At Federal Compass, we are passionate about developing new capabilities to challenge the status quo and offer better alternatives to today’s outdated federal contracting processes.
Our founding partners, Chad Ganske and Jim Sherwood, have over 30 years of combined experience developing opportunity / pipeline tools and market intelligence solutions for federal government contractors.
As pioneers of the federal market intelligence industry, we represent a mix of experience, knowledge, and passion for federal contracting. Rooted in the most up-to-date technology, Federal Compass is a full solution that addresses contractors’ most pressing needs.
Federal Compass was founded by two practitioners, Chad Ganske and Jim Sherwood, with over 30 years’ experience in developing opportunity tools and market intelligence solutions for federal government contractors. The founders represent a rare mix of experience, knowledge and passion.
Chad has worked in the federal market intelligence space for over 15 years. He began his career as an engineer at Silicon Valley-based Oracle Corp. After leaving Oracle, Chad joined INPUT, which later became GovWin. There, he oversaw all engineering activities for their market intelligence data platform, as well as the integration of Federal Sources, Centurion and Onvia platforms. Chad has a comprehensive understanding of the federal market intelligence industry and the technology needed to deliver its most compelling product.
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Jim has over 15 years of experience building and delivering market intelligence solutions for federal contractors. He joined INPUT in 2004, where he was responsible for managing and modernizing their federal market intelligence products. Jim later worked for Wolf Den Associates, where he managed a strategic-focused market intelligence consulting practice. Jim’s experience with both subscription products and consulting engagements has given him unique insights into the complex and dynamic needs that exist in this market.
We understand that market intelligence is critical to your business, which is why we don't hire or contract any work outside the United States. Above all, security is paramount at Federal Compass, so all your data stays domestic, all the time.
Federal Compass is committed to sustainable processes that drive a sustainable business. That's why we aim to be as energy efficient as possible. AND, our operations are supplied with 100% carbon-free energy.
Federal Compass is build by industry experts spanning decades of experience—a next-generation product with legacy roots.
Mr. Hewitt founded Federal Sources Inc. (FSI), a Federal market intelligence provider in 1984. In 2004, Mr. Hewitt joined the board of INPUT, a leading provider of market intelligence. Deltek would later acquire both INPUT and FSI and form what is known today as GovWin. Prior to founding FSI, Mr. Hewitt was Senior Vice President at Kentron; held senior-level positions at Computer Sciences Corporation (now CSRA) that included President of INFONET Government Systems Division and Vice President of Program Development of the Systems Group; started and managed the Federal government operations at Boeing Computer Services. Mr. Hewitt has also held a position on the boards of GTSI, Halifax, Analex, and Sigaba. Mr. Hewitt has sat on the Advisory Boards of Fortress Technologies, ProSight, DSA, and Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).
Mr. Hewitt served on Virginia’s First Commission on Information Technology. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from North Carolina State University and his Masters of Business Administration from Long Island University.
Mr. Hewitt’s background provides Federal Compass with an invaluable source of knowledge about the Federal contracting market and Federal market intelligence. His experience as the founder of FSI and INPUT board member make him a uniquely qualified subject matter expert.
Kevin is a Senior Vice President of Solution Architecture at GovCIO, where he develops solutions for strategic pursuits. Before GovCIO, Kevin was Vice President at Wolf Den Associates, a leading strategy and management consultancy for the Federal Contracting community. He began his career at Price Waterhouse, then Oracle, then SRA, where he assumed multiple technical leadership positions prior to shifting his career to capture strategy and solution architecture. His diverse experience across small and large organizations spanning information technology and consulting disciplines provides Federal Compass with a unique and broad perspective of the Federal marketplace.
Connelly is the Chief Executive Officer at Birdsong Partners, a marketing consulting organization. Prior to Birdsong, Connelly was Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of ConnellyWorks, Inc., a full-service technology marketing and communications agency. Prior to starting ConnellyWorks, Connelly had a long career as a Washington, DC-based reporter and editor for a range of publications. She also held senior positions in private industry, helping technology companies tell their story in the government space. An active participant and frequent speaker in the government technology community, Connelly is a graduate of American University, Washington, DC.
Through her diverse career path, Connelly has gained a unique perspective on the Federal contracting market. She provides Federal Compass with a key resource that has extensive knowledge and expertise in branding and public relations within the Federal market.
Mr. Ingram is the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Ingram Group, a management consulting firm established in 2001. He currently sits on the Advisory Boards for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), and Capital TechSearch. From 2010 through 2012, Mr. Ingram was Managing Director of Analytics at Centurion Research Solutions, a market intelligence provider later acquired by Deltek to join INPUT and Federal Sources Inc., to become what is known today as GovWin. Prior to Centurion, he was Partner at Inc. CEO Project from 2009 through 2011; Chairman of the Foundation Board for Suburban Hospital from 2005 through 2009; President US Sales and Consulting Services for PSI Net from 2000 through 2001; Chief Executive Officer at Life Cycle Technology from 1985 through 2000; Vice President at Planning Research Corporation (PRC) from 1982 through 1985; and Senior Manager at IBM from 1973 through 1982.
Mr. Ingram received his B.A. and M.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas.
Mr. Ingram’s background provides Federal Compass with expertise in information technology, analytics, the Federal contracting market, and market intelligence. His understanding of the development, usability, and application of software products has been critical in the foundation of Federal Compass capabilities.
TYSONS CORNER, Va., Mar 29, 2022 -- Federal Compass, an industry-leading SaaS provider aimed at federal contractors, announced today that it has partnered with Blueprint Equity securing its Series A financing round, its first round of institutional funding. "It's been quite a ride the past two years, and it's humbling to have earned the trust of a leading firm like Blueprint. This investment allows us to really scale the business and continue to expand our footprint, serving our federal market customers," said CEO Chad Ganske. [read more]
TYSONS, Va., Oct. 9, 2019 -- Federal Compass, today introduced its Board of Advisors, a group chartered to augment market knowledge in a number of critical areas. Co-founders Chad Ganske and Jim Sherwood set out to build a team that represents the market, customers and capabilities of the Federal Compass platform—with the vision of supplementing their own experience by surrounding themselves with practitioners offering deep industry knowledge and a proven track record of success. [read more]
The Federal Compass platform is built around the unique “DNA” of each company’s past performance, allowing contractors to quickly cut through the noise and view the market from their individual company perspective. With an integrated platform, translating research into action has never been easier with single-click actionable insights. [read more]
TYSONS, Va., Oct. 9, 2019 -- Federal Compass today announced the launch of a groundbreaking opportunity and market intelligence platform for government contractors—one that combines capture tools with on-demand consulting for a fluid experience from strategy to execution. [read more]
A new data and market research firm has launched with the promise of a more personalized approach to the usual contract and budget data analysis. Federal Compass was founded by two veterans of the market research world, Chad Ganske and Jim Sherwood. Both have roots at Input and then Deltek GovWin. Sherwood also managed the market intelligence consulting practice at WolfDen Associates. [read more]