Mary Andringa
CEO and Chair of the Board
Vermeer Corporation
Pella, IA

“My dad, Gary Vermeer -- he was innovative and believed 'there’s always a better way'. A saying of his was if 50 percent of your ideas aren’t failing, you aren’t trying enough new things! I admire that spirit of innovation and continuous improvement. He managed with simple metrics, honest communication, and integrity.”

Mary's strong commitment to manufacturing excellence and her leadership in business and workforce development have helped grow Vermeer Manufacturing Company (Vermeer) into a multi-million dollar international company serving customers in over 60 countries.   She joined Vermeer, a company founded by her father, in the 1980's, and quickly rose to become the chief operating officer, then co-CEO, and in 2009, president and CEO.  Mary’s commitment to growth and improvement is demonstrated through her introduction of the LEAN system and supporting culture, as well as through her efforts to collaborate to share best practices that resulted in increased productivity and services.  
 
She is also deeply committed to Vermeer employees, implementing an onsite medical clinic and pharmacy, a chaplain to offer employee support and assistance, and access to extensive training and development.   Under Mary’s leadership, Vermeer also gives back to the community, sponsoring college scholarships and teacher internship programs, donating money and building materials to organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life, and encouraging employees to serve as volunteers following natural disasters.
 
Mary’s skills and leadership make her a highly sought after member of a range of boards and committees.  She served a two-year term as the Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) -- the first female chair in NAM's history.  She also serves as one of only 18 private-sector members on President Obama's Export Council. To recognize her work on these and other manufacturing initiatives, Mary was inducted into Industry Week’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2013.  Mary also serves as Lt. Governor Reynolds' co-leader on the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. She is passionate about aligning business and education needs, and that Iowa and the United States need to prepare our children with the skills to compete in a global economy.

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