President and Managing Partner
Equus Partners LLC
Dennis is the President and Managing Partner of Equus Partners, a manufacturing consultancy specializing in digital manufacturing and next generation supply chain risk analysis, mitigation and management with a focus on Model Based Enterprise (MBE), Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME) and Network Centric Manufacturing (NCM).
Dennis played a key role as part of the original UI+Labs proposal team that was successful in winning the competition to create the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) a $320M DOD funded Public-Private Partnership (PPP) designed to help U.S. based manufacturers compete in the global market place. During the institute’s initial startup, he served as the acting Director of Technology Transition leading the development of its technology transition plan for DMDII funded projects and as the acting Director of Workforce Development (WFD) where he led the development of the DMDII WFD strategic roadmap. He is currently serving as acting Chief Operating Officer for Prime Supplier, a startup supply chain visibility and risk mitigation software company. He also acting as the Chief Technology Officer for NOBLE Capital that is developing and managing Offset programs for US defense contractors doing direct foreign sales of military equipment. Dennis also works internationally with clients in Mexico, Greece and Saudi Arabia.
Prior to founding Equus Partners, Mr. Thompson served as Senior Vice President of SCRA Applied R&D where he played a leadership role in strategic partnerships and engagements with the DOD, NASA, and private-sector clients. In addition to understanding the performance issues within a distributed manufacturing enterprise, he provided an experienced perspective on the issues affecting the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing base in the global advanced manufacturing economy.
Dennis has a deep background in developing and supporting PPP’s, having led the White House PPP initiative, the National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC). NDEMC’s mission was to develop and test a cloud based solution to make modeling and simulation (M&S) software and access to high performance computing (HPC) available too domestic Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturing Enterprise (SME’s) through a pay-by-the-use model. He also under contract to the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s (OSC) AweSIM program, a spinoff of NDEMC, where he led the creation of an outreach program that includes a full day hands-on workshop that culminates in a business plan to support a specific SME problem and an affinity program that makes AweSIM available thru manufacturing and engineering associations.
Today, Dennis is supporting SME as the Program Manager for ITEAM (Independent Technical Evaluation of Additive Manufacturing). SME has created ITEAM recognizing, that like other game changing technologies of the past, if there is not a trusted third party to represent all the different views and help lead the creation of a consolidated industry vision, it will take far longer to recognize the full potential of Additive Manufacturing. As an industry leader, Dennis has serves on many regional and national industry and economic development advisory boards. He is also a frequent speaker on topics of agile manufacturing, innovation, competitiveness, NCM, and the evolution and future of supply chain management, sharing his insights with defense and private-sector audiences around the world.
Mr. Thompson has 40+ years of manufacturing expertise having held various senior level positions that include Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, Vice President of Operation, and President and CEO.