Greg McQuistan, Assistant Vice President at the Cherokee Distribution Center, has announced his retirement effective January 1, 2013.
McQuistan is a long-term, well respected Hy-Vee officer. His roots with Hy-Vee go back to his days with Sunrise Dairy, his family business. Greg's family, consisting of his father Ron and his brother Mark, the recently retired Vice President of Procurement, spent years servicing the ice cream sections of Hy-Vee stores.
In 1991 Hy-Vee purchased the Sunrise Dairy Company from the McQuistans and Greg came to work for PDI at that time. In September of 1995, Greg was named Vice President of Operations at PDI and was also named Executive of the Year. In January 2000 he moved over to become Director of Special Projects for PDI.
McQuistan graduated from Mason City High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and a Masters in Art and Teaching from Drake University.
His career has been marked by the emphasis he has placed on customer service. He is a great organizer and thinker and has always seemed to be able to find the best way to accomplish his goals. In addition to his leadership at PDI, he has served for the last three years as the top officer at the Cherokee Distribution Center.
McQuistan has helped lead Cherokee to new sales highs every year and has also been instrumental in the commodity exchanges that have occurred between Cherokee and Chariton. In addition, Greg went to Cherokee as they were finalizing the last expansion to the Distribution Center in 2009 and helped assimilate the crew into the new facility.
When asked about his career and upcoming retirement, McQuistan had the following to say, "I just want to thank all of my fellow employees (friends) for making Sunrise Dairy, PDI and Hy-Vee the best companies in the country. Your dedication, hard work and friendship will take you far and I'll always know I was part of a great team. Thank you and best of luck to all."
Ron Taylor said "Greg is a great Hy-Vee leader with a great Hy-Vee personality. We have been fortunate to have Greg serve as a leader in his different capacities."
Greg and his wife Jeannie have two children, Michelle (Gary) and Scott (Lis), two granddaughters, Alexa and Audrey, along with four granddogs.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with the family, traveling and spending time at their lake home in Okoboji.