Founder, & Principal Analyst
Stephanie Atkinson, founder and CEO of Compass Intelligence, leads the organizational direction of the company, including strategic initiatives, client engagements activities, financial planning, and consulting services with Fortune 500 customers. She specializes in vertical markets, technology segmentation, and overall market intelligence and consulting services within the telecommunications, information technology, network infrastructure, and other high tech industries. Ms. Atkinson has been in the high-tech market research and consulting industry for more than a decade, and has also worked in the industry within the equipment and service provider market. Under her direction, Compass Intelligence also became a certified woman-owned business, and in 2010 made the Aggie 100 list for one of the fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses. She has also been listed on the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts 2014 by Today's Wireless World, as well as Top M2M Influencer (#8) by Onalytica.
Ms. Atkinson has become a well-known and respected consultant and thought leader in the High-tech research and consulting market, and is widely recognized as a consultant in the implementation and evaluation of vertical market programs in the telecom/IT industry. She has been quoted in numerous business and trade publications including Washington Technology, EE Times, The Congressional Quarterly, CNN Money, Network World, Healthcare Informatics, the Wall Street Journal, Finance News, America’s Network, Wireless Fidelity Magazine, CEO Magazine, Campus Technology, and many others. She also volunteers for the Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University, and is a member of HIMSS, CEA, CABA, and Aggie Women.
Prior to founding Compass Intelligence, Ms. Atkinson held a position as Senior Analyst with In-Stat. There she managed the Vertical Market Deep Dive services, as well as drove many large initiatives around business intelligence and new market research services. Prior to In-Stat, Ms Atkinson was employed with Frost & Sullivan as an Industry Analyst and Program Leader within the Telecom Services Division. There she developed and initiated one of the first Vertical Market research programs, in which she was the Senior Analyst. Ms. Atkinson also held a position as an Information Services Manager with a Texas-based CLEC, Tex-link Communications (Formerly Taylor Communications Group, Inc). There she managed the development of a custom billing and OSS system. Prior to Tex-Link, she worked for Alcatel USA, where she served as an Engineering and Production Planner in the Lightwave Products Division. At Alcatel, Ms. Atkinson coordinated with electrical, design, process, manufacturing, software, product, ASIC and PCB engineers for the research and development of the Alcatel 1680 Optical Gateway Manager project.
Ms. Atkinson holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She resides in Bandera, Texas, the 'Cowboy Capital of the World,' with her husband and 2 sons.