Our Team

We understand our business…and the bigger picture.

Having a deep base of knowledge is obviously critical. But we know it takes more than that. To be successful, we need to apply this knowledge through a client-focused approach that leads to the highest level of satisfaction.

Smart. Ethical. Safe. Motivated. To us, there’s just no other way to be.
Meet the team ready to put their skills to work for you.

J. Peter Borbas, PLS, PP

Owner and President

With more than 35 years in the industry, it’s not surprising that Peter is nationally regarded as an expert in his field. In 2003, Peter was voted Surveyor of the Year by the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors in recognition of his leadership efforts.

In addition to working directly with clients, Peter has served (and continues to serve) on several major boards and committees. These appointments are beneficial on many levels in that they enable Peter to provide his expertise, and help him stay current with key practices which he can incorporate to distinguish Borbas from its competitors.

Committee/board involvement includes:

  • Paul Smiths College Surveying Advisory Board (graduated, 1978)
  • Paul Smiths College Dean Council
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Surveying Advisory Board
  • Chair of the GIS/LIS Committee of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land surveyors
  • Past president of the Geographic and Land Information Society
  • 2009 and 2012 Chair of the American Congress on Surveying & Mapping
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, public member 2002-2006

“Working with such an incredibly knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated team makes every day more exciting than the last as we embrace new opportunities and overcome challenges head on.”

Patrick L. Ilsley, PLS

Senior Project Manager

After more than 30 years of project management, Pat’s ability and experience to face challenges makes him an indispensable component of the Borbas team. He has overseen hundreds of boundary surveys and development projects, including remediation and redevelopment of significant Brownfield sites.
Pat’s specialties include legal and mathematical analysis, project management, computer-aided design (CAD), and IT support.

“Providing an unparalleled level of client service is my priority every day.”

John D. Beattie, PLS, CFM

Senior Project Manager

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Engineering Science from Bergen Community College. As a Certified Floodplain Manager, he is able to provide valuable services to our clients with waterfront facilities.
In addition to being well trained in surveying, John is a United States Marine Corps veteran, where he served our nation as an electronics and counter battery radar technician both at home and on expeditionary units across the globe.

“We are very supportive of each other; at any given time our clients may have a century’s worth of combined experience dedicated to their project. “

Rick Merrill, PLS

Hydrographic and Bathymetric Survey Project Manager

Rick brings a unique background to the Borbas team, possessing both an incredible amount of field experience as well as extensive management experience from his days running surveying departments at large engineering firms. As head of our hydrographic and bathymetric survey department, Rick maintains our company’s readiness to expand our services for our clients with waterfront facilities.

“It’s inspiring to be part of a team so focused on exceeding our clients’ expectations.”

Bill Errico

Project Surveyor

Surveying is in Bill’s blood, having grown up in a family of surveyors. Bill has been surveying since childhood and has extensive experience with FEMA flood studies, geodetic control surveys for aerial mapping and geotechnical instrumentation monitoring.

“What could be better than working with the most cutting-edge technology.”

Jim Schappell, PLS

Transportation Survey Specialist

With over 30 years of experience surveying and mapping highway right of ways, bridges, railroads, shipping channels, harbors, rivers and lakes, Jim performs global positioning system (GPS, GNSS) control surveys for all types of projects.

“We’re all at the very top of our game.”

Bruce Blair, PLS, PP

Right of Way Specialist/Forensic Survey Consultant

A former president of the American Right of Way Association, Bruce’s extensive experience and contacts across the country make him an excellent senior project manager for Right of Way surveys. Bruce is also recognized as a specialist in boundary law issues and consults for our clients on such matters.

“No matter what our clients’ needs are, I am confident we have the experience to be successful.”

Sandra Oxley

Business, Contracts and Office Manager

For many years, Sandra has served as the backbone of our company, and our clients love working with her.
As well as handling all of our contracts and subcontract agreements, she is also responsible for managing our company financials, insurance policies, HR duties and all aspects of the day-to-day administrative operations.

“Dedication is our greatest asset.”

Richard M. Lamac, PLS

Licensed Professional Land Surveyor

A graduate of the Paul Smiths College Surveying Program, Rich has extensive experience in boundary, topographic, construction and deformation monitoring surveys. Rich is well versed in building movement monitoring for underground tunneling projects.

Daniel Soda, CFM

GIS Specialist/Survey Technician

Alongside his BS in Environmental Earth Science and GIS minor from Eastern Connecticut State University, Dan has a Coastal Inundation Mapping Certification from the NOAA Coastal Service Center. He has performed extensive surveying and GIS work to support coastal restoration and sediment movement monitoring. Additionally, Dan has performed GIS utility surveys for entire communities.

“The most innovative thinking and genuine enthusiasm for what we do provides our clients with peace of mind that will exceed all expectations.”

Dave Hudak

Geospatial Information Analyst

Dave graduated Rowan University where he studied Entrepreneurship and focused on Management Information Systems and Marketing. His emphasis is on emerging technologies and providing added benefits for our clients. Having worked with UAVs for several years, he has combined his knowledge and technology to increase precision and efficiency in the survey and mapping industry. Dave’s goal is to bring his education and drone experience together in an effort to be of increased value to our clients.

Dylan Grabinsky

Nearing completion of his curricula, Dylan will soon graduate from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with Bachelors’ of Science degrees in Surveying Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering. He has previously attained an Associate’s degree in Engineering Science from the County College of Morris. As a certified drone pilot, Dylan is keen on developing his professional capabilities with new technologies, including sUAS-aided observations, to further accuracy and precision to better assist clients.

“Our hard work, collective knowledge, and effort set us above the seemingly common and mundane.”