Hank Meijer, 60, is co-chairman and CEO of Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids. He joined the family retail business at the age of 11 as a grocery clerk.After serving as a reporter for a Detroit-area suburban newspaper group, he became editor and later publisher of a weekly newspaper in Plymouth, Michigan. He rejoined Meijer in 1979 as assistant advertising director. In 1984, he published Thrifty Years, a biography of Hendrik Meijer, the companys founder and his grandfather. His articles on Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg have been published in the Michigan Historical Review, and he wrote the entry on the Senator for Simon and Schusters Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. Meijer is vice-chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He also serves on the boards of Fifth Third Bank, the Kettering Foundation, and the Food Marketing Institute, and is a member of the Presidents Advisory Group of the University of Michigan. Back to Foundation Leadership.