Art brings over 25 years accounting experience in government contracting and is our Financial Controller since April 2021.
Immediately after graduating with a B.S. in Accounting, he started his career as a Finance Manager for a mid-size govt contracting firm which then lead to additional senior management leadership roles as Controller and Director of Finance for other government contracting firms for the past 20 years. He supervises the staff functions and provides hands-on support towards the daily/monthly operations of the Accounting Department. Additional roles are completion of the corporate financials for presentation and discussion with the executive team/BOD on a monthly and quarterly basis as well as being the POC for annual audits and project related inquiries.
Art provides the back-end accounting support required to assure managed growth of the Knowvation organization into the future.
John brings more than 25 years of experience as a seasoned sales and marketing executive with a successful track record in B2B software sales, marketing, and channel and partnership development.
John began his career at Accenture, spending 14 years there in sales and delivery across six industry groups. He has held operations, sales, and leadership roles at early stage, growth stage, and publicly traded software companies.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Director of Human Resources
Sharon Lewis, PTFS’ Director of Human Resources, brings more than 30 years’ experience in corporate human capital management in the private sector supporting technology, research & development, non-profit, and the government contracting industry. She has held assignments with non-profits as well as for profit organizations, leading the human resources, contracts and program management activities, and has been instrumental in rolling out continuous process improvement initiatives in the software engineering industry.
She previously served as the Facility Security Officer (FSO) under the guidance for the Defense Security Service and now serves as the Alternate FSO, supporting security compliance.
Sharon has a deep knowledge of HR practice to include employee relations, performance, compensation and benefits, development and compliance, and her career has been primarily focused on aligning and optimizing human resources programs, leadership coaching and development, driving employee engagement and ultimately, customer success. Sharon has many years of HR compliance expertise at the federal level, across several states and Canada.
She supports talent acquisition and works with Business Development teams to define personnel requirements, market value compensation and challenges in sourcing in response to task orders, RFQs and RFPs. Sharon coordinates full life cycle recruiting for major projects, as well as close collaboration with partners and Intel clients with onboarding and processing new staff.
Sharon holds a MSc. in Human Resource Management from American University, and a B.A. in Management Studies from the University of Maryland, University College. She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management, holding their designation as a Senior Certified Professional SHRM-SCP, and is a certified Senior Professional (SPHR) in Human Resources via the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).
Director, Digital Services
During the span of his 30+ year career, Mr. Ignacio has performed project management on dozens of large service contracts for the federal Government for digital conversion, digitization, and personnel operations with a focus on the creation of digital record files and metadata. With a proven track record of assisting customers through the digital conversion or digitization process moving from hard copy document collections to digital library collections, content management systems or the creation of archival digital repositories. These tasks involved the capture of metadata from hard copy and/or electronic sources to create deliverable electronic records such as FADGI compliant outputs, MARC, MARCXML and XML on behalf of organizations such as the Department of the Navy, Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), SPIE and CADRE (formerly CPIAC). These digital conversion and digitization projects have ranged anywhere from six months to five years, and involve technical, subject matter, digital tagging and indexing teams ranging from half a dozen members to 20-25 members, all devoted to their specific teams and tasks.
Extensive project management experience covering hardware, software, networking, staffing, training, workflow design, workflow development, assessment of materials for digital conversion and the creation of conversion production processes for both commercial and US Federal Government customers which include the DoD, IC and other Federal agencies.
Supported the development and testing of Knowvation an XML based COTS content management system as well as working with existing PTFS development infrastructure to test the next-generation library management system (Bibliovation)
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 Knowvation 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 KnowvationTM 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 KnowvationTM 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.