GeoComm’s Brennan Receives Hirsh Special Service Award
Thursday, October 07, 2021 | Comments

Keri Brennan, GeoComm product manager for public-safety geographic information systems (GIS) content and services, received the Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award during the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) 2021 GIS Pro Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The award, which is presented to individuals or committees who have shown a consummate level of service to URISA, is one of the highest honors to be given by URISA.

Brennan, who is a certified GIS professional (GISP) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA) emergency number professional (ENP), has been active in the GIS field for almost 30 years. She first joined URISA in 2005 and has been an active volunteer in many capacities throughout the years. Brennan currently aids in developing and instructing at URISA’s workshops and serves as board liaison on URISA’s next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) task force. In addition, Brennan has served as a board member for the last six years, including a three-year term as the URISA board president and is currently the immediate past president.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the 2021 URISA Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award,” Brennan said. “I believe that giving back to the GIS and geospatial community as a volunteer for URISA has left a mark on me, both personally and professionally. Seeing the good work that URISA does for our community has only furthered my desire to continue as a volunteer and to engage with as many GIS professionals as possible.”

At GeoComm, Brennan specializes in GeoComm indoor maps, which involves understanding the obstacles public-safety emergency personnel are facing as the industry begins moving to dispatchable location.

The Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award was created in 2004 to honor URISA’s former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Barbara Hirsch who made her mark at URISA by being an exceptional professional who would always step forward but never stepped to the front for recognition. It is in the spirit of this dedication that the board of directors created an award for special URISA service award.

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