Tom’s father was Dr. Richard (Dick) Vigneulle. Dr. Vigneulle was the executive vice president of City Federal Savings & Loan and president of Service Corporation. His father would later answer the call to ministry and become the founding pastor of Shades Mountain Independent Church in Hoover, Alabama.
Tom learned from his father the value of hard work and commitment at an early age. At the age of 12, he got his first job delivering newspapers in his Bluff Park neighborhood. He continued working his delivery route until he graduated high school. Upon graduation, Tom went on to attend Liberty Baptist College (now Liberty University) in Virginia where he majored in business administration and minored in TVR (broadcasting). Tom was freshman class President, Vice-President of activities his junior year, and traveled across the United States and Canada with the LBC Singers as their sound man before his senior year. After returning to Birmingham, Tom worked in research and development in the satellite communications industry for a year and a half.
Two years after marrying his wife Ginger, they started their own business, Royal Bedding Manufacturing, Inc. in August of 1987. Since that time, Tom has mastered the bedding industry and learned the challenges of owning a small business. He knows what it takes to balance a budget and make hard decisions on spending priorities. Tom is also a long-time member of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Together with his father, Tom purchased a hay farm in Wilsonville that he has managed since 1999. In 2012, Tom transitioned it to a cattle farm. He and his wife are members of the Cattlemen’s Association of Alabama.
Tom and Ginger have three children. T.J. is a graduate assistant at the University of South Alabama and their twin daughters, Joy and Judi, are seniors at the University of Mobile. Tom and Ginger value Christ, family, and their community. They have taught a number of family classes in their church, and are presently members at the Church at Brookhills.