Our Story

BPLS started in 2011 as a one man operation, and has since been blessed to grow into a thriving business serving Western NC. BPLS is honored to have a loyal client base that continues to grow. Since its inception BPLS has been determined to offer exceptional customer service and quality in which professionals and families can depend.  

Ben Patton
Owner/Licensed Surveyor

Ben started BPLS in 2011, after earning his B.S. Surveying and Mapping at East Tennessee State University. Ben is licensed in NC, SC and Tennessee. Ben has been honored with awards such as The Tom Johnson Entrepreneurial Award (2017 & 2018) and voted "Best Surveyor" in McDowell County from 2016 to present by the McDowell News. Ben oversees each project from start to finish and ensures that each job is done right. 

Joel Mancuso
Office Manager

Joel has been with BPLS since the Fall of 2015 and has a B.A. in Pastoral Theology. He is currently working towards a B.S. in Geomatics at NC A&T University en route to becoming a Licensed Surveyor.  

Austin Brooks
Project Manager

Austin has been with BPLS since January of 2017. Austin formally served with the Marion Police Department for several years and is a recipient of "Officer of the Year". In his spare time Austin is a skilled wood worker and the co-owner of Mountain Stream Campground. He is responsible for all our residential estimates, projects and scheduling and is a principal part of the company. 

Jake Wise
Crew Chief

Jake joined BPLS in the summer of 2021 with prior survey experience and is proficient with most survey systems. He is an avid fisherman and Rocket League Champion. Jake is a connoisseur of dad jokes and his light hearted spirit has been great addition. 

Eric Parham
Field Tech 

Eric came to BPLS from the Forrest Service in the spring of 2021. He is a graduate of Haywood Community College where he holds an associates degree in Forestry. Eric enjoys fishing and mechanical work in off time and a great addition to the company. 

Jon Padgett
Field Tech

Jon came to BPLS in the spring of 2021 as a 10 year veteran of the Marion Police Department. Jon enjoys wood working and jeeping in his "War Wagon", but his primary love is his family. His positive attitude has been a welcomed addition to BPLS. 

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Caleb Oakes
Project Manager (Part Time)

Caleb joined BPLS in the summer of 2016, after running the Appalachian Trial in just a few months. Caleb works part time with BPLS while running and is proficient in both field survey systems and AutoCAD. He is a skilled surveyor and has major part in the success of the company. 

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Joshua Oakes
Crew Chief (Part Time)

Josh is a Second Lt. USMC and has been working with BPLS since 2016. He holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Josh is currently deployed, but still active with BPLS while on leave. Josh is fondly known as the philosopher and entertainer of the group and has played a significant role in success of the company.