Charles E. Cheever Jr.
Currently serving as Chairman Emeritus of Broadway Bank, Charles “Charlie” Cheever Jr. has been a family businessman almost his entire career. Charlie was the driving force behind much of the growth and expansion Broadway Bank enjoyed during his time as bank president, a position he assumed in 1961 at the age of 32 after joining the bank in 1957. He worked alongside his father, Colonel Charles Cheever, to create an environment of innovation, working to extend the bank’s drive-thru hours and guiding the bank through the hard-hitting recession of the late 1980s, when many banks and financial institutions had to close their doors.
Before joining Broadway Bank, Charlie graduated from West Point in 1949, serving as an Air Force pilot instructor and then as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. He also earned his law degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1957.
Throughout his life, Charlie has personally embraced the spirit of giving back to the community, which his parents also instilled into the culture of Broadway Bank. Charlie has served as Co-Chairman of the San Fernando Cathedral Restoration Project and the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Capital Campaign; and as a Trustee of the United Way, Incarnate Word College, and Southwest Research Institute. He was also on the University of Texas Health Science Center’s advisory board for the Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities.
In addition, Charlie served as the Chairman, Contact Banker and Regional Director of the Texas Bankers Association, and as the Director of the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve. He was the founding Co-Chairman of San Antonio Education Partnership and also chaired many projects and organizations, such as the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, the Leadership Division of Forward San Antonio and others – giving his time and expertise to a great many community organizations.
Charlie has six children with his late wife Sally: Suzanne, Cece, Jean, Joan, Charlie and Chris. Following the loss of Sally, his wife of 52 years, Charlie subsequently married Nancy and they began a new chapter in life together.
A long-time Broadway Bank Board Director, Suzanne Cheever Goudge currently serves on the bank’s Trust, Investment, Asset Liability Committee (ALCO), Profit Sharing and Loan & Discount Committees. Previously, Suzanne served as a member on the Eisenhower National Bank Board of Directors and worked in various departments of the bank, assisting with starting up the Trust Department, managing the bank’s investment portfolio, creating the Asset Liability Committee, formalizing the Investment Committee, and creating the Commercial Lending Credit Department. Suzanne earned her Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas in 1976.
Suzanne is actively involved in serving the community, immersed in a variety of organizations including Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, where she was the Trefoil Award Recipient in 2011 because of her roles as Troop Leader and other leadership capacities over the years. She currently serves as Chairman of The DoSeum, San Antonio Children’s Museum, Board Member of Teach For America San Antonio, Scholarship Committee member for Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf, Trustee of the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation and has served in a variety of other capacities for these organizations in the past as well.
Other organizations Suzanne has supported with her time and service include the United Way of San Antonio, San Antonio Zoo, Retired Senior Services and the Battle of Flowers Association. Additionally, Suzanne was an elected trustee & President of the Alamo Heights Independent School District School Board, President of the Alamo Heights School Foundation and a dedicated member of the Junior League of San Antonio, serving in an extensive variety of trusted capacities for each of these worthy organizations.
Suzanne is married to Jim and has four children and four grandchildren.
San Antonio native and book enthusiast Cece Cheever is the proud founder and owner of Cheever Books, one of San Antonio’s last remaining independent bookstores. Cece established the unique Cheever Books, now in its second location, as a contrast to big-box book chain stores, catering to a deeper level of service and extending true literary expertise to a more discriminating clientele.
In addition to her work at the book store, Cece consults as a member of the family council for Broadway Bank as one of its family member owners. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Cece managed the Half Price Books Store in College Station, and spent some time before that in Wichita Falls. Cece is a graduate of Goddard College in Vermont.
In addition to her love of books, Cece exudes a love for giving back to the community. Even as a stroke and aneurysm survivor, Cece serves as a Director for the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, is active in the Junior League, and is a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She has also served on the Development Board of the Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Clinic, having previously served on the Board of Directors through three member-at-large terms, and as a member of the Personnel Committee.
Jean Cheever, a Board Member of Broadway Bank, is the epitome of left brain and right brain working together in harmony, with a deep and diverse background in both business and the arts. Jean is the co-conceiver and co-lead producer of the multi award-winning Broadway-bound musical comedy, The Toxic Avenger, which also has been presented internationally to great acclaim. Past theatrical credits include Broadway’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nominated for Best Musical) and All Shook Up. Currently, Jean is developing several new theatre projects and is also a co-inventor on patents pending for two music and entertainment apps.
Previously, Jean spent 16 years with the global BioPharma company Bristol-Myers Squibb, starting as a Senior Internal Auditor in the company’s New York office. She then progressed through various diverse roles including the financial integration of the merger of Bristol-Myers with Squibb Company, creating what was then the world’s second-largest pharmaceutical enterprise. She was also project lead for multi-functional, global indirect spending initiatives netting millions in cost savings. Additional business experience includes responsibilities as a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four global accounting firms.
Jean earned her Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University. Jean is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Purchasing Manager. She also serves as a member of the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council to promote health and fitness in the community and is a founding member of the Director’s Council for The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.
Joan Cheever’s roles have spanned journalist, lawyer and executive chef. Although Joan didn’t join the staff of Broadway Bank, she has been very involved in the workings of the family business throughout her career. In 1991, Joan published
Broadway Bank Allways Open, a book about the first 50 years of Broadway Bank’s history, and is a former member of the Broadway Bancshares, Inc. Board. Currently, Joan puts her love of giving back to the community and of cooking to work, serving hundreds of meals each week to the homeless of San Antonio, through her non-profit food truck, The Chow Train. During the week, she provides meals to the Catholic Worker House and on Sundays she serves the homeless at Under the Bridge, for which she serves as a Board Member. The Chow Train also provides food in disaster relief areas such as Joplin, Missouri, Bastrop, Texas and LaPlace, Louisiana.
In 1985 she served as pro bono co-counsel in the death penalty appeal of Walter Williams, also of San Antonio. After Williams’ execution, Joan wrote
Back from the Dead: One Woman’s Search for the Men Who Walked Off America’s Death Row, published in 2006. Prior to this work, Joan worked as a reporter/columnist/associate editor for American Lawyer Media and The National Law Journal, for which she was later named Managing Editor. Joan also worked for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals after beginning her career in 1979 at the San Antonio Light, where she joined the staff as its business/courthouse reporter.
Joan, who earned her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1983 and her Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, also serves as Executive Committee Board Member of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. She was Co-Chair of the capital campaign for Crosspoint Inc., and serves as an advisory member of the San Antonio Peace Center, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Catholic Worker House of San Antonio.
Joan is married to Dennis Quinn and has two children: Daley and Austin.