Piggott Native Promoted at Harp's Corporate
Harps Food Stores announced last week that during their annual board meeting chairman Roger Collins stepped down, and Kim Eskew, president and CEO, was elected to fill his position. Collins is fully retiring after serving as Chairman for the past 17 years. Eskew is a native of Piggott, and a 1975 graduate of PHS. He began working part-time for Harp's in Springdale while a student at the University of Arkansas. Remaining with the company following graduation, and has worked his way up from the store level to the top job in the corporate offices.
At the same meeting, three new Board Members were elected to serve from Harps and they are David Ganoung, Vice President of Marketing, Frank Ray, Vice President of Human Resources and Mike Thurow, Vice President of Store Systems.
“Roger Collins was exactly the right person at the right time to lead Harps from a family owned and operated business to an employee owned and operated business. Every employee owner will have a better retirement and future because of Roger’s leadership,” said Eskew.
Since the company became employee owned in 2001, shares of their stock have risen from $27 to $445 per share.
Harps was founded in Springdale in 1930 by Harvard and Floy Harp. For many years the company grew under the leadership of sons Don and Gerald Harp, until 2001 when the company completed a buyout and became 100 percent employee owned. In the years since they have grown to 90 store locations in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas—including the location in Rector.