Tompkins pledges to build bridges within the Association, legal profession
CLEVELAND, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- P. Kelly Tompkins, senior
vice president, general counsel and secretary of RPM International Inc.
(NYSE: RPM), took office today as the 95th president of the Cleveland Bar
Association for a one-year term, succeeding David A. Kutik of Jones Day.
Tompkins was sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor at the
Association's annual meeting.
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"I am extremely honored and humbled to represent the Cleveland Bar
Association and to follow in the footsteps of David Kutik," said Tompkins.
"David's dedication to the legal profession, the Association and,
particularly, to the needs of the working poor in the community is inspiring
to us all. I intend to build on the solid foundation that David laid during
his tenure, and to involve even more members of the Association in our
programs to give back to the community."
In his keynote address, Tompkins outlined his goals for the Association
and stressed the importance of building bridges within the Association, the
legal profession and the community at large. He laid out the following
initiatives to broaden the Association's appeal to an even more diverse cross-
section of members:
- Sustain the momentum of the Association's successful "Our Commitment to
Our Community" initiative by expanding the pool of participants and
serving as a catalyst for change in the community.
- Address and heighten awareness of issues of concern to women, including
leadership, mentorship and work/life balance.
- Deliver value to members by providing excellence in service, which
includes offering quality programming, policing the profession and
enhancing its image.
On a broader scale, Tompkins said he hopes the Association can foster
collaboration among the various bar associations and legal service providers
in the area to help raise awareness of the need to give back to the community.
He noted that the Association is in active discussions with leading civic
organizations to explore specific ways the Association can lend its
institutional voice and the skills and experience of its members to address
regional economic development and related government reform.
To continue building on the Association's long tradition of civic
contribution, Tompkins has tapped former president and Thompson Hine partner
Steve Kaufman to help spearhead the organization's participation in broad-
based, community-wide stakeholder dialogue programs.
"We are delighted to welcome Kelly Tompkins as our 95th president. His
dedication to the profession and his passion for upholding the highest
standards in all we do will be a benefit to the Cleveland Bar Association, its
members and the community," said D. Larkin Chenault, executive director and
secretary of the Association. "In addition, with his corporate experience and
background, Kelly brings a unique perspective to the position."
Tompkins is only the second corporate general counsel to serve as
president in the Cleveland Bar Association's 132-year history. Previously, he
served as president-elect (2004), vice president (2003-2004) and trustee
(2000-2003). As a member of the executive, fiscal policy and planning
committees, Tompkins led a successful capital campaign for the Association
that raised funds to offset the cost of the move to its new office space in
Tompkins also is a charter fellow and trustee of the Cleveland Bar
Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate of the Association. His affiliation with
the Association started early in his career, when he worked as a law clerk for
the organization during law school.
Since 2000, Tompkins has served on the visiting committee of the
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, which he has chaired since 2002. At the
invitation of Cleveland State University President Michael Schwartz, Tompkins
served on the search committee that recruited Geoff Mearns to be the new dean
of the law school. Last month, Tompkins delivered the commencement address to
the 107th graduating class of Cleveland-Marshall law school. His
contributions to Cleveland State were recognized recently when he received the
George B. Davis Award for distinguished service.
Tompkins is active in the National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA),
which he serves as chair of the corporate counsel advisory group. In October
2003, he received an industry achievement award for his work in developing the
Lead Exposure Warnings and Education and Training Programs Agreement among
NPCA, industry and state attorneys general. He is a member of several other
professional associations, and is a frequent speaker and panelist on a range
of legal- and business-related topics.
Tompkins lives in Westlake, Ohio, with his wife, Cathy, and their three
Founded in 1873, the over 5,000-member Cleveland Bar Association is a
private, non-profit organization which provides a wide variety of membership
services and operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region by
educating the bar, providing resources that enhance client service and by
promoting integrity and ethical behavior among lawyers. The Cleveland Bar
Association was one of the first bar associations in the nation, even
predating the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and
is currently the largest metropolitan provider of legal seminars in Ohio.
RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are
world leaders in specialty coatings and sealants serving both industrial and
consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants,
corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals.
Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and
Dryvit. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-
yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, automotive and boat repair
and maintenance, and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-
Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testors.
For more information, contact P. Kelly Tompkins, senior vice president,
general counsel and secretary, at 330-273-8883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE RPM International Inc.
CONTACT: Kelly Tompkins,
senior vice president, general counsel and
secretary of RPM International Inc.,
Web site: http://www.rpminc.com