MUSCATINE, Iowa–In 1972, 16-year-old Randy Beimer applied for his first job, a courtesy clerk position at Hy-Vee in his hometown of Fort Madison. “I’d just heard a lot about Hy-Vee being a good employer, especially for young employees,” he reminisced. Little did Beimer know that his job bagging groceries and stocking shelves would turn into his career.
Six years later, Beimer received a promotion to aisle coordinator at Hy-Vee Number Three in Waterloo. From there, he advanced in rank to assistant manager, shift manager, food store manager, and assistant store director. For nine years, Beimer served as store director at Hy-Vee Number One in West Des Moines. In 2009, Beimer came to Muscatine as manager of perishables before moving into his final position of human resources manager.
In all of his different roles over the years, Beimer valued, “getting to train and mentor employees.” In particular, Beimer enjoyed working with high school and college students working their first part time jobs and coaching them in the sorts of skills and habits that would help them succeed in their later careers. “That’s always rewarding to me to have a good influence on them,” he stated. Beimer likes it best when he meets a former coworker and they share how positive an experience they had working at Hy-Vee for their first job.
Along with assisting new employees as they started out their working careers, Beimer also loved having the chance to meet and collaborate with all sorts of different people each and every day.” I liked the opportunity to work with and interact with so many customers and coworkers,” he shared. “I’ve made a lot of friends.”
Always looking for a way to get to know more people and help out the community, and to enjoy Muscatine’s small town feel, Beimer spent several years volunteering with the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “I was a chamber ambassador for awhile, and I liked getting to know other business people,” he said.
Upon announcing his retirement, Beimer’s many colleagues at Hy-Vee wished him nothing but the best. In Beimer’s retirement announcement, Hy-Vee Muscatine Director Matt Schweirizer celebrated Beimer’s many years of service: “Randy has been an incredible Hy-Vee employee for decades. He has been instrumental to the success of our Muscatine store and a mentor to many employees. Randy has earned a long and healthy retirement, and I wish nothing but happiness to him and Linda.”
As Beimer prepares for his retirement, he looks forward to, “just relaxing and taking time to enjoy hobbies and interests and traveling.” A lover of America’s National Parks, Beimer, along with his significant other, Linda Starcevich, plans to visit many he has never seen before and to use his visits as a way to keep developing his photography skills. He also anticipates finishing his goal of visiting all 50 states, a project he has worked on for years.