People: Brown & Brown Inc (BRO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

J. Hyatt Brown

76 2012 Chairman of the Board

J. Powell Brown

46 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

R. Andrew Watts

45 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer

Charles Lydecker

50 2012 President - Retail Division

J. Scott Penny

47 2011 Regional President, Chief Acquisitions Officer

Anthony Strianese

52 2012 Regional President

Chris Walker

56 2014 President - National Programs Division

Linda Downs

64 2012 Chief Operating Officer, Regional President

Sam Boone

60 2009 Regional Executive Vice President

Laurel Grammig

55 2012 Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer

Robert Lloyd

49 2009 Vice President, General Counsel

Richard Freebourn

66 2014 People Officer, Internal operations, Internal audit

Chilton Varner

71 2011 Lead Independent Director

Samuel Bell

74 1993 Independent Director

Hugh Brown

78 2004 Independent Director

Bradley Currey

83 2011 Independent Director

Theodore Hoepner

72 1994 Independent Director

James Hunt

58 2013 Independent Director

Toni Jennings

64 2007 Independent Director

Timothy Main

48 2010 Independent Director

H. Palmer Proctor

46 2012 Independent Director

Wendell Reilly

56 2007 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

J. Hyatt Brown

Mr. J. Hyatt Brown is Chairman of the Board of Brown and Brown Inc. In 2012, Mr. Brown served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer from January until April 25, during the temporary leave of absence of J. Powell Brown, our President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hyatt Brown was our Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to July 1, 2009 and our President from 1993 to December 2002, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of our predecessor corporation from 1961 to 1993. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and Speaker of the House from 1978 to 1980. Mr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of International Speedway Corporation, and Verisk Analytics, Inc. (formerly Insurance Services Office), each a publicly-held company. Until May 2012 he served on the Board of Next Era Energy, Inc. He previously served as a director of RockTenn Company, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (“SunTrust”), and BellSouth Corporation, each a publicly-held company. Mr. Brown is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Stetson University, of which he is a past Chairman, and the Florida Council of 100. Mr. Brown served as Chairman of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers from 2004 to 2005 and is a past Vice Chairman of the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association. One of Mr. Brown’s sons, J. Powell Brown, is employed by us as President and Chief Executive Officer, and has served as a director since October 2007. Mr. Hyatt Brown’s extensive business and industry experience, knowledge of our company, service on boards of other publicly-traded companies and proven leadership ability are just a few of the attributes that make him uniquely qualified to serve on, and chair, our Board.

J. Powell Brown

Mr. J. Powell Brown is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Brown and Brown Inc. Mr. Powell Brown was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. He has been our President since January 2007 and was appointed to be a director in October 2007. Prior to 2007, he served as one of our Regional Executive Vice Presidents since 2002. Mr. Brown was previously responsible for overseeing certain or all parts of all of our divisions over the years, and worked in various capacities throughout the Company since joining us in 1995. Mr. Brown has served on the Board of Directors of RockTenn Company, a publicly-held company, since January 2010. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Boggy Creek. He is the son of our Chairman, J. Hyatt Brown. Mr. Powell Brown’s work in all divisions of our Company, leadership experience at every level of our Company and current position as President and Chief Executive Officer are among the qualities considered in connection with his nomination for re-election to the Board.

R. Andrew Watts

Mr. R. Andrew Watts has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer of Brown & Brown, Inc., effective March 2014. Mr. Watts joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Treasurer in February 2014, and as Chief Financial Officer upon Cory Walker’s retirement from that position effective March 4, 2014. Prior to joining the Company, he had served as Global Head of Customer Administration for the Financial and Risk Division of Thomson Reuters since 2011, and before that, from 2008 to 2011, he served as Chief Financial Officer for the Investment and Advisory Division of the Financial and Risk Division of Thomson Reuters. He held other Chief Financial Officer roles within Thomson Reuters from the commencement of his employment there in 2001. Prior to 2001, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder of Textera, an internet start-up company, and worked as a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers for nine years. Mr. Watts is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Watts is currently the Chairman of the Board for Surflight Theatre, where he has served as a board member since July 2012. He was previously the Chairman of the Board for Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey from 2005 through 2007 and served on that board from 2000 through 2007.

Charles Lydecker

Mr. Charles H. Lydecker, CPCU, CIC, AIM, is President - Retail Division of Brown and Brown Inc. Mr. Lydecker has served as President of our Retail Division since 2012 and serves as director and as an executive officer for several of our subsidiaries. He served as Regional President from 2011 to 2012 and as one of our Regional Executive Vice Presidents from 2002 to 2011. From January 1999 until 2006, Mr. Lydecker served as profit center leader of our Daytona Beach, Florida retail office. Prior to that, Mr. Lydecker served as an account executive from 1990 to 1995 and as sales manager from 1995 to 1999 at the same location. Mr. Lydecker is Chairman of The Florida Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA), and he serves as a Director of Gateway Banks of Florida. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Florida Ethics Commission and Vice Chairman of the Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of American University in Washington, D.C. and is the 2014 Fundraising Chair for the Ormond Beach YMCA and the Volusia County Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Lydecker also serves on several national insurance carriers’ advisory councils. Mr. Lydecker is a past Director of Associated Industries of Florida, and a past Director and past Chairman of Futures Public Education Foundation, the United Way of Volusia/Flagler (FL) Counties, and Boy Scouts of America in Daytona Beach. He has twice served as Chairman of the Daytona Beach/Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lydecker is also past Chairman of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, past President of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Association of Independent Agents and a graduate of Leadership Florida.

J. Scott Penny

Mr. J. Scott Penny is Regional President, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc.Mr. Penny has been our Chief Acquisitions Officer since 2011 and one of our Regional Presidents since 2010 and he serves as director and as an executive officer for several of our subsidiaries. He served as Regional Executive Vice President from 2002 to July 2010. Mr. Penny is responsible for the oversight of Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, based in San Diego, California, and certain of its affiliates (“Arrowhead”). Since 2010, Mr. Penny has also overseen the operations of Florida Intracoastal Underwriters, Limited Company and Axiom Re, LP in Florida and North Carolina. From 1999 until January 2003, Mr. Penny served as profit center leader of our Indianapolis, Indiana retail office. Prior to that, Mr. Penny served as profit center leader of our Jacksonville, Florida retail office from 1997 to 1999. From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Penny was employed as an account executive and marketing representative in our Daytona Beach, Florida office.

Anthony Strianese

Mr. Anthony T. Strianese is Regional President of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Strianese has served as one of our Regional Presidents since 2012. He served as Regional Executive Vice President from July 2007 to January 2012, and serves as director and as an executive officer for several of our subsidiaries. Mr. Strianese is responsible for our Wholesale Brokerage Division, including Peachtree Special Risk Brokers, LLC, Hull & Company, Inc., ECC Insurance Brokers, Inc., MacDuff Underwriters, Inc. and Decus Insurance Brokers Limited, which commenced operations in 2008 in London, England. Additionally, Mr. Strianese is responsible for certain of our public entity operations located in Georgia, Texas and Virginia. Mr. Strianese joined Brown & Brown in January 2000 and helped form Peachtree Special Risk Brokers. Prior to joining us, he held leadership positions with The Home Insurance Company and Tri-City Brokers in New York City.

Chris Walker

Mr. Chris L. Walker is President - National Programs Division of Brown and Brown Inc. Mr. Walker has been with Brown & Brown since January of 2012, when Brown & Brown acquired Arrowhead General Insurance Agency. Prior to 2012, Mr. Walker served as CEO of Arrowhead after joining the organization in 2003. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman of Aon Re. Mr. Walker's insurance career began with the reinsurance intermediary E.W. Blanch Co., where he ultimately served as Chairman and CEO of E.W. Blanch Holdings. Mr. Walker previously served as Chairman of the Brokers and Reinsurance Markets Association.

Linda Downs

Ms. Linda S. Downs, CPCU, AIA, is Chief Operating Officer, Regional President of Brown & Brown, Inc. Ms. Downs has served as our Chief Operating Officer since 2012 and as a Regional President since 2011. She also serves as a director and as an executive officer for several of our subsidiaries. Prior to that, she held the titles of Senior Executive Vice President from 2010 to 2011, Executive Vice President for Leadership Development from 2006 to 2010, and Regional Executive Vice President from 2001 to 2006. In addition to oversight responsibilities spanning all operations of the Company, she has direct reporting responsibility for our Services Division, our Retail Division operations in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin, our Internal Operations teams and our Corporate Benefits Department, all of whose leaders report to her. Prior to undertaking her current duties, she founded and served as profit center leader of our Orlando, Florida retail office from 1980 to 1998. Ms. Downs is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, and is a past member of the Florida Symphony Board, the Downtown (Orlando) Women’s Executive Council and Presidential Advisory Board of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Sam Boone

Mr. Sam R. Boone, Jr., is Regional Executive Vice President of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Boone has been one of our Regional Executive Vice Presidents since 2009, and serves as director and as an executive officer for several of our subsidiaries. Mr. Boone is responsible for the Company’s Services Division and Public Entity operations in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington. Since 1992, Mr. Boone has served as the profit center leader of USIS, Inc., based in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Boone joined our predecessor corporation in 1987, and commenced work with USIS in 1990.

Laurel Grammig

Ms. Laurel L. Grammig is Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer Brown & Brown, Inc. Ms. Grammig was named Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer in 2012, and has been our Vice President and Corporate Secretary since 1994. She was Chief Corporate Counsel from 2009 to 2012, and from 1994 until 2009, she served as our General Counsel. Ms. Grammig serves as an executive officer for a number of our subsidiaries. Before joining us, Ms. Grammig was a partner of the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP in Tampa, Florida.

Robert Lloyd

Mr. Robert W. Lloyd is Vice President and General Counsel of Brown & Brown, Inc.Mr. Lloyd has served as our General Counsel since 2009 and as Vice President since 2006. Mr. Lloyd served as Chief Litigation Officer from 2006 until 2009 and as Assistant General Counsel from 2001 until 2006. Prior to that, he worked as sales manager and marketing manager, respectively, in our Daytona Beach, Florida retail office. Before joining us, Mr. Lloyd practiced law with the law firm of Cobb & Cole, P.A. in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Richard Freebourn

Mr. Richard A. Freebourn, Sr., promoted as People Officer, Internal operations, Internal audit of Brown & Brown, Inc. He was Vice President - Internal Operations and Director - Internal Operations of Brown & Brown, Inc. In addition to his continuing leadership of internal operations and internal audit for the Company, Mr. Freebourn will assume the additional duties in the traditional human resources arena. Mr. Freebourn has been employed by the Company since 1984 and has served in a variety of leadership roles within the operations of the Company including Accounting Leader, Personal Lines Leader, Commercial Lines and Operations Leader, and the head of the Company's due diligence teams in acquisitions. Mr. Freebourn has demonstrated a special talent in the recruitment and development of new teammates in the Company and has been instrumental in the launch of scores of very successful insurance sales, operations and leadership careers. He originally joined Brown & Brown Insurance as part of an acquisition in Fort Myers, Florida, where he was the Accounting Leader and eventually the Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and Operations Leader through 1997. The Financial Operations, Insurance Operations, Information Technology and Team Resources (HR) Review Teams continue to report to Mr. Freebourn today. He is also responsible for Corporate Financial Compliance and Employee Compensation Teams while continuing to lead all Acquisition Due Diligence Teams. The recruiting programs he leads continue to identify, train and acculturate quality teammates to become future Sales, Financial, HR, IT and Insurance Operations leaders.

Chilton Varner

Ms. Chilton D. Varner is Lead Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc.Ms. Varner has been a member of the law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia since 1976 and a partner since 1983. A graduate of Smith College, where she was named to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and Emory University School of Law, Ms. Varner was honored with Emory University School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. In 2001, the National Law Journal profiled Ms. Varner as one of the nation’s top ten women litigators. With more than 25 years of courtroom experience, she specializes in defending corporations in product liability, commercial and other civil disputes. The author of many books and articles on areas of interest in her practice, she has also served as a member of the faculty of the Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel and regularly presents at bar association meetings around the country. She was a Trustee of Emory University from 1995-2014 and currently continues her services as a Trustee Emeritus. She has also served on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Carter Center. She served on the Board of Wesley Woods Geriatric Center from 1996 to 2007. As a practicing attorney and partner of one of the nation’s premier law firms, and a counselor to businesses, their directors and management concerning risk and risk control, Ms. Varner brings a depth of experience and a wealth of unique and valuable perspectives to our Board. She serves as Lead Director of the Board, chairs the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, and previously chaired the Compensation Committee, of which she continues to serve as a member.

Samuel Bell

Mr. Samuel P. Bell, III, is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Bell has served as of Counsel to the law firm of Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar, P.A. since November 2013, and prior to that, had been a shareholder of the firm since January 1998. Prior to that, he was a shareholder and managing partner of Cobb Cole & Bell (now Cobb & Cole, P.A.), and he served as Of Counsel to Cobb Cole & Bell until August 2002. Mr. Bell was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1974 to 1988. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, Member of the Florida Public Health Institute, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Children’s Home Society. Mr. Bell is a former member of the Florida Elections Commission, and past Chairman of the Florida Legislature’s Commission on Local Government II. Mr. Bell’s extensive legal experience and familiarity with issues relating to Florida legislative and regulatory matters, along with his contributions in the form of service as current Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Acquisition Committee, are among the factors that were considered with respect to his nomination for re-election to the Board.

Hugh Brown

Mr. Hugh M. Brown is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Brown, who is unrelated to Mr. Hyatt Brown and Mr. Powell Brown, founded BAMSI, Inc., a full-service engineering and technical services company, in 1978 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 1998. Mr. Brown currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank of Orlando and a member of the Board of Managers (BOM), Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, Florida. He is past member of the Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Council on Economic Education. He is a past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and previously served on the Florida Commission on Education, and as Chairman of the Spaceport Florida Authority (now Florida Space Authority) Board of Supervisors. Mr. Brown was named Small Business Person of the Year, 1985, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Regional Minority Small Business Person of the Year for the Atlanta region. In 1991, he received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Graduate of the Year Award. He is an inductee of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame for East Central Florida and recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Services Category - in 1993 for the State of Florida. Mr. Brown’s business experience, leadership abilities and proven value in leading the Audit Committee, of which he is a past chair and a current member, and his service on the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee are among the features considered in his nomination for re-election to the Board.

Bradley Currey

Mr. Bradley Currey, Jr., is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Currey served as Chief Executive Officer of RockTenn Company, a publicly-held manufacturer of packaging and recycled paperboard products, from 1989 to 1999 and as Chairman of the Board of RockTenn Company from 1993 to 2000, when he retired. He also previously served as President (1978-1995) and Chief Operating Officer (1978-1989) of RockTenn Company. From 1953 until 1976, Mr. Currey was employed by Trust Company of Georgia, a publicly-held commercial bank and bank holding company, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1972-1976. Mr. Currey previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of RockTenn Company, and is currently Director Emeritus of Genuine Parts Company, a publicly-traded company. Mr. Currey is Trustee Emeritus and a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Emory University. He is a Trustee Emeritus and past Chairman of the Board of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a division of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and past member of the Board of Directors of Fresh Frozen Foods. He previously chaired our Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, on which he continues to serve as a member, is a past member of our Audit Committee and is a current member of our Acquisition Committee. Mr. Currey’s business experience, proven leadership abilities, financial accounting and management expertise, as well as contributions in his years of service as Chairman of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and as our former Lead Director, were all considered in connection with his nomination for re-election to the Board.

Theodore Hoepner

Mr. Theodore J. Hoepner is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Hoepner served as Vice Chairman of SunTrust Bank, Inc. from January 2000 to December 2004 and as Vice Chairman of SunTrust Bank Holding Company from January 2005 until June 2005, when he retired. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Hoepner was Executive Vice President of SunTrust Bank, Inc. and Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Banks of Florida, Inc. From 1990 through 1995, he served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunBank, N.A. From 1983 through 1990, he was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SunBank/Miami, N.A. He is a past Chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Board, the Board of Trustees of Rollins College, the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, the Heart of Florida United Way, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Beacon Council of Miami, Florida, and the Financial Executives Institute of Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Hoepner’s years of experience in the banking industry, including extensive experience in management, make him a valuable addition to the Board, and he currently chairs the Audit Committee, and serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and Acquisition Committee, which he previously chaired. All of these attributes were among the factors considered in connection with his nomination for re-election to the Board.

James Hunt

Mr. James S. Hunt is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Hunt served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide from 2003 until his retirement in 2012. During that period, he was a member of the Boards of Directors of Disney’s Hong Kong International Theme Park Company Limited, Shanghai International Theme Park Company Limited and Shanghai International Associated Facilities Company, Limited, as well as Disney’s Alameda Insurance and Buena Vista Insurance companies. Prior to that, between 1992 and 2003 he held senior finance positions with Walt Disney World Resort including, Vice President - Finance and Controllership, Senior Vice President - Operations Finance and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before that time, Mr. Hunt was a Partner with Ernst & Young. Mr. Hunt is a member of the Board of Directors of JobSync, a private human resources technology company, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he chairs the Finance Committee and is Vice Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Hunt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Hunt serves as a member of our Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Hunt’s 36 years of increasingly responsible executive and senior executive finance, strategy and related operational roles, financial expertise and significant international experience were factors considered in connection with his nomination for re-election to the Board.

Toni Jennings

Ms. Toni Jennings is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Ms. Jennings serves as Chairman of the Board of Jack Jennings & Sons, Inc., a commercial construction firm based in Orlando, Florida, and Jennings & Jennings, Inc., an architectural millwork firm based in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Jennings previously served on our Board of Directors from 1999 until April 2003. From 2003 through 2006, Ms. Jennings served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida. She was the President of Jack Jennings & Sons, Inc. and Secretary and Treasurer of Jennings & Jennings, Inc. from 1982 to 2003. Ms. Jennings was a member of the Florida Senate from 1980 to 2000, and President of the Florida Senate from 1996 to 2000. She served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1976 to 1980. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Next Era Energy, Inc., a publicly-held company, SunTrust Bank/Central Florida, The Nemours Foundation, and the Foundation for Florida’s Future, and she is past Chair of the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the Chair of Workforce Florida, Incorporated, and as a Director with the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the University of Central Florida Foundation, Enterprise Florida, and the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. Ms. Jennings’ experience as owner and operator of a successful business, and her years of service in the legislative and executive branches of the State of Florida are features considered in concluding that she should continue to serve as a director of the Company. Ms. Jennings serves on our Compensation Committee and our Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee.

Timothy Main

Mr. Timothy R. M. Main is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc., since October 20, 2010. Mr. Main is a Senior Managing Director of Evercore Partners. Prior to joining Evercore in October 2011, Mr. Main worked at JPMorgan Chase, a global investment bank, for 23 years, most recently as a Managing Director and Head of the Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Main’s extensive experience with complex financial transactions and acquisitions, as well as his broad knowledge of the insurance industry acquired throughout his career, are key components considered in nominating Mr. Main for re-election to the Board. Mr. Main serves on our Acquisition Committee.

H. Palmer Proctor

Mr. H. Palmer Proctor, Jr., is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc.Mr. Proctor is President and Director of Fidelity Bank and its holding company, Fidelity Southern Corporation, a publicly-held company in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the bank and the holding company, chairs the Loan and Discount Committee, and serves on the bank’s 401-K, Personnel, Management, and Asset/Liability committees. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and past President of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and as a Trustee of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Allied Financial. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and the Buckhead Lions Club. Mr. Proctor previously served as a director of the Georgia Bankers Association, a Trustee of the Professional Association for Georgia Educators (PAGE), a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Frazier Center (Rehabilitation and Education for Disabled Adults and Children), and as a director of the Decatur/DeKalb YMCA. Mr. Proctor’s business experience, leadership abilities and management expertise were factors considered in connection with his nomination for re-election to the Board. He serves on our Audit and Acquisition Committees.

Wendell Reilly

Mr. Wendell S. Reilly is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc., since October 24, 2007. Mr. Reilly is the Chairman of Berman Capital Advisors and Managing Partner of Grapevine Partners, LLC, of Atlanta, Georgia, a private company. He is also a General Partner of Peachtree Equity Partners II. Previously, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grapevine Communications, LLC, a group of local television stations. Earlier, he was the Chief Financial Officer of The Lamar Corporation and Haas Publishing Companies. Mr. Reilly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lamar Advertising Company. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Emory University and The Carter Center. Mr. Reilly is a graduate of Emory College and earned his MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Reilly’s business background and experience, including years of service with The Lamar Corporation, a publicly-traded company in which the families of the founders hold significant ownership interests, enhance his ability to analyze and contribute valuable and unique insights on matters including those relating to capital structure, financing and acquisition structure. Mr. Reilly’s contributions as Chairman of our Acquisition Committee and a member of our Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee were also taken into consideration in connection with his nomination for re-election to the Board.
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