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LSI Industries Inc (LYTS.OQ)

LYTS.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Kreider

79 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Dennis Wells

56 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Galeese

60 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Jeff Croskey

45 2015 President of Graphics Segment

Ron Newbold

2017 President - LSI Lighting Segment

Andrew Foerster

58 2015 Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Howard Japlon

65 2017 Executive Vice President - Human Resources, General Counsel, Secretary

Paul Foster

65 2017 Executive Vice President – Specialty Operations

Jeffrey Bastian

57 2017 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President

Ronald Stowell

67 2017 Chief Financial Officer Emeritus, Treasurer

James Sferra

78 2015 Director

Robert Beech

64 2013 Independent Director

John Morgan

63 2016 Independent Director

Wilfred O'Gara

60 1999 Independent Director

Robert Steele

62 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Kreider

Mr. Gary P. Kreider is a Independent Chairman of the Board of LSI Industries Inc., since Nov, 2014. Mr. Kreider has been a Director since April 2002 and was elected Chairman in November 2014. For over five years Mr. Kreider has been a senior partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, the Company’s outside counsel. His primary practice areas are securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law, and he has been with Keating Muething & Klekamp since 1963. Effective October 1, 2005 Mr. Kreider no longer has a vote or partnership interest in the firm’s earnings although his affiliation with the firm continues. Mr. Kreider has been an Adjunct Professor of Law in securities regulation at the University of Cincinnati College of Law since 1977 and is a past Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association Corporation Law Committee. The Board believes that Mr. Kreider’s legal experience as a prominent corporate and securities practitioner and his corporate and public-company board experience make him well qualified to sit on the Board, which must deal with the myriad issues presented by virtue of the Company being publicly-traded.

Dennis Wells

Mr. Dennis W. Wells is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of LSI Industries Inc. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer on October 1, 2014 and promoted to CEO on October 22, 2014, He was appointed President on October 29, 2014. Mr. Wells was appointed to the LSI Board in August 2015. Prior to his service with LSI, Mr. Wells served as the Chief Operating Officer of Glantz Dynamic Solutions, a privately-owned supplier of digital signage supplies since 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Wells served as Chief Operating Officer of Fulham, Inc., a privately-owned global manufacturer and supplier of lighting solutions, from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Wells served as a Vice President at Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. and Schneider Electric.

James Galeese

Mr. James E. Galeese is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Galeese, from 2014 to June 2017, served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and a Director of privately held Universal Trailer Holding Corporation (manufacturer of trailers for the hauling requirements of businesses and individuals). He was with Philips Electronics NV from 1998 to 2014 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for its North American Lighting business and its Electronics business. Prior to that Mr. Galeese served in the financial Controllership organization of Square D Company / Schneider Electric. He graduated from Miami University with a degree in Business Administration and obtained an MBA from Xavier University.

Jeff Croskey

Mr. Jeff A. Croskey is a President of Graphics Segment of LSI Industries Inc. Mr. Croskey joins LSI with an extensive background in the signage and graphics industry. Prior to joining the Company he was Vice President of Creative Sign Designs of Tampa, FL. Previous employers include Image International Corp, McNichols Company, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Mr. Croskey received an MBA from Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management with a concentration in Strategy and Finance; and graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering.

Ron Newbold

Mr. Ron Newbold President - LSI Lighting Segment of the Company. Mr. Newbold most recently served as Vice President of Brand Management at Hubbell Lighting, and had been with Hubbell since 1997 with progressive leadership positions spanning strategic planning, marketing, sales, and engineering. He began his career in lighting at Lithonia Lighting in 1990 serving in roles of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, procurement, marketing, and product management. Mr. Newbold received a Masters of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University.

Andrew Foerster

Mr. Andrew J. Foerster is a Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of LSI Industries Inc., effective March 2, 2015. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Foerster served as Residential and Wiring Devices Division Engineering Director at Eaton Corporation. Before his service with Eaton, Mr. Foerster held various positions with Creative Energy Control LLC, Masco Technical Innovations, Piller Inc., Schneider Electric (Square D Company) and General Electric. Mr. Foerster began his career as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Foerster received a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University; and an MBA from Marymount University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer. In conjunction with this hire, James P. Sferra, Executive Vice President - Manufacturing, will step into his consulting role, as planned. He and Mr. Foerster will work closely together in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Howard Japlon

Mr. Howard Edward Japlon, Esq. is Executive Vice President - Human Resources, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. Prior to joining LSI. He served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of ACE Hardware Corporation from May 2013 to March 2017. Prior thereto he served as Vice President & General Counsel of RG Steel, LLC from April 2011 to December 2012 and as Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Schneider Electric Americas. Mr. Japlon received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University, New York City and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign - Urbana.

Paul Foster

Mr. Paul T. Foster is Executive Vice President – Specialty Operations, He served as Secretary of LSI Industries from March 2015 to April 2017. Mr. Foster was previously responsible for the Company’s Lean Integration activities and for its Human Resources Department. He is currently responsible for the Company’s foreign sourcing activities and distribution strategy. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Foster served as Vice President Product Development and Vice President Supply Chain for Fulham Company, Inc. from 2010 to 2015. Prior to Fulham, Mr. Foster held the position of Vice President Sourcing for Acuity Brands Lighting from 1998 to 2008.

Jeffrey Bastian

Mr. Jeffrey S. Bastian, CPA, is Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of the CompanyHe had been Vice President and Corporate Controller since 2004. During Mr. Bastian’s 28-year tenure with the Company, he has assumed increasing levels of responsibility in the Accounting and Controllership functional areas. Mr. Bastian is a Certified Public Accountant and started his career with Touche Ross & Company.

Ronald Stowell

Mr. Ronald S. Stowell was Chief Financial Officer Emeritus, Treasurer of LSI Industries, Inc, He has served as Chief Financial Officer from December 1992 to June 2017, at which time he was appointed Chief Financial Officer Emeritus. He was appointed Treasurer in November 1993 and Vice President in November 1997. From 1985 to November 1992, Mr. Stowell served as Corporate Controller of Essef Corporation (a NASDAQ listed company), headquartered in Chardon, Ohio, a manufacturer of high performance composite and engineered plastics products.

James Sferra

Mr. James P. Sferra is a Director of LSI Industries Inc, since 1976. Mr. Sferra has served as Corporate Vice President of Manufacturing from November 1989 to November 1992, and as Executive Vice President-Manufacturing from November 1992 to March 2015. Prior to that, he served as Vice President-Manufacturing of LSI Lighting Systems, a division of the Company. In 1996 he was appointed Secretary of the Company and served in that capacity until March 2015. The Board believes that Mr. Sferra is uniquely qualified to sit on the Board given his long-standing tenure with the Company and his familiarity with the integral manufacturing component of its operations.

Robert Beech

Mr. Robert P. Beech is a Independent Director of LSI Industries Inc. Mr. Beech has substantial experience as a CEO and senior corporate executive, high-technology ventures and strategic initiatives. He is currently engaged as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for biosciences at CincyTechUSA. From 2004 through 2012 he was a senior executive at Intrexon Corporation, a privately held biotechnology company based in Maryland. Prior to 2003, he was CEO of Digineer, Inc., an international healthcare IT software and services company he founded in 1986 and led until 2002. At its peak the company employed over 140 information technology professionals. Bob received a BS degree in Biology from the University of Miami honors and privileged studies program, graduating magna cum laude. He performed post-graduate studies in microbiology at Florida State University and received a Medical Technology degree in conjunction with Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. Bob is a long-standing member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology and was involved in clinical diagnostics prior to healthcare and biotechnology ventures.

John Morgan

Mr. John K. Morgan is Independent Director of the company, He served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zep Inc., a specialty chemicals company, from October 2007 until his retirement in June 2015. From July 2007 to October 2007, he served as Executive Vice President of Acuity Brands and President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Products, just prior to its spin-off from Acuity Brands, Inc. From 2005 to July 2007, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands Lighting. He also served Acuity Brands as President and Chief Development Officer from 2004 to 2005, as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2004, and as Executive Vice President from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Morgan has served on the Board of Directors of Wesco International, a provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, since 2008 and is currently the Chairman of Wesco's Compensation Committee. .

Wilfred O'Gara

Mr. Wilfred T. O'Gara is an Independent Director of LSI Industries Inc., since January 1999. Mr. Morgan served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zep Inc., a specialty chemicals company, from October 2007 until his retirement in June 2015. From July 2007 to October 2007, he served as Executive Vice President of Acuity Brands and President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Products, just prior to its spin-off from Acuity Brands, Inc. From 2005 to July 2007, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands Lighting. He also served Acuity Brands as President and Chief Development Officer from 2004 to 2005, as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2004, and as Executive Vice President from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Morgan has served on the Board of Directors of Wesco International, a provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, since 2008 and is currently the Chairman of Wesco's Compensation Committee.

Robert Steele

Mr. Robert A. Steele is an Independent Director of the Company. He retired from Procter & Gamble in 2011 as the company’s Vice Chairman Health Care. During his 35-year tenure with Procter & Gamble, he served in a variety of executive leadership positions, including Vice Chairman Global Health and Well-being, Group President Global Household Care, and Group President of North American Operations. Mr. Steele has served on the board of Berry Plastics Group since 2014, where he is a member of its Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Steele was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Beam Inc., Keurig Green Mountain and Kellogg Company. The Board believes that Mr. Steele’s insight and experience with corporate governance, leadership and operating experience in a public company, and his status as an independent director qualify him to serve on the Board of Directors.