Springdale, Ark.-based Harps Foods Stores, which operates 135 stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, on Friday announced the promotion of several corporate executives to vice president.
Robert Acord was promoted to Vice President of Pharmacy, Layne Chastain to Vice President of Meat and Seafood, Mike Roberts to Vice President of Products, Hydie Hale to Vice President of Bakery-Grocery, Shannon Kincade to vice president of general merchandise and Randall Harp to vice president of distribution and grocery supply.
“We are delighted to be able to promote these outstanding directors who have played a pivotal role leading their respective departments in the success of our business during their tenures with us,” said Kim Eskew, president and CEO of Harps. “Over the past two years, Harps has grown an incredible 43% under their able leadership. Having grown into a billion dollar company in 2020, these promotions are overdue in my opinion and we are excited to see this that these new vice-presidents will accomplish in the years to come.
Acord (left) joined Harps Food Stores as Director of Pharmacy in March 2008. He brings over 20 years of pharmacy experience to Harps, including experience in retail pharmacy operations, overseeing business and computer systems. After completing undergraduate courses at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Acord attended UAMS College of Pharmacy in Little Rock, Ark. He graduated from UAMS in 1987 and moved to Springdale. Acord was promoted from Director of Pharmacy to Vice President of Pharmacy.
Chastain (right) began an apprenticeship as a meat cutter with Harps Foods in September 1978 at Harps in Mountain Home, Ark., until 1988 when he accepted the position of meat market manager in Yellville , Ark. Year five times. He was later promoted to Meat Merchant in 2005 and has held several positions throughout his career such as Meat and Seafood Category Manager, Meat and Seafood Manager, and now at his current role as vice president of meat and seafood.
Roberts (left) began his career at Food 4 Less in North Little Rock in 1988 as a part-time produce clerk while attending college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was first promoted to Production Manager in 1992 and then to Merchandise Producer in 2001. Throughout his time at Harps, Roberts had the opportunity to fill all roles in the Product Department, Produce Merchandiser, Produce Director and in his current role as Vice President. President of Production Operations.
Hale (left) began his career with Harps in 1997 as Deli Clerk. In 1999, she was promoted to Deli Manager in Fort Smith, Ark. Since then, she served as Bakery-Deli Manager in numerous locations in Northwest Arkansas until 2014 when she was promoted to Bakery-Deli Merchandiser serving the North Central/De east and northwest. Arkansas Territory until 2018, when she was promoted to director of bakery-grocery operations. Hale served on the ESOP Board of Directors and oversees all Bakery-Deli operations in her current role as Vice President of Bakery-Deli.
Kincade (right) joined Harps in 1985 as a part-time sacker/stocker in Mountain Home, Ark. From there, Kincade transferred to Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, where he earned a BS in Marketing in 1992. Later that year, Kincade accepted a position as Assistant Merchandise Manager and has held many positions since, such as General Merchandise Manager, General Merchandise Specialist and General Merchandise Manager. He held that title until his recent promotion to Vice President of General Merchandise.
Harp (left) started working for Harps in 1979 as a sacker in Springdale, Ark. He also served on the board of directors. Harp has held various positions within the company, such as Store Manager, Grocery Merchant, District Manager, DSD Specialist and Harp Distribution Center Manager and Chief Grocery Buyer. Harp was then promoted to his current position of Vice President of Grocery Distribution and Sourcing.
The promotions follow the nomination of J. Max Van Hoose as president in January.
“J. Max has demonstrated his worth to Harps in many ways during his tenure as Executive Vice President and I am very pleased to see this well-deserved promotion take place,” said Eskew, who previously served as company president. owned by its employees.