The IMIA Americas conference objective is to gather industry leaders and professionals engaged in the "Business of Maps." Mapmakers of the world will gather in one place to exchange ideas on how to better serve a growing audience for geographic information and present that information in a variety of formats. The event is a tremendous opportunity for IMIA membership to bring its collective knowledge of mapmaking and business acumen.

IMIA is welcomes members from every corner of the globe. Established over 30 years ago, it promotes the interests of all companies involved in the mapping industry: developers of geographic information systems, publishers, retailers, manufacturers, government organizations, printers, distributors, consultants, and libraries. Business leaders, managers, academics and GIS professionals from the public and private sectors will attend – so should you. Sign up today!

Latest Speakers

Barbara P. Buttenfield, Professor of Geography University of Colorado – Boulder

Barbara P. Buttenfield is Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. She is Director of the Meridian Lab, a small research facility focusing on visualization and modeling of geographic information and technology. She is also a Research Faculty Affiliate with USGS Center for Excellence in GIScience. Buttenfield publishes research on cartographic continue reading →

William (Bill) Spicer, President –

Making his second stint at, Bill Spicer brings more than 25 years of map industry experience to the job as President of With a background in cartography, publishing, online sales, project management, distribution, and people skills, along with an entrepreneurial attitude; the business of maps is his passion. Starting as a cartographer at continue reading →

Lisa M. Firestone (Keynote Speaker) – Senior Systems Architect, DigitalGlobe

Lisa M. Firestone is a geospatial system architect / product engineer with strong technical and business analysis skills working for DigitalGlobe supporting the Insight Line of Business GIS projects and product development efforts. Firestone earned a BA (graduated 1987) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in Environmental Conservation with emphasis on Computerized Mapping and has continue reading →

Len Konecny – Senior VP, Business Development – ClearChannel Radio – Total Traffic Network & Weather Network

Len Konecny is senior vice president of Business Development for Total Traffic & Weather Network and has been with the company since 2000. He has been involved in the aggregation, sales, management, and development of the company’s traffic and other content products over several mediums, including broadcast, web, mobile, and in-car and portable navigation. He continue reading →

Casey McCullar, Senior Manager – Solutions Marketing, DigitalGlobe

Casey McCullar is the senior manager, Solutions Marketing at DigitalGlobe, where he works to bring emerging products and technologies to market. His most recent project was launching a showcase of DigitalGlobe’s recent work in Africa. Previously he was product manager for several map and data products at GeoEye, TomTom and Tele Atlas. He began continue reading →

Guy Johnson, President & Founder, GM Johnson & Associates Ltd.

Guy Johnson is the president and founder of GM Johnson Maps, a publisher of maps and atlases. GM Johnson cartography is used in some maps by Rand McNally, AAA, Global Graphic, GM Johnson Maps, and other brands. Johnson worked for a couple years as a programmer and then became a faculty member at British Columbia continue reading →

Jack Joyce, President & CEO ITMB Publishing Ltd.

Jack Joyce founded ITMB Publishing Ltd. and has served as its president and CEO for almost 35 years. A town planner by trade, he fell into the industry almost by accident but once in he foresaw the growth of the baby-boomer travel bonanza and moved to create maps of interest for parts of the world, continue reading →

Bridger DeVille, Director of Sales & Marketing, Benchmark Maps

Bridger DeVille is director of sales and marketing for Benchmark Maps, a recreation map and atlas publisher headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Working from Westminster, Colorado, he directs all sales and marketing activity including distribution networks, fulfillment processes, online sales infrastructure, product performance evaluation, new market / product analysis, and Benchmark’s branding strategy. This work continue reading →

Shane Matthews, Cartographic Specialist, Esri

Shane Matthews is a cartographic specialist and technical manager for Esri’s ArcGIS Content Team, working out of the Denver Regional Office. He leads recruitment and content acquisition efforts for the ArcGIS Living Atlas. Matthews works with regional sales staff, account managers, global business partners, and distributors to develop and maintain relationships with content providers and continue reading →

Leslie Kehmeier, Mapping Specialist, International Mountain Bicycling Association

Leslie Kehmeier is a Colorado-based mountain bike nerd. As Mapping Specialist for the International Mountain Bicycling Association she can usually be found behind the driver’s seat of a mini-van searching for good food, amazing coffee and marking another trail off the list in her quest to document every mountain bike route on the planet. Kehmeier continue reading →

Eric Janota, Product Development Engineer, National Geographic Maps

Eric Janota’s career started in Medford, Oregon with Allan Cartography, where he worked for nine years in the 1990’s. In 1999 he moved to National Geographic’s Colorado office and has worked on the Trails Illustrated topographic map series. In his years working for National Geographic, Janota has focused on generating multiple products from common base continue reading →

Ted Florence, President & CEO, Avenza Systems Inc.

Ted Florence is the president and chief executive officer of Avenza Systems and directs the company in coming up with innovative solutions to the problems that plague the map-makers, map publishers and map distributors of the 21st century. He is a professional engineer, who spent seven years as an international executive for a major pharmaceutical continue reading →

Mark Cygan, Industry Solutions Manager for Map, Chart, Data Production, and SDI, Esri

Mark Cygan is Esri’s Industry Solutions Manager for Map, Chart, Data Production and Spatial Data Infrastructure. He has over 30 years of experience working in GIS and mapping. Prior to Esri, he was on the management teams at NAVTEQ (now HERE, a NOKIA company) and Rand McNally & Co. Cygan is on the board of continue reading →