Scott Larson, CEO
As co-owner, Scott spearheads client service and sales for Compass Rose Events. With twenty years of industry experience, Scott knows large, corporate events better than anyone, serving the country’s most prominent corporate clients. Having begun his career with the nation’s largest provider of employee-relations events at the time, Scott has worked in all aspects of the business. Scott began as an intern, working his way up to Sr. Vice President before venturing out on his own and founding Compass Rose Events. Met with great success, he credits his imaginative and dedicated employees as the driving force behind the company’s growth, but all who know Scott understand it is his masterful leadership skills that have consistently delivered success for clients and the company.
Scott holds an undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He resides in Maine with his wife and two daughters, where in his sporadic moments of free time he enjoys skiing, dog-sledding, traveling, camping and boating.
Bob Hilscher, Principal
As co-owner of Compass Rose Events, Bob expertly manages the tactical planning and execution of all event logistics and operations. From the onset of the initial client meeting through to the finest detail, Bob serves as the point person, assigning the key personnel and inventory needed for the delivery of a flawless event. Bob became a partner with Compass Rose Events after spending nearly twenty years in the corporate event industry. Having worked in all aspects of the business, from sales to operations, Bob developed the linear and sequential strategy he uses to guide his clients through the final phases of a function; he understands better than anyone what it takes to deliver an event without a hitch.
Bob holds an undergraduate degree from Clemson University and earned an MBA from Georgia State University. Married with three children, he lives in Maine, where he and his family are avid skiers, kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Brian Long, President
Brian began his career at Compass Rose Events as an Event Manager and quickly grew into a Senior Project Manager. In 2014, he took over the company’s operations as Vice President of Operations and became a co-owner. Brian’s understanding of Compass Rose from the ground up, coupled with his 13 years of event and entertainment experience helps Brian provide solid leadership for our operations team. Brian challenges systems and procedures and constantly is pushing to move Compass Rose forward to remain the industry leader. Brian’s success comes from his understanding of detailed planning, execution of systems and the belief of a customer focused approach.
A former football standout at the University of Missouri and Missouri State University, Brian grew up in the Kansas City area but resides currently in the St. Louis region. Brian and his wife Danielle have three daughters Lily, Savannah and Paisley. When Brian is not at his daughter’s dance competitions or soccer games, he enjoys watching the Chiefs and Cardinals play. A longtime enthusiast for the outdoors, he enjoys boating, fishing, rafting and camping with friends and family.
Neal Jones, CFO
As the CFO for Compass Rose Events, Neal spearheads the finance & accounting team. This includes overseeing day-to-day financial operations, internal & external reporting, budgeting & forecasting, as well as managing banking & creditor relations. Neal brings extensive experience from large scale manufacturing, retail and various service industries.
Neal holds an undergraduate degree from St. Andrews College and earned an MBA from Campbell University. Married with three children, he and his family live in Maine.