Corporate Leadership

John R. Copple
President and Chief Executive Officer
Colorado Springs

Mr. Copple joined Sanborn in 2003 after serving for nearly a decade as CEO of Space Imaging, a Denver-based satellite imagery company.

Prior to joining Space Imaging, Mr. Copple was a Corporate Officer and Vice President of E-Systems, a company purchased by Raytheon, Inc. in May of 1995. During his tenure at E-Systems (1988 until 1995), Mr. Copple held a variety of positions in geospatial technology and was a Vice President and Corporate Officer. Mr. Copple also served as Vice President in the Garland Division of E-Systems, a unit that develops and produces high-speed digital processing systems.

Mr. Copple holds a BBA and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served on a number of corporate, industry, and government boards. Mr. Copple maintains active security clearance with the federal government.

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Gary Eaton, CP, PLS
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Flight Operations
Charlotte, North Carolina

Mr. Eaton brings nearly 30 years of mapping and surveying experience to Sanborn. Mr. Eaton manages all phases of mapping, from airborne GPS aerial photography and surveying to photogrammetry.

A professional land surveyor since 1978 and a certified photogrammetrist since 1981, Mr. Eaton has managed many types of digital mapping projects for governments, utilities and engineering firms. Additionally, Mr. Eaton has given expert testimony for court cases, most notably involved surveying and mapping a Superfund cleanup site.

Prior to joining Sanborn in 2000, Mr. Eaton was Executive Vice President of Aero-Dynamics Corp., an aerial photography and mapping company. Sanborn acquired Aero-Dynamics Corp.

Mr. Eaton is a licensed professional land surveyor in the states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida and a member of ASPRS.

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Raquel Charrois, CP, CMS, PMP, RPP, SP
General Manager, Mapping Division
Colorado Springs

Ms. Charrois has more than 23 years in the GIS, mapping, and remote sensing industries, with an extensive focus program management. In her current role, she manages Sanborn’s Mapping Division. During her career, she has successfully managed programs, production departments, and the full rollout and implementation of various new remote sensing technologies—demonstrating success managing programs as well as operational activities. She has proven technical abilities backed by professional certifications, applied quality assessment/quality control experience, and accomplished project management skills.

Ms. Charrois' educational background is in mathematics, photogrammetry and surveying and she has also earned a Project Management Certificate from Boston University. She holds numerous industry certifications and project management certification through the Project Management Institute.

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Sudha Maheshwari, Ph.D.
General Manager | Program Manager, Broadband and Land Use Programs
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ms. Sudha Maheshwari has been at Sanborn since 2006 and is currently the General Manager of the Ann Arbor office. She also serves as the Program Manager for Broadband Mapping and Land Use/Land Cover products, produced by Sanborn.

Dr. Maheshwari has more than 15 years of experience in the GIS and mapping industry, which includes managing a diverse range of projects in the public and private sectors as well as conducting research. Sudha has more than four years of experience managing a large enterprise GIS for Oakland County, the largest county in Michigan with a population of more than one million. At Oakland County, she led several projects including data migration, acquisition of orthoimagery for the county, and development of applications related to water resources, planning, emergency management, tax assessment, and equalization.

Ms. Maheshwari has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, NJ; a Masters in Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. She has frequently taught graduate level classes at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor over the last 10 years.

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