James (J.T.) Taylor – AUTOVATE 2019


Managing Director Automotive, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

JT joined STRH this year to launch and grow its auto retail business. The focus is helping auto dealer clients manage their portfolios, regardless of where they are in the lifecycle of their business. This includes commercial banking services, financial expertise, and sector knowledge to auto dealers of all sizes.

With a focus on clients’ specific growth plans, the group helps solve complex financial challenges through the delivery of a full range of products and services, including: financing solutions, indirect services, capital markets, treasury management, and private wealth.

During his more than 30-year career in the automotive industry, he has worked on both the retail and manufacturer sides, developing deep relationships throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Presidio, JT led the product planning team for Toyota in North America and was also part of the Lexus launch team.

JT was an operating partner in a number of successful dealerships and worked with Joe Gibbs Racing, Southeast Toyota Distributors, and has advised a number of automotive technology companies in a variety of automotive opportunities. JT earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Cincinnati. JT and his wife enjoy their six adult children and serving at their church. He follows motorsports with a passion and will go to a race of anything with four wheels and a motor.