CEO and founder of ChannelNet in Dearborn. ChannelNet is a leading provider of web technology designed to bridge the multichannel customer gaps in marketing and sales. ChannelNet specializes in customer self–service microsites and lead–generation solutions for the automotive, finance, and home improvement industries. A pioneer in the online sales industry, Tompkins started ChannelNet, then called The SoftAd Group, in 1985 to use technology to help companies interact more effectively with their customers and sales channels in sales, marketing, and service activities. Tompkins’ leadership and vision has evolved ChannelNet into a full–service company that creates cross channel solutions for global brands that bridge the gap between online and traditional “brick and mortar” sales channels. ChannelNet also has a location in Sausalito, Calif., and has consistently operated successfully without venture capital funding and is experiencing 25 percent growth in 2013. Clients include BMW, Benjamin Moore Paints, Ford, Southeast Toyota, College Pro, General Motors, Hunter Douglas, IBM, SAS, and American Express. Tompkins began her career working in sales and marketing positions at 3M and General Electric, as well as with several high–tech start–ups in the early 1980s. She was instrumental in the design and marketing of several early personal computers, including the Actrix and the Grid – the world’s first true portable computers. During her tenure with Altus Corp., Tompkins invented Skytray, an interactive electronic advertising medium targeted to airline passengers. The San Francisco Business Times recognized Tompkins as one of the most influential women in business and The North Bay Business Journal selected her as the most outstanding female leader, innovator, and visionary in the field of technology. She is a member of the advisory board for the Academy of Art College Graduate School in San Francisco; the president’s advisory board of Cogswell (Calif.) Polytechnical College; and the Marshall (WV) University Foundation board, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration.