PreSymposium Workshops | October 3rd

Symposium & Exhibit Hall  | October 4th - 6th

Best Western Inn of The Ozarks
207 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

36°23'49.21" N 93°44'56.78" W | elev 1,429 ft

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Guest Speakers

[Welcome Speaker] - Honorable Robert “Butch” Berry

Mayor of Eureka Springs

Prior to graduation from the University of Arkansas, Mr. Berry went to work for the Law Company, a design/build firm specializing in shopping centers, as one of the principle designers.  Mr. Berry was responsible for the design of numerous shopping centers from New York to Washington.  After receiving his degree in 1973, Mr. Berry moved home to Eureka Springs and developed the design/build firm IDEA (Innovative Design and Environmental Arts) of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


In 1982, Mr. Berry joined Mehlburger, Tanner, Robinson and Associates, Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas. During his tenure with MTR & A, Mr. Berry was Project Manager/Architect on numerous projects including apartments, schools, and offices and for industrial clients, such as Tyson Foods and Alltel.  In 1989, Mr. Berry accepted the position of Executive Director of the Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock. The Capitol Zoning District is a special legislative district surrounding the Arkansas State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, a National Register Historic District.  As Executive Director of the CZDC, he was responsible for reviewing all construction projects and design review permits in the Governor's Mansion District and the State Capitol District.  In 1996 Robert Berry returned to Eureka Springs and established ROBERT D. BERRY, ARCHITECTS, offering full architectural services.


Mr. Berry has been active in public service by serving on the Eureka Springs Planning Commission for over 15 years and was a city council alderman for 8 years and is presently the Mayor of Eureka Springs. He also serves on several non profit boards including Decision Point, in Bentonville, AR.

[Local Speaker] - Dr. Van Brahana

Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas

Dr. Van Brahana received his formal education (groundwater geology) from the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri.  He has more than 50 years of groundwater teaching and research experience with state agencies (Illinois State Geological Survey), federal agencies (U.S. Geological Survey), universities (University of Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas), consulting, and local, regional, and national technical review boards and consortia.  With Tom Sauer, USDA-ARS, he was active in initiating and instrumenting the Savoy Experimental Watershed, a Division of Agriculture site that studies the long-term impacts of sustainable animal production on karstland.  This past year, he has actively conducted and supervised a range of pro bono field studies to describe in detail the karst hydrogeology of Big Creek basin, a major tributary of the Buffalo National River, the site of a 6,500-pig CAFO.  Although retired, he remains active in consulting, volunteering, and technical hydrogeologic advisory and review boards.

[Keynote Speaker] – Christopher W. Dunn

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Chris Dunn resides in Columbia, Missouri where he is a small business owner, attorney, and expert geospatial witness.  Chris holds a Juris Doctor from Mizzou Law as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Geography from Kansas State. Chris uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3-D software to make specialty maps for his clients and 3-D computer model crime scene reconstructions. Chris’s mapping customers include The Missouri Primary Care Association, Community Asset Builders, Truman Medical Center’ and several legal firms. GeoVelo’s maps are used by hospital system boards of directors, CFOs and CEOs for their strategic business development planning, marketing, and facility siting decisions. Prior to becoming, an attorney, Chris had a 20-year career as the director of several local government planning, zoning and development departments. Before that Chris spent some time overseas working for his Uncle Sam defusing bombs, and generally making a mess of other people’s ammunition stockpiles and infrastructure. Chris is a member of the Missouri Bar, an Eagle Scout, and has won awards for his urban planning, film-making, and pro-bono legal work.

[Closing speaker] – Dr. Richard L. Elgin


A second-generation surveyor, Dr. Elgin was raised in his late father's surveying business in Rolla, Missouri. After serving meritoriously as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam (1969), he received the degrees BSCE and MSCE from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T), and his PhD from the University of Arkansas. Semi-retired, he works part-time for Archer-Elgin Surveying and Engineering, LLC of Rolla and is an Adjunct Professor at MS&T. With his PhD advisor, David Knowles, he wrote Legal Principles of Boundary Location for Arkansas and The U.S. Public Land Survey System for Arkansas. Dick authored The U.S. Public Land Survey for Missouri. He also wrote Shoulda Played the Flute, a memoir of his year flying helicopters in Vietnam (available on Amazon).

Dr. Elgin is a past president of MSPS, and was editor of Missouri Surveyor for many years. He is a member of the Surveyors Historical Society and MS&T and the University of Arkansas’ Academy of Civil Engineers. He is a past member of the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects. He is licensed in several states. Dr. Elgin is an avid collector of early American surveying equipment. He rides a Moots bicycle and drives his perfectly restored 1967 Austin Cooper S, or 1976 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior.

A rare surveyor, Dick is a practitioner (sealed about 15,000 surveys), educator (teaches surveying at Missouri S&T), researcher (codeveloper of the “ASTRO” surveying software products), author (written four technical surveying books and frequent contributor to American Surveyor) and collector (owns one of the largest collections of early American surveying equipment in the United States).

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