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Astrotech Corp (ASTC.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Thomas Pickens

59 2008 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Eric Stober

37 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary

Rajesh Mellacheruvu

45 2015 Chief Operating Officer, Vice President

Mark Adams

53 2007 Independent Director

Ronald Cantwell

67 2015 Independent Director

Michael Humphrey

56 2015 Independent Director

Sha-Chelle Manning

47 2009 Independent Director

John Oliva

59 2008 Independent Director

William Readdy

63 2008 Independent Director

Daniel Russler

51 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Thomas Pickens

Mr. Thomas B. Pickens, III., is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Astrotech Corp. Mr. Pickens was named Astrotech’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2007 and Chairman in February 2008. Mr. Pickens also serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of each of 1st Detect and Astrogenetix and as Chairman of ASO, all of which are subsidiaries of Astrotech. In 1985, Mr. Pickens founded T.B. Pickens & Co., a company that provides consulting services to corporations, public institutions, and start-up organizations. Additionally, Mr. Pickens is the Managing Partner and Founder of Tactic Advisors, Inc., a company specializing in corporate turnarounds on behalf of creditors and investors. Since 1985, Mr. Pickens has served as President of T.B. Pickens & Co. Mr. Pickens also served as a member of the board of directors of Advocate MD, Inc., a leading Texas-based medical liability insurance holding company from 2006 until 2011. From 1991 to 2002, Mr. Pickens was the Founder and Chairman of U.S. Utilities, Inc., a company which operated 114 water and sewer utilities on behalf of various companies affiliated with Mr. Pickens. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Pickens was Founder and Chairman of the Code Corporation. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Pickens was the Chairman of Catalyst Energy Corporation and was Chairman of United Thermal Corporation (NYSE). Mr. Pickens was also the President of Golden Bear Corporation, Slate Creek Corporation, Eury Dam Corporation, Century Power Corporation, and Vidilia Hydroelectric Corporation. From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Pickens founded Beta Computer Systems, Inc., and Sumpter Partners, and was the General Partner of Grace Pickens Acquisition L.P.

Eric Stober

Mr. Eric Stober is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Astrotech Corporation. Mr. Stober joined Astrotech Corporation in August of 2008 as a Senior Staff Financial Analyst. In the same year, he was promoted to Principal Financial Analyst and from 2012 to the present, Mr. Stober served as Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Stober brings 14 years of experience in private equity, finance and business start-ups. Prior to joining Astrotech Corporation, he worked at the private equity firm Virtus Financial Group, analyzing prospective middle market private equity investments. Additionally, Mr. Stober founded or co-founded several companies, including a web advertising company, a small business tax and financial advisory firm, a sports-based media and entertainment company, and a service provider sourcing company. He has helped numerous companies prepare business plans and raise start-up or growth capital. Mr. Stober began his professional career working for both The Ayco Company, a Goldman Sachs company, and Lehman Brothers, where he helped wealthy individuals and families manage their investments, taxes, insurance, estate plans, and compensation and benefits. Mr. Stober has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas where he was the President of the MBA Entrepreneur Society. He also has an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Illinois where he graduated with honors.

Rajesh Mellacheruvu

Rajesh Mellacheruvu has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Company. Mr. Mellacheruvu has worked since 2013 as the Managing Director of Noumenon Consulting, Inc., providing consultant services on product strategy, management and business operations to 1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of the Company. From 2002 to 2013, Mr. Mellacheruvu was employed by ClearCube Technology, Inc., a pioneer of blade PC technology and cloud computing solutions, most recently as the Vice President of Products Development and Strategy. Previously, Mr. Mellacheruvu was employed as an Engineer at Omega Band, a start-up focusing on Infiniband technology, from 2000 to 2002 and as a Product Development Engineer at Advanced Micro Devices, a worldwide semiconductor company that develops computer processors and graphics technologies, from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Mellacheruvu has an MBA in Business Strategy & Finance from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University.

Mark Adams

Mr. Mark Adams is Independent Director of Astrotech Corp. Mr. Adams founded Advocate, MD Financial Group, Inc., a leading Texas-based medical liability insurance holding company, in July 2003. Since July 2003, Mr. Adams has served as its Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. He is also a founding partner in several other companies including the Endowment Development Group, a Houston-based life insurance company specializing in placing large multimillion dollar life insurance policies throughout the U.S. market. Mr. Adams founded Murphy Adams Restaurant Group in 2007 which owns and operates Mama Fu’s Asian House restaurants throughout the southeast United States, and currently serves as its Chairman and Co-Founder. In 2008, Mr. Adams founded Small Business United, LLC, a non-profit organization that supports small businesses, and currently serves as its chairman. Also in 2008, Mr. Adams co-founded ETMG (Employer’s Trust Management Group), LLC. Additionally in 2008, Mr. Adams is the winner of the 2008 Prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas. After his career with global public companies such as Xerox and Johnson & Johnson (1985-1988), beginning in 1988, Mr. Adams then spent the next 12 years at Bostik Adhesives where he served in senior management, sales and strategic business management roles for their worldwide markets in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. In 1997, Mr. Adams then served as Global Sales Director for Bostik and General Manager of Bostik’s J.V. Company Nitta-Findley based in Osaka, Japan and later purchased a minority interest in Ward Adhesives, Inc. and served as General Manager, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Adams is also an advisory board member for the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University.

Ronald Cantwell

Mr. Ronald W. Cantwell is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Cantwell is President of VC Holdings, Inc., through which Mr. Cantwell provides advisory services in corporate and project investment structuring, mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and operations management. In addition, Mr. Cantwell has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Group, Inc., which was traded on the NYSE before it was acquired and taken private in 1988 by Brookfield Asset Management. Prior to joining Catalyst Group, Inc., Mr. Cantwell spent nineteen years in public accounting, most recently as a Tax Partner in the Ernst & Young LLP Dallas office. Mr. Cantwell graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and is licensed as a certified public accountant.

Michael Humphrey

Mr. Michael R. Humphrey is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Humphrey has served as Executive Vice President of Education 2020 since August 2011. He previously served as President and CEO of Education 2020 from January 2009 until August 2011. Prior to joining Education 2020, Mr. Humphrey was President and Founder of Human Performance Labs, LLC from August 2007 until December 2008. Mr. Humphrey is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

Sha-Chelle Manning

Ms. Sha-Chelle Devlin Manning is Independent Director of Astrotech Corp. Sha-Chelle Manning is a founding partner of Manti Ventures, a privately held advanced technology investment group. In September, 2013, Ms. Manning was appointed as a member of the Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee, which recommends proposals eligible for funding through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. From September 1, 2008 to April 30, 2010, Sha-Chelle Manning has been Managing Director for Nanoholdings LLC, a company focused on oil and gas exploration through nano-enabled solutions. From January 2007 to December 31, 2008, Ms. Manning was a Vice President at Authentix, a Carlyle company that is a recognized leader in nano solutions for Fortune 500 companies and governments around the world for brand protection, excise tax recovery, and authentication of security documents and pharmaceutical drugs. From September 2005 to April 2007, Ms. Manning was a consultant to the Office of the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, where she led the development of the Texas nanotechnology strategic plan.

John Oliva

Mr. John A. Oliva is Independent Director of Astrotech Corp. He has 32 years of experience in the private equity, investment banking, capital markets, branch management, and asset management sectors. Since 2002, Mr. Oliva has been the Managing Principal of Southeastern Capital Partners BD Inc., a FINRA registered broker/dealer and independent investment banking and advisory firm. Since 2002, Southeast Capital Partners has provided financial advisory services, including mergers/acquisitions, underwriting and raising expansion capital to select mid-tier companies. In addition, Mr. Oliva is the Managing Partner of Capital City Advisors Inc., which provides private merchant banking services to clients in Europe and Asia. Mr. Oliva holds various FINRA licenses including the Managing Principal and Financial Principal licenses. Prior to the formation of CCA and Southeastern Capital Partners, Mr. Oliva worked for Morgan Stanley & Co and served as an advisor to their Private Wealth Management group, developing, reviewing and implementing solutions for the firms’ investment banking clients. He was also a group manager. Mr. Oliva was nationally recognized for achievements at Morgan Stanley & Co and Shearson/Lehman Brothers in the asset management and investment banking sector. Mr. Oliva performed similar roles at Interstate/Johnson Lane and The Robinson Humphrey Company. Mr. Oliva also worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

William Readdy

Mr. William F. Readdy is Independent Director of Astrotech Corp. From 1974 to 2005, Mr. Readdy served the United States as a naval aviator, pilot astronaut, military officer, and civil service executive. Retiring from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) in September 2005, Mr. Readdy established Discovery Partners International LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic thinking and planning, risk management, safety and emerging technology solutions and decision support to aerospace and high-technology industries. Since its formation, Mr. Readdy has served as Managing Partner.In addition, Mr. Readdy currently serves on the board of directors of American Pacific Corporation, a company that manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients and registered intermediates, energetic products used primarily in space flight and defense systems, clean fire- extinguishing agents and water treatment equipment. Mr. Readdy is also chairman of GeoMetWatch, Inc., a startup company offering commercial satellite weather products. Additionally, Mr. Readdy serves as a director of Challenger Center, National Aeronautics Association, AFCEA Education Foundation, Discovery of Flight Foundation and of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.In the late 1970s and early 1980s he served as a naval test pilot. Mr. Readdy joined NASA in 1986 and in 1987 became a member of the astronaut corps, but continued his military service in the Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of captain in 2000. Mr. Readdy logged more than 672 hours in space on three shuttle missions. In 1996 he commanded the space shuttle “Atlantis” on a docking mission to the Russian “Mir” space station.

Daniel Russler

Mr. Daniel T. Russler, Jr., is Independent Director of Astrotech Corporation. He has more than 20 years of capital markets, development, and entrepreneurial experiences, including an extensive background in sales and trading of a broad variety of equity, fixed income and private placement securities. Since 2003, Mr. Russler has been the Principal Partner of Family Asset Management, LLC, a multi-family office providing high net worth individuals and families with financial services. Mr. Russler has held portfolio and risk management positions at First Union Securities, Inc., J.C. Bradford & Co, William R. Hough & Co, New Japan Securities International and Bankers Trust Company. His background also includes experience in project and structured finance at U.S. Generating Company.Mr. Russler received a master’s in business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from the University of North Carolina. He currently serves as the Senior Warden Emeritus at St. Philips Church and on its finance committee. Dan is also active in Charleston’s youth sports programs.