SPAR Group
SPAR GROUP INC (Form: 8-K, Received: 08/29/2016 12:45:24)

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 

Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of t he Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 23, 2016

 

SPAR Group, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Delaware 

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

0-27824

(Commission

File No.)

 

33-0684451

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

333 Westchester Avenue, South Building, Suite 204, White Plains, NY  

10604     

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)    

(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (914) 332-4100

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

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Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

On August 23, 2016, SPAR Group, Inc. (" SGRP " or the " Registrant ", and together with its subsidiaries, the "S PAR Group " or the " Company "), issued a Press Release announcing the appointment and election of Mr. Scott Popaditch as SGRP's new Chief Executive Officer and President and a director on SGRP's Board of Directors (the " Release "), and received the resignation of Ms. Jill M. Blanchard from those positions (which was previously announced as an upcoming departure in SGRP's June 10, 2016, Current Report on Form 8-K and Press Release).

 

Mr. Popaditch is expected to start work on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. He has extensive executive leadership experience in retail services, staffing, and investment banking focused on M&A. Mr. Popaditch co-founded, built, and sold Serv Corp, Inc., one of the largest southeast regional in-store marketing services firms. He led and managed the national consolidation, handling M&A and coordinating integration. He worked as SVP of Retail Sales & Operations for the Sunflower Group, managing national Retail Sales and In-store Staffing Operations focusing on Kroger, Target, and Publix. Upon completion of his Masters, he was CEO of IQ Reports, an Insurance Risk Auditing & Staffing services firm, where he recapitalized, restructured, grew revenues, and led the merger with York Insurance Services in 2013. He joined Advantage Sales & marketing and was subsequently hired as CEO of ICC Capital, managing the successful turnaround and coordinating a merger Highland Capital, which closed in April 2015. Prior to accepting his new role with SPAR Group he was the Chief Commercial Officer of Suntree Snack Foods, and a consultant to SPAR Infotech, Inc., and SP/R, Inc., two independent affiliates of SGRP owned by Mr. Robert G. Brown, Chairman of SGRP. He earned a MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and a BSBA from University of Central Florida.

 

Mr. Popaditch is both an Executive and an Officer (as defined in SGRP's By-Laws) and will separately report: directly to SGRP's Board of Directors (the "Board"); or directly to each of the Board's Committees; as applicable. He will receive a salary of $260,000 per year, $15,000 in moving expenses, a car allowance of $300 per month, a living expense allowance of up to $3500 per month, and the employee healthcare and other insurance, 401(k) participation and other benefits. Mr. Popaditch also received an otion award to purchase 400,000 SGRP shares, with the exercise price fixed on August 23 at market and vesting 1/4 per year over four years, and a restricted stock award of 25,000 shares vesting 1/3 per year over three years. Beginning in 2017, he also will be eligible for an annual bonus of up to $150,000 and stock options to purchase up to 25,000 shares, each depending upon satisfaction of performance goals to be outlined by SGRP's Compensation Committee. Mr. Popaditch will be indemnified by SGRP pursuant to SGRP's By-Laws, its D&O insurance, and Delaware law to the same extent as SGRP's other Directors and Executives. Mr. Popaditch also will receive severance protection for his first two years under a Severance Agreement with SGRP, which will provide for payment of six months of his salary if he is removed without cause or resigns for good reason, as detailed in such agreement. He also will receive severance protection under SGRP's Change in Control Severance Agreement (the " CICSA ") on terms that are substantively the same as those applicable to the other Executives of SGRP. Under the CICSA, a new 24 month protected period begins with each new change in control defined in that agreement, severance is payable under the CICSA if the officer is removed without cause or resigns for good reason, as detailed in such agreement, and the severance amount due is what the officer's salary would have been for the portion of the 24 month protected period remaining after such removal or resignation (but without duplication for payments under the Severance Agreement).

 

On and effective as of August 23, 2016, Ms. Jill M. Blanchard resigned from her positions as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director, executive, officer and employee (as applicable) of SGRP and its subsidiaries pursuant to a negotiated Departure Agreement, Release, and Waiver of All Claims. Under that agreement, Ms. Blanchard will receive departure payments equal to approximately $164,021, and the continuation for 90 days of her vested options (in accordance with their terms) that remain unexercised.

 

A copy of the Release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K (including such Release, this " Current Report ") as Exhibit 99.1 and is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

This Current Report contains "forward-looking statements" made by SPAR Group, Inc. (" SGRP ", and together with its subsidiaries, the " SPAR Group " or the " Company ") and this Current Report has been filed by SGRP with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the " SEC "). There also are "forward looking statements" contained in SGRP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 (as filed, the " Annual Report "), as filed with the SEC on March 30, 2016, in SGRP's definitive Proxy Statement respecting its Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on or about May 19, 2016 (as filed, the " Proxy Statement "), which SGRP filed with the SEC on April 27, 2016, and SGRP's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports and statements as and when filed with the SEC (including this Current Report, the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement, and such other reports, each a " SEC Report "). "Forward-looking statements" are defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the " Securities Act ") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the " Exchange Act "), and other applicable federal and state securities laws, rules and regulations, as amended (together with the Securities Act and Exchange Act, collectively, " Securities Laws ").

 

 
 

 

 

The forward-looking statements made by the Company in this Current Report includes (without limitation) any expectations, guidance or other information respecting the pursuit or achievement of the Company's five corporate objectives (growth, customer value, employee development, productivity & efficiency, and earnings per share), building upon the Company's strong foundation, leveraging compatible global opportunities, improving on the value we already deliver to customers, our growing client base, continuing balance sheet strength, customer contract expansion, growing revenues and becoming profitable through organic growth and acquisitions, attracting new business that will increase SPAR Group's revenues, improving product mix, continuing to maintain or reduce costs and consummating any transactions. The Company's forward-looking statements also include, in particular and without limitation, those made in "Business", "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Annual Report. You can identify forward-looking statements in such information by the Company's use of terms such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "believe", "estimate", "anticipate", "continue" or similar words or variations or negatives of those words.

 

You should carefully consider (and not place undue reliance on) the Company's forward-looking statements, risk factors and the other risks, cautions and information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into this Current Report, the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement and the other applicable SEC Reports that could cause the Company's actual performance or condition (including its assets, business, capital, cash flow, credit, expenses, financial condition, income, liabilities, liquidity, locations, marketing, operations, performance, prospects, sales, strategies, taxation or other achievement, results, risks, trends or condition to differ materially from the performance or condition planned, intended, expected, estimated or otherwise expected by the Company (collectively, " expectations ") and described in the information in the Company's forward-looking and other statements, whether express or implied. Although the Company believes them to be reasonable, those expectations involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors (many of which are beyond the Company's control) that could cause those expectations to fail to occur or be realized or such actual performance or condition to be materially and adversely different from the Company's expectations. In addition, new risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these matters or how they may arise or affect the Company. Accordingly, the Company cannot assure you that its expectations will be achieved in whole or in part, that the Company has identified all potential risks, or that the Company can successfully avoid or mitigate such risks in whole or in part, any of which could be significant and materially adverse to the Company and the value of your investment in the Company's Common Stock.

 

You should carefully review the risk factors described in the Annual Report (See Item 1A – Risk Factors) and any other risks, cautions or information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into this Current Report, the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement or other applicable SEC Report. All forward-looking and other statements or information attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly subject to and qualified by all such risk factors and other risks, cautions and information.

 

The Company does not intend or promise, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, risk factors or other risks, cautions or information (in whole or in part), whether as a result of new information, risks or uncertainties, future events or recognition or otherwise, except as and to the extent required by applicable law. 

 

 
 

 

   

Item 9.01.          Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(a)        Exhibits:

 

99.1     Press Release of the Registrant dated and issued on August 29, 2016, as attached hereto.

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

SPAR Group, Inc.

 

Date:     August 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ James R. Segreto

 

 

 

James R. Segreto, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit

Number  

Description

   

99.1

Press Release of the Registrant dated and issued on August 29, 2016, as attached hereto.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

SPAR Group Announces Appointment of New President and CEO

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SPAR Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SGRP), a leading global supplier of retail merchandising, technology and other marketing services throughout the United States and 8 other countries, today announced the appointment of R. Scott Popaditch as President and CEO effective September 6, 2016. Mr. Popaditch replaces Ms. Jill Blanchard who, as previously announced, has resigned as the Company’s President and CEO and from its Board of Directors effective August 23, 2016.

 

“I am honored to join the SPAR Group team as CEO and President.  SPAR Group is a dynamic organization that has successfully evolved to meet the demands of an ever-changing business environment.  I am enthusiastic about the opportunities to build upon the current infrastructure to grow revenue and shareholder value. Through supporting and developing great associates and partners, maintaining exceptional customer value and service, and driving continuous operational efficiencies and new Technologies, SPAR is in an excellent position for both domestic and international growth, and I am excited to join at this time,” said Mr. Popaditch.

 

Mr. Popaditch is an entrepreneurial executive with extensive executive leadership experience in retail services, staffing, and investment banking focused on M&A.  He co-founded, built, and sold Serv Corp, Inc., one of the largest southeast regional in-store marketing services firms.  He led and managed the national consolidation, handling M&A and coordinating integration. He worked as SVP of Retail Sales & Operations for the Sunflower Group, managing national Retail Sales and In-store Staffing Operations focusing on Kroger, Target, and Publix. Upon completion of his Masters, he was CEO of IQ Reports, an Insurance Risk Auditing & Staffing services firm, where he recapitalized, restructured, grew revenues, and led the merger with York Insurance Services in 2013. He joined Advantage Sales & marketing and was subsequently hired as CEO of ICC Capital, managing the successful turnaround and coordinating a merger Highland Capital, which closed in April 2015.  Prior to accepting his new role with SPAR Group he was the Chief Commercial Officer of Suntree Snack Foods.  He earned a MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and a BSBA from University of Central Florida.

 

Speaking on behalf of SPAR Group's Board of Directors, Mr. Robert Brown, Chairman, said, "Scott comes to us with a proven track record of success in multiple areas including, sales, marketing, operations, technology and M&A. Combined with his leadership credentials, and significant experience in merchandising services, we are confident in Scott’s ability to lead SPAR’s global mission of being a solutions provider dedicated to helping clients get more out of the store.”

 

“I would also like to reiterate our thanks to Jill Blanchard for her significant contribution to SPAR Group during her tenure as CEO. Her dedication and professionalism have continued in the last several months as we have undertaken the search for a new CEO.”

 

About SPAR Group

 

SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services Company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. The Company provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide, primarily in mass merchandiser, office supply, value, grocery, drug, independent, convenience, toy, home improvement and electronics stores, as well as providing furniture and other product assembly services, audit services, in-store events, technology services and marketing research. The Company has supplied these project and product services in the United States since certain of its predecessors were formed in 1979 and internationally since the Company acquired its first international subsidiary in Japan in May of 2001. Product services include restocking and adding new products, removing spoiled or outdated products, resetting categories "on the shelf" in accordance with client or store schematics, confirming and replacing shelf tags, setting new sale or promotional product displays and advertising, replenishing kiosks, providing in-store event staffing and providing assembly services in stores, homes and offices. Audit services include price audits, point of sale audits, out of stock audits, intercept surveys and planogram audits. Other merchandising services include whole store or departmental product sets or resets (including new store openings), new product launches, in-store demonstrations, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, focused product support and product recalls. The Company currently does business in 9 countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, India, China, Australia, Mexico and Turkey. For more information, please visit the SPAR Group's website at http://www.sparinc.com .

 

 
 

 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Press Release may contain "forward-looking statements" made by SPAR Group, Inc. ("SGRP", and together with its subsidiaries, the "SPAR Group" or the "Company") and will be filed shortly by SGRP with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in a Current Report on Form 8-K. There also are "forward looking statements" contained in SGRP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 (as filed, the "Annual Report"), as filed with the SEC on April 15, 2015, in SGRP's definitive Proxy Statement respecting its Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on May 12, 2015 (as filed, the "Proxy Statement"), which SGRP filed with the SEC on April 20, 2015, in SGRP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the six months ended June 30, 2015 (the "Quarterly Report"), which was filed on August 14, 2015, by SGRP with the SEC, and SGRP's Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports and statements as and when filed with the SEC (including the Current Report that containing this Press Release, the Quarterly Report, the Annual Report and the Proxy Statement, each a "SEC Report"). "Forward-looking statements" are defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and other applicable federal and state securities laws, rules and regulations, as amended (together with the Securities Act and Exchange Act, collectively, "Securities Laws").

 

The forward-looking statements made by the Company in this Press Release may include (without limitation) any expectations, guidance or other information respecting the pursuit or achievement of the Company's five corporate objectives (growth, customer value, employee development, productivity & efficiency, and earnings per share), building upon the Company's strong foundation, leveraging compatible global opportunities, improving on the value we already deliver to customers, our growing client base, continuing balance sheet strength, customer contract expansion, growing revenues and becoming profitable through organic growth and acquisitions, attracting new business that will increase SPAR Group's revenues, improving product mix, continuing to maintain or reduce costs and consummating any transactions.  The Company's forward-looking statements also include, in particular and without limitation, those made in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition, Results of Operations, Liquidity and Capital Resources" in the Quarterly Report, and those made in "Business", "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Annual Report. You can identify forward-looking statements in such information by the Company's use of terms such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "believe", "estimate", "anticipate", "continue" or similar words or variations or negatives of those words. 

 

You should carefully consider all forward-looking statements, risk factors and the other risks, cautions and information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into this Press Release, the above referenced conference call, the Quarterly Report, the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement and the other applicable SEC Reports that could cause the Company's actual performance or condition (including its assets, business, capital, cash flow, credit, expenses, financial condition, income, liabilities, liquidity, locations, marketing, operations, performance, prospects, sales, strategies, taxation or other achievement, results, risks, trends or condition to differ materially from the performance or condition planned, intended, expected, estimated or otherwise expected by the Company (collectively, "expectations") and described in the information in the Company's forward-looking and other statements, whether express or implied, as those expectations are based upon the Company's plans, intentions, expectations and estimates and (although the Company believes them to be reasonable) involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors (many of which are beyond the Company's control) that could cause those expectations to fail to occur or be realized or such actual performance or condition to be materially and adversely different from the Company's expectations.

 

Although the Company believes that its plans, intentions, estimates and other expectations reflected or implied in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot assure you that such plans, intentions, estimates or other expectations will be achieved in whole or in part, that the Company has identified all potential risks, or that the Company can successfully avoid or mitigate such risks in whole or in part. You should carefully review the risk factors described in the Annual Report (See Item 1A - Risk Factors) and any other risks, cautions or information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into this Press Release, the above referenced conference call, the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement or other applicable SEC Report.  All forward-looking and other statements or information attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly subject to and qualified by all such risk factors and other risks, cautions and information.

 

You should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements and similar information because the matters they describe are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond its control.  The Company's forward-looking statements, risk factors and other risks, cautions and information (whether contained in this Release, the above reference conference call,  the Quarterly Report, the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement or any other applicable SEC Report) are based on the information currently available to the Company and speak only as of the date specifically referenced, or if no date is referenced, then in the case of the Annual Report or the Proxy Statement as of December 31, 2014, and in the case of this Press Release, the Quarterly Report  or other applicable SEC Report the last day of the period covered by it.  New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these matters or how they may arise or affect the Company.  Over time, the Company's actual performance and condition (including its assets, business, capital, cash flow, credit, expenses, financial condition, income, liabilities, liquidity, locations, marketing, operations, performance, prospects, sales, strategies, taxation) or other achievements, results, risks, trends or condition will likely differ from those expressed or implied by the Company's applicable forward-looking statements, risk factors and other risks, cautions and information, and such difference could be significant and materially adverse to the Company and the value of your investment in the Company's Common Stock.

 

 
 

 

 

The Company does not intend or promise, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, risk factors or other risks, cautions or information (in whole or in part), whether as a result of new information, risks or uncertainties, future events or recognition or otherwise, except as and to the extent required by applicable law.

 

Company Contact:

 

James R. Segreto

Chief Financial Officer

SPAR Group, Inc.

(914) 332-4100

 

 

Investor Contact:

 

Dave Mossberg

Three Part Advisors

 (817) 310-0051