Missoula, Mont.-based GCS Research, a geospatial firm serving the energy, health, cybersecurity, government and other high-tech markets, has expanded its staff with four recent hires.

Jennifer Ewan is the director of business development and legal counsel. Ryan Hansen, with a background in economic development and business management, is director of operations. Brian Collins is filling the newly created systems integrator position in which he will specialize in bridging technology gaps for GCS clients.  Eric Estes, with expertise in LiDAR analyst software suites, joins the development group.

"GCS is growing, and our new personnel have the right combination of expertise, skills and ideas to engage our client base while also propelling GCS in new directions," said GCS Founder and President Alex Philp. "The GCS team is committed to developing innovative solutions that solve real-world business challenges."

Additional hires are planned later this year, Philp said.