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Joe Francica, managing director for geospatial industry solutions at Pitney Bowes, brings over 30 years of experience in location intelligence to support the product management team. He works directly with the sales and marketing organizations bringing an enterprise IT focus in various vertical industry sectors where location intelligence can add significant value and a competitive advantage. Previously, Joe was the editor in chief and vice publisher of Directions Magazine, the most widely read geospatial technology publication, where he founded four conferences and broadcast his insights and perspectives through weekly articles, podcasts and webinars. Joe began as a geologist and later as a marketing executive with large and startup software companies. For the last two years, he served on Huntsville, Alabama Mayor Tommy Battle’s economic advisory board. Joe holds a BA from Rutgers University, MA from Dartmouth and MBA from Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School, is a nationally recognized expert on government management, reform, and innovation. Goldsmith currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project working to catalyze the use of data at the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America. His newest book is, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.

Dante Ricci is Senior Director SAP Global Public Services. Dante’s mission is to help empower organizations and people through technology to improve citizen’s lives. Dante has over 19 years of experience in technology holding roles in operations, finance, solution engineering, solution management and marketing. He is on the Corporate Leadership Board for the Capital Area Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walks and the Longwood University Alumni Board.

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