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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.

Varun Sehgal | Pearce Services

Varun, an exceptional GIS professional at Pearce, goes beyond leading and building teams. In just four years, he transformed the GIS division, growing it from a single contributor to a team of 17 with plans to expand further in 2024. Varun's creativity and continuous learning not only enhance internal operations but also lead him to teach even Esri professionals. Varun stands out as a pivotal force driving innovation and growth at Pearce Services.

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Caleb Melies | Pearce Services

Caleb, with a GIS degree and experience at Google, blends military insight, GIS proficiency, and calm leadership under pressure. He is revolutionizing Pearce's use of GIS by expanding use from a per-job basis to a comprehensive database for analytics. His pivotal role propelled Pearce from telecom to solar, wind, battery, and EV industries, making him a driving force in the company's innovative growth.

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Brett Lessner | Nsight

Brett has helped Nsight grow in their use of enterprise GIS over many years. Brett's current focus is using GIS to help Nsight take advantage of funding to grow their network to bridge the digital divide. He is also responsible for implementing their system of engagement, which securely shares information around the company and with contractors.

Brett is a GIS Hero because he evangelizes GIS within his company and contributes to the telecom GIS community by sharing his stories and networking with others.

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Past GIS Heroes

  • 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.

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