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Geospatial data hunter-gatherers, headquartered in St. Petersburg.

When you first learn about the work of Quantum Spatial, an intrepid clandestine mission into unkind territories comes to mind. The reality is they are mapping scientists and data analysts who develop and use geospatial technology to uncover intelligence about terrains. Think high-tech, very colorful computer screens (which are obviously packed with in-depth, complex mapping intelligence).

This information is used for many modern world-critical reasons, such as installing electrical infrastructure to helping our agencies best prepare and respond to natural disasters. Headquartered in St. Pete, Quantum Spatial is the US’s largest geospatial firm, following a merger between AeroMetric, Photo Science, and Watershed Sciences.

Company Overview

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Quantum Spatial

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Quantum Spatial, Inc., (QSI) the nation’s largest independent geospatial data firm, provides geographic insights to the largest government and corporate organizations that need geospatial intelligence to mitigate risk, plan for growth, better manage resources and advance scientific understanding. A pioneer in advanced mapping technology, QSI’s end-to-end solutions and services deliver the industry’s highest data quality and accuracy, while leveraging the widest array of technologies for analyzing all types of terrains. Customers use the company’s acquisition, processing, analytics and visualization solutions in a range of technical and scientific disciplines – from geology and biology, to hydrology, forestry and civil engineering. Utilities, oil and gas producers, engineering and construction firms, as well as the military and major government agencies, are QSI customers.

Company Leadership

Robert "Bob" Hickey

Chief Executive Officer

Robert Hickey is a 30+ year veteran of the geospatial industry. Hickey was the senior vice president, Business Development at Photo Science, from 2004 until its merger into Quantum Spatial in July 2013, where he continued to lead business development across the entire company. He later assumed the role of general manager for the company’s Public Business Unit, before expanding that role to senior vice president for all of Quantum Spatial’s business operations and business development activities. Earlier in his career, Bob spent 18 years serving in operational and business development roles at BAE Systems. Bob earned a MBA from the Pennsylvania State University.

Mark Abatto

Chief Operations Officer/ Chief Financial Officer

Mark Abatto joined Quantum Spatial in 2014. He has over 25 years of experience leading finance and operations for technology-based manufacturing, software and service companies. Mark began his career with KPMG in New York and was a finance executive for two of General Electric’s largest global businesses. For the past decade, he has held executive leadership positions for private equity backed companies. Over the course of his career, Mark has operated within a diverse group of industries that include energy, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and big data. Mark has a BBA from Siena College.

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