One of our favorite things to do during Pipeline Week is to honor our volunteers. This year two people were chosen to receive the Award of Distinguished Service.
Dominic (Dan) Palazzolo
served as a past board member of the PODS Association and Chaired the first Technical Committee on Governance when it was formed 18 months ago. Prior to establishment of the TCG, this group was referred to as the PODS Steering Committee, which he also chaired.
Dan has been with the PODS Association since inception, laying the ground work for where the organization is today. He is a respected authoritative source on PODS and unfortunately for him as he says, he is the go to person for PODS issues and hard to answer questions. Dan keeps it real and to the point, but knows when to have fun.
Dan currently sits on the Next Generation Working Group and the Technical Committee on Governance. He has a strong commitment to the PODS organization. As he stepped away from the board, he committed to seeing a number of important efforts through, including Next Gen and the organizational transition within the TCG. Dan is leading the effort in developing the PODS Core in Next Gen.
Dan has been with Williams Gas Pipeline for nearly 30 years, and is serves as the IT team lead responsible for managing GIS data architecture and data integration. Dan serves the community as an active member at his Church and as an Instructor at Houston Community College where he teaches a GIS class.
's decision to run for the board followed by
stepping up to lead the Technical Committee on Governance was based on his commitment to bring best practices to the PODS Association. Andy's leadership, pragmatism and dedication is regularly shown in the tough questions he asks, hands-on assistance he provides to others in the organization, and ability to bring people together around issues.
Morris is the GIS Manager for DCP Midstream LP. He is a member of the IT Leadership Team responsible for setting strategy, priorities and budget for the DCP IT group. Andy is also responsible for leading LEAN Kaizen process optimization efforts across DCP Business functions. Not short of things to do, Andy also manages the GIS group of 16 team members who are all
responsible for the care and feeding of our PODS database, which serves as the DCP Midstream system of record for pipeline facility asset management and PHMSA regulatory reporting for 63,000 miles of pipelines.
Andy spends his "down-time" skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Colorado's mountains with his family and friends.