CHICAGO, Ill. (Oct. 19, 2017) – The National Grocers Association’s (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today announced Kim Eskew, president and CEO of Harps Food Stores, was awarded the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award at the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings in Chicago, Ill. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in support of policy initiatives that promote the independent supermarket industry.
“Kim is known as a steadfast advocate for our industry. Over the years, he’s worked hard to develop personal relationships with elected officials in areas where Harp’s operates,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “His efforts have yielded positive results for independent grocers and help make a difference when needed most.”
This year, Eskew hosted U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), U.S. Representative Steve Womack (R-AR), and U.S Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) for tours of Harps Food Stores this year. In May, he joined the supermarket industry’s lobby day in Washington, where he urged his lawmakers to pass the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, protect debit swipe fee reform, and pass comprehensive tax reform. He is a longtime supporter of NGA’s Grocers Political Action Committee (PAC) and also sits on the NGA Board of Directors.
The Fall Leadership Meetings, sponsored by First Data (NYSE: FDC) and FMS Solutions Holding, LLC, were comprised of the Trading Partner Business Sessions and held in conjunction with the NACS Show, one of the 40 largest trade shows in the United States. The strategic partnership brought together the leading small format and independent retailers to explore emerging trends in foodservice, consumer packaged goods, retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies, and operating best practices.
Eskew joined Harps Food Stores in 1977 as a part-time stock boy while attending the University of Arkansas. In 2017, he was appointed president and CEO of the company.