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.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Gregory S. Miller
GISP, AICP, GIS Analyst
Greg has a background in regional planning and GIS. He completed his undergraduate studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland and earned his master’s degree in geography and GIS from the University of South Florida. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2008 and also became certified as a GIS Professional (GISP) that year.
Greg has used geographic analysis to explore a wide range of topics including those related to community planning and visioning, water resources, sea level rise, disaster resiliency, and transportation. He spent the beginning of his career at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council in Florida. He now resides in Portland, OR and works for the ASPCA. His current work is focused on analyzing the geographic distribution of animal shelter data and assisting communities in maximizing the impact of their limited resources to save more lives.
Bank of America
Jonathan “Jon” Voorhees
Senior Vice President, Retail Distribution Execution Executive
Jon leads the retail distribution execution team, where he is responsible for the execution of all retail distribution programs impacting nearly 9,000 banking center and ATM locations. He has been a leader in the effort to resize and transform the Bank’s large distribution network. Jon has been with the bank and its predecessors for 16 years. Previously he worked for Equifax National Decision Systems, holding numerous leadership roles. Jon graduated from California State University at Northridge with a degree in economic geography.
Executive Vice President
Julie joined BMS in September 2011, heading the catastrophe analytics department. Julie has more than 23 years industry experience, previously working as executive vice president for Willis Re’s property resource division, as well as building and managing Willis Re’s catastrophe risk modeling and advisory services division. Julie also worked for E.W. Blanch where she developed and managed their catastrophe modeling team, and spent two years at the St. Paul Group creating and overseeing their catastrophe risk analytics team. Julie has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the Institute of Technology of the University of Minnesota.
Chan Lee is a Sr. Analyst at Chick-fil-A Inc. whose main duties include development of mobile data collection tools, desktop forecasting tools and seamlessly integrating the two on an enterprise level. He works in the Real Estate Department but is helping to show the value of GIS to the rest of the organization.
Con-way Freight, Inc.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Rivera
Vice President of Eastern Area Operations
Jeff Rivera is a vice president for Con-way Freight Inc., the largest of Con-Way Inc.’s three primary operating companies. Con-way Inc. is a $5.6 billion transportation and global logistics company. Jeff is a 20-year veteran of the global logistics industry and is responsible for management and performance of the company’s less-than-truckload freight network operations in the eastern United States and Canada, comprised of 100 service locations with 6,800 employees. Jeff is responsible for leading Con-way Freight’s lean cultural transformation and directs the design, introduction and application of lean methodologies and practices throughout the organization, as well as strategic planning, talent development and facilitation of employee engagement in lean principles and processes to eliminate waste and drive continuous operational improvement.
Matt is the president of Datastory Consulting. He often speaks in metaphors and gets strangely passionate about the power of maps for business. Ask any of his colleagues and they’ll attest to his skill at making GIS and location analytics technology relevant and accessible to business leaders. He’s been at this mapping thing since 1995 and along the way received recognition from key players like Esri, SmartCEO, Towson University, and Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley. Matt eared his undergraduate in “G” (geography) from Towson University in 1996 and his masters in “IS” (information systems) from Johns Hopkins University in 2003.
Director, Commercial Solutions
Simon has over 20 years of experience in applying location analysis and geographic data to solve business, industry and social issues. He has wide ranging business experience from retail and media to insurance. Simon began his career in the private sector as a systems architect and management consultant before holding senior positions in enterprise GIS and IT companies in Europe and Asia. Today he’s applying his knowledge and experience to answering complex problems with inventive solutions.
Manager, Industry Solutions
Beginning his career in the defense sector before moving to a consultancy role in insurance and banking. Now, Gary spearheads Esri Australia’s industry solutions team. A well-regarded authority on the application of GIS and Location Analytics technologies across the commercial sector, he specializes in developing GIS strategies which enables organizations to leverage location as a key business driver. Gary holds an Honours Degree in Computer Science, and has worked around the world, including in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Thailand, New Zealand, and most recently Australia.
General Growth Properties
Director, Research & Strategy
As Director of Research & Strategy for General Growth Properties, Karan Singh manages leasing and retailer analytics for the company’s 120+ malls and retail properties. Karan has a penchant for spatial analysis and is constantly devising new techniques to incorporate locational, market and geographic data into sales and tenant-level analytics for GGP’s leasing organization and retail clients. Prior to joining GGP, Karan served in various finance, pricing and predictive analytic roles for several retail firms including Sears and Best Buy. He also gained valuable site-selection experience during early-career stints at Mapinfo/Thompson Associates and Tango Management. Karan holds a BA in Geography and Urban Studies from Macalester College and an MA in Urban & Regional Planning from Michigan State University.
Property & Liability Resource Bureau
Director of Catastrophe Services
Peter Balingit joined PLRB in 1993 and is currently the director of catastrophe services, wehre he oversees the day-to-day operation of the department and prepares the continual stream of catastrophe services information that is made available to members. Peter authors the Catastrophe Blog, in the weekly PLRB Front Lines newsletter and conducts multiple web –based and in-person training classes on the effective use of PLRB Map, as well as many other PLRB Catastrophe Services resources. Peter graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University, with a B.S. in Operational Meteorology and holds a GIS certification from Penn State University. Peter holds a GISP designation and is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the Illinois GIS Association.
Geologist/Information Technology Specialist
Andrew is a geologist/information technology specialist with PLRB where he maintains catastrophe services data, refines and updates existing Catastrophe Services products and services, and identifies member needs and creates new products and services. Andrew also maintains the Esri platform at PLRB, which allows Cats Services to share weather/cats data across the web using PLRB Map, an online mapping app available to all members of the organization. Andrew graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology, and specializes in Esri software, geoprocessing and web development.
Chief Executive Officer
Matt is the CEO of Los Angeles, California-based startup PromoJam, a social marketing platform, working with many of the biggest brands in the world. PromoJam’s customers include brands and media leaders like NBC Universal, Universal Music Group, Live Nation, Simon & Shuster, The North Face and many more top tier companies. PromoJam has quickly established themselves as a leading technology provider and social media marketing innovators, catching the attention of high profile press outlets such as San Francisco Chronicle, Tech Crunch, Mashable and the Los Angeles Times.
The Wendys’ Company
Director, Real Estate Services
John is the director of real estate services at Wendys’, the second largest quick service restaruant burger chain in the United States. Prior to joining Wendy’s in 2012, John worked as a research analyst with Family Dollar, and as a consultant with Nielsen (formerly Claritas) John also worked at Intalytics as a manager and contributor, providing major retailers, restaurants, telecommunications providers and financial institutions analytical tools developed to provide an objective voice to customer analysis, site selection and market planning. In addition, he taught physical and cultural geography in the San Diego and Cuyamaca Community College districts. John holds a BS in Geography from Ball State University and an MA in Geography, Location Analysis Concentration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.