About | Federal Compass

Meet the Federal Compass Team

The fastest growing software provider to federal contractors

Something Different

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are passionate about developing new capabilities to challenge the status quo and offer better alternatives to today’s outdated federal contracting processes.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 Opportunities

Executive Team

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 executive team represents a rare mix of experience, knowledge and passion.

Chad Ganske

Chad Ganske

Founder & CEO

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.

Jim Sherwood

Jim Sherwood

Founder & CPO

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.

Advisors and Contributors

Kevin Marshall

Kevin Marshall


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.

Doug Ingram

Doug Ingram


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.

In the News

Federal Compass partners with e.Republic, combining Federal and SLED coverageEIN Presswire - Oct 25, 2023

e.Republic has forged a strategic go-to-market alliance with Federal Compass ensuring that Navigator users pursuing federal data are able to take a holistic approach to their full public-sector information assets. [read more]

Federal Compass is recognized as an innovative platform that boosts federal contracting successWealthInsider - May 16, 2023

In an era where federal contracting businesses are seeking to establish a competitive edge, Federal Compass emerges as a beacon of guidance, offering seven effective strategies to significantly improve the success rate in securing government contracts. Federal Compass, a pioneer in the federal market intelligence industry, recognizes that definitions of success may vary between individuals and companies. [read more]

Federal Compass CEO featured in CDO MagazineCDO Magazine - February 14, 2023

Chad Ganske, Co-founder, President and CEO at Federal Compass, speaks with Andy Park, Co-founder and Vice President of Team Central, in a video interview about Federal Compass’ business, its target audience, differentiation, and key propositions as a solution. In addition to powering business development for federal contractors, Federal Compass provides marketing intelligence to help them understand the opportunity pipeline. As a founder, Ganske comes from an engineering background and has always envisioned beginning a software business. [read more]

Federal Compass Receives 2022 Best of Tysons AwardThe Award Program - October 20, 2022

TYSONS, Va., Mar 29, 2022 -- Federal Compass has been selected for the 2022 Best of Tysons Award in the Information Services category by the Tysons Award Program. Each year, the Tysons Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. [read more]

Federal Compass Listed on 100 Series A Companies to Watch in 2022 ListChief Data Officer Magazine - October 2022

October 2022 -- These 100 Disruptive SaaS Series A Companies to Watch 2022 List were selected among the many revolutionary SaaS products being developed based on the type of solution they offer, the industries they target, and the level of interest expressed by investors through start-up Series A round funding. SaaS software companies are churning out new solutions for business and personal use like never before. [read more]

Federal Compass has been recognized as Top 10 Govt Tech Startups by Gov CIO OutlookGovCIO Outlook - September 1, 2022

With its experience, knowledge, and passion, Federal Compass fits the bill when it comes to challenging the status quo in federal contracting processes. As a brainchild of two experts in the federal market intelligence space, the company offers unrivaled federal contracting experience with its market intelligence platform and consulting expertise. This unique combination of technology and best practices enables Federal Compass to serve as a partner of choice that helps contractors address their most pressing needs. [read more]

Federal Compass Closes Series A Financing Partnering with Blueprint EquityPR Newswire - March 29, 2022 (press release)

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]

Federal Compass Builds Market Expertise With Creation of Advisory BoardGlobeNewsire - November 13, 2019 (press release)

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]

Federal Compass Disrupts GovCon MarketYahoo Finance - October 9, 2019

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]

Federal Compass Launches New Market Intelligence Platform For Government ContractorsPR Newswire - October 9, 2019 (press release)

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]

New service offers market research with emphasis on the personalWashington Technology - October 8, 2019

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]

Corporate Responsibility

Technology Stack

U.S. Owned and Operated

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.

Technology Stack

100% Renewable Energy

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 carbon neutral energy.