URISA Members Recognized for Exceptional Volunteer Service

Des Plaines, IL (September 18, 2014) – During GIS-Pro 2014, URISA’s 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans last week, a number of individuals were recognized for their exceptional volunteer service to the association. URISA was pleased to recognize these outstanding members during the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 10.

Ed Wells, GISP, GIS Manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Washington DC, was the recipient of URISA’s Horwood Distinguished Service Award. This award is URISA’s ultimate award for service and leadership to URISA and the geospatial industry and is named after founding member and first URISA President, Edgar Horwood. Ed Wells has led URISA in numerous volunteer roles throughout the years, from president (2006-2007), board member and committee chair, to certified workshop instructor and chapter leader. Ed is a co-leader of URISA’s address standard working group and an active member of the URISA policy advisory committee.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP, CEO of eGIS Associates in the Atlanta area, was the deserving recipient of the 2014 URISA  Leadership Awardrecognizing his exemplary leadership, creativity, innovation, and dedicated support of URISA programs. In addition to serving on the URISA Board of Directors (2011-2014), Tripp is a certified workshop instructor, led the chapter relations committee, and has served URISA’s Georgia Chapter in every possible capacity.

URISA’s  Service Award is presented to members who have demonstrated faithful service to URISA and participation in its program over a period of several years.  M. Glenn O’Grady, GISP, retired from the City of Poway, California was recognized with this honor. Glenn was president of URISA (1996-1997) and led the organization admirably for a number of years. He continues to be very involved in the organization, particularly as an influential member of the policy advisory committee and active participant at URISA conferences.

URISA’s  Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award is presented to members or staff who have made special contributions to URISA. This year, URISA recognized two of its outstanding young professionals with special service awards.  Ryan Bowe, GISP, GIS Technician for Photo Science, a Quantum Spatial Company, in Lexington, Kentucky was one of the recipients. She has been an influential member of numerous URISA committees, leading a URISA Lab on “metadata” and spearheading an important education survey on behalf of the organization. She was recognized as URISA’s 2013 Young Professional of the Year, serves as a member of the URISA Vanguard Cabinet steering committee and is president-elect of the Cumberland URISA Chapter. The other deserving recipient was  Wendy Peloquin, GISP, Senior Geospatial Analyst for Geographic Services, Inc. (GISi) based in Jacksonville, Florida. Wendy is a current member of the URISA Vanguard Cabinet, is leading a working group within URISA’s professional practices division, and is actively involved with both the Georgia and Florida URISA Chapters, serving as chair of the 2014 Georgia Geospatial Conference.                                                                        

As previously announced, during the same Awards Ceremony, Dr. Charles Croner was inducted into the  URISA GIS Hall of Fame and the 2014 Exemplary Systems in Government Award winners were celebrated.

Join URISA in applauding all of these award recipients!


Wendy Nelson
Executive Director

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