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Introducing Nomminees for the PBCW GIS Board

We are pleased to announce that we have six (6) candidates for 3 open Forum Director positions (positions #4, 6 and 7).  The candidates, listed alphabetically are:

  • Andres Castillo, City of West Palm Beach
  • Gregory Gabriel, PBC Youth Services Department
  • Richard Hernandez, PBC Property Appraiser’s Office
  • Nathan Kerr, City of West Palm Beach
  • Heather Kostura, South Florida Water Management District
  • Jeff Sullivan, Village of Royal Palm Beach

We asked each candidate few questions and we would like to share their answers with you as an introduction prior to the February 2nd election meeting, this coming up Thursday.

 


Here are the responses from Gregory Gabriel from Palm Beach County Youth Services

What is your passion?

Transportation (smart road and cars, mass transit, economic development)
Demographic Data Sustainable design (walkability, open space, architecture)

What is the greatest value that GIS can give to an organization?

The ability to make precise, accurate decisions effectively. In my current position, my department direct relied on my maps to determine as a tool to allocate funds. (Summer Camp has a budget of 2mil. & Summer Food has a budget of 600k)

What unique skill can you provide to the Forum Board of Directors?

I can assist on different facets: Technical Assistance, Marketing, Sales, Planning

What else would you like to share with the GIS community?

I am always willing to learn and help others and if I can help, my door is open.

 


Here are the responses from Richard Hernandez from Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office

What is your passion?

My passion is helping others to maximize their potential.  I believe in providing opportunities to others to help them grow in their career.

What is the greatest value that GIS can give to an organization?

The greatest value is the intelligence that it provides the organization through the multitude views of data.  In our organization, if GIS was nonexistent, there would be no value to the services we provide.

What unique skill can you provide to the Forum Board of Directors?

Although I am not GIS professional, I have been in IT and specifically in IT management for close to 20 years. Working in management, I have learned valuable skills, such as communication, leadership, and teamwork development.   My most unique skill would be problem-solving.  I have an excellent ability to take on a difficult situation and turn it into an opportunity.

What else would you like to share with the GIS community?

Location Intelligence is key to our organizations success.  They are the unsung heroes!

 


 

Here are the responses from Nathan Kerr from the city of West Palm Beach.

What is your passion?

My passion as it relates to GIS is to incorporate as many users, within the City and without, to utilize its potential to the fullest

What is the greatest value that GIS can give to an organization?

The greatest value is the intelligence that it provides the organization through the multitude views of data.  In our organization, if GIS was nonexistent, there would be no value to the services we provide.

What unique skill can you provide to the Forum Board of Directors?

I think my ability to communicate and adapt to all types of personalities is valuable when sitting in a leadership type position.

What else would you like to share with the GIS community?

I started working with GIS before finishing college, and its all I have worked with for the 16 years that have passed by.  After those 16 years, I still get excited to work with GIS every day.  I believe GIS is a both a powerful tool that can be used by a myriad of people and a system that requires professionals to unlock its potential for everyone.

 


Here are the responses from Jeff Sullivan from the village of Royal Palm Beach.

What is your passion?

As a Florida native, I have always been drawn to the outdoors. Whether I’m fishing, surfing, camping, hiking, geocaching, or taking photos I love to be outdoors.

What is the greatest value that GIS can give to an organization?

GIS analysis and maps can help explain data in a way to no other platform can. The who, what, where, when, why and how of almost every problem in most organizations can be visualized using GIS. In most organizations, GIS products are a tool. The greatest value comes from using these tools to make smart decisions.

What unique skill can you provide to the Forum Board of Directors?

As a person who was born and raised in Palm Beach County and doing GIS since the 90’s I think I could bring a bit of “local knowledge” to the forum.

What else would you like to share with the GIS community?

As an FAU graduate, I have been studying and working with GIS since the 90’s. After graduating from FAU I worked for an environmental engineering firm for 2 years and then South Florida Water Management District for 6 years. I am currently working as the GIS Coordinator at the Village of Royal Palm Beach where I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary. In working with GIS for nearly 20 years I have experienced the different ways GIS is used as a powerful tool in different organizations.


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