James Sperry

Jim Sperry is a senior vice president and managing director for Tompkins Financial Advisors. He is responsible for establishing and executing the wealth management strategy for the western New York region.

With more than 20 years of experience in consulting, business development and new venture creation, Jim was named managing director in 2016. Prior to his new role, he was vice president of Tompkins Insurance Advisors and directed the risk management group where his primary role was to lead the growth of that practice area. He worked with high net worth families, executives and business owners to help them protect and grow their assets, transition their businesses, and secure their legacies.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in geosciences from Williams College in 1987, his Ph.D. in engineering from Duke University in 1997, and his MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester in 2002. He holds the FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 registrations, a Life and Health Insurance license in numerous states, as well as appointments for Long Term Care, including New York State Partnership for Long Term Care.


BS, Williams College

MBA, University of Rochester

Ph.D., Duke University

FINRA Series 6, 63 and 65 registrations with LPL Financial and Life and Health Insurance license

Vice President
Tompkins Insurance Agencies

Board of Directors
Volunteers of America Upstate New York

Board Member
The Children’s Institute

Past President
Rochester Regional Alumni Association of Williams College