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Daseke Inc (DSKE.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Brian Bonner

62 2019 Executive Chairman of the Board

Don Daseke

79 2019 Chairman Emeritus

R. Scott Wheeler

62 2018 President, Director

Christopher Easter

56 2019 Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Director

Daniel Hennessy

61 Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

Bharat Mahajan

49 2018 Chief Financial Officer

Angie Moss

60 2018 Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Kevin Charlton

53 Independent Director

Ron Gafford

69 2015 Independent Director

Charles Serianni

57 2019 Independent Director

Jonathan Shepko

41 2017 Independent Director

Mark Sinclair

70 2017 Independent Director

Kimberly Warmbier

57 2019 Independent Director

Ena Williams

50 2019 Independent Director

Joe Caminiti

2018 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Brian Bonner

Mr. Brian J. Bonner is Executive Chairman of the Board of Daseke, Inc. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Daseke, Inc. since February 2015. Mr. Bonner served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Texas Instruments, a publicly traded company, from January 2000 to May 2014. In this role, Mr. Bonner managed the business and technology aspects of IT operations. Prior to being appointed Chief Information Officer, Mr. Bonner served Texas Instruments for over 33 years in a number of strategic leadership roles and positions in general management, mass marketing and global product management. Mr. Bonner served as a member on the board of directors of Copper Mobile from June 2012 through October 2015 and is currently an advisory board member for Southern Methodist University’s Computer & Electrical Engineering Department. Mr. Bonner also served as an advisory board member for Gemini Israel Funds from June 2004 to May 2015. Mr. Bonner holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, an MSEE and BSEE from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Physics from Kalamazoo College. He received the Minority & Women Business Development Award from Texas Instruments, the Transformational CIO Award from HMG Strategies and the Most Innovative User of Technology from Information Week Magazine.

Don Daseke

Mr. Don R. Daseke is Chairman Emeritus of the company. He has been 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, 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.

Christopher Easter

Mr. Christopher Easter is Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Director of the Company. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Daseke, Inc. since January 2019. Previously, Mr. Easter served as Senior Vice President Americas at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean and Solutions, a position he held since September 2018, and as President of Keen Transportation at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (“Wallenius”) from December 2017. Before its acquisition by Wallenius in December 2017, Mr. Easter served as CEO and President of Keen Transport, Inc. (“Keen Transport”), beginning in August 2012. Keen Transport is a specialized transportation, warehouse, and logistics company focused on serving the industrial equipment market. Mr. Easter has also served in various roles with Schneider National, Inc. and Walmart Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing the transportation of goods from around the world. Mr. Easter received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served for more than eight years in The United States Army. His service included deployment during Operation Desert Storm where he led logistics teams and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Daniel Hennessy

Mr. Daniel J. Hennessy serves as Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of the company. He is the founder and managing member of Hennessy Capital LLC and the Chairman and CEO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. IV (NASDAQ: HCACU) a Special Purpose Acquisition Company which he formed and which went public in March of 2019. Mr. Hennessy was also the Chairman and CEO of Hennessy 's first three 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 and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III which merged with NRC Group Holdings (NYSE: NRCG) in October, 2018. Mr. Hennessy now serves as Vice Chairman of the Company and an Independent Director at NRC Group Holdings. Mr. Hennessy was 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. 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. We believe his background and skill set make Mr. Hennessy well-suited to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Bharat Mahajan

Mr. Bharat Mahajan is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of Aveda Transportation and Energy Services Inc. (“Aveda”), a position he has held since October 2011, until the Effective Date, at which time he will commence employment with the Company as its Chief Financial Officer.

Angie Moss

Ms. Angie J. Moss is Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of the company. Previously, she served as our Vice President and Corporate Controller from February 2015 to July 2017 and as our Corporate Controller from June 2013, when she joined Daseke. Ms. Moss brings over 22 years' experience in public accounting with national and regional accounting firms. From June 2012 to June 2013, Ms. Moss served Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier, LLP, an accounting firm, as an audit partner, and from June 2001 to December 2011, she served Travis Wolff, LLP, an accounting firm, in various capacities, including as an audit partner, Audit Department Head and member of the board of directors. Ms. Moss also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business' Department of Accounting. She has also served on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) committees and on the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee, which promulgates standards for accounting and review services. Ms. Moss earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating summa cum laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Kevin Charlton

Mr. Kevin M. Charlton is the independent director of the company. he has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Daseke, Inc. since 2017. He is the former President and COO of Hennessy Capital II, which merged with Daseke in February 2017. He held similar positions in both Hennessy Capital I, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), and of Hennessy Capital III, which merged with NRCG Group Holdings in October 2018 (NYSE: NRCG). He is currently the co-Chairman of NewHold Enterprises, a holding company focused on industrial consolidations. Mr. Charlton is currently on the Board of Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC), and private companies AllWaste Holdings and Macro Energy. 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, JPMorganChase, McKinsey & Company and as a contractor in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. He received a Masters 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 Bachelors 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.

Ron Gafford

Mr. Ron Gafford served as a member of the board of directors of Daseke, Inc. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Daseke, Inc. since February 2015. From November 2012 to October 2014, Mr. Gafford served as a consultant to the chief executive officer and the board of directors of Austin Industries, Inc., a U.S.-based construction company. Prior to that, Mr. Gafford served Austin Industries, Inc. as president from March 1996 to November 2012, as chief executive officer from March 2001 to November 2012 and as chairman from March 2008 to November 2012. Mr. Gafford earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University in 1972 and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University School of Business in 1987. Mr. Gafford brings more than 40 years of professional experience in the construction industry. He has significant experience serving in leadership positions in a large company setting, including 11 years as chief executive officer. He has extensive experience in management, finance and operations. We believe his background and skill set make Mr. Gafford well-suited to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Charles Serianni

Mr. Charles F. Serianni is Independent Director of the company. He has been the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Republic Services, Inc., a national provider of recycling and non-hazardous waste management services, since August 2014. Prior to that role, Mr. Serianni served as Vice President and Controller, West Region of Republic Services from July 2013 to August 2014. He also served as Assistant Controller and progressed to Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of Republic Services during the period from June 1998 to July 2013 and as Accounting Operations Director of Republic Services, Inc. (Auto Nation) from 1997 to 1998. Prior to his work with Republic Services, Mr. Serianni served as Accounting Operations Director for Sunglass Hut International, Inc. and as a Manager, Accounting and Auditing Services for Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting firm. Mr. Serianni holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Dayton and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Serianni brings to our Board extensive financial expertise overseeing financial analysis and planning, accounting, treasury, investor relations, internal audit and tax functions. Mr. Serianni also brings experience in overseeing the strategic development of complex corporations, as well as experience overseeing effective cyber and technology systems and protocols. Mr. Serianni was identified as a potential board candidate through industry contacts.

Jonathan Shepko

Mr. Jonathan Shepko is the Independent Director of the Company, effective as of February 2017. Mr. Shepko was appointed to the Board of Directors of Daseke, Inc., effective as of February 2017. Mr. Shepko is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Stonehollow Capital Partners, which makes direct equity investments in private companies across the United States. Prior to founding Stonehollow in January 2019, from 2014 to 2018, Mr. Shepko served as a Managing Partner of EF Capital Management, LP, the investment arm of a substantial single-family office, which largely focused on direct equity and direct debt investments, in both public and private companies, across the United States. During his tenure with EF Capital, Mr. Shepko served in various Board and management capacities of the firm's portfolio investments. Prior to founding EF Capital, Mr. Shepko was a Managing Director with Ares Management (~$100B AUM), where he focused on originating and structuring debt financings in the energy industry. From 2009 until 2014, Mr. Shepko co-headed, and served as Managing Director of, CLG Energy Finance (an affiliate of Beal Bank), which focused on providing senior-stretch and uni-tranche facilities to the energy and infrastructure industries. Prior to forming CLG Energy Finance, Mr. Shepko was a Vice President with EnCap Investments, LP, where his responsibilities included originating, structuring and managing private equity investments in the oil and gas sector, while also serving on the boards of several of these companies. Collectively, Mr. Shepko has underwritten and managed nearly $2 billion in direct equity and debt financings, spanning multiple industries, including investments in high-growth, as well as mature companies. Mr. Shepko graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. We believe his background and skill set make Mr. Shepko well-suited to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Mark Sinclair

Mr. Mark Sinclair is the Independent Director of Daseke, Inc. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Daseke, Inc. effective as of January 1, 2017. At the end of 2017, Mr. Sinclair completed a 46 year career in public accounting with over 38 years at Ernst & Young (EY) where he served as an Audit Partner, as Partner in Charge of Human Resources and Partner in Charge of the Strategic Growth Markets Practice in North Texas. After retirement from EY, Mr. Sinclair served 8 years as a Partner at Whitley Penn LLP, a Texas regional accounting firm. Mr. Sinclair primarily served and advised high growth public and venture/private equity backed companies from early stage to multi-billion dollar revenue companies, often with global operations, in a wide variety of industries including technology, manufacturing, service and mining. He worked closely with management and reported to the Boards of his clients with a heavy focus on the governance aspects of internal controls and overall enterprise risk management. Mr. Sinclair is currently Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), North Texas Chapter and has achieved the NACD Board Leadership Fellow designation. Mr. Sinclair is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Mr. Sinclair qualifies as a "financial expert" for the audit committee under SEC guidelines. We believe his background and skill set, including his strong financial and accounting background, make Mr. Sinclair well-qualified to serve on our Board.

Kimberly Warmbier

Ms. Kimberly Warmbier is Independent Director of the company. She has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Sabre Corporation, a travel technology company since July 2018. Prior to this role, she was the President and Owner of Impact Through People Consulting firm from January 2018 to June 2018 until being hired by Sabre after several months of consulting for the company. Prior to her work at Sabre, Ms. Warmbier served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, from May 2012 to December 2017. Prior to her role at Dean Foods, Ms. Warmbier served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at J. C. Penney Company, Inc., an international department store chain, from November 2009 to December 2011, prior to which Ms. Warmbier served as the Chief People Officer of the Sales business units of PepsiCo, Inc., a multinational snack and beverage corporation. She worked in progressive leadership positions at PepsiCo from 1988 to 2009. Ms. Warmbier has served as a member on the board of directors of North Texas Food Bank and Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas and has served as an advisory board member for the school of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Labor and the School of Business at Illinois State University. Ms. Warmbier holds a master's degree in Labor and Employment Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree in Business-Accounting from Illinois State University. Ms. Warmbier brings to our Board over 30 years of experience serving as an executive officer and in other leadership positions in large public company settings, including 10 years as chief human resources officer and extensive experience in transformational leadership, talent management, retail, operations and supply chain. Ms. Warmbier was identified as a potential board candidate by one of our independent directors.

Ena Williams

Ms. Ena Williams is Independent Director of the company. She has been the Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of National HME, Inc., a technology enabled hospice medical equipment provider, since January 2019, prior to which, she served as the Senior Vice President and Head of International of 7-Eleven, Inc., a global chain of convenience stores, from January 2015 to February 2018. Previous to that role, Ms. Williams served as the Senior Vice President, West Region Operations of 7-Eleven from April 2011 to January 2015, and the Vice President, Southwest Division of 7-Eleven from July 2008 to April 2011. Ms. Williams held a number of positions in the operations, retail and planning departments of Mobil Oil Corporation and ExxonMobil Corporation, multinational oil and gas corporations, from 1991 to 2008. Ms. Williams holds a master's degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in Economics and African-American Studies from the University of Virginia. Ms. Williams brings to our Board deep experience managing P&L, executing strategic initiatives and providing data-driven analysis at large corporations across multiple industries with a focus on efficient operations and people leadership. Ms. Williams was identified as a potential board candidate by one of our independent directors.

Joe Caminiti

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