Our Leadership

The MonarchFx 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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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 the Chairman and CEO of MonarchFx, he brings with him over 35 years of leadership from Tompkins International, a global consulting and implementation business, which stresses the requirement for Strategy before Structure and Structure before Implementation.

Dr. James A. Tompkins received the prestigious Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) on June 1, 2015. The award is an attribute that recognizes Dr. Tompkins through the contributions he has provided to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering. In addition, 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 additional awards for his service to his profession.

His 35-plus years as CEO 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 on The Alibaba Effect.

He has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing, The Supply Chain Handbook, No Boundaries and Facilities Planning. Jim has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and FORTUNE, and he has spoken at thousands of international engagements.

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.

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 MonarchFx he was Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing for Tompkins International, and 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.

Baker is a highly accomplished Senior Supply Chain Executive providing strategic vision and leadership to accelerate growth, maximize profitability, optimize inventory leverage, and strengthen the overall performance of the supply chain. Baker specializes in retail supply chain strategy and omnichannel distribution operations. His career to date has been exclusively within Retail, Department Stores and Brands, driving increased revenue and profitability through the design and execution of agile omnichannel Supply Chain strategies with a particular focus on eCommerce growth platforms. He has had international multi-site responsibility over four million sq. ft. of automated facilities supporting over $6B in revenue.

Before joining MonarchFx Baker worked for Ralph Lauren Corporation in different capacities including Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Vice President of Wholesale Operations, and Vice President of Retail Operations.

Baker holds a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics from The University of Huddersfield and has also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford.

Herman is recognized as a highly impactful and transformational sales and marketing executive within the retail, distribution, manufacturing, and supply chain industries. He has worked strategically in partnership with brands and retailers of all sizes to achieve accelerated growth and supply chain optimization.

Prior to joining Tompkins International, Herman was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for XPO Logistics, Supply Chain. He has also served as Vice President of Global Account Management with Flextronics, Vice President of Global Sales at ITT, Interconnect Solutions, and Vice President of North American Semiconductor Marketing at Arrow Electronics. He has obtained a unique and insightful perspective over his vast and accomplished 30-year career.

Herman also speaks publicly on strategic supply chain and direct-to-consumer solutions at many leading industry events. Herman’s passion for helping organizations with complex strategies and solutions is even evident outside of the office as a Board Member for Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, providing executive mentorship and assisting startup companies with their go-to-market strategy and sales messaging. Whether inside or outside of the office, Herman likes guiding smart, healthy growth.

Herman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University with a major in Accounting. He has attended advanced management and leadership programs at Harvard University and the ITT Management Institute. 

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 Klondike™ 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.

Godwin joins MonarchFx with 20 plus years of supply chain management, distribution, and transportation experience. Before joining MonarchFx Godwin was an Executive Vice President with MercuryGate International, Director of Business Management for Kuehne + Nagel Integrated Logistics, and Director of Distribution at Dayton Superior Corporation. Godwin also has more than 10 years of experience in management consulting with various firms including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tompkins International. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University, along with an extensive work history.

Mr. Goldsmith joins MonarchFx after serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Americold Logistics where he was responsible for the company’s market strategy, revenue production, and customer solutions for some of the largest food brands. Prior to Americold, Mr. Goldsmith was the Senior Vice President, Business Development for CEVA Logistics, overseeing the development of supply chain solutions for the company's premier client base.

Prior to CEVA, Mr. Goldsmith served as a member of the board of management and Global Chief Information Officer for TNT Logistics, a predecessor company to CEVA. In this capacity, he managed the company's technology suite of applications and services including CEVA Matrix™, a proprietary technology platform that enables increased supply chain efficiencies for customers.

Mr. Goldsmith is a graduate of the University of North Florida where he is currently an advisory board member and a graduate of the Logistics Management Program at The Ohio State University.

As Vice President Strategic Initiatives Gary works with client executive teams to ensure that their supply chain strategic initiatives are closely aligned with MonarchFx ever emerging thought leadership and global supply chain expertise. Gary has proven experience with aligning MonarchFx World Leadership Team with their client’s executives and senior managers while sustaining long term top to top relationships regardless of projects. Gary brings a wealth of experience with 25 years of client engagements and customer service within the supply chain and logistics industry, as well as in industrial, real estate, construction, marketing and executive sales. He has previously managed business development teams and held account executive roles with significant logistics and supply chain service firms.

Prior to joining MonarchFx Leadership Team, Gary worked with a major construction company in their real estate / industrial team developing large scale distribution facilities. He also co-founded an architectural, design and engineering firm in Ann Arbor MI that grew from two to eighty folks which he co-lead for nineteen years and also owned Haworth and Herman Miller contract furniture dealerships during that same period. Gary is a long-time member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC).

Gary attended the University of Toledo and lives in Michigan

Chris Ferrell is the Vice President of Operations Planning at MonarchFx, with more than 25 years of experience in the Supply Chain industry. Chris specializes in 3PL operations, customer solution design, and outsourced implementations, with an emphasis on service / cost optimization.

Prior to joining MonarchFx, Chris was a Principal with Tompkins where he was a presenter and lecturer at various supply chain benchmarking related conferences. Over a 17 year period before Tompkins, Chris worked in almost every conceivable link in the supply chain for 17 years; primarily with Kraft Foods. Chris has been involved heavily in the 3PL industry having selected and managed many 3PL transitions and overall implementation projects. He has also worked with 3PLs in optimizing their operations and is well versed in the capabilities and limitations of traditional third-party solutions.

Chris received his B.S. in Logistics & Transportation from the University of Tennessee.

Prior to joining MonarchFx, Moon was a Principal for Tompkins International, where Scott used his more than twenty (20) years of supply chain and logistics experience to provide practical and strategic solutions for numerous multi-national global supply chain companies. With a broad understanding of the end to end business process, Scott brings his specialties in Demand and Supply Planning, Warehouse Operations, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Reverse Logistics, and Distribution to help his clients optimize their profit opportunities.

Scott has written several articles on a myriad of supply chain topics. In his latest white paper “Supply Chain Value: Pathway to Efficiency”, he challenges our foundational understanding of the supply chain components to designate holes in our process understanding. He brings his practical, down to earth style and approach to solving complex problems.

Previously, Scott was President, CEO of DCC America, an electronics retail start-up subsidiary of Danske Computer Center, a consultant with Deloitte and KMPG, Vice President of Inventory Control for a 900 store retailer, Director of Planning and Allocation for Victoria’s Secret, Director of Supply Chain for Kidde Fire and Security, and Director of Worldwide Inventory Management for Lenovo have all contributed to his unique perspective on global Supply Chain issues from many disciplines across international boundaries an industry segments.

Scott received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

As an M.D., business leader and serial entrepreneur, Ben brings over 30+ years of corporate leadership experience serving as the CEO, COO and President of public and private companies in healthcare, brand development, insurance, financial services, technology, and real estate investment.

Ben’s past professional experience includes CEO at Tenet Healthcare Corp. in Florida where he led their accountable care organization and healthcare reform activities; Assistant President at Hearx Ltd. where he co-engineered the company’s restructuring and was chiefly responsible for physician alignment strategies, M&A, and co-led facilities management and supply chain; COO at Allianz N.A & President/CEO at Bravo! Brands, Inc. where he led business strategy and re-energized operations; and EVP at eHDL/Healthnet Data Link where he was responsible for all functional aspects of the Physician Practice Management and EDI business.

Earlier in his career, Ben worked with Sonus USA where he successfully established the largest and fastest growing region of the Sonus Network of hearing care centers and with P&F Investment Group.

Ben also pioneered numerous successful innovative ventures including Weight For Me, the nation’s first and largest Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Control centers directed at over 12 million affected kids nationwide; MedMark Group, the nation’s first medically owned and operated healthcare marketing and advertising agency.

Dale Pickett is a Vice President for MonarchFx. Dale has spent much of his career in distribution network design, warehousing design and operations, warehouse management systems and manufacturing where his practical engineering expertise has helped companies determine the lowest cost solution that meets the business and service requirements for long term success. Dale has modeled networks using multiple tools and designed the resulting warehouse changes and new facilities. He has led many DC implementations for a variety of clients and helped them to achieve significant improvements in cost, performance and service.

He received his B.S. in Engineering from Mississippi State University.

Mike has extensive experience applying technology to improve business operations. He is highly skilled in project management, gap analysis, requirements definition, systems integration, conversion planning, and deployment of large scale supply chain technology projects for both international and domestic operations. His experience includes the integration of warehouse management applications and material handling control systems, including print and apply, routing, and sortation. Mike also has experience with Global Visibility & Event Management, Customer Order Management, Yard Operations, and Supplier Collaboration.

David Lengacher is the Head of Data Science with over 20 years of experience in analytics, modeling, and simulation. He has worked in a diverse array of industries including CPG, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and consulting.  David has taught executive MBA courses at the University of Maryland and has been published in peer reviewed journals and the Encyclopedia of Business Analytics and Optimization.  He holds an MBA from Purdue University. an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.