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.
Chrissy Alvey is a corporate paralegal in the Legal Department of Kompass Kapital Management, assisting the Chief Legal Counsel and Associate Counselors in the legal service delivery and support to Kompass Kapital Management and the portfolio companies. Chrissy brings with her 3 years of experience working in civil litigation, primarily on labor and employment matters. She graduated from Rockhurst University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as majoring in Criminal Justice and Philosophy. Chrissy enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, hiking, kayaking, and finding a good happy hour.
Alan Andrade is a Staff Accountant for Kompass Kapital Management. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Benedictine College. Prior to joining the KKM team he worked as an accountant for Watco Companies, serving as the accountant for their supply chain segment and various of their terminals and ports across the United States. At Kompass Kapital Management, Alan provides accounting support to Kompas Kapital’s portfolio of assets. He lives in North Kansas City, with his wife and two sons and enjoys mentoring young people and playing pick-up soccer.
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.
Eric Braun is a Senior Investment Analyst & Underwriter with Kompass Kapital Management. His primary daily focus entails reviewing and underwriting investment deals for their private equity portfolio. Eric brings many years of accounting and finance experience to KKM. He most recently spent the past four plus years at a large real estate developer in various accounting and finance roles, including financial responsibilities for several 3PL entities under their corporate umbrella. Prior to that time, Eric worked in public accounting with a Big 4 firm for several years. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and an actively licensed CPA. Eric and his wife reside in Overland Park.
Brittany Branch is the Head of Corporate Affairs at Kompass Kapital Management. Brittany supports the leaders of KKM in a variety of ways, including meeting and event planning, strategic planning, document and systems management, and corporate philanthropic efforts. Brittany is a graduate of Avila University and currently resides in Mission, Kansas with her husband and two children.
Brett is part of the People Services team at Kompass Kapital. After graduating with a business degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, Brett spent seven years as head of human resources at LLL Transport, Inc., where he managed employee benefits, development, and retention through the company’s initial growth phase and its later acquisition of Girton Transport, LLC. At Kompass, Brett is focused on refining processes between the portfolio companies and developing tools for their leaders to effectively manage their teams. In his spare time Brett enjoys making short films/series, for which he has won several awards.
Kathleen Cheek is a Finance Lead, focusing on operating companies under the Kompass Kapital umbrella. Kat graduated with an accounting degree from UMKC and went on to pass the CPA exams shortly after. Her career in the accounting field has included financial services and retail industries. Kat lives in Prairie Village, KS with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and one wild Boxer dog. When she’s not crunching numbers, Kat enjoys coaching cheer, reading, and being outdoors.
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.
Kelsey Cundith serves as the Family Administrative Assistant at KKM and supports all generations of the Kuti family. Kelsey graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s in apparel merchandising and product development and a minor in marketing. She has a background in service experience and management. Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family and getting outdoors with her dog.
Ross DeLong serves as Associate Counsel in the Legal Department of Kompass Kapital Management. Ross assists the Chief Legal Counsel with overseeing the legal, compliance, risk management, and corporate governance functions of Kompass Kapital Management and the portfolio companies. Ross brings to Kompass Kapital Management his experience working as an associate with an Am Law 100 law firm in Kansas City. Ross earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri and his juris doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Ross resides in Merriam, Kansas with his fiancée and their labrador mix and enjoys trail running, cycling, and playing tennis and golf with family and friends.
Molly Duke is the Talent Acquisition Coordinator for Kompass Kapital Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Pittsburg State University. At Kompass Kapital, Molly supports the Talent Acquisition team in a variety of ways, including onboarding new employees, recruiting, sourcing, and project management. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Ashton Fink is the Payroll Lead for Kompass Kapital Management. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Prior to joining the KKM team, Ashton worked for 6 years as a Payroll Specialist within the healthcare industry. At Kompass Kapital, Ashton is the point of contact for all payroll systems-related issues and intricacies of operating companies. She’s passionate about connecting integrations and bridging the gaps between the payroll enterprise system and related modules. In her spare time Ashton enjoys biking the trails with her husband and taking their two dogs on long walks.
Charity Frey is a Payroll Coordinator for Kompass Kapital Management. She received her Payroll Clerk Diploma from Penn Foster College. Prior to joining the KKM team, Charity worked as an Executive Assistant in local government for over 10 years. In Charity’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and seeking out new local spots.
Carolyn Hawkins is the Senior Accounting Associate for Kompass Kapital Management. She has over 25 years accounting and financial experience. At Kompass Kapital, Carolyn assists the Vice President of Finance to handle AP & AR processes for Accounting & Operating Companies. She also assists with investment accounts, reconciliations of finance and working with the new development of other projects such as: Dial Senior Apartments, Dynamic Logistix, Staffbridge and Moonshot Innovations. Carolyn has accounting studies at JCCC, and previous business courses studied at WCC. She has one son, a daughter, son-in-law and her first grandson loved beyond the moon. Carolyn currently resides in Belton, MO with her husband of 23 years. She enjoys cooking, taking jeep rides through the country and sitting with a good book or drink under the sun.
Connor Heying is a Finance Lead for Kompass Kapital Management. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the KKM team he worked as a CPA for a Big 4 public accounting firm. At Kompass Kapital Management, Connor provides Accounting and Finance support for the portfolio companies. In his spare time, Connor enjoys staying active, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.
Makenzie Keel is the HR Specialist for Kompass Kpaital Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. At Kompass Kapital, Makenzie supports Core HR functions, including Performance Management, Policy Development, Employee Relations, and Compliance. In her free time, she enjoys playing or watching sports, spending time with her family and friends and most importantly her dog, Myla.
Lizzy Klingler is the Executive Administrative Assistant to Chief Investment Officer, Jeff Konnesky, and Chief Financial Officer, Sarah Schiltz. She supports the KKM leadership team with meeting and event planning, document management, and strategic planning. Lizzy graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Business. She has a background in client and program management. Lizzy resides in Prairie Village with her husband and Goldendoodle, George. She loves spending time with her family and friends, being an aunt to her two nieces, and finding the best restaurants in town.
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 Employee 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.
Jennifer Love is the Accounts Payable Specialist for Kompass Kapital Management. Jennifer brings over 13 years of experience in various purchasing and accounting positions. Before joining the Kompass Kapital team she worked in the biofuels execution group at Louis Dreyfus Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Jennifer has been a Kansas City resident since 2013, and currently lives in Overland Park. In her spare time she enjoys family, binging the History Channel, good books, and nature photography.
John McCreight is the Senior Vice President of Finance for Kompass Kapital Management. He is a CPA with over 25 years in the finance and accounting fields. His career has encompassed Big 4 public accounting, senior finance/accounting management positions with a Fortune 50 company and being the COO of a manufacturing operation in which he was integral to its operational success and ultimate sale to a Fortune 300 industrial conglomerate. At Kompass Kapital Management, John is involved with the financial management of Kompass Kapital’s portfolio of assets, assisting the start-up and establishment of Kompass incubator companies and partnering in real estate development projects. John is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Leawood, Kansas with his wife of 25 years and their two boys.
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.
Katie Newton is a People Service Coordinator for Kompass Kapital Management. She brings over 10 years of experience in Human Resources, Accounting, Recruiting and General Operations to the team. Katie thrives in a fast-paced industry, wearing many hats, and assisting with a variety of tasks to ensure all employees and clients are taken care of. Katie spends her free time with her husband Mike and daughter Evie cheering for the Jayhawks, Royals, and our Super Bowl LIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
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.
Rebecca Parke is a Staff Accountant for Kompass Kapital Management. She received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from The University of Kansas. Rebecca works to ensure a healthy financial profile and compliance with state, federal, and local principles; meet with and advise clients to improve financial processes; examine tax policies and handle tax payments and returns; and analyze transactions with internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining our team, she worked in Denver, Colorado for an accounting firm preparing tax returns. In her spare time, Rebecca loves being outdoors and camping across the U.S., being an aunt to her three beautiful nieces, and spending time with friends and family.
Sierra Poulson serves as Associate Counsel where she provides legal support and advice on labor & employment matters to Kompass Kapital Management and the portfolio companies. She brings over a decade of labor, employment, and litigation experience at a private firm and a Fortune 200 company. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Sierra earned her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, writing, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Whitney Ross is the Administrative Assistant for Kompass Kapital Management. Whitney sets the tone for the office making sure that everything is organized and day to day operations run smoothly. Whitney was born and raised in the Kansas City, MO area, and attended Penn Foster High School. Whitney enjoys traveling with her husband, snowboarding, paddle boarding, and beach volleyball. Whitney currently lives in North Kansas City with her husband Peter and dog Copper.
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 Chief Creative Officer 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 a 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 Managing Director for our Kolorado Ranch to Table Enterprises including the Colorado River Ranch, American Wagyu Feeders, and Kinikin. Oliver brings over 25 years of operations experience to delivering this truly unique ranch-to-table endeavor that will reconnect people with food while promoting regenerative agricultural practices. Oliver resides in Overland Park, KS with his wife Sarah, three children Henry, Emma, and Ryan, and two dogs Lucy, and Leo. Outside of work he enjoys playing tennis, going to restaurants, and attending local music events.
Joleen Seeley is an Executive Assistant to Chief Legal Counsel, Courtney Conrad, and Senior VP of Operations, Alok Srivastava. Joleen is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and has 13 years of legal administrative experience. Joleen resides in Pleasant Valley, MO with their girlfriend, three daughters, and a German Shepherd mix. Joleen loves spending time with family, camping, sports, and hanging out with friends.
Heather Smith is the Operations Coordinator 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 performing a variety of resource management and strategic planning tasks to ensure the organization is adequately supplied, while observing, reviewing, and analyzing processes to identify inefficiencies and areas where improvements could be made . In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, fitness, and has a passion for photography.
Alok Srivastava is our Senior Vice President of Operations at Kompass Kapital Management. In his role, he leads the marketing, operations, people services and systems departments, while also managing Kompass Kapital Management’s shared service operations to its portfolio companies. Mr. Srivastava has over 20 years of experience, which includes being COO and General Counsel of an award-winning Sports Media company as well as an executive-level attorney at a Fortune 50 company. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Juris Doctorate and MBA from the University of Kansas. He also serves on the Board of Directors for CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Alok resides in Leawood, Kansas with his wife and their two boys.
Kevin Stone is the Talent Acquisition Specialist for Kompass Kapital Management, focused on providing recruitment guidance and strategies for the majority of the KKM portfolio companies. Prior to joining the KKM team, Kevin spent 8 years in the Information Technology staffing industry and supported clients and candidates in the KC metro. After graduating from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Avila University. Kevin is married to his high school sweetheart, Libby, and they reside in south Kansas City, Missouri where they are raising their three young children. In his free time, you can find Kevin out and about at a local park with his family, on the sideline at a youth sporting event, or out on a golf course.
Emily Van Dyke is the Director of Finance for Kompass Kapital Management. She brings over 10 years of public accounting knowledge and expertise. At KKM, Emily provides accounting and finance support for the start-up portfolio companies. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Kansas and earned her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband stay busy raising three small children and cheering on the Jayhawks and the Chiefs.
Bethany Zimbelman is a Finance Lead for Kompass Kapital Management providing accounting and finance support for their operating companies. She graduated from Truman State University receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. Bethany’s career includes over 7 years in public accounting focusing on attest and value-added services. Bethany enjoys spending time with family and friends, the local brewery scene, and being outdoors with her dog Bo.