Management Team

Butch Goette, President

Butch is the founder of Virtual Management Systems. Previously, he enjoyed a successful 33 year career within the insurance industry, specializing in commercial property and casualty risk management. Throughout his career, Butch has been appointed to numerous regional and national insurance company advisory boards, including UFS&G, Royal Insurance, CNA Insurance, Safeco Insurance Company, Mutual of Enumclaw, the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal and the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal. He was employed with Northern Insuring Agency in Plattsburgh, New York, for more than 20 years as Vice President of Marketing. In 1998 Butch moved to Bend, Oregon, purchasing Sage Insurance, a multiline independent insurance agency, in 2000. Seeking a better means for communicating employee benefits information, he assembled the team that developed the initial web portal platform. Due to the overwhelming success and positive response from Sage clients, Butch created VMS in 2002 as a separate company, focusing on providing this proven technology to various market sectors throughout the United States. In an effort to devote his full time to VMS, Sage Insurance was sold to Beecher Carlson Insurance in 2008. Butch holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters degree in Education from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.

Matt Goette, Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining VMS, Matt spent 14 years in various positions within the financial sector. His experience has included working for Harbert Management Corporation’s Venture Capital Group where he helped deploy a $52 million fund by investing in early stage technology and healthcare companies. Prior to working at Harbert, Mr. Goette spent five years working for Jefferies & Company, Inc. in their Telecommunications Investment Banking Group. During his tenure with Jefferies, he helped orchestrate numerous M&A, restructuring, equity, and debt transactions with companies in the telecom services and equipment sectors. Prior to joining Jefferies he was an associate in the Investment Banking Group of BB&T Corporation. During Mr. Goette’s investment banking tenure he advised on more than 30 financing and M&A transactions totaling more than $3.0 billion in transaction value.

Matt holds a Bachelor of of Business Administration with a double major in finance and economics from The College of William and Mary, where he graduated with High Honors and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Dave Plante, Chief Technology Officer

Dave has over 30 years of software development experience in various business and engineering applications and is the “brains” behind the VMS technology platform. Dave is also the President and Principal Developer of Symmetry Technology Labs, Inc., providing web-based software products and services to the insurance industry, primarily focused on ACORD Forms and ACORD XML. Dave has worked extensively with Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Hartford Insurance Group, PartnerRE, and ACORD Corporation. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.