About

Data science and risk-modeling start-up GeoSure pioneered empowered, hyper-local safety for travel and other verticals. We’ve developed the only Health & Medical, Women’s & LGBTQ+ safety experience, scaled over 65,000 cities and neighborhoods. GeoSure’s award winning platform analyzes regional, national and local data to generate safety scores across eight vital categories. The GeoSure brand reaches over 20M, empowering users and organizations to make smart, informed decisions for a more confident travel experience.

Core Team

Michael Becker

CEO

Co-founded GeoSure to democratize safety, solve growing safety awareness problems...

Michael Becker

CEO

Co-founded GeoSure to democratize safety, solve growing safety awareness problems and promote sustainable tourism, community well-being, local economic development. Founder Broadsword Partners NYC, safety and security consulting startups, investment platforms. Prior, worked in finance for UBS, Dillon Read & Co. Co-founded environmental non-profit, Blue Nomad Foundation. MBA Columbia Business School. Enjoys travel and adventuring in weird parts of the world.

Zoe Kendall

Vice President of Product, Design, and Development

Vice President of Product, Design, and Development at GeoSure. Experienced...

Zoe Kendall

Vice President of Product, Design, and Development

Vice President of Product, Design, and Development at GeoSure. Experienced in working with enterprises and startups to launch successful products to the marketplace. Built and managed design, development, quality assurance, and product teams in SAAS and PAAS companies. Certified in Scrum and Agile methodologies. Prior, worked in product management, tech delivery team management, UX, and electronic engineering. Highly specialized in emergent technology tools, theory, and practices - Master’s Degree in Emergent Digital Practices. Advocate for diversity and women’s empowerment. Has lived abroad and loves to travel adventurously.

Dr. Donald L. Pardew

Chief Scientific Officer

Founder and President of Cybernetica Consulting, Inc., Dr. Pardew's consulting...

Dr. Donald L. Pardew

Chief Scientific Officer

Founder and President of Cybernetica Consulting, Inc., Dr. Pardew's consulting career has focused on the development and application of quantitative models for evaluating and improving the alignment of strategic initiatives and operational activities in client companies in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Much of Dr. Pardew’s risk modeling work has been for the travel and tourism industry. He has credentials in both experimental psychology and mathematical statistics from Columbia University and has also taught statistics and management at Columbia Business School for over 20 years.

Daniel Madden

Chief Strategy Officer

Dan Madden is Chief Strategy Officer at GeoSure. He has...

Daniel Madden

Chief Strategy Officer

Dan Madden is Chief Strategy Officer at GeoSure. He has spent his career dedicated to developing data-driven risk intelligence for a range of consumers. Most recently, he was Founder & CEO of R2 Intelligence LLC, an emerging markets focused risk advisor and investment manager. Prior to founding R2I, he was a portfolio analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Intelligence and Security Operations Director at The Arkin Group LLC. He also served as a Counterintelligence Agent in the US Army, conducting sensitive intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dan has a bachelors degree from Colgate University and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Caterina Sparacino

Senior Data Team Manager – Europe

Accountant and Project Manager with experience in project development for...

Caterina Sparacino

Senior Data Team Manager – Europe

Accountant and Project Manager with experience in project development for Italian companies. International experience at the Italian Embassy of Spain, prior, auditor for municipal and public authorities and technical assistant in regional departments under European structural and investment funds. High Specialization in Scientific research Management - Master’s Degree in Economics and Management of Territory and Tourism, University of Palermo - Italy. Enjoys traveling.

Ricky Padilla

Lead Software Engineer

Ricky Padilla is GeoSure's Lead Software Engineer. Ricky has designed,...

Ricky Padilla

Lead Software Engineer

Ricky Padilla is GeoSure's Lead Software Engineer. Ricky has designed, architected and built scaleable mobile and web products for many different companies, from Fortune 500 companies to the smallest of tech start-ups. He has broad work experience, including founding a coffee roasting company that focused on economic development in developing coffee growing communities. Ricky graduated from Montana State University with Highest Honors and a BA in International Political Science and a minor in Economics.

Heidi Bathum

Corporate Controller

Accounting and finance experience in publicly traded companies as well...

Heidi Bathum

Corporate Controller

Accounting and finance experience in publicly traded companies as well as entrepreneurial start-ups. Prior, worked at Deckers Outdoor Corporation helping take them thru their initial public offering, was an initial team member of Bite Footwear, managing their finances and eventual acquisition by Crocs, Inc. and worked in both the accounting and finance departments at Crocs, Inc. Bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Southern California.

Ariel Nunez

Lead API Developer

Ariel Nunez was formally trained as an Electronic Engineer with...

Ariel Nunez

Lead API Developer

Ariel Nunez was formally trained as an Electronic Engineer with advanced studies in Computer Vision. He is a charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and worked for a decade on international development projects with the World Bank. His past projects range from distributed data architecture for police forces in the Caribbean and large scale machine learning apps in production with millions of users.

Elise Navarro

Developer

Elise Navarro is a multi-faceted, full-stack developer with experience in...

Elise Navarro

Developer

Elise Navarro is a multi-faceted, full-stack developer with experience in design, implementation and deployment of web products. Before pursuing her passion for development, Elise worked for global advertising agencies in digital media and data analysis. She earned her BBA in Marketing, with a minor in Spanish, from Loyola University Chicago. While in Barcelona, Spain she completed a full-stack coding bootcamp which further expanded her programming expertise. Her interests include learning languages [programming & human], traveling, exploring the outdoors, teaching Pilates and building connections through technology and fitness.

Gianni Eros Cusumano

Data Collection Analyst – Middle East, North Africa

Project manager, public and private clients, Italian Embassy in Athens....

Gianni Eros Cusumano

Data Collection Analyst – Middle East, North Africa

Project manager, public and private clients, Italian Embassy in Athens. Prior experience in business development for the Italian Embassy. International masters degree in European Project Planning and Management, Post graduate degree, Economics and Spatial Planning and degree in Economics and Evaluation of Public Politics. London School of Economics. Enjoys photography, traveling and his beautiful daughter Giorgia.

Vincenzo Muratore

Data Collection Analyst – Central and South America

Project and innovation manager, business planning, and strategic innovation management...

Vincenzo Muratore

Data Collection Analyst – Central and South America

Project and innovation manager, business planning, and strategic innovation management for EU based companies. Prior experience with public authorities to develop and manage strategic projects, and monitoring and reporting EU public funds. High specialization in Economics and Innovation Management in SMEs and Industrial Clusters - University of Palermo -, Master's Degree in Local Development, Cooperation and International Markets - University of Parma Italy. Enjoys art, design and music.

Brooke Schuemann

Lead SAS Developer

SAS Developer with over 20 years of experience promoting exceptional research...

Brooke Schuemann

Lead SAS Developer

SAS Developer with over 20 years of experience promoting exceptional research through analysis plan development, data warehousing, strong quality control, and automating complex processes with SAS macro. Began with a degree in Biology and worked in an immunology lab before moving to large data analysis for the US military, business intelligence for a retailer with 1,500 stores, meta analysis and clinical research for Harvard, and finally pharmaceutical research before joining GeoSure. Enjoys abundant travel, big wall climbing, and ski mountaineering. Work is very busy sometimes. The team is really amazing, and I feel privileged to work with them. I'll be excited to see their solution to handle predictions with Covid-19, and to stay flexible staying on top of the latest information.

Jeff Johnson

Senior Technical

Expert engineer for geospatial mapping applications, Open source geospatial software...

Jeff Johnson

Senior Technical

Expert engineer for geospatial mapping applications, Open source geospatial software engineer and application developer. Open Geo, CTO of PictEarth USA, CTO of Global AIS Networks, Global Imaging, and iTango. Heads City of San Diego’s Open Data Policy initiative which has been adopted by the nation’s most innovative and civic-minded cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland, and Austin. BA Humboldt State University in Geography, Geospatial Technology, Cartography and Geology.

Advisors

Marybeth Bond

Women’s Empowerment

Marybeth writes for National Geographic (three travel books and articles)....

Marybeth Bond

Women’s Empowerment

Marybeth writes for National Geographic (three travel books and articles). Her book Gutsy Women has sold over 90,000 copies and been translated into 3 languages. Recently Marybeth tracked polar bears and swam with Beluga whales in the Canadian Arctic, and kayaked through icebergs in Antarctica. Marybeth’s 12 award-winning books include A Woman’s World, a national best seller that won the Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for the Best Travel book from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Marybeth was a featured guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with her book Gutsy Women. Marybeth has appeared on more than 250 television and radio shows, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS Morning News and National Public Radio. She also acted as the “Smart Traveler” radio host for the nationally syndicated Outside Radio show and as the Travel Expert/Columnist for the Travel Channel on ivillage.com. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Elle, Cosmopolitan, More Magazine, First for Women and others. She has been a Contributing Editor at TravelGirl Magazine for twelve years. Marybeth was on the cover of Outside Magazine, featuring her story of “How to Make the Great Escape” and how she found romance in Kathmandu” (he ended up her husband). She also hosted her own syndicated travel radio show for the magazine. In a past life, Marybeth was a successful businesswoman with Xerox and Honeywell. However, Marybeth’s insatiable taste for adventure could not be quelled, so she quit her job in San Francisco and spent 2 years traveling the world alone. Marybeth has lived with nomads in the Thar Desert of India, Sherpa families in Nepal, Karen Tribes in Thailand, the “Black Thai” hill tribes in Vietnam, Gamblin musicians in Bali, Gaelic dairy farmers on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, and Navajo sheep farmers on tribal lands in the American Southwest. Learn more: https://gutsytraveler.com/

Julianne Zimmerman

Strategic and Tech Advisor

Tech innovator, entrepreneur, social pioneer, investor, engineer. Co-founder, Reinventure Capital,...

Julianne Zimmerman

Strategic and Tech Advisor

Tech innovator, entrepreneur, social pioneer, investor, engineer. Co-founder, Reinventure Capital, co-founder VC firm Vodia Ventures, VP General Compression, Co-founder GreenFuel Technologies, VP Engineering at Ovation Products. Senior staff member at Payload Systems Inc., manned spaceflights sector. Two undergraduate degrees from MIT (XVI and XXI-L), an MS from the University of Maryland. Twice a finalist in the NASA astronaut selection process. Julianne invests heavily in cultivating community, including as Co-chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum Innovation Series, mentor with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.

Richard Bangs

Global Travel Ecosystem

The father of modern adventure travel, and pioneer in sustainable...

Richard Bangs

Global Travel Ecosystem

The father of modern adventure travel, and pioneer in sustainable travel. Founded Mountain Travel Sobek, Terra Quest, executive team of Expedia, editor-in-chief of Mungo Park. President of Outward Bound; Founded Well-Traveled.com for Slate. Co-directed IMAX Films, award winning films, 19 award winning travel books, published over 1,000 articles, scores of documentaries for the Smithsonian, National Geographical Society, NY Times, hosted the Emmy-winning PBS series, Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose. Currently executive producer Richard Bangs’ Quests for PBS.

Adam Hanft

Strategy & Branding

CEO of Hanft Projects, is a nationally-known expert in marketing...

Adam Hanft

Strategy & Branding

CEO of Hanft Projects, is a nationally-known expert in marketing strategy and branding, as well as a prolific cultural critic and journalist. Board of Scotts Miracle-Gro, co-author of the best-selling book "Dictionary of the Future." Has advised consumer and B2B digital and tech companies, including Microsoft, AT&T, Match.com, and start-ups. Adam’s articles, commentaries appear regularly in internationally known outlets, networks and he is a frequent TV and news organization guest.

David Rogers

Innovation

Globally recognized social media, digital strategy, noted author. Columbia Business...

David Rogers

Innovation

Globally recognized social media, digital strategy, noted author. Columbia Business School faculty director Digital Marketing Strategy and Founder BRITE conference on the future of marketing and media. Consults digital strategies to engage customers and drives pioneering business strategies for globally recognized brands, organizations and startups. Regularly appears in internationally known news outlets.

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Travel Industry Thought Leader

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg knows that to not only keep up with...

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Travel Industry Thought Leader

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg knows that to not only keep up with the travel industry’s continual change, but thrive, you must see opportunity everywhere and in everything. As Co-President & Owner at Valerie Wilson Travel, Jennifer’s forward-thinking approach and “challenge the status quo” mindset has helped to cement Valerie Wilson Travel as an industry leader. As the world navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, Jennifer’s hands-on leadership skills and passion helped Valerie Wilson Travel and its team, clients, and suppliers steer through the crisis with communication, clarity, and a sense of community. Additionally, her consistent success with both sales and business development keeps Valerie Wilson Travel in the spotlight through her thoughtful influence and leadership to VWT’s Corporate Travel, Meetings, Incentives, and Fulfillment divisions, its exceptional airline programs, its business development, and its strategic initiatives. Jennifer’s commitment to the travel industry is tremendous, remaining actively engaged on advisory boards of top travel brands, as editorial advisory to periodicals, assisting with philanthropic and civic engagements and as part of alumni committees at her alma maters of Harvard Business School and Haverford College. She is passionate in her role as Co-Chair of ASTA Government & Political Affairs Committee and membership on ASTA’s Corporate Advisory Council; with the goal of having the travel industry speaking in one unified voice.

Desiree Fish

Communications and Industry Relations

Communications strategist and public affairs professional helping to expand the...

Desiree Fish

Communications and Industry Relations

Communications strategist and public affairs professional helping to expand the global footprint of brands. Vice President of global communications for Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel site, responsible for strategic communications programs including external and internal communications, industry relations, and social media globally. Prior, Vice President of corporate affairs and communications, American Express. Always willing to challenge the status quo, knows the right questions to ask, resourceful, professional and calm under pressure and a driver and influencer, all hallmarks of the modern communication leader.

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