Darrell Hand, Technology Liaison Manager, worked for twenty-four years in the natural gas distribution industry with Alagasco – now Spire – serving in various operational positions including eight years as Vice President of State Operations. After leaving Alagasco, he spent three years in the financial services industry prior to returning the utility business. For most of the past spent nine years, he has been employed in the utilities services industry involved in the provision and oversight of contracted system design services, utility asset inventory field services, as well as, software development services related to both physical asset and workforce management.
Hayden Strickland is Magnolia River’s Vice President of Technology. Software and GIS are integral parts of Magnolia River’s plan to provide end-to-end solutions for our clients. Mr. Strickland is responsible for management of both the Software and GIS groups. Previously, he served Magnolia River as GIS Analyst, GIS Manager, and GIS Executive Director.
As the company continues to expand software and services in these areas, Mr. Strickland will continue to provide guidance to Magnolia River’s GIS Professionals and Software Development team.
Mr. Strickland holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Alabama.
Matthew Vaughn serves as the Software Support Manager and Product Manager for FlowGIS. His responsibilities include management of the software support team, ensuring customer requirements are met with a consistently high quality of service. As a product manager, he also provides guidance and supervision of software development efforts related to the FlowGIS products. He has been with Magnolia River since 2006 and has previously served as GIS Analyst and Project Manager.
Mr. Vaughn holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Alabama.
Mr. Zintel has over 13 years of professional experience in the geographic information systems (GIS) field that includes specialized experience in data management, Enterprise GIS, GIS strategic planning, project management, utilities, water resources, emergency management, hazard mitigation, and software implementation.
Mr. Zintel currently serves as the Director of GIS Services for the GIS Division.
Mr. Zintel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a Minor in Geographic Information Sciences from Penn State University and a Master of Science Degree in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. He has also been a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) since 2012.
Vasile Dragu serves as Director of Technology leading the effort of expanding Magnolia River software solutions for our customers, our field personnel and for the natural gas industry, in general.
Mr. Dragu is an accomplished Engineering /Software / Management professional with over 25 years of extensive experience in enterprise software development, software product/project management, software integration and implementation services.
Before joining Magnolia River, Mr. Dragu spent ten years with Trimble Inc. and ten years with UAI Inc. in various key management and technical roles responsible for development and deployment of enterprise software solutions for the electric, gas and water utilities.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Dragu spent five years in university research and teaching focused on large utility network modeling, analysis and digital simulations.
He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Timisoara, Romania.