Cindy Harwood joined Decision Innovation Solutions in March 2022 as a contractor in the Business Operations Manager role. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and ensures project operating procedures are in place, work is organized and well-coordinated and staff is operating at their highest level of performance and efficiency.
Cindy grew up on a row crop farm in northern Illinois. She was active in 4-H and FFA, showing black angus heifers and horses at county and state fairs. Cindy earned a BA degree in Liberal Arts from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA and shortly thereafter moved to central Iowa and began her career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Over the course of her 32-year career with Pioneer, she held various positions supporting plant breeding, trait development, finance, trait licensing, and regulatory. Cindy developed expertise in project management, global planning, Lean and Six Sigma quality management systems, and AGILE IT development methodology. She enjoys being a people leader, coach, and mentor.
In addition to her consulting role at DIS, Cindy is co-owner/operator of Hickory Grove Ranch Performance Horses. Cindy, husband Steve, children Matt and Caroline, are all involved in the family business of boarding horses and training/showing their own reining horses. She especially enjoys coaching horse-crazy kids and providing them an outlet for their equine passions. Welcome to the team!