- Jay Benson - VP of Business Development, TeleAtlas
- Michael Jones - Chief Technologist, Google Earth
- Tom Barclay - Microsoft Virtual Earth Imagery Program
- Todd Fabozzi - Regional Planning Expert, Capital
District Regional Planning Commission
Kaplan has an extensive background in economics, accounting, management,
and executive leadership that have benefited many corporations, start-ups,
universities, and other organizations.
He is currently the President and CEO of Pictometry International
Corp., a rapidly growing visual information systems company that
is experiencing exponential growth. Mr. Kaplan is also the former
President of Richland Industries, Inc. and Max Pies Floor Coverings,
a retail floor covering chain. He was Chairman and co-founder of
Resnick Media Associates, Inc., an advertising and marketing agency,
and Blanton Communications, Inc., a computer software company. He
was President of RAK Realty Corporation, a real estate development
company. He is the former Chairman of the Board and founder of WorkSmart
International Inc., a human resource development, publishing, and
training company for multi-market, multinational corporations and
organizations. He was also Chairman Emeritus and founder of the Maxim
Group Inc, previously a publicly held company traded on the New York
Stock Exchange (MXG). He is also the founder and chairman of the
board of the Comon Group which is a franchise initiator, its first
franchise being a retail photography chain called CLIX.
Mr. Kaplan has done private consulting and guest lecturing on marketing,
economics, and organizational development at universities as well
as many business groups. He is also an investor and participates
on the boards of many start-up companies.
Mr. Kaplan serves on numerous advisory boards at leading universities
and related organizations. He is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors
for the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester
Institute of Technology, Vice President of the Rochester Angel Investment
Network, a board member of the High Tech Incubator at RIT, Nazareth
College EP Board, and a member of the University of Rochester Venture
Development Advisory Board.
Mr. Kaplan holds a black belt in karate and is an active member
of his community. He is or has been, on the boards of many charitable
and other organizations such as: The American Cancer Society (former
Chairman, Monroe County Division), Camp Good Days and Special Times,
The Better Business Bureau (Vice Chairman), Charter School for Science
and Technology, Rochester’s Child, Sojourner House, Wilson
Commencement Park Advisory Board, the Martial Arts Center of Rochester,
and the Rochester Broadway Theater League (Vice Chairman). Through
his volunteer efforts, Mr. Kaplan has received many community awards.
Mr. Kaplan ran for the U.S. Congress in 1998 and is also the creator
of a new and unique theory, regarding social remediation in democracies,
called C.A.R.I.N.G. He has written a book and lectured on the causes
of, and the solutions to, poverty and other problems facing our society.
He attended Rochester Institute of Technology and the University
of Buffalo, where he majored in Accounting and minored in Economics.
Jay Benson is vice president of business planning and development
in North America, responsible for the company's pricing, strategic
acquisitions and partnerships. Since joining Tele Atlas in 1999,
Benson has held several positions including director of business
management and vice president of development. In these roles Benson
has helped build the company's presence in several new markets, including
the evolving location based services (LBS) marketplace covering navigation,
fleet management, internet and wireless navigation applications..
Prior to joining Tele Atlas Benson was a management consultant. Benson
holds a bachelor's degree in geography from Dartmouth College and
a master's in business administration from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck
School of Business Administration.
Founded in 1984, Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic
location content that powers the world’s most essential geographic
solutions. The information is the foundation for a wide range of
personal and in-car navigation systems, mobile and Internet map applications
that help GPS system users find the places, products and services
they need, wherever they are. Tele Atlas also works with business
partners who deliver critical applications for emergency, business
fleet and infrastructure services. The company employs 2,300 full-time
staff and contract cartographers at offices in 20 countries around
the world and uses a sophisticated network of thousands of sources
to regularly update its maps. For more information, visit www.teleatlas.com.
Moon has more than twenty-five years experience
with complex, multi-user, spatial information systems. He joined
MapInfo Corporation following the acquisition of the SpatialWare
business unit from Unisys Corporation in 1996. Since that time, Moon
has been the driving force in developing MapInfo's enterprise mapping
R&D. Through his leadership, the organization has developed numerous
new products and technologies.
As MapInfo's CTO, Moon's office focuses on standards and their development
impacts, public technology briefings and pre-commercial development
and investigation of advanced technology. Mr. Moon is a member of
the GeoWorld Editorial Advisory Board and writes a quarterly column
focusing on GIS in the enterprise.
Cappelli is the Director of ESRI's U.S. sales force and the international
Business Partner Program. During his career, he has served as a consultant and
advisor on many large geospatial implementation projects. Since joining ESRI in 1990,
he has held several positions: Regional Manager of ESRI's Philadelphia office; Account
Manager working with clients to define and implement solutions; and Consultant and
Programmer helping users successfully implement and customize their ESRI solutions.
Prior to joining ESRI, he was a GIS Analyst for a large photogrammetric mapping firm.
Chris is currently serving on the Board for Penn State's online Masters of Geographic
Information Systems Degree Program.
Schutzberg is Executive Editor of Directions Magazine
and contributes to its widely-read weekly electronic newsletters
and website. Before joining Directions Magazine, Schutzberg founded
and edited GIS Monitor for nearly five years.
She is also the Principal of ABS Consulting Group,
Inc., a GIS consulting firm providing services to clients including
the Open Geospatial Consortium and GIS software and imagery companies.
Before opening her own company, Schutzberg headed
U.S. operations for UK-based Cadcorp, and held several positions
at ESRI over eight years. She began her career heading Arthur D.
Little’s CAD/GIS lab and teaching college geography. She holds
a BA in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an MS in Geography
from Pennsylvania State University.
Bill Johnson is Assistant Deputy
Director & CIO
for the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure
Coordination. He functions as Operations Manager for the agency,
overseeing both GIS and Cyber Security. He also Chairs the 18-member
NYS GIS Coordinating Body which oversees the Statewide GIS Coordination
Program. Previously, Bill was CSCIC's Manager of Geographic Information
and Critical Infrastructure Coordination. Prior to the establishment
of CSCIC in 2002, he was Deputy Director of the New York State Center
for Geographic Information at the New York State Office for Technology,
and before that, he was Director of Mapping and GIS for the New York
State Department of Transportation. Bill has more than 21 years of
experience with mapping and GIS in New York State, and has been very
active in statewide GIS coordination for many years. He also served
for seven years on the Board of Directors for the National States
Geographic Information Council, including a term as President in
Bill holds a Masters degree in Geography from Michigan
State University. He has also been a Certified Mapping Scientist,
GIS/LIS, by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
White is Founder and CEO of Urban Mapping LLC, where he
maintains responsibility for product development and overall growth
of the company. He holds 10 years experience in marketing strategy
and product development. Ian has written for I.D. magazine and
Core77 and has been co-author for several academic journal articles.
He holds an MBA from Babson College, BA from McGill University
and also studied in France and Ireland. Ian counts Harvard University,
General Motors, Trader Joe's, Xerox Corporation, Parsons School
of Design, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
among his past clients. White also serves as Adjunct Professor
at Parsons School of Design.
Fabozzi, Regional Planning Expert, Capital
District Regional Planning Commission
six coast-to-coast explorations, and after four years teaching junior
high social studies to inner-city students in Los Angeles, Todd returned
to his former home in the Capital Region to attend the Masters of
Urban and Regional Planning program at SUNY Albany. He has since
spent the last thirteen years as a professional geographer and planner
working two and a half years for the Montgomery County Department
of Economic Development and Planning, and the last eleven years with
the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.
His focus at the Commission has been regional growth analysis, water
quality planning, and the development of the Commission’s regional
Geographic Information System. He has utilized the GIS for a wide
variety of applications including water quality planning, land use
planning, regional growth analysis, economic development, environmental
preservation, demographic analysis, cartography, aviation planning,
and transit planning.
Todd has lectured extensively on regional development issues and
on the application of GIS in planning. He is a former member of the
Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency and the City of Amsterdam
Comprehensive Plan Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the
UAlbany Department of Geography and Planning where he teaches a course
in Geographic Information Systems. He lives in Saratoga Springs,
Ross S. Whaley, Chairman, Adirondack Park Agency
The New York State Senate approved the Governor’s nomination of Dr. Whaley
as Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency on September 16, 2003. He brings
to that position more than 30 years experience as a university teacher, researcher
and administrator. He also served as Director of Economics Research for the
United States Forest Service for 6 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree
in forestry and a Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of
Since 1984, Whaley has been associated with the
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 16 years as its
President and subsequently as University Professor. As Professor
his interest focused on the political economy of sustainable development.
He continues to maintain a part-time relation with ESF through the
Ross Whaley has served as a consultant to or member
of several state, national and international commissions devoted
to natural resource and environmental issues. In recognition of these
activities, he has been awarded the Pinchot Medallion by the Pinchot
Institute for Conservation, the Professional Conservationist Award
by the New York Conservation Council, the Heiberg Memorial Award
by the New York Forest Owners Association, and Honor Alumnus of Colorado