2018 - 2019 VAS Region II Director Candidate - Stephen Letchford
Monday, November 13, 2017
Posted by: Ebonique Ellis
Stephen Letchford began his surveying career in England in 1983, working towards his Charter as a valuations surveyor of public houses within the south west counties of Devon and Cornwall. After emigrating to the United States in 1986, Mr. Letchford started a new chapter of his surveying career in Virginia Beach, being hired on by Mr. Ed White, LS and working under Mr. John Ballard, LS at Langley & McDonald. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Ms. Ruth Ann Coffin who, in 1988, became his wife. Stephen, with much help from his loving wifes’ family, raised two children who are now living on either side of America, much to the chagrin of Mrs. Letchford, who wishes they were both “just a little closer”.
Mr. Letchford worked in Tidewater through 1992 when he was given the opportunity to be part of the team working under Mr. David Gardy, LS, tasked with completing a full base mapping survey of the original spans and approaches of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel. Mr. Letchford was fortunate enough to be promoted to crew chief on this project and to be part of one of the first private regional GPS network control surveys attempted on the east coast, a survey network that would eventually span most of the southern reaches of the Chesapeake Bay. His responsibilities expanded to include research efforts at the old City of Virginia Beach Court House as well as the post processing of all crew data for the duration of the project. This project gave all involved a new appreciation of the term “blood truck”…!
After relocating to the Richmond area in 2002, Mr. Letchford worked on key projects such as Capital One and Car Max’s new corporate campuses in Goochland County under Mr. Mark McGonigle, LS. Mr. Letchford also became involved with the VAS as a student member, often dragging his bosses to meetings when he required a sponsor. After obtaining his license to practice surveying in 2005, Mr. Letchford quickly volunteered to become a more active member within the Central Chapter, eventually rising to the level of President of the Chapter in 2013.
Stephen and his wife, Ruth, recently moved to New Kent County where they are enjoying being very active “empty nesters”. You may often find him pursuing his passion for sporting clays out at Old Forge in Providence Forge, or losing lots of little white golf balls around the Brickshire and Royal New Kent golf courses.
Mr. Letchford runs the Richmond office of AES Consulting Engineers and looks forward to serving his chapter, his profession, but most of all, those surveyors who have pushed and prodded him to stay involved with the Virginia Association of Surveyors.