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Esri AEC GIS Heroes

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Esri AEC heroes inspire

GIS heroes are GIS champions. They have gained respect from AEC industry colleagues who see them as problem solvers. They inspire others to imagine how GIS can help them do their work better. Join us in celebrating these industry leaders who are making a difference every day at their organizations.

Gabriela Gonjon | Ennead Architects

Gabriela Gonjon is an architectural designer at Ennead Architects. Gabriela builds out interactive, scale-dependent dashboards and story maps to walk her clients through the process of discovering the education needs of a community, helping them understand where to focus attention and create solutions, and quickly becoming Ennead's chief GIS professional. She also helps her peers at Ennead who are interested in using ArcGIS get started on their own GIS journey.

Portrait of Gabriela Gonjon smiling in a white lace blouse and dark blazer

Past GIS heroes

  • Portrait of Kelsey Fournier
    GIS HERO 2023

    Kelsey Fournier | Mortenson

    Integrated Construction Coordinator

    Kelsey kick-started her solar career in the field, where she gained insight into how project sites work from mobilization to commissioning.
  • Portrait of Andrew Smart smiling in a light gray suit and blue shirt
    GIS HERO 2023

    Andrew Smart | Michael Baker International

    Geospatial Technology Director

    Andrew supports the organization’s consulting and technology services as a subject matter expert on ArcGIS Enterprise and cloud services.
  • Portrait photo of Nancy Lewis smiling in dark glasses and a gray shirt
    GIS HERO 2023

    Nancy Lewis | Ames Construction

    Geospatial Manager

    Nancy uses GIS as part of a greater integration of methods and technologies so her industry can deliver successful, error-free projects.
  • Portrait photo of Tim Ultee smiling in a dark blue suit and tie
    GIS HERO 2023

    Tim Ultee | Parsons Corporation

    Principal GIS Specialist and Project Manager

    Tim has championed the growth of GIS throughout his career and currently administers ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online for Parsons.
  • Portrait of Sean Henry
    GIS HERO 2023

    Sean Henry | Bechtel Corporation

    Corporate GIS Manager

    Sean works closely with Bechtel’s innovation teams to bring sustainable, safe, and green solutions to AEC projects globally.
  • Portrait of Tony Garro smiling in a light blue collared shirt and tie with a flat yellow background in a round border
    GIS HERO 2023

    Anthony Garro | BETA

    Senior Vice President

    Tony uses a wide range of GIS and asset management software to assist his clients in preparing for the future.
  • Portrait of Gideon Simons in a dark suit and tie with a flat yellow background in a round border
    GIS HERO 2023

    Gideon Simons | Arcadis

    Associate Director

    Gideon oversees project delivery across AEC and sustainability for Arcadis’ UK GIS & Geospatial team.
  • Portrait of Sophie Stouki smiling in a dark blue turtleneck with a flat golden yellow background in a round border
    GIS HERO 2023

    Sophie Stouki | Costain Group

    Head of GIS and Geospatial Consultancy

    Sophie advocates for achieving operational efficiencies and improvements through geospatial technologies, data and capability integration.
  • Portrait of Devon Jones smiling in a blue polka-dotted shirt with a flat golden yellow background in a round border
    GIS HERO 2023

    Devon Jones | Hazen and Sawyer

    Senior GIS Analyst

    Devon manages GIS for capacity management, operations, and maintenance work, ensuring that registered data are leveraged for complex projects.
  • Bobby Radakovich smiling and wearing business attire overlaid on a yellow and blue graphic background
    GIS HERO 2023

    Bobby Radakovich | Ramboll

    GIS Specialist

    With 20 years of experience, Bobby is committed to driving sustainable change by integrating digital workflows with geospatial solutions.
  • Olivia Godfrey smiling and wearing a white shirt and black blazer on a yellow and blue abstract background
    GIS HERO 2023

    Olivia Godfrey | Langan Engineering

    GIS Consultant, Digital Solutions Group

    Olivia uses GIS to visualize sustainability metrics through dashboards, improving data access and conversations around corporate sustainability.
  • Portrait of Manal Sayed smiling in a gray blazer against a gold background in a round border
    GIS HERO 2023

    Manal Sayed | Khatib & Alami

    Vice President of Digital Services

    Manal has 30 years of GIS and systems integration experience focused on GIS implementation and geospatial solutions management.
  • Portrait of Krishna Murthy smiling in a blue blazer and dark button-down shirt with a warm yellow background and abstract geometric green border
    GIS HERO 2023

    Krishna Murthy | Beans.ai

    Head of GIS

    Krishna leads the GIS team in creating detailed 3D indoor datasets for apartments, multi-dwelling units and complex addresses.
  • Donna Huey wearing a white dress shirt under a blue jacket and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS HERO 2023

    Donna Huey | Atkins North America, Inc.

    Senior Vice President | Chief Digital Officer

    With over 30 years of industry experience, Donna applies technology—including GIS, BIM, and databases—to solve design and engineering challenges.
  • Mattias Kunz wearing a black dress shirt and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS HERO 2023

    Matthias Kunz | Afry

    Senior GIS Expert

    Matthias’ team combines BIM, GIS, sustainability, and business intelligence to reduce the carbon footprint of infrastructure projects.
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  • Amanda O'Shea wearing a dark turtleneck and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Amanda O’Shea | KCI Technologies, Inc.

    Senior Solutions Engineer

    With over 20 years of experience, Amanda supports clients in their use and deployment of geospatial technology and improves workflow processes.
  • Jodie Gosselin wearing a black blazer and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Jodie Gosselin | Dawood Engineering, Inc.

    Geospatial Technologies Director

    Jodie focuses on utilities and asset management and delivers comprehensive geospatial services across multiple markets in the US and Europe.
  • Bridget Brown wearing a light blue shirt and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Bridget Brown | HDR

    Geospatial and Technology Program Director

    Bridget helped grow HDR’s GIS practice and leads client GIS modernization efforts, supporting impactful disruption while improving efficiencies.
  • Sheng Tan wearing a blue dress shirt and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Sheng Tan | Wood Rodgers, Inc.

    GIS Director

    With 26 years of experience, Sheng honed his skills in multiple industries and transforms business operations with geospatial technology.
  • Janine Latham wearing a gold necklace and navy shirt and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Janine Latham | Weston Solutions, Inc.

    Geospatial Technical Director

    Janine sees the connections between the where, how, and why and aspires to improve the environment and communities with science and technology.
  • Jon Brown wearing a blue plaid dress shirt and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Jon Brown | Arcadis

    Associate Technical Director

    With 20 years of experience, Jon uses location intelligence to give spatial context to infrastructure projects and support data-driven decisions.
  • Sid Pandey wearing a white dress shirt and suit jacket and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Sid Pandey | Deloitte

    GIS Senior Consultant

    Sid helps organizations leverage geospatial technology, actively volunteering to support emerging professionals across the geospatial industry.
  • Dan Boudreau wearing a dress shirt, tie, and suit jacket and smiling with an abstract blue and yellow background
    GIS Hero 2022

    Dan Boudreau | GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

    Geospatial Systems Lead

    With over 30 years of experience, Dan drives innovation by implementing Esri’s enterprise, desktop, web, and mobile technology.
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  • Portrait of Zach Jaffe smiling in a gray and white suit with a sunlit glass building surrounded by lush foliage in the background
    GIS Hero 2021

    Zach Jaffe | Map I.T.

    Founder and CEO

    Zach works diligently at implementing the latest workflows to help clients achieve their goals and expands his solutions to all AEC industries.
  • Portrait of Steve Anderson smiling in a gray coat and blue shirt with a bright modern office lobby in the background
    GIS Hero 2021

    Steve Anderson | VHB

    Vice President of Technology Services

    Steve is driving innovation in the transportation industry through the application of GIS technology.
  • Portrait of George Floros smiling in a blue windbreaker with a tree-lined lake in the background
    GIS Hero 2021

    George Floros | Skanska Infrastructure UK

    GIS Lead

    George has promoted innovations such as improving and automating workflows for GIS applications on a live mega construction project.
  • Portrait of Darin Welch smiling in a blue tee shirt with a tree-lined sunny field in the background
    GIS Hero 2021

    Darin Welch | HNTB Technology Solutions Center

    National Geospatial Manager

    Darin and his talented team of professionals lead many of HNTB’s most significant geospatial innovation projects.
  • Portrait of Michelle Watson smiling in a dark blue blouse with a sunlit window in the background
    GIS Hero 2021

    Michelle Watson | Jacobs

    Global Director, Geospatial Solutions

    Michelle believes in providing practical, fit-for-purpose solutions that grow and scale as organizations transition towards a digital future.
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