Margaret J. Howard co-founded CompassData with W. Brant Howard, when they split the original company, CompassCom, founded in 1994, into three companies in 2003. She maintains client/vendor relationships, and manages general financial and business operations for CompassData. As Chair and Majority Owner, Margaret Howard provides corporate oversight and directions for the Board and management.
Who We Are
CompassData Corporate Team
W. Brant Howard co-founded CompassCom as a self-funded startup in 1994 and has grown it into three successful businesses based on GIS, GPS and wireless technology, including CompassData. He developed the innovative idea of owning and licensing Ground Control Points, and created the Archive. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Howard was a hydrogeologist with the United States Geological Survey, Water Resources Division. He supervised well drilling and completion, pump tests and field inventory efforts.
Howard holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Geology with a specialty in hydrology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Howard has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, teaching in the GIS certificate and Masters program.
Howard makes numerous presentations for seminars and conferences around the world and has authored articles for technical journals on Geology, GIS and fleet management topics. Memberships include GITA, ASPRS, CSIA, APWA, APCO and MAPPS. A former board member of MAPPS national, he has been instrumental in founding the new Colorado MAPPS chapter.
In the past decade Hayden Howard has served as lead surveyor and survey manager on several CompassData projects, with experience in collecting data, training and managing field crews and managing the collection methodology, QA/QC, planning and managing international data collection and deliverables at every stage. Hayden has personally collected data in multiple countries around the world and has managed the collection, post-processing, and final deliverables of large projects both domestically and internationally. He is certified by Trimble in GPS data collection and post-processing. Hayden holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Land Use Management with a GIS/Aviation Meteorology concentration from Metropolitan State College in Denver.
As Chief Operating Officer, Kate Schlatter’s principal responsibilities include project oversight, business and financial management for the Compass family of companies, including CompassCom, CompassData and CompassTools. Schlatter holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Organizational Management from Colorado State University.
Mr. Hummel is the head of geodesy and senior technical lead for acquiring and processing Ground Control Points. His career started in his native Germany; after achieving a Masters degree at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, Philipp worked for two years in Europe and one year in Africa before returning to the University to assist in scientific research and teaching. In 2005 a land surveyor position brought Philipp to Denver, Colorado. He has earned multiple Professional Land Surveyor licenses for the following six states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah. He is a member of the Professional Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC) and the national German surveying association – Deutscher Verein für Vermessungswesen (DVW).
Jeff Barker, Product Manager, GIS Analyst
Mr. Barker has over 25 years of experience in business management including 10 years as a small business owner. In the recent past, he was president and co-owner of Kinetic Solutions, St Louis, Missouri. Kinetic Solutions captured, managed and visualized geographic information data for its utilities and government clients by providing a variety of data management consulting services, including: data integration and conversion, data maintenance and collection, software development and strategic consulting. Staying fresh with current technologies, he has recently received a GIS Technologies Certificate from Front Range Community College in Longmont, CO. During his time with CompassData, Mr. Barker has worked on processing survey data, producing and troubleshooting field data sets and performed quality control on ground control point data. Mr. Barker is now the product manager for the Accuracy Analyst and the Topo Analyst Spatial Information Solutions products.