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Harvard and Floy Harp founded Harps in 1930. They started the first store with $500 in cash that Harvard had saved while working in the citrus industry in California. The first store was Harps Cash Grocery and was located in Springdale, AR. Over the next 34 years they remodeled, expanded, and moved to bigger buildings as their business continued to grow. By the early 1950’s, Harvard and Floy’s oldest son, Don, had joined them in the business. In 1964 Harps became a small chain when the second store was opened in North Springdale. By the mid-60’s, two other sons, Gerald and Reland, were involved in making the company a success. Don ran the company from the late 60’s until 1994 when Gerald took over as president. Roger Collins, the current Chairman and CEO, became the president in 2000. In 2001 the Company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) purchased all the outstanding stock from the Harp family and management; the Company became 100% employee-owned. Since 2001 the employees have seen their stock price nearly quadruple. Participants in the ESOP were allocated over 18% of their pay in stock in their ESOP account for the year-ended August 2008. Sharing in the success of the Company has built excitement among employees. In 2008, the company promoted Kim Eskew to the position of president. With stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, Harps has aggressive growth plans to increase the Company's 63 stores and nearly 3,200 employees. Harps strategy has been to differentiate the Company from the competition based on quality, service, and freshness at competitive prices. The Company promotes no solution/no sodium added fresh beef, pork and chicken. With Green Giant produce, customized cakes, Martha Harp fried chicken, donuts and rolls, the Harps’ name signifies quality. Combining that image with employee-owned service, Harps has become one of the grocery industry’s most recognized independent chains and is a national success story for grocery companies competing against Wal-Mart. Our Executive Committee Roger Collins, CEO and Chairman Mr. Collins started with Harps in 1986 as the Vice-President of Finance and CFO. He was promoted to Executive Vice-President in 1995 and President, CEO in 2000. He serves on both the boards and executive committees of the National Cooperative Bank and the National Grocers Association, as well as the Elder Board for Fellowship Bible Church. He has served in the past with Special Olympics, Rape Crisis Center and United Way. He is a graduate of Rice University with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and practiced as a CPA in public accounting for four years. Roger lives in Springdale with wife, Marilyn, and has two daughters. Kim Eskew, President & COO Mr. Eskew joined Harps as a student checker in 1977 in Springdale, Arkansas, while attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After completing his BS degree in Administrative Management in 1980, he held the positions of Grocery Manager, Store Manager, District Manager, Director of Merchandising and Advertising, Vice President of Marketing and Executive Vice President. Kim has served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Grocers Association since 1995, serving as Chairman of that board in 2002. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Harris Baking Company, a private label bakery in Rogers, Arkansas as well as the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. Kim and his wife Karen live in Springdale and are members of First Baptist Church of Springdale. Jim Antz, Vice-President of Finance & Administration, CFO Mr. Antz started with Harps in April 1987 as MIS Director. He was promoted to Vice-President of Information in 1998 and to Vice-President of Finance and Administration in 2000. He has an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association. Jim lives in Springdale with wife, Margaret, and has two sons. He attends Fellowship Bible Church in Lowell. Frank Ray, Vice-President of Human Resources One of Mr. Ray’s top priorities is developing potential leaders for store management. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1984, joined Harps as a manager trainee in September of that year and has enjoyed numerous positions en route to his current role. He is a member of the Springdale Rotary Club, is on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Northwest Arkansas, Springdale Partners in Education, and the Northwest Arkansas Diversity Council. He resides in Springdale with his wife, Timi, and their three children. J. Max Van Hoose, Vice-President of Store Planning J. Max is a Northwest Arkansas native and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1991 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. After spending 6 years with Hallmark Greeting Cards and earning his MBA at the University of Kansas J. Max returned to Arkansas in 1997 to join Harps Food Stores as Director of Construction and Equipment. J. Max is involved with the Springdale Rotary Club, his church, and coaching his girls’ athletic teams as well as serving on the Springdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He lives in Springdale with his wife Kelley and their two daughters. Mike Thurow, Vice-President of Store Systems Mike received a BA degree from the University of Illinois, and came to Fayetteville in 1979 to attend graduate school at the University of Arkansas. He started to work at the Harp’s General Office in 1983 as Scanning Specialist. He was later promoted to Director of Store Systems, and then to Vice-President of Store Systems. Outside of Harp’s, Mike is involved with Rogers Little Theater, and also serves on the board of H.O.P.E., a Northwest Arkansas non-profit organization whose mission is to provide service and assistance to local cancer patients. Mike has a son who lives in Little Rock with his wife and daughter, and

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About Harps Food Store

Harvard and Floy Harp founded Harps in 1930. They started the first store with $500 in cash that Harvard had saved while working in the citrus industry in California. The first store was Harps Cash Grocery and was located in Springdale, AR. Over the next 34 years they remodeled, expanded, and moved to bigger buildings as their business continued to grow.

By the early 1950’s, Harvard and Floy’s oldest son, Don, had joined them in the business. In 1964 Harps became a small chain when the second store was opened in North Springdale.

By the mid-60’s, two other sons, Gerald and Reland, were involved in making the company a success. Don ran the company from the late 60’s until 1994 when Gerald took over as president. Roger Collins, the current Chairman and CEO, became the president in 2000. In 2001 the Company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) purchased all the outstanding stock from the Harp family and management; the Company became 100% employee-owned. Since 2001 the employees have seen their stock price nearly quadruple. Participants in the ESOP were allocated over 18% of their pay in stock in their ESOP account for the year-ended August 2008. Sharing in the success of the Company has built excitement among employees. In 2008, the company promoted Kim Eskew to the position of president.

With stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, Harps has aggressive growth plans to increase the Company's 63 stores and nearly 3,200 employees. Harps strategy has been to differentiate the Company from the competition based on quality, service, and freshness at competitive prices. The Company promotes no solution/no sodium added fresh beef, pork and chicken. With Green Giant produce, customized cakes, Martha Harp fried chicken, donuts and rolls, the Harps’ name signifies quality. Combining that image with employee-owned service, Harps has become one of the grocery industry’s most recognized independent chains and is a national success story for grocery companies competing against Wal-Mart.


Our Executive Committee



Roger Collins, CEO and Chairman

Mr. Collins started with Harps in 1986 as the Vice-President of Finance and CFO. He was promoted to Executive Vice-President in 1995 and President, CEO in 2000. He serves on both the boards and executive committees of the National Cooperative Bank and the National Grocers Association, as well as the Elder Board for Fellowship Bible Church. He has served in the past with Special Olympics, Rape Crisis Center and United Way. He is a graduate of Rice University with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and practiced as a CPA in public accounting for four years. Roger lives in Springdale with wife, Marilyn, and has two daughters.

Kim Eskew, President & COO

Mr. Eskew joined Harps as a student checker in 1977 in Springdale, Arkansas, while attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After completing his BS degree in Administrative Management in 1980, he held the positions of Grocery Manager, Store Manager, District Manager, Director of Merchandising and Advertising, Vice President of Marketing and Executive Vice President. Kim has served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Grocers Association since 1995, serving as Chairman of that board in 2002. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Harris Baking Company, a private label bakery in Rogers, Arkansas as well as the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. Kim and his wife Karen live in Springdale and are members of First Baptist Church of Springdale.

Jim Antz, Vice-President of Finance & Administration, CFO

Mr. Antz started with Harps in April 1987 as MIS Director. He was promoted to Vice-President of Information in 1998 and to Vice-President of Finance and Administration in 2000. He has an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association. Jim lives in Springdale with wife, Margaret, and has two sons. He attends Fellowship Bible Church in Lowell.

Frank Ray, Vice-President of Human Resources

One of Mr. Ray’s top priorities is developing potential leaders for store management. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1984, joined Harps as a manager trainee in September of that year and has enjoyed numerous positions en route to his current role. He is a member of the Springdale Rotary Club, is on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Northwest Arkansas, Springdale Partners in Education, and the Northwest Arkansas Diversity Council. He resides in Springdale with his wife, Timi, and their three children.

J. Max Van Hoose, Vice-President of Store Planning

J. Max is a Northwest Arkansas native and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1991 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. After spending 6 years with Hallmark Greeting Cards and earning his MBA at the University of Kansas J. Max returned to Arkansas in 1997 to join Harps Food Stores as Director of Construction and Equipment. J. Max is involved with the Springdale Rotary Club, his church, and coaching his girls’ athletic teams as well as serving on the Springdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He lives in Springdale with his wife Kelley and their two daughters.

Mike Thurow, Vice-President of Store Systems

Mike received a BA degree from the University of Illinois, and came to Fayetteville in 1979 to attend graduate school at the University of Arkansas. He started to work at the Harp’s General Office in 1983 as Scanning Specialist. He was later promoted to Director of Store Systems, and then to Vice-President of Store Systems. Outside of Harp’s, Mike is involved with Rogers Little Theater, and also serves on the board of H.O.P.E., a Northwest Arkansas non-profit organization whose mission is to provide service and assistance to local cancer patients. Mike has a son who lives in Little Rock with his wife and daughter, and