Esri Telecommunications GIS Heroes

purple square with people's photos in it, icon of an award ribbon

Esri telecom GIS heroes inspire

These heroes are leaders within the GIS community and true GIS champions. As proven problem solvers, they have gained deep respect from colleagues. Their genuine love of this technology inspires others to imagine how GIS can help them achieve their own ambitious goals. Join us in celebrating these industry leaders who are making a difference in the telecom community every day.

Natalie May I Windstream Wholesale

Natalie revolutionized the way Windstream’s wholesale customers interact with its network by launching an interactive map of the intelligent converged optical network (ICON) in 2023. This tool vividly displays connections between cable landing stations, border points, points of presence (POPs), and data centers nationwide. With the ICON map, Natalie's innovative GIS development offers customers enhanced fiber optic insights for strategic planning and operational excellence.

Natalie May wearing a purple collared shirt and smiling overlaid on a purple background

Adam Barrs I HTC

Adam transformed site selection through innovative automation scripts that maximize construction investments. His ability to collaborate with disparate teams has expanded GIS's impact at HTC. 

By mastering Esri software and using advanced tools such as Python scripting and spatial statistics, Adam has significantly enhanced GIS capabilities company wide. His enthusiasm for GIS, willingness to share knowledge, and dedication to innovative problem-solving make him an invaluable asset.

Headshot of Adam

Mohammed Al-Maktoumi | Oman Broadband

Mohammed has been instrumental to Oman Broadband's GIS implementation by revolutionizing network deployment processes. His ability to inspire and motivate his team has created a culture of collaboration and innovation, leading to the completion of cross-functional initiatives that have profoundly impacted the organization's success. As of December 2023, Oman Broadband has expanded its fiber coverage to 744,312 premises that serve 265,970 subscribers. Mohammed's contributions have been pivotal in achieving these milestones and solidify his position as a driving force within the company.

Mohammed Al-Maktoumi wearing a tunic and turban and smiling overlaid on a purple background

Past GIS heroes

  • Varun Sehgal wearing a white collared shirt overlaid on a purple background
    Spring 2024

    Varun Sehgal | Pearce Services

    In just four years, Varun transformed the GIS division, growing it from a single contributor to a team of 17 with plans to expand further.
  • Caleb Melies wearing a patterned collared shirt and smiling overlaid on a purple background
    Spring 2024

    Caleb Melies | Pearce Services

    Caleb is revolutionizing Pearce's GIS use by expanding implementation from a per-job basis to a comprehensive database for analytics.
  • Brett Lessner wearing a collared shirt overlaid on a purple background
    Spring 2024

    Brett Lessner | Nsight

    Brett uses GIS to help Nsight take advantage of funding to grow their network and bridge the digital divide.
  • Scott Johnson smiling and wearing a plaid red and yellow dress shirt overlaid on a purple background
    Winter 2023

    Scott Johnson | Norvado

    Scott created a robust ArcGIS Enterprise-based system that helps the Norvado team stay ahead of their competition.
  • Sierra Alcantra wearing glasses and smiling overlaid on a purple background
    Winter 2023

    Sierra Alcantra | MTA

    Sierra has worked on several MTA plant facility software and database migrations, the newest of which leverages Esri products.
  • Inez Beszterda smiling overlaid on a purple background
    Winter 2023

    Inez Beszterda | Orange Polska

    Inez conducts advanced spatial analysis that supports decision-making and is responsible for the unit’s GIS strategy and development.
  • Gülnur Özbaş smiling and wearing a white blazer overlaid on a purple background
    GIS Hero Fall 2022

    Gülnur Özbaş | Turkcell

    Gülnur authored a study that revealed Turkcell’s opportunities for fiber investment and predicted future annual rates of return for sales.
  • Eric Carroll smiling and wearing a black collared shirt overlaid on a purple background
    GIS Hero Fall 2022

    Eric Carroll | University of Kentucky

    Eric and his team built an intelligent utilities and telecommunications network to design, organize and field collect large datasets.
  • Portrait of Derek Rieckmann smiling in a blue striped shirt with a purple background
    GIS HERO FALL 2022

    Derek Rieckmann | Midco

    As the director of GIS at Midco, Derek is a respected leader who has successfully demonstrated the value of GIS to C-level executives.
  • Portrait of Letizia Guadalupi smiling in a pale purple shirt with a purple background
    GIS HERO FALL 2022

    Letizia Guadalupi | G.Network

    Letizia has over 20 years of experience working with GIS and is a growth-oriented GIS manager.
  • Portrait of Vanessa Greul-Smidt smiling in a white shirt and black blazer with a purple background
    GIS HERO FALL 2022

    Vanessa Greul-Smidt | Vattenfall Eurofiber

    As a senior network planning engineer for Vattenfall Eurofiber, Vanessa and her team are working on an open-access fiber network in Berlin.
  • A portrait of Sarah Rose
    GIS Hero fall 2021

    Sarah Rose | City of Loveland

    Sarah leverages 15 years of expertise and a solution-oriented mindset to deliver enterprise-wide capabilities and simplified workflows.
  • A portrait of Jason Koonce
    GIS Hero fall 2021

    Jason Koonce | Metro Communications Company

    Jason designs FTTH networks for underserviced communities and helps create efficient methods for teams to share data throughout the organization.
  • A portrait of Terri-Ann Grant
    GIS Hero fall 2021

    Terri-Ann Grant | Jurassic Fibre Limited

    In her current role as a director of network design and GIS operations, Terri-Ann has successfully deployed GIS solutions in eight countries.
  • A portrait of Amerley Ampofo
    GIS Hero Summer 2021

    Amerley Ampofo | MTN

    Amerley leverages her passion for GIS to transform organizations throughout West Africa, create best practices, and mentor women in the field.
  • A portrait of Javier Isaac González
    GIS Hero Summer 2021

    Javier Isaac González | Cable & Wireless Panama

    Since 2007, Javier Isaac has led projects focused on the networking, education, social, and security fields as well as low-income communities.
  • A portrait of Boris Pitchforth
    GIS Hero Summer 2021

    Boris Pitchforth | Vodafone UK

    Boris continues to evolve Vodafone’s enterprise GIS system, creating a long-term strategy to transform the business using location intelligence.
  • A portrait of Quinton Maximoff
    GIS Hero Spring 2021

    Quinton Maximoff | TDS Telecom

    Quinton uses his passion for GIS to deliver innovative problem-solving solutions that support business operations at TDS Telecom.
  • A portrait of Edward Gause
    GIS Hero Spring 2021

    Edward Gause | HTC

    Edward has developed and deployed numerous applications, resources, and machine learning tools, empowering the HTC team to achieve their mission.
  • A portrait of Shawn Bowers
    GIS Hero Spring 2021

    Shawn Bowers | Windstream

    Shawn implemented ArcGIS Enterprise to share OSP data across Windstream and grew its user base from a few groups to more than 5,000 employees.
  • A portrait of Maryam Sanieian
    GIS HERO FALL 2020

    Maryam Sanieian | Comcast

    Maryam joined Comcast in 2015. She works with teams throughout the organization to understand their needs and solve problems using GIS.
  • A portrait of Danielle Conner
    GIS HERO FALL 2020

    Danielle Conner | Charter Communications

    Danielle works with the teams at Charter Communications to provide insights that improve customer experience and aid network expansion.
  • A portrait of Jhann Burke
    GIS HERO FALL 2020

    Jhann Burke | Comcast

    Jhann utilized the Spectrum tool created by Comcast’s GIS team to identify and manage $55 million in capital for proactive builds.

Who will be the next Esri telecom GIS hero?

Tell us about someone you know who uses GIS to create innovative solutions and inspire others

Nominate a telecom GIS hero