Meet Our Team

We believe in answering the phone. We also believe you should know who you are working with on our journey to success together.

Meet our dependable & enthusiastic Leadership Team.

Joseph Heieck

President & CEO

Joe focuses on the realization of gWorks’ purpose, vision, and mission. He devotes his efforts to strategy, innovation, capital allocation, acquisitions, team & culture development, and clients. If Joe’s not in the office, you’ll find him on the road meeting with clients to learn from them to drive gWorks’ innovation. He’s passionate about delivering the best products and support so that his clients can thrive.

After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Joe served ten years in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Officer. Joe earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where he has also been a guest speaker about small business leadership on multiple occasions.

Joe joined gWorks in 2015 (then GIS Workshop) when he acquired the company.

Janelle Heuton

EVP of Client Success

Janelle works to ensure all gWorks’ clients get the most value possible from our products and services. She focuses on creating successful, lifelong clients through client education, client advocacy, internal domain knowledge training, and new product R&D. In addition to overseeing the client success and support teams, Janelle also contributes to sales, marketing, and gWorks’ development pipeline. 

Janelle obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in New York City. 

Janelle has more than 15 years of experience working in client support and account management positions and has always focused on ensuring clients are receiving value throughout their entire life cycle. She has been with gWorks since 2012. 

Gary Hatfield

Controller

As gWorks’ Controller, Gary is involved in the accounting operations of the company and establishing and monitoring internal controls. Gary brings a wealth of experience from decades working as a CFO or a Controller for a variety of companies including a venture capital company, a private equity company, a regional manufacturer, and a multi-location brick and mortar retailer with a large eCommerce presence. 

Gary is a lifelong Nebraska resident and has been a member of the gWorks team since 2019. 

Quinton Randel

Director of Marketing

Quinton is a Director of Marketing who works with local governments to help them identify solutions that positively impact their communities.

He believes that leveraging technology to increase operational efficiency and accuracy, improve the quality of life for residents. and create a desired destination for businesses are top priorities for local government of all sizes. 

Quinton has over a decade of experience working in the GovTech space and enjoys meeting people that share his passion for making local government work better. 

Tyson Larson

Director of Client Success

Tyson is dedicated to ensuring every gWorks client is successful in using our software solutions to achieve their goals. As a former Nebraska State Senator representing a very rural area, he truly understands the challenges that small and medium-sized communities face. Tyson believes in rural America. After eight years in the Nebraska State Legislature, he wanted to continue to fight for rural communities from the private sector. He believes that in order for our communities to sustain and reinvigorate growth, they will need to adapt and improve efficiencies and works to help communities achieve that goal. 

Tyson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Theology from Georgetown University in Washington DC. After college, he moved back to the family ranch in O’Neill, Nebraska and ran for the Nebraska Legislature. Tyson was “termed out” of the Legislature after eight years and was then appointed as Nebraska Deputy State Treasurer before joining gWorks in 2020. 

Denise Gray

Manager of Professional Services

As Manager of Professional Services, Denise’s focus is guiding the implementation and onboarding process for gWorks’ suite of products. She ensures each project is completed efficiently and effectively while maintaining seamless transitions for the community involved. As technical and subject matter experts in Fund Accounting, Infrastructure Asset Management, and GIS Data Solutions, Denise and her team are there to fill in the knowledge gaps and help our clients successfully implement each solution. 

Denise has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting as well as a MBA. She brings over ten years of successful Program Management experience and has spent over 15 years in Accounting, primarily focusing on financial accounting processes of large companies. She’s excited to bring her expertise to gWorks and help communities prosper in the 21st century.