Dr. James "Jim" A. Tompkins

Founder and CEO of Tompkins International - Dr. James A. Tompkins is the founder and CEO of Tompkins International and an international authority on supply chain strategy, focusing on implementation of end-to-end supply chains that are demand driven. To share his knowledge and provide up-to-date information on supply chain and business trends, he developed the Creating Supply Chain Excellence Blog and Global Supply Chain Podcast. Jim is also a thought leader, sharing insights on business strategy through his "Business at a X-Roads" and "The Amazon Effect" presentations. He has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing, The Supply Chain Handbook, No Boundaries and Facilities Planning. Dr. Tompkins has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and FORTUNE, and has had numerous international speaking engagements. Jim has served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Materials Management Society, and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education, and Purdue has named him an Outstanding Industrial Engineer and a Distinguished Engineering Alum. He has also received more than 50 awards for his service to his profession. Dr. Tompkins received his BSIE in 1969, his MSIE in 1970 and his PhD in 1972, all from Purdue University.