Trent joined OGC in 2022 as Director, Innovation Program -- a forum for OGC members to solve the latest and hardest geospatial challenges via a collaborative and agile process. Trent has a passion for helping others and a unique blend of business and technical expertise focused on geospatial software development. Trent has been a strong advocate for OGC for 10+ years as an industry partner led by his firsthand experience with a variety of organizations and industries where the need to make location information FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) is clear and critical. He is excited at the opportunity to work closely with OGC’s 500+ Members, to support the evolution of OGC standards, and to help spread the potential of geospatial everywhere.
Trent majored in Computer Science and was introduced to the geospatial world as an undergraduate. He immediately saw the benefits of connecting the two and has spent the past two decades focused on implementing geospatial solutions. Prior to joining OGC, Trent worked for geospatial product companies (and OGC Members) including Esri, Luciad, and Hexagon in a variety of technical roles. He thoroughly enjoyed helping his customers solve their challenging geospatial requirements to create next generation solutions. This included work with several large system integrators and government agencies including AGC, DARPA, FAA, FEMA, NOAA, SOCOM, and USAF. Supporting these companies and customers, Trent participated as an OGC Industry Member in interoperability initiatives focused on standards such as AIXM, CDB, Geopackage, OGC 3D Tiles, and OGC Web Services (WMS, WMTS, WFS, WCS, and WPS). Trent started his career in academia as a GIS Specialist focused on Marine Science.