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Randy Winegard

Randy Winegard, son of founder John Winegard, is the Chief Executive Officer of Winegard Company, a family owned multi-million dollar business located in Burlington, Iowa.

Prior to Randy taking the helm in 1977, when his father retired, Winegard Company was solely invested in designing and manufacturing traditional over-the-air residential TV antennas, mounts and accessories. Randy's relentless desire to challenge his leadership team to seek out new opportunities has resulted in the company expanding into the satellite television and commercial 2-way VSAT real-time broadband technologies, while maintaining a focus on terrestrial antenna technologies. This in turn has paved the way to new markets for home, recreational vehicle (RV), trucking, automotive, tailgating, marine, medical, military, emergency response and oil, gas & shale drilling industries, not only in the U.S., but abroad. With the same entrepreneurial spirit as his father, Randy has been the driving force in making Winegard a respected world leader in the antenna industry.

Winegard Company originated in John Winegard's garage and 60 years later, the company encompasses over 235,000 sq ft of manufacturing, office and warehouse space in Burlington with another 171,000 sq ft expansion project in process. The new north facility is scheduled to open end of 2013, allowing the company to meet growing demand. There are also off-site engineer offices in Quincy and Elgin Illinois that total 45,000 sq ft.

Randy's vision for growth and development isn't just limited to Winegard Company. He is well known throughout Burlington and southeast Iowa communities for his support to schools, churches, athletics, colleges and new business development. He has originated numerous real estate developments including the Spirit Hollow Golf Course and Residential Complex, along with many distinctive restaurants, hotels, and family entertainment establishments such as Fun City and Catfish Bend Casino and Resort.

Jon Manley

After successfully leading the Winegard Company Engineering Department for 8 years, Jon Manley has been appointed President.

Jon's primary goal in his new role as President is to continually leverage the company's antenna engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities to capitalize on existing market opportunities while also exploring and expanding into new markets. All research and development initiatives along with new product design and development efforts will also be led by Mr. Manley.

During his tenure as Director of Engineering, Jon built a diversely skilled team consisting of electrical, mechanical, integration, packaging and manufacturing engineers where some of the most popular product lines in Winegard history were launched. These include TRAV'LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, FlatWave and FreeVision antennas. Furthermore, because of his drive and vision, Jon played an instrumental role in developing the 2-way commercial VSAT division for Winegard.

Prior to starting his career at Winegard, Jon was a RF Design Engineer and RF Team Leader for two Motorola Cellular divisions, as well as, an Engineering Manager for the Motorola Land Mobile Products Sector.

Jon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University with Summa Cum Laude honors. During that time he was also a four year Lettermen for Saluki Football where he earned Academic All-American honors as a senior. Most recently, Jon earned an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa.
Edward Spicer

Mr. Spicer has been Chief Financial Officer for Winegard Company and its subsidiaries since 2006. In addition to overseeing all financial activities and accounting responsibilities, Ed also oversees the IT Department.

Prior to joining Winegard, Ed was a CPA and partner with the firm of McGladrey & Pullen for over 30 years. While in that position, he also served as financial advisor and auditor for various local manufacturing clients including Winegard.

Ed received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

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