When he is not engrossed in economic development, Anatalio Ubalde, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of GIS Planning, Inc. is a world-class diver, a sixteen-time United States Master's Diving National Champion and All-American.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2009 -- INC. magazine’s November edition features Anatalio Ubalde in a two-page photo profile called “CEO Passions.” Mr. Ubalde is Co-Founder of Internet software company GIS Planning, which serves hundreds of economic development organizations. In the profile he talks about his passion for competitive diving. According to the article, “few athletes would pass up a chance to compete in the Olympics.
Anatalio Ubalde, a former diver at the University of California, Berkeley, did just that when he decided to pursue a master's degree in city planning from his alma mater instead of taking part in trials for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.”
Asked about the decision to pursue a career in economic development rather than competing internationally in diving, Mr. Ubalde explains, “As much as I was driven by my passion for competitive diving, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a difference in economic development. I knew I had other important things to accomplish that would make a meaningful impact on improving people’s lives. I’m glad to see GIS Planning has paved the way for just that movement to revolutionize economic development.”
Mr. Ubalde is a well respected economic development professional having recently been awarded Fellow Member status by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at the IEDC Annual Conference this year. His company invented the use of online geographic analysis for site selection to promote economic investment in local communities. Today, GIS Planning’s technology serves economic development organizations in over 11,000 cities and the majority of the 100 largest cities in the USA. Its technology has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, The New York Times and many other respected media.
When he is not working in economic development, Anatalio is a world-class diver, a sixteen-time United States Master's Diving National Champion, and All-American. He is now competing for fun and trains at least twice a week, traveling one hour each way from his home in San Francisco to the nearest training facility, in Palo Alto. In October he represented the United States of America as a member of the National Team competing in the World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia where he won four bronze medals in springboard and platform diving.
About GIS Planning
GIS Planning is the world leader for online GIS solutions for Economic Development Organizations, with over 11,000 cities including the majority of the 100 largest cities in the USA already using GIS Planning's Geographic Information System (GIS) Software as a Service technology. As the official and exclusive online property listings, demographics, and online mapping partner for the IEDC, GIS Planning is the trusted leader in the economic development industry. GIS Planning also provides ZoomProspector.com, a free service that speeds up the process of site selection analysis so that companies can quickly identify the optimal location for their business start-up, expansion or relocation.