National Federation of Independent Business Welcomes James M. Herr to Board of Directors


Harrisburg, PA – The National Federation of Independent (NFIB), the country’s leading advocate for small businesses, recently welcomed to its Board of Directors James M. Herr, Chairman of the Pennsylvania-based Herr Foods, Inc.

“The story of the Herr Food Company is the story of small business in America,” said NFIB President Dan Danner.  “It started with a few dollars and a big dream on a family farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and now it is among the most successful and recognizable family-run businesses in the country.  We are very excited to have J.M. Herr as part of our team.”

Herr’s makes and distributes a wide variety of snack foods, although it is best know for the potato chips that have made it a household name.  James M. Herr was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the company in 1989.  He was named CEO in 2000, and in 2005 he was made Chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding his father and company founder James S. Herr.

Kevin Shivers, who heads the Pennsylvania chapter of NFIB, said Jim Herr and his family personify the American Dream and that he is a welcomed addition to an organization dedicated to its preservation.

“Herr Foods is an iconic company in Pennsylvania, having come to symbolize that classic American small business success story.  Jim S. Herr founded the company on the basis of faith, hard work and a little bit of luck.  His son, whom we are proud to have on our Board of Directors, has helped to build that company into one of Pennsylvania’s most productive, responsible and charitable corporations.  J.M. Herr has carred on a wonderful tradition and he’ll be a great asset to our organization.”

As a member of the NFIB Board of Directors, Herr will help to set a course for the largest association of small businesses in America with more than 350,000 members nationally and roughly 15,000 members in Pennsylvania. NFIB represents the legislative, regulatory and legal interests of small business owners in Washington, DC, and in every state capitol.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.