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Spartan Motors Inc (SPAR.OQ)

SPAR.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Sharman

58 2017 Chairman of the Board

Daryl Adams

55 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Frederick Sohm

47 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Tom Ninneman

2017 President - Fleet Vehicles and Services segment

John Slawson

51 2015 President - Spartan Emergency Response

Arthur Ickes

71 2015 Executive Vice President - Special Projects

Thomas Schultz

52 2016 Chief Administrative Officer

Thomas Kivell

64 2009 Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Dominic Romeo

57 2017 Director

Richard Current

72 2008 Independent Director

Richard Dauch

56 2010 Independent Director

Ronald Harbour

60 2009 Independent Director

James Orchard

66 2015 Independent Director

Andrew Rooke

59 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Sharman

Mr. James A. Sharman is Chairman of the Board of Spartan Motors, Inc. Since 2014, Mr. Sharman has served as Chief Operating Officer of Coyote Logistics, a freight broker and logistics services provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of United Parcel Service, Inc. From 2006 through 2014, Mr. Sharman served as Managing Partner of Truecast Capital, LLC, an investment firm. His work history includes President and CEO of World Kitchen, Inc. and Rubicon Technology, Inc. He was Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain for CNH as well as Vice President and General Manager, Latin America, for the Case Corporation. He served as the Commanding Officer of an Engineering Company in the United States Army and was an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Mr. Sharman also serves on the Board of Directors of Standard Solar, Inc., a privately held solar electric systems company. Mr. Sharman is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Sharman’s extensive business experience, including international management experience, allows him to provide valuable insight to the Board.

Daryl Adams

Mr. Daryl M. Adams is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Adams joined the Company in connection with his appointment as Chief Operating Officer on July 31, 2014. Prior to joining Spartan Motors, Mr. Adams served for seven years as CEO of Midway Products Group, a privately-held Tier One automotive supplier. Prior to that, he held a succession of management positions over a 17-year career with Lear Corporation, including senior leadership and international roles in Lear's North American and European operations. Mr. Adams holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and Manufacturing from Lawrence Institute of Technology and is active in various manufacturing associations including: Business Leaders of Michigan, the Capital Area Manufacturers Council, and Lansing Economic Area Partners where he serves on the executive board. As the current President and CEO of the Company, Mr. Adams' participation on the Board is of critical importance in terms of the Board's oversight of the Company's operations and strategic direction.

Frederick Sohm

Mr. Frederick J. Sohm is Chief Financial Officer is Spartan Motors, Inc. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sohm most recently served as the Treasurer of ALTe Technologies, a start-up company that engineers and produces hybrid electric powertrain systems for the commercial vehicle market. Prior to joining ALTe Technologies in 2015, Mr. Sohm was the CFO of Warrior Sports, Inc., a position he held from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he held several executive and leadership positions in finance and accounting at various organizations including ArvinMeritor, Inc., Kmart Corporation and DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

Tom Ninneman

Mr. Tom Ninneman is appointed as President - Fleet Vehicles and Services segment of the company effective June 2, 2017. He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., an industry-leading innovator and manufacturer of fire apparatus in North America, which Spartan acquired earlier this year. Prior to joining Smeal, he served as the President of Taylor Corporation, and has also served in a variety of operating and managerial roles at Oshkosh Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies. He brings over 25 years of business and leadership experience to the FVS segment, including 10 years anchored in custom vehicle manufacturing across the emergency response, construction, and defense markets.

John Slawson

Mr. John W. Slawson is President - Spartan Emergency Response of the Company. Prior to joining Spartan, Mr. Slawson served as the President and CEO of Horton Emergency Vehicles, a market-leading manufacturer of ambulances in North America and a member company of Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV). Prior to joining Horton in 2011, he was the President and an equity partner of U.S. Tanker Fire Apparatus LLC. Mr. Slawson was previously the President of Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, a manufacturer of command and law enforcement vehicles, and Director of Dealer Development and Distribution for Pierce Manufacturing, the largest fire apparatus manufacturer in North America. His career spans over 25 years, during which he has held executive positions and led teams within many world-class companies.

Arthur Ickes

Mr. Arthur D. Ickes is Executive Vice President - Special Projects of the Company. Prior to that role, Mr. Ickes served as the President of the Specialty Chassis and Vehicles segment from June 2013 to May 2015, as Senior Vice President of Operations from 2009 to 2013, and as Vice President of Operations from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Ickes has over 40 years of manufacturing and business leadership experience, much of which was with General Motors Corporation. Mr. Ickes also has extensive experience with operations management, acquisitions, strategic planning, manufacturing and product engineering, quality, materials management and product launch management.

Thomas Schultz

Mr. Thomas C. Schultz is Chief Administrative Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Spartan, Mr. Schultz served as Director, North America where he led the Human Resources corporate function at BASF in 2013. Prior to that Mr. Schultz served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Energy Conversion Devices and United Solar Ovonics from 2008 until 2012. Previous to that, Mr. Schultz was Director, North America at Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, a United Technologies Corporation. Mr. Schultz began his career at American Axle & Manufacturing where he held various progressive manufacturing, labor relations and human resources roles over an 11 year period. Mr. Schultz earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit, a Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

Thomas Kivell

Mr. Thomas T. Kivell is Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Kivell joined Spartan from GE Aviation, where he served as general counsel to its Digital Systems business unit, and its predecessor, Smiths Aerospace, since 1996. During his tenure there, he was the senior legal staff member responsible for the Electronic Systems unit of Smiths Aerospace, and served as the sole attorney for Smiths Aerospace in the United States over a four-year period. In 2002, he was a founder of a new legal and compliance department for Smiths Aerospace, unifying several other legal and compliance departments. Prior to his position with GE Aviation and Smiths Aerospace, he was co-owner and CEO of a general design and contracting firm. Mr. Kivell also founded and managed a private law practice. In his career, he has also served in legal counsel and contract management positions for Armored Vehicle Technologies Associated, a joint venture between General Dynamics Land Systems and FMC Corporation, and with General Dynamics Land Systems. Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Kivell was a project engineer for tracked military vehicle programs. Mr. Kivell also serves as a Vice President and as Secretary of Spartan Motors, Inc.

Dominic Romeo

Mr. Dominic A. Romeo serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Romeo currently serves on the board of Novanta Inc., a leading technology supplier to medical and advanced industrial equipment manufacturers and BBB Industries, an automotive parts manufacturer, held by Pamplona Capital Management. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Thor Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles. Prior to Thor, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of IDEX Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of pump products, dispensing equipment, and other engineered products. Romeo’s professional experience includes GE Aircraft Engines where he held multiple financial roles in audit and financial planning, and later Honeywell International, Inc., a diversified technology and manufacturing company that services customers globally, where he rose to the positions of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Honeywell Aerospace. Mr. Romeo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Accounting and Business Administration from Manchester University.

Richard Current

Mr. Richard R. Current is Independent Director of Spartan Motors Inc., since July 2008. From November 1999 to December 2010, Mr. Current, a CPA, served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Neogen Corporation. Prior to joining Neogen, Mr. Current served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Integral Vision, Inc. from 1994 to 1999 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Shane Group, Inc., a privately held company, from 1991 to 1994. Prior to this, Mr. Current practiced with the public accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP for 24 years. He served as Managing Partner from 1986 to 1991 at its Lansing, Michigan office. Mr. Current's 19 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer of two separate public companies and one private company, in addition to his 24 years as an auditor and experience on several boards of directors, allows him to provide valuable insight and expertise to the Board. This is particularly true with respect to the Board's oversight of financial reporting, internal controls, and similar issues. Mr. Current currently serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board.

Richard Dauch

Mr. Richard F. Dauch is Independent Director of Spartan Motors Inc., since February 18, 2010. In 2011, Mr. Dauch became President and CEO of Accuride Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of commercial vehicle components. Prior to that, Mr. Dauch served as President and CEO of global mechanical fastener supplier, Acument Global Technologies, Inc. He held prior leadership roles during a 13-year career at American Axle & Manufacturing, a global supplier of driveline, drive train and chassis systems, as well as at United Technologies Carrier Corporation, after concluding an 11-year career in the United States Army. Mr. Dauch is a member of the board of directors of Accuride Corporation, an SEC registrant and is a member of the Heavy Duty Business Forum. He also serves on the board of directors of the Army Football Club at West Point. Mr. Dauch is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the MIT "Leaders For Manufacturing" program. Mr. Dauch's 30-plus years of cumulative leadership experience in a broad range of disciplines allow him to provide valuable insight and experience to the Board. Mr. Dauch currently serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.

Ronald Harbour

Mr. Ronald Harbour is Independent Director of Spartan Motors Inc., since April 2009. In 2011, Mr. Dauch became President and CEO of Accuride Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of commercial vehicle components. Prior to that, Mr. Dauch served as President and CEO of global mechanical fastener supplier, Acument Global Technologies, Inc. He held prior leadership roles during a 13-year career at American Axle & Manufacturing, a global supplier of driveline, drive train and chassis systems, as well as at United Technologies Carrier Corporation, after concluding an 11-year career in the United States Army. Mr. Dauch is a member of the board of directors of Accuride Corporation, an SEC registrant and is a member of the Heavy Duty Business Forum. He also serves on the board of directors of the Army Football Club at West Point. Mr. Dauch is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the MIT "Leaders For Manufacturing" program. Mr. Dauch's 30-plus years of cumulative leadership experience in a broad range of disciplines allow him to provide valuable insight and experience to the Board. Mr. Dauch currently serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.

James Orchard

Mr. James C. Orchard is Independent Director of Company. From 2008 until 2014, Mr. Orchard served as CEO of Dayco, LLC, a privately-held supplier of engine parts and systems to the automotive industry. Mr. Orchard has served in executive and leadership positions in the automotive, truck, and aftermarket parts industries for the past 48 years, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of BBB Industries, a leading supplier and re-manufacturer of rotating electrical, steering gear and caliper products to the North American vehicle aftermarket. Mr. Orchard's vast experience and leadership in the automotive industry allow him to provide valuable insight and expertise to the Board.

Andrew Rooke

Mr. Andrew M. Rooke is Independent Director of Spartan Motors, Inc., since February 22, 2012. Mr. Rooke currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Manitex International, Inc., a manufacturer of engineered lifting equipment, a position he has held since 2007. From 2002 until 2006, Mr. Rooke served as Vice President of Finance for GKN Sinter Metals, a Tier 1 supplier of components to the auto industry, and, from 1999 until 2002, as Finance Director of various GKN off highway and auto components divisions. Mr. Rooke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of York, England, and is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Rooke's experience and knowledge in finance, international business, manufacturing, and the automotive industry allow him to provide valuable insight and experience to the Board.

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