Anita Vanderveer is senior vice president of people for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®. She leads the human resources function for SONIC, which includes talent management, recruitment, people development, employee relations, payroll, benefits, compensation, recognition, internal communications, training & education, organizational design and change. Vanderveer joined SONIC as vice president of people in April 2011.
Vanderveer began her career with Pizza Hut/YUM! Brands over 25 years ago in restaurant operations and has served in a variety of human resources executive positions. She also served as vice president, human resources for Pinnacle Family of Companies based in Dallas, Texas.
Vanderveer holds a bachelor’s degree from Mountain State University in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in education, human resource development from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Balancing career with community involvement, she currently serves on the Oklahoma City Allied Arts Board and on the YWCA of OKC Human Resources Committee. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma class XVIII.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Vanderveer grew up in the Quad Cities. She and her husband, Gordy, have one daughter and reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.