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Daseke Inc (DSKE.OQ)

DSKE.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Don Daseke

70 2018 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

R. Scott Wheeler

54 2018 President, Corporate Chief Financial Officer, Director

Daniel Hennessy

59 2015 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Nicholas Petruska

28 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary

Soumit Roy

2017 General Counsel

Bradley Bell

64 Nominee Independent Director

Richard Burns

61 Nominee Independent Director

Kevin Charlton

51 2015 President, Chief Operating Officer and Director Nominee

Peter Shea

65 Nominee Independent Director

Thomas Sullivan

53 Nominee Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Don Daseke

Mr. Don R. Daseke serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the company. He has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Daseke, Inc since he founded the company (formerly named Walden Smokey Point, Inc.) in November 2008. Mr. Daseke has served as the President and sole director on the board of directors of The Walden Group for more than 30 years. Mr. Daseke also has served as the chairman of the board of directors of both Liquid Motors, Inc. and East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc. since June 2005 and March 2006, respectively. Mr. Daseke has been active in the non-profit sector throughout his career, having served in leadership roles for a number of non-profit institutions, including the WaterTower Theatre, DePauw University, the Dallas Chapter of the World Presidents Organization and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. Additionally, Mr. Daseke currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Cattle Barons Ball in Dallas, Texas. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Daseke was a Commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission for Addison, Texas, and in May 2009, he was elected to a two-year term on the Addison Town Council. Mr. Daseke served as Mayor Pro Tempore of Addison, Texas in 2010. Mr. Daseke was the Regional Winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014. Mr. Daseke received his B.A. from DePauw University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, and the Presidents Program in Leadership from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Daseke is a Certified Public Accountant (retired). Because Mr. Daseke has served as a chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of a number of companies and has significant experience in the transportation and logistics industry, Mr. Daseke is well-qualified to serve on our Board.

R. Scott Wheeler

Mr. R. Scott Wheeler serves as President, Corporate Chief Financial Officer, Director of the company. Prior to this, Mr. Wheeler served as the Executive Vice President and Corporate Chief Financial Officer of Daseke, Inc. beginning in February 2015 and as a director on the Company's board of directors, beginning in December 2016. From August 2012 to February 2015, Mr. Wheeler served as Daseke's Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Financial Officer, from 2008 to 2012, Mr. Wheeler served as Chief Financial Officer of OneSource Virtual, Inc., and from 2003 to 2008, Mr. Wheeler was the Managing Director of VCFO, a chief financial officer and controller focused consulting firm focused on high growth companies. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Wheeler served as Chief Financial Officer of Malibu Entertainment Worldwide, a publicly-traded location-based entertainment company. Mr. Wheeler currently sits on the Advisory Board of the College of Business at Texas A&M University—Commerce, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Finance. Mr. Wheeler was Mayor of Addison, Texas from 1999 to 2005 and served on the Advisory Board of BBVA Compass Bank Dallas from 1994 to 2008. Mr. Wheeler earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University—Commerce in 1980 and his M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1985.

Daniel Hennessy

Mr. Daniel J. Hennessy serves as Vice Chairman of the Board, Independent Director of the company. He is the founder and managing member of Hennessy Capital LLC and the Chairman and CEO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (or "SPAC") he formed which went public on the NYSE MKT in June of 2017. Mr. Hennessy was also the Chairman and CEO of Hennessy Capital's first two SPACs: Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. I, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II, which merged with Daseke, Inc. in February 2017. Mr. Hennessy now serves as Vice Chairman of both Blue Bird and the Company. Mr. Hennessy is also a Partner at CHS Capital LLC (f/k/a Code Hennessy & Simons LLC) a middle market private equity investment firm he co-founded in 1988 and led its investments in industrial, infrastructure and energy businesses. Over a 25-year period, CHS invested $2.8 billion in 395 operating companies with aggregate revenues of approximately $15 billion. Prior to forming CHS, Mr. Hennessy was employed by Citicorp from 1984 to 1988 as head of the Midwest Region for Citicorp Mezzanine Investments and Vice President and Team Leader with Citicorp Leveraged Capital Group. He began his career in 1981 in the oil and gas lending group at Continental Illinois National Bank (now Bank of America) where he was a Banking Officer. Mr. Hennessy holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Nicholas Petruska

Mr. Nicholas A. Petruska is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary of the company. since May 2015, has served as Vice President of Hennessy Capital LLC, the managing member of our Sponsor, since November 2013, in which position he advised Hennessy 1, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), in connection with its initial public offering in January 2014. In addition, he worked closely with Hennessy 1’s CEO and COO on transaction origination and initial assessments of potential target companies and led the due diligence assessment and transaction execution for Hennessy 1’s business combination, which was consummated in February 2015. From July 2012 to July 2014, Mr. Petruska served as an associate at CHS Capital, a Chicago-based middle market private equity investment firm, where he evaluated leveraged buyouts and structured equity investments across multiple sectors and monitored certain portfolio companies of CHS. From January 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Petruska served as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance groups with a focus on diversified industrials and consumer retail. He holds a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Miami University with majors in Finance and Decision Sciences.

Soumit Roy

Bradley Bell

Mr. Bradley J. Bell is Nominee Independent Director of the company. He served as a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Hennessy 1, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD). Since October 2014, Mr. Bell has served as a director of Momentive Performance Materials Inc., a global manufacturer of silicones, quartz, and ceramics, where he has been Non-Executive Chair since December 2014. From 2001 through 2015, he served as a director of IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX), a global industrial company with key growth platforms in Fluid Metering Technology and Health & Science Technology segments, where he chaired the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and served on the Compensation Committee. Mr. Bell serves as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of The Chemours Company LLC (NYSE: CC), a chemical solutions company. He serves as a director of Compass Minerals Corporation (NYSE:CMP), an international mining company with operations in salt and specialty fertilizers, where he has been a director since 2003, chair of the Compensation Committee since May 2010, a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee from May 2009 until May 2015 and a member of the Audit Committee since May 2012. He served as a director of Coskata Company, a pre-revenue biomass startup with proprietary technology for the production of fuels and chemicals utilizing anaerobic microorganisms where he has been chairman of the audit committee from 2009 to 2015. From November 2003 to December 2010, Mr. Bell served as Executive Vice President of Nalco Corporation, an industrial water treatment and energy services company. Mr. Bell has over 30 years combined experience as an executive in the technology and manufacturing industries, including positions at Rohm and Haas Company, Whirlpool Corporation and Bundy Corporation.

Richard Burns

Mr. Richard Burns is Nominee Independent Director of the company. He served as a director of Hennessy 1, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD). He also serves as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, consulting with telecom service providers, suppliers, and private equity investors, and has done so since April 2008. Mr. Burns also serves on the boards of GeorgiasOwn Credit Union, a consumer retail financial services firm, since 2002 and Unison Site Management, a cell site management firm, since March 2010. Mr. Burns has over 35 years of combined executive experience in telecommunications, including landline, broadband and wireless networks. He served as an officer of BellSouth from 2002 to 2006, holding a number of positions including Chief Integration Officer for Broadband Transformation, President of Bellsouth Broadband and Internet Services, and Chief Supply Chain Officer. He also served as an officer of AT&T from December 2006 to March 2008, as President of AT&T’s Wireless Network. Through his experience, Mr. Burns has developed expertise in operations, mergers, financial management, and private equity investment. Through his executive experience and board service Mr. Burns has acquired both experience and training in corporate governance, executive compensation, and finance. Mr. Burns received both his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Engineering from the University of Louisville, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University with Honors. Mr. Burns is well qualified to serve as a director due to his executive experience in large public companies, as well as his board experience in privately held firms and Hennessy 1.

Kevin Charlton

Mr. Kevin M. Charlton is President, Chief Operating Officer and Director Nominee of the company. He is President, COO and Vice Chairman of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III as well as the Managing Partner of River Hollow Partners, a private equity firm he founded in July 2013 to focus on the lower mid-market. Mr. Charlton was also the President, COO and a Director of Hennessy Capital's first two SPACs, Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. I, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II, which merged with Daseke, Inc. in February 2017. Mr. Charlton now serves as a Director of both Blue Bird and the Company. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Charlton was a Managing Director in the Principal Transactions Group of Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., and led a team that oversaw its existing portfolio of North American investments. Prior to joining Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., Mr. Charlton worked as Managing Director at Investcorp International, a mid-market private equity firm, JPMorganChase, McKinsey & Company and as a contractor in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. He received a Master's in Business Administration with honors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Master's of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Distinction from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering Cum Laude from Princeton University. We believe his background and skill set make Mr. Charlton well-suited to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Peter Shea

Mr. Peter K. Shea is Nominee Independent Director of the company. He served as a director and chairman of the Compensation Committee of Hennessy 1, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD). Since January 2010, Mr. Shea has been a private equity advisor. He has been a director of Viskase Companies, a supplier of cellulose and fibrous casings, from October 2006 to the present, where he is currently a member of the Audit Committee and previously served as chairman of the Compensation Committee. He has also served as a director of Sitel Worldwide Corporation, a customer care solutions provider, since October 2011 and as a director of Give and Go Prepared Foods, a bakery manufacturer, since January 2012. He has been a director of CVR Partners LP (NYSE: UAN), a nitrogen fertilizer producer, since May 2014 where he is currently the Chairman of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Shea has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of FeraDyne Outdoors LLC, a manufacturer of hunting and fishing accessories, since May 2014. He also serves as Chairman of Teasedale Foods, a processor of Hispanic foods. He was a Director of CTI Foods, a processor of protein and soup products for quick serve restaurant chains from May 2010 to July 2013. Mr. Shea was President of Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP) from October 2006 to June 2009 and during the same period led Portfolio Company Operations for Icahn Associates, Carl Icahn’s private portfolio. Mr. Shea served as a director of each of the following companies from October 2006 to May 2009: XO Holdings, a telecommunications services provider, American Railcar, a manufacturer of covered hopper and tank railcars, WestPoint International, a home textiles manufacturer and PSC Metals, a national operator of scrap yards.

Thomas Sullivan

Mr. Thomas J. Sullivan is Nominee Independent Director of the company. He has served as a director of Media General (NYSE: MEG), a multimedia company, since November 2013. Prior to the merger of Media General and New Young Broadcasting Holding Co. (“Young”), Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Board of Directors, as well as of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees, of Young from January 2009 until November 2013. Mr. Sullivan held the position of Executive Chairman of Young from June 2012 until November 2013 and served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2012. Mr. Sullivan serves as a director of American Apparel, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AAP), a manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of apparel products and designs, and serves as AAP’s Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. He has also served as a member of the advisory board of Millennium Custodial Trust since 2010 and a Trustee of Accredited Mortgage Loan REIT since 2009. Since 2009, Mr. Sullivan serves as the Managing Partner of Smallwood Partners, LLC, a financial advisory services firm. Mr. Sullivan’s previous experience also includes serving as a Managing Director with Investcorp International, Inc., an international middle market private equity firm. Mr. Sullivan has served on numerous boards for 20 years and has broad leadership, operational and financial restructuring experience as well as experience in the fields of private equity and capital markets. Mr. Sullivan holds a B.B.S. from Villanova University. Mr. Sullivan is well qualified to serve as a director due to his experience as a public company director and in the private equity sector.