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Liberty Tax Inc (TAX.OQ)

TAX.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Hewitt

68 2017 Chairman of the Board

Nicole Ossenfort

2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Michael Piper

55 2018 Chief Financial Officer

Shaun York

36 2018 Chief Operating Officer

Cory Hughes

2018 Vice President - Area Development

Ryan Dodson

2018 Chief Strategy Officer

Patrick Cozza

2018 Director

Thomas Herskovits

67 2018 Director

Ellen McDowell

57 2010 Director

Lawrence Miller

2018 Director

G. William Minner

2018 Director

John Seal

2017 Director

Gordon D'Angelo

64 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

John Hewitt

Mr. John T. Hewitt is the Chairman of the Board of Liberty Tax, Inc. Mr. Hewitt has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President since October 1996. Mr. Hewitt is a pioneer in the tax preparation industry with a career in the industry spanning over 40 years. From August 1982 until June 1996, Mr. Hewitt was the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Jackson Hewitt Inc., in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From December 1969 until June 1981, Mr. Hewitt held the varying positions of Tax Preparer, Assistant District Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director with H&R Block in Buffalo and Elmira, New York and Moorestown, New Jersey. Mr. Hewitt is the brother of Ellen M. McDowell, one of our directors. In serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hewitt is effectively able to integrate the operating and business strategies of the company, which is an invaluable asset to the Board in formulating our overall strategic direction.

Nicole Ossenfort

Ms. Nicole Ossenfort is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company. She is a Certified Public Accountant, operates her own accounting practice, which she founded in 2000. Ms. Ossenfort previously served as Vice President of the Company’s 360 Accounting Solutions business from April 2017 to October 2017. Ms. Ossenfort also has been a franchisee of Liberty Tax Service since 2002 with offices in South Dakota and Wyoming and as an Area Developer from 2004 to September 2017. Ms. Ossenfort previously worked in public accounting as an auditor at McGladrey & Pullen from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Ossenfort holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (1994) and CPA Certificate.

Michael Piper

Mr. Michael S. Piper is Chief Financial Officer of the company effective June 15, 2018. Since January 2018 and prior to rejoining the Company, Mr. Piper served as Chief Financial Officer of CDYNE Corporation, a web service solution provider and as a Consultant from October 2017 through December 2017. Mr. Piper previously served as the Company’s Vice President of Financial Products from December 2014 to September 2017. In addition, from August 2004 to December 2014, Mr. Piper served the Company in other roles including Director of Finance and Director of Financial Products. Prior to initially joining the Company and from July 2002 to August 2004, Mr. Piper served as Associate Vice President of Finance for Amerigroup Corporation.

Shaun York

Mr. Shaun York is Chief Operating Officer of the company. He has been involved with Liberty Tax Service since 2003 when he started working with the Central Florida Area Developers. He joined Liberty Tax as a franchisee in October of 2003. Currently he owns multiple franchise stores in the Tampa, Florida area. Over the last ten years, Mr. York has been an Area Developer in Tampa, Polk County and Brevard County in Florida and in Birmingham, Alabama (the latter of which was sold in 2016). Over the past five years, Mr. York has periodically worked as a consultant for Liberty Tax Service, serving in various operations roles.

Cory Hughes

Mr. Cory Hughes is Vice President - Area Development of the company. He is a 16-year veteran of the tax industry, serving in various roles with H&R Block and Liberty Tax. He began his career at Liberty as a franchisee in 2003. After becoming the No. 1 new franchisee that year, he expanded his ownership with the Company and became an area developer in multiple markets. Hughes has consistently been a top franchise performer throughout his time with Liberty Tax. His accomplishments as a franchise owner led him to become an executive with Liberty Tax from 2006 to 2012, when he served as the Assistant Vice President of Franchise Operations. In that role, Hughes was instrumental in helping Liberty Tax franchise owners, area developers and corporate employees achieve Company growth during that time.

Ryan Dodson

Mr. Ryan Dodson is Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. Prior to becoming a franchisee with Liberty, Ryan worked with Arthur Anderson and Deloitte in their tax consulting divisions. Dodson graduated from North Carolina State University with a Masters of Accounting from North Carolina State University in 1995 and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994.

Patrick Cozza

Thomas Herskovits

Mr. Thomas Herskovits is Director of Liberty Tax, Inc. His knowledge of the Company and his management, finance and consumer products backgrounds provide substantial experience and expertise to the Board. Mr. Herskovits served as a Director of the Company from October 2015 until November 2017. Since 2014, Mr. Herskovits has been managing director and operating partner of Feldman Advisors, a middle market investment banking firm based in Chicago, and since 1996, he has managed private investments through Herskovits Enterprises. From 2013 through February 2014, he was CEO of WinView Inc., a technology company. He served on the Board of Directors of that privately-held company from 2012 to 2015. He previously served as non-operating Chairman of the Board of Directors of Natural Golf Corporation, a golf equipment and instruction company, as President & CEO of Specialty Foods, and as President of Kraft Dairy and Frozen Products.

Ellen McDowell

Ms. Ellen M. McDowell is the Director of Liberty Tax, Inc. Ms. McDowell has served as a Director since June 2010. From January 1998 until the present, Ms. McDowell has also served as an Attorney and Managing Shareholder at McDowell-Riga-Posternock, P.C., in Maple Shade, New Jersey. Ms. McDowell is the sister of John Hewitt, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Her experience as an attorney provides an important legal perspective for our Board as it considers various operating and business strategies.

Lawrence Miller

G. William Minner

Mr. G. William Minner Jr., is Director of the company. He is a Certified Public Accountant, has substantial experience in the financial services industry and has served as a consultant to various companies since April 1996. From June 1991 to December 1995, Mr. Minner served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Suburban Federal Savings Bank in Collingdale Pennsylvania. Mr. Minner holds Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees from Marshall University.

John Seal

Mr. John Seal is the Director of the company. He has served as a Liberty Tax Area Developer for the south part of Houston, TX since 2012 and as President, Secretary and Director of JMS Tax Inc. Previously, he was a Liberty Tax franchisee in Hampton Roads, VA and Las Vegas, NV since 2000 and served as VP Finance of Liberty Tax Service, where he assisted in the purchase of U&R Tax Depot (Liberty Tax Canada) and development of Liberty Tax Service in the U.S. He joined the franchise tax preparation industry 28 years ago as a franchisee with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and, after four tax seasons, joined Jackson Hewitt Corporation as Director of Field Operations. Prior to joining Jackson Hewitt, Mr. Seal spent eight years in operating-division financial management with General Foods Corp. Mr. Seal received his MBA degree from Indiana University.

Gordon D'Angelo

Mr. Gordon D'Angelo is the Independent Director of Liberty Tax, Inc. Mr. D'Angelo has served as a Director since June 2011. Mr. D'Angelo is the co-founder and Chairman of NEXT Financial Group and related entities, an independent registered broker/dealer that provides financial services such as retirement planning, estate planning and investment management through 550 offices in 49 states. Prior to co-founding NEXT Financial in 1998, Mr. D'Angelo was a director of Jackson Hewitt. Mr. D'Angelo brings to the Board of Directors a wealth of experience in the financial services industry drawing upon his experience from his co-founding of NEXT Financial Group in 1998 where he strengthened his leadership capabilities and management advisory expertise. Mr. D'Angelo also has experience in the tax preparation industry, in that he previously worked for H&R Block before serving as a director of Jackson Hewitt.