President & CEO, Herr Foods Inc. 

Ed Herr grew up in the snack food business and aspired early on to dedicate his professional career to advancing Herr Foods Inc. As President, Ed’s responsibilities range from general administration of the $250 million family business, including sales, marketing and manufacturing, to management of fleet, farms and properties. He also oversees the company’s activities in the areas of charitable giving and community and corporate relations.

In late 1998, Ed Herr was introduced to customers and consumers as the new Herr Foods spokesman, assuming a role long held by his father, Jim Herr, who started the business in 1946. Ed has fully enjoyed the opportunity to represent Herr’s in television commercials and in other public appearances. He admits that filling his father’s shoes will be an ongoing process, one he looks forward to pursuing.

Ed has a life-long devotion to his community, which he has demonstrated through active service. He serves on the boards of a number of organizations. Locally these include: Oxford Mainstreet Inc., the Oxford Senior Center, and the Lighthouse Youth Center. In 2009, Ed helped to found a local faith community, SILO – Serving, Inspiring, Loving Others, and currently serves on the Leadership Team. Ed also serves on the board of the Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the board of New York City Relief. Fundamental to all of Ed’s business and civic pursuits is a deep religious commitment, which influences all of his relationships and activities.

A life-long resident and booster of Nottingham Pennsylvania, Ed has raised seven children and is the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys exercise, golf, travel and yard work.

Executive Chairman, Herr Foods Inc.  

James M. Herr (J.M.) was born in March 1951 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. He is the son of
James S. and Miriam Herr.

J.M. has worked at the family business for more than 40 years and has served as Chairman and CEO since 2005.

J.M. currently serves on the boards of Clemens Family Corporation, Global Aid Network, Young Life of Southern Counties and the National Federation of Independent Business.

J.M. and his wife Lois have been married for 35 years and have four children, ages 22 to 33, and 5 grandchildren. In addition to traveling and spending time with his family, J.M. enjoys reading, golf and horseback riding.

Founder, Herr Foods Inc. 

In 1946, James S. Herr launched his career with a $1,750 investment in a small Lancaster, Pennsylvania potato chip company and a keen desire to make and sell high quality snack foods. At the time, sales averaged $30 a week. But, the 21 year-old’s persistence and business acumen led him on a path of steady growth. By 2012 sales volume had expanded to exceed $250 million annually, and the Herr’s payroll included some 1,500 employees dedicated to the production and marketing of 240 varieties of snacks in a nine state region.

Jim Herr was recognized as a business leader and as an innovator and mentor within the snack food industry. In 1969, the Small Business Administration named him Outstanding Pennsylvania Businessman of the Year. He served for five years on the board of directors of the Worldwide Economic Development Team. Among his duties was working hand in hand with aspiring African entrepreneurs. In 1979, Jim served as International President of the Potato Chip and Snack Food Association. The association welcomed him into its Circle of Honor in 1997. That same year he was named Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Businessman of the Year.

A strong believer in local service, Jim served as a director of the Chester County Development Council and as Building Campaign Chair for the Southern Chester County Health Services Medical Center. He was a 12-year member of the Oxford Area School Board, serving five of those years as its President. For six years, he held a seat on the Chester County Board of School Directors.

A staunch advocate for small business, in 1972 he was elected to the board of the National Federation of Independent Business, a 350,000 member strong association of small and independent businesses. In 1989 he was elected as their Chairman, a position he held until retiring in December 2000. He was President of Interstate Drilling Co. until it was sold in 2001, and held leadership positions on a number of local boards and religious organizations.

Jim Herr, Founder of the Herr Foods Company, turned the Chairmanship over to his son, J.M. Herr, on January 7, 2005. He continued to serve on the Board until his passing on April 5, 2012.

Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1924, Jim married Miriam Hershey in 1947. The couple moved to Nottingham in 1951, where they raised five children. The Herr’s have 27 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.