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Esri Electric GIS Heroes

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GIS heroes are GIS champions. They have gained respect from electric industry colleagues who see them as problem solvers. Their humble natures and genuine love of GIS make them the people everyone wants to work with. 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. 

Jamie Chipps | FirstEnergy

Jamie is the Manager of Applications Support for Distribution at FirstEnergy. Her team supports designers and mappers using their products, working continuously to make those products more efficient. Jamie has spent the last 5 years leading the team implementing a new Design tool and Esri’s ArcGIS Utility Network called the aDAPT project. They had a substantial data remediation effort both to support the move to ArcGIS Utility Network and implementation of a new ADMS. Jamie often attends conferences to discuss the project and lessons learned. In her spare time she enjoys reading and going to Disney World with her husband and two daughters.

Portrait of Jaime Chipps smiling in a dark sweater with a flat yellow background in a round border

Past GIS heroes

  • Portrait of Jonathan Blazs smiling in a light blue collared shirt with a flat yellow background in a circular border

    Jonathan Blazs | Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company

    GIS Manager

    Jonathan leads a team of 12 GIS professionals whose focus is on timely and accurate electric distribution data for operational and field use.
  • George Nadar smiling and wearing business attire overlaid on a circular yellow background

    George Nadar | Pacific Gas & Electric Company

    Principal GIS Technology Architect

    George led the transformation of PG&E’s ArcGIS platform into the cloud, allowing efficient management of a services with remotely sensed data.
  • Hussam Al Jabri smiling and wearing a white tunic standing in front of lush greenery in soft focus

    Hussam Al Jabri | MEDC

    Senior GIS Analyst

    As acting head of GIS at Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC), Hussam digitally transformed maintenance inspection activities.
  • Holly Dewbre smiling and wearing a grey shirt in a brightly lit modern office

    Holly Dewbre | Oncor Electric Delivery


    Holly develops GIS strategies that improve situational awareness for those who design, construct, and operate Oncor’s transmission lines.
  • Duane Holt smiling and wearing a grey dress shirt in a modern glass building

    Duane Holt | CORE Electric Cooperative

    GIS Manager

    In his 28-year career, Duane is most proud of the widespread acceptance of GIS technologies that he has generated at CORE.
  • Sephe Fox smiling and wearing a blue shirt in front of a corporate office building

    Sephe Fox | Clatskanie People’s Utility District

    GIS Analyst

    Sephe built a GIS system from the ground up and maintains and analyzes all GIS data, including an outage management system.
  • Mark Shibuta smiling and wearing business attire in a modern glass office

    Mark Shibuta | UEDCL

    Head of GIS

    In his six years at Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL), Mark moved the company from paper maps to a GIS-based ecosystem.
  • Portrait of Keith Aubin in a royal blue suit standing outside in a lush green garden

    Keith Aubin | Enel Green Power North America

    Head of Digital Hub for Business Development

    Keith Aubin took GIS from being a tool for creating PDF maps to becoming a core business system that supports renewable energy projects.
  • Darris Friend wearing a white button up shirt and standing in the middle of a utility truck yard

    Darris Friend | Gainesville Regional Utilities

    Utility Project Team Leader

    With 20 years of GIS experience, Darris Friend leads energy delivery at Gainesville Regional Utilities by migrating electric and gas networks.
  • Melissa Maya smiling with shoulder-length brown hair, wearing a blue blouse

    Melissa Mayo | Alabama Power

    Team Leader

    Melissa Mayo’s team produces cartographic products, mobile solutions, and apps to support transmission efforts in the company’s service areas.
  • Kurt Towler with glasses and a gray-white, short beard and a blue collared shirt

    Kurt Towler | SSVEC

    GIS Manager

    Kurt Towler manages the GIS network at Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) and is fully migrating their GIS to the cloud.

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