Last month, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) partnered with Points of Light to celebrate the organization’s 25th Anniversary. TFS President and CEO Mike Groff was on hand for the Tribute Celebration in Houston where he spoke to a group of invited guests about the importance of giving back. The Tribute honored President George H.W. Bush and his commitment to service. It was during his presidential campaign that he famously spoke of a thousand points of light, which lead to the creation of this organization that helps millions of volunteers change the world.
In addition to the Tribute, Groff took part in a CEO Roundtable entitled “Future Matters” as part of the Business Track at the annual Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service. He was joined on stage by executives from Starbucks, UPS, Shell, and Bank of America. During the session, he spoke about how Toyota will maintain a presence in California even as we look toward the future in developing new relationships and growing national partnerships in Texas. He stressed that we learned long ago that being a good corporate citizenship because it’s the right thing to do isn’t enough – we have to do what’s good for the company, the team members, and the community – it’s expected by our customers.
Elena Sacca Smith, National Community Relations Manager, took part in a session called “Leading and Learning from the Next Generation of Women.” During her session she stressed the importance of utilizing service leadership to build new skills that can help with your job. She also talked about how she created a leadership development plan to help balance time commitments and stress. Under this plan, she limited her participation in events and gave herself permission to say “no,” which has led to better job performance and less stress.
In 2014, TFS was recognized as part of the Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, honors the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey.