By Almeda Girod
Gladstone James has joined the Riderwood administrative team as the Assistant Finance Director. He has previously worked in finance and accounting for Choice Hotels for 24 years.
He was born in Madras, India, and given the full name of Gladstone Nixon James since his two grandmothers had an interest in international politics with one favoring England and the other the United States. He and his parents moved to Langley Park, Maryland, when he was 18 months old. His father was an entrepreneur and followed a career in accounting as well. His mother had a long career working for the World Bank.
Gladstone describes the family (which later included a younger brother) as being a happy and close family with strong ties to extended family living in the area. He went to grade school just two minutes from Riderwood at Beltsville Seventh Day Adventist School, and graduated from high school at Takoma Academy before going on to University of Maryland to study accounting.
Soon after graduation, Gladstone agreed to help his uncle move equipment from his photo shop to a friend’s shop. He describes it “love at first sight” when he saw Anita, the friend’s daughter. He was attracted to her warm family and later learned that her mother had been his baby sitter. They lived a “carefree” life with a lot of travel for five years until twin sons, Daniel and Edward, were born. The boys currently work in the Riderwood Dining department, but will soon be headed off to college. Andrew and Hannah later joined the family and look forward to working here at Riderwood also.
Gladstone has enjoyed learning a new industry and tackling different challenges. He was familiar with Riderwood culture since his wife, Anita, has worked in Human Resources for four years and he had been co-workers with Associate Executive Director Dee Dee Gray-Weaver for 15 years at Choice Hotels. Gladstone is seeking to, “connect with people and drive fiscal responsibility through the community.”
He adds, “The finances at Riderwood have good bones that need to continue to be nurtured and supported.”
Gladstone enjoys participating in basketball and golf as well as doing international cooking using lots of garlic, ginger, and onions. He, Anita, and the children are active in local Seventh Day Adventist church activities.
He embarks on his career change commenting that it is his hope that the Riderwood residents will feel comfortable knowing that their finances are being well managed.