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Lawson Products Inc (LAWS.OQ)

LAWS.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ronald Port

76 2007 Independent Chairman of the Board

Michael DeCata

60 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Ronald Knutson

54 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Controller, Treasurer

Neil Jenkins

68 2014 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Matthew Brown

54 2017 Senior Vice President - Sales

Shane McCarthy

49 2015 Senior Vice President- Supply Chain and Business Development

Andrew Albert

71 2009 Independent Director

I. Steven Edelson

57 2009 Independent Director

James Errant

68 2007 Independent Director

Lee Hillman

62 2004 Independent Director

John King

46 2017 Independent Director

Thomas Postek

76 2005 Independent Director

Wilma Smelcer

68 2004 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Ronald Port

Dr. Ronald B. Port, M.D., is Independent Chairman of the Board of Lawson Products Inc., since April 2007. Dr. Port is a retired physician. Dr. Port has been a Director of the Company since 1984 and is the son of the founder of the Company. Dr. Port's long-term successful stewardship of the Company as a Director and the unique perspective and knowledge gained from his relationship with the Company's founder qualify him to serve as a Director.

Michael DeCata

Mr. Michael G. DeCata is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Lawson Products, Inc. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. DeCata worked in private equity, conducting acquisition analysis and due diligence for private equity firms in New York, Connecticut and Boston from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, he was President of Chefs' Warehouse, a $300 million specialty food distributor with distribution centers in New York City, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, from 2006 to 2009. From June 2008 until June 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Crescent Electric Supply, one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States. Prior to his position at Chefs' Warehouse, he led the Contractor Supplies Division of United Rentals, a $4.0 billion construction equipment rental company. Mr. DeCata also led Fleet Operations at United Rentals which included the acquisition of new construction equipment as well as maintenance of the fleet and sales of used equipment. From 1997 until 2002 he led the eastern region of WW Grainger. The eastern region generated over $1.4 billion in sales and consisted of 152 branch locations and a team of approximately 2,000. Mr. DeCata began his career at General Electric and worked in a variety of cross-functional as well as cross-business positions from 1979 until 1997. His GE positions included GE Plastics, GE Semiconductor, GE Robotics & Factory Automation, GE Capital, GE Power Systems, GE Utility and Industrial Sales Division and others. These professional experiences qualify him to serve as a Director.

Ronald Knutson

Mr. Ronald J. Knutson is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Controller, Treasurer of the Company. He has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer since July 2012. Mr. Knutson joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer effective November 2009.

Neil Jenkins

Mr. Neil E. Jenkins is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Lawson Products, Inc. He was elected Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel in 2004.

Matthew Brown

Mr. Matthew J. Brown is Senior Vice President - Sales of the Company. He served as Vice President of Field Sales since January 2016. Mr. Brown held several levels of sales leadership roles for the Company over the last 18 years with the most recent title of Senior Director of Sales from 2014 to 2016.

Shane McCarthy

Mr. Shane T. McCarthy is Senior Vice President- Supply Chain and Business Development of Lawson Products, Inc. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain since June 2014. Mr. McCarthy served as Senior Vice President, Operations from July 2012 to June 2014 and previously served as Vice President of Distribution and Logistics from April 2008 to June 2012.

Andrew Albert

Mr. Andrew B. Albert is Independent Director of Lawson Products Inc. He has served as Managing Director and Operating Partner of Svoboda Capital Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm, since February 2007. From December 2000 through May 2006, Mr. Albert served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nashua Corporation, a manufacturer and converter of specialty paper products and toner. Mr. Albert also served as non-executive Chairman of Nashua's Board of Directors from December 2006 through September 2009. Mr. Albert serves as a Director on the Boards of Forsythe Technologies, a technology consulting and sales firm; and Transco, Inc., a diversified industrial company. Mr. Albert serves on the Board of Directors of the Parkinson's Foundation and the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Center.

I. Steven Edelson

Mr. I. Steven Edelson is Independent Director of Lawson Products Inc. He has served as co-founder and now a non-Managing Director of International Facilities Group, a leading facilities development and management company, since June 1995. Mr. Edelson is the founding principal of IFG Development Group, which provides development advisory services, as well as acts in a development capacity in multiple areas of the real estate industry. Mr. Edelson also serves as Principal and Managing Director of The Mercantile Capital Group, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm. Mr. Edelson has more than 25 years of real estate transaction experience. Mr. Edelson is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Mr. Edelson is a Trustee at the Truman Institute for Peace. Mr. Edelson is the proud recipient of the 2005 Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor. In 2014, Mr. Edelson became a NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

James Errant

Mr. James S. Errant is Independent Director of Lawson Products Inc., since 2007. He developed, owned and operated thirteen restaurants over 38 years from 1973 - 2011. Mr. Errant was involved in all facets of the business including: design and construction, concept and product development, marketing, finance management, and employee management.

Lee Hillman

Mr. Lee S. Hillman is Independent Director of Lawson Products Inc. He has served as President of Liberation Advisory Group, a private management consulting firm, since 2003. Mr. Hillman has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Performance Health Systems, LLC, a business distributing Power Plate™ and bioDensity® branded, specialty health and exercise equipment since 2012, and its predecessor since 2009. From February 2006 to May 2008, Mr. Hillman served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Power Plate International (“Power Plate”) and from 2004 through 2006 as CEO of Power Plate North America. Previously, from 1996 through 2002, Mr. Hillman was CEO of Bally Total Fitness Corporation, then the world’s largest fitness membership club business. Mr. Hillman currently serves as a member of the board of trustees and member of the Audit Committee of Adelphia Recovery Trust, and as a board member and member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating/Governance Committees of HC2 Holdings, Inc. He is also a board member and chair of the Audit Committee of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and a board member and member of the Audit and Compensation Committees of Business Development Corporation of America. Previously he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of HealthSouth Corporation, Wyndham International, RCN Corporation (where he was Chairman of the Board) and Bally Total Fitness Corporation (where he was Chairman of the Board).

John King

Mr. John Bryan King, CFA, is Independent Director of the Company, since May 16, 2017. He is a principal of Luther King Capital Management and has acted as an investment manager responsible for micro and small-capitalization public and private investments since 1994. He founded and serves as managing partner of LKCM Capital Group, which is responsible for LKCM's alternative investment strategies. He also founded LKCM Private Discipline Partnership, a multi-strategy partnership that focuses on making strategic and collaborative investments in micro-cap and private companies, as well as LKCM Headwater Investments, a middle market buy-out firm that focuses on control and strategic private equity investments. Additionally, he established the firm's Distribution Holdings oversight advisory board in 2003 to support investment activities by LKCM and its affiliates in distribution, packaging, parts and services and rental focused businesses. Mr. King has served on boards of both public and private companies as well as civic organizations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University, received a Ranch Management degree from Texas Christian University, and received a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Thomas Postek

Mr. Thomas S. Postek is Independent Director of Lawson Products Inc., since 2005. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst currently affiliated with Geneva Advisors LLC since January 2005. Mr. Postek was a partner and principal of William Blair & Company, LLC, a Chicago-based investment firm, from 1986 to 2001. During his tenure at William Blair, Mr. Postek covered various business services as an analyst, including industrial distribution. Mr. Postek is also a director of UniFirst Corporation.

Wilma Smelcer

Ms. Wilma J. Smelcer is Independent Director of Lawson Poducts Inc., since 2004. From 2001 through 2006, Ms. Smelcer was a trustee of Goldman Sachs Mutual Fund Complex (a registered investment company). Ms. Smelcer served as Chairman of Bank of America, Illinois from 1998 to 2001. These professional experiences, along with Ms. Smelcer's extensive financial knowledge, qualify her to serve as a Director.