Honoring National Business Leaders: Mary Andringa, Ric Jurgens, John Ruan III, And Kristine Young
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Greater Des Moines Partnership joined the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, and business leaders from across Central Iowa in honoring four local business people now or recently serving a national organization representing their respective industries. Representatives of those organizations joined the Partnership in celebrating these individuals’ national service at a reception at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates this afternoon, Friday, December 16, 2011. The local business leaders serving in a national capacity are, Mary Andringa, President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation; Ric Jurgens, CEO of Hy-Vee, Inc.; John Ruan III, CEO of Ruan Companies; and Kristine Young, CEO of Miller the Driller.
Mary Andringa is President and Chief Executive Officer of Vermeer Corporation. Mary is a former educator and has been a member of the Vermeer Corporation Board of Directors since 1976. Mary began working in Marketing Research at Vermeer in 1982 and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1989. She was named President and Co-CEO in 2003 and has been President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation since 2009. She currently serves as a Director of the Herman Miller Company and is a member of the President's National Export Council. She is a Trustee of the Fuller Theological Seminary and of Central College. She is a former Director of Principal Mutual Life, Norwest Bank Iowa, and many other organizations. She is a former Chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and is currently Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Ric Jurgens has spent his entire business career with Hy-Vee, Inc. serving as a store manager, district manager, regional manager, President of Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Ltd. (PDI), Sr. Vice President, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, President, and his current capacity as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Hy-Vee, Inc. He is past Chair of the Food Marketing Institute and vice chairman of the Healthy Weight Commitment. Ric is also a member of the Iowa Business Council, serves on the Ballet Des Moines’ Advisory Board, and serves as an executive board member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
Kristine Young is CEO of Miller the Driller, an Iowa-based company established in 1948 by her father, Gene Miller. As second generation of family management, she has served as President of the company from 1982 to 2004. She was named the first female officer and serves as President of Associated General Contractors of America, and has served on numerous committees with the association. In 2002, Young served as the Municipal and Utilities Division chair and has served on the board of directors for 12 years.
John Ruan III presently serves as Chairman, CEO, and Director of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Ruan Transport Corporation, and Ruan Logistics Corp. He is Director and Chairman of Iowa Export-Import Trading Co. and The World Food Prize Foundation; Director, Chairman and President of City Center Corporation; Director of Seven Hundred Grand Association; Trustee of John Ruan Foundation Trust and Director, Chairman, President & CEO of Ruan Center Corporation, Ruan Car Sales, Inc., and Ruan, Incorporated. He is also Director for Ruan Securities Corporation. John also serves as Director for the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and Director of the U. S Chamber Foundation, a Director of Hubbell Realty Company, Iowa Business Council, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Downtown Community Alliance and Chief Executives Organization. He is Trustee of Culver Educational Foundation, and immediate Past Chairman of The Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization and The Greater Des Moines YMCA.
“These honorees were selected to lead their national industry groups because they excel in their businesses, and because they possess the leadership skills their industries require and respect. To have four local leaders serving at this level at the same time speaks volumes about our region,” said Larry Zimpleman of The Principal Financial Group and Chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership Board of Directors. “How fortunate for Greater Des Moines and for Iowa to have the benefit of their combined expertise and leadership at the local level as well as at the national level.”
For more information, contact the Greater Des Moines Partnership at (515) 286-4950. Media inquiries should be directed to Susan Ramsey at (515) 286-4954 or email@example.com.