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.


  • Mark DeMulder 12 years ago

    Here’s a suggestion for your Geography Hall of Fame:

    Henry Gannett

    Born in Bath, Maine, in 1846, and educated at Harvard University, Gannett began his career in topographic mapping with the Hayden Survey in 1871. The USGS Geography Program was established under his direction, and he served as Chief Geographer of the Survey from 1882 to 1914. Under his command, the program’s first topographic map sheets were produced. Through his work as a geographer of the U.S. censuses of 1880, 1890, and 1900 and the Philippine, Cuban, and Puerto Rican censuses, Gannett became interested in place names. His efforts to resolve difficulties caused by the confusion and duplication of geographic names, especially in Western lands, contributed to the establishment of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names in 1890. Gannett was also one of the founders of the National Geographic Society (founding member, 1883; president, 1910-14), the Geological Society of America, and the Association of American Geographers.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Mark – thank you so much for taking the time to nominate Henry Gannett, an excellent suggestion! Here’s a link to his profile for those interested in learning more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gannett. Thanks again!

  • Justin 12 years ago

    I received a message from a reader who suggested Yi-Fu Tuan and David Harvey, two worthy nominees! Add your nominee here!

    • Elliot 12 years ago

      I nominate Lil B “The BasedGod”. He is a rapper from Berkeley, California, who is incredibly prolific at creating music that pays homage to times and places in rap culture. If you are unfamiliar with his work, this is a good place to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSHpxA2grUQ.

      • Justin 12 years ago

        Hi Elliot – very interesting nomination! Never expected to see a rapper as a nominee so thanks for thinking outside the box. I will definitely check out his work. Thanks again! -Justin

  • John Nelson 12 years ago

    Consider the adventurous Bill Bunge. Geo-thought innovator, shrouded in mystery…

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Thanks for the nomination, John! I don’t know too much about Bill Bunge so I appreciate the opportunity to learn something new. Best, Justin

      • Sam Pepple 12 years ago

        Bill Bunge was a talented yet enigmatic geographer with a generally under-told story.
        Zachary Forest Johnson wrote the most holistic and useful introduction of Bunge’s story.



        • Justin 12 years ago

          Sam – thanks for your nomination and for sharing this link! Cheers, J.

  • Colin MacLaren 12 years ago

    Hey, huh? 2 more nominees for the geog. hall of fame:

    M. Gordon Wolman
    Grove Karl (GK) Gilbert

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Happy to include 2 nominees from a Hall of Fame friend! Thanks, Colin! Cheers, J.

  • Jesse Piburn 12 years ago

    On more of the quantitative side of things how about some of these guys…

    Way Way Back:
    Eratosthenes (Invented the discipline as we know it)
    Gerardus Mercator (Mercator Projection)
    René Descartes (Cartesian coordinate system)

    Way Back:
    Walter Christaller (Central Place Theory)
    Johann Heinrich von Thünen (The Isolated State)
    Alfred Weber (Industrial Location Theory)

    Walter Isard (Founder of Regional Science)
    Michael Goodchild (GIS)
    Luc Anselin (Spatial Stats)

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Thanks, Jesse! I was thinking of several of these names as well so we’re on the same page. Best, Justin

  • Martin von Wyss 12 years ago

    Justin, I second your nomination. And I offer my eternal gratitude to whoever can locate, digitise and share what might be the first animated map, Dr. Tobler’s animation of Detroit. It’d be fascinating to watch now that we’ve all seen so many animated maps.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Martin, thanks for the second! Do you have any further information on the animation of Detroit – is there a publication date for an article or something along those lines? Best, Justin

  • Don Cooke 12 years ago

    Every time I hear about a “Hall of Fame” (And I’m in at least one of them http://goo.gl/VzDrZ ), I can’t help picturing a dusty adobe building somewhere along old Route 66 in Arizona, with waxwork dummies of Tobler, Goodchild, etc. Sorry; just my demented mind working overtime.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Don – funny! Even if it’s in the middle of the desert at least there’s somewhere to go for those who are interested. Thanks for reading!

  • Steve Gushue 12 years ago

    Is the primary goal to nominate only analytical geographers? Two people that were influential in my thesis studies were J.B. Jackson and Carl O. Sauer, both of whom spawned a litany of geographers and devotees.

    • Justin 12 years ago

      Steve – no real goal other than to recognize key contributors to the discipline. Thanks for suggesting Sauer and Jackson, two worthy nominees. Cheers, J.

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  • Peter C Burley 11 years ago

    Waldo was on my committee in the early 1980s. A brilliant man and fun to work with. Thanks.

    • Justin 11 years ago

      Thanks Peter! Great to see that the NAR has a good geographer on staff! All best, JH

  • Rich Quodomine 9 years ago


    Great topic!

    I’ve a few nominations.


    August Loesch (in addition to being requisite reading for economic geographers, he stood up to the Nazi regime and paid the ultimate price)

    At the risk of polishing my alma mater’s apple, Dr. Vince Ebert (Charles HV Ebert), who founded Buffalo’s Geography Department, taught for 50+ years and received both SUNY Distinguished Teaching and Research awards.His research work in disasters and human effects thereof is first rate, but he also taught a class called “The Art of teaching” from which future generations of geography professors throughout the world learned effective teaching methods. Full disclosure; I took the class, and still use its principles.


    PS Dr. Tobler sat in on my AAG talk in 2013 in LA. Most nervous I’ve ever been giving a talk.

  • Rich Quodomine 9 years ago

    And of course, since it was not seen elsewhere, Dr. Tomlinson, for sure – as reminded to me by @GlobalangMtl

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