About Us

The Compass Suite of Companies

CompassData, Inc. is a locally owned Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) specializing in collecting data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, photogrammetry and remotely sensed data.

CompassCom software offers the industry’s most flexible platform and applications for GPS tracking development, and deployment of real-time data and mobile IOT.

CompassDrone, Inc. provides complete drone solutions including data collection, data processing, certified training, and consulting.

Our History

CompassData, Inc. was founded by Margaret J. Howard and W. Brant Howard in Centennial, Colorado in 1994 as part of the CompassCom family of companies. We were incorporated separately in November 2003 as a woman-owned small business led by President Margaret J. Howard.

As the lead “Control Freak,” Mrs. Howard has led the CompassData company to collect over 60,000 Ground Control Points across six of the seven continents. We don’t have Antarctica…. Yet! CompassData is proud to offer the industries largest commercially available archive of Ground Control Points around the world! CompassData has worked with geospatial professionals in many industries and with our aerial experience and knowledge base for accuracy CompassData was led into the UAV business as well. In 2016, CompassData created a dba CompassDrone to serve our clients with the best mapping drone solutions in the industry as well.

We specialize in collecting high-quality, spatially-accurate data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, photogrammetry, and remotely sensed data. And… we use the latest in Global Positioning System (GNSS) technology combined with years of field experience, along with a proven system, to ensure the accuracy and currency of our data.

Meet the Management Team

Margaret J. Howard

Margaret J. Howard

President, Co-Founder, and Chairwomen of the Board

Margaret J. Howard co-founded CompassCom in 1994, which later split into three companies in 2003. From the inception of the organizations’ Ms. Howard has maintained an active role in growing business and providing unique solutions in the Geospatial Industry. Over the years, Ms. Howard has traveled the world collecting many of the Ground Control Points for sale in our growing archive today. Her experience in the field and knowledge of the solutions empowers her to work with the employees, vendors, customers, and industry leaders to maintain a healthy business in growing technology.

Katherine L. Schlatter

Chief Operating Officer

Katherine L. Schlatter is the Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Board of Directors, and stockholder for CompassData, Inc. Ms. Schlatter has performed everything from field data, managed international and domestic field collection projects, managed subcontractors, has developed long-standing relationships with business partners World Wide, and supported our clients in the completion of projects. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Schlatter offers expertise in all aspects of the business to her staff while working with subcontractors to ensure the successful completion of client projects.

Katherine L. Schlatter

Katherine L. Schlatter

Brant Howard


As an advocate for GPS and GIS since the inception of the Compass Family of Companies in 1994, Mr. Howard works vigorously in the industry to create business relationships and generate opportunities for the growth of the company. Mr. Howard has 35 years of experience that guides the company and its sales team to drive revenue. Mr. Howard is a problem solver, working closely with his customers to come up with solutions that will streamline their workflow, save time, increase safety, and overall meet their needs. Prior to being an entrepreneur and business development expert, Mr. Howard was a Hydrogeologist with the United State Geological Survey, Water Resources Division. He supervised well drilling and completion, pump tests, and field inventory efforts. He has collected GPS data, designed GIS programs, and managed programs that coordinated multiple geospatial disciplines from hydrology, surveying, GIS mapping, and aerial imagery. Through his industry knowledge, relationships in the industry, and world travel, Mr. Howard assists in providing a vision and direction for the sales of our entire family of companies, CompassHoldings.

Hayden Howard

Vice President

W. Hayden Howard is the Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors, and a stockholder for CompassData, Inc. As part owner of CompassData, Mr. Hayden Howard is highly dedicated to the success of the business. Mr. Howard has accumulated a vast amount of field survey experience, in-office processing experience, and has a keen knowledge of the different geodetic requirements put forth by customers around the world. Mr. Howard has collected data in multiple countries and has managed the collection, post-processing, and final deliverables of large projects both domestically and internationally. Mr. Howard has worked with many different satellite and aerial imagery providers, as well as LiDAR and RADAR suppliers and understands the requirements for terrestrial data collection to tie a remotely sensed product to the ground. Mr. Howard is the head of business development and sales for the CompassData team. He is well known and well respected in the industry for his knowledge of the technology and his ability to bring innovation and success to the corporation.

Hayden Howard

Our Partners


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