MidAmerica GIS Consortium

We believe geospatial technology creates value far reaching from ourselves. We are a network of dedicated leaders in the fields of mapmaking, location services, & data management.

2020 Keynote Speakers

11 Feb 2020 9:28 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)


Each Symposium we strive to bring you the most engaging and innovative keynote speakers to open and close the conference. This year is no different. We are incredibly excited to bring you Bill Johnson and Keith Masback. Read their entire bios here. 

Bill Johnson, Carpe Geo Evangelist

Bill is a seasoned GIS professional with more than 34 years of experience.  

His initial work involved converting the mapping program from photo-mechanical to state-of-the-art digital production.  He rose through the GIS ranks in New York State government, culminating in being named New York’s first Geographic Information Officer in 2013.

He retired from state service in 2016.  In April of 2018, Bill joined Applied Geographics, Inc where he is applying his carpe geo philosophy of building trust through collaboration, of effecting fundamental change through thoughtful investment, and of consistent attention to excellence, as AppGeo’s carpe geo evangelist.

Keith Masback, Owner Plum Run LLC

Mr. Masback is the Owner of Plum Run, LLC, providing advisory and consulting services to leading-edge companies and government organizations working in geospatial intelligence and related fields. 

Prior to founding Plum Run, Mr. Masback spent over a decade as the President / Chief Executive Officer of US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).  

Before joining USGIF, he spent over 20 years combined as an officer in the U.S. Army and as a government civilian employee, culminating as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He held a variety of positions at NGA primarily focused on strategic planning and programming and most recently served as the Director, Source Operations Group where he was responsible for 24/7/365 tasking of the Nation’s space-based imagery collection systems, including contracted commercial assets.

Sponsor Highlight

MAGIC Sponsors provide our attendees with knowledge they can use today and a vision of what is to come. Without these sponsors, there would be no Symposium. But because we do, we can have our Symposium, and other opportunities like grants, webinars, and seminars. Today, we highlight Surdex:

Surdex Corporation...

is a full-service photogrammetric mapping firm in St. Louis, Missouri that has served public and private sectors for over 60 years. We strive to be your strategic geospatial partner and our mission is a successful mapping project the meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.  These projects include aerial image acquisition, lidar acquisition and processing, digital orthoimagery, planimetric / topographic mapping, and disaster mapping.  Surdex owns a fleet of 10 aircraft, 8 digital image sensors and 3 lidar sensors. In addition to completing scores of county and municipal government projects annually, Surdex is a prime contractor on national programs such as USACE, USDA-NAIP and the USGS GPSCIII program.


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