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.

Derek Rieckmann | Midco


As the director of GIS at Midco, Derek has successfully demonstrated the value of GIS to C-level executives, including his innovative work in helping the company achieve strong results in funding auctions with the Federal Communications Commission. A well-respected leader, Derek also demonstrates a strong ability to cross-reference the technical details of the hybrid fiber-coaxial, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), and fixed wireless architectures.

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Letizia Guadalupi | G.Network


Letizia has over 20 years of experience working with GIS and is a growth-oriented GIS manager. She drives GIS deliverables and provides support to marketing campaigns, sales proposition development, and business strategic plans by producing maps, reports, and dashboards. Currently, Letizia creates and owns the end-to-end planning and design process for G.Network, producing high-level design to low-level design and associated planning packs to ensure the fiber network in London is future-proofed and meets business objectives.

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Vanessa Greul-Smidt | Vattenfall Eurofiber


Vanessa’s GIS career began as a surveyor capturing geodata in the field. In 2017, she started leveraging her experience in the telco market as a network planer for fiber-to-the-x networks. Now as a senior network planning engineer for Vattenfall Eurofiber, Vanessa and her team are working on an open-access fiber network for half a million customers in Berlin, which includes automating and optimizing the network planning processes and digitizing the work of mobile crews.

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Past GIS Heroes

  • 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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