GIS Day Keynote Al Derosier

Join the MSUM Center for Geospatial Studies for GIS Day at MSUM on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the CMU Ballroom.

Alumnus Al Derosier ’82 (Industrial Technology), the Deputy Director of Operations for Esri Professional Services, is the event’s keynote speaker. His talk, “Making an Impact with Technology and People,” will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Al’s talk will provide background on how GIS Day evolved and the history of Esri. He will discuss some projects happening in the Esri Services Division and how GIS technology is being implemented by users, as well as careers in GIS and the type of skills and experience in high demand. 


Al Derosier grew up on a dairy farm near Red Lake Falls, MN. He graduated from MSUM in 1982 with B.S. degree in Industrial Technology and in 1989 completed his MBA in Production & Operations Management from Regus University in Denver, CO. In 1998, he completed the Management Development Program for Entrepreneurs at the Anderson School at UCLA.

After graduating from MSUM, Al spent three years as a Production Supervisor with the Hormel Company in Austin, MN and Ottumwa, IA. In 1985, Al began his Geospatial Career as a Production Supervisor with Butler Computer Graphics in Denver, CO. In 1991, he joined Esri in Redlands, CA as a GIS Consultant in the Professional Services Division. In 1993, Al became the Database Services Department Manager and in 2008 was named Deputy Director of Operations for the Professional Services Division.

Al lives in Yucaipa, CA with his wife Wendy and their three cats. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, playing golf, attending Ontario Reign hockey games and working in his fruit and vegetable garden.

View the full schedule of GIS Day events.