What is AVL?
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Our Management Team
Margaret J. Howard, Co-Founder
Margaret J. Howard co-founded CompassCom with W. Brant Howard in 1994. She maintains client/vendor relationships, and manages general financial and business operations for CompassCom. As Chair and Majority Owner, Margaret Howard provides corporate oversight and directions for the Board and management.
W. Brant Howard, Founder, CEO
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. Howard is the inventor of patented technology that has positioned CompassCom as an industry leader in the AVL industry, and has led with many industry firsts, including deploying the first Mobile Resource Management system for security for athletes at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.
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.
Brent Willing, President
Brent Willing has more than 37 years of operational and systems management experience, including software development, multi-location data centers and multi-location call centers. Prior to joining CompassCom, Willing worked for American Express/First Data Corp for 33 years in a number of positions, including acquisitions and divestitures and the integration of IT functions and operational services of small to medium sized companies which involved the designing and consolidating of many business processes and practices to achieve profitability goals.
Kate Schlatter, COO
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.
Michael Kovacs, Director of Sales
Michael Kovacs is a 20-plus year sales management veteran of the data networking and wireless solutions industry. For CompassCom, he is responsible for North American sales of Mobile Resource Management and Automotive Vehicle Location solutions to industry verticals including state, local, and federal government agencies, utilities, oil and gas, mining and general commercial fleet operators.
Mr. Kovacs has previous senior sales experience with Intel-Xircom, Motorola, Omnipoint, AT&T Paradyne and holds a degree from Ohio University.
Brittney Clark, Project Manager
Brittney Clark manages AVL project implementation, including ordering the appropriate hardware, managing installation and implementation phases, contract management, customer service, maintenance and warranty. She has more than five years' experience in project management, handling implementation projects for customers with fleets of all sizes, from small to more than 500 vehicles.
Clark holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Colorado State University.
Ian McIntyre, Product Development Associate
Ian's role is to maximize the value and accessibility of CompassCom’s suite of products for all our clients, providing customer support, technical troubleshooting and training. Prior to joining CompassCom, his experience included professional GIS support for the National Parks Service. He's earned a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning, specializing in transportation planning and a graduate GIS certificate from the University of Colorado.