Esri Business Summit

June 25–28  |  San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel

2016 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.


Art Haddad

Art Haddad

CTO - Location Analytics, Esri

Art Haddad is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Esri in the area of Location Analytics. He has worked in the computer industry for over 30 years with 20 years dedicated to the field of GIS. Art is a Computer Scientist with a strong passion for GIS and all technologies. With over 30 years in the Computer industry, he has worked at Esri for more than 20 years and has a deep technical knowledge of the ArcGIS platform. He takes great pride in working with people to define, build, and deploy practical and sound business solutions applying geographic science and GIS technologies.



Axel Bedikyan

Axel Bedikyan

Business and Marketing Intelligence Lead, Cirque du Soleil

Axel leads the Business and 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.


Dominik Tarolli

Dominik Tarolli

Global Business Development 3D Geodesign, Esri

Dominik is the Director for Global Business Development 3D Geodesign at Esri. 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, and entertainment. Previously 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.



Gary Burgess

Gary Burgess

Manager of Product Development, Esri

As a Manager of Product Development for Esri, Mr. Burgess is responsible for designing and developing business-focused application. Mr. Burgess leads a dedicated technology team in creating innovative GIS solutions for the business, real-estate and marketing industries and is the lead for the Business Analyst system. With more than 25 years of experience in marketing information software, technology, data and applications, Mr. Burgess has created award-winning software and web based solutions for the business marketplace. He also held senior positions for marketing information companies including CACI’s Marketing Systems Group and Compusearch.



Matthew B. Robertson

Matthew B. Robertson

Refinish North American Marketing Director, Axalta Coating Systems

Matt Robertson is the Refinish North American Marketing, Strategy, Color Marketing and Product Director for Axalta Coating Systems. The business, formerly known as DuPont Performance Coatings (DPC), is world’s leading collision paint business.

Matt came to DPC in 2008 as Global Marketing Director for Refinish, after three years leading DuPont’s Corporate Marketing and Sales Effectiveness Group. In that role, he developed regional sales and marketing effectiveness teams in Switzerland, China, and the United States and led the consulting team responsible for DuPont’s market segmentation, inside sales, channel management and pricing practices. He has also led Axalta’s North America sales force and served as Refinish Business Director, North America.

Prior to DuPont, Matt was employed by Deloitte Consulting, where he focused on marketing, strategic planning, pricing and sourcing engagements for chemicals, basic materials, and aerospace and defense clients.

Matt started his career as a United States Air Force officer, serving for almost a decade as a C-5 Instructor Pilot and as a military member of the traveling White House Staff of the Bush (43) and Clinton administrations. As a White House Advance Agent, he was responsible for coordinating all military logistics for Presidential travel.

Matt holds an undergraduate degree in Math and Economics from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and an MBA from Duke. Matt & his family reside in Wilmington, Delaware.



Mansour Raad

Mansour Raad

Senior Software Architect, Esri

With over 25 years of experience in the IT/GIS field, Mansour is the lead BigData Subject Matter Expert at Esri as a Cloudera certified Hadoop developer and HBase specialist. In this role, he often assists commercial and government customers all over the world in implementing BigData geo spatial solutions. He has performed as team lead in architecting and implementing product solutions for ArcGIS. Mansour holds a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and frequently blogs on BigData topics and examples of GeoSpatial implementations at http://thunderheadxpler.blogspot.com.