Thomas J. Henning

Thomas J. Henning

President & CEO
Cash-Wa Distributing Co.
Kearney, Nebraska


Tom Henning joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Omaha Branch Board of Directors in 2016. Mr. Henning began his career at Cash-Wa Distributing Co. working after school in 1963, and returned to Cash-Wa on a full time basis in February of 1971.  He served in the positions of a truck driver, office manager, salesman, sales manager, general manager, and then was made president and CEO in 1987.

Mr. Henning has served on many local boards and charities. He served as chairman for both a national trade organization and an international food buying group. He has also served in many leadership positions including in his church, the local Chamber of Commerce, and two industry buying groups. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Hospital (now known as CHI Good Samaritan), the Kearney Community Foundation, First National Bank in Kearney and the University of Nebraska Foundation Board.

He currently serves as a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Chancellors Advisory Board of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board, Merryman Performing Arts Board, International Food Distributors Association and is the past chairman of the Buffalo County Economic Development Corporation.  He is also the chairman of the board of the One-Nebraska Coalition and was appointed to the State of Nebraska Revenue Forecasting Board, of which he is still a member.

Mr. Henning is a native of Kearney, Nebraska and attended Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney), before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Tom is married, and he and his wife have two children that both work in the family business.  Mary is a professional story teller. When he is not working, he spends time with his family, which includes 6 grandchildren, golfing, hunting, or on the Henning family ranch where they raise cattle and horses.

Learn more about Mr. Henning in TEN Magazine.