Meet Eric Sack, Senior GIS Analyst
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Dunwoody, Georgia, and have lived in Portland, Oregon, since 2001.
What do you do at FLO?
I am a senior GIS analyst in the local government/utilities sector. I work on business development and technical solutions, and I collaborate with FLO staff to help staff solve complex GIS problems for clients.
What’s rewarding about your job?
I love the challenge of helping clients see the full potential of using spatial solutions to solve complex problems. I also enjoy seeing a project go from a concept to a tangible application.
Why is what you do important?
Spatial data provide clients with insights not otherwise apparent. This is important for making decisions, allocating resources, and proactively managing assets. GIS is also an amazing catalyst that enables collaboration, engagement, and transparency throughout a project’s lifecycle.
What skills do you bring to your work?
I have over 22 years of GIS experience gained in local/regional/federal government and consulting. I have great listening skills and can translate business problems into spatial solutions. I work well with other GIS/IT/engineer disciplines and thrive in diverse team settings.
What do you like to do off the clock?
I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and dogs, and I love exploring the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy the outdoors, golfing with anyone, and going to Blazers games with the biggest fan I know (my wife).
If you were not a senior GIS analyst, what would you be?
I would farm organic garlic for local eateries or caddie for a professional golfer.
What’s on your bucket list?
I will travel to Madagascar, New Zealand, and Tahiti; play golf at the Old Course (in Fife, Scotland) and Pebble Beach (in California); and own an organic garlic farm.