Vermeer Corp. announced that a third generation of the Vermeer family is set to lead the company into the future with the transition of Jason Andringa to President and CEO effective Nov. 1, 2015. The move continues a legacy of family leadership that started in 1948 when Gary Vermeer founded the company that bears his name in Pella, Iowa. Bob Vermeer, Andringa’s uncle is Chair of the Board for Vermeer and his mother Mary Andringa is CEO.
“Gary Vermeer, my grandfather and Vermeer founder, was very influential for me personally and professionally,” said Jason Andringa in a statement about the transitions. “Since a young age, I had a passion to follow in his footsteps. In the mid-’90s, I traveled on a business trip overseas with my mother, Mary, and saw firsthand the global demand for Vermeer equipment and the impact it was making on local communities across the world. That trip solidified my path to Vermeer. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Vermeer as a family-owned and operated, global company into a prosperous future.”
Starting Nov. 1, 2014, Andringa will transition from his role as President of Forage and Environmental Solutions to a one-year term, as President and COO. Effective that same day, Mary Andringa will transition to the role of CEO and chair of the board and exclusively to chair of the board Nov. 1, 2015.