2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
Monday, May 20, 2019
Posted by: Kevin Shreiner
In this edition of ODS, I wanted to take the opportunity to honor one of our long standing members, David Holland. He has been a dear friend of mine for 18+ years, long before I was licensed or became a VAS Board member. At the 2019 Convention, Dave was officially recognized at the Board meeting and given a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his service to VAS. Dave is a Past President and also served as an Executive Officer and NSPS Director for 11 years. There are countless other things that Dave has contributed to VAS over the years, and I hope each and every one of you will congratulate Dave when you see him.
Personally, Dave was a mentor to me as I rose up thorough the ranks of the Board, Executive Officer and to President. On numerous occasions, Dave provided me with guidance and wisdom on VAS leadership, how to handle the personalities and issues, what to expect in given situations, NSPS information, and legislative matters that affect our profession. We may have even had a few drinks and cigars along the way! I could always directly ask Dave about anything, and he would always gave me straight forward answers. If I had a good idea he would say so, and if it was a bad idea he would say so. I realize what I’m writing sounds like he is dead, but he is not!! Dave is alive and well and still a member of this great organization. If he didn’t have such a great sense of humor I couldn’t write that!
For all of you who are new members or veteran members, please say “hello” to Dave when you see him, and make sure he knows what an asset he has been to this organization.
It has been an awesome and humbling experience serving as your President. Will Nash said he believes I am the longest tenured VAS President in history (462 days, or 15 months & 15 Days, I will round up and call it 16 months) but who’s counting!! It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I made new friends and acquaintances in Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, and West Virginia that I would not have made had I not been President. A special shout out to past president Bruce Frederick with Pennoni, who nominated me to the position of Secretary/Treasurer. If not for Bruce’s nomination I may not have ever had this opportunity. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank JMP&A for their hard work and support. John Palatiello and I didn’t always agree on everything, but we always agreed on doing what was best for VAS. JMPA staff (Sally, Khea and Debbie) are simply wonderful folks to work with, and I will never get tired of their hugs and support.
Thank you for taking the time to read this dissertation,
Kevin D. Shreiner, LS, PS
Immediate Past President
Virginia Association of Surveyors