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Mary Vermeer Andringa, Suku Radia Inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame


Mary Vermeer Andringa, President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation, and Suku Radia, President and CEO of Bankers Trust, were inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame at the Greater Des Moines Committee’s annual Black Tie dinner on Thursday, December 9, 2010. Andringa and Radia were honored for their outstanding leadership and contributions to business and community development in Iowa.

Mary Vermeer Andringa joined the Board of Directors of her family's business, then known as Vermeer Manufacturing, in 1976, and soon joined the Vermeer staff as a market researcher. She was named President and COO in 1989, later named Co-CEO with her brother Robert Vermeer, and then sole CEO in 2009. Andringa was instrumental in launching the Vermeer Continuous Improvement ("Lean") program in the late 1990's. She led the creation of Vermeer University, devoted to employee and equipment dealer development. She has led the company through numerous other key initiatives and is also active on the Boards of Directors of various organizations and in community activities. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Central College in Pella, Director of the Herman Miller Company, Chair of the National Association of Manufacturing, Past Chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and Past Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Rural Health, among many others. In 2010, she was named to the President's Export Council by President Barack Obama.

Suku Radia has influenced the financial success of many of Iowa's largest businesses. Prior to taking on the role of President and CEO of Bankers Trust in 2008, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Meredith Corporation. Radia began a 25-year career at KPMG, where, as Managing Partner of the Des Moines office, he worked locally and internationally to ensure and manage the financial success of Iowa businesses.

The Greater Des Moines Committee was formed in 1907 with a group of 30 local business leaders. Today, the Committee consists of 136 members and provides an opportunity for business leaders to come together for an informational exchange about important topics in our community and nation. The Committee founded the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 1975 to honor the achievements of Iowans who have made outstanding contributions to the development and enhancement of Iowa’s business climate. Andringa had the honor of following her father and Founder of Vermeer Corporation, the late Gary Vermeer, into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame since his induction in 1986.