In today’s Character Spotlight, we discover a little more about one of GKiS’s amazing sponsors “Bowman Consulting” in our latest interview with good friend Phil Fedor.
Company Name – Bowman Consulting Group
Location – Headquarters are in Reston, Virginia. I work in Tempe, Arizona.
Why did you get involved in Get Kids into Survey? I got involved as a way to evangelize on behalf of my profession. However, Elaine and I hit it off on LinkedIn.com as she fell in love with my horse. That gave me the inside track to become a Brand Ambassador. Don’t let her tell you differently! LOL
What do you do? I’m currently a Survey Project Manager. I research, prepare calculations for the field crews, guide the drafting personnel, and write legal descriptions for subdividing new parcels, or for new utility easements.
How long have you been in the Survey Industry? I began my surveying career in 1991, so almost 30 years.
How did you get into the Industry? I went to college to become a forester. I enjoyed the woods and waters of my native New York State. While enrolled at the SUNY ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, NY, I learned some basic land surveying techniques as it seems forest technicians need to know how to survey to some degree. After school, forestry jobs were not plentiful at all, so I started applying for work at local land surveying firms until I was hired.
Funny Fact about you? I’m a Pony Express messenger! I also have been playing guitar since the late 70’s, mostly mid-80’s rock n roll. Just for my own creative outlet, not performing at all.
Favourite piece of kit and why? The metal detector and shovel because they reveal the history of who has gone before me.
Favourite Survey technique and why? RTK GPS. Arizona has me spoiled with the open vistas and minimal vegetation cover which allows the field surveyor to use RTK GPS very accurately and reliably.
Your website: Company website: www.bowmanconsulting.com
How did you choose the character and what does he/she/it represent? Mean to you? What’s his/her name? My character is myself, Phil Fedor and my trusty horse, Booty Boonsmal.