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Gray Television Inc (GTN)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Hilton Howell

57 2019 Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Donald LaPlatney

59 2019 President, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Ryan

58 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Robert Smith

56 2019 Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Latek

48 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Development Officer, Secretary

Dave Burke

2019 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Waller

65 2019 Chief Administrative Officer

Tim Coles

2019 General Manager and General Sales Manager of WBKO

Howell Newton

72 2016 Lead Independent Director

Robin Howell

54 2012 Director

Richard Boger

72 1991 Independent Director

T. L. Elder

80 2003 Independent Director

Luis Garcia

52 2016 Independent Director

Richard Hare

52 2016 Independent Director

Paul McTear

70 2019 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Hilton Howell

Mr. Hilton H. Howell, Jr. is Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Gray Television Inc. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2008 and previously served as our President from June 2013 until January 2019. Mr. Howell, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board, has been a director since 1993 and served as the Vice Chairman of the Board from 2002 until April 2016 when he was appointed as Chairman and was appointed as Executive Chairman in January 2019. He served as our Executive Vice President from September 2002 to August 2008. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic American Corporation, an insurance holding company, since 1995, and as Chairman of that company since February 2009. He has been Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Delta Life Insurance Company and Delta Fire & Casualty Insurance Company since 1991. Mr. Howell also serves as a director of Atlantic American Corporation and of each of its subsidiaries, American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company, as well as a director of Delta Life Insurance Company and Delta Fire & Casualty Insurance Company. He is the husband of Robin R. Howell, who is a member of our Board. In addition to the detailed operational knowledge he has gained in his current role as Gray’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Howell brings to the Board experience from current and past leadership positions as an executive and his service on numerous boards. Mr. Howell also has practiced as an attorney in a variety of roles, which experience provides additional perspective to the matters within the purview of the Board.

Donald LaPlatney

Mr. Donald P. (“Pat”) LaPlatney is a Director, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the company. Prior to the joining the Company, Mr. LaPlatney served between July 2016 and January 2019 as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Raycom Media, Inc. (“Raycom”), a television broadcasting and media company acquired by the Company in January 2019. Mr. La Platney also served as a member of the board of directors of Raycom from 2016 until January 2019. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Raycom from April to July 2016, as Senior Vice President from 2012 to April 2016 and as Vice President, Digital Media from August 2007 to 2012. Before joining Raycom in 2007, Mr. LaPlatney held various executive positions at The Tube Media Corp., Westwood One and Raycom Sports. Additionally, Mr. LaPlatney serves as a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters and Vice-Chair of the NBC Affiliate Board. In addition to his operational knowledge in his current role as Gray’s President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Mr. LaPlatney brings to the Board significant leadership experience in executive roles at broadcasting and media organizations, providing valuable insight to the Board and allowing him to contribute to its growth and operations.

James Ryan

Mr. James C. Ryan is an Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He has served as our Chief Financial Officer since October 1998 and as Executive Vice President since February 2016. Before that, he had been our Senior Vice President since September 2002 and our Vice President since October 1998.

Robert Smith

Mr. Robert Smith is Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Previously he served as our Co-Chief Operating Officer since February 2016 and as our Senior Vice President since July 2013. He is a past member of the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Board, the Madison Chamber of Commerce and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin Latek

Mr. Kevin P. Latek is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Development Officer, Secretary of the Company. He has erved as our Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, since July 2013 and as our Vice President for Law and Development since March 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Latek represented television and radio broadcasters as well as financial institutions in FCC regulatory and transactional matters with the law firm of Dow Lohnes, PLLC, in Washington, DC. He is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation, the CBS Affiliates Board, the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is a past member of the FOX Affiliates Board of Governors. .

Dave Burke

Kevin Waller

Mr. Kevin N. Waller is Chief Administrative Officer since January 2019. Before that, he served as our Co-Chief Operating Officer since February 2016 and as our Senior Vice President since July 2013. He is a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Previously he served as Senior Vice President of Mid-Atlantic and South regions of the Company since July 2013. Nick spent 20 years with Datasouth Computer Corporation prior to becoming President and General Manager of WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida and a Regional Vice President for Gray as of 2005. He has been with Gray since 2002.

Tim Coles

Howell Newton

Mr. Howell W. Newton is Lead Independent Director of Gray Televison Inc. Mr. Newton has been a Manager of 1899 Management Services, LLC, a real estate and investment company that assumed the assets of Trio Manufacturing Co., a real estate and investment company. From 1978 through December 2015, Mr. Newton was President and Treasurer of Trio Manufacturing Co. Mr. Newton’s many years of executive experience with a financial services company provides the Board with considerable financial expertise. His tenure on our Board provides consistent leadership, and his familiarity with Gray’s operations serves as an ongoing resource for issues facing a large, public company.

Robin Howell

Mrs. Robin Robinson Howell is Director of Gray Television Inc. She has served as Vice President and a director of both Delta Life Insurance Company and Delta Fire & Casualty Company since 1992. She formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank and as a member of the Board of Directors of Premier Bancshares Inc. She received a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and she has held a number of management and oversight roles in various businesses in which her family has maintained ownership interests since that time. Mrs. Howell is also a member of the board of directors of Atlantic American Corporation. Mrs. Howell is the wife of Mr. Howell. Mrs. Howell is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the High Museum of Art, the Board of Directors of the Forward Arts Foundation, and as a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Mrs. Howell’s experience in board matters, and involvement at the executive level in various businesses is invaluable to the Board, and her numerous civic, social and academic associations provide valuable insight to the Company and elevate the Company’s profile in the community.

Richard Boger

Mr. Richard L. Boger is an Independent Director of Gray Television Inc., since 1991. Mr. Boger has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Lex-Tek International, Inc., a financial services consulting company, since February 2002. He has also served, between July 2003 and July 2013, as business manager for Owen Holdings, LLLP; since July 2004, as General Partner of Shawnee Meadow Holdings, LLLP; and since March 2006, as business manager for Heathland Holdings, LLLP, each of which is an investment holding company. He has also served, since September 2012, as Trustee for the Boger-Owen Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of CornerCap Group of Funds, a line of mutual funds. Mr. Boger brings to the Board extensive managerial and entrepreneurial experience from his position as the Chief Executive Officer of a specialized financial services consulting company, his having founded and sold two commercial insurance services companies, and his service as a partner and business manager in three investment companies. His perspective from serving in several industries outside our own, including on the boards of a mutual fund and several nonprofit organizations, provides the Board with an informed resource for a wide range of disciplines and adds a diverse voice to its deliberations.

T. L. Elder

Mr. T. L. Elder is an Independent Director of Gray Televison Inc., since December 2003. Mr. Elder was a partner of Tatum, LLC, a national firm of career chief financial officers which was acquired by Spherion Staffing Services in March 2010, and served as a Senior Partner of that firm from 2004 until his retirement from that position in May 2009. Mr. Elder, through his background as a former Chief Financial Officer, provides the Board and the Audit Committee with significant financial and accounting expertise.

Luis Garcia

Mr. Luis A. Garcia is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Garcia has been the President and Lead Strategist of MarketVision, a privately owned, strategic marketing firm focused on understanding diverse audiences, since 2008. Prior thereto, Mr. Garcia served as the managing director of Garcia 360°, an integrated marketing firm which he founded in 1998, until it merged with MarketVision in 2008. The Board believes Mr. Garcia’s entrepreneurial success and considerable strategic marketing experience provide valuable insight and expertise to the Board and allow him to substantively contribute to the vision and growth of the Company.

Richard Hare

Mr. Richard B. Hare is an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Hare has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Havertys Furniture Companies, Inc., a full service home furnishing retailer, since May 2017. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Carmike Cinemas, Inc., one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in the United States, from March 2006 until it was acquired by AMC Entertainment Holdings in December 2016. Prior thereto, Mr. Hare held a number of finance and accounting positions at various entities. Mr. Hare possesses a strong financial management and accounting background, as evidenced by the various senior financial positions held during his career, including his service as a senior vice president and chief financial officer of a public company, which deepen the financial and public company expertise of the Board.

Paul McTear

Mr. Paul H. McTear is Independent Director of the company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McTear had served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Raycom from June 2001 until July 2016, and as a member of the board of directors of Raycom from June 2001 until January 2019. He joined Raycom in February 1997 and served as its Chief Financial Officer until he became Chief Executive Officer and President in 2001. Prior to joining Raycom, he served in a variety of executive officer positions at Providence Journal Company, including as Executive Director of Finance of Providence Journal Company’s Broadcasting and Cable Television Division. Mr. McTear was instrumental in the launch of two cable programming networks and has served as a member of the Television Board at the National Association of Broadcasters. The Board believes Mr. McTear’s considerable executive experience in the media and broadcasting space provides essential industry-specific knowledge and expertise to the Board in the regulatory environment in which the Company operates.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Hilton Howell

5,662,620

Donald LaPlatney

--

James Ryan

2,689,230

Robert Smith

1,951,510

Kevin Latek

2,828,210

Dave Burke

--

Kevin Waller

1,988,080

Tim Coles

--

Howell Newton

230,500

Robin Howell

183,000

Richard Boger

213,000

T. L. Elder

197,000

Luis Garcia

197,000

Richard Hare

197,000

Paul McTear

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As Of  30 Dec 2018