Ruel Williamson, CEO @ International Property Tax Institute
Ruel is a senior executive in the integrated land records environment with a specialty in property taxation. He has over twenty-five years of experience working with local, state and national governments on a full range systems and solutions for clients.
As the Chief Operating Officer at the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI), Ruel leads IPTI consultants on project, program and research assignments related to property taxation and land administration. Ruel was formerly a Senior Director at Thomson Reuters where he focused on international development, strategy and acquisitions. He previously worked as an executive for several firms involved in geospatial and ad valorem taxation work. Mr. Williamson has also served as the Director of Real Estate for the Indiana State Board of Tax Commissioners where he provided oversight, monitoring and guidance to over 1,000 elected assessing officials.
He has consulted on projects around the world including work in the United States, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, England, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Colombia, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, Russia and South Africa. He was an appointed member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) International Committee for 2012 & 2013 and a member of the IAAO Technical Research Committee in 2013 & 2014. Mr. Williamson is currently on the editorial board for the Journal of Property Tax Assessment and Administration.
His tertiary qualifications include an (MBA) Emporia State University 1991 and B.S.B (Finance) Emporia State University 1989. He also was employed as a graduate teacher for general business and introductory economics courses (1990-1991).
Shelby Johnson, GIO @ Arkansas Geographic Information Office
Shelby is a native Arkansan and serves as the State Geographic Information Officer of Arkansas. He directs the Arkansas GIS Office and reports directly to Governor Asa Hutchinson. Shelby has been nationally recognized through serving on the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) Board of Directors from 2001 to 2005. In 2007 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arkansas GIS Users Forum for his contribution to the GIS community, and in 2015 Shelby he served as the NSGIC President and remains on the Board of Directors. Shelby has been actively involved in the MidAmerica GIS Consortium for many years and currently serves on the MAGIC Executive Committee.
Susan Norton, Chair @ MidAmerica GIS Consortium
Susan Norton is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the City of Fayetteville. The Department manages public communication via the city web, social media channels, television center, and community outreach and information efforts. Norton coordinates communication with the public, including Freedom of Information Act requests and serves as primary liaison with outside media outlets. Prior to joining the City, Norton served for 14 years as the CIO for Fayetteville Public Schools.
In 1997, Norton became the State of Arkansas' first Director of the Office of Information Technology, establishing the State Geographic Information Office through legislation passed in 2001. During her tenure as Director of OIT, Norton was Chair of the Electronic Records Study Commission, a Legislative study commission charged to develop recommendations for amendments to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. As a member of the Arkansas State Land Information Board, Norton helped developed the Arkansas Spatial Data Infrastructure and deployment of the GEOStor spatial data clearinghouse within the Arkansas Geographic Information Office.
Her technology career began with the University of Arkansas where she served in various roles and worked on a number of research projects, including the NSF funded development of Arkansas' statewide academic/research network. She served as staff for President Clinton's United States Advisory Council for the National Information Infrastructure in development of guidelines for intellectual property, privacy, and security issues for the Internet. A member of NSGIC and MAGIC since 2001, Susan is currently Chair of the MAGIC Consortium and has served on the Executive Board since 2008.