Joplin, MO (SNS) – The Honors Program at Missouri Southern State University will offer a special presentation by David Humphreys at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

Humphreys will speak about the importance of leadership. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, as well as the Joplin community.

“Given his position as CEO of TAMKO, as well as his numerous contributions to the Joplin community, Mr. Humphreys is an ideal candidate to discuss the importance of leadership,” said Dr. Michael Howarth, director of the Honors Program. “He is certainly an individual who promotes positive values and emphasizes the sharing and collaboration of ideas, and his lecture is sure to interest not only our students, but also faculty, staff and the community.”

Prior to joining his family’s business, Humphreys practiced law first as a civil litigation attorney in Joplin and later as a corporate tax attorney in New York and Paris with the Wall Street law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. In 1989, he joined TAMKO Building Products, an asphalt roofing manufacturing business founded over 70 years ago by his grandfather.

At TAMKO, Humphreys served as general counsel and then in executive roles overseeing operations and finance prior to becoming president and CEO in 1994, and the third generation of his family to lead the company. He has led TAMKO’s significant growth, more than quadrupling its sales, and driven operational excellence through a strategy of vertical integration and automation as well as leading the implementation of the company’s Six Sigma quality programs.

Humphreys serves on the board of the Institute for Humane Studies in Washington, D.C., and as chairman of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He also is dedicated to education as he currently serves on the University of Miami Law School Visiting Committee and has served as chair of the board of regents at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

He has served for more than 20 years on the board of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, which he and his wife helped to found in 1993 and which now has more than 300 students in grades pre-K through 12.