Each year PAMAGIC recognizes one individual or organization that has contributed greatly to the promotion or advancement of GIS in Pennsylvania.  The Excellence Award has been presented at the annual PA GIS Conference since 2009.

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2018 Award Recipient - Dave Gilbert

dave gilbert holding excellence award in a hallway

The 2018 Excellence Award is being presented to Dave Gilbert. He has dedicated his time, energy, and ideas to the Pennsylvania GIS Community continuously for nearly twenty years. He works both on the front lines and behind the scenes to ensure return on investments in data and applications. Dave is known for speaking out in relentless pursuit of ideas and goals he believes are important.

Dave has led by example in the following ways: served three terms on the PaMAGIC Board and serves as our representative to the GeoBoard; guided formation of the PA Association of Floodplain Managers; actively supports updated hydrography data, represents private industry interests in GIS with pride and professionalism, and has an insatiable thirst for new technology.

State College, PA; May 15, 2018.


2017 Award Recipient - Nicole Ernst

The 2017 Excellence Award is being presented to Nicole Ernst in recognition of her devotion to educating and influencing the Geospatial Community in Pennsylvania.

She led the development of a very successful and influential Geospatial Technology program at Harrisburg Area Community College. She has played a significant role in the creation of the Central PA GIS Day, which has grown to become a very important event in the region, and she has also made important contributions as a member of the PA GIS Conference Planning Committee.

Nicole’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious and her GIS achievements will have a lasting impact on future generations.

State College, PA, May 16, 2017.

nicole ernst receiving excellence award from patrick mckinney


2016 Award Recipient - Eric Jespersen

The 2016 Excellence Award was presented to Eric Jespersen in recognition of his life-long devotion, dedication and commitment to volunteer and non-profit organizations like PaMAGIC. He has led by example, with steadfastness and limitless energy.

Eric has been pivotal in the creation and formation of Pennsylvania’s State Geospatial Coordinating Board and numerous initiatives of PaMAGIC that are aimed at providing the citizens of the Commonwealth with quality geospatial resources.

State College, PA May 17, 2016.

eric jespersen holding excellence award next to other pamagic board members


2015 Award Recipient - Jim Knudson

jim nudson sitting next to eric jespersen

The 2015 Excellence Award was presented to Jim Knudson for all his efforts in advancing geospatial technologies in Pennsylvania.

The GIS community appreciates all your commitment and work. Thank you Jim!

State College, PA; June, 2015.


2014 Award Recipient - Laura Simonetti

The 2014 Excellence Award was presented to Laura Simonetti for being an active leader in the PA GIS community, which is exhibited by her contributions to coordination and communication activities on a local, regional and statewide basis.

State College, PA May, 2014.

laura simonetti holding excellence award next to eric jespersen


2013 Award Recipient - Mike Bialousz and Mike Shillenn

The Master of Ceremonies duties shared by Mike Bialousz and Mike Shillenn during recent GIS Conferences exhibit many of the characteristics and benefits of public and private collaboration.

  • Shared work is easier to accomplish
  • Simple communications are often enough
  • Small mistakes hardly matter
  • Humor and creativity help
  • Two heads are better than one
  • Experience counts

The excellent example set forth by both Mikes and their perennial labors in planning the GIS Conference are valuable to us all.

State College, PA June, 2013.

Mike Bialousz and Mike Shillenn holding excellence award


2012 Award Recipient - Northwest Pennsylvania GIS Planning Committee

The 2012 Excellence Award was presented to the Northwest Pennsylvania GIS Planning Committee. They have exhibited strong dedication to the organization and excellent execution of the annual Northwest PA GIS Conference.

excellence ward plaque for northwest pennsylvania gis planning committe


2011 Award Recipient - Brady Stroh

The 2011 Excellence Award was presented to Brady Stroh. Brady has steadfastly and unselfishly worked to foster the growth and development of a coordinated GIS within the Commonwealth for over 15 years. His ideas and optimism have been demonstrated through words and actions, which have proven to be a steadying force in GIS and have been regularly useful in promoting a way forward. Brady’s commitment to excellence is evident in a desire to educate others while providing leadership in a public setting as well as behind the scenes. Examples of his commitment to the public good are numerous, but none more so than the many years he spent organizing and managing the Pennsylvania GIS Conference.

glenn mohler presenting brady stroh with excellence award


2010 Award Recipient - Representative Russell Fairchild

russell fairchild holding excellence award next to another man

Whereas, Representative Russell Fairchild has exhibited leadership by introducing legislation that would give Pennsylvania's GIS practitioners a voice at the state level through the creation of a Geospatial Coordinating Council. Representative Fairchild''s long-standing support of this endeavor speaks to his dedication not only to the state's geospatial community but to every citizen of Pennsylvania. Now therefore, the PAMAGIC proudly recognizes the efforts of Representative Fairchild and his service to the Commonwealth.

Johnstown, PA May 11, 2010.


2009 Award Recipient - Maurie Kelly

The first Excellence Award was presented in 2009 to Ms. Maurie Kelly, Director of PASDA. Ms. Kelly has been a long-standing advocate for Pennsylvania''s Spatial Data ClearingHouse and continues to promote data sharing throughout the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access otherwise known as PASDA has exhibited technical innovation consistent with responsive needs to its users, responsible use of limited resources and exhibited excellence in GIS for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians. PAMAGIC recognizes the long standing contributions to the director and staff of PASDA.

maurie kelly holding excellence award at PASDA booth


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