Tom Rideout has been an Executive Partner since 2006. He retired in October 2011 from the professional staff of the Mason School of Business where he held a number of positions including Director of Corporate and Alumni Relations. He served in 2007 as one of the eight Founders of the Professionals and Professional Faculty Assembly at the College of William & Mary. Tom completed certification by Georgetown University in Leadership Coaching in November 2011 and is currently principal of his own consulting company, Colonial Leadership Solutions LLC. Prior to his affiliation with the College and the business school, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah (GA) Bank & Trust Co., leading an asset expansion from $275 million to $650 million over six years.
He gained prior banking experience with Wachovia Bank, N.A. as Senior Vice President for Funds Management, with direct management responsibility for $1.3 billion in fixed income securities and later led Wachovia’s Financial Institutions Division which managed over 800 correspondent banking relationships. His banking experience of nearly 30 years also included service as Vice Chairman of First Union National Bank of North Carolina, Senior Vice President and Director of Government Relations for First Union Corporation, and as Executive Director of the Bank Capital Markets Association. As President, Tom led the American Bankers Association during the passage of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. Additionally, he played significant business development and strategic alliance management roles with Online Resources and Digital Insight, both start-up Internet Banking outsourcing companies. Tom participated as a Founding Advisory Board member for The Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics at Washington & Lee University, where he earned his B.A. Tom also completed the Institute of Investment Banking at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He was inducted as an alumnus in the Washington & Lee chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics).