Thomas J. Henning

Thomas J. Henning

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

Biography

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 (American Wholesale Marketeers Association) and an international food buying group (UniPro Foodservice Cooperative). He has also served in many leadership positions including his church, the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Buffalo County Economic Development Corp. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Hospital (now known as CHI Good Samaritan), the Kearney Area Community Foundation, the First National Bank in Kearney and the University of Nebraska Foundation Board. 

He currently serves as a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation; is a member of the Chancellors Advisory Board at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; serves of the Advisory Board for the University of Nebraska’s President, and the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board.  He is Board  Chairman of the One-Nebraska Coalition and a member of the Revenue Forecasting Board for the State of Nebraska.

Mr. Henning is a native of Kearney, Nebraska and attended Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney), and graduated at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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.