Geographic Information Officer
As Geographic Information Officer, Dan is responsible for helping set the corporate technology direction, managing the Research and Development program, and managing the technical components of our key partnerships with Esri, Microsoft, and IBM. He is also a General Manager with our federal business unit, responsible for the Military Range Program and Federal Civilian Programs. He believes that as GIS technology synchronizes with the rest of IT, it will eventually become totally integrated. Because of this and the consumerization of location technologies, he believes heavy GIS applications will give way to geo-enabled solutions and simple single function applications.
Dan's educational background includes many universities so we think it best to shorten the list to the ones that he actually earned a degree from: Indiana University, Miami (the one in Ohio), and Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Throughout his education he studied environmental sciences, focusing on aquatic systems. But somewhere along the way, and lucky for us, he became passionate about GIS.
Tasty Tidbit: Dan is a Maphead
"I was the kid riding in the passenger seat with a map in his lap just about anywhere we went; someone had to keep grandpa from getting lost. According to Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy fame, that makes me a Maphead. After reading his book, I looked back at my life and realized that almost every way I look at the world is through a spatial lens. Even during my environmental sciences education I always tended towards the large watershed and landscape scale phenomena where maps made things understandable. So it was a natural, perhaps even predetermined, that I would end up in a career with maps at its heart. I am still that kid in the front seat with the map in his hand. But now I am the one driving, the map is a mobile app, and it keeps me from getting lost."