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Cleveland Bar Association Inaugurates RPM International Inc. General Counsel P. Kelly Tompkins as its 95th President

Tompkins pledges to build bridges within the Association, legal profession and community

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 the Galleria.

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 daughters.

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

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