JOHN THOMPSON

Venture Advisor
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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