|Mike Harper began his automotive career in 1963, at age 12, working for his father, Jud Harper, as a lot porter on a used car lot in Shreveport. He then worked during summers and part-time at various dealerships in the area. He served in the United States Army and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge while stationed in Vietnam in 1971-1972.
Ever since 1976, when he was hired by Rountree Olds-Cadillac, the automotive industry has been the only business he has ever known. Mike graduated from LSU-Shreveport in 1976 and Dealership of Management Development School for General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan in 1979. Mike and his father founded Harper Motors, Inc. in 1983. He also became Co-Owner of Julian Foy Motors, Inc. in 1998 and is currently the Owner-Dealer. Harper Motors has been recognized numerous times for excellence in sales and service. The Minden store is consistently in the top 15% in sales effectiveness.
Mike has served on numerous boards of various automobile-related organizations, including LADA Board from 1989-2000, chairman from 1998-1999, and is currently a member of the LADA-SIF Board of Trustees. He served as President of the Minden Auto Dealers Association and is a Board Member of Diversified Dealers Association, Inc. Mike has served on boards of numerous civic organizations. As Co-Founder and President of the Minden Charity Foundation, the organization has raised and distributed over $144,000 to help 96 Webster Parish families deal with catastrophe. In 2002, he was honored as the Minden Man of the Year. For over 20 years, he has worked on the Minden St. Jude auction for over 20 years. Mike currently serves on the Board of MBL Bank.
Married to Whittney since 1979, Mike has two children, Marshall and Catherine. Both children are graduates of LSU. His son, Marshall, serves as the General Sales Manager at Harper Motors, Inc. His daughter Catherine works for Ash-Lor Petroleum in Shreveport as a Landman.