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Merit Medical Systems Inc (MMSI.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Fred Lampropoulos

65 1987 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Bernard Birkett

2015 Chief Financial Officer

Ronald Frost

53 2014 Chief Operating Officer

David Liu

2016 Director

Kent Stanger

60 2015 Director

A. Scott Anderson

68 2011 Independent Director

Richard Edelman

74 1988 Independent Director

Nolan Karras

70 2011 Independent Director

Franklin Miller

74 2005 Independent Director

F Millner

2015 Independent Director

Michael Stillabower

71 1996 Independent Director

Anne-Marie Wright

Vice President - Corporate Communications

Biographies

Name Description

Fred Lampropoulos

Mr. Fred P. Lampropoulos is the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., since July 1987. From 1983 to June 1987, Mr. Lampropoulos was Chairman of the Board and President of Utah Medical Products, Inc., a medical device manufacturer. He holds more than 100 patents on devices used in the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular disease. He serves on several community and advisory boards and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2003 Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. The Board believes the Company benefits immensely from Mr. Lampropoulos’ experience as founder, CEO and President of the Company. He plays a critical role in communicating the expectations, advice, concerns and encouragement of the Board to the Company’s employees. Mr. Lampropoulos has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Company, as well as the markets in which the Company’s products compete. Mr. Lampropoulos also performs a critical function as the Chairman of the Board, providing decisive leadership and direction to the activities and deliberations of the Board. The Board also believes Mr. Lampropoulos’ leadership, drive and determination are significant factors in the Company’s growth and development, and continue to be tremendous assets to the Company and its shareholders.

Bernard Birkett

Mr. Bernard Birkett is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Birkett joined Merit in 1997 and has served as Merit's Controller responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) since 2000 and as Merit's Vice President of International Finance since 2010. He has been a leader in the development of Merit's global business and has experience in management, operations and business development. Birkett is a certified accountant with a business degree from the National University of Ireland Galway and a Master's degree in banking and finance from the University College Dublin's Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He also completed a program in Strategic Leadership at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.Birkett recently relocated to Salt Lake City from Galway, Ireland.

Ronald Frost

Mr. Ronald A. Frost is the Chief Operating Officer ofMerit Medical Systems Inc. Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 2014, Mr. Frost worked for the Company in multiple positions, including as a Quality Engineer, a Manufacturing Engineer, Custom Kits Manager, Customer Service Manager, Production Planning and Warehouse Manager, General Manager of the Company’s Richmond, Virginia operations and Vice President of Technology Transfer. At the time of his appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Frost was serving as the Company’s Vice President of Materials and Operations, a position he held from December, 2007 through December 31, 2013. Mr. Frost earned an Associate degree in Applied Science from Weber State University in 1991.

David Liu

Dr. David M. Liu is Director of the Company. He holds the current appointment of Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, at University of British Columbia and is in active clinical practice, with board certification in both Canada and the United States. He is extensively published in various aspects of interventional oncology including chemoembolization, radioembolization, drug-eluting microspheres and ablation. Dr. Liu's international recognition as a leader in interventional radiology has led to invitations to speak throughout the world, including China, Brazil and The Netherlands.

Kent Stanger

Mr. Kent W. Stanger is Director of the Company. He was Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Treasurer of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., since 1987. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Stanger was the controller for Utah Medical Products, Inc., a medical device manufacturer, from 1985 to August 1987. Prior to 1985, he was the corporate controller for Laser Corporation, American Laser and Modulaire Industries, Inc., and was a practicing certified public accountant from 1979 through 1982 with Hansen, Barnett and Maxwell, a Utah accounting firm. Mr. Stanger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Weber State University in 1978. Mr. Stanger serves as a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Utah Taxpayers Association. Mr. Stanger was a founder of the Company and, through more than 25 years of service as the principal financial manager of the Company, has developed a broad understanding of the Company’s business and operations, as well as the markets in which the Company competes. The Board values Mr. Stanger’s accounting and financial management skills, and benefits greatly from his participation in the Board’s deliberations, as well as his ability to implement the strategic objectives identified by the Board. Along with Mr. Lampropoulos, Mr. Stanger plays an important role in communicating the expectations, advice, concerns and encouragement of the Board to the Company’s employees.

A. Scott Anderson

Mr. A. Scott Anderson is an Independent Director of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., since November 5, 2011. Mr. Anderson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zions First National Bank, a commercial bank located in the intermountain United States. Mr. Anderson also serves on the Board of Directors of Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated healthcare system located in Utah and Idaho. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Anderson served as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Salt Lake City Branch). He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University and a master’s degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Anderson contributes to the Board’s deliberations more than 39 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries, and serves as the president of one of the largest financial institutions in the intermountain United States. The Board believes Mr. Anderson provides tremendous insight regarding national and international financial and credit markets, as well as lending practices, which are extremely valuable as the Company continues to implement its growth strategy. Mr. Anderson also contributes extensive business and corporate governance experience to the strategic planning and operational discussions of the Board.

Richard Edelman

Mr. Richard W. Edelman is an Independent Director of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., since 1988. Mr. Edelman has been principally engaged in the management of private investments since February 2013. From April 2011 through February 2013, Mr. Edelman was engaged as an independent representative of SWS Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor and registered broker-dealer. From 2000 through April of 2011, Mr. Edelman was a Managing Director and Senior Vice President of SMH Capital Inc., an investment banking firm (“SMH”). From 2000 to 2006, he was the Managing Director and Manager of SMH's Dallas branch. From 1998 to 2000, he was a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager of Southwest Securities, Inc., a stock brokerage firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Vice President of Rodman & Renshaw, Inc., a stock brokerage firm. From 1987 to 1996, he was employed by Southwest Securities, Inc. as a Senior Vice President and securities analyst. Prior to joining Southwest Securities, Inc., Mr. Edelman was a securities analyst and Vice President for Schneider, Bernet and Hickman, a Dallas, Texas securities firm. Mr. Edelman obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in 1966. Mr. Edelman serves as a director, in part, because of the depth of his financial training, experience and his analytical acumen. Mr. Edelman possesses a keen ability to review and understand financial information, both with respect to the Company and with respect to potential business partners and acquisition candidates. His financial training and experience have been extremely valuable to the Board in his service on the Audit Committee and his qualification as an audit committee financial expert. As the Lead Independent Director, Mr. Edelman has demonstrated his ability to ask difficult questions and encourage the Company's implementation of strong financial practices.

Nolan Karras

Mr. Nolan E. Karras is an Independent Director of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., since November 5, 2011. Mr. Karras has been engaged as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Karras Company, Inc., an investment advisory firm, since 1997 and is a certified public accountant. Mr. Karras serves on the board of Western Hay Company, Inc., an agricultural products company located in Ogden, Utah, where he also served as chief executive officer from 1995 to 2012. Mr. Karras was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of Weber State University in 2013. He is also a member of the Community Board of Directors of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Karras previously served from 1996 to 2009 on the board of directors of Beneficial Life Insurance Company, a privately-held life insurance company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was chair of the investment committee and a member of the executive committee. In 2013, Mr. Karras completed a 12-year term as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents, where he served as board chairman from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Karras previously served as a director and member of the audit and compensation committees of the boards of directors of PacifiCorp, a public utility operating in the northwestern United States, and Scottish Power, a multinational energy company. Mr. Karras has held several positions in public service, including service in the Utah House of Representatives for ten years where he served as Speaker of the House and House Majority Leader. Mr. Karras received a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah. Mr. Karras’ experience and skills qualify him to work constructively with the Company’s management and directors, especially in connection with the Company’s pursuit of growth and expansion opportunities.

Franklin Miller

Dr. Franklin J. Miller is an Independent Director of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., since May 2005. Dr. Miller retired as a Professor of Radiology and Surgery from the University of Utah, Department of Radiology, in 2005, where he was the Director of Interventional Radiology from 1976 through 2001. In January 2002, Dr. Miller was appointed as Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego, where he began the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Clinic, one of only eight such clinics in the United States. He retired from the University of California in 2011 and was designated an Emeritus Professor. Dr. Miller has served on advisory boards to several medical device companies and has been on the editorial and review boards for numerous medical journals. He is a graduate of Temple University Medical School, and served his resident and fellowship physician training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Miller contributes a valuable set of skills, training and experience to the Board’s deliberations. During his service as a director, Dr. Miller has provided critical advice regarding the Company’s product development strategy, and plays a significant role in the Company’s evaluation of acquisition and other growth opportunities. Based, in part, on his extensive medical training and his experience with various medical devices, Dr. Miller provides the Board valuable insight regarding the needs and preferences of the medical professionals who use and purchase the Company’s products.

F Millner

Dr. F. Ann Millner is an Independent Director of the Company. Millner is a Regents Professor in Health Administrative Services and past President at Weber State University. She represents District 18 in the Utah State Senate and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at Intermountain Health Care. Millner received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and an Ed.D. from Brigham Young University.

Michael Stillabower

Dr. Michael E. Stillabower is an Independent Director of Merit Medical Systems, Inc., Since March 1996. Dr. Stillabower has been a physician in private practice in Wilmington, Delaware since 1980. In 1999, Dr. Stillabower was appointed Director, Cardiovascular Clinical Trials, of Christiana Care Health Systems. From 1988 to 1999, he was Chief of Cardiology at the Medical Center of Delaware, where he had held a number of appointments including Director, Coronary Care Unit, from 1984 to 1988. In May 1995 he was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he obtained his M.D. degree in 1976. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of other professional associations and is actively engaged in cardiology research, instruction and publication of related papers and abstracts.

Anne-Marie Wright