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Executive Team

photo of Michael HayesMichael Hayes

Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Michael Hayes founded Hayes Software Systems in 1990 with his father Eugene Hayes. As Vice President he was originally responsible for software engineering and contributed to Customer Service and Fiscal Operations. Mr. Hayes was promoted to President in 2000 overseeing all departments. When his father retired in 2004, Mr. Hayes added the role of CEO and has guided the company’s strategic vision and operations since then.

photo of Laura Sager

Laura Sager

Director of Research and Development

Ms. Laura Sager is the technical liaison for system installation as well as technical and database questions regarding applications. Ms. Sager joined HSS in 1999 with a strong background in developing applications on Microsoft platforms. Ms. Sager oversees all product development, testing and integrations.  Ms. Sager graduated Cum Laude with a BBA in Management from Texas A&M University, and earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Southwest Texas State University.

Matt Winebright

Director of Sales and Business Development

Mr. Matt Winebright oversees the consultative sales process including the planning, customization, and development of solutions for clients. He and his team are responsible for collaborating and working closely with clients and internal staff from all departments to coordinate enterprise wide projects. Overall, Mr. Winebright has more than 15 years of experience working with educators in the K-12 market and on projects with some of the largest school districts in the country.

photo of Debbie DislerDebbie Disler

Director of Customer Advocacy

Ms.Debbie Disler is the central contact for training and support. Ms. Disler seeks new exciting methods of delivering training and customer support while acting as liaison to product development. Debbie came to Hayes in 2000 with 15 years of experience working for a fast growing school district in the central Texas area. She spent 13 years as a district textbook coordinator and coordinator of the district’s reporting of student, staff and financial data to the state education agency through the Public Education Information Management System.

Anna Maxin

Director of Marketing and Product Management 

Mrs. Anna Maxin oversees marketing and product management for Hayes Software. She designs, develops and implements strategic marketing programs and supporting tactics. She manages the entire product line life cycle specifying market requirements which are supported by on-going visits to customers and non-customers. Overall, Mrs. Maxin has more than 10 years of experience working in the software industry and holds a certification in IT Asset Management.

Keith Svetlik

Director of Operations

Mr. Keith Svetlik oversees and provides expertise to ensure the development and delivery of all client solutions. He supports organizational growth by providing strategic client direction to ensure project success and client satisfaction.  Mr. Svetlik graduated with a BBA in Organizational Communications from Southwest Texas State University.

photo of Laura Sager

Elizabeth Fichtman

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Consulting Services

Ms. Elizabeth Fichtman oversees consulting services and the development of business relationships and strategic partnerships. She received her BA from Hope College and earned an MBA from Clark University. Overall, Ms. Fichtman has over 16 years of experience working with educators and administrators in the K-12 market. 

Eugene Hayes

Board Chairman