Chairman and Founder
As Chairman and Founder, Dale's leadership role has evolved from direct technical management of projects and clients to a strategic focus on new technology, geospatial innovation, and nurturing our employee ownership culture.
In the spirit of entrepreneurship, Dale founded GISinc in 1991 and grew it from the ground up into the employee-owned firm it is today. Prior to founding GISinc he was a true geo-geek, working as a consultant for Esri in California. As native Alabamian, who spoke fluent "Southern", he was the obvious choice to manage several strategic Esri projects including the City of Birmingham, Jefferson County, and Bell South Services.
He holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as B.A. in Community Planning and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Tasty Tidbit: He is a Natural Born Entrepreneur
"Looking back on my life I guess I was destined for entrepreneurship. Back in the 1960s my parents bought a franchise of Manpower Inc., a multinational human resources consulting firm based out of Milwaukee. So I grew up in a house where the dining room was really nothing more than just office space. Some of the early successes of my father's business were with Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama and Cape Canaveral in Cocoa Beach. One of the things that I learned from my father was how to welcome others into the ownership culture and that shared ownership leads to shared commitment and dedication to quality. The ownership culture is alive and well at GISinc and a huge reason we've had a lot of great things happen with our company. But it's kind of funny that my father, many years ago, asked me if I would join his company - and I turned him down, explaining that I would be 'bored' managing a company for the rest of my life. I can imagine him laughing at me now as I sit through our quarterly budget meetings, a little bored, but also incredibly grateful for the rewarding experience of starting a business and watching it grow."