Growing up in Omaha helping Dad at the Omaha Stockyards, Tom learned about hard work and business ethics; from sorting to loading cattle.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha with a degree in Business Administration. In 1980 Tom started in his Agribusiness lending career. Working for Northwestern National Bank at the Livestock Exchange Building in Omaha.
In 1984 Tom joined First National Bank of Omaha in Correspondent Banking. Working with community banks on agricultural overline loans. In 1985 Tom started a direct Agribusiness department.
From July of 1985 until June 2020, FNBO Agribusiness department had growth to $2.5 billion of loan commitments. The department had many outstanding team members throughout the country.
Before retiring in June 2020, Tom was promoted multiple times. At the time of Tom’s retirement, he was a Senior Vice President and member of the Bank Board of Directors.
Tom has been involved with the Nebraska Catleman and National Catleman’s Beef Association additionally serving on the Catle Fax Board of Directors for eight years. He has been a guest presenter for Agriculture Economics classes at multiple universities.
Tom has been married to Mary Ruth for 45 years and has three daughters and eight grandchildren.