Tom Wheeler's affinity and dedication to The Ohio State University is a result of a long-standing tradition within his family. His relationship with the university reaches back into his ancestry, with both his grandmother and grandfather having attended Ohio State. His father continued the tradition, graduating from the Commerce College (now Fisher College of Business), followed by Mr. Wheeler himself. Tom attended Ohio State and graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1955. At The Ohio State University, Tom was elected as President of his Junior class and of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Upon receiving his degree, Tom served in the Army Corp of Engineers as a 1st Lieutenant from 1955-1957. After his time in the service, he began his professional career at Westinghouse where he worked as a manufacturing engineer. Tom graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with his Master's in Industrial Management in 1959.

After receiving his MBA, Tom worked for two years at Suburban Motor Freight in Chicago as an Assistant Terminal Manager, where he utilized his degree from Ohio State, performing industrial engineer work. Tom's next career move led him to the A.T. Kearney Consulting Firm, where he worked as a management consultant in the transportation industry for five years. He then relocated to Maine, where he worked as an operations manager at a regional truck line until 1967.

Finally, in 1967, Tom found his long-term career at United Parcel Service, where he served various roles. His tenure at UPS included work as a Regional Manager in Industrial Engineering and Corporate Real Estate manager. His time at UPS spanned over 27 years, and led to his retirement in 1993.

While Tom was born and raised in Grandview, Ohio, he now resides in Silverthorne, Colorado. He was President of the Historical Society in Northbrook, Illinois and now serves as Director of the Historical Society in Silverthorne, Colorado. Tom frequently returns to Columbus and enjoys visiting his alma mater, where two of his four children attended college as well. When learning that Gerlach Hall was to be built, a building that would eventually become a cornerstone in the Fisher College of Business, Tom and his mother funded an endowment in advertising in memory of his father and now a room in Gerlach Hall bears the name of the Wheeler family. Tom made another generous donation within the university at the Center for Entrepreneurship, providing funds for students to participate in entrepreneurial internship opportunities. In his leisure time, Tom enjoys fishing and golfing.