Leadership Team

Randy Arnold, President and PMP

Randy Arnold

Since co-founding MTW Solutions in 2005, Randy has concentrated on product development and the technical expansion of MTW’s products, the Grant Management System and MTW’s most recent product COMPAS™ – an unemployment insurance tax compliance audit system. Randy regularly interacts with our customers through project management and support of our client implementations.

Randy’s technical experience spans more than two decades in the areas of software architecture, design and development, and project management. His career has focused on developing and implementing enterprise-level systems for state and local government agencies.

Randy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University in 1985. His career in IT started in the public sector with two years at the Northwest Ohio Regional Information System. This was followed by nine years at Texas Instruments (TI) where he focused on managing and consulting projects at state and local government agencies using TI’s CASE tool, ultimately becoming the manager of the Application Development group that focused on actual application delivery for customers using the CASE tool. In 1996, he joined MTW Corporation to lead its Public Sector Practice and continued to hold senior and executive leadership positions in the TIG/MTW United States Public Sector division following the 2001 acquisition of MTW Corporation by The Innovation Group until the 2005 launch of MTW Solutions.

Randy has maintained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1999. This certification exemplifies proficiency and dedication to project management standards that support successful IT projects. He is a charter member of the PMI’s Mid-Missouri Chapter, as well as, a member of the Information Systems Community of Practice. Randy and his family reside in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Dan Carier, Vice President

Dan Carier

As co-founder and Vice President of MTW Solutions, Dan holds multiple roles within the company. Dan manages the operational areas of the company including finance, sales, and administration. Drawing upon two decades of information technology experience, Dan also directs the implementation and maintenance needs of several of MTW’s Web-based Grant Management System projects; moving between roles of Project Manager, Analyst and Trainer.

Since 2004, Dan has coordinated and led MTW’s annual GMS User Group meeting. Through his leadership, this interactive forum has become a successful opportunity for our customers to identify and prioritize system updates and enhancements as well as share best practices they realize by using our GMS Tools.

Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988. Following graduation, Dan joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in their Systems Engineer Development Program. Upon completion of the 18 month program, Dan completed development assignments for Contract Accounting systems. Dan continued with EDS as Lead Developer/System Engineer Supervisor managing large scale legacy systems projects for the General Motors’ Pontiac Division and the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1997, Dan joined MTW Corporation as a Senior Consultant/Project Manager where he managed a number of systems development projects for both public and private sector clients. He continued to hold managerial and executive leadership positions with TIG/MTW following the 2001 acquisition of MTW Corporation by The Innovation Group until the launch of MTW Solutions in 2005.

Today, he is an active member of the Kansas City chapter of the executive leadership program Vistage International. Dan and his family reside in Olathe, Kansas a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.

Deborah Taggart, Project Management Office Director and PMP

Deborah Taggart

Deborah is a senior member of the MTW Leadership Team. As a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Deborah provides oversight and direction for MTW’s Project Management initiatives and grant management system projects.

Since MTW Solutions inception, Deborah has performed the crucial role of developing and implementing MTW Solutions’ methodologies, processes and procedures for our commercial off-the-shelf Grant Management System. Her contribution to this development and her ongoing dedication to process improvement consistently strengthens MTW Solutions’ hallmark as a responsive and flexible and long term partner with our customers.

This blend of experience gained as customer and provider allows her to effectively lead project implementations and maintenance efforts and be a vital liaison with project sponsors and stakeholders.

Deborah holds multiple degrees in both Information System Technology and Social Sciences disciplines. Her 26 year career with the State of Florida began in the social services program area for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) where she focused her work in the areas of Social Work, Public Health and Rehabilitation Therapy. As she was promoted into program leadership positions, her interest and career shifted to the expansion of automated systems used within Social Services, Mental Health and Public Health. By 1985, she was combining her program experience with her systems and technical expertise to help plan, design and implement multiple automated systems used within the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 1994, she was asked to join the FL Department of Children and Families (DCF) project team that would be planning and developing the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). One of her responsibilities during her time on the SACWIS project was assisting in and leading the development of the Federal Advance Planning Documents (APDs), as well as working with Federal staff to obtain the required approvals and funding for the FL SACWIS system. While on the SACWIS project, Deborah held manager and director level leadership positions that included the planning, analysis, design, and development of system requirements, and QA/Risk management for the project. In 2000, she joined MTW Corporation as a Managing Consultant extending her program and IT expertise to the Georgia FACETS and SACWIS projects, and other public sector projects. When MTW Corporation was purchased by The Innovation Group and became TIG/MTW, Debbie helped drive the expansion of Grant Management System into multiple state implementations.

She has maintained her PMP certification since 2003 and is a charter member of the PMI Tallahassee Florida Chapter, as well as a member of the Information Systems Community of Practice. When she is not working from her home office in Tallahassee Florida or onsite with a customer, you will find her traveling and exploring the world.