Sit back and listen to compelling keynote presentations brought to you from some of the best innovators in GIS. Find out how these leading companies gain actionable intelligence across all lines of business in order to drive business change.
Mark Smith - Featured Speaker for Location Analytics Track
CEO & Chief Research Officer
Mark is responsible for the overall business and research direction of Ventana Research and drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint and methodology for improving business by using benchmark research to provide guidance across people, processes, information and technology. Mark is an expert in enterprise software and business technology innovations including: business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology and social media.
Mark has held CMO, research and product development roles at research and software companies. Mark started Ventana Research more than a decade ago. He has worked in the software industry for 25 years leading innovations in research and technology.
Mark was rated the 2011 software industry analyst of the year by The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR). Mark is also ranked as one of the top ten technology influencers in 2012 by Human Resources Executive magazine. Mark can be found on Twitter at @marksmithvr, on LinkedIn, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via his blog at http://marksmith.ventanaresearch.com.
Director – Marketing Intelligence & Planning
Cirque du Soleil
Axel leads the Marketing Intelligence function at Cirque du Soleil and has the mandate to support business decision making by delivering accurate and timely insights. Axel’s team is responsible for providing a clear picture of the live entertainment industry, Cirque du Soleil’s current and potential clients as well as market dynamics in an effort to underpin strategic marketing and business recommendations.
Co-Founder and CEO
Mike has a diverse background. Currently he is the Co-Founder and CEO of a company called thrdPlace. ThrdPlace is a resourcing and storytelling platform for community improvement. A marketplace that connects the needs and resources of various stakeholders within our community focused on improving the places we all live and work. He also runs real estate investment fund focused on single family and small multi-family investments. Prior to thrdPlace, he worked as an Urban Planner for a global consultancy firm, Buro Happold. Working on a variety of projects from municipal master plans to international regional scale developments. Additionally - he is an Air Force veteran, ex-management consultant and board member of a number of non-profits in and around Southern California. He regularly speaks on impact investing, story telling and how technology is changing the landscape of physical communities around the world. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School.
Director of Real Estate Research
Darden is the operator of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s, Bahama Breeze and Yard House restaurants across the United States. As director of real estate research, Rob is responsible for the strategic deployment plans, sales forecasting and GIS tools for the enterprise.
Rob has 30 years’ of experience in the development, implementation and use of GIS-based forecast systems from both the client and consultant perspective for restaurants and retailers. Prior to rejoining Darden in 2004, he spent 14 years with Thompson Associates/MapInfo.
Director of Innovation & Technology
The Shopping Center Group
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Shopping Center Group is also located, Gregg serves as Director of Innovation & Technology. He is responsible for the creation and integration of the technology strategy for the company. Using a forward thinking approach, Gregg’s focus is to create an infrastructure for data, analytics, social platforms, website, GIS, mobile technology and branding by leveraging information and tools to align the Company’s tactical plans and future growth with the needs of the company’s clients.
Gregg joined The Shopping Center Group in 2006 as a Tenant Rep Broker. Prior to joining the Company, he spent 15 years in restaurant operations, consulting, marketing and site selection, including owning and operating a quick-casual restaurant group in Orlando, Florida from 1996-2001. A graduate of Boston University with a degree in Business Management, he received his MBA from the University of Florida. Gregg, and his wife Elena, are the proud parents of two amazing boys.
President & CEO
Jill Boughton has spent 24 years in global product development with PROCTER & GAMBLE, emphasizing in Disruptive and Transformational Innovation. Jill has extensive hands on experience in the full range of product development, from initial concept and consumer research, to formulation/prototype development, to technology transfer and manufacturing, to mass production and launch, to management and development of large and varied product portfolios. Most recently, Jill led a corporate-wide effort known as “Waste to Worth”, which is dedicated to delivering on P&G’s long-term sustainability goal of eliminating consumer solid waste that is sent to landfills.
Jill has recently retired from her successful career at PROCTER & GAMBLE and has assumed the role of President & CEO at the Sustainable WasteResources International (SWRI). SWRI will create an interactive global map/data base of waste management systems that will identify key locations of significant amounts of waste around the world. Focusing on these mapped out areas and other data acquired, the foundation will then bring together stakeholders in the waste management sector, including waste pickers, developers and governments, to create solutions that convert waste into valuable resources.
Jill graduated from Ohio State University, Cum Laude in Chemical Engineering, with distinction and holds a US Patent.
Director of Commercial Solutions
Brian Smith is the Director of Commercial Solutions at GeoDecisions concentrating in the Insurance and Manufacturing verticals. Brian has more than15 years of GeoSpatial technologies experience working in multiple verticals. Currently Brian works along with his partners to develop innovative solutions that streamline business process and work flow through GeoSpatial analysis and mapping. Brian has also been strategic adviser to Fishidy.com, a start-up that brings large amounts of GeoSpatial information and analysis to anglers throughout the United States.