SPAR Group is the world's foremost international in-store merchandising firm. SPAR has locations in more than nine countries and has built a team of clients worth several billion dollars. The company provides merchandising services to grocery, drug store, and other retail outlets. Our 6,500+ specialized merchandisers in the United States are ready to increase your sales and profits by providing all the important hands-on work for your business.

The SPAR Group's website enables us to instantaneously communicate directly with members of our Merchandising Team, and quickly alert you to changes in in-store conditions, keeping you in touch with your retail goals. We understand that in our industry, time is everything, and these few minutes could be worth a lot of money. Our Merchandising Team, along with our web-based system, allow us to finish your work in hours so your products are on the shelf, and in front of customers, for longer. Our web-based process analyzes real-time data of store conditions. With this technology and approach, SPAR can uncover which stores are underperforming and why and take corrective action to immediately increase your revenue. In short, using SPAR Group's people and proprietary technology guarantees a more comprehensive control of your stores, leading to increasing sales.

In addition, the SPAR Group's Marketing Intelligence Division provides auditing, control studies, and mystery shops in all classes of trade. SPAR's In-Store Event Programs offer sampling, new item introductions, thematic events, community programs and fulfillment distribution. To learn more about SPAR Group, please read our Products & Services page, or contact your local SPAR Office today.

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Mission & Vision
Mission

To utilize our people and
innovative technology to
provide our clients with
field marketing services to
drive sales and profits

Vision

To be the global leader of
field marketing services
helping our clients grow
while providing
opportunities for our
people

Leadership
Board of Directors
Jill M. Blanchard

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.

Robert G. Brown

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).

William H. Bartels

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).

Jack W. Partridge

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.

Arthur B. Drogue

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

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.

C. Manly Molpus

C. Manly Molpus serves as a Director of SGRP and has done so since August 9, 2006. Mr. Molpus is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance Committee. Mr. Molpus was formerly President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Mr. Molpus served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Meat Institute and was Vice President of Corporate Affairs for The Kroger Co., the nation's largest supermarket company. Mr. Molpus serves as Senior Advisor to Levick Strategic Communications Company and as a Member of the CPG Advisory Board of Procurian, a leading provider of procurement outsourcing services. He is also a Director of Park City Group, a software-as-a-service provider bringing efficiencies to the consumer goods supply chain. He formerly served on the USDA/USTR Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Food Marketing Institute's William H. Albers Award for leadership in improving relationships in all segments of the food industry and the Grocery Manufacturing Associations' Hall of Achievement Award.

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