Mike Davlantes

At 24, I'm probably a bit younger than most members of the board.  However, I did work in GIS through college and have a decent chunk of experience as a result.  I've worked as a cartographer for the Patagonian Expedition Race (in Chile), a GIS analyst for the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (in Florida), as a hydrolgist/research assistant (in Greenland and Florida), and under Darcee Killpack with the National Park Service (in Grand Junction).  Currently, I work as a geospatial software developer for Antero Resources in downtown Denver.  Though I have degrees in geology and geography, my real passion lies with computers and software.  I rarely make print maps.

I believe I can offer the board a fresh perspective on issues.  Having moved to Colorado in May of 2014, I'm still learning about the geospatial challenges faced by GISCO members.  One issue that I would like to see increased board involvement in would be education/outreach to tangentially-geospatial professionals (such as biologists, engineers, etc.).  As I'm sure you know, those who don't use GIS everyday easily get very frustrated with it and often write it off entirely.  As the field grows, these professionals will need increasing support/mentors.  Additionally, I'd like to see more discussion regarding web mapping among the community.  Seeing as most other facets of the tech industry are moving towards web applications and cloud computing, it is inevitable that GIS will soon be driven primarily by the web.