Meet the Where Cartography Meets Industry Panelists

Dr. Seppe Cassettari is currently President of the British Cartographic Society and was chair of the London Mapping Festival in 2012.

Following a 40-year, award-winning career that spanned the Ministry of Defence, university lecturing, international corporations, and running his own company, he is uniquely placed to understand the power of maps and the way geography affects our daily lives. He has considerable experience in understanding the way commercial, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations can and should collaborate.

Bridger DeVille is the newly minted Sales Director for East View Map Link, following their January 2024 acquisition of Benchmark Maps, the award-winning publisher of recreation atlases and maps of the American West. For the last 12 years, he has served as Sales & Marketing Director for Benchmark Maps, developing commercial sales channels and brand awareness across North America and Europe.

After attending his first IMIA-Americas event in 2012, where he coincidentally sparked the partnership between Benchmark Maps and East View Map Link, Bridger quickly realized the value in IMIA and became involved in committee initiatives. He joined the board of directors in 2017 during a transformative period for the organization. Based in the suburbs between Boulder and Denver, Colorado, he also became involved in the annual IMIA Denver events and then the virtual events that were developed to keep our members connected during the Covid pandemic. Following three years as treasurer, Bridger is now serving as IMIA President for the 2023-2024 term. He maintains the top priority of IMIA and its past presidents to “connect the business of maps” through unique events that feature valuable education and networking opportunities.

Georg Gartner is a Professor of Cartography at the Vienna University of Technology and head of the Research Group Cartography. He is currently president of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). He was Dean for Academic Affairs for Geodesy and Geoinformation at Vienna University of Technology. He is the organizer of the International Symposia on Location Based Services, EuroCarto Editor of the Book Series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography by Springer, and Editor of the Journal on LBS by Taylor & Francis. He also serves as President of the Austrian Cartographic Commission, Vice-President of the Austrian Society of Geodesy and Geoinformation, and is a member of the Academic Network of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management.

Indy Hurt is the President of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society and a geographer with a background in geographic information science and technology. She currently leads an outstanding team of engineers and analysts powering GIS at scale for several brands and several lines of business at Zillow Group.

Mark Cygan is Esri’s Director of National Mapping Solutions, working with National Mapping, Land Administration, Imagery, and Statistical Geospatial Authorities.  Mark has over 36 years of experience working in GIS and mapping, including management positions at Esri, NAVTEQ (now HERE) Rand McNally & Co., and Cartography Dept. in the Automobile Club of Southern California.  Mark is on the board of directors of the International Map Industry Association, actively participating on the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), board member of UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies, and Executive Secretary of the User Community for Geospatial Authorities.