About Us

Karl Engstrom – CEO
Karl Engstrom founded Terra Imaging with a vision to bring geospatial, 3D military simulation and visualization technologies to the entertainment, video game and motion picture industries. Focusing on geospatial technologies of airborne photogrammetry and LiDAR, Karl helped forge the development of several proprietary, 3D geospatial engines, built specifically for military and 3D combat simulation. During the 90′s, Karl co-founded Pacific GIS, developed within the GIS and Remote Sensing Labs at UCSB. As Founder and CEO of Terra Imaging, Karl developed successful, long term relationships with Microsoft Bing Maps, Google Earth, EA Sports, USGA and the PGA Tour. Karl attended the University of California, Santa Barbara with graduate research in the fields of Oceanography, Satellite Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Ken Dixon – COO 
Chief Operations Officer for Terra Imaging, Ken Dixon was the Executive Vice President of MIR3 where he was responsible for growing the company’s revenues from under $1M to greater than $20M in four years. Prior to that he was the President and CEO of Satellite Security Systems a GIS company focused on asset tracking and took the company public before exiting. Prior to these, Mr. Dixon was a chief executive in numerous companies ensuring their growth in technology and sales. Mr. Dixon was the Deputy Program Manager for GPS and holds a MSEE from Naval Post Graduate School.

Gerhard Renner – CFO
Chief Financial Officer for Terra Imaging, Gerhard Renner is an expert at managing growth and finance of early stage companies. Gerhard’s early career included work at several leading California law firms, where he structured venture capital and private equity transactions; as well as working in Ernst & Young’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. As principal advisor to Los Angeles based venture capital firm, Core Capital, he successfully developed Genetic Biotechnology Ventures, a venture capital fund commercializing biotech innovations and Academic Synergies Company, a state of the art analytical testing laboratory for the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy. Gerhard co-founded Airborne 1 Corporation (acquired by Geo Digital, 2005), an industry leading geospatial mapping firm named among the 500 fastest growing privately held U.S. companies in 2003 and 2004 by Inc. Magazine. Renner received his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California, and has been a member of the California Bar Association since 2003. With undergraduate degrees in Economics and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rocky Rafkin PGA – Senior VP of Business Development – Global Initiatives
With more than 30 years in the golf industry and several successful start ups under his belt Rocky brings a wealth of experience to the Terra Team. A PGA Professional by trade, Rafkin has worked and played professionally on several continents. He has developed successful sales strategies nationally and internationally. His experience in product development, sales, marketing, and strategic alliances were earned in the field. He is a strong believer in teamwork and relationships. His hobbies include free diving, junior golf, and spending time on his boat whenever he is able to break away.

Ed Gambler – Senior VP of 3D Engineering
Senior VP of 3D Development for Terra Imaging, Ed is a passionate, 3D environmental artist with over 15 years of experience in digital art, 3D visualization and simulation development. He has lead teams and personally, designed and built models and environments for applications ranging from specialized, military/combat simulation and training to console, mobile and PC video games. Ed has extensive knowledge of 3D production pipelines, art side management and direction, programming collaboration, integration with software and real time platform development tools as well as other digital art skills outside of 3D modeling. Ed has specialized in 3D environmental design and development of sports themed projects such as: Sony’s ShootOut ’04, NBA ’06 the Life vol. 1, NBA ’07 for PS3 and PSP and the Life vol. 2 for PS2. – NBA ’08 for PS3 and PSP and the Life vol. 3 for PS2. – NBA ’09 the Inside for PS3 and PSP. – NBA10 the Inside, and ModNation Racers for PSP.

Lawrence Lim – VP of Operations and Cinematography
Bringing a creative eye to the world of photography and cinematography, Lawrence finds passion in being a world class Director of Photography – Cinematographer. With over a decade of experience, working with top tier fashion clients such as Gucci, Calvin Klein and industry giants such as Fox Sports, ABC, Callaway and Microsoft, not to mention working on commercial production for almost all major auto manufacturers, Lawrence brings a wealth of knowledge, technical experience and driven professional focus to the Terra team.