James A. Tompkins, Ph.D. Chairman, Tompkins International

Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on supply chain strategy, focusing on implementation of end-to-end supply chains that are demand driven. As the founder and Chairman of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for Tompkins globally. His 35-plus years as Chairman of a consulting / integration firm and his focus on helping companies achieve profitable growth give him an insider’s view into what makes great companies even better. As a high-level business and supply chain strategy advisor, his unique perspective prepares corporations and executives for the future. To share his knowledge and provide up-to-date information on supply chain and business trends, he developed his blog called “Creating Supply Chain Excellence.” Jim is also a thought leader, sharing insights on business strategy through his presentations and videos, including his most recent, Supply Chain Revolutions: Responding to Digital Disruptions. He has written or contributed to more than 30 books, quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, DC Velocity, and FORTUNE, and he has spoken at thousands of international 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 a Distinguished Engineering Alum. He has also received more than 50 awards for his service to his profession, his most recent being the prestigious Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award. 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.


“It’s always great to hear your updates and we get excellent feedback from our attendees. Glad that our relationship is continuing to be productive for both parties; looking forward to continuing it!”– 

– Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA) on Jim Tompkins’ PARCEL Forum Speech

“Please accept my sincerest thanks for your participation in the ULI Paris Midwinter Meeting.  Everyone greatly enjoyed your opening presentation on Supply Chains and eCommerce Issues. You set a great stage for the two days of discussions.  eCommerce and Technology issues are  truly key transformational changes affecting the real estate and land use industry, and your comments provided such sound information for us as we move forward our vision and action plan for our industry.  Thank you again for your amazing presentation, and for your participation in the Meeting.  Your work was a highlight for us.  I hope we can work together again in the future.”

– Cheryl Cummins, Urban Land Institute, Execuctive Officer

“Great presentation this morning in Colorado Springs! Eye opening to say the least. I found it fascinating.”

– Attendee at the Global Logistic Providers conference

Book Dr. Tompkins for your next event or speaking engagement. Contact Debbie Flynn at dflynn@tompkinsinc.com for more information.