Justin Holman is CEO of Aftermarket Analytics, where he leads efforts to develop cutting edge sales forecasting and inventory optimization technology for the Automotive Aftermarket. Prior to joining Aftermarket Analytics, Justin managed corporate consulting for the Strategy & Analytics division at MapInfo Corporation, leading major projects for retail clients including The Home Depot, Darden Restaurants, Bridgestone-Firestone, Sainsbury’s and New York & Company. Before that, Justin served as Vice President of Software Development at LogicTools, now part of IBM's supply chain application software group. Justin holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and an Executive Management certificate from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.


  • john 12 years ago

    Is this list a joke? UC Berkeley went from off your list to #15. Meanwhile Boston U goes from #1 to #9?
    UC Berkeley is premier—the professors, the resources, the location, the research potential. That it isn’t in the top five, if not top three, discredits your entire list.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Hi John. No, the list isn’t a joke. If you read the text that goes along with each list you’ll see that one list is a compilation of rankings from the National Research Council and the other list is based on a non-scientific reader survey. Also, geography is a unique academic discipline, especially in the US. So while UC Berkeley is an outstanding University, the geography department’s appeal is limited due to a variety of factors mostly having to do with their focus on the human/cultural branch of geography versus other branches of geography. UC Berkeley may be a top 3 program for human/cultural geography but it’s not a top program in other areas (e.g., physical geography and/or GIS); for these subjects students would do better to enroll in the College of Natural Resources. Hope this helps. Best, Justin

  • John 12 years ago

    It does a help a little, but I think overall your list is still “out to lunch,” and of little value to future geography grad students. Perhaps students happening upon your geography rankings would be better served if you made separate rankings for GIS, cultural, etc. This would be similar to b-school rankings of entrepreneurial, international, and other programs.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      John – I think the separate rankings idea is a good one – it’s come up before – and I’m hoping to get that done sometime soon. When I was applying to grad programs there were no rankings and very little information available at all that would indicate how departments stacked up against one another. When I generated the NRC compilation and the survey I didn’t see anything better and I still don’t. If you find a better list let me know but otherwise your “out to lunch” comment is unwarranted. I think you’re probably just annoyed that Berkeley or some other favorite doesn’t rank higher. Best wishes, J.

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