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Spark Energy Inc (SPKE.OQ)

SPKE.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

W. Keith Maxwell

52 Chairman of the Board

Nathan Kroeker

43 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Robert Lane

45 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Jason Garrett

48 2015 Executive Vice President - Spark Retail

Gil Melman

51 2014 Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Nick Evans

68 2016 Independent Director

Kenneth Hartwick

54 2014 Independent Director

James Jones

48 2014 Independent Director

Andy Davis

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

W. Keith Maxwell

Mr. W. Keith Maxwell is Chairman of the Board of Sparks Energy, Inc. Mr. Maxwell serves as a director and the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and was appointed to this position in August 2014 and re-elected in May 2015. Mr. Maxwell serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NuDevco Partners, LLC, Retailco, LLC, Retailco Services, LLC and National Gas & Electric, LLC, each of which is affiliated with us. Mr. Maxwell served on the Board of Directors of Azure Midstream Partners GP, LLC from February 2015 until February 2016. Prior to that time, he served as Chairman of the Board of Marlin Midstream GP, LLC (formerly Marlin Midstream Partners, LP). Prior to founding the predecessor of Spark Energy in 1999, Mr. Maxwell was a founding partner in Wickford Energy, an oil and natural gas services company, in 1994. Wickford Energy was sold to Black Hills Utilities in 1997. Prior to Wickford Energy, Mr. Maxwell was a partner in Polaris Pipeline, a natural gas producer, services and midstream company sold to TECO Pipeline in 1994. In 2010, Mr. Maxwell was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Energy, Chemicals and Mining category. A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Maxwell earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. Mr. Maxwell has several philanthropic interests, including the Special Olympics, Child Advocates, Salvation Army, Star of Hope and Helping a Hero.

Nathan Kroeker

Mr. Nathan Kroeker is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Sparks Energy, Inc. He has served as President since April 2012, and was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer in April 2014. Prior to serving as our President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kroeker served as our Chief Financial Officer from July 2010 to April 2012 and as the Chief Financial Officer of Marlin Midstream Partners, L.P., a midstream energy company that is affiliated with us, from July 2010 to January 2012. Prior to his employment by Spark Energy and Marlin Midstream, Mr. Kroeker was Senior Vice President, Finance, for Macquarie Energy, the global energy supply, trading and logistics division of Macquarie Bank, from December 2009 to July 2010 and was employed as the Chief Financial Officer of the retail business division of Direct Energy, a retail energy service provider, from March 2006 to August 2009, and in various other management roles in Direct Energy’s finance group from March 2004 until March 2006. Mr. Kroeker holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and is a licensed Chartered Accountant in Canada and a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

Robert Lane

Mr. Robert Lawrence Lane is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of the Company. Mr. Lane previously worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Emerge Energy Services GP, LLC, the general partner of Emerge Energy Services LP, from November 2012 through June 2015. From December 2011 through November 2012, Mr. Lane was a Managing Director at Global Hunter Securities LLC, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of capital markets and M&A transactions in the midstream industry. Mr. Lane previously served in various roles, most recently as Managing Director, of Sanders Morris Harris Inc. and its affiliates from November 2004 to December 2011, where he led equity research and then investment banking coverage of midstream energy companies, particularly master limited partnerships. Mr. Lane is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Lane received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He also received a Certificate in the Accountancy Program from the B.T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston.

Jason Garrett

Mr. Jason Garrett is Executive Vice President - Spark Retail of the company, since August 2015. Prior to joining Spark Energy, Mr. Garret served as Executive Vice President of Continuum Energy, an integrated energy products and services company, from January 2013 through July 2015. Mr. Garrett also served as Senior Vice President of Just Energy Group, Inc., a retail natural gas and electricity provider, from 2011 until July 2013. Mr. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.

Gil Melman

Mr. Gil Melman is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sparks Energy, Inc., since February 2014. Prior to joining Spark Energy, Mr. Melman served as the General Counsel to Madagascar Oil Limited, an oil and gas exploration and production company, from August 2008 to October 2013. Prior to joining Madagascar Oil Limited, Mr. Melman acted as general counsel and in-house counsel to several energy companies and a regional private equity fund. Mr. Melman began his career practicing corporate law with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he represented public and private companies, investment funds and investment banking firms in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, primarily in the energy industry. Mr. Melman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Nick Evans

Mr. Nick W. Evans, Jr. is Independent Director of the company. He Nick W. Evans, Jr. Mr. Evans was appointed to our Board of Directors in May 2016. Mr. Evans began his career at the Georgia Railroad Bank and then joined Abitibi Southern Corporation. He began his television career in sales at WATU-TV and WRDW-TV in Augusta and then moved to WNEP-TV, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania. He returned to WAGT-TV in Augusta and eventually became president and general manager. From 1987 to 2000, he was President and CEO of Spartan Communications, Inc., headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He currently serves as chairman of ECP Benefits and ECP/Trinity, partner of Toast Wine & Beverage, and is involved in business development for Group CSE in Atlanta. Mr. Evans is a former board member of numerous civic, community, business and industry organizations. While a Rotarian he was selected as a Paul Harris Fellow. Currently, he holds board positions with Wells Fargo (Augusta Advisory Board), Forest Hills Golf Association, Azalea Capital (Advisory Board) and Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. Mr. Evans served as a director of Marlin Midstream GP, LLC, the general partner of Marlin Midstream Partners, LP, each of which is affiliated with us, from September 2013 through February 2015. Mr. Evans holds a B.B.A degree from Augusta College.

Kenneth Hartwick

Mr. Kenneth Michael Hartwick is Independent Director of Spark Energy, Inc. He was appointed to our Board of Directors in August 2014 and re-elected in May 2015. Mr. Hartwick currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ontario Power Generation, Inc., an electricity producer, a position he has held since March 2016. Mr. Hartwick also serves as a director of MYR Group, Inc., an electrical contractor specializing in transmission, distribution, and substation projects, a position he has held since 2015. Mr. Hartwick served as the Chief Financial Officer of Wellspring Financial Corporation, a sales financing company, from February 2015 until March 2016. Mr. Hartwick also served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Power Corporation, a power generation plant operator, from September 2014 until January 2015 and as a director of Atlantic Power Corporation from October 2004 until March 2016. He has served in various roles for Just Energy Group Inc., most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to February 2014. Mr. Hartwick also served as President for Just Energy Group Inc. from 2006 to 2008, as Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2006 and as a director from 2008 to February 2014. Mr. Hartwick also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Hydro One, Inc., an energy distribution company, from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Hartwick holds an Honours of Business Administration degree from Trent University.

James Jones

Mr. James G. Jones, II, is Independent Director of Spark Energy, Inc., since August 2014. He is a partner at Weaver Tidwell LLP, a regional certified public accounting firm with over 500 professionals. Prior to joining Weaver Tidwell, LLP, Mr. Jones was a partner in the Houston office of Padgett Stratemann & Co. from May 2014 to August 2016. Prior to joining Padgett Stratemann & Co., Mr. Jones worked at Ernst & Young LLP from 1998 to March 2014. Mr. Jones holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Mr. Jones was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive tax and financial background, as well as his management expertise.

Andy Davis

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

W. Keith Maxwell

--

Nathan Kroeker

1,760,960

Robert Lane

--

Jason Garrett

896,535

Gil Melman

893,303

Nick Evans

--

Kenneth Hartwick

--

James Jones

--

Andy Davis

--
As Of  31 Dec 2016