Richard N. (Ric) Jurgens - Board Member

Ric Jurgens was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of Des Moines North High School and Iowa State University. He spent his entire 43-year business career with Hy-Vee serving in virtually every capacity, including Store Manager, Regional Manager, Sr. Vice President, Executive Vice President, President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Portrait of PHA Board Member Ric Jurgens. He retired in June 2012 as Chairman and CEO. He and his wife, Carol, have two grown children, son, Mic (Kerry) and daughter, Katie (Luis). They also have four grandchildren, Ben, Sam, Luca and Ruby.

Ric’s hobbies include golf, skiing, bicycling, swimming, boating, rowing, reading, painting, and playing guitar and bass guitar.

Current Community Involvement

  • Chairman Healthiest State Initiative
  • Iowa State University College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Iowa State order of the Knoll
  • Member Iowa State Foundation
  • Partnership for a Healthier America Board

Past Boards and Civic Involvement

  • Hy-Vee Board of Directors – 18 years
  • Chairman of Topco Board
  • Chairman Food Marketing Institute Board
  • Vice Chairman Healthy Weight Commitment
  • Variety – The Children’s Charity Board
  • The Iowa Games Board
  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines Board
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership Board
  • Member Greater Des Moines Committee


  • Governor’s Volunteerism Award
  • Iowa State Citation of Achievement
  • Iowa State Businesses College DeVries Service Award
  • Variety’s Heart Award
  • Iowa Grocery Industry Retailer of the Year 2009
  • Iowa Grocery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award 2012
  • North High School Hall of Fame
  • National Grocery Association Spirit of America Award 2012
  • Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Award – Gold Apple Award 2012
  • Retailer of the Year Award, Mass Merchants Retailer Magazine 2011
  • Grocery Manufacturer’s Hall of Achievement Award 2012
  • Food Marketing Institute Sidney R. Rabb Award 2013
  • Hy-Vee Lifetime Achievement Award 2012