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Stu Blankenship

Stu

When did you start working at WorldView Solutions?

2009

Just what is it that you do here?

I am WorldView’s Chief Resources Officer.  In this role, I work with staff to establish and maintain individual career narratives and serve as an advisor in the execution of these narratives.  I also oversee talent acquisition, training, and leadership development within the organization and assist and provide guidance for project resourcing.  With an extensive background in GIS, I will also step in to assist with any GIS related issues such as projections and data formats for application development projects.

What recent project have you worked on where your key skills and specialties were utilized?

We created a focus group of WorldView employees to assist in developing and defining organizational career paths, and I had the opportunity to lead this group through the process.  As WorldView has continued to grow, the importance of providing employees with a clear path for growth has become more important.   In my role as Chief Resources Officer, this was a great opportunity to work with employees to determine the best path forward for WorldView’s organizational career paths.

Before working at WorldView, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

My most interesting jobs would have to be the part-time jobs I had before pursuing my career in GIS. These part-time jobs include installing carpet, working for the Census Bureau collecting addresses, and ticket writer at JMU (no – you can’t park in the grass or a faculty lot while you’re in class). However, my most interesting job was working as a part-time rural letter carrier for the US Postal Service. My route was in the Waynesboro, VA area, and it included ascending and descending to the Blue Ridge Parkway on three occasions throughout the route. I had to use my own vehicle, so I had to sit in the passenger seat, steer with my left hand, and stretch my left leg across the car to operate the gas and brake. I’m just lucky that I didn’t end up driving off the road and over a cliff.

How did you become involved in GIS?

While attending JMU as an undergraduate, I began taking Geography classes and ended up declaring Geography as my major. I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with a Geography degree but then quickly “stumbled” into computer mapping classes (aka GIS). This quickly caught my interest, and I began to pursue GIS from that point forward.