Esri Business Summit Features Keynote from Starbucks

Commercial Organizations Worldwide Gather to Discuss Proven ROI Strategies

Redlands, California—June 09, 2011—Starbucks Coffee Company's Patrick O'Hagan, global marketing planning manager for the world's largest retail coffee chain, will keynote the Esri Business Summit to be held July 10–11, 2011, in San Diego, California. The summit draws business executives from all over the world to talk about how using location-based analysis will improve an organization's overall performance, effectiveness, and efficiency.

The morning Plenary Session will also feature speakers from different aspects of business, including insurance and risk management, retail, commercial real estate, facilities management, and manufacturing. Featured speakers include

  • Nigel Davis, executive director of product development, Willis Analytics, at Willis Re, an international reinsurance firm
  • Warner de Gooijer, strategic analyst and project manager for the global supply chain operations of Cisco Systems
  • Matthew Felton, director of research, GIS, and mapping at MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC
  • Michelle Ellington, GISP, GIS coordinator for the University of Kentucky's facilities management and physical plant division

Afternoon breakout sessions will combine thought leadership with technological insight and best practices examples to deliver strategies for the future. Papers will be presented by executives from McDonalds, Norwegian hypermarket chain Coop Obs!, MarketStar, Petco, and many other commercial organizations.

"There is no other event quite like this," said Simon Thompson, director of commercial solutions at Esri. "The summit draws a truly global audience that comes together to share knowledge about GIS, which allows us to really see and understand interconnections of business in this world economy."

The summit is an invigorating meeting place for managers and executives who want to find out more about GIS and discuss how location-based intelligence can be used to seize opportunities and thrive in today's competitive economy.

To learn more and register, visit

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at


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