Brian Bonner , , , Chairman

Mr. Bonner has served as an independent director and member of our board of directors since February 2015, and as Executive Chairman from August 2019 until August 2020. Previously, Mr. Bonner served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Texas Instruments, a publicly traded company, from January 2000 to May 2014. In this role, Mr. Bonner managed the business processes and technology for the corporation and was a member of the company’s strategy leadership team. During his 33 year tenure Mr. Bonner served Texas Instruments in a number of executive roles with positions in product P+L management, worldwide marketing and acquisition integration. Mr. Bonner served as a member on the board of directors of Copper Mobile from 2012 to 2015 and is currently an advisory board member for Southern Methodist University’s Computer & Electrical Engineering Department. Mr. Bonner also served as an advisory board member for Gemini Israel Funds from June 2004 to May 2015. Mr. Bonner holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, an MSEE and BSEE from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Physics from Kalamazoo College. He received the Minority & Women Business Development Award from Texas Instruments, the Transformational CIO Award from HMG Strategies and the Most Innovative User of Technology from Information Week Magazine.

Daniel J. Hennessy , , , Vice Chairman, Independent Director

Daniel J. Hennessy served as Chairman and CEO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II which merged with Daseke, Inc. in February of 2017 (NASDAQ: DSKE), from May, 2015 to February of 2017. He is also the Managing Partner of Hennessy Capital LLC, an alternative asset investment firm he established in 2013. From September 2013 to February 2015, Mr. Hennessy served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp., which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), and since February 2015, has served as its Vice Chairman. From 1988 to 2016 Mr. Hennessy served as a Partner at Code Hennessy & Simmons LLC (n/k/a CHS Capital or “CHS”), a middle market private equity investment firm which he co-founded. Prior to forming CHS, Mr. Hennessy was employed by Citicorp from 1984 to 1988 as head of the Midwest Region for Citicorp Mezzanine Investments and Vice President and Team Leader with Citicorp Leveraged Capital Group. He began his career in 1981 in the oil and gas lending group at Continental Illinois National Bank (now Bank of America) where he was a Banking Officer. Mr. Hennessy holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Mr. Hennessy is well qualified to serve as director due to his experience in private equity and public and private company board governance, as well as his background in finance and his experience with HCAC and HCAC II.

Chris Easter , , , Chief Executive Officer, Director

Chris Easter has been Daseke’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors since February of 2020. He began his career at Daseke as its Chief Operating Officer in January of 2019 and assumed the additional responsibility as its Interim Chief Executive Officer in August of 2019. His background includes more than 30 years of operational leadership serving in key transportation and logistics roles with the United States Army, Walmart and Schneider National. From 2012 to 2017, he served as CEO of Keen Transport, a specialized transportation, warehouse, and logistics company focused on serving the industrial equipment market. During more than a decade with Walmart, he was responsible for overseeing the transportation of goods from around the world. Easter graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point; he then served with distinction in the U.S. Army, where he was a leader in heavy machinery logistics. Easter was awarded the Bronze Star during Operation Desert Storm

Don R. Daseke , , , Director

Don R. Daseke has served as Director and Chairman Emeritus since August 2019. Mr. Daseke previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Daseke since he founded the company (formerly named Walden Smokey Point, Inc.) in November 2008, until his retirement in August 2019. He also served as President of Daseke from November 2008 through January 2018, when that role was transitioned to CFO Scott Wheeler. Mr. Daseke has served as the President and sole director on the board of directors of The Walden Group for more than 30 years. Mr. Daseke also has served as the chairman of the board of directors of both Liquid Motors, Inc. and East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc. since June 2005 and March 2006, respectively. Mr. Daseke has been active in the non-profit sector throughout his career, having served in leadership roles for a number of non-profit institutions, including the WaterTower Theatre, DePauw University, the Dallas Chapter of the World Presidents Organization and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. Additionally, Mr. Daseke currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Cattle Barons Ball in Dallas, Texas. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Daseke was a Commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission for Addison, Texas, and in May 2009, he was elected to a two-year term on the Addison Town Council. Mr. Daseke served as Mayor Pro Tempore of Addison, Texas in 2010. Mr. Daseke was the Regional Winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014. In April of 2018, he was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans, joining names like U.S. presidents Eisenhower, Ford and Reagan. Mr. Daseke received his B.A. from DePauw University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, and the Presidents Program in Leadership from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Daseke is a Certified Public Accountant (retired).

Kevin M. Charlton , , , Independent Director

Kevin M. Charlton, Hennessy Capital President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2015 and one of Hennessy’s directors since our initial public offering, is also is the Managing Partner of River Hollow Partners, a private equity firm he founded in July 2013 to focus on the lower mid-market. From October 2013 to February 2015, Mr. Charlton served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors of Hennessy 1, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), and since from January 2014 to February 2015 as a director. Prior to that, from August 2009 to June 2013, Mr. Charlton was a Managing Director in the Principal Transactions Group of Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., and led a team that oversaw its existing portfolio of North American investments. Prior to joining Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. in August 2009, Mr. Charlton worked as Managing Director at Investcorp International, a mid-market private equity firm, from August 2002 to June 2009. Prior to joining Investcorp International in August 2002, he worked for JPMorgan Chase and McKinsey & Company and as a contractor in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Charlton has served on the boards of over 20 private and public companies and their subsidiaries in a variety of roles, with significant industrial experience in businesses such as FleetPride, a distributor of aftermarket heavy duty truck parts, Neptune Technologies, a manufacturer of water meters and metering systems, Synthetic Industries, a manufacturer of industrial fabrics, and Brek Manufacturing, an aerospace components manufacturer. Since January 2010 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Spirit Realty Corporation (NYSE: SRC), a triple net real estate investment trust that went public in September 2012, where he is a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees. Since March 2014, Mr. Charlton has served on the board of The Addison Group, a privately-owned staffi ng business. Since August 2014, Mr. Charlton has served on the board of Dancing Deer Baking Company, a manufacturer of branded baked goods and a portfolio company of River Hollow Partners. Since March 2015, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Macro Energy, an advisory firm focused on high-efficiency lighting retrofits for commercial tenants and a portfolio company of River Hollow Partners. He received a Masters in Business Administration with honors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in June 1995, a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Distinction from the University of Michigan in June 1990, and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Cum Laude from Princeton University in June 1988. Mr. Charlton is well-qualified to serve as director due to his experience in private equity and public and private company governance, as well as his background in industrial business and his experience with Hennessy 1.

Jonathan Shepko , , , Independent Director

Jonathan Shepko was appointed to the Board of Directors of Daseke, Inc., effective as of February 2017. Mr. Shepko is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Stonehollow Capital Partners, which makes direct equity investments in private companies across the United States. Prior to founding Stonehollow in January 2019, from 2014 to 2018, Mr. Shepko served as a Managing Partner of EF Capital Management, LP, the investment arm of a substantial single-family office, which largely focused on direct equity and direct debt investments, in both public and private companies, across the United States. During his tenure with EF Capital, Mr. Shepko served in various Board and management capacities of the firm’s portfolio investments. Prior to founding EF Capital, Mr. Shepko was a Managing Director with Ares Management (~$100B AUM), where he focused on originating and structuring debt financings in the energy industry. From 2009 until 2014, Mr. Shepko co-headed, and served as Managing Director of, CLG Energy Finance (an affiliate of Beal Bank), which focused on providing senior-stretch and uni-tranche facilities to the energy and infrastructure industries. Prior to forming CLG Energy Finance, Mr. Shepko was a Vice President with EnCap Investments, LP, where his responsibilities included originating, structuring and managing private equity investments in the oil and gas sector, while also serving on the boards of several of these companies. Collectively, Mr. Shepko has underwritten and managed nearly $2 billion in direct equity and debt financings, spanning multiple industries, including investments in high-growth, as well as mature companies. Mr. Shepko graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. We believe his background and skill set make Mr. Shepko well-suited to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

Ena Williams , , , Independent Director

Ena Williams is CEO and a director of National HME, Inc., the largest direct provider of technology-enabled medical equipment solutions to the hospice industry. She previously served as senior vice president and head of international operations for 7-Eleven, Inc., where she led the growth strategy and had P&L responsibilities for more than 34,900 licensed, franchised and joint-venture stores in 16 countries, generating approximately $25 billion in system revenue. She is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and previously held a series of leadership roles at ExxonMobil Corporation.

Chuck Serianni , , , Independent Director

Chuck Serianni is EVP and CFO for Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG), the nation’s second-largest provider of non-hazardous waste management services, with operations in 41 states and Puerto Rico. The company deploys approximately 16,000 trucks daily to perform approximately five million pick-ups per day. Mr. Serianni’s areas of expertise also include environmental safety and cybersecurity for Republic Services, two areas of vital importance for any company that functions as part of the country’s critical infrastructure.

Kim Warmbier , , , Independent Director

Kim Warmbier is EVP and chief human resources officer for Sabre (NASDAQ: SABR), where she is responsible for all aspects of human resources for a nearly $4 billion technology company and its more than 10,000 employees. She previously served in similar capacities for Dean Foods, preceded by a series of executive human resources leadership positions at JCPenney and Frito-Lay/PepsiCo.

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