For 20+ years, Stephanie Atkinson, has provided strategic insights, key trends, market intelligence, industry modeling/forecasting, and advisory services for technology companies, enterprise executives, and government leaders across the globe. She is the founder and CEO of Compass Intelligence, a leading tech advisory and market research firm based in Texas. She also recently founded vMarque, a creative and digital agency helping small businesses become virtual. Her knowledge base and expertise are centered around telecom, IT, mobile, emerging technology, and various high-tech topics. She is well known for simplifying complex topics, while educating and engaging executives, leaders, and managers who seek contextual information to help grow business, companies, and strategic initiatives. Mrs. Atkinson was recently recognized as one of the top 100 thought leaders and influencers to follow in 2020 by Thinkers360, and was listed as the #1 top thought leader and influencers in the Internet of Things and mobility. She has also been listed on the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts by Today’s Wireless World and the 50 Most Influential Women in Internet of Things by IoTi. In May of 2020, she was listed in the top 100 IoT Analysts by the IoT Premier League. She is an author and contributor to CIO.com, hosts webinars as an influencer for IDG Tech, and has been quoted in numerous trade publications including CNN Money, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and CEO Magazine. She is a speaker or moderator at tech events including IoT World, CES, MWC Americas, and others. Mrs. Atkinson serves as an executive/board advisor for Silverwood Partners, nGage Events, and Texas A&M Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department. Prior to launching Compass Intelligence, Ms. Atkinson held positions at Frost & Sullivan, In-Stat/MDR, Texlink Communications, and Alcatel USA. Ms. Atkinson holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also volunteers for the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University and Heritage School in Fredericksburg, TX. She resides in Bandera, Texas, the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World,’ with her husband and 2 sons.