Local Hy-Vee Employees Named to Hy-Vee Hall of Fame
WEST DES MOINES — West Des Moines native Mike Skokan and local Hy-Vee Store Director Wes Snook were named to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting last month.
Skokan, Hy-Vee’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, was named the 2015 Officer of the Year. Skokan was nominated for the award by his peers, who noted his leadership skills and commitment to the company.
Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker highlighted Skokan’s understanding of the retail industry and called him a great asset to Hy-Vee.
“Mike has been a key leader with a keen insight into our business, and one I depend on greatly. He is a passionate and innovative leader who cares deeply for our employees and customers. We are very fortunate to have a leader of Mike’s ability, and he is certainly deserving of this recognition,” Edeker said.
Skokan’s Hy-Vee career began in 1986 at the Grand Avenue Hy-Vee in West Des Moines when he was a part-time courtesy clerk, checker and stocker. In 1993, Skokan joined the Hy-Vee executive staff as an internal auditor. In 1995, he was promoted to financial reporting manager; in 1998 to director of financial reporting; and in 2000 to assistant treasurer and director of financial reporting. In 2002, Skokan was named assistant vice president, financial reporting assistant secretary. In 2011, Skokan was promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. As part of that promotion, he was named a permanent member of the Hy-Vee board of directors and joined Hy-Vee’s executive committee. In 2013, Skokan was elected to his current position of executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.
Skokan graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.
Snook, store director at the North Ankeny Boulevard Hy-Vee in Ankeny, was inducted as the 2015 Store Director of the Year for Hy-Vee’s northern region. This is the third time he has been named to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame in his 42-year career with the company.
Snook was chosen for the honor by his peers, who noted his leadership both in the aisles and out in the community. Colleagues also highlighted his ability to adapt to change and help other area store directors.
“Wes has been a great leader in directing and guiding his employees as well as other store directors in his area,” said Edeker. “He shows great respect for our customers and does whatever it takes to provide top-quality service to those in his store day after day.”
Snook’s career with Hy-Vee began in 1973 as a part-time employee in Mason City. Snook was promoted to various management positions until taking his first store director assignment in 1991. Since 2008, he has been the store director at the North Ankeny Boulevard Hy-Vee location. Snook was previously named to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame in 2010 as the Store Director of the Year for Hy-Vee’s eastern region and in 2014 for receiving Hy-Vee’s Community Involvement Award. In 2010, Snook was elected to a one-year term on Hy-Vee’s board of directors.