Dennis Allen is the GIS & IT Administrator for Farmington City. He has been involved in GIS for the last 9 years filling the following additional roles: GIS Manager at Vivint Internet, GIS Specialist III at Brigham City, GIS Technician/Intern at Box Elder County, and Private GIS Consultant. Dennis received his BS degree in Geography with a minor in Geospatial Analysis from Weber State University.
I love GIS and I love learning! For me, UGIC does more than satisfy both of these loves. Each time I attend the conference, I am able to continue to expand my knowledge and understanding of GIS, and always take away something that I can implement in my own work. I would be thrilled to be able to give back by serving as a part of the UGIC board.
I am Shawn Beecher. I am the GIS Administrator at Spanish Fork and have been since 2003. I have been involved in GIS for over 20 years. I received my GISP in 2011. While studying GIS and Cartography at BYU (1996-1998) I worked for the LDS Church as an intern digitizing road networks for cities in South America. After graduating with a BS from BYU, I moved to Springfield, MO where I worked on my masters at SMSU and worked for Springfield City as an intern doing application development, training, and GIS services. Upon leaving Springfield I got a job with a Private Engineering Firm in 2000 doing GIS consulting, GIS training, and application development. I moved to Logan, UT in 2002 as a GIS Specialist for 6 months before moving to Spanish Fork where I am currently the only full-time GIS person doing everything GIS, IT, and more.
I have really enjoyed the UGIC community and all they offer. After coming to my first UGIC Conference in 2010 in Moab, UT I wanted to come back as many times as Spanish Fork would allow me. I feel the networking, knowledge, experience, comradery, and more that we get at these conferences is huge. I have felt for many years the need to give back to the community that has given me so much. I feel this is my way to do that. We at UGIC have a phenomenal group of people of which I am glad to be a part.
Soon after I graduated with a BS in Business Information Systems, I was introduced to GIS in 2000 while working for ADOT at the Traffic Operations Center. It was love at first click! Oh the lines, polygons, points, I couldn’t get enough of it! I moved home to Utah in 2001 to help UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center prepare for the 2002 Olympics. In 2006, I went to work for the City of West Jordan as the GIS administrator. In 2006, my team consisted of one other person and myself. 11 years later, we have 8 people plus 2 Interns on my team. It has been my goal to promote GIS to our City government by showing them the power and potential of GIS. We don’t wait for a request to come in to our department, we proactively seek ways to help all the departments in the city. I am passionate about helping GIS students and graduates move on to getting their careers established. I have been able to develop a successful GIS Intern program. In the past 8 years, we have helped dozens of Interns secure meaningful employment around the world. Our team has won a handful of awards the past few years including a SAG award from ESRI which was presented to us personally by Jack Dangermond. I have served as the Employee Association President for 3 consecutive years. Currently, I serve on the Employee Review Appeal Board and the SLCC GIST Program Advisory Committee.
Top 10 List of why I want to be on the UGIC Board:
- I have organized many large events of 500 + people.
- I am proud of my profession and love to promote what we do.
- I come to meetings prepared, on time and don’t leave early.
- I will be able to stretch all of my intellectual and emotional muscles. Board service at its best will allow me to bring my full self to the organization – my emotional connection to the work, my commitment to the overall sector, my life experience, my skills, and the good head I have on my shoulders.
- I will meet interesting people who will add to my sphere of influence. I will be enriched by being in their company.
- I will have an experience that enriches my resume. OK, this one is a bit selfish.
- I will enjoy sitting around a table with a group of smart and passionate folks pontificating. I’m quite certain I will be the one learning. I love to pontificate.
- I will have another excuse to skip the gym.
- I know how to play nicely in the sandbox (even Stan McShinsky’s very cool sand box). This is about diplomacy and making sure my colleagues get their say (even if I think my comment said it all). The very best board members are teams.
- I have been a member of UGIC for 15 years. It’s my turn to give back.
Stan McShinsky is a GIS Web Developer for Provo City. Stan enjoys building interesting maps like puzzles, augmented reality sandboxes, mazes and map art. Currently Stan develops web applications for various projects in the city. Previously he worked in the energy department at Provo City managing a fiber network and power grid data. He also has experience with the UTOPIA project in managing fiber networks around Utah. He graduated from BYU. Stan likes to play softball, go geocaching and beekeeping.
For me, GIS is not just a job but a way of life. I see the different needs of those around me from coworkers to customers and I look for a way to fill that need through maps. By having a position on the board I believe I can clearly see the bigger picture and needs of those I come in contact with. I consistently push myself to improve my skills and learn new things. I like to think outside the box and believe I can bring a fresh perspective. Many GIS professionals have helped me along the way–from getting an internship to troubleshooting projects. I would appreciate the opportunity to be on the board and have a way to contribute to the GIS community myself.
Michael Philp has been involved in GIS for about 18 years. One of these days I’m going to figure out what I do for a living! After graduating in GIS from BYU, he was hired at Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management in Phoenix, Arizona. While there he learned the value of timely and accurate spatial information. In Arizona, he was involved in several emergency management and GIS professional organizations. After 5 years with Maricopa County, Michael accepted a position as the GIS Administrator at Springville City, Utah. Currently he has responsibility for all GIS operations at Springville City. Throughout his career, Michael has learned that one of the greatest resources we have as GIS professionals is the community of colleagues around us. Michael has great respect for the GIS community in Utah; many of you are his close friends. There are very talented professionals here and he values his associations with each of you.
I have served on the UGIC board for the last three years. I really enjoy working with the great people on the board. Board members selflessly give of their time and efforts to make UGIC a rich and valuable organization… year round, not just at the conference. I assure you that they really do care and they really do work hard. I’d love to continue to represent my Utah municipal GIS colleagues as the City representative on the UGIC Board. However, I’d also love to see new perspectives on the UGIC Board so feel free to vote for someone new! Whether on the UGIC board, or just as a UGIC member, I’m committed to serving in this organization. I’m proud to be part of UGIC as a professional organization and more so I value my personal associations with each of you.