Stephanie Atkinson

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As founder and CEO of Compass Intelligence, Stephanie Atkinson leads the organizational direction of the company, including strategic initiatives, client engagement 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 various high-tech industries, including the telecommunications, information technology and network infrastructure sectors.

Ms. Atkinson has been in the high-tech market research and consulting field for more than a decade. She has also worked in the industry within the equipment and service provider market. Under her direction, Compass Intelligence became a certified woman-owned business, and in 2010 made the Aggie 100 list as one of the fastest-growing Aggie-owned businesses. She was honored as one of the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts of 2014 by Today's Wireless World, and she was recognized as a Top M2M Influencer (No. 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 she 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 and Campus Technology. She also volunteers for the Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University and is a member of HIMSS, CEA, CABA, the Women's Wireless Leadership Forum and Aggie Women.

Prior to founding Compass Intelligence, Ms. Atkinson was a senior analyst at In-Stat. There, she managed Vertical Market Deep Dive services and drove many large initiatives around business intelligence and new market research services. Prior to In-Stat, she was employed at Frost & Sullivan as an industry analyst and as a program leader within the telecom services division. There, she developed and initiated one of the firm's first vertical market research programs, serving as the senior analyst. Ms. Atkinson also held a position as an information services manager at a Texas-based CLEC, Tex-link Communications (Formerly Taylor Communications Group). 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 bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and an MBA 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 two sons.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Stephanie Atkinson and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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