Compass Carbon is a full service “end to end” vertically integrated sustainability solutions provider

We provide our partners and clients with a full range of project development solutions which include the following:

   Project Planning
and Financing

  • Assessment of the economic feasibility of your project
  • Creation of a project development plan and budget
  • Project documentation
  • Project financing

Operations and Sustainable Forest Management

  • Hiring and management of local contractors
  • Development of sustainable harvesting plan
  • Collaboration with partners so they may assume future management responsibility

Carbon Offset

  • Collection and production of data
  • Production of carbon credits
  • Management of verification process
  • Management of registration and serialization process

Timber and Carbon Credit Sales and Marketing

  • Management of timber logistics and sales to our network of international timber buyers
  • Selling of carbon credits to our network of domestic and international buyers
Compass Carbon designs, plans, implements and provides ongoing management of carbon sequestration projects. Members of our team have seasoned, solid experience working with numerous methodologies from several certifying bodies including the United Nations Framework Convention on Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS ) the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and Verified Carbon Standard (VERRA). Compass focuses primarily on the development of large-scale Improved Forest Management (IFM) and Avoided Conversion (AC) projects, however, we will take on work with most any certifying body and methodology.


Compass Carbon’s patented Syntaq is an advanced technology currently unmatched in the industry

Syntaq provides solutions that are secure, scalable, quickly deployed and remotely maintainable. Syntaq manages unparalleled levels of data and provides the highest level of analytics in support of our issuances.

  Data Logging and Control

  • All site equipment can be monitored and controlled by Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)
  • PLC’s data is stored locally and synchronized to the Central Repository using various methods such as internet, cellular, and manual storage retrieval

Central Repository

  • The Central Repository utilizes a centralized Relational Database management System (RDBMS) located at a hosing facility. Data captured at each site is synchronized to the central database on a regular basis

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Numerous monitoring and reporting solutions are utilized to provide business intelligence

Regulatory Integration

  • Automated integration includes authentication, submittal, logging, transactional tracking and technical document development

Financial System Integration

  • Automated integration of inventory, XML and CVS file generation

The Result is Maximed Credit Value and Project Profitability

   Accelerated Project Timelines/Cash Flows

Syntaq has the ability to significantly reduce the timeline from project inception to first credit issuance. This can result in improved cash flow and a higher ROI.

Increased Project Credit Yields

Syntaq allows for the aggregation and analysis of vast amounts of project data collected by remote sensing technologies. As a result, a Compass Carbon project has the ability to conduct an inventory of the actual trees as opposed to relying on less detailed carbon models permitted under existing protocols. By processing vast amounts of actual tree data Syntaq can lead to increased credit yields.

Enhanced Credit Quality and Security

Compass Carbon-issued credits allow for the real-time monitoring of the life-cycle of each credit produced through our Syntaq technology. For example, other forest project credits only allow buyers to see a listing on a registry without providing any detailed information about the credit itself. In contrast, our forest project credits allow stakeholders to trace the origin of the credit back to a particular grouping of trees and follow the life-cycle of a credit from project inception through retirement of the credit, all in real-time. This provenance transparency is unmatched in the industry and provides an enhanced level of confidence in the authenticity of that particular credit. This transparency of Compass credits serves to create an enhanced “AAA-rated” credit that has significant quality and security superiority over other credits currently produced in the market.

Improved Project Economics

Our Syntaq System can result in a significant increase of project profitability by:
Reducing labor and management time requirements for project development and ongoing monitoring, reporting and verification and;
increasing revenues through greater crediting yields and higher credit “AAA” quality.


Notable project milestones include:


Over one million acres of forestry and emission reduction credits in Brazil and the United States utilizing unique IFM planting of teak and eucalyptus trees;


724 bio-digester sites for hog and dairy cows producing over 5 million Certified Emissions Reductions (CER) credits annually;


Multiple palm oil bio-digester projects in Indonesia and Malaysia, and;


Initial project development stages of several IFM developments (totaling over 5,000,000 acres located in Canada).


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Shayne A. Reeb

Shayne A. Reeb has 27 years of experience as an architect of software and technology solutions. He has held Chief Information and Chief Technology positions in carbon offset development and alternate fuel companies for the past 17 years. Shayne developed two patents, as well as a methodology and software solution for the carbon offset industry, focusing on forest carbon sequestration and methane avoidance. His technology solutions have been utilized by over a thousand carbon offset projects producing tens of millions of carbon offset credits. Shayne has also architected software and hardware solutions for two alternative fuel companies to create biofuel, carbon offset credits, and renewable credits. His earlier experience includes leading as an architect, manager, and developer of various solutions for the energy , biotechnology, chemical, medical, manufacturing, and financial industries. Shayne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University.

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John McMorris

John McMorris has served at the forefront of the dynamic Climate Change, Environmental and Sustainability space since 2001, developing carbon offset and renewable energy projects and technology, in scale, across the globe and entering into Research and Development agreements with universities, the private sector and sovereign governments. John was the first to structure multiple GHG mitigation project sites into a single (United Nations) UNFCCC project and the first to create ‘optioned’ projects (for future grid connection under pre-approved conditions) in approved UNFCCC projects. John has worked extensively with UNFCCC to develop methodologies (and to a lesser extent, influencing policy), primarily in the CDM space and later under VCS/VERRA. He has worked with the Provincial Canadian and the Californian GHG systems (and VCS/VERRA) in their early days to qualify innovative carbon forestry projects.

John was a co-founder and President of AgCert International, a global Climate Change project firm which became one of the world’s two largest until its acquisition by AES. AgCert comprised more than 850 staff in 9 countries and developed over 750 approved (mostly CDM) projects throughout the Americas, including more than 90% of the available animal biogas production sites in Mexico and Brazil. John was also a founding executive of Forest Systems Management Co, a global carbon forestry company, which for the first time combined seasoned forestry and carbon professionals to develop sustainable forestry solutions using advanced monitoring and verification tools. Forest Systems Management went on to implement numerous large-scale programs in New Zealand and Brazil. John also worked as the COO of Alternative Energy Corp from 2015-2018, installing and managing energy projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Laos.

John was instrumental in developing the world’s most advanced carbon software aggregation system and was also a contributing author to “A Guide to Carbon Law and Practice.” John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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 Len Eddy

Len currently sits on the Federal GHG Offset committee to develop a national methodology for Improved Forest Management. He has 33 years of experience in business management, industrial operations, environmental auditing, and management consulting.  He was an original leader at AgCert International LLC; a company that completed and registered 700 GHG reduction projects under the UN Kyoto Treat offset program, and he led several greenhouse gas offset business development initiatives throughout the Americas and Asia, involving agriculture, forestry, waste management and renewable energy. Len was also the national practice leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) greenhouse gas management consulting while a Director of PwC’s Global Forest & Paper Risk Management Services. His earlier experience includes a progressive career as a professional forester, and he has managed all aspects of large-scale forest industrial operations. Len’s other areas of expertise includes environmental auditing having lead auditor role for several of the first Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) certifications throughout the US and Canada. He is also an inventor, with international patents for a nanocellulose-based adsorbent pellet, and his education includes a BSc (forestry) and an MBA from the University of Alberta.  

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 Brad Upham

Brad is an entrepreneur and business consultant with over 15 years of experience in the areas of business development, finance, and management. In 2013 he founded Rock Willow Energy LLC to provide marketing and logistics services to South American mining and energy concerns.  Initially focused on providing specialty heating fuels for the European market, the company developed a global network of traditional and alternative energy providers and customers. Rock Willow Energy LLC is active in Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Asia.  

Before setting up Rock Willow Energy, Brad helped launch Ecologic Solutions, a company providing environmentally-preferable cleaning supplies for businesses and TLJ Gourmet Foods LLC, a wholesale prepared food product company serving retail supermarkets. Additionally, Ecologic Solutions develops business solutions and plans for the telecommunications and public relations companies, Cable & Wireless Plc and APCO Worldwide.

Brad is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a BA in Russian History from the University of Chicago and an MBA from George Washington University.

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 Kurt Kaiser

Kurt brings 30 years of entrepreneurial and management experience in various industries including real estate development, technology, and commodities trade to the Compass Carbon Team.

Kurt started his career as a clerk on the floor of New York Stock exchange. He soon branched off into real estate by buying and selling fixer-upper homes and formed then formed Kaiser Development in 1988. As President of Kaiser Development, Kurt expanded the company from a small New York residential developer into a developer of large scale residential and commercial projects in several states along the US East Coast. In the late 1990’s Kurt invested in several technology related start-ups and worked closely with these companies in order to develop these technologies. In 2010, Kurt formed Ikon Energy for the purpose of trading petroleum and energy related products.  

Kurt attended the University of Miami and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the ICE (Intercontinental Exchange) Oil Trader Academy, located in London.

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 John Crane

John Crane worked as Chief Financial Officer for Jet Support Services, Inc., the world’s largest independent provider of maintenance programs for private and business jets. Prior to his time with JSSI, John had an extensive career in Asia. A 1990 graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, John worked in Singapore in business development for United Technologies (Otis Elevator) and then joined JP Morgan. He spent almost 14 years with JP Morgan in New York, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.

​John established the JP Morgan office in Bangkok in 1996, and was responsible for their Thai investment banking business for eight years, executing a variety of financing and M&A transactions for leading corporate clients as well as the Kingdom of Thailand. Subsequent to his years with JPM, John consulted for a number of Thai and international clients including Macquarie Bank, Mobile Systems, and Thoresen Thai Agencies where he served as CFO of Mermaid Maritime and coordinated that company’s listing on the Singapore stock exchange.

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Ralph Cioffi

Ralph Cioffi’s professional career spans 30 years in the commercial and investment banking Industry.

Ralph  spent the last 22 years of his career at Bear Stearns Inc. as a senior managing director and member of the Board of Directors of the Bear Stearns asset management company.  He has an expertise in capital raising, structure finance and derivatives.

Ralph moved his family from New Jersey to Naples Florida in 2010. Since that time, he has been involved in venture capital, real estate development in the residential, commercial and the hotel and hospitality industry. His recent work with Compass Carbon is in the area of project identification and capital raising for individual projects.

Ralph graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with a bachelor’s of Art’s degree in Business Administration, cum laude.  Academic concentration in corporate finance, money and banking and accounting.

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 Glenn Edwards

Glenn Edwards is the founder and chairman of Chart Organization, LLC, an Investment Company with closely held assets in real estate, fashion, entertainment, and technology.  Chart Organization is named to honor Norma Edwards, Glenn’s mother, whose maiden name was Chart. Norma was an only child, and with no male cousins, the family name would have passed away with her.  Today Chart honors Norma’s memory and embodies her core values of treating everyone with integrity and respect. 

Before forming Chart Organization, Glenn joined his small family business, All Metro Health Care, in 1980.  Over his 25-year career, he grew All Metro into the largest family-run home health care business on the east coast with 7,000 employees and 25 offices.  Glenn sold All Metro in 2005 to a Senior Management led buyout backed by private equity.  

Glenn is the author of two books, Coming into Your Own: How to Develop the Morals and Mindset of a (Future) Business Leader; and If You’re Waiting for a Sign to Start Your Business, This Is It:

Glenn is the Chairman of Mixology Clothing Company, a Board member and Angel Investor at Critical Response Group, and VEPO Water Solutions.  Glenn graduated with a BA from State University at Stony Brook.