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.

Jill M. Blanchard serves as the Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of SGRP, each effective as of December 2, 2013. Ms. Blanchard has more than 25 years' experience in the services industry, and most recently served as Senior Vice President at HAVI Global Solutions, a provider of global managed services and consulting solutions, from 2007 through 2013. Before that, Ms. Blanchard served in various executive positions with Nielsen from 1992 through 2006, most recently, as Vice President of Business Development. During her 14 year tenure there, she worked with some of the industry's top Fortune 500 companies, some of which are SPAR's customers today.