About Tompkins Robotics

Tompkins Robotics focuses on robotic automation of distribution and fulfillment operations. Beginning over five years ago with our robotic sortation solution, tSort™, we have continued to develop innovative solutions to provide our customers’ unmatched flexibility and capacity throughout their supply chain processes. We have added solutions upstream, like our Pick Assist AMR, PickPal, as well as downstream, with the only automated takeaway unit from a unit sorter robot, xChange. Our warehouse execution systems, tWES, links all these technologies and provides a broad solution set for our customers.

Tompkins Robotics continues to evolve and enhance our customers’ operations with solutions that maximize modularity, floorspace, flexibility, and speed of implementation and our RaaS financing option allows for customers to see an even faster ROI to make them more successful in todays’ dynamic marketplace. Additional information available at www.tompkinsrobotics.com

Watch the video below to learn more about the robust applications and unique capabilities of the tSort system.

Executive Team

The Tompkins Robotics leadership team includes some of the best minds in the industry.  Our experts have a wealth of knowledge and decades of hands-on experience improving supply chain performance and increasing profitability for a diverse range of companies, from small startups to big-box retailers.

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Mike Futch


Mike Futch



Mike serves as the President, CEO of Tompkins Robotics. His is also one of the original founders of Tompkins Robotics and brought the tSort sortation system to life for global customers. tSort is the world’s leading robotic, truly scalable, portable, and intelligently adaptable automated sortation system that is changing the way firms execute in their supply chains. He has been involved from day one in the evolution of this unique and innovative system – recognizing the potential, designing the applications, and creating the value proposition for Tompkins Robotics’ customers.

Mike continues to lead the design and forward movement of the company. He drives much of the new application development, new product conceptualization, and the integration with partners solving unique problems with complimentary robotic automation. His focus is to deliver Tompkins Robotics and its systems to customers across the globe to maximize their service, performance, and operations in ways never before thought possible. Mike has had a long, successful, prior career in the US Air Force and as a leader in consulting practices at several firms. He now brings that same level of success to the leadership of Tompkins Robotics and its customers.

Bill Pelzar


Bill Pelzar

Chief Technology Officer


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Thompson Brockmann


Thompson Brockmann

EVP, Operations


Thompson Brockmann is an instrumental Tompkins Robotics team member.

Since joining Tompkins International in 1995, Thompson has developed extensive experience in the design and implementation of distribution networks and fulfillment centers in eCommerce, 3PL, consumer goods, retail, and apparel. He has played lead roles in developing strategic master plans, justifying systems and equipment, detailed facility planning and specification, and managing the implementation process for clients.

In Thompson’s current role as Vice President at Tompkins Robotics, he oversees the full life cycle, from solutions development post go-live owner transition of tSort, integrated material handling systems, and other automated solutions. Utilizing over 20 years of experience in distribution and fulfillment system designs and implementation, Thompson helps to deliver solutions that maximize service, performance, and operations in ways never before thought possible.

Thompson received his B.S. and Master’s in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Jeffrey Kaplan


Jeffrey Kaplan

EVP-Corporate Development & CFO


Jeffery has 30 years experience as a CFO with 23 of those years working with public companies. During his career, Jeffrey 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, Jeffrey 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 Jeffrey’s tenure at Clabir Corporation, a conglomerate that owned 37 restaurants and 100 convenience stores, the company brought the popular KlondikeÔ ice cream bar to the national market and subsequently spun-off Klondike as a separate public company.

Jeffrey also has substantial experience implementing and managing successful investor relations campaigns and coordinated securities analyst coverage for a number of public companies. Jeffrey has experience in financial leadership, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations for public and emerging-growth companies.

Jeffrey 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.

Sean O'Farrell


Sean O’Farrell

Vice President, Operations


Sean is responsible for Tompkins Robotics Micro Fulfillment Center “MFC” solutions to the Retail sector. Today’s business world is about speed, accuracy, and convenience, which tSort addresses in cost-effective, flexible, simple solutions. Sean has over 25 years of automated material handling experience.

Prior to joining Tompkins Robotics, Sean served as Global Market Development Director at Dematic Corp for 10 years covering Grocery, Food, Beverage and Wholesale B2B markets. Additional roles include Business Development, Strategy and Marketing at Witron & Daifuku.

Jim Serstad


Jim Serstad

Vice President, Product Development


Jim Serstad, Vice President of Product Development ensures that Tompkins Robotics is always on the leading edge of warehouse robotics. He is responsible for developing the mechanical, electrical, and software elements of the tSort system.

Through several partnerships that Jim developed with key robotics and material handling technologies, tSort integrates with upstream and downstream warehouse processes. He leads the internal efforts to take concepts from the drawing board to reality including the detail design, engineering, prototyping, testing, and finally the product commercialization, stabilization, certification, introduction, and refinement in the marketplace. He also oversees the writing and management of the many patents and patents pending that are held by Tompkins Robotics both in the US and globally.

Prior to joining Tompkins, Jim managed the acquisition of a Flextronics factory, and subsequently was responsible for operations and business development. Upon joining Tompkins, he drove the expansion of the firm’s Asia practice into warehouse design and material handling equipment. During Jim’s 15-year tenure in China, his team discovered a ground-breaking sortation technology. In 2016, he moved back to the US to help introduce this sorting technology to the US.

Jim has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from Purdue University.

Bruce Baring


Bruce Baring

Vice President


Bruce Baring is a Vice President with Tompkins Robotics and works with our clients to define requirements, develop solutions, and establish the business case for deploying our tSort solutions. tSort is the world’s first robotic, truly scalable, portable, and intelligently adaptable automated sortation system that is changing the way firms execute in their supply chains. In the role of concept development, Bruce brings a practical approach to creating the most flexible automated solution tailored to addressing our clients’ business needs as they evolve and grow to maximize their return on invested capital.

Bruce began his supply chain consulting career with Tompkins in 1995 and joined the Tompkins Robotics team in 2018 after working for several other consulting and engineering firms. 

Throughout his career, Bruce has helped companies across all industry verticals transform and improve their supply chain performance through network optimization, distribution center design, and the deployment of automated solutions.

Bruce has a BSIE in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from UNC-Greensboro.

Tony Villanova


Tony Villanova

Vice President, PickPal Solutions


Tony Villanova serves as Vice President, PickPal Solutions. He spearheads the development of our world class picking solution to continue driving the growth of our globally acclaimed AMR system, tSort.

Prior to Tompkins, Tony spent 4 years with 6 River Systems designing and delivering AMR solutions. With over 20 years of experience in Supply Chain operations, Tony has worked extensively in various sectors including retail, 3PL, and industrial companies. Throughout his career, he has been committed to driving lean methodologies and fostering continuous improvement within his teams and customer base.

Tony received his BS in Corporate Finance from West Virginia University and an MBA from Salisbury University.

Rick Kaminska


Rick Kaminska

Vice President


Rick is responsible for software product strategy and execution at Tompkins Robotics, with a focus on enabling robotics automation for distribution and fulfillment applications. He works closely with major clients, partners and prospects to define product features and requirements for Tompkins Robotics solutions, and he oversees all software product lifecycle functions. Rick’s primary technical areas include warehouse execution, machine to machine interoperability, and systems integration. He has over 20 years of experience with supply chain software systems and material handling automation.

Prior to joining Tompkins Robotics, Rick served as Director of Software Systems for Tompkins International, a worldwide leader in total supply chain consulting and integration. Rick specialized in systems integration strategies for large-scale distribution and fulfillment centers, and he was responsible for product development of Tompkins’ warehouse control system and MHE automation software (TCS). Prior to Tompkins, Rick served as a senior software engineer and systems analyst for Ensco, an engineering, science and advanced technology solutions company.

Rick has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida

Pat Mathavan


Pat Mathavan

Legal & Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel


Pat Mathavan recently joined Tompkins Robotics as its Legal & Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel. In this role, Pat is responsible for all legal and IP issues for Tompkins Robotics. His responsibilities include managing the worldwide IP portfolio of Tompkins Robotics including managing the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and trademark applications around the world.

Pat’s prior legal experiences include working as an inhouse IP/Patent attorney at Vesuvius Corporation, IBM, and at various law firms specializing in intellectual property. Before becoming a patent lawyer, Pat worked as a senior energy engineer for Eversource Energy, as an energy engineer for Aramark Corporation, and as a merchant marine officer, onboard cargo ships on international trade.

Pat is currently pursuing his MEng, electrical and computer engineering, from North Carolina State University. Pat has earned his J.D. with a specialization in Intellectual Property Law from Quinnipiac University School of Law, his MBA from Southern Connecticut State University, and his B.S. from SUNY Maritime College. He is admitted to the North Carolina and Connecticut bars and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a Registered Engineer-in-Training (EIT) in New Hampshire.

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