Tom Rideout has been an Executive Partner since 2006. He retired in October 2011 from the professional staff of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, where he held a number of positions including Director of Corporate and Alumni Relations. He served from 2007-11 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. More recently, he was named as an Honorary Alumnus of the College of William & Mary in 2015. He is a Co-Founder, Vice President and Director of Hope Family Village, a community-centric collaborative non-profit, providing housing and related support for both family caregivers and their loved ones suffering with mental health issues. He is also a Director of the Bank CEO Advisory Board for Invictus Group LLC, a bank data analytics consultancy.
Prior to his affiliation with the College and the business school, Tom was a practicing banker and also served several banking technology companies. Among these, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah (GA) Bank & Trust Co., leading a profitable 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 service as Executive Director of the Bank Capital Markets Association. As its volunteer President, Tom led the American Bankers Association during the passage of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. He 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. As an alumnus, he was inducted into the Washington & Lee chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics). Tom’s major student interest and focus is on Leadership Development and Career Planning and Preparation for positions in financial services, data analytics and finance.