Team Bios

CompassTools TeamW. Brant Howard

Founder, Chairman

W. Brant Howard founded CompassTools as a self-funded startup in 1994 (originally named CompassCom) and has grown it into three successful businesses based on GIS, GPS and wireless technology.

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 Master’s 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 Master’s program.

Howard makes numerous presentations for seminars and conferences around the world and has authored articles for technical journals on Geology, GIS, QA/QC and fleet management topics. Memberships include GITA, ASPRS, CSIA, APWA, APCO and MAPPS.

Kate Schlatter 

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Hayden Howard

Vice President

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.

Andrew CareyAndrew Carey

Regional Sales Manager (CO, NM, AZ)

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Andrew Carey has been a Regional Account Manager for CompassTools Inc for five years consulting and providing geospatial solutions to the GIS community across multiple industries. He holds graduate degrees in GIS from the University of Denver, and Agronomy from Rutgers University, with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Science from Dickinson College (PA). Andrew has previous work experience with the US Department of Interior within the Resource Information Service Division. Other certifications include; ESRI and Trimble MGIS hardware and software in addition to a licensed FAA Part 107 Unmanned Pilot.

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Sr. Regional Sales Manager (CO, WY, ND, SD, MN, NE)

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David Siddle joined the GIS industry in 1996 and is currently the Sr. Account Manager for Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Transitioning to GIS was easy with his background in water/waste water, oil and gas pipeline, plus managing open pit mines/sand and gravel operations. David attended the University of Colorado for Geology and Business.

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Certified Repair Technician

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David Benyamin is a Trimble Certified Repair Technician, in charge of the Repair Center at CompassTools. CompassTools is a Trimble Preferred Service provider for repairs. David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California. Early in his career David worked in the Aerospace Industry in the Space Shuttle program, and later he worked in the Telecommunication Industry. David has been repairing Trimble MGIS equipment for eight years.

LoAnn Crane

Marketing Manager

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LoAnn Crane’s current role is Marketing Manager, where she creates informative media through various media formats. She has a creative drive and passion for digital marketing and has a background in interactive media production. LoAnn attended Metropolitan State University of Denver for Technical Communication.