Hy-Vee’s Bill Kelley to retire
Bill Kelley, group vice president of produce commissary at Hy-Vee, is calling it a career after 40 years of service.
Kelley graduated from Wayne Community High School and attended Truman State University as well as Iowa State University. He joined Hy-Vee in 1978, working part-time at the Corydon Hy-Vee. He left Hy-Vee while in college, returning to the company in 1983 at the Ames #1 store as a produce clerk. He then moved to four different stores as produce manager. His first management stint was at the Rochester #2 store in 1989, followed by the Boone store in 1993, the Des Moines #3 store in 1995 and the Urbandale store in 1996.
In 2000, Kelley became an executive staff member for Hy-Vee as a produce purchasing specialist. He was promoted in 2008 to assistant director of produce purchasing, then to director of produce purchasing in 2011. In 2012, he was named assistant vice president of produce purchasing. In 2017, Bill was promoted to his current position.
In 2007, Bill was named Staff Member of the Year and was named to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame. “We are extremely fortunate to have had Bill lead our produce commissary,” said Matt Ludwig, executive VP and chief supply chair officer at Hy-Vee.
“I have been blessed to realize my dreams with such a great company.” Kelley said. “I take great pride that I was able to be directly involved in introducing many new items to our produce departments during my 17 years in purchasing as we developed our signature brands. I am also grateful for the opportunities to open and oversee the Chariton Produce Commissary as we introduced yet another new offering for the stores. I will forever be thankful for all of the fantastic people (who became friends) I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from over the years. It’s just been a great run.”
“Bill has been an invaluable member of the produce department,” said Ludwig. “His leadership in the produce department has helped us lead our produce production into the present. The entire produce department and commissary will miss his ‘will do’ attitude and incredible knowledge of produce. We congratulate Bill on his successful 40-year career with Hy-Vee and wish Bill and his wife, Kelley, all the best in their new chapter.”
Kelley’s last day will be Friday.