David Humphreys is dedicated to advancing liberty and free-market principles, and to making educational opportunities available to young people. He and his wife Debra carry on a family commitment to helping others in need. David and Debra have five adult children.
David is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TAMKO Building Products, Inc., one of the nation’s largest residential roofing manufacturers. He also oversees his family’s investments and charitable giving.
David practiced law as a defense attorney in Joplin, Missouri (1983-85), and as a corporate tax attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris (1986-89), where he specialized in complex cross-border tax transactions. He joined TAMKO in 1989 as General Counsel and Vice President of Finance, Manufacturing and Legal. He was named CEO in 1994.
David serves as a board member and executive committee chairman for the Institute for Humane Studies in Washington, D.C., which supports scholars who advances classical liberal ideas. He also serves as chairman of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, which promotes a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.
In addition, David serves on the University of Miami School of Law Visiting Committee, and was the former Chair of the Board of Regents for the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. David is a past member of the the American Civil Liberties Union. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Cato Institute and also a Board member of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, a pre-K through Grade 12 independent school he and Debra founded in Joplin, Missouri in 1993.
David received a B.A. in English from the University of the South (1979), a J.D. degree from the University of Miami (1983), and an LL.M. degree (tax specialty) from New York University (1986).
David loves tennis, rare books, and history. His perfect day would include all three.
David and Debra with Missouri Southern State University 2017-2018 Humphreys Scholars.
TAMKO’s original manufacturing plant in 1950.
TAMKO voted “favorite industrial employer 2018” by The Joplin Globe .
TAMKO: A FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS
David Craig Humphreys was born in Joplin, Missouri, on election day in 1956 and named for Dwight David Eisenhower who had been reelected as 34th President of the United States. At that time, his parents Jay and Ethelmae Humphreys were carefully leading and expanding TAMKO, the privately-held, family-run business David’s grandfather E.L. Craig started during World War II (1944). TAMKO represents the first letters of the primary states the company was expected to serve—Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.