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Chairman, CEO Thompson Distribution Company, MBA Columbia University, BS Chemical Engineering Cornell University

Mr. Thompson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the following, Indianapolis based organizations: Thompson Distribution Company, Inc., a distributor of mechanical supplies and equipment; First Electric Supply Company, LLC, a distributor of electrical supplies and equipment; CMID, an architectural and engineering design firm; and BC Countertops, a fabricator and installer of millwork. Mr. Thompson also served as a consultant for McKinsey and Company in the New York and London offices from 1981-1983. From 1984 to 2001, Mr. Thompson served as vice president of Mays Chemical Company, Inc., in Indianapolis.

He serves on the Boards of The National Bank of Indianapolis-Chair ALCO Committee; Heron Capital’s Advisory Board; Specialized Component Parts Limited; TMap; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 2020-21 Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business, and Labor; Indiana Governor Holcomb Appointment-Indiana Economic Recovery, Relief and Reopen Team; Board President-Crossroads of America Council (Scouting); Indy Chamber (Past Chairman); Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP); Indiana Economic Development Corporation-Chair-Entrepreneurship Committee; Indiana Defense Network-President; Eskenazi Health Foundation-Immediate Past Chairman; Indiana Chamber of Commerce-Vice Chair; 2021 NBA All-Star Game; Indy Championships Fund; Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Past board chair positions include Eskenazi Health Foundation, Indy Chamber, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana Black Expo; Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, NCCO and Varsity Brands/Herff Jones Corporation as Lead Director until the sale of the Company 12/12/2014.

He earned an MBA, with Honors, from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He is a member of Eastern Star Church and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He and his wife Norma have 3 adult children and 4 grandsons.

Awards: Center for Leadership Development, Outstanding Achievement Award 2021; Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Eric Holcomb 2020; Indiana Chamber, “Dynamic Leader of the Year” 2019; UNCF Award 2017; Vision Award, NDC Saves Inc., 2016; Men of Honor, 2016; Junior Achievement Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame, 2016; College Mentors Lifetime Achievement, 2016; Crossroads Boy Scouts of America Whitney Young, 2015; Indiana Minority Business Magazine William G Mays-Entrepreneur, 2015; Marian University’s John Purdie-Innovator of the Year, 2013; Madame Walker Theatre Centre-Business, 2013; Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Mitch Daniels 2012; City of Indianapolis-Workforce Diversity, 2012; IBJ Michael A. Carroll, 2011; Mayor’s Diversity, 2009; Indiana Black Chamber of Commerce-Entrepreneur of the Year, 2004; Indiana Black Expo-Governor’s, 2003; Junior Achievement-Chairman’s, 2000; The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Nu Chapter-Continuing Achievement, 1998; and Center for Leadership Development-Professions, 1996.

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