WAURISA is pleased to announce that Mike McGuire (left in photo) has been named the recipient of the 2021 Summit Award for the “GIS Person of the Year”. Mike has a career story that exemplifies the amazing diversity of GIS professionals that we encounter in our own careers. Mike is a former Vice President and long-time Board member of WAURISA whose GIS career arc includes both the public and private sectors and he has spent the last 22 years as a successful GIS businessman as the sole proprietor of Ascent GIS. Through Mike’s creativity, willingness to lead, and passion for creating opportunities for others, Mike has significantly changed the GIS profession in Washington State for the better. It is hard to imagine our group being as successful and relevant as we find it today without the contributions Mike has made.