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Heartland Express Inc (HTLD.OQ)

HTLD.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Gerdin

47 2011 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Strain

42 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer, Secretary

Todd Trimble

46 2016 Vice President of Midwestern Operations

Kent Rigdon

53 2014 Vice President of Sales

Benjamin Allen

70 1995 Independent Director

Larry Gordon

73 2016 Independent Director

Tahira Hira

73 2011 Independent Director

Brenda Neville

54 2017 Independent Director

James Pratt

68 2006 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Gerdin

Mr. Michael J. Gerdin is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Express Inc., since September 2, 2011. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since September 2011. He was appointed President in 2006. Mr. Gerdin served as the Company's Vice President of Regional Operations from 2001 until 2006. From 1998 to 2001, he was President of A & M Express, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. From 1983 until 1998, Mr. Gerdin held a variety of positions within the Company, including positions in the operations, sales, safety, maintenance and driver recruiting departments. In addition, Mr. Gerdin also serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Steering Committee of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, an educational and advocacy group for the trucking industry. Mr. Gerdin has served as a director of West Bancorporation and West Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of West Bancorporation, Inc., since April 2013. Mr. Gerdin also serves on the Iowa State University College of Business Dean's Advisory Council. The selection of Mr. Gerdin was based upon, among other things, his 33 years of industry experience and expertise, in addition to his exemplary leadership in all roles in which he has served as an employee and director of the Company.

Christopher Strain

Mr. Christopher Alan Strain is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer, Secretary of the Company. He has served as the Company's Vice President, Controller, and Secretary since May 2015. Mr. Strain has served in the Company's accounting and finance department since 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Strain was employed by Deloitte & Touche, LLP, from 1997 to 2007 as a certified public accountant. Mr. Strain is currently an inactive holder of the certified public accountant certification.

Todd Trimble

Mr. Todd A. Trimble is Vice President - Midwestern Operations of the Company. He has served as the Company's Vice President of Midwestern Operations since November 2016. From October 2015 to October 2016 he served as Vice President of Operations. From 2006 to September 2015 he served as Vice President of Regional Operations. Mr. Trimble has served in the Company's Operations department since 1993.

Kent Rigdon

Mr. Kent D. Rigdon is Vice President of Sales of the Company. Mr. Rigdon has served as the Company's Vice President of Sales since May 2014. Mr. Rigdon has served in the Company's Sales department since 2002. Including experience with another company, Mr. Rigdon has 28 years of experience with multiple companies in the transportation industry.

Benjamin Allen

Dr. Benjamin J. Allen is an Independent Director of Heartland Express Inc., since 1995. Dr. Allen has served as a director since 1995 and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit and Nominating Committees. Dr. Allen served as the President of the University of Northern Iowa (a public university) from 2006 to June 2013. Dr. Allen was the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, also a public university, from 2002 through 2006. He also served as a Distinguished Professor in Business at Iowa State University, a position to which he was originally appointed in 1988. In addition, Dr. Allen served as Dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University from 1994 to 2001 and as the Interim Vice President for External Affairs of Iowa State University in 2001 and 2002. He earned his B.S. degree in business economics at Indiana University and his Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of Illinois. He taught and conducted research in the area of transportation economics and management for more than 25 years. He has gained a thorough understanding of the Company and the industry in his role as a director for the past 22 years. His experiences in leadership positions at two of Iowa's major universities are highly valuable in the performance of his duties on board committees.

Larry Gordon

Mr. Larry J. Gordon is an Independent Director of Heartland Express Inc. Mr. Gordon has served as a director since November 2013. Mr. Gordon is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Truck Centers, Inc. (formerly known as Valley Freightliner, Inc.), a commercial tractor dealership ("Gordon Truck Centers"). In addition, Mr. Gordon was an owner and Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Trucking, Inc. ("GTI"), a truckload carrier headquartered near Seattle, Washington, from 1980 through November 11, 2013, upon the acquisition of all of the outstanding stock of GTI by the Company. The selection of Mr. Gordon to serve as a director was based upon, among other things, his many years of industry experience and expertise, in addition to his displayed exemplary leadership in all roles in which he has served as an employee and director of GTI.

Tahira Hira

Dr. Tahira K. Hira is an Independent Director of Heartland Express, Inc., since October 27, 2011. Dr. Hira has served as a director since 2011 and is Chairperson of the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Dr. Hira is currently serving Iowa State University as Professor Emerita, providing consulting in the areas of financial education and research. Dr. Hira retired as Senior Policy Advisor to the President of Iowa State University in 2014. Dr. Hira was the Executive Assistant to the President of Iowa State University from 2000 through 2011. Dr. Hira is internationally known as a leader in the field of Personal Finance and Consumer Economics. Dr. Hira served as the Associate Vice Provost for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program, and has taught and conducted research in family financial management, investing, consumer credit, gambling and consumer bankruptcy in the United States and abroad. Dr. Hira received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Punjab University, Pakistan, and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1973, and a Ph.D. in 1976 in Family and Consumer Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Hira was employed by Iowa State University from 1980 until her retirement in 2014. Dr. Hira's qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive professional experience in the fields of financial literacy, consumer bankruptcy, investment behavior, financial planning, and economics. In addition, Dr. Hira has served on numerous national committees and boards in her field of personal finance and consumer economics including membership to President George W. Bush's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and chair of NYSE's Advisory Committee on Financial Literacy.

Brenda Neville

Ms. Brenda Neville is an Independent Director of the Company. She has served as a director since January 2017. Ms. Neville is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA). Prior to being named President of IMTA in 2008, Ms. Neville was named Vice President and retained the position for 12 years. In the 30 years that Ms. Neville has been with IMTA she has been a strong advocate for Iowa's trucking industry both on the state and national level, as well as providing assistance and expertise in public policy development and trucking industry specific research. IMTA is a statewide trade association that is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa and represents approximately 700 member companies, as well as a number of different divisions that are affiliated with the trucking, towing and transportation industry. Ms. Neville is a current board member of Trucking Association Executive Council (TAEC)/Federation of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), advisory member for Iowa Freight Management Council and a committee member on the ATA Technology & Engineering Policy, ATA Automated Trucking Policy, and ATA Image & Communications. Ms. Neville is a 1985 graduate of University of Northern Iowa with a B.S. in Business/Marketing. Ms. Neville also holds a Certification in Institutes of Organizational Management (IOM) from University of Oklahoma/US Chamber of Commerce and a Certification in Association Management (CAE) both of which she obtained in 1993. Ms. Neville's qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive background as an advocate for the trucking industry both at a state and national level, as well as her experience in the oversight of the operations of a non profit trade association promoting the success of the trucking industry.

James Pratt

Mr. James G. Pratt is an Independent Director of Heartland Express Inc., since June 2006. Mr. Pratt has served as a director since 2006 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation and Nominating Committees. Mr. Pratt retired in 2012 after 30 years of employment with Hills Bank and Trust Company, a bank providing consumer and commercial services, with several branches in Iowa, and Hills Bancorporation, the holding company for Hills Bank and Trust Company. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Pratt served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hills Bank and Trust Company in Hills, Iowa, positions he held since 1986. In addition, he served as the Treasurer of Hills Bancorporation, an SEC reporting one-bank holding company with over $2 billion in assets, since 1983, and Secretary of Hills Bancorporation since 2004. Mr. Pratt is an inactive holder of the certified public accountant certification. Before joining Hills Bank and Trust Company in 1982 he was employed by Ernst & Ernst, now Ernst & Young (a professional services company), and McGladrey & Pullen, now RSM (an accounting and consulting firm). Mr. Pratt brings to our Board extensive knowledge of finance, as well as significant experience in the oversight of the operations of a successful and disciplined banking enterprise. He makes a highly valuable contribution to the oversight of risk management and financial matters. Mr. Pratt has made significant contributions to the Audit Committee in his leadership role as its Chair.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Michael Gerdin

610,234

Christopher Strain

168,080

Todd Trimble

168,194

Kent Rigdon

220,034

Benjamin Allen

40,598

Larry Gordon

40,874

Tahira Hira

41,056

Brenda Neville

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James Pratt

50,000
As Of  30 Dec 2016