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Sridhara Gutti

President & CEO
Sridhara Gutti launched Essnova in 2005. Today, Sridhara and Essnova are providing world-class solutions not only in the GIS arena, but also in government contracting, IT consulting, and staffing. Sridhara has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, India and an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory. Before launching Essnova, Sridhara worked for Intergraph implementing utilities GIS systems across the U.S. When asked about the secret of Essnova’s success, Sridhara explains, “We’re easy to work with…we understand customer pain points and show results right away. Our customers get more than their money’s worth. And more importantly, they know they can depend on us. That’s why we’ve never lost a customer. Even in this tough economy, we are rapidly growing through recurring business and referrals.” Sridhara remains active in the local community and is a recent graduated of Leadership Birmingham Class of 2015. Sridhara serves on the board of The International Center in Birmingham. Sridhara is a proud graduate of SBA's Emerging Leader Program for 2016.

Richard Russell

Government Relations
Richard is a former deputy director of National Intelligence, and has held several positions in the U.S Army for the past 13 years. Rich is a strategic, thought leader with technology expertise in the areas of National Security and Intelligence. Rich helps Essnova growing business in the government contracting space.

Sudheer Tumuluru

Big Data, Cloud Computing
Sudheer is an accomplished, strategic technical leader in the areas of Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing technologies with 20 years of technology experience. At Expedia Sudheer has led a cross-functional engineering team responsible for transforming the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) into a Big Data Analytics Platform using the Apache Hadoop family of technologies. Responsible for defining the roadmap, execution strategy and vision for the new platform. Evangelized the new Platform within the Data Warehousing team and its key business stakeholders through in-house training, workshops and technical forums. Tumuluru’s recent experience includes concept to completion of AWS Data Pipeline at Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS Data Pipeline is an analytics platform as a service to schedule periodic execution of batch oriented data-centric workflows. Sudheer advises Essnova on big data analytics, cloud computing technologies for broader geo-spatial, and government sector project engagements.

Wardell Edwards

GIS for Local Governments
With over a decade of experience in the local state government realm specializing in community outreach, LiDAR, FEMA flood zone risk, digital elevation terrain, and aerial photography, Wardell is excited to be a part of Essnova’s growing strategic team advising on geospatial technologies for state and local governments. Mr. Edwards’ expertise includes data collection, data storage & management, visual mapping efforts, state and local government GIS coordination, on-line digital mapping, flood risk property analysis, dam hazard safety, LiDAR and other Remote Sensing efforts. Wardell also served as the Chief Camera Operator and Image Processor of an aerial imagery team. He remains highly active in the geospatial community, and helps create roadmaps for effective utilization of geospatial technologies among state agencies to improve emergency preparedness, infrastructure, and resource management. Wardell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Auburn University in Auburn, AL, specializing in Cartography, Remote Sensing, and Aerial Photography. He obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery with an emphasis in state and local governments as well as foreign policy. As a stern believer in continuing education, Wardell is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration with a special focus on public and private business administration.

Hari Babu

GIS and emerging technologies
Hari has over 12 years of GIS and IT experience in application design, development, testing, support and guidance in Microsoft .NET, ESRI and open source tools. Hari has utilized GIS technology in many ways, some of these include but are not limited to: the preparation of different thematic layers such as land use/land cover, hydro-geomorphology, soil, and slope, and water/air quality to determine Geo-processing. Hari has extensive experience using JavaScript, JQuerry, Bootstrap, Backbone JS, NodeJS, and Angular JS for the development of Web Applications. Hari also has extensive experience in creating maps and analyses of spatial data using ArchGIS for Desktop and QGIS. Hari is skilled with the use of Python to create Geoprocessing tools. Hari has extensive experience with geospatial data capture, data migration, GIS system configuration and customization using ESRI ArcObjects API, Web GIS, and open source map API (Google Maps , Leaflet , OpenLayers).