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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

W. Argo

72 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Gregory Osborne

36 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Sprague

55 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Kevin Degenstein

55 2014 Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Jed Henthorne

54 2014 Vice President - Administration, Corporate Controller

Michael Bender

37 2015 Independent Director

Wade Brooksby

69 2010 Independent Director

James Carney

63 2015 Independent Director

Richard Greaves

44 2013 Independent Director

Robert Johnston

50 2015 Independent Director

Michael Victor

53 2008 Independent Director

Michael Winter

61 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

W. Argo

Mr. W. E. Argo is no longer Independent Chairman of the Board of Gas Natural Inc. He has been a director since 2002, was appointed vice chairman of the board in January 2013 and chairman in May 2014. He retired from Midwest Energy, Inc. in January of 2004, where he served as the president and general manager from 1992 through January 2004. Prior to 1992, He served as the chief operating officer of the company. Midwest Energy is a gas and electric utility serving approximately 90,000 customers in central and western Kansas. While serving as chief executive officer of Midwest Energy, the company doubled in size and business planning and budget processes were developed that maintained stable and competitive rates, while expanding its range of products and services. Before joining Midwest Energy, He held various operation management positions with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He was Chairman of the Midwest Energy Association in 1999-2000 and represented electric distribution interests on the board of directors of the Southwest Power Pool. Mr. Argo was inducted into the Midwest Energy Association’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Argo is a graduate of Cal Poly University and completed the Executive Development program at Texas A&M University. Over the course of Mr. Argo’s long tenure on our board, he has developed a detailed knowledge and understanding of Gas Natural and he provides our board with continuity that contributes to our long term success.

Gregory Osborne

Mr. Gregory J. Osborne is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Gas Natural Inc. He has served as a director since September 2009. In May 2014, he became our chief executive officer. Mr. Osborne served as our president and chief operating officer from November 2013 until May 2014. He served as our vice president from June 2013 until November 2013. Mr. Osborne was appointed president and chief operating officer of Energy West Resources, Inc., our marketing and production subsidiary, in February 2012. He previously served as president, chief operating officer and a director of John D. Oil and Gas Company (JDOG), a publicly-held oil and gas exploration company, from 2006 until January 2012. In November 2011, the United States District Court issued an order appointing a receiver to marshal and maintain the value of the assets of JDOG in connection with an action brought by one of the company’s creditors. In January 2012, JDOG filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court. The bankruptcy proceeding is currently ongoing. From 2003 until joining JDOG, he was president of Great Plains Exploration LLC, an oil and gas exploration company based in Mentor, Ohio that owns and operates oil and gas wells. From 2001 until joining Great Plains, he served as executive vice president of Orwell Natural Gas Company, a natural gas distribution company acquired by us in January 2010. From April 2009 to September 2010, he was a director of Corning Natural Gas Corporation, a publicly-held public utility company in Corning, New York, and a trustee of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. Mr. Osborne graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in Business. Mr. Osborne’s managerial experience and service on the board of various energy related companies provides our board of directors with a wide range of industry specific knowledge.

James Sprague

Mr. James E. Sprague has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Gas Natural Inc. He was serves as Director of Company., effective May 1, 2014. Mr. Sprague joined Walthall in 1987, was admitted as a partner in 1994, and has specialized in accounting and financial reporting for both private and public companies in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Sprague has previously served as member of our board of directors from 2006 until 2010. He is a certified public accountant and received a BS degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1982. Mr. Sprague’s substantial experience in accounting, finance and SEC rules and regulations as well as his current role as chief financial officer of Gas Natural is highly beneficial to our board.

Kevin Degenstein

Mr. Kevin J. Degenstein has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer of the Company, effective as of August 4, 2014. Previously, he served as our president and chief operating officer from June 2008 until November 2013 when he departed Gas Natural. Previously, he served as our senior vice president of operations from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Degenstein served as the vice president of distribution for EN Engineering from 2002 through 2004 and the vice president of technology from 2004 through 2006. Prior to joining EN Engineering, he worked for Nicor Gas, an Illinois natural gas utility, from 1982 through 2001 and served as its chief engineer from January 2000 through December 2001. He has over 32 years of extensive experience in leading, expanding, growing, operating and maintaining natural gas utilities as well as designing natural gas distribution and transmission systems. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Illinois and Montana, an American Gas Association and Gas Technology Institute Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant and an NCCER Certified Craft Instructor in Gas Pipeline Operations and Maintenance. Mr. Degenstein obtained a BS in Civil Engineering in 1982 from North Dakota State University.

Jed Henthorne

Mr. Jed D. Henthorne is Corporate Controller and vice president of administration of Gas Natural Inc. He was appointed our vice president of administration beginning in September 2006 and our corporate controller in December 2014. Mr. Henthorne has been employed by us since 1988 and has served in professional and management capacities related to customer service, information technology and accounting. Mr. Henthorne earned a BS Degree in Management Information Systems – Accounting Option from the University of Wyoming.

Michael Bender

Mr. Michael Brooks Bender is Independent Director of Company. He brings more than ten years of experience in finance, acquisition and divestiture, and legal and governance matters. Mr. Bender currently serves as director, corporate secretary and corporate counsel of The InterTech Group, Inc., a large, privately-held, diversified holding company. An affiliate of The InterTech Group is the largest shareholder of Gas Natural and currently owns approximately 9% of our issued and outstanding common stock. Prior to his current role, He was an attorney at Moore and Van Allen, PLLC where he was the lead attorney for clients in various business, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial property matters. He began his career at Powell Goldstein, LLP as a corporate securities law attorney. Mr. Bender earned his J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Mr. Bender’s legal expertise and extensive knowledge of corporate governance matters are highly beneficial to our board.

Wade Brooksby

Mr. Wade Ford Brooksby is no longer Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. His extensive background includes various executive management positions in public and private companies with his career beginning as a public accountant with then PriceWaterhouse & Co. He was a board member and the chief financial officer of a publicly-held drug development company. In 2004 through 2006, He was the chief financial officer for Gas Natural’s predecessor and current subsidiary, Energy West, Incorporated. Beginning in 1988, until 1991, He served as the chief executive officer and chairman of an oil and gas exploration, production and transportation company that operated in almost all of the mid-continent and western United States. He was a division chief financial officer and vice president of Finance for a publicly-held international oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, refining and marketing company from 1977 until 1987. During his time at that company, its annual revenues increased from $10 million to over $4 billion a year. Mr. Brooksby has served as an energy-marketing advisor for two governors, on the board of directors of nine public and private companies and on the board of two not-for-profit organizations. He began his professional career in 1968 with Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC). Prior to joining PwC, he attended Brigham Young University and obtained a BS and MBA in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration. We believe Mr. Brooksby’s financial expertise and extensive industry experience enable him to make consistently strong and dependable contributions to our board.

James Carney

Mr. James P. Carney is an Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. Mr. Carney has nearly 35 years of experience serving in various financial positions in the utility industry. Mr. Carney has served as an expert financial witness in regulatory proceedings, had primary oversight responsibility for nearly $800 million of taxable nuclear decommissioning funds, and has over 22 years direct responsibility for the planning, structuring, and execution of over $75 billion of debt, equity securities and associated derivatives in the public, private and bank markets. Mr. Carney is currently serving as Executive in Residence in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at Virginia Commonwealth University, in which capacity he also serves as chair of the executive committee of the Finance Advisory Council. In addition, Mr. Carney is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Carney served as the assistant treasurer and assistant corporate secretary of Virginia Electric and Power Company, before joining Dominion Resources, Inc., where he retired in December, 2013 as vice president — corporate finance and assistant treasurer. His extensive background and experience in corporate matters as they relate to capital markets, economic and financial analysis and regulatory proceedings bring valuable expertise to the Company’s Board.

Richard Greaves

Mr. Richard K. Greaves is an Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc., since July 2013. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in private practice since 2011 providing accounting, tax preparation, tax planning and business consulting services to individuals and corporations. He is the president and chief financial officer of RGP, LLC, a firm specializing in acquiring, rehabilitating and leasing residential real estate in Lake and Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Prior to serving in these roles, He was a partner at Ernst & Young, LLP in Cleveland, Ohio where he spent eighteen years providing accounting and financial reporting services for both private and public companies in the manufacturing, petrochemicals, consumer products and distribution industries. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPA’s. Prior to beginning his career in accounting, He obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Kent State University. In 2011, Mr. Greaves’ substantial experience in finance, accounting, internal controls, and SEC rules and regulations are highly beneficial to Gas Natural.

Robert Johnston

Mr. Robert B. Johnston is an Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. Mr. Johnston has over 20 years of experience in various financial and strategic roles, including having served as director for a number of publicly-traded companies. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of The InterTech Group, Inc. An affiliate of The InterTech Group is the largest shareholder of the Company and currently owns approximately 9% of the Company's issued and outstanding stock. Mr. Johnston is also the Chairman of the Board of Supremex, Inc. and a Director of Corning Natural Gas Holding Company, Span America Medical Products, Fyffes PLC and Circa Enterprises. He previously served as the Deputy Governor (Vice Chairman) and CEO of the Hudson's Bay Company. Having previously served on the Boards of Pacific Northern Gas and the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Mr. Johnston has extensive governance experience with regulated utilities. Mr. Johnston received an MBA from the John Molson School of Business, a MA in Public Policy & Public Administration and a BA in Political Science from Concordia University. Additionally, he holds the ICD.D Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Mr. Johnston’s extensive financial and operational experience coupled with his corporate governance and regulated utility experience led the Board to conclude that he has the requisite and desired skills for board service.

Michael Victor

Mr. Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D is an Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. Since 2006, He began his career as a corporate attorney with the firm of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton. From 1988 through 2000, he served as the chief executive officer of Pyramid Industries Inc., a national manufacturer of telecom conduit systems. Mr. Victor currently owns one-half of Fralo Industries, which is a privately-held company that has doubled in sales since its acquisition in 2004. Since 2006, Mr. Victor has been the president of Lake Erie College, a private liberal arts college located in Painesville, Ohio. Under Mr. Victor’s leadership, Lake Erie College has seen record enrollment, record fundraising ($40 million in the first six years), record recognition and increased quality in the academic profile of incoming students. Mr. Victor attended St. Vincent College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He continued his education at Duquesne University School of Law where he received a joint MBA and Juris Doctor. Mr. Victor’s corporate executive and managerial roles in academia enable him to add a unique perspective and insight to our board’s discussions.

Michael Winter

Mr. Michael R. Winter, CPA is serving as Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. Mr. Winter is a former partner in the Buffalo, New York office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) serving in that role from 1987 until his retirement in June 2014. During his tenure, Mr. Winter was responsible for leading the delivery of assurance and consulting services to public entities with experience principally in the utility and energy industry sectors. He worked with entities involved in all aspects of the natural gas industry, including E&P, gathering, pipeline, distribution, storage and marketing. During his more than thirty years of experience with PwC, he assisted clients with complex accounting and reporting issues, including regulatory accounting and SOX reporting. Mr. Winter also brings transactional experience including capital formation transactions, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, debt and equity offerings and litigation support. Mr. Winter is currently on the board of directors and a member of the audit committee of Allied Motion Technologies Inc. Mr. Winter received his BS from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his MBA from Canisius College. He is a licensed certified public accountant in New York and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. His business and accounting expertise, including an in depth understanding of the natural gas industry and financial matters, make him highly qualified to serve as a director.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

W. Argo

--

Gregory Osborne

427,148

James Sprague

296,536

Kevin Degenstein

274,088

Jed Henthorne

164,266

Michael Bender

--

Wade Brooksby

128,505

James Carney

--

Richard Greaves

--

Robert Johnston

--

Michael Victor

--

Michael Winter

--
As Of  30 Dec 2014
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