Leadership Team for VISTA Technology Services

Rod Buck President & CEO

Rod is VISTA’s President & CEO, and provides vision and leadership for the company, develops corporate strategy, and oversees financial management. Before taking this current role in 2013, Rod had served as a Director on VISTA’s Board for 10 years. He has over 30 years of corporate executive experience including 15 in the government contracting industry. He was formerly a Managing Director with The McLean Group, an investment banking firm and President of The Columbia Group, a government contractor. Rod has had unique success with acquisitions, business integrations, divestitures, financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures and new business initiatives. He serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Acquisition and Business Policy Council of the Professional Services Council. Rod graduated from George Washington University with high distinctions and a degree in accounting.

Hal McDonald Vice President

Hal began his career at VISTA in 2008 as Program Director, and was promoted to Vice President in 2012. In his current role Hal ensures that VISTA delivers on its commitments to our clients and partners as well as growing revenue and profitability by developing strategic growth opportunities across new geographies, customer bases and market segments. Prior to VISTA, Hal worked at EDS and Unisys. He also had a successful 20 year career with the U.S. Army performing analysis, personnel management and development, and full life-cycle management for information systems. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Norwich University.

Cynthia Hawthorne Human Resource Manager

Cynthia serves as our Human Resource Manager and focuses on recruitment, benefits, HR policies, and employee relations. Cynthia began her career at National Systems Management (NSM) in 1995 and continued working for the company after CenterScope Technologies, Inc. (CSTI) acquired NSM in 2006. She has over 26 years of experience in HR and has been a Facility Security Officer (FSO) for 23 years. Cynthia possesses a Professional Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) and the NOVA Chapter of SHRM.

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