2017-2018 MAPMS Committee Summary and Directory

Below you will find a summary of all the current MAPMS Committees.  The work of these committees is vital to the continued function of the society.  We encourage all members to join a committee listed below.  Please click on the committee chair link to send an e-mail and offer your thoughts and ideas.  Thanks to all those who volunteer their time to MAPMS.

Work with editorial committee, treasurer and the Board to produce and update the membership directory. Investigate ways of increasing membership in MAPMS. Develop of list of those in the aquatics industry to invite to the conference from the host state. Recommend qualified and duly nominated candidates for Honorary Membership as per MAPMS by-laws.  Committee members: Amy Kay- Chair, Dave Nicholson, Eddie Heath, Scott Schuler, Jim Donahoe.

Recommend potential nominees for board positions. Determine if nominees are qualified per MAPMS by-laws and willing to serve if elected. Committee members: Dick Pinagel-Chair, Matt Johnson, Jake Britton.

Responsible for all society publications. Prepare timely mailings to the membership regarding events for or promoted by the society. Collect and maintain MAPMS archives. Facilitate operations of technology at conference sessions. Committee members: Leif Willey-Chair, Steve Zulinski, Landon Wiet.


Consider all resolutions and by-laws changes. Present for consideration all petitions with 10 or more signatures of voting members. Committee members: Steve Zulinski – Chair, Matt Johnson, Dave Nicholson


Develop the annual meeting program with the assistance of the Vice President. Work with the local arrangements committee in organizing supplemental seminars or workshops. Work with secretary, treasurer and the board to ensure annual meeting expenses are within established budget. Committee members: Nate Long -Chair, the Board of Directors.

Local Arrangements

Provide the board with timely information useful in planning the annual meeting. Plan and coordinate all activities inside and outside the hotel complex, at all official society functions. Inform the program chair of local individual with potential for program speakers. Committee members: Matt Johnson -Chair, Nate Long, John Goidosik, Jake Britton.


Responsible for maintenance of the MAPMS exhibit booth. Place advertisements or announcements concerning society meetings and other activities relating to the aquatics industry. Make recommendations concerning the course of actions in matters involving keeping citizens advised of information related to aquatic plant management. Committee members: Amy Kay – Chair, Dave Nicholson, Landon Wiet.

Internal Audit

Audit all books and fiscal documents of the society prior to the annual meeting.  Committee members: Eric Schutman-Chair, John Goidosik.

Governmental Affairs

Inform the society about existing, pending or needed legislative / regulatory action of interest to the society. Coordinate re-certification credits for the various states in the MAPMS region at the annual conference and any other society functions that may qualify.  Committee members: Matt Johnson -Chair, Nate Long, Carleton Layne, Eric Schutman.


Contact potential exhibitors for participation at the annual conference. Facilitate exhibitor space at each conference site. Coordinate judging and presentation of best-exhibit award at the banquet.  Committee Members: Eric Schutman-Chair, John Olsen, Garret McClain.

Past-Presidents Advisory

Develop and maintain the operating manual. Examine the goals of the society and make recommendations to the board as required.  Committee members: Dick Pinagel-Chair, all MAPMS past-presidents.

Student Affairs

Promote student membership in the society. Facilitate the collection of, judging and awards for student paper contest, poster contest and any MAPMS research grants.  Committee members: Dr. Ryan Thum– Chair, Syndell Parks, Amy Kay, West Bishop, Patrick Goodwin, Eddie Heath.

Silent Auction and Raffle

Arrange Silent auction and scholarship raffle. Solicit donation of items and obtain raffle tickets. Work with program and local arrangements committees to produce successful event at the banquet. Produce thank you letters to all item donators.  Committee members: Jake Britton – Chair, Brian Isaacs, Casey Thompson, Garrett McLain, Nick Barnes, Jacob Meganck, Ryan VanGothem, John Goidosik, Zach Haas.

2020 Time and Place

Work with meeting planner to find host site for annual conference based upon the rotation of IN-MI-WI-OH-IL, with other states to be considered as required.  Committee members: Jake Britton-Chair, Matt Johnson, Amy Kay, Bill Torres.


Solicit sponsors for annual conference. Ensure that each sponsor is recognized as per conference guidelines.  Committee members: Dick Pinagel-Chair, John Goidosik, Matt Johnson.

Strategic Planning

Implement the strategic plan to ensure the longevity of the society. Research and propose changes to the strategic plan as require.  Committee members:Eric Schutman-Chair , Matt Johnson, John Goidosik.

To read a full description of each committee’s responsibilities please consult the OPERATING MANUAL.