Tompkins International’s leadership team includes some of the best minds in the industry. Our experts have decades of hands-on experience and a wealth of high-level knowledge to help our clients succeed in supply chain planning, distribution operations and network design, supply chain IT systems, material handling integration, third-party logistics, and other areas critical to achieving supply chain excellence.

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Jim Tompkins CEO

Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on supply chain strategy and operations. As the CEO he provides leadership for Tompkins International. With more than 35 years experience, he holds an insider's view into what makes great companies even better. Jim has written or contributed to more than 30 books, and has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines. He has spoken at thousands of international engagements and received more than 50 awards for his service to the profession.

Denny McKnight President

An expert in global distribution strategy, Denny McKnight has spent his 25-year career focusing on logistics, warehousing/distribution, and warehouse management systems. He has extensive experience leading large-scale project initiatives in facility re-engineering, Greenfield site development/fit-up, and WMS selection and implementation. Denny is a frequent speaker on various warehousing and logistics subjects, is frequently quoted in top industry publications, and has contributed to several books. Prior to his current role at Tompkins International, Denny was the Distribution Center Plant Manager for Champion Products. He holds his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University.

John Spain Chief Administrative Officer / Chief Financial Officer

John Spain has been helping organizations improve their global supply chains for more than three decades. He frequently addresses trade and professional organizations and is a regular speaker on various warehousing and logistics subjects. John has also written or contributed to numerous articles for many prominent trade publications. He is an active member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. John received his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Dale Harmelink Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Consulting

Dale Harmelink oversees supply chain consulting services at Tompkins International. Dale is an expert in logistics systems planning, order-picking, and warehouse operations. He is skilled in computer modeling and evaluation of distribution system alternatives, as well as developing and evaluating warehouse equipment and systems. Dale has taught numerous seminars on logistics, and has co-edited and co-authored several books. He received his B.S. in Manufacturing Administration from Western Michigan University.

Kelly Reed Executive Vice President, Material Handling Integration

Kelly Reed is a "veteran" supply chain authority in every sense of the word. A 2014 recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Pros to Know award and a 2014 MHI Roundtable member, Kelly has more than 30 years experience in Supply Chain Management, Distribution Center design and material handling systems integration, warehouse control system design and implementation, and system life cycle support. He has worked extensively with many public, private, and government businesses to improve their supply chain planning, execution and warehouse operations. Prior to joining Tompkins International, Kelly served in the U.S. Marine Corps in a variety of supply chain leadership positions. He received his B.S. in Business Administration at Ohio State University and his M.S. in Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Gene Tyndall Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions

Gene Tyndall has 30 years experience consulting with major corporations. Prior to joining Tompkins International, he was President of Ryder Global Supply Chain Solutions, and was a Senior Partner with the E&Y Supply Chain Management Practice. In his current role, he focuses on the firm's marketing strategy, as well as developing and applying services and solutions. In 2007, he was awarded "Global Logistics Person of the Year" by the Global Institute of Logistics.

Bruce Tompkins Executive Vice President, Director of Marketing

Bruce Tompkins boasts more than 30 years of operations experience, from traditional industrial engineering to manufacturing and materials management. He is an expert in manufacturing and distribution processes, lean manufacturing implementation, Six Sigma methodologies, ISO/QS Quality Systems, and benchmarking and gap analysis. Bruce has authored numerous reports and created a variety of presentations that share findings from the Consortium's benchmarking and best practices surveys. He is also frequently quoted in numerous industry publications. Prior to his role at Tompkins International, Bruce was Vice President/General Manager of Operations for Maytag Herrin Laundry Products. He received his B.S. in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University.

Mike Futch President, Tompkins Robotics

With more than 25 years' experience with clients in a range of industries, including Pharmaceutical, Retail, Food & Beverage, and Consumer Products, Mike has been highly successful in building long-term relationships based upon his personal involvement in successful implementations. He has achieved significant results for clients that have led to bottom line savings, higher levels of performance, enhanced service levels across the supply chain and an increase in overall shareholder value. Areas of expertise include due diligence, strategic development and implementation of logistics networks and supply chains, operations improvement in the areas of warehousing, distribution, transportation, manufacturing, simulation modeling, supply chain execution systems, outsourcing plans, and project management of all the above. Project work experience totals hundreds of engagements for over 100 companies. Some of his most significant accomplishments have been to direct many projects from feasibility through start up. Mike also leads Tompkins Robotics, a division of Tompkins International that designs, sells, and implements the t-Sort Robotic Sortation System for clients.

Jeffrey Kaplan Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Kaplan has 30 years experience as a CFO with 23 of those years working with public companies. During his career, Kaplan has been directly responsible for closing over $1.4 billion in transactions, including underwritten public offerings (four IPOs), PIPEs, acquisitions and bank financings. As EVP and CFO at Rare Medium Group, Kaplan completed a $186 million underwritten public offering and more than $70 million in private placement funding. Throughout his career as a CFO, Kaplan has been responsible for building and developing corporate finance and administrative staff to handle growth, and he has implemented budgeting and forecasting disciplines to manage growth. During Kaplan's tenure at Clabir Corporation, a conglomerate that owned 37 restaurants and 100 convenience stores, the company brought the popular KlondikeÔ ice cream bar to the national market and subsequently spun-off Klondike as a separate public company.

Kaplan also has substantial experience implementing and managing successful investor relations campaigns and coordinated securities analyst coverage for a number of public companies. Kaplan has experience in financial leadership, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations for public and emerging-growth companies. 

Kaplan holds a Master’s of Business Administration with distinction from the New York University Stern School of Business, where he was elected a charter member of Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honor Society), and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Valerie Bonebrake Senior Vice President

Valerie Bonebrake has more than 25 years of industry experience in logistics services. She has worked with an array of companies and industries in North America and across the globe. She also has been recognized by Ingram Magazine as one of the Top Ten Female Executives in Kansas, and was a 2010 recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Pros to Know award. Valerie was co-founder of YRC Worldwide subsidiary Meridian IQ (now MIQ Logistics), a global third party logistics company, where she served as EVP/COO. Valerie spent 19 years at Ryder Systems, Inc., in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the company's supply chain solutions segment. Valerie holds a M.S. in International Logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Brian Hudock Vice President

As a partner at Tompkins International, Brian Hudock specializes in total supply chain projects, including supply chain network analysis and planning, facility and operations optimization, and the design, specification, and installation of various equipment and systems. Brian is a frequent contributor to well-respected trade journals on the topics of material handling and warehouse operations, and his expertise extends across numerous industries. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Thompson Brockmann Vice President

Thompson Brockmann received his B.S. and Master’s in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, and joined Tompkins in 1995. As Vice President in charge of Distribution Operations, he oversees Tompkins’ expert team in warehousing, distribution, and logistics. Thompson has extensive experience in the design and implementation of distribution networks in consumer goods, retail, and apparel. He has led the development of Strategic Master Plans, systems and equipment justifications, detailed facility planning and specification, as well as management of the implementation process for many clients, including Sysco, Medtronic, Ralph Lauren, National Grid, KeySpan Energy, Ocean State Job Lots, Mt. Olive Pickle, Burt’s Bees, Sheetz, Coach, Bare Escentuals, and Castellini.

Mike Halsey Vice President

Mike Halsey received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, and is a 24 year veteran of Tompkins’ Supply Chain Consulting Services team. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of Manufacturing and Distribution Facilities and Operations, Material Handling Equipment selection and specifications, Warehouse Management Systems, Distribution Networks, and Production Planning systems. Mike’s successes include the design of more than 50 distribution centers, 18 distribution networks, and ten manufacturing facilities. Mike approaches every project with a focus on achieving customer service goals, and employs innovative engineering concepts to ensure peak operational and economic performance of his facilities. Among his clients are Ingram Books, STIHL, Performance, Inc., Cooper Tools, Virginia ABC, Indigo Book & Music, Advance Auto, Hanesbrands, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and MTD Products.

Dale Pickett Vice President

Dale Pickett received his B.S. in Engineering from Mississippi State University, and has spent much of his career in distribution network design, warehousing design and operations, warehouse management systems and manufacturing. Dale has led many DC implementations for a variety of clients and helped them to achieve significant improvements in cost, performance and service. Using sophisticated modelling tools, he has helped scores of companies determine their lowest cost solution that meets the business and service requirements for long term success. His clients include AAFES, Hanes, Preferred Meal Systems, A&P Corporation, C&S Grocery Wholesalers, Performance Bike, LG Electronics (Australia), SYSCO Foods, Sally Beauty Corporation, Kraft Foods, Newell Rubbermaid, Cemex, Equilon Enterprises, Wagner Lighting, Merck, The TJX Companies, The Body Shop, New York and Company, Rite Aid Corporation, Sara Lee Knit Products, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.,, Southern California Edison and TEVA Pharmaceutical.

Kevin Hume Vice President

Kevin is a Vice President in the Supply Chain Information Technology Dimension. With over 22 years experience in the supply chain industry, Kevin has managed a wide range of projects including Supply Chain IT system selection and deployment for many industries, including publishing, food and beverage, consumer electronics, and pharmaceuticals within multi-channel retail and wholesale operations. He also has extensive experience in facility design and layout, network optimization, transportation optimization, and warehouse management strategic design and implementation. Kevin has been a pioneer in the field of Internet retail fulfillment and is also a recognized authority in the areas of distribution facility design as well as Warehouse Management System (WMS) justification, selection, and integration. Prior to joining Tompkins, Kevin served in a variety of supply chain industry and consulting roles including Director of Supply Chain Consulting Services for TranSystems | ESYNC, Director of Fulfillment Systems for eToys, Senior Supply Chain Consultant for AnswerThink for WMS implementations, and Project Manager for BDM / MARC Global responsible for leading the implementation of their WMS solution.

David Latona Vice President

David Latona has more than 30 years experience in the supply chain industry. He is an apparel and footwear material handling integration specialist, skilled in the complete merchandise and mechanical flow of operations with a particular emphasis systems development in view of the overall supply chain.

Before joining Tompkins, David was a Partner and Senior Vice President of Vector Design, Inc. a nationwide material handling integrator and Co-founder and Managing Director of a third party logistics operator in the Port of Los Angeles.  He also co-founded Polygon Solutions, a B2B model offering services to emerging apparel and footwear brands providing a hosted ERP system, data entry, auditing and customer services. His expertise has helped companies such as The Wet Seal, Kenneth Cole Productions, The May Dept Stores, Carole Little, Perry Ellis, Warnaco, BCBG, bebe, Macy’s, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Kellwood, Authentic Fitness, Rock and Republic, Earth footwear, Tyr Sports, Kids R Us, JC Penney’s and The Gap.

Jim Serstad Managing Director, Tompkins Asia

Jim Serstad oversees Tompkins International's presence in Asia. Having first visited China in 1988 and working there for 14 years, he understands the unique challenges of logistics in China. Whether in supply chain strategy, network design, quality systems, or organizational design, Jim helps clients to apply best practices to their China operations. Prior to Tompkins, Jim worked for Colliers International in logistics site selections, and with PRI, a China-based manufacturing consultancy and private equity firm, where he managed the acquisition of a Flextronics contract manufacturer. Jim holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA in manufacturing management, both from Purdue University.

Michael Zakkour Vice President

Michael A. Zakkour has two decades’ experience in international market strategy and implementation, primarily in China and Asia where he has assisted more than 300 multinational, public and private enterprises on their entry and growth strategies and implementation, supply chain and operations in China, including some of the biggest names in retail, food and beverage, entertainment, consumer products, health care, real estate, technology, fashion and luxury. He is also the co-author of the best-selling new book from Wiley “China’s Super Consumers” and is a contributing writer at FORBES, MSNBC, Harvard Business Review, Beijing Review and appears regularly on the BBC and NPR. He has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, WWD, Crain’s NY and CNBC, and The China Business Network among many others.