Board of Directors

William H. Bartels serves as the Vice Chairman and a Director of SGRP and has held such positions since July 8, 1999 (the effective date of the Merger). Mr. Bartels served as the Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Senior Vice President of the SPAR Marketing Companies (SBRS since 1994, SINC since 1979, SMNEV since November 1993 and SMF since 1996).
Robert G. Brown serves as the Chairman and a Director of SGRP (and former Chief Executive Officer and President) and has held such positions since July 8, 1999, the effective date of the merger of the SPAR Marketing Companies with PIA Merchandising Services, Inc. (the "Merger"). Mr. Brown served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the SPAR Marketing Companies (SPAR/Burgoyne Retail Services, Inc. ("SBRS") since 1994, SPAR, Inc. ("SINC") since 1979, SPAR Marketing, Inc. ("SMNEV") since November 1993, and SPAR Marketing Force, Inc. ("SMF") since 1996).

Arthur B. Drogue most recently was Senior Vice President of Customer Development for the Americas at Unilever. Prior to that, he led Unilever's U.S. Customer Development organization through eight years of outstanding growth and earnings success while merging five separate companies into one of the world's preeminent Consumer Packaged Goods companies with over $45 billion in annual sales. His previous professional experience includes senior management positions at Best Foods, Nabisco, Northeastern Organization [NEO] Inc., and General Mills. Mr. Drogue has held positions on several corporate and industry boards and has received numerous awards for his achievements. Mr. Drogue earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Stetson University and completed an Executive Management Program at Cornell.

Lorrence T. Kellar serves as a Director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of SGRP and has done so since April 2, 2003. Mr. Kellar also is a member of the Compensation Committee and Governance Committee. Mr. Kellar had a 31-year career with The Kroger Co., where he served in various financial capacities, including Group Vice President for real estate and finance, and earlier, as Corporate Treasurer. He was responsible for all of Kroger's real estate activities, as well as facility engineering, which coordinated all store openings and remodels. Mr. Kellar subsequently served as Vice President, real estate, for Kmart and then as Vice President of Continental Properties Company, Inc., a retail real estate developer, until November, 2009. Mr. Kellar also serves on the boards of Multi-Color Corporation, where he is Chairman, and Frisch's Restaurants and is a trustee of the Acadia Realty Trust. He also is a major patron of the arts and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Cincinnati Ballet.

R. Eric McCarthey joins the Board of SPAR Group, Inc. as Director of SGRP and will be a member of the Compensation, Audit and Governance Committees.   Mr. McCarthey is currently CEO of Shelty-Viking Capital Group, LLC, a private equity holding company with principal ownership in various firms.  Mr. McCarthey had a 30-year career with The Coca-Cola Company and was most recently Senior Vice President, Global Commercial/Commercial/Customer Strategic Planning & Execution.  He had served in several global leadership roles throughout his career with The Coca-Cola Company. 

Mr. McCarthey also serves on the boards of two privately held companies, Interra International, where he is Chairman of the Strategy Committee and Saulsbury Industries, where he is a Director. He had previously served on the boards of Standard Register, where he was Chairman of the Strategy Committee and Global Imaging as Chairman, Audit Committee until the company was sold in 2007.

Jack W. Partridge serves as a Director of SGRP and has done so since January 29, 2001. He has served as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee of SGRP since May 9, 2003, and also is a member of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee. Mr. Partridge is President of Jack W. Partridge & Associates. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board of The Grand Union Company from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Partridge's service with Grand Union followed a distinguished 23-year career with The Kroger Company, where he served as Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and as a member of the Senior Executive Committee, as well as various other executive positions. Mr. Partridge has been a leader in industry and community affairs for over three decades. He has served as Chairman of the Food Marketing Institute's Government Relations Committee, the Food and Agriculture Policy Task Force, and as Chairman of the Board of The Ohio Retail Association. He currently serves as a member of the board of Checkpoint Systems, Inc.

Scott is the CEO & President of SPAR Group, Inc., as of September 2016.

He comes to SPAR with 24 years of Retail Marketing/Service and CPG experience.  Scott co-founded Serv Corp, Inc., one of the largest independent in-store marketing firms, merging with PromoWorks in 2005.  There he led M&A and integration teams to support direct execution nationally for retail clients including Walmart, Safeway and Kroger.  In 2009, he became SVP of Retail Sales and Operations for the Sunflower Group, where he was responsible for staffing operations, Distribution & Fulfillment, and national retail program management for Publix, Kroger and Super Target.

In 2011, Scott pursued his MBA focusing on Finance and Investment Banking to specialize in M&A and International Business.  During this two year period, he obtained his Investment Banking license (Series 79 and 63), then acquired, turned around, and later sold IQ Reports LLC (BIS Insurance Services), a Regional Insurance Auditing firm, to York Insurance Services, a $400MM national firm.

After completing his MBA, Scott joined Advantage Sales & Marketing.  While there, he was subsequently recruited to be CEO of ICC Capital, managing the company’s successful turnaround and coordinating a merger with Argent Financial, creating a financial firm with over $30 Billion in assets under management.  

Prior to accepting his new role with SPAR Group, Scott was the Chief Commercial Officer of Suntree Snack Foods, a newly recapitalized private label provider of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. 

Scott earned a BSBA from the University of Central Florida and his MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.  He enjoys supporting young entrepreneurs with consulting and early stage funding, and when not thinking about the next deal, he prefers to relax with family and travel with his wife.