Join Esri for a weekend of fast-paced and fun talks from Esri users who have been-there-and-done-that and are willing to tell you their no-holds barred stories of location enlightenment.
Head of portfolio management, American Modern Insurance Group
Christine Kaaz heads the Portfolio Management team at American Modern Insurance Group, a national leader in specialty insurance. In this role, she is responsible for raising emergency preparedness and the portfolio’s resilience against natural and man-made catastrophes. GIS based analysis is a prerequisite of Portfolio Management in order to fulfill American Modern’s mission to protect and serve more than 1.3 million customers countrywide.
Christine has more than 10 years of experience in managing catastrophe perils in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to her current role, she worked at the Munich Re Group’s headquarter in Munich, Germany for eight years. She worked in several property insurance and reinsurance underwriting and portfolio management roles with a focus on the US. During a two year program, she worked directly with the Munich Re board member responsible for North America and Global Clients on Munich Re’s US market strategy. Christine Kaaz began her professional career working for the finance and economics columns of Germany’s leading national broadsheet “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”.
Christine holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich/ Germany and a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, London, UK. She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
President, David Hicks Company
A 31-year commercial real estate veteran, David Hicks is President of David Hicks Company, a Dallas based commercial real estate services firm. Over the past 17 years, David has represented Dal Briar Corporation in the planning, entitlement, development and sales of mixed use sites in a 2500 acre planned development in Allen, Texas; a 225 acre planned development in Richardson and Plano, Texas; and a 110 acre Planned Development in Richardson Texas. David also represents JBGL Capital in the acquisition and development of residential and active adult communities in Allen, Texas.
From 2002 to 2006, David was Senior Vice President - Capital Division of Hillwood Development Company, LLC. Hillwood Capital named David “Outstanding Performer” for 2004. From 1991 to 2002 David was Executive Vice President at the Bradford - Vantage Companies. Focused on landlord representation in office leasing, Hicks represented clients such as Equitable, Prudential and Litton Industries. He earned the Top Producer designations at Bradford in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2000, The Dallas Business Journal named him the "Number One Office Leasing Agent in Dallas”. In 2002 Hicks was President of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR) and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Shopping Center Council (ICSC) and The North Texas Land Council as well as NTCAR. Prior to Bradford David served with Bright Realty Corporation (1987-1991) and Merrill Lynch Commercial Real Estate (1984 - 1987).
He and his wife Mary Ellen Hicks have four daughters.
Senior business analyst, Miele, Inc.
Matt Kueny runs the Business Intelligence Department for Miele, Inc., the US subsidiary of Miele & Cie., the world’s largest private appliance manufacturer. Based in Gütersloh Germany, Miele manufactures luxury white goods and floor care products that are distributed throughout the world. Given the unique nature of their products, Miele sells its product primarily through independent retailers in the US.
With a diverse education in International Economics, Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy, Matt has played numerous for Miele over his 24 year career but has focused his attention on market analysis and development since 2010. He is responsible for strategic planning, sales analysis and forecasting as well as GIS applications.
Senior manager, data products, Twitter
Will Mayo is a senior manager within Twitter’s global sales organization. In this role, Will is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and identifying new opportunities for organizations to leverage social data. He is passionate about data and analytics and believes there is limitless potential for improving business decisions with the use of social data.
Will was previously the Managing Director of the Washington, DC office for Gnip, who was acquired by Twitter in May 2014. Will was responsible for managing commercial and public sector customers in the Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as developing the market strategy for this region. Prior to joining Gnip, Will was based in Colorado and served as a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting's Strategy and Operations group. In this capacity, Will provided strategic planning, customer relationship management, and data analytics expertise to address various client needs.
Will has extensive experience managing strategic customer accounts and developing new products and services that meet customer needs. Will’s consulting experience includes managing large teams to implement Customer Relationship Management and Performance Measurement systems, developing organizational strategic plans and budget processes, and performing data analytics to improve operational processes. Will has a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and MBA from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Will is married to his wife Carol Lynn and they live in Vienna, VA with their two children
Director of enterprise location intelligence, Walgreens
After earning a degree in Geography from the University of Illinois, Jillian began her career with Walgreens in 1999 as a site analyst. She used spatial and analytical expertise to strategically plan drugstore locations, manage markets, and facilitate mergers and acquisitions.
Subsequently, Jillian has also worked to expand the role of GIS throughout the department and company, and currently is the Director of Enterprise Location Intelligence. Spatial analysis as an aid in strategic decision-making has gained enterprise wide adoption at Walgreens, including serving as a critical resource to executive leadership. Jillian currently serves as President of the Geographic Society of Chicago.