Our Leadership Team is composed of seasoned professionals. We are an innovative and creative team committed to delivering better business outcomes. Driven by our values, we are dedicated to providing federal agencies with industry leading transformation for greater mission results.

Simone Feldman

Chief Executive Officer

Simone brings over 17 years of executive leadership experience, with extensive knowledge of Federal Contracting and Procurement and rp developing long-term strategies, aimed towards the success of teams that consistently outperform expectations.

About Simone

“It has been my career goal to lead an organization in the Federal IT market that is ready to invest in its number 1 resource, its people. I have always been drawn to organizations that aspire to make an impact in the lives of others, and that serve the most important customer in the world, our Federal Government. I hope to honor that commitment as we grow our business, together, with that same purpose at the forefront of all of our minds”

Simone was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women of the Channel in 2018. In 2021, she was invited to join Chief, the only private women’s executive organization focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. Known for leading with passion, integrity, commitment and energy, her strongest belief is that the role of a leader is a privilege to be earned. Her personal interests remain helping other women develop their careers as leaders in Federal IT, spending time with her family and playing tennis.

Lauren Shaffer

Vice President of Sales

Lauren Shaffer brings over a decade of federal sales experience and extensive contracting knowledge, leading sales teams, managing channel partnerships, and running capture efforts to develop strategies for growth.

About Lauren

“I’ve been very fortunate to spend my career supporting the Federal Government and I am passionate about providing the best service and solutions to enable mission success. Govplace shares my same passion and commitment to our customers, so I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”

Lauren graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Business, Marketing and a B.A. in Communication. She is originally from Williamsburg, VA and currently lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband, two English bulldogs, and a cat who occasionally likes to make a cameo on video calls. When she is not leading sales teams, she enjoys reading, wine tasting, spending time with family and friends, and watching every show that Bravo has to offer.

Ronnie Vliet

Vice President of Technology

Ronnie Vliet joined Govplace in March of 2021 as the Vice President of Technology. In this role, Mr. Vliet will also be providing technical leadership that will continue to refine the Govplace go-to-market strategy.

About Ronnie

Ronnie Vliet joined Govplace in March of 2021 as the Vice President of Technology. He is responsible for leading our Service Delivery and Sales Engineering teams to architect and deliver solutions that enable federal government mission success. In this role, Mr. Vliet will also be providing technical leadership that will continue to refine the Govplace go-to-market strategy.

Prior to joining Govplace, Mr. Vliet served as the Senior Director of Service Delivery at Force 3 where he was responsible for the planning, performance, and management of their entire service delivery portfolio. Mr. Vliet was instrumental in launching a successful support offering that provided OEM level services to government agencies with a focus on customer intimacy and success that helped to achieve differentiation in the marketspace. Mr. Vliet was also successful in leading short-term consulting engagements and long-term residency services programs.

In addition, Mr. Vliet brings 10 years of experience in the Managed Services space where he provided executive-level leadership driving vision and direction of service delivery through development of operational metrics, project management, and continuous service improvement to enhance organizational effectiveness and achieve business growth.

Pat Farr

Chief Financial Officer

Pat Farr joined Govplace in May of 2022 as the Chief Financial Officer. Farr joins Govplace as a leader in financial management for over 20 years, excelling in leading and developing first class financial teams and processes.

About Pat

Pat begun his career leading audit and consulting engagements for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the financial services and federal government industries. He later managed consulting engagements for large financial services organizations to comply with internal control standards over financial reporting. Pat was able to adeptly understand internal control processes and assist in the implementation of meaningful process improvements for well-established financial organizations. Pat’s expertise in financial management brought him to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), where he led the organization’s effort to comply with their own internal control standards. Pat success led him to take on many additional leadership roles at the PCAOB including roles financial reporting, budgeting, procurement, and system implementations.

Pat was able to leverage his experience at PCAOB to transition into the government contracting industry, where he has truly found his passion. At Force 3 (later Sirius Federal), Pat was able to build the accounting team and processes so that they were able to successfully run a process to sell the business to a strategic organization, then a private equity firm and subsequently to a large public company. Pat also led the team that governed the ERP implementation and successfully developed the accounting processes into a government-approved accounting system. Not only did Pat lead a strong financial organization, but he was also able to gain a deep, broad understanding of federal contracting principles and practices. Pat led the organizations Contracts, Proposals, Program Management, Sales Operations and Warehouse functions where he was able to build highly effective teams and apply his understanding of processes.