Jim Thompson


A Management System expert specializing in automotive manufacturing process improvements, Jim has over 20 years of experience serving domestic and international organizations in their pursuit of excellence.

In 2003, Jim founded Concentric Management Systems, Inc. in order to serve the training, consultation and assessment needs of his clients, specializing in ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 and AIAG core tool implementation. In 2008, Jim relocated his business operations to Charleston, SC. Jim is a RABQSA accredited QMS Lead Auditor.


Litigation – Expert Witness
Automotive & Aerospace Components
Rubber & Plastics Products
Software & Database Products
Basic Metals & Fabricated Metal Products
Machinery & Equipment
Dies & Tooling Design & Mfg
Electrical & Optical Equipment
Heavy Duty Transportation Equipment
Information Technology
Engineering Services
Education & Training
Health & Social Work
Medical Devices
Chemicals & Cleaning Agents
Nitriding & Other Heat Treating Processes


Concentric Management Systems, Inc – President & Senior Consultant
Cummins, Inc. – Management System Consultant
Valeo, Inc. – Quality System Manager – VEC NA
Purdue University – Industrial Organizational Psychology


President & Principle Owner
Founder of Not-for-Profit
Accredited Lead Assessor (RABQSA)
Quality Management (Supplier & Production)
Process Design & Development
Program & Account Management
Quality & Process Engineering
IT System Administrator
Webmaster & Social Media Designer
Entertainment & Events Promoter


Six Sigma Certification (6S)
Expert Witness –International Trade Commission (ITC) Federal Case
Exemplar Global QMS Lead Auditor (formerly RAB/RABQSA) since 2002
Founder & Director – CEEN, Inc. (Columbus Entertainment & Events Network) non-profit charitable organization
ASQ Member since 1995; currently a Senior Member & International Member Leader (LED & QMD Divisions)
Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity Vice President, Social Chairman 1994-1996; Alumni Advisor (currently)


President & Senior Consultant at Concentric since February 2003
Lives & works in downtown Charleston, SC
ASQ (American Society for Quality) – Charleston Section Chair (2015), LQC Conference Chair (2014), International Leadership Team Member with Lean Enterprise Division (LED) and Quality Management Division (QMD)


President – Concentric (Concentric Management Systems, Inc.)
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Management Consulting industry
February 2003 – current

Management System Consultant/Special Projects – Cummins, Inc
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CMI; Automotive industry
April 2008 – March 2011 (3 years)

Lead Expert Witness for International Trade Commission Case – Bryan Cave
Partnership; 1001-5000; Law Practice
September 2006 – February 2008 (1 year 6 months)

Consultant – Advanced Nitriding Solutions
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Automotive & Aerospace industry
April 2007 – April 2008 (1 year)

Quality/Process Improvement Advisor – Columbus Container
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Packaging & Containers
2005 – 2008 (3 years)

Management System Consultant – Productive Resources
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry
August 2004 – September 2008 (4 years 2 months)

Certified Lead Auditor – QMI-SAI Global
Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Information Services
2002 – 2008 (6 years)

Quality Systems Manager – Valeo Engine Cooling
Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Automotive industry
1999 – 2003 (4 years)

Quality Engineer & QMS Management Rep – Cinram International
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Media Production industry
1994 – 1999 (5 years)


Purdue University (1996) – Bachelors in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Organizational Leadership/Supervision
RABQSA Accreditation as a Lead Auditor for Quality Management System registration
QMIIAC Accreditation as a Lead Auditor for Quality Management System registration
Six Sigma Certification (2010)
South Carolina Real Estate Sales License (2011) from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors


In addition to his advanced management system experience, Jim has also provided expertise as a Lead Expert Witness in a monumental foreign trade International Trade Commission (ITC) case – setting the precedence for US laws related to the import & export regulations associated with heavy duty equipment trade.

Jim has also provided process improvement and management system training to over 4,000 students worldwide.


Founder & Promoter – Greenstock Music Festival
Cause: Environmental
January 2005 – 2009 (5 years); current sponsor & volunteer

Founder & President – CEEN (Columbus Entertainment & Events Network)
Cause: Arts and Culture; Economic Development
August 2003 – August 2007 (4 years 1 month)

Assistant to the Director – Band Together for ALS
Cause: ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s disease
July 2011 – present


Passion for music, concerts, festivals and organizing social events
Plays guitar and drums; Drumline in the Purdue All American Marching Band
Absent and tardy only ONE (1) day in 13 years of school (K-12)
Loves golfing, camping, hiking, boating and traveling


“Jim has led Cummins turbo Technologies in Charleston, SC through the Quality System certification process on ISO/TS 16949. During the time he was leading the project, I witnessed several times his leadership skills, open-minded approach, in which he consistently drove the organization to a process-oriented approach. He has a solid knowledge on Quality tools, such as FMEA, Control Plans, SPC, APQP and Six Sigma. Under his lead, the plant defined a robust action plan to have actions identified and built a plan to timely achieve the deliverables, linked with processes metrics, in a way the whole organization improved the metrics and mastered the internal processes. Under his lead, there was a considerable increase on internal audits and results were retrofit on processes as part of continuous improvement program. I recommend Jim as an experienced professional to support a company on Quality Management System activities.” – February 10, 2012 – Benedito Camargo, Supplier Quality Leader, US SQI, Cummins Turbo Technologies worked with Jim at CMSi (Concentric Management Systems, Inc.)

“Jim has a wonderful heart for helping others succeed. He is tirelessly seeking ways to pool resources together in order to address the needs of his clients. He is a great family man and a savvy business person.” – February 9, 2012 – Stephen Deas, Owner, Quality Minds, Inc. LLC was another company working with Jim at CMSi

“Jim is well organized and business savvy. He has grown his company at a steady pace over the years and he has the knowledge, team and connections to help grow your business well. He understands his product thoroughly and knows how to apply it. I would strongly recommend his services for start-ups, small businesses in for the long haul or corporate structures needing quality/margin improvements.” – February 9, 2012, Gregg Anderson, Regional Sales Manager, Schuf USA was a colleague with Jim Thompson at Valeo as well as a service provider for same clients CMSi (Concentric Management Systems, Inc.)