James “Jaime” Aranda–President/CEO
James Aranda is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) with almost 37 years of experience in all phases of land surveying and mapping. He started Aranda & Associates, Inc. in March of 1987 and has surveyed and mapped land for hundreds of clients, including many governmental and public agencies. He is the president and CEO of the firm and is in charge of project development, design, estimates, administration, management, and, QA/QC/certification for all survey services produced by the firm.
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Antonio “Tony” Aguirre, Jr.–Executive Vice President
Tony has been an elected public utilities trustee in McAllen for over 22 years and serves on the city’s three-member Audit and Investment Committee. He established a highly successful international company and served as a board member for a local charter school system that has received repeated national recognition. Using political, business, and personal experience, Tony offers our clients dynamic leadership. His long-standing relationships with federal, state, and local officials, as well as with business and charitable leaders throughout the Rio Grande Valley, make Tony an invaluable asset to Aranda & Associates, Inc.
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JORGE A. GONZALEZ, P.E., C.F.M
Jorge is a Professional Engineer (PE; civil and electrical) and a Certified Floodplain Manager with over 19 years of experience (four of those as a professional engineer). Before joining Aranda & Associates’ Engineering Division, Jorge was the principal engineer for his own firm, the planning director/city engineer for the City of Weslaco, the engineering assistant for the City of Edinburg, and an engineer-in-training for an engineering firm in McAllen. His experience encompasses land development, site design, paving and drainage, transportation, and municipal public utilities. Jorge’s duties include the development of plans, specifications, and estimates, as well as project management.
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DANIEL “Danny” B. DAVIS, R.P.L.S
After graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in agronomy, Danny worked in Houston, Dallas, and Austin managing projects for multiple landscape construction and maintenance clients. He began his surveying career nearly by accident when, in 2003 while seeking a career change, he took a job as a rodman with a private land surveying company. The change “stuck,” and over the next few years, Danny worked as an instrument man and as a party chief, eventually finding himself in the office managing up to 13 crews, performing research, and drafting. In April of 2007, after taking various geometrics and mathematics classes in the evenings at Austin Community College, Danny became a surveyor-in-training. In April of 2008, he accepted an offer from an engineering firm in McAllen to work as a survey technician. Danny became a Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) in April of 2010 and accepted a position with Aranda & Associates in July of 2010. He has experience in multiple areas of land surveying, including title surveys ranging from small subdivision lots to 1000+ acre tracts, subdivision platting, construction surveying, topographic surveying, and a wide variety of engineering projects.
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TIM HRUSKA, Survey Manager
Tim is a survey manager at Aranda & Associates. He earned an associate’s degree in applied science from ITT Technical Institute in Austin. Tim attended AutoCAD University and has also received extensive training at multiple GPS seminars. His skills include scaning using the Trimble S6 Total Station/Scanner, the Topcon GLS2000, and the Topcon IP-S2 Mobile Mapping System (LiDAR). Working in the surveying industry for over 20 years, Tim has been involved with such significant projects as the TxDOT FM 676 Expansion Project, Shell Exploration and Production Company’s Piloncillo Ranch, the Brownsville Public Utility Board (BPUB) Pipeline Project, and the ITBC section of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority (HCRMA) Project. Tim’s surveying knowledge and experience make him a valuable member of the Aranda & Associates team.
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MARIO SAENZ, Field Operations Manager
Mario is a field operations manager for Aranda & Associates. Before joining our team in 2011, Mario worked as a draftsman, a party chief, a field inspector, and a survey field crew member for firms in McAllen and Kingsville. Mario’s most notable work includes using mobile LiDAR to scan a city park in Weslaco and a 29th Street project in McAllen, serving as the survey coordinator on Shell Piloncillo Ranch in Laredo, conducting a 200-acre boundary survey in Brooks County, and working on the GSA Pharr International Bridge Lane Expansion Project. Mario also has a vast amount of experience in completing lot and title surveys.
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NOEL “NOE” CANTU, JR., CST (NSPS), CADD Manager
Noe is Aranda & Associates’ CADD manager. Noe earned an associate’s degree in computer drafting and design technology with a GIS/GPS specialty from Texas State Technical College. Prior to joining our team in 2007, Noe worked as a GIS technician for Carson Map Company in La Feria (TX) where he used ArcMap for map zoning subdivisions in the Rio Grande Valley. He also worked at Survcon Inc. in San Antonio as a survey technician. Noe’s experience in the surveying industry includes mapping of pipelines in Hidalgo and Starr counties for Shell, conducting fieldwork and CADD requirements for Brooks County ISD (Falfurrias school renovations), and utilizing mobile LiDAR for TopoDot projects in McAllen (29th Street and the Jackson Avenue Fiber Optic Route) and Weslaco (city park). Noe has also completed multiple title and boundary surveys, RRC permit plats, and pipeline crossing permits.
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MARTIN BARROSO, JR., GIS Technician
Martin worked for Texas AgriLife Extension Service – District 12 in Weslaco for six years before coming to work for Aranda & Associates. He was hired as an agriculture technician (I) and then a GIS specialist. He directed GIS projects supporting irrigation district programs, including GIS development, programming, and applications. Martin also collected data and supported field measurements on district infrastructure and GIS projects. Martin has assisted in the analysis of water savings due to irrigation district improvements and changes in technology and management. He has evaluated and maintained technologies on flow control and control structures. He has also assisted in teaching Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Publications: Leigh, E., M. Barroso and G. Fipps, 2009. Expansion of Urban Area in Irrigation Districts of the Rio Grande River Basin, 1996 – 2006: A Map Series. Texas AgriLife Extension Service. March 2009.
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