Business and the Economy
Toyota President in Savoy's Top 100
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. President Will James has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2012 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. The Savoy Top 100 can be found in its 11th Anniversary Spring issue and is considered the definitive listing of African-American influencers and achievers impacting corporate America.
“This year’s Top 100 features an elite group of executives entrusted with leadership at the highest levels of America’s corporations,” said L. P. Green, II, Publisher of Savoy Magazine. “Savoy is proud to feature professionals boldly redefining and representing leadership in their respective organizations through the Top 100 list.”
James is a 25-year veteran of Toyota and has held several executive-level positions within the company. As president of TMMK, he leads Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility in North America and the second largest in the world.
James received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University in 1978. He also holds an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences from Old Dominion University, earned in 1976.
A native of Norfolk, Va., James serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, The Board of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement and is Toyota’s Diversity Champion for its manufacturing facilities across North America. He is also active in The Executive Leadership Council and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
James has also been a member of the Board of Affiliates for the National Society of Black Engineers and the Board of Regents for Kentucky State University and Academic UpRise. Other public service roles included the Board for the Urban League of Louisville, the Kentucky Humanities Council, and The Partnership for Youth Organizations.
For more information regarding the Savoy Top 100 visit www.savoynetwork.com/top100 to view the full 2012 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America full listing along with individual profiles of each executive.