Dr. Jim Tompkins, President and CEO,
Tompkins Associates

About the Speaker: Jim Tompkins is the president and CEO of Tompkins Associates, the leader in global supply chain services, distribution operations consulting, technology implementation, material handling integration, and benchmarking and best practices. For more than 30 years, his practical expertise and leadership have helped hundreds of companies worldwide achieve Supply Chain Excellence.

Tompkins is an internationally known authority on leadership, logistics, warehousing, manufacturing, material handling, outsourcing, and supply chain best practices. He is a motivator and an innovator who has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies around the world. His experience in helping companies achieve success gives him an insider's view into what makes great companies even better. As a high-level business advisor, he has a unique perspective that prepares corporations and executives for the future. Providing up-to-date information on supply chain and business trends, he has developed his GoGoGo! Blog and Global Supply Chain Podcast to share his distinctive knowledge.

Jim has written or contributed to more than 30 books including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership for Organizational Acceleration, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing: Harness Your Core Competencies, The Supply Chain Handbook, and No Boundaries. He is also co-author of Facilities Planning, the world's standard science text for the planning and designing of industrial facilities. He has been quoted in countless business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Fortune, Traffic World, Modern Materials Handling, and DC Velocity, and with more than 500 published articles to his credit, he is a well-known, respected author in business and industry circles. Tompkins has also spoken at nearly 4,000 engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, executive forums, seminars and short courses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. Learn more here.

He is currently on the 2009 advisory board for Distribution Center Management and has served on the board since 2007. Tompkins is a past recipient of the Reed-Apple Award from the Material Handling Education Foundation and the past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Material Handling and Management Society, and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education. He has received the Distinguished Engineer Award from Purdue University's School of Engineering and has been inducted to Modern Materials Handling's Hall of Fame.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1969, his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1972, all from Purdue University..