Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 IAAO Annual Conference in Minneapolis. The presentation will be Monday, September 24 during the Opening Session and Annual meeting, scheduled for 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Minneapolis Hilton.

He is the Founder and President of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), based in Redlands, California. A landscape architect by training, he founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under his leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and Geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide. 

Mr. Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful. 

He received a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic College–Pomona in 1967 and later a master's degree in Urban Planning from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota in 1968. He also received a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1969.

Mr. Dangermond has received numerous honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Romania. He has also received a number of awards from international organizations, including the Alexander Graham Bell Medal from the National Geographic Society and the Patron's Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 2010; the Carl Mannerfelt Medal from the International Cartographic Association in 2008; the Cullum Geographical Medal of Distinction for the advancement of geographical science from the American Geographical Society in 1999; and was an inductee in the GIS Hall of Fame of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in 2005.

In addition, Jack and Laura Dangermond made a gift to The Nature Conservancy that enabled the organization to purchase and preserve thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive land at Point Conception, California. The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization, established a preserve on a tract of undeveloped coastal habitat near Point Conception, California, called The Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. The nearly 25,000 acres includes more than eight miles of connected coastal habitat, protected marine areas, and crucial wildlife corridors. The 38 square miles of unspoiled land represents a unique preserve for last-of-its kind wildlife habitats and a beacon for education and scientific research.