The Short Story
Jim Wilson is a computer scientist,
electrical engineer, and entrepreneur with twenty years experience designing and
developing software in the defense, aerospace and geographic information systems (GIS)
fields. His specialties are spatial analysis and modeling, and large spatial database
development and maintenance systems. He has authored several highly successful software
packages for retail site distribution optimization, trade area analysis, and the like.
Jim is the founder of Paragon Code, a software modeling company where he currently serves
as CEO. He also was a co-founder and the chief technical officer of BLR Data, formerly one of the largest
GIS data providers in the world.
Chiefly of a necessity for practical commercial implementations, Jim has extended
algorithm theory in a few areas. He developed one of the earliest successful commercial
programs for finding the Voronoi tessellation and Delaunay triangulation of an arbitrary
set of points on the sphere in optimal time. He has also produced a series of highly
configurable Multiplicative Competitive Interaction (MCI) location analysis models.
Prior to his entry into the GIS industry in 1992, Jim was a software and electrical
engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company. He was with Hughes for nine years, where he
designed and developed production test hardware and software for digital signal processing
systems in the AMRAAM missile.
The Long Story... (-: for those with entirely too
much time on their hands :-)
In 1992, Jim Wilson and another man established Business Location
Research Corporation (BLRC), which later became BLR Data.
Initially, BLRC offered consulting services to retailers, primarily in the form of market
studies based on models for network optimization that Jim developed. The market studies
were very successful, but the entrepreneurs immediately noticed the lack of available high
quality geographic data needed for analysis and presentations.
BLRC quickly shifted its focus to developing advanced spatial data products. Over the next
six and a half years, BLR Data grew into an industry-leading geographic data manufacturing
company of nearly 100 employees. Jim served as chief technology officer, director, and
consultant, heading the research and development, production, and customer support
operations. He designed and led the development of virtually every one of BLR Data's
product offerings, and also authored innovative software for spatial modeling, network
analysis, retail trade area, and site location optimization applications.
In August of 1998, Jim left his post as Executive Vice President of BLR Data and
established Paragon Code, a company focused on developing custom software models for
analysis and prediction. At the same time, BLR Data was bought by Geographic Data Technology (GDT). Paragon Code and
Geographic Data Technology quickly formed an alliance and work together on various
projects for mutual clients.
The applications produced by Paragon Code are widely varied; they run the gamut from
visualization and analysis tools for the research and development of geological magmatic
sweep theory to a probabilistic asset price bounds model for a random walk theory of price
Prior to founding BLR Data, Jim was a software and electrical engineer at Hughes Aircraft
Company. There, he engineered test hardware and software for airborne missile digital
signal processing systems. This included designing test equipment hardware, electronics
and software. He also created failure tracking and production rate analysis applications.
Jim brings leadership experience, a broad array of skills, and a pragmatic approach to his
In private life, Jim's interests are chess, woodworking and metalworking, astronomy,
physics, cosmology, billiards, and radio control aircraft. He is a voting member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and a life member
of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and the
Southern Arizona Chess Association (SACA). Jim has
served as president of SACA, vice-president of the Arizona Chess Federation, Inc (ACFI),
president of the East Side Chess Club,
and vice-chairman of the USCF Internet Committee.