As an American living in Canada, Scott Hostettler brings a unique prospective of North American urban life to the PlaceSpeak team. From the small mid-western city of Mansfield, Ohio to the desert metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona, Scott developed his interest in municipal issues such as freeways gridlock and urban sprawl.
In 2004, Scott graduated with a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix ,where he also worked as a Corporate Liaison. A year later he made he made another big decision and requested to transfer with the University to their Burnaby Campus. In the summer of 2006, with a packed U-Haul, he made the 3-day journey to his new home of Vancouver, BC.
Working for SAP BusinessObjects in Vancouver, Scott‘s career soared as a Large Enterprise Account Executive. Focusing primarily on the public sector he was the top revenue producer for 4 consecutive years; earning the Winner’s Circle award in Maui. Loving the beauty of Vancouver, and its progressive attitude on social issues, Scott found a place to call home. With PlaceSpeak he combines 20 years of sales experience, with his passion for technology and public discussion. He hopes to bring communities together in ways never before possible for the betterment of society.
Michael McDowell is PlaceSpeak’s Business Development Consultant for Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Michael is a politics graduate with 15 years business development experience gained in Scotland, Australia and Northern Ireland. Michael approached PlaceSpeak following a TEDx presentation in Belfast in 2012, as it was clear to him that the public consultative process in UK and Ireland would benefit greatly from using PlaceSpeak.
His background is firmly in the innovation space having been involved in some of the first e-learning projects in Scotland in the early 2000′s and more recently being part of a small team that took the idea of an online property trading platform from the back of a napkin to a profitable multinational business.
Michael is raising the profile of PlaceSpeak in the UK and Ireland within the Business Community, Public Sector and Third Sector. With several projects in the pipeline, we are looking forward to working with many organisations and showing the real benefits that PlaceSpeak can bring to any consultative process.
PlaceSpeak is proud to welcome Suresh Fernando to our team as a Business Development and Strategic Advisor.
His combination of sales and marketing experience combined with his deep understanding of early stage technology companies developing cutting edge models uniquely positions him to develop and articulate value propositions in nascent markets that are rapidly evolving such as the online public engagement space.
Suresh has authored a number of strategy papers on technology infrastructure, collaboration models, collaborative process, social finance innovation, and movement building.
PlaceSpeak‘s Chief GIS Officer—or CGeO’—Will Cadell, talks about what makes PlaceSpeak unique and important in advancing online public consultation.
Will Cadell – PlaceSpeak CGeO from Colleen Nystedt on Vimeo.