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Atlanta startup Kompass Events has expanded its executive team as it continues to scale and integrate more functionality into its mobile application.
The event sharing mobile app allows users to share, discover, and explore events in cities across the globe. In recent months the application has gained significant traction creating a need for a strong leadership team to oversee growth.
The roles added to the C-suite are Howard Vining joining as Chief Technology Officer; Calvin Addison who comes in as Chief Financial Officer; and Martin Hill, VP of Kommunity Affairs.
“I’m extremely proud of the team we’ve put together,” founder and CEO Keith Wilson said. “These talented brothas bring some serious street cred to the Kompass team.”
“I’m extremely proud of the team we’ve put together. These talented brothas bring some serious street cred to the Kompass team."
A wealth of talent at the helm of Kompass Events
“Our CTO is Howard Vining and he is one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met. Howard led the development team of another tech startup that had a very successful exit. He and Calvin Addison, our CFO, have worked together for years on other successful mobile platforms in the event tech space. Adding Calvin to the executive team brings value to Kompass in so many ways. Not only does he serve as our CFO, but he is also an extremely talented iOS app developer. The technical synergy between Calvin and Howard will allow us to move at speed in responding to the never compromising demands of the market.”
“Martin Hill serves as our Vice President of Kommunity Affairs. Martin and I met years ago while we both attended grad school at Clark Atlanta University. With connections all over Atlanta, Martin truly has his fingers on the pulse of the city. His engagement with the community helps us to optimize Kompass to meet the needs of our power users. From a technical standpoint, he spearheaded the eDiploma project, which made CAU the first HBCU in the nation to issue secure digital diplomas for its graduates.”
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“I joined Kompass Events because of its innovation in the events industry,” Hill said. “Kompass literally takes the wheel and navigates its users from the start of an event to the finish. With technology ever- changing, Kompass proves that it can adapt to the latest changes offered in the technology arena. Not many apps can allow its users to check-in, rsvp, and navigate to and from the event. So in closing, choosing to be a part of such a great team and organization was a no-brainer.”
Rounding out the team is Keith Wilson’s co-founder and sibling Nathaniel Wilson, who has worked on the project since its inception. Nathaniel serves as the CIO and brings with him a wealth of experience leading big analytics projects for Deloitte, International Paper, and the Federal Government.
Wilson says he is now on the lookout for quality female talent to join the leadership ranks.
Kompass joins competitive accelerator Ascend 2020
The team has ambitious plans for the fourth quarter of 2018. Kompass has just been accepted onto Ascend 2020, a competitive accelerator program offered to minority-led startups through a partnership between JP Morgan & Chase, Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center, and TechSquare Labs.
“Through the program, we will be able to further refine how we go to market as well gain access to capital and new markets,” founder Wilson said. “With such a strong cohort, we look forward to learning from the other entrepreneurs in the program.
“Our main goal for the rest of the year and throughout next year is two-fold,” added Wilson. “On the brand side of Kompass, we’re looking to further expand the brand by growing our user base and developing strategic partnerships in the events space.”
“With the Super Bowl coming to Atlanta next year, we are working with the host committee to leverage Kompass as a mobile tour guide for everyone coming to Atlanta for the big game. Being able to have one place to go to see all of the hotspots in Atlanta will be extremely useful to those who plan on visiting. On the product side, we have some pretty cool things we’re looking to add to the platform. Can’t give any specific details just yet but be on the lookout for future updates.”
“We are currently looking for event bloggers to help share their experiences at major events throughout the globe next year,” added Wilson. “Please feel free to reach out to us if interested in becoming an integral part of the Kompass Kommunity.”
Main Image: Kompass Events Leadership Team: Keith Wilson, Founder/CEO; Martin Hill, VP of Kommunity Affairs; Howard Vining, CTO; Calvin Addison, CFO; Nathaniel Wilson, CIO (left to right) [ photo credit to Terrance Moody]