Ed Herr, a lifelong Nottingham resident and graduate of Oxford High School, is the Chairman and CEO of Herr Foods Inc., a leader in the snack food industry that sells its products in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries.
Herr grew up in the business and aspired early on to dedicate his career to advancing the company. His proudest professional achievement is successfully beginning the process of transferring the company’s leadership from the second generation to the third generation and sustaining a great culture.
Herr, who aims to inspire others by supporting and caring about their personal growth and well-being, offered his thoughts on what makes a successful leader.
“Leadership requires a passion for people, always respecting them and valuing their opinion,” he said. “We inspire others with vision and believing in the mission.”
Of the 12 Principles of the Scout Law — Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent — “Kind” resonates the most with Herr, who believes that the leadership model that Jesus set has had the biggest impact on his career and life.
“Being willing to forgive, to love our neighbors, to admit our faults, and value others — that’s the model,” said Herr.
Herr shared a piece of advice he wishes that someone told him early in his journey.
“Be yourself, and believe in your gifts,” he said. “Work really hard at doing everything right in your personal life and work life. Little things are important and become big things. Things like eating right, exercising, and getting plenty of rest — basic but foundational.”
The Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America will honor Herr and the 11 other VISTA Leadership Megastars at a hybrid awards ceremony on Sept. 14 at its new Program, Activity, and Resource Campus (PARC) in Exton. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Sarah Ponzio at email@example.com or 610-696-2900 x 121.