A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework could provide a deeper understanding of our world and help us design a better future. As founder and president of Esri, Dangermond's leadership and vision stimulate the ongoing innovation of GIS technologies that enable people to make insightful decisions and improve the quality of life everywhere. Dangermond has had a strong impact on the development of GIS methodologies, the GIS software market, GIS technology research and related analytical methods. He has received many awards reflecting the influence of his work, including the British Cartographic Society Medal, the John Wesley Powell Award of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal of the International Cartographic Association, the Patron's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, and the Alexander Graham Bell Medal of the National Geographic Society.