May 8-10, 2017
Durham, North Carolina


Tompkins Supply Chain Leadership Forum

Annual Tompkins Supply Chain Leadership Forum

A supply chain forum for executives.

Conference Starts in:


Every year the forum starts with an opening reception, where you will be given the opportunity to connect with supply chain leaders.  Also, you will have the chance to make a local connection with a night out on the town.  Some of the local connecting over the years has taken place at Target Field home to the Minneapolis Twins, the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, Broadway Street in Nashville home to Country Music, and a tour of the Miller Brewing Company in Denver.


Quality content and quality speakers make the difference at an executive forum. The Tompkins International Supply Chain Leadership Forum provides both, with relevant supply chain hot topics, enabling all attendees to share ideas and best practices on the newest supply chain technology, transportation methods, material handling options, supply chain execution, fulfillment strategies, and network optimization.  This happens through panel discussions, Q&A, fireside chats, interactive sessions, and presentations given by Tompkins International’s leadership team and experts representing many industries including: Retail, Automotive, Consumer Products, 3PLs, Pharma & Health Care, and Food & Beverage.


Learn from Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International.  Jim kicks off the Tompkins International Supply Chain Leadership Forum with a never before heard keynote speech that will help grow your supply chain making it more profitable and agile.  Jim has been recognized for his innovative and excellence in supply chain knowledge over the years, most notably receiving the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award.

Tompkins International has been a leading supply chain consulting firm for over 35 years recently recognized by Forbes and Gartner.  Tompkins International has offices throughout the United States as well as offices in Europe and Asia.  We enable our clients to be more profitable and valuable, while also becoming more flexible and adaptive to the marketplace.  Join us as we learn from the entire Tompkins International leadership team and supply chain industry experts.

Win a free entry package to the 2017 Tompkins International Supply Chain Leadership Forum in Durham, North Carolina!




Do not miss out on a chance to miss a free entry package to the Tompkins Supply Chain Leadership Forum (SCLF) 2017 in Durham, NC. The SCLF is one of the top Supply Chain events of the year, not to be missed. Entering cannot be easier, please fill out your name, company, and email.






  • Win a free registration package valued at $1200.00 for the Supply Chain Leadership Forum 2017.
  • One winner.
  • You must submit your entry for your chance to win by 10 am (EST) on March 31, 2017
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  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years old at time of entry.
  • Only one submission per person per email address allowed.
  • Winner will be notified on or after March 31, 2017 by email and will have 48 hours to confirm their mailing address & accept winnings or forfeit prize.
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2017 Forum Schedule

Full schedule of keynotes, sessions & workshops

7:30AM - 1:00PM

Golf Outing

1:30PM - 6:00PM

Forum Registration

2:00PM - 4:30PM

DC Tour


Reception and Networking








Welcome & Forum Opening


Opening Keynote


Dr. James A. Tompkins

CEO, Tompkins International


Break (Snacks)


Conccurent Session 1

  • Track A: Supply Chain Operations Excellence
  • Track B: Leading and Managing Change
  • Track C: The Latest in Supply Chain Technologies

Lunchtime Keynote


Tim Lowe

President, Lowes Foods


Plenary Session

Ask the Experts - Executives Panel


Break (Snacks)




Conccurent Session 2

  • Track A: Supply Chain Operations Excellence
  • Track B: Leading and Managing Change
  • Track D: Maximizing the Value of your 3PL Relationships

General Session

Thought Leadership - Top 3 Ideas from breakout sessions - Track Chairs


Break and Networking Time


Social Hour and Dinner


Adjourn for the Evening




Day 2 Kickoff




Conccurent Session 3

  • Track A: Supply Chain Operations Excellence
  • Track C: The Latest in Supply Chain Technologies
  • Track D: Stepping Up to the 3PL Talent Challenge (Panel Discussion)

Break (Snacks)




Closing Keynote


Ernie Keith

SVP Operations and Services, Arrow Electronics




Adjourn Forum

12:00PM - 2:30PM

Buses start leaving for the airport

Keynote Speakers

Well known industry leaders


Dr. James


CEO, Tompkins International

Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on designing and implementing end-to-end supply chains. His focus over the last several years has been in the areas of eCommerce, Omnichannel and supply chain transformations as a result of digital disruptions. As the founder and CEO of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for Tompkins global consulting and implementation business and stresses the requirement for Strategy before Structure and Structure before Implementation.




President, Lowes Foods, LLC

Tim has over 22 years of broad retail experience most recently as President of Lowes Foods, LLC. Tim previously served as Executive Vice-President, Merchandising for Supervalu. Tim also held the position of Senior Vice-President of Operations, Senior Vice-President of Merchandising as well as President of Shoppers Food. Prior to SuperValu Tim's broad career also included time in General Merchandise including positions with companies such as Wal-Mart and Meijer. He is a graduate of the University of Houston where he graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy.




SVP, Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Ernie Keith is senior vice president of Global Operations & Services for Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW).

Ernie is responsible for leading the company’s worldwide logistics, transportation and trade compliance functions.

He also leads Arrow’s value-added services business segment that provides a broad portfolio of supply chain, assembly and logistics services for electronic components suppliers and product companies.





SVP Operations, The Honest Company

William Ashton is currently SVP of Operations at The Honest Company in Los Angeles, CA. He previously served in similar roles with well know brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Bare Escentuals Beauty, Shiseido Americas, Hourglass Cosmetics, and BCBG Max Azria. His primary focus has always been to design, implement, and optimize logistics networks in support of rapid revenue growth. He has described this as his greatest passion.

Ashton received his undergraduate degree from Muskingum College in molecular biology. He then served as a logistics officer and helicopter in the United States Marine Corps.




EVP, Tompkins International

Gene Tyndall is an EVP with Tompkins International, Inc. He was formerly President of Supply Chain Executive Advisors, President of Ryder Global Supply Chain Solutions, and Senior Partner/Leader of the Ernst & Young Global Supply Chain Management Consulting Practice.

At Tompkins International, Mr. Tyndall serves as Chief Solutions Officer, where he targets improved stakeholder value, through profitable growth, margin improvement, and/or capital efficiency.




COO, The Rockport Group

Georgia has over 20 years of senior finance and operations experience, she is a true hybrid executive with the vision to build and grow global business within demanding industries. She is presently the Chief Operating Officer for The Rockport Group a Global Wholesaler and Retailer of high quality men’s and women’s footwear. Georgia oversees all operational functions in the business including IT, Supply Chain, Logistics, HR, legal and Customer Service as well as all project management teams.




SVP, ProLogistix

Brian Devine is the Senior Vice President of ProLogistix, and a 22-year veteran of the staffing industry. In 1999, Brianstarted ProLogistix, a division of EmployBridgededicated to warehouse and distribution center staffing, andProLogistix has become a leading provider of logistics talent in the US and one of EmployBridge’s most successful businesses.

Brian is a recognized industry leader on labor topics, and he speaks at regional and national industry conferences each year. Additionally, Brian is a frequent contributor to trade publications including The Wall Street Journal, DC Velocity Magazine, Inbound Logistics and Supply Chain Brain.




Managing Director, Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute

Tim Brown serves as the managing director of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL), an Interdisciplinary Research Center at Georgia Tech. Brown is responsible for SCL strategic planning and development of executive education programs as well as serving as the liaison to on and off-campus professional associations, organizations and individuals regarding the expansion of SCL's global mission to enable supply chain professionals, businesses, and international governments to transform complex supply chains, improve logistics performance, and increase competitiveness by applying education, innovation and solutions. Brown is also engaged in discussions with industry to evaluate opportunities for collaboration on research, recruitment, and student team projects.




CEO, DSC Logistics

Ann M. Drake has been CEO of DSC Logistics since 1994 - two decades of transformation for the company and the industry of supply chain management. Creating a business model based on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking and high performance operations, Ann has guided DSC to become one of the leading supply chain management firms in the U.S. DSC's customers are mostly Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries.




Vice President, UPS Corporate Strategy

Alan Amling leads UPS’s Global On-Demand Manufacturing initiative, helping global companies leverage 3D Printing to take time, cost and carbon out of their supply chain. He moved in to this role after serving as VP Marketing for UPS Logistics & Distribution.

Amling began his UPS career in 1982 working as a seasonal employee for four years performing a variety of jobs including package handler and car washer. Since rejoining UPS in 1992, Amling has held numerous leadership roles in industrial engineering, customer technology and new product development.

Amling is a TED speaker and a native of Grants Pass, Oregon. He holds a MBA from Indiana University and earned his B.A. in Business and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. Amling is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business at Kennesaw State University focused on business model innovation.

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Forum Venue

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Resort
Durham, NC

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is situated among the rolling hills of the Duke Forest on the campus of Duke University.

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Guests may reach the hotel reservations department by dialing (919) 490-0999 and requesting Supply Chain Leadership Forum (Group ID: 568143) guest room block.


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The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club


3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

Phone: +1 919 490 0999


Located in the Research Triangle region, the Inn is two miles from vibrant downtown Durham and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

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The championship Duke University Golf Club, which shares the property with the Inn, is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course in the region.


Known for exceptional service and luxurious accommodations, the Inn is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 15 consecutive years.

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