A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.
David B. LaFrance is Chief Executive Officer of the American Water Works Association, the world’s largest and oldest association of water professionals, with 43 sections throughout North America and more than 50,000 members worldwide. Overseeing a staff of more than 150 in Denver, Washington D.C. and Mumbai, India, LaFrance guides AWWA’s extensive scientific, educational, and public policy work to build a better world through better water.
Prior to joining AWWA in 2010, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Denver Water where, during his 17-year tenure, he also served as the utility’s Manager of Rate Administration. LaFrance’s professional background also includes extensive water policy and management experience with the global engineering and consulting firm CH2M and the US Army Corps of Engineers.