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JOHN GILREATH, GIST, RST

What inspired you to choose your career path?
I’d have to say that there hasn’t been one defining moment that has determined my career path. It has really been a number of professors, friends, colleagues, and projects that have shaped who I am personally and professionally. I have to give a lot of credit to my graduate advisor for introducing me to the vast applications of GIS and for letting me bang my head against my desk just enough before guiding me to a solution.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I get to be a chameleon! GIS can be applied to almost any professional discipline but it requires a basic knowledge and the ability to translate industry specific-details to GIS. I am fortunate to be able to work with people across a number of disciplines and learn a great deal about their field while bringing new benefits with GIS analysis and data management. One of the reasons that I am so excited about my position with DRMP is the vast skill sets across the company and the chance to learn even more from a great staff.

What are you most passionate about?
I love spending time with my wife and son. They have taught me so much about myself and the world. We spend a lot of time going to the library, playing rocket ship, and having serious discussions about monster trucks. We also love to spend time together on the water as well as visit family in Orlando and DC.  Whenever I get the chance, I love fly-fishing in the marshes and rivers of Florida.

What is your greatest challenge?
Patience! I sometimes need to remind myself to slow down and focus on one thing at a time because nobody can do everything all at once.

Name an important “lessons learned” moment you have experienced.
I’ve learned over the years how much I don’t know. Working with subject matter experts across so many fields has been an enriching opportunity and I try to learn as much as I can from people about their given profession. Every project is a learning opportunity and we can all benefit from more knowledge.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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