Piggott Native Kim Eskew Named CEO of Harps
A local native, and long-time employee of Harps Food Stores is taking over as CEO according to a news release from the company. Roger Collins, Chairman of the Board at Harps Food Stores, Inc., announced Thursday that after nearly 17 years as CEO, he was stepping down from that position and Kim Eskew, current President and Chief Operating Officer, was elected as the new CEO. Collins will remain as Chairman.
Eskew, a native of Piggott and 1975 graduate of Piggott High School, came to Harps in 1977. He began his career with Harps while in college at the University of Arkansas and worked his way up through the organization becoming Executive Vice President in 2002 and President and COO in 2008.
"Kim has the experience and proven leadership skills to be our next CEO," said Collins. "He has been overseeing marketing and operations, and has been instrumental in helping produce 11 consecutive years of record earnings. He is a man of integrity and I am confident that he will do a skillful job moving Harps forward. I am very happy for him."
Harps, which was founded in 1930, was a family-owned business until becoming employee-owned in 2001. It now has 85 stores located in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas including locations in Rector and Corning. Since becoming employee-owned in 2001, the company has more than doubled in size and added over $100,000,000 of value to the accounts of the Harps employee-owners.