2015 Featured Speakers
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.
Business Intelligence Manager, AccuWeather
Rosemary Radich is a Intelligence Manager for AccuWeather’s commercial services division AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions where she leads statistical analytics and develops predictive modeling to support commercial clients globally. In her role, Rosemary identifies market-place advantages and insights to increase client revenues and profitability, applying comprehensive analyses and application of robust data sources that inform predictive models. Prior to joining AccuWeather, Rosemary was a Data Analyst at Cox Communications where she conducted operational analysis to find ways to increase efficiency and played a key role during the phone platform transition from Cisco to Avaya. Rosemary has nearly ten years of statistical analysis experience and received her M.A. from Wichita State University. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.
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.
"What Works: The #DigitalSkeptic's Guide to Surviving and Thriving In The Post-Information Economy"
Jonathan Blum is a professional author, technology writer and now entrepreneur. You'll find his work online at TheStreet, CNNMoney, Yahoo! Finance and many others. His book "What Works: The #DigitalSkeptic's Guide to Surviving and Thriving In The Post-Information Economy" is due out this fall, via FinePrint Literary Management. Of the many projects spinning out of this book, Mr. Blum is part of a team that is developing probably the first cross-platform propulsion company for the Maine commercial fishing fleet.
Senior Manager, Distribution Performance, ANZ
Brett leads the branch network location strategy for New Zealand's largest bank. Using location based analytics and demographic intelligence for branches, segment specialists and ATM's, his team ensures that the organizations over 4,000 sales and service staff are in the right place at the right time in a network that is well prepared for the ever changing face of banking. Having spent 13 years with ANZ in generalist and specialist roles across Retail and Business Banking, he provides a tangible link between geospatial insights and bank growth opportunities
Leads Business Intelligence and Clinical Analytics, Children’s National Health System
With years of experience in healthcare data and analytics, Jefferson McMillan leads the Business Intelligence and Clinical Analytics team at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. He and his team are tasked with developing and implementing novel and innovative data solutions to complex healthcare questions. Mr. McMillan is a proven research scientist, with a track record in utilizing geographic information to provide greater insight into the populations served by CNHS. He has recently published academic articles and delivered several national presentations on the applications of geographic information in reducing hospital readmissions, addressing the obesity epidemic, and improving patient satisfaction. Mr. McMillan currently works to support the integration of geographic information and other novel data sources (such as electronic health records) in care delivery, hospital operations, and population health. Mr. McMillan received his Bachelors of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has graduate training from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Todd A. Kuhlmann
CCIM, CRE Tech, Inc.
Todd Kuhlmann has more than 25 years experience in commercial real estate and more then $1 billion in closed commercial real estate transactions. Kuhlmann was a former vice president of CCIM Tech and is now a senior instructor for the CCIM Institute.
Kuhlmann combines his passion for technology and real estate. He has created a number of commercial real estate mobile aps and websites, including an award winning application, TheAnalyst, which has been adopted across the world by real estate brokers and investors to quickly analyze real estate.
Kuhlman is an Eagle Scout and enjoys volunteering as an assistant scoutmaster and scouting with his son, Blake.
Kuhlmann is a frequent international speaker on real estate analysis and technology.
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.
Business Development Manager, Esri
John Lenahan has worked in Esri’s Professional Services organization for over 16 years. In his current role as Business Development Manager for Commercial Services he focuses on helping Esri users and partners apply proven implementation patterns to solve their business problems and derive value quickly using location and Esri technology. He has worked and built teams across industries in the commercial sector including retail, real estate, manufacturing, insurance and financial services. Prior to his current role, John supported all industries at Esri and he leverages his understanding of the use of GIS in these industries to the benefit of his commercial clients. Before joining Esri, John graduated from the Center of Geographic Sciences, Nova Scotia, one of the first programs that was designed to focus solely on the application of GIS principles to the needs and requirements of business GIS users.
Director for Global Business Development 3D Geodesign at Esri Inc
Dominik is the Director or Global Business Development 3D Geodesign at Esri Inc. in Redlands (CA), where innovative 3D solutions for Esri’s customers are developed. He is instrumental in Esri's efforts for the 3D Geodesign market and works with companies all over the world in a variety of industries such as state & local government, commercial, national government, entertainment, etc.. Previous he was a co-founder of Procedural Inc., the maker of the modeling software for 3D urban environments CityEngine, which was acquired in 2011 by Esri.
Manager, Advanced Network Analytics, General Motors Company
Bruce Wong started his career with Chevrolet Motor Division in Portland Oregon in 1977. He quickly became a District Sales Manager working with Chevrolet dealers in California. In 1988 he joined the Chevrolet Dealer Organization management team and was tasked with improving the Chevrolet dealer network in the western half of the United States. Since then Wong has moved up and is now responsible for network analytics for all GM brands and their dealer network performance.
For the past 23 years Wong has been working towards a better understanding of GM’s dealer network through improved site performance analytics and dealer behavior characteristics. Wong was first introduced to ESRI technology in 1996 through ArcView and ArcInfo applications. He has embraced ESRI technology and has applied his experience with GIS technology to develop the Phoenix Methodology, which now drives the GM Advanced Network Analytics system.
Industry Director, Imagem
Paulo is an analytics strategist with more than 10 years in the IT market. He works with everyone from start-ups to big companies, helping them get a grip on big data and make sense of business development. He specializes in business management, marketing, strategic consultancy, systems design, product planning and specification.
Paulo is analytical, dynamic and skilled in assessing current situations, formulating hypotheses, proposing effective solutions and alternatives to business improvement though differentiated marketing strategies. Paulo has developed marketing initiatives with partners and key customers to offer the best support to the sales arena. He helps them analyze and monitor research, preparation of management reports, sales performance and business operation. Paulo believes that location is the new revolution and he is excited to help companies discover why place impressions matter more than page impressions.
Senior GIS Data Analyst, The Kroger Co
Michael Team is a Senior GIS Data Analyst for The Kroger Co, the nation's largest supermarket chain and the 5th largest retailer in the world. The Cincinnati-based company founded in 1883 operates more than 2,600 grocery retail stores in 34 states in addition to hundreds of convenience stores, pharmacies, fuel centers and jewelry stores.
Since joining Kroger in 2012, Mike has become the GIS technical lead for the Corporate Research Department based in Portland, Oregon. Mike utilizes a variety of commercial and open source platforms to provide the geospatial tools needed by location analysts, real estate management and GIS staff throughout the enterprise. Mike is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and Six Sigma Black Belt with a focus on continually improving workflows and processes to develop more efficient methodologies to perform strategic site location analysis and map automation.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from North Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree in GIS from Penn State. He lives in Portland with his wife and two sons.
Geospatial Leader, GE Capital
Gustavo Netto leads geospatial at GE Capital, a division of General Electric, which covers $498B in
assets and provides commercial lending and leasing products to over one million customers
globally. Since taking this role in 2014, he has built a team that provides a new dimension of
insights to company leaders and customers. He’s responsible for building strategic partnerships
with internal stakeholders and external partners to uncover growth opportunities.
Gustavo joined GE in 2007 as part of its Information Technology Leadership program. Since that
time, he’s held eight roles that resulted in award-winning initiatives. For example, he was the cocreator
of GE Capital’s first iPad commercial app called GE Genius™, which was highlighted by
Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2012. He also co-led GE Capital’s first project leveraging GIS. He was the
recipient of the GE IT Global Leadership Award for connecting customers in new and creative
ways in 2013. He often speaks at private educational seminars on topics including mind-mapping
techniques and becoming an ”intra-preneur” at large corporations.
Prior to joining GE, he ran his own web solutions business in New York city for six years. It provided
consulting services to support establish start-ups and existing businesses globally.
Gustavo was born and raised in Brazil. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration
with a concentration in information systems from Sacred Heart University.
He lives in Connecticut where he and his wife enjoy reading stories to their two sons.
GE Capital offers consumers and businesses around the globe an array of financial products and
services. For more information, visit www.gecapital.com.
William "Sonny" Beech
Private Sector Business Strategist, GISi
Sonny Beech has been in the GIS industry for over two decades. He started his career as a GIS analyst and programmer for several municipalities prior to a career shift to the private sector where he worked for an environmental remediation firm, before joining GISi in 1995. In 2002 Sonny was hired by ESRI and moved to Atlanta to develop a sales team and manage a newly formed office. After seven years with Esri, Sonny returned to Birmingham as GISi’s National Sales Manager. He now serves as Business Strategist for Private Sector, a position which utilizes his keen understanding of GIS technology and ability to recognize a client’s challenges and help develop solutions for complex business problems.
Director, Interstate Batteries
Michael Darr, Director for Interstate Batteries Market Insight & Technology Programs, is responsible for the identification, incubation and integration of new Market Analytics tools and services in support of enhanced Distributor Sales, Marketing and Operational performance. In this capacity, Darr leads an integrated team of GIS and CRM SMEs, Data Strategists, Market Analysts and industry-focused technologists tasked with the delivery of market solutions within the Interstate Batteries system, all in an effort to enhance Distributor access to business intelligence for more effective operations.
Darr, a Texas A&M, Industrial Distribution alumni brings over 20 years of experience in automotive-focused business intelligence, marketing analytics, business process development and systems integration to the Interstate Batteries Market IQ program.
VP, Market Research Group Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Wally Johns has worked for JPMorgan Chase since 2004 and is currently working in the Consumer Retail Delivery Network, Branch Planning Group as the Market Research Group Manager of GIS. His primary job functions include overseeing all the GIS related projects pertaining to the site selection and internal funding process while working in conjunction with the real estate field and strategy team. Some of the recent projects Mr. Johns has worked on are Branch and ATM network optimization as well as long range market planning.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Wally managed the Data Management Team for the Building Services Division of the City of Columbus. His day to day functions included evaluating and overseeing all GIS, web, digital graphics and records-retention research projects as they pertained to the Building Services Division. Specific projects included completing comprehensive reports of building permit activity from 1998 through 2003 and statistical analyses of land-use related zoning violations for multiple years.
Wally received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Geography from Wittenberg University in 1997 and lives in Worthington, Ohio with his wife and three young children.
Jeremiah Glascock, GISP
VP, Senior GIS Market Manager
Consumer & Community Banking - Business Resiliency, JPMorgan Chase
Jeremiah Glascock has worked in several different roles at J.P. Morgan Chase over the past three years, exposing and spreading the importance of GIS across lines of businesses. As a member of the Retail Site Analytics team, Jeremiah worked on projects ranging from site selection, micro markets, and location optimization to GIS application development. Jeremiah was responsible for the integration of tools and technologies with mapping solutions. After his role on the location analytics team, Jeremiah joined the Retail Distribution Network group to help migrate a mostly map production functionality to a dynamic and web based GIS platform. This group is responsible for supporting all GIS functions across lines of businesses such as planning, strategy, global real estate, and operations. Currently, Mr. Glascock is a resiliency GIS manager on the Consumer & Community Banking Business Resiliency team. During crisis events ranging from protests near JPMC locations in the Philippines, nationwide strikes in Argentina to power outages and structure damage resulting from hurricanes like Hurricane Sandy, Jeremiah helps provide GIS application and analytical support.
Previous to his employment at Chase, Jeremiah spent seven years working in the traffic engineering field with experience in implementing enterprise GIS solutions, GIS application development and automobile crash spatial analysis. In addition, Mr. Glascock has spoke at several national and local conferences on the importance of a comprehensive location analytic strategy.
As a NASA fellow, working on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) 2003 mission, Mr. Glascock earned his degree in Civil Engineering, Surveying and Geomatics Engineering at The Ohio State University. He currently enjoys playing soccer and volunteers his free time to coaching his daughter’s soccer teams year round.
Tom Fisher - Business Summit EMCEE
Professor/Dean, School of Architecture and Design at the University of Minnesota
Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he was recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States. He has written 9 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S.
He has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. His books include In the Scheme of Things, Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture (Minnesota), Architectural Design and Ethics, Tools for Survival (The Architectural Press), Ethics for Architects, 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice
(Princeton Architectural Press), two monographs on the work of architect David Salmela (Minnesota), a book on the work of Lake Flato (Rockport), and a book on system design entitled Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge). His newest book, Some Possible Futures, Design Thinking our Way to a More Resilient World (Minnesota) will come out in Spring 2016.
His current research involves looking at the implications of the “Third Industrial Revolution” on architecture and cities in the 21st century. He is principle investigator on several related grants in the Metropolitan Design Center at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.
Microsoft’s US Financial Services Industry (FSI)
Shane Jones is a member of Microsoft’s US Financial Services Industry (FSI) team based in New York City, NY. With over 20 years’ experience in financial services spanning roles from Information Technology to Executive Leadership, launching new systems, products, and driving innovation. Shane understands the challenges and opportunities financial institutions face, and he brings this insight to Microsoft to drive impact; delivering thought leadership and solutions for the industry, with a focus on digital transformation.
An ever-changing industry landscape is unlocking new opportunities for the industry. Financial institutions are looking beyond the near-term to drive profitability and growth through sustainable innovation and disruption with measurable results. Microsoft provides financial institutions with solutions to drive customer acquisition and retention, enrich customer experiences across channels, drive real-time business insight, and manage enterprise risk; while supporting mission critical operations.
The US FSI team recently launched it's Immersion Center of Excellence showcasing experiences aligned to addressing many of the challenges the industry is facing today, and invites you and your teams to join us for a tour at our Microsoft Times Square offices in Manhattan. Contact Shane for additional information or to schedule a visit.
Data Journalist, Montreal Gazette
Roberto co-organizes the Montreal chapter of Hacks/Hackers, and is regularly invited to talk about data journalism at conferences and universities. When he's not wrangling stories out of data, Roberto climbs walls and practices AcroYoga.
Director of Commercial Sales & Leasing, NAI/Latter & Blum
Karl has been an active player in Louisiana commercial real estate for more than 16 years. Previous accomplishments include 2006 Chair of the Commercial Business & Industry team for the Louisiana Realtors Association (LREC), where he was recognized for this role in helping to create the first database of Louisiana commercial properties (LACDB) or commercial agents.
He has served in multiple industry leadership positions, including Past President of the Commercial Investment Division (CID) of East Baton Rouge Parish, 2006 graduate of the CCIM Jay Levine Leadership Academy where he was awarded the Susan B. Groeneveld award, 2007 President of the Louisiana CCIM Chapter, 2007 CCIM Region IV first Vice-president, and 2009 CCIM Presidential Liaison.
Landreneau will begin his second three-year term on CCIM's National Board of Directors. Since 2012, he has served in senior leadership positions within the organization, including First Vice President, Vice President, and President. Landreneau is a trainer for Site To Do Business (STDB) and is an instructor for the CCIM Institute. He holds the prestigious CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute and the SIOR designation from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. The designations are reserved for highly-qualified real estate practitioners with a strong transactional history.
GIS Manager, National Vision Inc.
David Carpus is the GIS Manager for National Vision. David has 20 years retail experience and has worked with the company in Atlanta since 2007. He is responsible for the design, development and operation of the enterprise GIS system. David is taking location analytics and spatial awareness to a new level throughout National Vision by creating a self-serve web portal targeted at nontraditional GIS users to redefine how analysis and work can be accomplished. Prior to taking on the GIS role he worked in the Real Estate department as Manager of New Store Openings and Telecommunications. Before joining National Vision David worked for Sears, Gap Inc. and did freelance marketing consulting. David holds an BBA in Management from Eastern Michigan University and a MBA in Marketing from Wayne State University.
Assistant Managing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
John Duchneskie is the Assistant Managing Editor for Design and Graphics at the Philadelphia Inquirer, directing visual journalists in producing work for print and online. His work has been honored by the Society for News Design, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Sports Editors, and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. He has also taught information graphics at the University of Missouri. John lives in Southern New Jersey and is upset that the Phillies traded Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers last year.
Vice President of Spatial Intelligence and Location Analytics, Regions Bank
Grant Mullins responsibilities include the designing and architecture of Location based solutions across the bank. An evangelist of the power of Location with a diverse background in Natural Resources, State and Local Government, Defense, Retail and Banking, Grant has over 15 years of experience in blending Location and Analytics to help empower decision makers and enable problem solvers.
Director of Market Research, Resort Lifestyle Communities
“Jake” McGlade leads market research at Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC), a national developer and
operator of senior independent living communities. He uses GIS for new market strategy, implementing revenue prediction and demand models to identify under served neighborhoods across the US. He is also responsible for the development of web-based/mobile market maps and applications that aid in real estate research and targeted marketing campaigns.
Over Jake’s tenure, RLC’s use of location analysis has expanded beyond real estate feasibility studies with the addition of resident demographic research and forecasting for existing communities. He looks to further leverage the utilization of GIS across the enterprise by mapping the indoor location of resident emergency calls, thereby decreasing the response time of staff.
Jake completed his B.S. in Geography from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and earned his M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He currently volunteers as a market research and recruiting analyst for a local elementary school and as a high school football coach.
Shawn has brought his analytical skills to a truly unique depth and breadth of projects: from pricing to real estate site selection, customer segmentation to P&L analysis. He has built analytical teams that support almost every area within the retail enterprise, achieving consistent and measurable goals. In addition, his graduate degree in Economics with a specialization in mathematical applications has allowed him to both take a leadership role and also remain intimately hands-on.
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.