Paul Cooper President-Elect of THSOA

The Hydrographic Society of America’s annual election was completed on 15 December 2013. In this year’s election, there were to candidates for the Presidency and three candidates for the two open Trustee positions. Harold Orlinsky, the current Treasurer of THSOA was unopposed and will serve another two year term.

Paul Cooper: 131
Wendy Post: 103
Trustee (Two positions):
Art Kleiner: 155
Castle “Gene” Parker 129
Chic Ransone: 114

Paul Cooper (CARIS) will take the reins as the President of THSOA on 1 Jan 2014. He will join Harold Orlinsky (Treasurer) and Doug Lockhart (Secretary) as the officers of THSOA. The Board of Trustees will include existing Trustees RADM Chris Andreasen (ret) and Lou Nash (Measutronics). Art Kleiner will begin another two-year term as a Trustee and Castle “Gene” Parker (NOAA) will join the board for his first term.

All of us would like to thank Chic Ransone for his many years of service to the THSOA Board. His many years of experience in the hydrographic industry have been a valuable asset to the Society. He has served THSOA for many years and his service is greatly appreciated.

Bad Email Addresses…

With sending the current request for voting in the Officer Elections the following members either had a bad email address or no email address at all.  If you see this, or somebody who knows one of these members sees this, please have them contact me with their updated information.

The members are:

  • Mr. Milton Rutstein
  • Mr. Isagani Almacen
  • Mr. John A. Brader
  • Mr. Douglas C. Moore
  • Mr. Brian Heap
  • Mr. Rob Morris
  • Mr. Thomas N. Blakely
  • Mr. Timothy Kearns
  • Mr. Keith Pope
  • Mr. Ken Grantham
  • CAPT John D. Cousins, USN (Ret)
  • Mr. Tim Basinger
  • Mr. Michael Meehan
  • Mr. Steven Posey
  • Mr. Brandon Bowie
  • Mr. John C. Haas III
  • Mr. Brian Anderson
  • Mr. Haseeb Rafeek
  • Mr. Wesley Sessoms
  • Mr. Donald Lance, PLS
  • Mr. Eli Zatezalo
  • Jr. Michael J. Caldwell
  • Ms. Taylor M. Intaphan
  • Mr. Manuel Montes
  • Mr. Héctor Yamil Rodríguez Asilis
  • Mr. Jeffrey L. Fouch
  • Mrs. Starla D. Robinson

THSOA Officer Elections…

The THSOA Officer Elections started today (11/15/2013).  An email was sent out to all current members about voting in the election.  In the email you will receive your member number and an access code.  This combination can only be used once.  If you did not receive this email then it can one of three problems:

  1. Your membership is not current.
  2. We have a bad email address on file for you.
  3. The email is in your spam folder.

If you did not receive the email today, please contact me and we can figure out why.  I can also provide you with the details (member number and access code) needed for you to cast your vote.

On Monday, 11/18/2013, I will be posting the members whose emails were returned for a bad email address.

NOAA is Seeking Applications for the HSRP 2014 FAC Panel Membership

NOAA is seeking qualified candidates to apply for up to five voting member vacancies to serve on its Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) as of January 1, 2014.

The HSRP is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on current and emerging oceanographic and marine science technologies relating to operations, research and development; and dissemination of data pertaining to: a) hydrographic surveying; b) shoreline surveying; c) nautical charting; d) water level measurements; e) current measurements; f) geodetic measurements; g) geospatial measurements; h) geomagnetic measurements; and i) other oceanographic/marine related sciences.

The NOAA Administrator welcomes applications from individuals with expertise in navigation data, products and services; marine cartography and geospatial information systems; geodesy; physical oceanography; coastal resource management; including fisheries management and regional marine planning; and other science-related fields.

To apply for membership on the Panel, applicants must respond to the requirements listed in the attached federal register notice.

If you have questions or require further information, please contact Kathy Watson at

The Seahorse Newsletter is back…

I am extremely pleased to welcome the return of the Seahorse, now in its electronic form, the eSeahorse. When the education committee polled the membership at the end of 2012, one of the items most requested was the return of the Seahorse. You can download the first edition (Summer 2013) of eSeahorse here.