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Ric Jurgens Biography and Photo

December 13, 2011 | News & Press Releases


Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
Hy-Vee, Inc.
5820 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 267-2841

Ric Jurgens was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of Des Moines North High School and Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He 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.

Ric presently serves on the board of Hy-Vee, Inc. and on the boards of its subsidiaries: Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Lomar and Florist Distributing. He serves as past chairman of the Food Marketing Institute and vice chairman of the Healthy Weight Commitment. He is a member of the Iowa State University Foundation, the Iowa State Business College Dean’s Advisory Council and the Iowa State University Order of the Knoll. Ric is also a member of the Iowa Business Council, serves on the Ballet Des Moines’ Advisory Board, and serves as a board member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Ric has received the Governor’s Volunteerism Award; the Citation of Achievement Award; the John D. DeVries Service Award from Iowa State University’s College of Business; the Heart Award, which is Variety the Children’s Charity’s highest honor; the Iowa Grocery Industry Association’s Retailer of the Year 2009; and was inducted into the North High School Hall of Fame.

In the past, Ric has served on many boards including the Food Bank of Iowa, the Variety Club of Iowa, Iowa Prison Industries, the Ankeny Industrial Development Corporation, Food Distributors International, the Iowa Games, the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, YMCA of Greater Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Committee, and Topco.

Ric’s hobbies include golf, skiing, bicycling, swimming, boating, reading, and playing guitar. He and his wife, Carol, have two children: son, Mic, and daughter, Katie, who are both married. They also have four grandchildren, Ben, Sam, Luca and Ruby.