Meet the Dallas 500: Dallas Cowboys CFO Thomas Walker
Although the pandemic last disrupted the game That year, the Dallas Cowboys organization was busier than ever, closing several real estate deals at The Star in Frisco, including a major lease with Keurig Dr. Pepper. Chief Financial Officer Tom Walker, who oversees the Jones family’s diverse interests, from oil and gas to logistics to technology, and even the handling of a yacht.
Education: Oklahoma State University (MS Accounting, BS Finance)
Place of birth: Lawton, Oklahoma
First job: “I started mowing the lawn when I was in middle school. By the time I got to high school I learned that middle school kids were working for less than what I was paid. Eventually a trailer and several mowers were bought out of it, and half of the children in the neighborhood were employed. “
Greatest inspiration: “My mom. She was 14 when I was born and the first member of her family to graduate from college.”
Best advice: “A partner I worked for at KPMG many years ago told me, ‘If it’s not illegal or immoral and I’m paying you, it’s your job. ‘Simple words, but they have guided me for almost 25 years. “
Something i love: “A glass of Jameson Gold Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey. It’s nowhere near the most expensive, but it’s really my favorite and no longer in production. So it’s rare to find it. “
Dream car: “I’m a Ford truck man and have been for a long time.”
Most difficult challenge: “Learning to slow down and listening to ideas from people I work with. It’s amazing how much easier the work is when you let great people do the things they are great at. “
Bucket List: “I wanted to ride a bull in college. I’ve never done it, but I would love to try it out. “
Favourite movie: “How do you say no to the original Magnificent Seven? It is being followed very closely by Braveheart. “
Must read: “Ayn Rand’s well head. It makes you think about individual and collective rights. “
Last meal: “A good ribeye with peas, cream corn and whipped sweet potatoes.”
Looking ahead: “The movement for social justice opened the eyes of many people – 100 percent myself. I hope we can find a way to get better as individuals and as a society. “
These questions and answers are expanded content from the Dallas 500, a special edition by D CEO that introduces the area’s most influential business leaders. Visit www.dallas500.com for details.