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Bruce & Mary Claire Harris

This month’s Employee Spotlight is an extended interview with Bruce & Mary Claire Harris, the co-founders and co-owners of Bruce Harris & Associates! Enjoy BHA’s last Spotlight of 2016, and cheers to 2017!


Full Interview:

How was BHA created?
MC: Bruce and I started it in our friend’s basement. We got our first job shortly after moving our three-man office to a little spot in Geneva.

When did you know BHA was special?
B & MC: When we landed our very first job with Macon County

What do you see (or would like to see) in the next five years for BHA?
MC: I see amazing potential. BHA’s quality service and reputation set us apart. Our team is remarkable. Our future looks bright. I’m excited about developing new products.

What was the hardest part about starting your own company?
MC: it was a lot of very hard work and many hard hours. Financially, we were quite strapped.

What is your first memory of BHA?
MC: I have two: sitting in the basement coming up with our name. We wanted Harris, Inc., but it was taken. The second, was getting the phone call from Macon County and landing our first job. I remember right where we were both standing.

What is one thing you would have liked to know 20 years ago?
MC: there are reasons I’m glad we didn’t know too much, or we may not have had the courage!

If you didn’t run this company, what would you be doing?
MC: travelling the world and meeting great people.
Bruce: Fishing, golfing, travelling, and spending time with my kids (and future grandchildren!).

What are your proudest moments at BHA so far?
MC: All of it. We persevered! We built it from nothing into something special.
Bruce: Our staff who have contributed to making this company successful. Without good people, this company wouldn’t work.

What were some major turning points in the company’s life?
B & MC: Purchasing J.E. was a pivotal move.

If you could change one thing over the past 20 years, what would it be?
B & MC: Nothing. It is all part of the journey.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the past 20 years?
B & MC: Hard work and dedication pay off. Never say never!

When you retire, what is one thing you hope your employees say about you?
MC: That we were caring employers who ran our company with dignity and respect.
B: That we were honest, fair, respectful, and proud of the work they all did.

If your hose was burning down, what is one non-living thing you would save?
MC: Pictures of our kids
B: The grandfather clock my great-grandfather built in 1881.

What did you want to be growing up?
MC: Don’t laugh: a nun. I went to Catholic schools and was taught by nuns. Later, I wanted to be a journalist.
B:  A pro golfer. But I knew I didn’t have the skills, so I became a mapper instead!
What is the first concert you attended?
MC: a Beatles concert at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. It was pouring, they cancelled the concert and girls everywhere were sobbing. We went back a few days later and saw them live. It was amazing. It was 1966 and I was 12 years old.
B: Lou Reed and David Bowie in Madison, Wisconsin.

What is your hidden talent?
MC: I write poetry

What is the worst thing you did as a kid?
MC: I was pretty tame, but I released a snake in the principal’s office on the last day of 8th grade.
B: Probably the time I threw rocks at my brother. One hit him in the headed. He ended up needing 8 stitches.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
MC: Love. Oh, and my morning cup of coffee.

Tommy Renaud

Every month, we sit down with one of our employees to discuss life–inside and outside of the office walls! Please enjoy November’s Q&A With BHA, featuring Tommy Renaud, our Office/Building Maintenance Manager! tommy-spotlight

Parcel Fabric Patch

The team at Bruce Harris & Associates recently discovered some issues while working inside the Parcel Fabric. If you are experiencing any of the editing issues listed below, we recommend installing Esri’s recently released patch, ArcGIS 10.4.1 for Desktop Parcel Editing General Maintenance 2 Patch (available here). If you are editing in 10.4.1. Desktop, the patch will address the following bugs:
  • BUG-000098978 – Parcel Remainder is unable to create more than one parcel when multiple parcels are selected to intersect.
  • BUG-000097210 – The parcel editing Parallel Offset tool on a rotated/scaled parcel fails to extend/trim for a single line segment and/or to maintain the recorded bearing.
  • BUG-000096619 – Exploding a multipart parcel with curves that share a radial point does not explode correctly for radial lines.
  • BUG-000094736 – When using parcel editor to open or edit parcel(s) it should only draw the lines of the open parcel(s).
  • BUG-000094561 – When using parcel editor joining a parcel point to a Control Point should associate the parcel point to the control point.
  • BUG-000091817 – Unable to access an AGO feature service layer that has a GUID column in ArcMap.
We hope this patch helps you avoid any unnecessary headaches, and continues to allow you to experience the full value of the Parcel Fabric. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Juliana Cancelo

Every month, we sit down with one of our employees to discuss life–inside and outside of the office walls! Please enjoy October’s Q&A With BHA, featuring Juliana Cancelo, our Marketing Coordinator! juliana-spotlight

Kevin Piraino

Every month, we sit down with one of our employees to discuss life–inside and outside of the office walls! Please enjoy September’s Q&A With BHA, featuring Kevin Piraino, our newest GIS Specialist of our Special Projects Division. kevin-spotlight