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.

2017 Forum Schedule

Full schedule of keynotes, sessions & workshops

8:00AM - 12:30PM

Golf Outing - Complimentary 18 Holes Shotgun Start

Continental Breakfast in Carts

7:00 a.m. Warm-up and Course Rules

12:30PM - 2:00PM

Lunch Buffet

1:30PM - 6:00PM

Forum Registration

2:15PM - 4:30PM

DC Tour

Load Buses Beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Reception and Dinner


Awards Presentations


Adjourn for the Evening






Welcome & Forum Opening


Tompkins Rebranding Discussion


Opening Keynote


Dr. James A. Tompkins

CEO, Tompkins International


Break (Snacks)


Conccurent Session 1

  • Track A: Building a Dynamic Supply Chain Transportation Network
  • Track B: Supply Chain Initiative Implementation Best Practices
  • Track C: The Real Impact of IoT on Supply Chain



Lunchtime Keynote


Tim Lowe

President, Lowes Foods


Plenary Session

Ask the Experts - Executives Panel


Break (Snacks)




Alan Amling

Vice President, UPS Corporate Strategy


Conccurent Session 2

  • Track A: Executing Business Strategy the Right Way
  • Track B: Change Management: Challenges and Methods
  • Track D: Maximize the Value of Your 3PL Relationships

Plenary Session

Thought Leadership - Top 3 Ideas from Breakout Sessions - Track Chairs


Break and Networking Time


Casino Night and Dinner


Adjourn for the Evening

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



8:00AM - 8:45AM

Breakfast with Jim

Fireside chat between Bruce Tompkins and Jim Tompkins to follow-up Jim’s keynote presentation and any other pressing topic from the audience.


Day 2 Kickoff




Gene Tyndall

EVP, Tompkins International


Conccurent Session 3

  • Track A: Optimizing Final-Mile Costs Through DDU Induction
  • Track C: Digital Impacts on DC Operations and Material Handling (TES)
  • Track D: Stepping Up to the 3PL Talent Challenge (Panel Discussion)

Break (Snacks)




Georgia Wraight

COO, The Rockport Group


Closing Keynote


Ernie Keith

SVP Operations and Services, Arrow Electronics




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


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 (Bill) Ashton is currently Senior Vice President of Operations at The Honest Company in Los Angeles, CA. He previously served in similar roles with well known brands such as 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.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Muskingum College in molecular biology. He then served as a logistics officer and helicopter pilot 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 Wraight is currently Chief Operating Officer for The Rockport Group a Global Wholesaler and Retailer of high quality men’s and women’s footwear . She 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. . 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, Brian started ProLogistix, a division of EmployBridge, dedicated to warehouse and distribution center staffing, ProLogistix 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 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.




Senior Vice President, JDA

Andrew Kirkwood Senior Vice President for JDA is responsible for Logistics and Supply Chain Execution Customers globally. Within this role, Andrew is accountable for developing the go to market strategy, business development, sales and success of JDA’s customers utilising JDA's Intelligent Fulfilment Solutions. In addition, he provides Executive Sponsorship to a number of JDA's largest UK and Ireland customers.

Andrew joined the company at the end of 2012 as a result of the merger of RedPrairie with JDA. During his 8 years at RedPrairie, Andrew held a variety of roles and ultimately was responsible for Sales and Marketing across EMEA, driving consistent year over year growth. Prior to this, he has held a number of roles at Manhattan Associates, Dexion, Dallas Systems and GKN. Throughout his 25-year career, Andrew has worked with leading manufacturers, retailers and distributors, specifically in the area of Supply Chain.




Managing Partner, Sadler, Travis & Rosenbery, P.A.

Managing partner of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. and Chairman and CEO of its related global trade compliance management company, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, Inc. -- The largest provider of customs and international trade services worldwide with over 750 global trade professionals located across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Extensive experience in a wide variety of international trade and customs matters, including the representation of countries and private interests in free trade agreements and before the World Trade Organization, the World Customs Organization, the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, and before the revenue and customs services of many nations. Author of the bestseller "Doing Business Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Going Global" and distinguished speaker on trade-related topics.

Specialties: Customs, Import, Export, Trade




Vice President, Distribution and Worldwide Logistics, Hot Topic

Bob is currently Vice President, Distribution and Worldwide Logistics for Hot Topic. Bob has 25 years experience in the retail and direct to consumer space. Hot Topic companies’ have over 1,000 stores plus multi brand organization with significant online penetration. Bob leads all distribution, transportation strategy and execution for the organization. Prior to Hot topic, Bob was with the North American Supply Chain division of in a transportation network leadership role, as well as Liz Claiborne (now Kate Spade), and Lenox China in similar senior executive operating positions. Bob’s focus has been on fast growing eCommerce businesses and how specialty retailers can close the gap between their own current capabilities and the customer expectations set by amazons service level.

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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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