STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE
GPS Inc. is an award winning Alaskan surveying and mapping firm with 22 years of experience in remote surveying and mapping. Our expertise and forte is in accomplishing large surveys such as BLM 638 contracts for Regional and Village entities, Community Profile Maps, and remote utility locations. Our employees strive to be the best in their area of expertise and are a vital link to the success of operations, both in the field and the office.
Stan Sears, Founder of GPS Inc., began his surveying career with the BLM in his home town of Juneau, Alaska in 1960.
In 1970 he became a registered surveyor with the State of Alaska and has been establishing and locating Alaskan land boundaries
for 54 years.
Stan has degrees from Oregon Technical Institute and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He began teaching survey technology through a manpower program at Anchorage Community College in 1970 and subsequently established a two year Associates of Applied Science in Surveying by 1972. Stan was instrumental in developing a four year Bachelors of Science in Surveying and Mapping program, established in 1989. By 1994, the Board of Regents approved the creation of the Department of Geomatics, proffering the first four year Bachelors of Science degree in Geomatics to be offered in the United States. Stan was a professor and the Chair of the Department of Geomatics, receiving numerous awards for his teaching before retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1998.
During the early years of the University system development, from 1970 to 1992, Stan professionally practiced under the name of Stan Sears and Associates, spending his summers performing public and private land survey and mapping services throughout Alaska. His forte is survey boundary law, in which he has served as an expert witness. He was employed by numerous entities to determine the controlling elements and location of land survey descriptions.
In 1992 Stan Sears and Tom Moore incorporated GPS Inc., where Stan has overseen the surveying of over 500 Native Allotments, more than 100 Townships, numerous subdivisions, and a vast array of mapping projects.
Stan has received multiple awards and honors for his professional work and contributions to the education of surveyors in Alaska. It has been his honor to serve and contribute to the Alaska State Board of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors, and to the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors. In 2014, Stan Sears was inducted to the Alaska Conference on Surveying and Mapping Hall of Fame.
OFFICE PROJECT MANAGER & PARTNER
Jon has been a core member of the GPS Inc. team since its incorporation 22 years ago. He has played an active role in all of the
projects GPS Inc. has undertaken. He ensures the smooth operation of all company projects and coordination between the field
and office activities. Jon's attention to detail and depth of knowledge are invaluable assets in the quality control process.
Jon attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage from 1989-1995 and majored in Geomatics and Computer Science.
LINDSEY S. VAUGHAN, RLS, CFedS
SURVEY PROJECT MANAGER & PARTNER
SURVEY PROJECT MANAGER & PARTNER
Lindsey has been active in all of GPS Inc.'s cadastral survey projects since 2003. She works on-site for all large scale projects,
performing computations, data management, and quality control as well as field work. She oversees platting and field note preparation for
most Federal and State projects.
Lindsey is also a land status specialist. She has performed record research for all GPS Inc.'s Community Mapping Projects and has worked on numerous BLM and native corporation contracts determining ANCSA 12(a), 12(b) and 14(c) entitlements.
Lindsey attended Paul Smith's College from 1999-2001, obtaining an Associates in Applied Science in Surveying and then SUNY Postdam in 2002, obtaining a Bachelors degree in Business Economics. She taught summer courses in construction and topographic surveying at Paul Smith's College from 2001-2003. Lindsey became a Registered Alaskan Land Surveyor in 2009. Lindsey has been a Certified Federal Surveyor since 2011.
LOURLIZA ANNE LUMBAB, AAS AET
Louanne joined the GPS Inc. team in November of 2013. She has been assisting our team in the ongoing production of our Community Mapping
project for the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development. She contributes by drafting and revising Community
Profile Maps and also provides assistance with extensive land status records research. In addition to her contributions for Community Profiling,
Louanne has also drafted several as-built plot plans for clients within the Municipality of Anchorage.
Louanne is a graudate from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Architectural & Engineering Technology (AET), accompanied by undergraduate certificates in all fields of drafting. The AET program specializes in advanced technical skills for computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) encompassing several fields which include architectural drafting, civil drafting, mechanical/electrical drafting, and structural drafting.
IN LOVING MEMORY - TOM R. MOORE, PILOT
Tom Moore, Co-Founder of GPS Inc., passed away on
May 28, 2014.
Tom was born in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1952. At the age of 22, he followed his dreams and drove north, arriving in Alaska in 1974 in the midst of a snowstorm. Tom soon found work and a new life in the North.
Tom spent his career as a land surveyor, working throughout the state of Alaska. His early years were spent working on the North Slope during construction of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. Later he became partners with his best friend, Stan Sears, as the two men started their business, "Global Positioning Services, Inc." Tom and Stan surveyed an unprecedented amount of land, including more than 176 communities throughout Alaska. Tom pioneered the utilization of GPS surveying equipment in the early years of the technology. In 1995, his innovative spirit led to the combined use of helicopters with GPS for remote Alaskan surveys.
After years of sitting in the passenger seat of commercially operated helicopters, Tom and Stan's company purchased a new, yellow Robinson R44 helicopter, straight from the factory. Tom became a student flyer, taking lessons from the company pilot, and he logged enough hours and developed the skills necessary to obtain his commercial pilot's license. His primary focus was maintaining safety and advancing his piloting skills. Tom logged well over 2,000 flight hours across all corners of the state, flying on countless demanding missions.
Tom had a great passion for life, which gave him the drive to excel. Some people just sit around dreaming of greatness; Tom stood up and took action. Some results of this fanaticism included storytelling, becoming an accomplished guitarist, tennis player, skier, pianist and pilot. His enthusiasm for learning and doing was unparalleled. Tom never did anything halfway. His excitement was contagious and led to him making many friends along the way.
Tom was a family man, and he made it clear that the most important thing to him was "making my family proud." His family meant more to him than anything and that was obvious to anyone that knew him. One of Tom's favorite stories was of meeting his beautiful wife of 32 years, Marilyn. They first met working at Camp Lonely on the North Slope, where Marilyn was one of three women in a camp of 214 men. Tom was very proud that Marilyn chose him. They were married in 1981. Tom then became an integral part of the large Maxwell Family.