John Ridgeway is the immediate past Chairman of The Groove Fund Board of Directors. Ridgeway serves as the Corporate Manager of Toyota Financial Services (TFS) in Owings Mills, Maryland. His primary responsibility is managing over 350 associates, who provide services to both Toyota and Lexus customers. He is also responsible for Toyota’s charitable giving in the area, as well as governmental affairs. John has over 30-years of Executive Management experience in Call Center operations. Prior to joining TFS, John served as Senior Vice President of Card Services at Bank of America and National Director of Field Operations at Sears Credit. In these roles he has led a legacy of improving business initiatives and made a keen interest in developing managers.
In the community, John supports ongoing TFS community service initiatives in the Baltimore area. Some of these initiatives include corporate sponsorship of the annual Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Glyndon and Chamber of Commerce Blooming 5K runs in support of Lifebridge Health’s Cancer and Infusion Centers at Sinai and Northwest hospital, Boys and Girls club of Metropolitan Baltimore, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland, and Junior Achievement. Through the support of TFS and its mentorship of the youth at James McHenry Elementary School John supported the company’s efforts in enhancing the school’s goal to receive their certification for the Maryland “No Child Left behind Act”. He is also the chairman of the Advisory Council for the College of Business for Delaware State University and on the Advisory Council for Stevenson University. On October 16, 2010 John was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and has received recognition from the New Castle County Alumni Chapter of Delaware State. In March 2011 John was honor as Business Man of the year by the Metropolitan Boys and Girls Club. He has received a similar honor from the NAACP. In December 2011 He was inducted in the Delaware State University Hall of Fame for the College of Business.
John is a lifetime member of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship and currently is Chairman of the Board of the Groove Fund.
Along with a legacy of family members, John is a graduate from Delaware State University. Ridgeway graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration.
John resides in Landenberg, PA with his wife Sherri.