The Compass Experience

 

 

Curriculum

Our process involves testing, teaching, class interaction, and practical application. The end goal of students being ethical employees, adding value to business, and growing and advancing in their career.

Teaching Segments:

Leading Self Leading Others Leading in Business
Responsibility Resolving Conflict Investments
Respect Emotional Intelligence Personal & Business Finance
Integrity Health & Wellness Sales & Marketing
Focus and Action Critical Thinking Culture & Ethics
Servanthood Communication Logistics
Priority Management   Team Building
Understanding Self   Vision & Creation

 

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Who are We?

The Compass Experience

A charitable 501C3 nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching leadership, business competency, financial literacy, and interpersonal skills to set them up for success in the workplace, in relationships and in life in their communities.

We Value…

Integrity: Adhering to the highest moral and ethical principles to display soundness of moral character is something we do as an organization as well as something we instill and demonstrate with our students, donors, partners and volunteer base.

Relationship: Our foundation is built on relationships. It is the venue where influence flows. We facilitate open, honest and respectful communication, compassion for one another, and dignity as we anticipate individual growth and change within our organization and with our students.

Accountability: We operate with a spirit of accountability and believe when two or more are working together, we can accomplish far more than working alone and lacking the inherent accountability that team approaches provide. We accept our individual and team responsibilities and honor our commitments. As an organization we lead by example with our sphere of influence by always being open to answer the pertinent and tough questions while always being held accountable for our actions both internally with checks and balances and externally with responsibility to whomever we work with or partner with.

Diversity: We have a great commitment to respecting, embracing, honoring, and demonstrating diversity in all aspects of our operations. It is a priority to always maintain diversity as one of our strengths. We believe uniqueness is powerful and enriching and having a mosaic of diversity in all dimensions–demographical, cultural, cognitive, and occupational underscores The Compass Experience’s unwavering commitment that every student, parent, coach, mentor, volunteer, and partner in business, education and finance is welcomed, engaged and supported.

The Whole Person: We believe that valuing the entire person is the best way to create a true impact in a person’s life. This is why we partner with various experts, organizations and businesses to offer guidance, experience, and opportunity to help our students learn about who they are, why they are, where they want to go and then equipping them to walk confidently in that direction.

Source-Root Solutions: We know that we can’t fix and heal everyone and every aspect of the things that challenge and stifle aspects of potential success for people and communities but we believe if we devote the right resources and focus to the youth of our nation, we can ensure we strike the root of the problems we see in our current world. We want to be a source-root Solution.

Meet Our Board

Teil Blackshare

A seasoned leader with more than 25 years of hands-on experience developing strategies, managing P&Ls, and building and developing teams. Experience in both the public and private sector. Skillful in delivering results and ensuring operational performance and profitability. A passion for creating a positive culture. Experience in communicating at all levels of the organization. Strategic Planning and Execution Communication Technology Architecture and Implementation Project Management Business Process Management Software Development Management Organizational Design Software Design & Analysis Leadership Development Business Development IT Delivery and Data Center Operations

Danny Pogue

Major (Retired) Dan Pogue is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and was commissioned into the Air Force in 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management of Human Resources from Southern Nazarene University; Master’s in Business Management and Leadership (with Honors) from Webster University and a Master’s of Information Technology Management (with Honors) from Webster University. Major Pogue served over 22 years as an Air Force officer with key assignments in Squadron, Group, Wing, and Major Command staff positions and as a C-130 Instructor and Evaluator Navigator accumulating over 3,200 flight hours while traveling to 53 different countries. He retired as the Director of World-wide Aeronautical Routings at Scott AFB, IL. Dan served the United States in conflicts such as Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Global War on Terrorism, and Operation Iraqi Freedom earning numerous awards and decorations in service to the United States His military awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal along numerous other awards. Dan currently works as Lead Systems Engineer with MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Company (FFRDC) located in San Antonio, TX. After military retirement, Dan worked in the aviation industry for companies such as TYBRIN, Inc., Lockheed-Martin, and NCI, Inc. Dan has served on the board of three different Not-for-Profit companies and has worked in the Aviation Industry in both military and civilian industries for over 30 years. Dan has also served in leadership positions at two different universities in administrative roles. Dan is married to the former Mandy Wilson for over 32 years. They have three children, Zach, Josh, and Hanna, two beautiful bonus daughters, Crysta and Kalei, and an awesome grandson, Ethan. Dan started working with Compass KC in 2011 and joined the Board in 2014. Dan was the initial director of the Bootcamp experience where first year Compass KC students begin their journey. Dan enjoys aviation, reading, golf, and watching his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jeff Boone

Jeffery B. (“Jeff”) Boone Attended the University of Central Missouri Majoring in Criminal Justice Administration. He is a respected sales and marketing professional with executive-level management experience in a wide range of industries. He has worked in consumer product goods, athletic recruitment, and the health care and wellness industries. A dynamic, engaged leader, Jeff began his current sales and marketing career path with Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. For 23 years Jeff rose through the ranks, from sales representative to key account executive and national market manager, attaining the position of regional manager for the company before departing in 2009. During his tenure, Jeff was recognized for leading the #1 sales division in the nation (five times) and received the top national sales leadership award (four times). He is also the recipient of a national award for creating a diversity program for the sales management team. More recently, Jeff developed a new health care brand for the North Texas market, and executed the marketing plan which gained recognition and influenced the recruitment and retention of physicians and other staff, as well as patients. This successful launch resulted in the optimization of a state-of-the-art medical facility to capacity, ahead of schedule. Jeff approaches all his interactions – professional as well as philanthropic – with the goal of bringing out the best in others, by recognizing each individual’s talents and abilities. He is a relationship-builder and puts people first – a servant-leader with a heart for others and an eye for opportunities to influence positive change. An avid horseman, outdoorsman and hunter, Jeff is married with five adult children and enjoys spending time with his family, in addition to coaching football, volunteering at his church, working out at the gym, and cycling. Jeff has been involved with The Compass Experience in Kansas City since 2015 and served as a board member this past year. In this role, Jeff mentors young men and women as they navigate the first steps of a career in the business world. Other volunteer affiliations include Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Healing Pathways.

Deron Lock

Deron Lock is a graduate of Kansas State University where he majored in Agricultural Economics. Upon graduation he worked for Continental Grain and Koch Industries where he worked both in domestic and international trading and sales. Moving through the Koch organization he lived in Chicago, London England and Lexington, KY before buying a majority share holding in a manufacturing company in Wichita, KS. He is currently president of those manufacturing companies under Industrial Ventures Incorporated. Deron has served on other councils and boards in addition to a board member at Compass Experience. He is currently on the Rose Hill Jr Football Board where he serves as vice president. Deron has coached hundreds of kids in junior sports since the late 90’s. Deron’s wife Sherye is a retired schoolteacher and they have two grown sons and a daughter in law. Sherye and their sons are also graduates of Kansas State. Deron enjoys reading about history economics and current events but would like to spend more time travelling and golfing. Deron and Sherye currently live on a small ranch outside of Wichita, KS.

Jonathan Philebaum

Dr. Jonathan (John) Philebaum holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Management Information Systems from Ball State University, a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A) from Georgia College and State University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration (Ph.D.) with a focus in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University.  Colonel (ret) Philebaum was commissioned in the Air Force in 1985 and served over 32 years in the Air Force as a senior officer/pilot in positions of increasing responsibilities flying strategic airlift and refueling aircraft culminating in commander of an executive airlift wing transporting congressional delegates, cabinet members, and the First Lady.  Colonel Philebaum is a Command Pilot accumulating nearly 7000 flight hours in various Air Force aircraft such as T-37, T-38, KC-135A/E/R/T, C-5, C-17, C-40.

Colonel Philebaum served the United States AIr Force in conflicts such as Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Global War on Terrorism, and Operation Iraqi Freedom earning numerous awards and decorations in service to the United States His military awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal (5 awards), AF Commendation Medal (4 awards), AF Achievement Medal (4 awards), Joint Meritorious Service Unit Medal (4 awards), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (3 awards), Combat Readiness Medal (9 awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal (11 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (4 awards), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Milkitary Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Air Orec Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air FOrce Longivety Service Award, Arme dForces R3eserve Medal (10 awards),Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medals (From Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and from Government of Kuwait)

Dr. Philebaum currently serves as the Online Chair, School of Business for Liberty University where he is responsible for content, consistency, quality, and accreditation-worthiness of Doctoral, Masters, and Bachelor-level degree-granting and certification programs. He is responsible for approval/denial of course pre-requisite override, course material changes, Experience Plus Portfolio applications, and all online School of Business Internships. John conducts quality control assessment of Course Curriculum Adjustments as well as resolves student grade appeals and complaints.  He also serves as an adjunct professor for Liberty University where he is the subject matter expert on Case Study Research and Business Solutions Methods and the Lean Six Sigma research-intensive courses.

John is married to Joann for over 32 years. They have three children: Laura Jones, Chelsea Grubbs, Johnny Philebaum, and 4 grandchildren: John-Samuel, Solomon, Rose, and Esther.

Greg Couch

MG (Retired) Couch is a graduate of Kansas State University and was commissioned in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science and Industry from Kansas State University; Master of Science from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. MG Couch has served over 35 years as a Soldier and his key assignments include numerous staff positions and command at Company, Battalion, Brigade level and higher. He retired after serving as the Chief of Staff, United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, IL. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Army Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal . MG Couch retired from Civil Service as the Director for Programs and Services, at the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was responsible for education and physical plant operations of the prison.

Bill Snyder

Bill Snyder from a coal-mining town in Ohio/West Virginia area, left for college at 17 years old. He earned degrees from Central Bible College and Assembly of God Theological Seminary and for much of his professional career worked in many cities as a vocational minister, and director of college ministries in the Midwest region. His true passions are all tied to leadership, mentoring students, serving the under-served and equipping the next generation to be successful in business, in relationships and in life. He led, coached, managed, and oversaw many teams in multiple leadership positions over his career and wanted to give back to people who have the potential but not the opportunity. He founded The Compass Experience in 2012 and this is the platform he’s made those passions a reality while partnering with other organizations and individuals who share this passion to truly impact the nation, one community, one student at a time. He has a remarkable woman by his side who walked confidently alongside him throughout this journey as his wife and best friend for over 40 years, Wendy Snyder. Together they have two children, Clint and Elizabeth who live locally in the KC metro area, and 4 granddaughters Lola, Lina, Penny and Glory. For Bill, it is a joy to be able to serve the community and allow the next generation, within his own family tree, be a part of the mission of this organization and to keep that passion alive and contagious because we really believe we are better together.

Impact Shops

Cash & Career

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Cash & Career Curriculum 

Cash & Career is a 5 week summer program for 12 – 15 year olds in the Kansas City metro and Wichita metro areas. Our concept blends classes with a working internship at a local business; ending with the students getting a paid stipend for their hard work. The classroom portion is an hour and half followed by two hours at the local business.

Teaching Segments:

Personal Skills People Skills
Workplace Skills
Financial Skills 
Integrity Teamwork Planning & Organization Opening A Checking Account
Initiative Communication
Problem Solving
Credit & Debit
Dependability & Reliability
Respect Decision Making Interest
Adaptability   Business Fundamentals
Investment
Professionalism     Budgeting & Saving

Graduating:

Upon Graduation students receive the knowledge and practical application of the skills sets
needed to thrive in the professional world. Learning not only what it takes to have a job, but how to get the job they want in the future, and how to maintain and excel in that workplace. They will also receive the stipend for all the hard work they did with new insight on what to do with it through our financial literacy piece.

Impact Shops

After the first few years of our C & C Program, we realized we were needing to offer something to continue connection and education throughout the year. This year, we are rolling out Impact Shops (3 in the fall and 3 in the spring) to serve our individual groups of students tailoring the workshop style sessions to their needs, interests and areas they need more emphasis on for their individual success. We wanted to be more than a positive summer program, we truly want to Impact the lives of the students in our program and those they interact with in their communities!

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