Ben Vaught


Ben Vaught is president and CEO of DemandStar, Ben founded DemandStar as an independent company to continue growing our network of government buyers and suppliers.

Previously, he was director of government initiatives at Onvia, a public sector business intelligence firm. Ben led multiple innovation and strategy efforts as senior advisor to the Washington state chief information officer and spent six years at Microsoft, where he incubated Microsoft Hololens®. Ben holds 39 U.S. patents in mixed reality and technology applications. In 2012, he managed U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene’s first congressional campaign. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and dual bachelor’s degrees in English and government from Georgetown University.

Ben really enjoys helping governments eliminate waste and increase efficiencies by using the network effects of DemandStar, commenting “it’s very fulfilling to help a community reach more suppliers by making their bids ADA Compliant or by assisting them with their disaster recovery plans. At its core, DemandStar is a community that helps communities and the “neighbors helping neighbors” concept is at the core of community.”

Steve Tran

VP, Growth

Steve Tran is Vice President of Growth at DemandStar. Steve brings extensive experience in building high performance teams in customer success, business development and partnerships. Before joining DemandStar, Steve led the Enterprise and Mid-Market customer success teams at Deltek and has held roles in Channel management and sales at Onvia. Steve holds a degree in Economics from the University of Washington.

Steve thrives on building successful team environments, saying that “Early on in my career, I noticed that companies with long-standing success had one thing in common – they treated everyone like family, and in that family everyone was responsible – and vested – in the success of each member.” I look forward to building out our “family” with DemandStar and helping all government agencies succeed by building their own “families” in the communities they serve.


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