People: Gas Natural Inc (EGAS.A)

EGAS.A on American Stock Exchange

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

W. Argo

72 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Gregory Osborne

35 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Sprague

54 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Kevin Degenstein

55 2014 Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

David Shipley

51 2007 Vice President - Eastern Operations

Jed Henthorne

54 2014 Corporate Controller

Donald Whiteman

72 2013 Corporate Controller

Richard Osborne

67 2014 Director

THOMAS SMITH

67 2014 Director

Wade Brooksby

68 2010 Independent Director

Richard Greaves

43 2013 Independent Director

John Male

66 2010 Independent Director

Michael Victor

52 2008 Independent Director

Michael Winter

2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

W. Argo

Mr. W. E. Argo is 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 in 2004 as the president and general manager of Midwest Energy, Inc., the largest gas and electric utility in Kansas, in which capacity he had served since 1992. Over the course of Mr. Argo’s long tenure on company's board, he has developed a detailed knowledge and understanding of Gas Natural and he provides company's board with continuity that contributes to company's long term success. His past experience in energy and utility related industries also imparts insight into company's industry.

Gregory Osborne

Mr. Gregory J. Osborne is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Gas Natural Inc. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Gas Natural since November 2013. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy West Resources, Inc., Gas Natural's marketing and production subsidiary, since February 2012. Previously, he served in a variety of progressively challenging positions in the oil and gas sector. He also served as Vice President of Orwell Natural Gas Company, a regulated public utility in Ohio and was a former director of Corning Natural Gas Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Osborne served as a trustee of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

James Sprague

Mr. James E. Sprague has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Gas Natural Inc., 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. Mr. Degenstein has served in the natural gas utility industry in executive management, operations, engineering and regulatory capacities over the last 32 years. Most recently, he was president and chief operating officer of Gas Natural from June 2008 until November 2013, when he departed the Company. He joined Gas Natural in 2006 as senior vice president of operations. Previously, Mr. Degenstein was with EN Engineering, an engineering consulting firm, as vice president of distribution from 2002 until 2003 and vice president of technology from 2004 until 2006. He began his natural gas utility career in 1982 with Nicor Gas where he held various increasingly challenging operations roles, including chief engineer. Mr. Degenstein is a Registered Professional Engineer.

David Shipley

Mr. David C. Shipley is Vice President - Eastern Operations of Gas Natural Inc. He serves as president of the east coast companies in Maine and North Carolina. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shipley was employed by Nicor Gas, a natural gas utility in Illinois, from 1985 to 2007 serving in various management capacities including management and supervision of underground natural gas storage, construction and maintenance, customer service field operations, research and development, quality control, workload management, alliance development and procurement.

Jed Henthorne

Mr. Jed D. Henthorne is Corporate Controller of Gas Natural Inc. He has been employed by the Company since 1988 and has served in professional and management capacities related to customer service, information technology and accounting.

Donald Whiteman

Mr. Donald R. Whiteman has been appointed as Corporate Controller of Gas Natural Inc., effective July 15, 2013. Mr. Whiteman started his career as the controller of Magnetics International, Inc., a publicly-held manufacturer of industrial products. After Magnetics International was sold in 1985, Mr. Whiteman served as corporate controller for various privately-held companies. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Whiteman served as corporate controller of 2020 Train Avenue, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OsAir, Inc. (“OsAir”), which operates as a property developer and manufacturer of industrial gases for pipeline delivery. In 2009, he was appointed corporate controller of OsAir when 2020 Train Avenue was sold. Richard M. Osborne, the Company’s chief executive officer, is the president and chief executive officer of OsAir.

Richard Osborne

Mr. Richard M. Osborne is Director of Gas Natural Inc. He is the president and chief executive officer of OsAir, Inc., a company he founded in 1963, which operates as a property developer and manufacturer of industrial gases for pipeline delivery, and chairman of each of Northeast Ohio Natural Gas Corporation and Orwell Natural Gas Company, natural gas distribution companies acquired by the company in January 2010. Since 1998, Mr. Osborne has been chairman of the board, chief executive officer and a director of John D. Oil and Gas Company, a publicly-held oil and gas exploration company in Mentor, Ohio. From 2006 to February 2009 he was a director of Corning Natural Gas Corporation, a publicly-held public utility company in Corning, New York and from September 2008 to January 2009 he was a director of PVF Capital Corp., a publicly-held holding company for Park View Federal Savings Bank in Solon, Ohio. 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 and Great Plains Exploration, LLC and Oz Gas, Ltd., companies owned by the Osborne Trust, of which Mr. Osborne is trustee, in connection with an action brought by one of the companies’ creditors. In January and February 2012, Great Plains Exploration, Oz Gas and JDOG filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court. The bankruptcy proceedings are ongoing.

THOMAS SMITH

Mr. Thomas J. Smith is Director of Gas Natural Inc. He has served as a director since December 2003 and our vice president and chief financial officer from November 2007 to May 2014. He also served as our interim president from August 2007 to November 2007. From 1998 to 2006, he was the president, chief operating officer and a director of John D. Oil and Gas Company, a publicly-held oil and gas exploration company in Mentor, Ohio, of which he remains a director. 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. He previously served as president of Northeast Ohio Natural Gas Corporation and Orwell Natural Gas Company, natural gas distribution companies acquired by us in January 2010. From December 2006 to September 2010, he was also a director of Corning Natural Gas Corporation, a publicly-held utility company in Corning, New York. From November 2009 to April 2010, he was a director of PVF Capital Corp., a publicly-held bank holding company for Park View Federal Savings Bank in Solon, Ohio.

Wade Brooksby

Mr. Wade Ford Brooksby is an 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. Mr. Brooksby has served as chief executive officer, chief financial officer and consultant to energy exploration, production and marketing companies, and from 2004 through 2006 he served as chief financial officer of Gas Natural’s wholly-owned and largest subsidiary, Energy West, Incorporated. From 2006 through 2009 he served as vice president, chief financial officer and a director of InNexus Biotechnology Inc., a publicly-held drug development company. In 2008 and 2009 he also served as a director of Zila, Inc., a publicly-held biotechnology company specializing in dental diagnostic equipment.

Richard Greaves

Mr. Richard K. Greaves is an Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc., since July 2013. Mr. Greaves 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. Mr. Greaves is also 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. Mr. Greaves joined Ernst & Young LLP in Cleveland, Ohio in 1993, where he served as a partner from 2008 to 2011, focusing on accounting and financial reporting for both private and public companies in the manufacturing, consumer products and distribution industries. Mr. Greaves is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Ohio Society of CPA’s. In 2011, Mr. Greaves paid a fine and served a brief jail term after he pled guilty to a charge of simple assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

John Male

Mr. John R. Male is an Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. He previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of PVF Capital Corp., a publicly-traded bank holding company for Park View Federal Savings Bank in Solon, Ohio, where he had worked since 1971. He was named president and chief executive officer of Park View Federal Savings Bank in 1986 and president and chief executive officer of PVF Capital Corp. upon its organization in 1994. He retired from these positions in 2009. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Geauga Hospital, and has served as a trustee for various charitable organizations.

Michael Victor

Mr. Michael T. Victor is an Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. Since 2006, he has been the president of Lake Erie College, a private liberal arts college located in Painesville, Ohio. From 1988 through 2000, he served as the CEO of Pyramid Industries Inc., a national manufacturer of telecom conduit systems. From 2002 through 2005, he served as dean of the Walker School of Business, Communication and Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Mercyhurst College, a private liberal arts college located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Since 2005 Mr. Victor has served as the chair of Fralo Industries.

Michael Winter

Michael R. Winter, CPA has been appointed as Independent Director of Gas Natural Inc. Mr. Winter is a recently retired partner from the Energy & Utilities practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), where he specialized in providing assurance and advisory services to companies involved in the natural gas, electric and water industries. During his over 30-year career at PwC, Mr. Winter worked with various public and private clients in the consumer and industrial products and services industries, focusing on utility, manufacturing and service entities. His utility clients were geographically dispersed from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania to Texas, Utah and California. Mr. Winter received his BS from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his MBA from Canisius College. He is a licensed CPA in New York and New Jersey, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Winter also plays an active role in his community serving on the boards of a number of professional and educational organizations in the Western New York region.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

W. Argo

--

Gregory Osborne

225,426

James Sprague

--

Kevin Degenstein

265,502

David Shipley

177,946

Jed Henthorne

109,068

Donald Whiteman

--

Richard Osborne

331,798

THOMAS SMITH

230,658

Wade Brooksby

128,505

Richard Greaves

--

John Male

--

Michael Victor

--

Michael Winter

--
As Of 30 Dec 2013
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