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Esri Telecommunications GIS Heroes

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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.

Gülnur Özbaş | Turkcell

Gülnur is the master expert geo-data scientist at Turkcell. With Turkcell’s location intelligence team, Gülnur performed a study leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to determine fiber investment areas and to predict the rate of return to sales by years. In this study, 80 data categories were used. Location-based data, each at different scales, were processed in 5.4 million grids using the ArcGIS Pro spatial analysis library. Turkcell realized a data accuracy rate of over 80 percent in market growth and consumer demand, allowing for improved infrastructure and sales activities.

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Eric Carroll | University of Kentucky

Mapping utilities infrastructures from legacy systems can be daunting and problematic by nature. IT manager Eric and team at the University of Kentucky have streamlined the workflow for field data collection to build an intelligent utilities and telecommunications network by leveraging multiple Esri technologies, and custom extensions, to design, organize and field collect large datasets. The result is a logical network that garners the power and analytic capabilities of the ArcGIS Utility Network Platform.

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Past GIS Heroes

  • 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.

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