Greg McQuistan is the new Assistant Vice President at the Hy-Vee Distribution Center in Cherokee, taking over that position on October 1 when the former manager, Tod Hockenson, accepted a promotion and moved to the company's distribution headquarters in Chariton.
McQuistan, 58, is a newcomer to this part of the state, although he says that when he was growing up, he did spend a lot of time at his grandfather's cottage on West Okoboji in the summer .
Aside from those summer memories, though, McQuistan has always been a resident of the central part of the state. He spent most of his youth in Des Moines before his family moved to Mason City, where he lived for six years and graduated from high school. Following graduation, Greg again headed (a little bit) south, to attend Iowa State University in Ames. Greg's dad owned the Sunrise Dairy in Ames at the time, and he worked there during his college days - the first time he had business contacts with Hy-Vee Inc. Greg worked for Perishable Distributors of Iowa, a subsidiary of Hy-Vee, from 1991 until he took his current job in Cherokee this fall, residing in Ankeny with his wife and children.
Greg and his wife, Jeanne, have been married for 37-plus years, and have two grown children. Their son Scott and his wife, Lis, live in Ankeny and have no children at this time, but they do have a dog - something they have in common with Greg and Jeanne - and also with the McQuistan's other child, their daughter Michelle. Michelle is married to Gary Small, and Greg notes with amusement that his "Small" son-in-law is 6 feet, 7 inches tall. Michelle and Gary live in Iowa City, and they have a 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Alexa.
Greg said that, to him, "family is what it's all about," and a glance around his office certainly verifies those family values, as he has several photos of his family proudly displayed.
Asked about his hobbies or outside interests, Greg said that he and Jeanne like to travel, which of course includes visiting Scott and Michelle and their families, but also - in cold weather - traveling to warmer climates.
Greg is currently residing at a local motel, but he and Jeanne are in the process of looking for a home in Cherokee.
We welcome Greg to Cherokee, and hope that he and his wife find themselves a home here soon, and then settle in and become a part of the community of Cherokee for a long time.