Esri gas heroes inspire


GIS gas heroes are GIS champions in their industry. They have gained respect from colleagues who see them as problem solvers. Their humble natures and genuine love of GIS make them desirable and inspirational colleagues. Join us in celebrating these industry leaders who are using GIS to make a difference at their organizations.

Richard Citkowicz | SJI


Richard Citkowicz is a GIS business support analyst for SJI. SJI is an energy services holding company that delivers safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas to over 700,000 customers. Since 2017, he has been part of a dynamic team focused on using geospatial technology to improve and support their utilities. Richard enjoys helping teams realize how GIS can add value to the work done at SJI. His upcoming GIS projects include implementing tracking and traceability for Elizabethtown Gas and the utility network for SJI.

Richard enjoys New Jersey’s blueberry fields, baseball games, and taking his family to the Jersey Shore boardwalk.

A portrait of Richard Citkowicz in a SJI jacket, smiling and standing in front of a building with greenery surrounding it

Matthew Voelker | Spire Energy


Matt Voelker is the director of GIS at Spire. In this role, he takes an innovative approach to addressing business challenges in several areas including asset management, business and economic development, engineering, and operations to help serve 1.7 million natural gas customers in Missouri, Alabama, and Mississippi. Matt has been with Spire for 15 years and has helped the energy provider achieve significant improvements in productivity and safety through the innovation of GIS. He is a true GIS hero in the GIS community.

Matt currently resides in Illinois and enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren and two children.

Matthew Volker in a gray suit and blue button-up shirt, smiling and standing outside of a building

Chris Polley | Summit Utilities


Chris Polley is a senior GIS analyst for Summit Utilities in Colorado. Chris started work for Summit Utilities in 2009 and is a driving force behind their move to an enterprise GIS. The system stores data in Esri’s Utility and Pipeline Data Model for all three states in which Summit Utilities operates. He also has contributed to the development of a range of mobile and back-end GIS applications. Chris is the small gas utilities representative on Esri’s GeoConX Advisory Board.

Chris Polley standing outside in a field with a concrete air museum sign and mountains in the background

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