Mary Vermeer Andringa
Chair of the Board, Vermeer Corporation, Pella, Iowa
Reformed Church of America
Mary Vermeer Andringa is chair of the board at Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company headquartered in Pella, Iowa. Prior to assuming her current role in November 2015, she was CEO and chair of the board for one year and president and CEO for five years. Her earlier roles at Vermeer have included Co-CEO and COO, focusing on her passion for continuous improvement and innovation.
Ms. Andringa is integral in continuing the family legacy of her father and company founder Gary Vermeer. With humble beginnings, Vermeer Corporation has grown to become a global organization with more than 2,700 team members at Vermeer and affiliated organizations, serving the environmental, construction, mining, forage, trenching, and drilling industries. Today, Vermeer facilities are found in Latin America, Asia Pacific, China, Europe, and the U.S.
Due to her successful tenure at Vermeer, as well as her growing reputation as an expert ambassador for manufacturing, Ms. Andringa is sought after as a speaker and spokesperson. Ms. Andringa is a member of the B20, the private sector’s channel into the G20, providing leadership on small business and entrepreneurship with the intent to use her voice to remove obstacles and create a better business environment for small businesses to thrive. She also currently serves as the vice chair of the Iowa Business Council.
Throughout her career, Ms. Andringa has been an advocate of the manufacturing industry. Ms. Andringa was inducted into IndustryWeek’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2013. She served a two-year term as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest manufacturing association, and has recently been named honorary vice chair. She also served as one of 18 private sector members of President Obama’s Export Council, where she represented manufacturing on important trade matters. Ms. Andringa is also a past member of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee.
Ms. Andringa credits her background in education for her inherent proficiency at leadership and inspiring team members to reach new heights in their personal and professional development. After receiving her degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she taught in the Iowa public school system and later in Omaha, Nebraska, for approximately six years. She has recently completed a two-year term as the co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and has been named one of the Top 100 CEOs in STEM by STEMconnector®.
Ms. Andringa and her husband, Dr. Dale Andringa, have two children and six grandchildren.
|Organizations || |
|Board of Directors ||Herman Miller Company |
Milliken & Company
National Association of Manufacturers
|Past Organizations || |
|Member ||Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee |
President's Export Council
|Board Member ||Principal Mutual Life Insurance |
Norwest Bank Iowa
Governor’s Council on Fitness and Health
Iowa Safety Council
|Chair ||Governor’s Task Force on Rural Health |
Iowa Association of Business and Industry
|Trustee Emeritus ||Central College |
|Honorary Vice Chair ||National Association of Manufacturers |