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.

Melanie_options 2_Headshot 1Melanie Gómez

Director of Sales & Operations

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Melanie Gómez joined the Compass Family in 2009 with a background in accounting, human resources and executive assisting for the IT industry. She has a Certificate in QuickBooks, an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has been on the CompassTools team since 2012.

Andrew CareyAndrew Carey

Account Manager

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Andrew Carey joined CompassTools in 2013, and is currently the Account Manager for CalAmp products as well as all product in southern Colorado, all of New Mexico and Arizona and El Paso, Texas. He worked previously with the National Park Service Office of Information Resources and offers a large knowledge base. Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College in 2005 and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in GIS at the University of Denver.

David Option 1David Siddle

Sr. Account Manager

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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.

Myles McReynolds_finalMyles McReynolds                                            

Technical Support Manager & Certified Trainer

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Myles McReynolds is a Denver native and received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. He received a graduate certificate in GIS from Penn State University in 2013. Myles provides technical sales support and is a Certified Trimble Trainer.

LoAnn Crane

Marketing Coordinator

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LoAnn Crane’s current role is marketing coordinator, 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.