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Delta Apparel Inc (DLA)

DLA on American Stock Exchange

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Deborah Merrill

43 2016 Chief Financial Officer and President, Delta Basics

Robert Humphreys

59 2009 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Martha Watson

63 2012 Chief Human Resource Officer, Vice President

Justin M. Grow

2016 Vice President - Administration, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Robert Staton

70 2012 Lead Independent Director

James Campbell

68 2015 Independent Director

Sam Cortez

53 2010 Independent Director

Elizabeth Gatewood

72 2007 Independent Director

G. Jay Gogue

69 2010 Independent Director

Suzanne Rudy

60 2012 Independent Director

A. Alexander Taylor

63 2016 Independent Director

David G. Whalen

58 2016 Independent Director

Sally Wallick

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Deborah Merrill

Ms. Deborah H. Merrill is Chief Financial Officer and President, Delta Basics of the Company. She served in an oversight role for Art Gun, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, since the Company's 2014 fiscal year. Ms. Merrill was previously the Assistant Secretary of the Company from 1999 to 2006. During that time she also served as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer from March 2006 until July 2006; Director of Corporate Reporting, Planning and Administration of the Company from 2004 to 2006; and Director of Accounting and Administration of the Company from 2000 to 2004. Previously, she had been Director of Accounting and Administration of the Delta Apparel division of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. from 1999 to 2000, and Accounting Manager of its Delta Apparel division from 1998 to 1999. Before joining Delta Apparel in 1998, she served as the Logistics Controller for GNB Technologies, a battery manufacturing company, and as an Auditor for Deloitte LLP.

Robert Humphreys

Mr. Robert W. Humphreys Bob is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He previously served Delta Apparel, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer for more than 10 years. From April 1999 until December 1999, Mr. Humphreys served as President of the Delta Apparel division of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. In 1998, he was named Vice President of Finance and Assistant Secretary of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. and served in that capacity until November 1999. From 1987 to May 1998, Mr. Humphreys served as President of Stevcoknit Fabrics Company, the former knit fabrics division of a subsidiary of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. Mr. Humphreys has over 27 years of experience in the textile and apparel industry, including senior leadership roles in operations and finance. Under his direction the Company has grown from a commodity t-shirt manufacturer to a diverse, branded apparel company. Mr. Humphreys' long history with the Company, combined with his leadership skills and operating experience, makes him particularly well-suited to be our Chairman and serve on our Board.

Martha Watson

Ms. Martha M. Watson Sam is Chief Human Resource Officer, Vice President of the Company. She is currently serving in an advisory role with the Company through March 31, 2017. From 2000 to 2012, Ms. Watson served as the Company's Vice President and Secretary. From May 2009 to December 2010, Ms. Watson also served as the President of Junkfood Clothing Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Prior to joining Delta Apparel, Inc., Ms. Watson was President of Carolina Benefit Services, a payroll company, from September 1999 through 2000, and Vice President of Operations for Sunland Distribution, Inc., a public warehousing company, from January 1999 to September 1999. From 1990 to 1999, Ms. Watson was Director of Human Resources for Stevcoknit Fabrics Company, and from 1987 to 1990 she held a similar position with Delta Apparel, Inc., both of which, at the time, were divisions of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. Watson served as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Delta Apparel, Inc. from 2012 until her retirement on October 1, 2016. Ms. Watson is currently serving in an advisory role with the Company through March 31, 2017. From 2000 to 2012, Ms. Watson served as the Company's Vice President and Secretary. From May 2009 to December 2010, Ms. Watson also served as the President of Junkfood Clothing Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Prior to joining Delta Apparel, Inc., Ms. Watson was President of Carolina Benefit Services, a payroll company, from September 1999 through 2000, and Vice President of Operations for Sunland Distribution, Inc., a public warehousing company, from January 1999 to September 1999.

Justin M. Grow

Mr. Justin M. Grow is Vice President - Administration, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of the Company. He served as General Counsel for the Company since October 2011, as Corporate Secretary for the Company since November 2012, and as Vice President of Administration for the Company since May 2016. Mr. Grow previously served as Assistant Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Grow served as Assistant General Counsel for ScanSource, Inc., a Fortune 1000 technology distributor, from April 2007 to October 2011, and as Corporate Counsel for 3V, Inc. and director of its human resources function from October 2005 to April 2007. Prior to October 2005, Mr. Grow worked for several years as an associate with the law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. and as a partner with the law firm Murphy & Grow, P.C.

Robert Staton

Mr. Robert E. Staton Sr. is Lead Independent Director of the Company. He served as President of Presbyterian College since July 2015. Mr. Staton previously served as Chief of Staff for Presbyterian College from 2011 through 2013, and as Executive Vice President of External Relations for Presbyterian College from 2006 until 2011. Mr. Staton has provided business development consulting services to Coleman Lew + Associates, an executive search and leadership development firm, since 2013. In 2002, Mr. Staton was named Chairman of the Board of Carolina National Bank until its acquisition by First National Bank of the South in 2008. From 1986 until 2002, Mr. Staton served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Colonial Life, a publicly traded company primarily in the business of selling and servicing voluntary benefits programs. Mr. Staton served as a director of First National Bankshares and was a director of First National Bank of the South from 2008 until 2010. Mr. Staton holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Staton has extensive professional experience in legal matters and senior executive positions with financial companies, as well as service as the chairman of a public company. Additionally, he has served on numerous boards and committees of public, private, civic, educational and other organizations. The knowledge and insight gained from this diverse experience contribute greatly to our Board.

James Campbell

Mr. James Bradley Campbell CPA is Independent Director of the Company. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 37 years and served as the Managing Partner for the South Carolina Upstate practice of Cherry Bekaert LLP, CPAs and Advisors, from 2003 until his retirement in 2013. Previously, Mr. Campbell spent the first 28 years of his career with Deloitte LLP, one of the world's largest accounting firms, including serving as Managing Partner of its South Carolina practice. Since then, Mr. Campbell has independently engaged in business and financial consulting services. Mr. Campbell currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of a privately-held multinational company and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit and community organizations. During his career, Mr. Campbell has advised a wide variety of publicly-traded and large privately-held companies, including companies in the apparel, textile and consumer products industries. Mr. Campbell brings to our Board extensive accounting, finance and tax expertise as well as significant business leadership experience.

Sam Cortez

Mr. Sam P. Cortez is Independent Director of the Company. He has been the principal of KCL Development LLC, a provider of corporate finance and advisory services, since 2003. Prior to 2003, he was employed in the investment banking industry, including with Lehman Brothers, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Alex Brown & Sons, and Morgan Stanley International. Mr. Cortez currently serves as a director of Hancock Fabrics, Inc. and previously served as chairman of its Management Review and Compensation Committees and a member of its Audit and Governance Committees. He was formerly a director of World Waste Technologies, Inc., a development stage technology company, from 2005 to 2009, and served as chairman of its Audit Committee and as a member of its Compensation and Finance Committees. Mr. Cortez's experience includes mergers and acquisitions, strategy development, financing transactions and spin-offs. In addition to investment banking activities, he has served on boards and committees of private, public and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Cortez is a Board Leadership Fellow, as designated by the National Association of Corporate Directors. His intimate knowledge of financial markets and strategic transactions brings a depth of knowledge in these areas to our Board.

Elizabeth Gatewood

Dr. Elizabeth J. Gatewood is Independent Director of the Company. She currently serves as a Research Professor at Wake Forest University. From 2010 through July 1, 2015, Dr. Gatewood served as the Associate Director of the Wake Forest University Center for Enterprise Research and Education. From 2008 to 2012, she served as Director of the Wake Forest University NSF Partners for Innovation Program. From 2004 until 2010, she served as Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship & Liberal Arts at Wake Forest University. Previously, she served as the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Indiana University from 1998 to 2004. Prior to her appointment at Indiana University, Dr. Gatewood was the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Houston. Dr. Gatewood's academic background includes advanced business degrees in finance and business strategy. Her career has focused on entrepreneurship, growth strategies and small business education and development. She has extensive exposure to business development and models in international developing economies. Dr. Gatewood's perspectives on strategy, development and entrepreneurship bring unique insight to our Board.

G. Jay Gogue

Dr. G. Jay Gogue is Independent Director of the Company. He is President of Auburn University, a position he has held since 2007. He served as President of the University of Houston and Chancellor of the University of Houston System from 2003 to 2007. Prior to serving at the University of Houston, he was President of New Mexico State University from 2000 to 2003 and Provost of Utah State University from 1995 to 2000. Dr. Gogue began his career in higher education administration in 1986 as Associate Director of the Office of University Research at Clemson University, where he also served as Vice President for research and Vice President and Vice Provost for agriculture and natural resources. Dr. Gogue has served as an accreditation reviewer for the Pacific Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges, and on the boards of several privately-held companies. His leadership of large educational institutions has involved development of strategic plans, operating under difficult budgetary constraints and balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders including students, faculty, alumni and state government. Dr. Gogue's wealth of experience managing large and complex organizations, including the financial functions thereof, provides our Board with valuable input and expertise.

Suzanne Rudy

Ms. Suzanne B. Rudy is an Independent Director of the Company. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She was Vice President of Treasury and Tax, Compliance Officer and Assistant Secretary of Qorvo, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRVO), a publicly traded company and leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for the wireless communications market, prior to her November 7, 2015, retirement. In addition to her treasury and compliance duties, Ms. Rudy was director for various subsidiaries of Qorvo, Inc. Prior to joining Qorvo, Inc. predecessor RF Micro Devices, Inc. in 1999, Ms. Rudy was the Controller for Precision Fabrics Group, Inc., a textile spin-off of the Fortune 500 Company, Burlington Industries. In addition, she spent six years as a Certified Public Accountant and Manager for BDO Seidman, LLP, an international accounting firm. She was a director and chaired the Audit, Assets and Liability Committee of First National Bank United Corporation and also served on its Investment Committee. Ms. Rudy currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Guilford College and is a Board Leadership Fellow, as designated by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Rudy brings to our Board extensive expertise in public company financial, compliance and related strategic matters.

A. Alexander Taylor

Mr. A. Alexander Taylor II is Independent Director of the Company. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FGX International, Inc. (NASDAQ: FGXI), a worldwide producer and marketer of eyeglasses and sunglasses, from 2005 to 2013, and as a consultant to FGX from July 2013 until 2014. Mr. Taylor served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Chattem, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTT), a consumer products company, from 1998 to 2005, and was previously an attorney with Miller & Martin PLLC in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1978 to 1998. Mr. Taylor has served on the Board of Directors of Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) since April 2015 and currently serves on its Audit Committee and as Chair of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Taylor also currently serves on the boards of several privately-held companies. Mr. Taylor previously served on the Board of Directors of Physician's Formula Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FACE) from 2011 to 2012 and on the boards of several other privately-held companies. Since 2014, Mr. Taylor has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law and also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Furman University. Mr. Taylor brings to our Board extensive consumer brand and retail experience in a variety of industries and functional areas, including operations, finance, legal and public company governance.

David G. Whalen

Mr. David G. Whalen is Independent Director of the Company. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the A.T. Cross Company (subsequently Costa Inc.) from 1999 to 2014 when the company was sold. A.T. Cross manufactured and marketed writing instruments and personal accessories under the Cross brand name and premium sunglasses under the Costa brand name. From 1991 to 1999 Mr. Whalen held various senior positions with Bausch & Lomb, Inc., including Corporate Vice President, President Europe Middle East and Africa Division and President North America Ray-Ban Division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Whalen was Vice President Business Development with G. Heileman Brewing Company and a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Whalen serves on the Board of Directors of Pool Corporation (NASDAQ: POOL) and is a member of its Audit Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Whalen also serves on the Board of Directors of Phoenix Footwear Group, Inc. (OTC: PXFG). Mr. Whalen was previously a director of the A.T. Cross Company. Mr. Whalen was nominated to join our Board due to his extensive marketing, financial, operational and senior leadership experience across multiple companies, industries and geographies as well as his consumer brand development expertise. In addition, Mr. Whalen’s extensive business acquisition and integration experience should provide our Board with valuable strategic depth and insight.

Sally Wallick