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James Richards

President, CTO at Artisan Global LLC

Greater Los Angeles Area
Information Technology and Services
  1. Zaarly, Inc,
  2. Independent Consultant,
  3. Planet One GIS Software
  1. University of Maine
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University of Maine

University of Maine

Surveying Engineering

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23 years of experience providing GIS consulting and custom software development. Specialize in iPhone and iPad app development using the Esri API for iOS.

Specialties: iPhone and iPad App Development, Esri ArcGIS Server, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Software Development, Systems Integration, Agile Methodologies


President, CTO

Artisan Global LLC
– Present (7 years)Greater Los Angeles Area

Enterprise GIS implementations and location-aware mobile application development for private and public clients. Specializing in ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS for iOS, and ArcGIS for Windows Phone.

Projects include:

Flight Plan - Designed and developed an iPad app for private and commercial pilots. Enables pilots to access maps, charts and routes where they need it – in the plane.

CitySourced - Integrated ArcGIS for iOS and ArcGIS for Windows Phone into the CitySourced mobile civic engagement app.

Property ID - Designed and developed a location-aware iPhone app for ordering natural hazard disclosure reports. Designed and developed an automated, real time spatial analysis engine using a combination of ESRI and open source technologies.

QuakeFeed - Designed and developed one of the first iPhone apps to use the Esri ArcGIS for iOS mapping API.


Zaarly, Inc
(7 months)

Developed iPhone app as member of winning team at Startup Weekend LA, Feb 2011.
Served as an Advisor during initial launch stage.

GIS Software Developer

Independent Consultant
(7 years)

Developed custom ESRI solutions on the Microsoft platform. Led the design and development of the Zoning Information and Map Access System (ZIMAS) for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

Director of Product Development

Planet One GIS Software
(4 years)

Designed and developed E911 Dispatcher, a public safety emergency GIS application that integrated mapping and real time vehicle locations into dispatch call center operations.

GIS Software Developer

Geographics, Inc
(2 years)

Created an award winning emergency oil spill response system for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.


  • Mobile Applications
  • GIS
  • Software Development
  • ESRI
  • ArcGIS Server
  • Spatial Databases
  • iOS development
  • Agile Methodologies
  • iPhone Application...
  • iPad development
  • ArcGIS
  • iOS
  • Spatial Analysis
  • GIS Application
  • Mobile Devices


University of Maine

MS, Surveying Engineering

Master's Thesis Topic: User Interfaces to Geographic Information Systems

Activities and Societies: NCGIA Grant Under Initiative 13, Snowboarding Club, Outdoor Club

Cornell University

BS, Landscape Architecture

American Society of Landscape Architects Student Award

Activities and Societies: Ski Club, Water Polo Club, Sailing Team

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