Keynote Speakers

GIS in the Rockies is pleased to annouce keynote speakers for the 2018 conference: Saila Hanninen and  Cory Reppenhagen!

Saila Hanninen


Saila leads partnership efforts for Waze in the Rocky Mountains region.  She has been with Waze since 2016, where she is excited to be a part of a brand that is deeply invested and innovating in the transportation industry and the future of driving.  Saila recently moved to Denver from NYC.  Prior to joining Waze she spent 13 years as a marketing and advertising executive with Fox Sports Net, Turner Broadcasting & Google.

Cory Reppenhagen

Cory is a Colorado native from Fountain and graduated from Manitou Springs High School in 1992. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication in 1999 from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. While studying for that degree, Cory got his first jobs in television news at KJCT-8 and KKCO-11. 

In 2001, Cory moved to Wichita, Kansas to work for KAKE-10. When he saw his first Kansas supercell thunderstorm come marching across the plains, he immediately was hooked on severe weather and storm chasing. 

After covering numerous tornadoes and severe weather outbreaks, Cory decided to move to Florida to experience tropical storms. While working in Florida at WFTV-9, Cory wanted to strengthen his weather knowledge and received his Bachelor of Science in Geoscience from Mississippi State’s distance learning program in 2010.

Cory’s job focus switched from photographing the news to forecasting and reporting on the weather as a meteorologist. Cory spent 10 years at WFTV in Orlando covering 14 hurricanes and 4 other named tropical storms. After meeting his wife in Orlando and having their son Roman, the Reppenhagen family decided to return home to the mountains.  Their daughter Sydney was born in Denver in 2015.

At 9NEWS, Cory is considered the utility infielder of the weather department. You will usually find him in the mountains in the middle of a winter storm or out on the plains chasing down severe weather. When Mother Nature is at her worst, Cory is at his best.