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Management Team

Michael E. Longo Chief Executive Officer and President

Michael E. Longo joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer and President in December 2019.  Formerly, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Memphis‑based City Gear, LLC., where he oversaw the successful acquisition of the company in 2018 by Hibbett Sports.  Prior to City Gear, he worked in positions of increasing leadership roles with AutoZone, Inc. starting as a Vice President in 1996 to Executive Vice President in 2005. Mr. Longo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from Harvard University.

Robert J. Volke Chief Financial Officer

Robert J. Volke was appointed to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in April 2020. Mr. Volke most recently served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Fleet Farm LLC (“Fleet Farm”), a position he has held since March 2020, and as its Vice President, Accounting and Corporate Controller from August 2018 to February 2020. Prior to his service at Fleet Farm, Mr. Volke held various positions of increasing responsibility with Tractor Supply Company (Nasdaq: TSCO), including as its Vice President and Controller from March 2017 to August 2018, Vice President – Accounting and Reporting from February 2014 to February 2017, Director of General Accounting and Financial Reporting from February 2009 to January 2014, and Manager of General Accounting and Financial Reporting from May 2007 to February 2009. Mr. Volke earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

David M. Benck Senior Vice President and General Counsel

David M. Benck was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel in March 2020. Mr. Benck joined the Company in March 2005, and in April 2008 was appointed Vice President and General Counsel. In addition to his role with the Company, Mr. Benck serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Birmingham Branch appointee, as a Council Member for the American Arbitration Association, as a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland), and as a member of the NCAA’s Independent Resolution Panel. Additionally, he is a Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors, and an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, and CIPM).

Ronald P. Blahnik Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ronald P. Blahnik was appointed to serve as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in April 2019. Mr. Blahnik joined the Company in November 2016 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Before joining the Company, he served as managing partner of Blahnik Consulting Services, LLC. from April 2011 to November 2016. Mr. Blahnik is a retired Army officer and has worked in the information technology field for more than 40 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.

Jared S. Briskin Senior Vice President and Chief Merchant

Jared S. Briskin was named the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Merchant in September 2014. Formerly, he served as Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager of Footwear and Equipment from March 2010 through September 2014 and Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager of Apparel and Equipment from June 2004 through March 2010. Prior to his appointment to Vice President in 2004, Mr. Briskin held various merchandising positions across multiple categories since joining the Company in April 1998.

Benjamin A. Knighten Senior Vice President of Operations

Benjamin A. Knighten was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations of the Company in March 2020. Formerly, he served as Chief Operating Officer of City Gear, LLC from July 2018 to March 2020 and as Vice President of Store Operations from November 2006 to July 2018.

William G. Quinn Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce

William G. Quinn was appointed Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce in April 2019. Mr. Quinn joined the Company in February 2016 as Vice President of Digital Commerce and also manages the Company’s marketing teams. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Vice President, Digital for David's Bridal and as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for 24 Hour Fitness. Mr. Quinn earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Vanderbilt University, his MBA at Duke University and also holds a Certificate of Web Design from Temple University.