Tompkins Supply Chain Leadership Forum

April 30 - May 2, 2018
Durham, North Carolina

What are People Saying?

  • Best supply chain event of the year so far – well done.

  • Fantastic event. I had a great time and look forward to next year.

  • We enjoyed the event and thought it was time well spent. Thought the App was great.

  • Great content.

  • The mobile App made the conference experience richer and the networking more efficient.

  • This was a great Forum. The meeting location was particularly nice.

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.

2018 Forum Schedule

Full schedule of keynotes, sessions & workshops

8:00AM - 12:30PM

Golf Outing

(7:00AM Warm-up and Cart Assignments)

Complimentary 18 Holes Shotgun Start

Continental Breakfast in Carts

12:30PM - 2:00PM

Lunch Buffet

1:30PM - 6:00PM

Forum Registration

2:15PM - 4:30PM

Live Demonstration

Tompkins Robotics - Mike Futch and Team, Sham Gad


Reception and Dinner


Awards Presentations


Adjourn for the Evening




Breakfast Buffet


Welcome & Forum Opening


Opening Keynote

“The Digital Imperative: Dealing with Uncertainty, Speed, and Reinvention”

Dr. James A. Tompkins

CEO, Tompkins International


Break (Snacks)


Concurrent Session 1

  • Connecting: A1 - Rich Insights Using Data Science - David Lengacher
  • Sharing: B1 - Collaboration to Deliver Real and Meaningful Innovation - Kevin Hume, Kristi Montgomery - JDA, and Danny Halim - KENCO
  • Learning: C1 - S&OP and the Real Cost of Inventory - Scott Moon



PechaKucha #1

Holiday 2018 - Sandra Tompkins



“Why We Can’t Go Back To The Moon: Lessons for Building Tomorrow’s Supply Chain Workforce”

David DeLong


Plenary Session

Panel Discussion: The State of the Industry


Break (snacks)


PechaKucha #2

Better Strategy Through GroupThink - Brenda Enney



“We Can Work It Out: Connecting Across Generations”

Buddy Bush


Concurrent Session 2

  • Connecting: A2 - Sensorthink / TWES - Rick Kaminska
  • Sharing: B2 - Transportation Cost Reduction - Brewster Smith and Daniel Sears
  • Learning: C2 - DC MH Technology on the Forefront - Kelly Reed and Tony Del Cid

PechaKucha #3

Technology's Role in Today's Supply Chain - Kevin Hume


Keynote Q&A

with Jim Tompkins and Brenda Enney


Break and Networking Time

5:30PM - 6:00PM

Reception and Dinner

Leave for Tobacco Road


Adjourn for the Evening

* A Ted-style talk, with a supply chain spin




Day 2 Kickoff



“Targeted Persuasion: Everything You Need to Know to Close the Deal”

Jeff Tippett


Concurrent Session 3

  • Connecting: A3 - Common Sense Network Design - Dale Pickett
  • Sharing: B3 - MonarchFx - Lessons Learned and Path Forward - Alex Baker
  • Learning: C3 - Maximizing Benefits of Returns - Chris Ferrell and Jordan Jakubovitz- Optoro

Break (Snacks)


PechaKucha #4

Globalization 2.0: New Retail - Michael Zakkour


Closing Keynote

“Alibaba's Five New Trends”

Lee McCabe

EVP, Alibaba


Buffet Lunch


Adjourn Forum

12:00PM - 2:30PM

Buses Start Leaving for the Airport

* A Ted-style talk, with a supply chain spin

Keynote Speakers

Well known industry leaders




Vice President of North America, Alibaba Group

Lee McCabe is Vice President of North America at Alibaba Group. As head of the company’s North American initiatives, McCabe works closely with all verticals to set the course for how to best utilize Alibaba Group’s ecosystem of brands and services. An expert on the Chinese consumer and ecommerce, McCabe helps U.S. companies understand and maximize the massive opportunity in the Chinese market.

Jim Tompkins

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.


Buddy Bush



Executive Director of Learning and Development, JB Training Solutions

Buddy Bush is an inspirational facilitator and keynote speaker who is dedicated to enhancing the work of individual contributors and inspiring better team dynamics. With a diverse management background spanning corporate real-estate to work/life benefits, Buddy brings energy, enthusiasm and a real-world approach to each engagement. Buddy has collected stories from a wide range of clients including Harvard, PepsiCo, Digitas LBi, Abbott Laboratories, and PVH Corp. She applies her passion for business through a blend of tactical insights and memorable levity—because if people are laughing, they are listening. Buddy holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

David DeLong



President, Smart Workforce Strategies

Dr. David DeLong is president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations improve performance by solving problems created by changing workforce demographics and risks of knowledge loss. He is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College.

See David talk about his presentation "Why We Can't Go Back To The Moon" at the Tompkins SCLF and how to build a sustainable workforce in the Supply Chain.

Jeff Tippett



Professional Speaker, Entrepeneur, Activator

With over a decade of experience in speaking to groups of various sizes, Jeff Tippett knows audiences. Always laser-focused on getting results, he captures the audience’s attention, provides relevant content, and entertains them as they learn ways to improve their performance. His drive, passion, and enthusiasm consistently motivate attendees to implement the strategies he teaches.

Forum Pricing

Premium Pricing


Must be a previous/current client of Tompkins International to qualify (Pending Confirmation)

Regular Pricing



Refund Deadline is April 16, 2018

Need additional pricing info? Get in touch.

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Tompkins Supply Chain Leadership Forum 2018

SCLF Concierge Patty Trocchio


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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Hotel Reservations

Guests may reach our hotel reservations department by dialing (919) 490-0999 and requesting
Supply Chain Leadership Forum (Group ID: 612798)
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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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