Kompass Kapital is a private equity group with a diversified investment portfolio of passive and active investments across various industries and business sectors.
Emily Adler is the Finance & Analytics Intern for Kompass Kapital Management. She is a senior at the University of Kansas double majoring in Finance and Business Analytics. At KU, Emily is involved in the Jack Dicus Business Honors Program and serves on the executive board of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional development fraternity. Emily previously worked at one of our portfolio companies, Krucial Staffing, where she drove automation and efficiency on their Audit Team. Volleyball is one of Emily’s passions, she has played, coached, and refereed competitive volleyball.
Casandra Barker is a paralegal in the Legal Department of Kompass Kapital Management. Casandra received her Bachelor’s Degree from Kansas State University and has over 25 years of experience as a paralegal. Casandra assists the Chief Legal Counsel in legal service delivery support for Kompass Kapital Management and the portfolio companies. Favorite activities for Casandra include spending time with her mother and four siblings and chasing after her sixteen nieces and nephews and four great-nephews and one great-niece.
Bradley Berger is the Managing Partner for Kompass Kapital Management. He has over 25 years of financial and investment experience. Bradley focuses his attention on corporate strategy and governance as well as investment portfolio management. He is a member of the investment committee for the holding company and serves as a board member or in an advisory capacity for several business and philanthropic organizations. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas and also holds two graduate degrees from Wichita State University and Pepperdine University. Bradley resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife of 25 years and they have three boys.
Courtney Conrad serves as Chief Legal Counsel of Kompass Kapital Management. In this role, she oversees the legal, compliance, risk management and corporate governance functions of Kompass Kapital Management and the portfolio companies. Ms. Conrad brings with her nearly 20 years of legal experience, most recently, as a partner at Lathrop GPM, LLP. Courtney earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and her juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Courtney resides in Overland Park, Kansas and enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs.
Jeff Konnesky is Chief Investment Officer and chair of the investment committee for Kompass Kapital Management. He has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience across several industries. His career has encompassed Big 6 public accounting, finance management positions with a Fortune 50 company and Director of Financial Planning & Treasury for a medical research foundation. At Kompass Kapital Management, Jeff is involved in portfolio management and reporting, investment analytics and deal structure. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Kansas. Jeff resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife of 24 years and their three boys.
Jayson Kuti is the Founding Partner of Kompass Kapital Management. Jayson has spent his career striving to become a successful entrepreneur and investor. He consults with a vast network of industry leaders and is engaged in various business sectors. Jayson’s experience and expertise provides leadership and vision that guides both investment philosophy and strategic direction. He believes his success is attributed to the great teams of people he has been blessed to work with over the years. Creating successful businesses that give back to others is a hallmark of his investment thesis.
Aubrey Linn is the Benefits and Rewards Specialist for Kompass Kapital Management. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and brings over 10 years of Human Resources experience to the team. Aubrey has a passion for connecting with employees and ensuring they have what they need to succeed. At KKM, she is the point of contact for the company’s benefits, retirement, and rewards programs. She currently resides in Olathe with her husband and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Harris Meyers is Senior Digital Media Producer for Kompass Kapital, working as a designer, photographer, and video content producer for all of the KKM portfolio companies. Harris brings over five years of experience in social media, advertising and promotional content development for top-tier collegiate and professional sports organizations. Harris resides in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys constantly developing his creative skill set.
Jay Orr is the Workday Reporting and Integrations Specialist at Kompass Kapital. Jay has been in the Workday realm both on the technical side (integrations, scheduling, writing report transformations) and on the functional side (report writing and analysis of business lines/needs) for 14 years. At Kompass, Jay is focused on assisting the Workday Support Team streamline the reporting and integration processes that exist and figuring out how to grow the reporting to meet the needs of the Operating Companies. Jay lives in Kansas City North with his wife, Melinda, his son, Jack, and his dog, Bailey. In his spare time, Jay enjoys creating artwork, cooking and spending time with his family.
Sarah Schiltz is our Chief Financial Officer at Kompass Kapital Management. Sarah brings over 15 years of public accounting knowledge and expertise. At Kompass Kapital Management she leads the finance department which provides shared services to the operating companies & accounting, tax, and cash management to the family and portfolio companies. Prior to joining Kompass Kapital Management, Sarah was a tax partner with MarksNelson LLC where she served as a trusted business advisor to her clients in the areas of accounting, tax management, and consulting in a variety of industries. Sarah resides in Lenexa, Kansas with her husband, two children and dog. While not at work Sarah spends time with her kid’s sports and activities as well as serving on the Bethany College Board of Directors.
Don Schmidt is Vice President of Marketing for Kompass Kapital Management, focused on providing marketing services for all of the KKM portfolio companies. Before coming on board with KKM, Don spent nearly 30 years as Partner at two marketing firms in Kansas City, working with clients ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as several major league sport organizations within the NHL and MLB. Don resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife of 16 years and their daughter, and occasionally picks up a guitar and makes loud noises.
Oliver Schmidt is our Chief Operating Officer at Kompass Kapital Management. Oliver brings over 25 years of operations experience gained from a variety of assignments in accounting, auditing, licensing, compliance, business development, and business systems across many different industries. At Kompass Kapital Management he is guiding our portfolio companies shared service center vision and operations, while also assisting our operating companies in managing growth and operational performance. Oliver resides in Overland Park, KS with his wife, three kids, and two dogs. Outside of work he enjoys playing tennis, going to restaurants, and attending local music concerts.
Heather Smith is the Office Liaison for Kompass Kapital Management. Heather brings over 13 years of experience in Operations and Client Customer Service driven Business. Heather excels in managing day to day operations while completing a variety of tasks. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, fitness, and has a passion for photography.
Melissa Zwillenberg is the Workday Experience Manager for Kompass Kapital Management. She brings over 12 years of experience in system design, digital transformation, and human resources for professional services, financial services, private equity, and consumer industries. Specialized in the alignment of strategic business and human resources objectives, Melissa partners across the KKM portfolio to optimize the performance and adoption of our shared services platform. Melissa is dedicated to making a positive impact on her community through philanthropic pursuits and spending quality time with family and friends. She is an avid traveler and an aspiring gardener.