Executive Team

John Yokley is the President, CEO, and founder of  Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of engineering management and information technology consulting for government and industry.

Over his career, Mr. Yokley has gained significant expertise in federal contracting bidding more than 600 federal proposals and managing more than 100 awarded contracts. This includes first-hand experience with over twenty DoD agencies, six Intelligence Community Organizations and more than 30 Civil Government Agencies.

In the 1980s, Mr. Yokley designed and built computer-based simulators and trainers for military applications. He was also responsible for business development: delivering engineering strategies and solutions for small and large businesses. In 1995, he established PTFS to serve federal government clients who require content management solutions and associated digitization, systems integration and technical support services.

Due to his ability to develop creative strategies for addressing customers’ needs, and to translate those strategies into cost-effective solutions, in 2007 Mr. Yokley designed and managed the development of the Knowvation® Content Services Platform software. 

In addition to expanding his company’s suite of software products, he launched multiple new vertical market strategies. In doing so, Mr. Yokley increased the Knowvation® content management software product line to support digital library markets and meet new U.S. intelligence and declassification needs. To support the expansion, he also directed the development of new delivery options such as Software as a Service. 

Mr. Yokley is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Engineering Administration.

John Yokley

President and CEO

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Rob Waldman is currently the VP of Sales & Marketing for PTFS where he has led the firm’s sales, marketing, and business development activities since July 2020. He has been instrumental in developing infrastructures and expanding product and service offerings that have allowed the firm to build market share in the Federal, State and Local Governments.

Rob brings more than 21 years of experience as a seasoned sales and marketing executive with a successful track record in business development in Software and Services Sales. In addition, Rob retired from the US Coast Guard Reserve in 2012, after 20 years of service to his country.

Rob began his sales career as a Sales Engineer at Information Builders (now TIBCO) where he was successful selling Business Intelligence software and promoted to management after 5 years. After being named Innovator of the Year in 2006 at Initiate Systems, a technology startup, Rob began his 9-year career at IBM selling software and services to the Department of Defense and United States Intelligence Community. After 3 years as an individual contributor, Rob was selected to lead Federal Websphere Middleware Sales where he sustained double-digit growth for 6 years in a row.

Since 2016, Rob has been solving Enterprise Content Management and Data Capture Solutions for Government and Commercial customers. Positions include Director of Federal Sales at EMC, and VP of Sales and Marketing for Anacomp, Inc.

Rob has a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

As PTFS Treasurer and CFO, Mr. Tony Berkant oversees and directs the company’s financial, accounting and contracting staff along with associated programs. He sets the strategic direction for both departments including designing and improving processes to increase the effectiveness of finance and accounting activities. Mr. Berkant has managed PTFS accounting and finance functions for over 14 years. His unique management capability allows him to provide corporate accounting and project level information to project managers and directors to support their management function.

Mr. Berkant’s role includes dissemination of monthly, quarterly and annual financial data to the Board of Directors, CEO, Vice Presidents and Directors. He makes vital recommendations to the CEO regarding strategic financial decisions and works with insurance brokers and corporate bank services to ensure appropriate outcomes.

Mr. Berkant has extensive experience managing the finance and accounting activities in small to midsize government contractors. His career began with Arthur Anderson & Company in the Audit Division. Since that time has gained significant experience as Controller and CFO in budgeting, financial analysis, internal management reporting, strategic planning, international accounting, and mergers and acquisitions. His strongest traits are the ability to operate from both a “big-picture” and a “hands-on” perspective required to be a successful CFO in a small business.

Tony Berkant

Treasurer and CFO

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