Tom Cheaney was born and raised in Gainesville, Texas.  He married his wife, Carrie, in 2007.  They have two children, Bradley and Emily.

Favorite Things


Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.  He enjoys hiking in state parks and other interesting places that automobiles can't go.  Tom is a fan of almost every sport but his favorite has always been basketball.  Tom & Carrie are supporters of Mean Green athletics at the University of North Texas.

Civic & Volunteer Activities (Past & Present)

  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, Texas
  • Member, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  •  Board Member - Supervisory Committee Chair, NASCOGA Federal Credit Union 

Work Experience


From 2009 to 2018, Tom started as an Accountant and worked up to the position of Financial Controller at Zodiac Seats US, a global manufacturing company that produces commercial aircraft seats.  Prior to his time at Zodiac Aerospace, Tom gained valuable experience in financial services & banking as a Loan Officer for NASCOGA Federal Credit Union from 2005 to 2008. 

The Cheaney family has had a saddle maker in every generation dating back to at least 1850.  Tom studied the art of saddle making under the direction of his father, Bruce, who is a 5th generation saddle maker that also makes bits and spurs.  Tom credits this experience for giving him a sincere appreciation for attention to detail and quality of work in every endeavor. 


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Concentration: Accounting 

Oklahoma Christian Univerity

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Major: Accounting 

Oklahoma Christian University

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Major: Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management 

University of North Texas

Associate of Science (AS)

North Central Texas College

Certificate in Management

Southern Methodist University