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.

Sarah Rose | City of Loveland

Sarah leverages 15 years of expertise and a solution-oriented mindset to deliver enterprise-wide capabilities and simplified workflows. She started in the field collecting data for utilities and progressed to using her skills to consult for over 100 utilities across the Unites States. She joined the City of Loveland in 2019 as a senior GIS specialist and has been pivotal in establishing their brand-new fiber communications GIS. Sarah continues to aid the utility in future technology and automation, always looking for ways to work more efficiently.

A portrait of Sarah Rose

Jason Koonce | Metro Communications Company

Jason says one of his greatest career highlights is designing FTTH networks for underserviced communities throughout Illinois. He enjoys utilizing ArcGIS and Metro Communications’ geometric network as a foundation to create connectivity, write splice plans, and design and trace networks from customer premises to the panel and port in central offices. As a GIS manager, Jason helps create efficient methods for teams to share data throughout the organization via numerous web applications and map deliverables. Jason’s work with GIS plays a crucial role in the day-to-day operations by providing the details needed for critical decision-making.

A portrait of Jason Koonce

Terri-Ann Grant | Jurassic Fibre Limited

With over 17 years of experience in Enterprise GIS system implementation and integration across multiple sectors, Terri-Ann’s journey started in Jamaica, where she implemented GIS solutions for agriculture, forestry, and telecommunications. Her strength lies in the optimization and strategic implementation of fixed networks, as well as improved network design and construction process via a location based, real-time, data driven approach. With a true passion for the science of location, Terri-Ann has successfully deployed GIS solutions in eight countries across the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, and the southwest of England in her current role as a director of network design and GIS operations, enabling fiber to over 150,000 homes in rural communities.

A portrait of Terri-Ann Grant

Past GIS Heroes

  • 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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