Rodney C. Adkins (Rod)

Rod Adkins is President of 3RAM Group LLC, a privately held company specializing in capital investments, business consulting services and property management. Formerly, Mr. Adkins was Senior Vice President of IBM, having served in that position from 2007 until 2014. Mr. Adkins is the company’s first African American Senior Vice President and corporate officer. In his more than 33-year career, he has held a number of operational and executive management roles spanning across strategy, technology, systems and supply chain.
Mr. Adkins was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2005, which is one of the highest national recognitions for the engineering profession. His life story is archived in The History Makers and he is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). In 2001, NSBE recognized Mr. Adkins with the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Industry. In 2002, Fortune magazine named Mr. Adkins one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America. Black Enterprise magazine chose Mr. Adkins as its 2011 Corporate Executive of the Year and 2016 Trailblazer of the Year.
Mr. Adkins serves on the board of directors for United Parcel Service (UPS), PayPal, Grainger, PPL Corporation, Avnet, Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, the national board of the Smithsonian Institution and the Harlem School of the Arts. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a trustee of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Rollins College. Mr. Adkins also serves on the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Board of Visitors and the University of Miami College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board. He previously served on the board of Pitney Bowes, PeopleClick Inc. and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).
Mr. Adkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in physics from Rollins College, as well as Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Georgia Tech and UMBC.