Superior Drilling Products, Inc. (SDPI)

FORM DEF 14A | Proxy Statement (definitive)
Superior Drilling Products, Inc. (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 11/17/2016 06:03:42)

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549


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SUPERIOR DRILLING PRODUCTS, INC.
1583 South 1700 East
Vernal, Utah 84078
 
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
 
To Be Held December 15, 2016


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Dear Stockholders:

We cordially invite you to attend our 2016 annual meeting of stockholders. The meeting will be held on December 15, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain time), at our corporate offices at 1583 South 1700 East, Vernal, Utah 84078. At the meeting we will:

1. Elect two Class II members of the Board of Directors to serve until our 2019 meeting of the stockholders;
2. Ratify the appointment of Hein & Associates, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016; and
3. Transact any other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Stockholders who owned our common stock at the close of business on October 21, 2016 may attend and vote at the meeting. A stockholders’ list will be available at our offices at 1583 South 1700 East, Vernal, Utah 84078 for a period of ten days prior to the meeting. We hope that you will be able to attend the meeting in person.

Your vote is important. Whether or not you expect to attend the meeting, please sign and date the enclosed proxy card and return it to us promptly. A stamped envelope has been provided for your convenience. Alternatively, you may vote via the telephone or the Internet by following the instructions set forth on the enclosed proxy card. The prompt return of proxies will ensure a quorum and save us the expense of further solicitation.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

By order of the Board of Directors,
 
 
/s/ Annette Meier
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Secretary

November 17, 2016

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT

Your vote is important. We urge you to review the accompanying Proxy Statement carefully and to submit your proxy as soon as possible so that your shares will be represented at the meeting.


 
 

SUPERIOR DRILLING PRODUCTS, INC.
1583 South 1700 East
Vernal, Utah 84078
 
PROXY STATEMENT
 
INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING

Our Board of Directors is soliciting proxies for the 2016 annual meeting of stockholders to be held on December 15, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain time), at our corporate offices at 1583 South 1700 East, Vernal, Utah 84078, and at any adjournments or postponements of the meeting. This proxy statement contains important information for you to consider when deciding how to vote on the matters brought before the meeting. Please read it carefully.

We will pay the costs of soliciting proxies from stockholders. Our directors, officers and regular employees may solicit proxies on behalf of us, without additional compensation, personally or by telephone.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: Who can vote at the meeting?
A: The Board of Directors set October 21, 2016 as the record date for the meeting. You can attend and vote at the meeting if you were a common stockholder at the close of business on the record date, October 21, 2016. On that date, there were 24,095,695 shares of our common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the meeting.
Q: What proposals will be voted on at the meeting?
A: Two proposals are scheduled to be voted upon at the meeting:
The election of two Class II members of the Board of Directors to serve until our 2019 meeting of the stockholders; and
The ratification of the appointment of Hein & Associates, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.
Q: How do I cast my vote?
A: If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, you are considered the registered stockholder for those shares. As the registered stockholder, you have the right to vote those shares and we will send you the proxy materials and a proxy card. You should sign and return the mailed proxy card in the prepaid and addressed envelope that was enclosed with the proxy materials, and your shares will be voted at the meeting in the manner you direct. In the event that you return a signed proxy card on which no directions are specified, your shares will be voted as recommended by the Board of Directors on all matters, and in the discretion of the proxy holders as to any other matters that may properly come before the meeting or any postponement or adjournment of the meeting. We do not know of any other business to be considered at the meeting other than the proposals noted herein.

If your shares are registered in the name of a broker, bank or other nominee (typically referred to as being held in “street name”), you will receive instructions from your broker, bank or other nominee that must be followed in order for your broker, bank or other nominee to vote your shares per your instructions. Many brokerage firms and banks have a process for their beneficial holders to provide instructions via the Internet or over the telephone. If Internet or telephone voting is unavailable from your broker, bank or other nominee, please complete and return the enclosed voting instruction card in the addressed, postage paid envelope provided.

In the event you do not provide instructions on how to vote, your broker may have authority to vote your shares. Under the rules that govern brokers who are voting with respect to shares that are held in street name, brokers have the discretion to vote such shares on routine matters, but not on non-routine matters. Routine matters include the ratification of the appointment of independent auditors, but not the election of directors. Your vote is especially important . If your shares are held by a broker, your broker cannot vote your shares for the election of directors unless you provide voting instructions. Therefore,

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please instruct your broker regarding how to vote your shares on this matter promptly . See “Vote Required” following each proposal for further information.

If you hold shares through a broker, bank or other nominee and wish to be able to vote in person at the meeting, you must obtain a legal proxy from your broker, bank or other nominee and present it to the inspector of election with your ballot at the meeting.

Q: What voting methods are available?
A: We send proxy cards to all registered stockholders to enable them to vote their shares. Stockholders who submit a proxy card need not vote at the meeting. However, we will pass out written ballots to any registered stockholder or holder of a legal proxy who wishes to vote in person at the meeting. Alternatively, you may vote via the telephone or the Internet by following the instructions set forth on the enclosed proxy card.
Q: Can I vote by telephone or via the Internet?
A: Yes, you may vote via the telephone or the Internet by following the instructions set forth on the enclosed proxy card.
Q: Are the proxy materials available on the Internet?
A: Pursuant to the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), we are providing access to our proxy materials both by sending you this full set of proxy materials, including a proxy card, and by notifying you of the availability of our proxy materials on the Internet. This proxy statement and a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 are available on the “Investors” section of our web site at www.sdpi.com . Additionally, and in accordance with SEC rules, we maintain the proxy materials on our website in a manner that will not infringe on your anonymity if you access them.
Q: Can I revoke or change my proxy?
A: Yes. You may revoke or change a previously delivered proxy at any time before the meeting by delivering another proxy with a later date, by voting again via the Internet or by telephone, or by delivering written notice of revocation of your proxy to our Secretary at our principal executive offices before the beginning of the meeting. You may also revoke your proxy by attending the meeting and voting in person, although attendance at the meeting will not, in and of itself, revoke a valid proxy that was previously delivered. If you hold shares through a broker, bank or other nominee, you must contact that nominee to revoke any prior voting instructions. You also may revoke any prior voting instructions by voting in person at the meeting if you obtain a legal proxy as described above.
Q: How does the Board recommend I vote on the proposals?
A: The Board recommends you vote “ FOR ” the Class II member nominees to our Board of Directors and “ FOR ” the ratification of the appointment of Hein & Associates, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.
Q: Who will count the vote?
A: The inspector of election will count the vote. Our Secretary will act as the inspector of election.
Q: What is a “quorum?”
A: A quorum is the number of shares that must be present to hold the meeting. The quorum requirement for the meeting is a majority of the outstanding shares as of the record date, present in person or represented by proxy. Your shares will be counted for purposes of determining if there is a quorum if you are present and vote in person at the meeting; or have voted on the Internet, by telephone or by properly submitting a proxy card or voting instruction card by mail. Abstentions and broker non-votes also count toward the quorum. An abstention will have the same practical effect as a vote against the ratification of the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm. “Broker non-votes” occur when brokers, banks or other nominees that hold shares on behalf of beneficial owners do not receive voting

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instructions from the beneficial owners prior to the meeting and do not have discretionary voting authority to vote those shares. Annette and Troy Meier (the “Meiers”) currently control approximately 41.7% of the voting power entitled to vote at the meeting. Accordingly, the Meiers have a substantial portion of the voting power to constitute a quorum at the meeting and to ensure the approval of the proposals described below.
Q: What happens if there is not a quorum at the meeting?
A: Pursuant to our bylaws, the meeting may be adjourned by the chairman of the meeting to reconvene at the same or some other place. If the adjournment is for more than 30 days, or if after the adjournment a new record date is fixed for the adjourned meeting, notice of the adjournment shall be given to each stockholder of record entitled to vote at the meeting. If the adjournment is for less than 30 days, no additional notice will be delivered.
Q: What vote is required to approve each item?
A: The following table sets forth the voting requirement with respect to each of the proposals:

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Proposal 1 — Election of Class II Members of the Board of Directors.   The nominees for election at the annual meeting who receives the greatest number of “FOR” votes cast by the stockholders, a plurality, will be elected as our Class II members of the Board of Directors.
Proposal 2 — Ratification of appointment of independent registered public accounting firm.   To be approved by stockholders, this proposal must receive the affirmative “FOR” vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote.
Q: What does it mean if I get more than one proxy card?
A: Your shares are probably registered in more than one account. You should vote each proxy card you receive. We encourage you to consolidate all your accounts by registering them in the same name, social security number and address. This can be accomplished by contacting your stock broker.
Q: How many votes can I cast?
A: On all matters you are entitled to one vote per share.
Q: Where can I find the voting results of the meeting?
A: The preliminary voting results will be announced at the meeting. The final results will be published in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed by us with the SEC within four business days of the meeting.

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Proposal 1
 
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

We have classified our Board of Directors into three classes. Directors in each Class I, Class II and Class III are elected to serve for staggered three-year terms, after an initial term of one year, two years and three years, respectively, and until either they are re-elected or their successors are elected and qualified or until their earlier resignation or removal. Only one class of directors will be elected at each annual meeting of the stockholders.

At the meeting, two Class II members of the Board of Directors is to be elected. Based on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board has recommended Annette Meier and James R. Lines for election as Class II directors with their term to expire at our 2019 annual meeting of stockholders or until their earlier resignation or removal. Terence J. Cryan previously served as a Class II director but has elected to not stand for re-election and therefore his term as a director will therefore end as of the date of the meeting. Mr. Lines has not previously served as a director on the Board of Directors.

The nominees have consented to being nominated and have expressed their intention to serve if elected. We believe that the nominees possess the professional and personal qualifications necessary for board service, and have highlighted particularly noteworthy attributes for the nominee in their biographies below. We have no reason to believe that the nominees will be unable to serve if elected to office and, to our knowledge, the nominees intend to serve the entire term for which election is sought. Only the nominees or substitute nominees designated by the Board will be eligible to stand for election as directors at the meeting.

Nominees

Annette Meier.   Ms. Meier has served as a Class II Director and as our President and Chief Operating Officer since 2014. Ms. Meier has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Since our inception in 1999 to the present, Ms. Meier has managed all of our day-to-day operations and business. In 2008, Ms. Meier envisioned and co-created “CHUCK,” our custom shop management and inventory program software. Ms. Meier was also instrumental to the development of the “nucleus grinding system” that is currently utilized in our new manufacturing processes. In 2005, Ms. Meier served as the creator and chief architect of the Ropers Business Park, the state-of-the-art campus that houses our remanufacturing and new manufacturing facilities in Vernal, Utah. Ms. Meier’s understanding of our business processes resulted in her designing and facilitating the SMART FACILITY layout, process and control systems within the manufacturing plant. Previously, in 1993, Ms. Meier co-founded and managed our predecessor company, Rocky Mountain Diamond. As the co-founder, Ms. Meier has focused 100% of her attention on our development and growth. Ms. Meier has been the recipient of numerous state, local and industry awards over the years that recognized her for innovation and leadership.

Ms. Meier was selected to serve on our Board of Directors because of her extensive industry experience, her role as our co-founder and substantial knowledge of our day-to-day operations, and her and Mr. Meier’s significant shareholding. Ms. Meier is married to G. Troy Meier.

James R. Lines.   Mr. Lines, age 55, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Corporation since January 2008. Graham designs, manufactures and sells critical equipment for the energy, defense and chemical/petrochemical industries. Previously, Mr. Lines served as Graham’s President and Chief Operating Officer since June 2006. Mr. Lines has served Graham in various capacities since 1984, including Vice President and General Manager, Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining its management team, he served Graham as an application engineer and sales engineer as well as a product supervisor. Mr. Lines holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mr. Lines was selected by the Board of Directors as a nominee due to his extensive experience in growing a midsize business, as well as his background in manufacturing and engineering in the energy industry.

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Directors

All of the current members of the Board of Directors are listed in the following table, and certain information concerning those directors, except Ms. Meier, who is also a director nominee, follows the table:

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Name   Age   Position
G. Troy Meier   55   Board Chair, Class III Director (term expires at 2017 Annual Meeting) and Chief Executive Officer
Annette Meier   53   Class II Director (term expires at 2016 Annual Meeting), Class II Director Nominee, President and Chief Operating Officer
Terence Cryan (1)   54   Class II Director (term expires at 2016 Annual Meeting)
Robert Iversen   62   Class III Director (term expires at 2017 Annual Meeting)
Michael V. Ronca   62   Class I Director (term expires at 2018 Annual Meeting)

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(1) Mr. Cryan is not standing for re-election at the meeting and his term will therefore end as of the date of the meeting.

G. Troy Meier.   Mr. Meier has served as our Board Chair, one of our Class III Directors and Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Mr. Meier has over 34 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Meier and co-founder Annette Meier founded our predecessor company in 1999. Since that time through the present, Mr. Meier has spearheaded the development of our new manufacturing business and our research and development activities. As our chief innovator, Mr. Meier has been responsible for not only inventing, but also designing, engineering and manufacturing industry specific machinery and processes and has several patent applications pending. Previously, in 1993, Mr. Meier started our predecessor company, Rocky Mountain Diamond, after thirteen years with Christensen Diamond and its successors. At Christensen Diamond, Mr. Meier established overseas factories in Ireland, Venezuela and China. In addition, Mr. Meier designed tools to improve efficiency both in the plants and in the field. Previously, Mr. Meier had been Christensen Diamond’s first drill bit fabricator specialist and by age 28, was made the Northern Region design engineer responsible for designing drill bits, core systems, centric bits, nozzle systems and related products. As the co-founder, Mr. Meier for the last five years has focused 100% of his attention on our development and growth.

Mr. Meier was selected to serve on our Board of Directors and as the Board Chair because of his extensive industry experience, his role as our co-founder and chief innovator, and his and Ms. Meier’s significant shareholding. Mr. Meier is married to Annette Meier.

Terence J. Cryan.   Mr. Cryan has served as a Class II Director since 2014. Mr. Cryan has over 25 years of international business experience based in both the United States and Europe. On March 23, 2015, Mr. Cryan was appointed President and CEO of Global Power Equipment Group Inc. From 2001 to 2015, Mr. Cryan served as Managing Director and Co-Founder of Concert Energy Partners, an investment and private equity firm based in New York City. From September 2012 to April 2013, Mr. Cryan also served as interim President and CEO of Uranium Resources, Inc. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Acoustics LLC from April 2007 through April 2010. Prior to 2001, Mr. Cryan was a Senior Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Bear Stearns. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cryan served as Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group Head and member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee at Paine Webber. Mr. Cryan joined Paine Webber following its acquisition of Kidder, Peabody in 1994. Mr. Cryan has been an adjunct professor at the Metropolitan College of New York Graduate School of Business and has served as a director of a number of international companies, including public companies such as Global Power Equipment Group Inc. (February 2008 to present), Uranium Resources, Inc. (October 2006 to March 2016) and Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (October 2012 to present). In 2014, Mr. Cryan was named a Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Cryan holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University.

Mr. Cryan was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive expertise in financing, mergers and acquisitions. He also has a broad energy industry background and executive-level experience. As President & CEO of Global Power Equipment Group Inc., a co-founder of Concert Energy Partners and as former

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Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group at Paine Webber, Mr. Cryan has in depth knowledge of the energy industry. In addition, Mr. Cryan brings extensive board-level experience, serving on the boards of a number of international companies and serving as a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Robert E. Iversen.   Mr. Iversen has served as a Class III Director since 2014. Mr. Iversen has broad executive and operational management experience in the sales, service, and manufacturing sectors of the global upstream oil and gas industry. Currently, Mr. Iversen is a partner and president of CTI Energy Services, LLC of Springtown, Texas, a drilling services company he started in 2011. Mr. Iversen has strong experience in the development and commercialization of new technology products and in company marketing and advertising programs. Previously, Mr. Iversen collaborated with G. Troy Meier as a partner and senior vice president in Tronco Energy from 2008 to 2011. From 2002 to 2008, he served as President and other C-level positions with Ulterra Drilling Technologies (Fort Worth, Texas), INRG (Houston, Texas) and NQL Energy Services (Nisku, Alberta). In 1994, Mr. Iverson and partners purchased the U.S. division of DBS Stratabit, a small, underperforming diamond bit company, where, as President until 2002, he built it into a top tier provider of high technology products. Mr. Iversen previously held numerous executive positions in marketing, technology and engineering at various divisions of the Baker Hughes companies, and their predecessors, from 1980 through 1994. Mr. Iversen holds a Bachelor of Science Petroleum Engineering, Montana Tech, as well as numerous technical and executive post-graduate certifications.

Mr. Iversen was selected to serve on our Board of Directors because of his strong experience with start-up companies and the development and commercialization of new technology products. Mr. Iversen further brings his broad executive and operational management expertise in the oil and gas industry.

Michael Ronca.   Mr. Ronca has served as a Class I director since 2014, and also serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee of our Board of Directors. Mr. Ronca has over 30 years of experience as an executive building and monetizing businesses. Since 2009, Mr. Ronca has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of EagleRidge Energy, LLC, an oil and gas exploration and development company active in north and central Texas. Previously, he served as Chairman of BAS Oil & Gas, a private company active in developing reserves in the Barnett Shale trend in North Texas. Mr. Ronca has a long history of participating in the energy industry starting with his time at Tenneco Inc., where he served as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO and later established a new oil and gas division which operated throughout the offshore and onshore Gulf Coast region. He later executed a leveraged buyout with the backing of private equity and soon after took the company public on the NYSE under the name of Domain Energy where he also served as President and CEO. In 1998, Domain Energy merged into Range Resources where Mr. Ronca served as Chief Operating Officer for several years. Mr. Ronca has a BS degree from Villanova University and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University.

Mr. Ronca was selected to serve as a director because of his strong experience within the oil and gas industry.

Director Independence

The majority of the members of the Board of Director, at any given time, must qualify as “independent” under NYSE MKT rules.

Our Board of Directors has undertaken a review of the independence of each of our directors and director nominees and has affirmatively determined that each of our other non-employee directors, which include Messrs. Cryan, Ronca and Iversen, are “independent,” as defined by the NYSE MKT rules. Mr. Lines has also been determined to be independent under the NYSE MKT rules. Under the NYSE MKT rules, a director can be independent only if (a) the director does not trigger a categorical bar to independence and (b) our Board of Directors affirmatively determines that the director does not have a relationship which, in the opinion of our Board of Directors, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment by the director in carrying out the responsibilities of a director.

Based on information provided by the directors and the director nominees concerning their background, employment and affiliations, our Board of Directors has determined that the non-employee directors do not have a relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the

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responsibilities of a director. In making this determination, our Board of Directors considered the current and prior relationships that each of the non-employee directors has with us, and all other facts and circumstances our Board of Directors deemed relevant in determining independence, including any beneficial ownership of our capital stock by each of the non-employee directors. Mr. Cryan previously served as a Class II director but has elected to not stand for re-election and therefore his term will end as of the date of the meeting. Robert Iversen will serve as Lead Independent Director following the meeting.

Board Leadership Structure

Our Board of Directors has adopted our Corporate Governance Guidelines, which is available on our website, www.sdpi.com in the “Corporate Governance” subsection of the “Investors” section. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that one of our independent directors should serve as our Lead Independent Director at any time when our Chief Executive Officer serves as the Chairman of our Board of Directors, or if the Chairman is not otherwise independent. Because Mr. Meier is our Chairman, our Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Cryan to serve as our Lead Independent Director. Mr. Cryan has served as our Lead Independent Director since 2014. As Lead Independent Director, Mr. Cryan has presided over periodic meetings of our independent directors, served as a liaison between our Chairman and our independent directors and performed such additional duties as our Board of Directors might otherwise determine and delegate. Mr. Cryan has elected to not stand for re-election and therefore his term will end as of the date of the meeting. Robert Iversen will replace Mr. Cryan as Lead Independent Director after the meeting.

Our Board of Directors believes that our Chief Executive Officer is best situated to serve as Chairman of the Board because he is the director most familiar with our business and industry, and the director most capable of effectively identifying strategic priorities and leading the discussion and execution of our strategy. Independent directors and management have different perspectives and roles in strategy development. Our independent directors bring experience, oversight and expertise from outside the Company and the oil and gas industry, while the Chief Executive Officer brings Company-specific experience and expertise. Our Board of Directors believes that the combined role of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer promotes strategy development and execution, and facilitates information flow and communication between senior management and the Board of Directors, which are both essential to effective governance.

One of the key responsibilities of the Board of Directors is to develop a strategic direction for us and to hold management accountable for the execution of our strategy once it is developed. The Board of Directors believes that the combined role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, together with our having a Lead Independent Director, is in the best interest of the stockholders because it provides the appropriate balance between strategy development and independent oversight of management.

Board of Directors and Risk Oversight

In the normal course of its business, we are exposed to a variety of risks, including market risks relating to changes in commodity prices, interest rates, political risks and credit and investment risk. The Board oversees our strategic direction, and in doing so considers the potential rewards and risks of our business opportunities and challenges, and monitors the development and management of risks that impact our strategic goals. The Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by monitoring the effectiveness of our systems of financial reporting, auditing, internal controls and legal and regulatory compliance. The Nominating and Governance Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the management of risks associated with Board organization, membership and structure, succession planning for our directors and executive officers and corporate governance. The Compensation Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by overseeing our compensation policies and practices.

Communicating with our Board of Directors

Stockholders and other interested parties may communicate by writing to: Superior Drilling Products, Inc., P.O. Box 1656, Vernal, Utah 84078. Stockholders may submit their communications to the Board, any committee of the Board or individual directors on a confidential or anonymous basis by sending the communication in a sealed envelope marked “Stockholder Communication with Directors” and clearly identify the intended recipient(s) of the communication.

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Our Secretary will review each communication and other interested parties and will forward the communication, as expeditiously as reasonably practicable, to the addressees if: (1) the communication complies with the requirements of any applicable policy adopted by the Board relating to the subject matter of the communication; and (2) the communication falls within the scope of matters generally considered by the Board. To the extent the subject matter of a communication relates to matters that have been delegated by the Board to a committee or to an executive officer of the Company, then our Secretary may forward the communication to the executive officer or chairman of the committee to which the matter has been delegated. The acceptance and forwarding of communications to the members of the Board or an executive officer does not imply or create any fiduciary duty of the Board members or executive officer to the person submitting the communications.

Information may be submitted confidentially and anonymously, although the Company may be obligated by law to disclose the information or identity of the person providing the information in connection with government or private legal actions and in other circumstances. The Company’s policy is not to take any adverse action, and not to tolerate any retaliation, against any person for asking questions or making good faith reports of possible violations of law, our policies or our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

Annual Meeting Attendance

Although we do not have a formal policy regarding attendance by members of the Board at our annual meeting of stockholders, we encourage directors to attend. Two of our directors attended the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders.

Board and Committee Activity, Structure and Compensation

Our Board of Directors is governed by our Certificate of Incorporation, Bylaws, charters of the standing committees of the Board of Directors and the laws of the State of Utah.

During 2015, our Board of Directors held five meetings. All directors attended at least 75% of the total meetings of the Board and the committees on which they served. There are currently three standing committees of the Board: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Members serve on these committees until their resignation or until as otherwise determined by our Board of Directors. The composition of the Board committees comply with the applicable rules of the NYSE MKT and applicable law. Our Board of Directors has adopted written charter for each of the standing committees, which can be found in the “Corporate Governance” subsection of the “Investors” section of our website at www.sdpi.com . In addition to the above governing documents, our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all of our employees, as well as each member of the Board, can also be found in the “Corporate Governance” subsection of the “Investors” section of our website at www.sdpi.com The composition and responsibilities of each of the standing committees of our Board of Directors are as follows:

Audit Committee .  Our Audit Committee is comprised solely of “independent” directors, as defined under and required by Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the NYSE MKT rules. Our Audit Committee is directly responsible for, among other things, the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of our independent registered public accounting firm. The oversight of our independent public accounting firm includes reviewing the plans and results of the audit engagement with the firm, approving any additional professional services provided by the firm and reviewing the independence of the firm. Commencing with our first report on internal controls over financial reporting, the Committee will be responsible for discussing the effectiveness of the internal controls over financial reporting with our independent registered public accounting firm and relevant financial management. During the year ended December 31, 2015, the members of this Committee were Messrs. Cryan, Iversen and Ronca, with Mr. Cryan serving as committee chair. Mr. Cryan has elected to not stand for re-election and therefore his term will end as of the date of the meeting. It is contemplated that James R. Lines will serve as committee chair following the meeting. Our Board of Directors has determined that each of Messrs. Cryan and Lines qualify as an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined by the rules under the Exchange Act. The Audit Committee held five meetings in 2015.

Nominating and Governance Committee.   Our Nominating and Governance Committee consists solely of “independent” directors, as defined under and required by NYSE MKT rules. The Nominating and

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Governance Committee is responsible for, among other things, identifying individuals qualified to become Board members; selecting or recommending to the Board of Directors director-nominees for each election of directors; developing and recommending to the Board of Directors criteria for selecting qualified director candidates; considering committee member qualifications, appointments and removals; recommending corporate governance principles, codes of conduct and compliance mechanisms; providing oversight in the evaluation of the Board of Directors and each committee; and developing an appropriate succession plan for our chief executive officer. During the year ended December 31, 2015, the members of this Committee were Messrs. Cryan, Ronca and Iversen, with Mr. Ronca serving as committee chair. The Nominating and Governance Committee held one meeting in 2015.

Compensation Committee.   Our Compensation Committee consists solely “independent” directors, as defined under and required by the NYSE MKT rules, “non-employee directors” under Section 16 of the Exchange Act and “outside directors” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). The Compensation Committee is responsible for, among other things, supervising and reviewing our affairs as they relate to the compensation and benefits of our executive officers and non-employee directors. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Compensation Committee reviews all components of executive compensation for consistency with our compensation philosophy and with the interests of our stockholders. During the year ended December 31, 2015, the members of this Committee were Messrs. Cryan, Ronca and Iversen, with Mr. Iversen serving as committee chair. The Compensation Committee held three meetings in 2015.

Role of the Board, Compensation Committee and our Executive Officers

Executive compensation decisions are typically made on an annual basis by the Compensation Committee with input from our Chief Executive Officer, our Chief Operating Officer and our Chief Financial Officer. Specifically, after reviewing relevant market data and surveys within our industry, our CEO, COO and CFO typically provide recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding the compensation levels for our existing named executive officers (including themselves) and our executive compensation program as a whole. Our CEO, COO and CFO attend all Compensation Committee meetings. After considering these recommendations, the Compensation Committee typically meets in executive session and adjusts base salary levels, cash bonus awards and determines the amount of any equity grants for each of our named executive officers. In making executive compensation recommendations, our CEO, COO and CFO consider each named executive officer’s performance during the year, the Company’s performance during the year, as well as comparable company compensation levels. While the Compensation Committee gives considerable weight to our CEO’s, COO’s and CFO’s recommendations on compensation matters, the Compensation Committee has the final decision-making authority on all executive compensation matters. No other officers have assumed a role in the evaluation, design or administration of our executive officer compensation program.

Role of External Advisors

In May 2014, we engaged Longnecker & Associates (“Longnecker”) to assess our level of competitiveness for executive-level talent. Pursuant to the terms of its engagement, Longnecker: (i) collected and reviewed all relevant company information, including our historical compensation data and our organizational structure; (ii) with input of management, established a peer group of companies to use for executive compensation comparisons; (iii) assessed our compensation program’s position relative to market for our named executive officers and stated compensation philosophy; and (iv) prepared a report of its analysis, findings and recommendations for our executive compensation program.

Longnecker’s report was provided to the Compensation Committee on May 30, 2014. The report was utilized by the CEO, COO and CFO when making their recommendations to the Board for fiscal 2014 compensation decisions.

In June 2014, Longnecker was again engaged to provide analysis and recommendation of total compensation for non-executive directors. Longnecker’s report was submitted to the Compensation Committee on July 1, 2014. The report was utilized by the CEO, COO and CFO when making their recommendations to Board for fiscal 2014 compensation decisions.

No external advisors were so engaged during the year ended December 31, 2015.

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Director Nominations Process.

Our Bylaws contain provisions that address the process by which a stockholder may nominate an individual to stand for election to our Board of Directors at our annual meeting of stockholders. Historically, we have not had a formal policy concerning stockholder nominations of individuals to stand for election to the Board, other than the provisions contained in our Bylaws. To date, we have not received any recommendations from stockholders requesting that the Board or the Nominating and Governance Committee consider a candidate for inclusion among the slate of nominees in this proxy statement, and therefore we believe that no formal policy, in addition to the provisions contained in our Bylaws, concerning stockholder recommendations is needed.

In addition to stockholder nominations, the Nominating and Governance Committee may utilize a variety of methods for identifying potential nominees for directors, including considering potential candidates who come to their attention through current officers, directors, professional search firms or other persons. Once a potential nominee has been identified, the Nominating and Governance Committee evaluates whether the nominee has the appropriate skills and characteristics required to become a director in light of the then current make-up of the Board. This assessment includes an evaluation of the nominee’s judgment and skills, such as experience at a strategy/policy setting level, financial sophistication, leadership and objectivity, all in the context of the perceived needs of the Board at that point in time. Our Board of Directors believes that at a minimum all members of the Board should have the highest professional and personal ethics and values. In addition, each member of the Board must be committed to increasing stockholder value and should have enough time to carry out his or her responsibilities as a member of the Board.

Our Bylaws provide that nominations for the election of directors may be made by any stockholder entitled to vote in the election of directors; provided, however, that a stockholder may nominate a person for election as a director at a meeting only if written notice of such stockholder’s intent to make such nomination has been given to our Secretary as described in “Deadline for Receipt of Stockholder Proposals” in this proxy statement. Each notice must set forth: (a) as to each person whom the stockholder proposes to nominate for election or re-election as a director, (i) the name, age, business address and residence address of the person, (ii) the principal occupation or employment of the person, (iii) the class or series and number of shares of our capital stock which are owned beneficially or of record by the person (if any), and (iv) a description of all arrangements or understandings between the stockholder and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nominations are to be made by the stockholder, (b) as to the stockholder giving the notice, (i) the name and address, as they appear on our books, of such stockholder and (ii) the class and number of our shares that are beneficially owned by such stockholder and that are owned of record by such stockholder; and (c) a representation that the stockholder is a holder of record of our stock entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to introduce the director nominee.

Compensation of Directors.   Our employee directors are not separately compensated for their service as a director. In 2015, each of our non-employee directors received 23,734 shares of restricted common stock for his service as a director. In addition to receiving shares of stock, our non-employee directors received the following cash fees: Mr. Cryan, $113,312; Mr. Iversen, $72,150; and Mr. Ronca, $69,375. The members of the Board are entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred in connection with attendance at Board and committee meetings in accordance with Company policy.

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The following table summarizes the annual compensation for our non-employee directors during 2015.

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Name
(a)
  Fees Earned
or Paid
in Cash
(b)
  Stock
Awards (1) (c)
  Option
Awards
(d)
  Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
(e)
  Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
(f)
  All Other
Compensation
(g)
  Total
(h)
Terence Cryan   $ 113,312       43,908                             $ 157,220  
Robert Iversen   $ 72,150       43,908                             $ 116,058  
Michael V. Ronca   $ 69,375       43,908                             $ 113,283  

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(1) Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 of awards granted by the Board of Directors. See Note 13 to our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 for additional detail regarding assumptions underlying the value of these equity awards. The grant date fair value for restricted stock awards is based on the closing price of our common stock on the grant date (August 10, 2015), which was $1.85 per share. As of December 31, 2015, each non-employee director held an aggregate of 36,234 outstanding shares of restricted stock. Each director’s restricted stock awards will vest in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on the first anniversary of the date of grant, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on the second anniversary of the date of grant and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on the third anniversary of the date of grant, in each case, so long as the director continues to serve on the Board through such date.

Vote Required

The nominees for election as Class II directors at the annual meeting who receive the greatest number of votes cast by the stockholders, a plurality, will be elected as our Class II directors. As a result, broker non-votes and abstentions will not be counted in determining which nominees received the largest number of votes cast. You may vote “FOR” the nominees, “AGAINST” the nominees or withhold your vote for the nominees.

Board Recommendation

Our Board of Directors recommends a vote “ FOR ” the Class II director nominees to the Board.

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Proposal 2
 
RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

General

The Audit Committee has selected Hein & Associates, LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, to audit our consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. Hein & Associates has served as our independent registered public accounting firm since July 30, 2013. We are asking the stockholders to ratify the appointment of Hein & Associates as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. Hein & Associates was appointed by the Audit Committee in accordance with its charter.

In the event stockholders fail to ratify the appointment, the Audit Committee may reconsider this appointment. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may direct the appointment of a different independent accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee determines that such a change would be in our and our stockholders’ best interests.

The Audit Committee has approved all services provided by Hein & Associates. Representatives of Hein & Associates plan to attend the annual meeting and will be available to answer appropriate questions. Its representatives also will have an opportunity to make a statement at the meeting if they so desire, although it is not expected that any statement will be made.

Audit Fees

The following table sets forth the fees incurred by us in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 for services performed by Hein & Associates, LLP:

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  2015   2014
Audit Fees (1)   $ 165,379     $ 755,898  
Audit Related Fees            
Tax Fees            
All Other Fees            
Total Fees   $ 165,379     $ 755,898  

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(1) Audit fees are fees paid to Hein & Associates, LLP for professional services related to the audit and quarterly reviews of our financial statements and for services that are normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements. These fees also include audit costs associated with our initial public offering in May 2014, including $546,654 in 2014.

Audit Committee Report

The Audit Committee assists our Board of Directors in overseeing (i) the integrity of our financial statements, (ii) our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (iii) the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, and (iv) the performance of our internal auditors (or other personnel responsible for the internal audit function) and independent auditor. In so doing, it is the responsibility of the committee to maintain free and open communication between the directors, the independent auditor and our financial management. The committee is directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the work of the independent auditor for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other audit, review or attest services for us. The independent auditor reports directly to the committee.

Management is responsible for the preparation, presentation, and integrity of our consolidated financial statements, accounting and financial reporting principles, internal control over financial reporting, and procedures designed to ensure compliance with accounting standards, applicable laws, and regulations. Management is also responsible for objectively reviewing and evaluating the adequacy, effectiveness, and quality of our system of internal control over financial reporting. Our independent auditor, Hein & Associates, LLP, is responsible for performing an independent audit of the consolidated financial statements.

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The committee’s responsibility is to monitor and oversee these processes and the engagement, independence and performance of our independent auditor. The committee relies, without independent verification, on the information provided to it and on the representations made by management and the independent auditor.

The committee has met with our independent auditor and discussed the overall scope and plans for their audit. The committee met with the independent auditor to discuss matters required to be discussed with audit committees under generally accepted auditing standards, including, among other things, matters related to the conduct of the audit of our consolidated financial statements and the matters required to be discussed by the statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (AICPA, Professional Standards , Vol. 1. AU section 380), as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3200T.

Our independent auditor also provided to the committee the written disclosures and the letter required by applicable standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent auditor’s communications with the committee concerning independence, and the committee discussed with the independent auditor its independence. When considering the independence of Hein & Associates, the committee considered the non-audit services provided to the Company by the independent auditor and concluded that such services are compatible with maintaining the auditor’s independence.

The committee has reviewed and discussed our audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 with management and Hein & Associates. Based on the committee’s review of the audited consolidated financial statements and the meetings and discussions with management and the independent auditors, and subject to the limitations on the committee’s role and responsibilities referred to above and in the Audit Committee Charter, the committee recommended to our Board of Directors that our audited consolidated financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the SEC.

AUDIT COMMITTEE
 
Terence Cryan
Robert Iversen
Michael V. Ronca

Audit Pre-Approval Policy

The charter of the Audit Committee and its pre-approval policy require that the Audit Committee review and pre-approve the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm’s audit fees, audit-related fees, tax fees and fees for other services. The Chairman of the Audit Committee has the authority to grant pre-approvals, provided such approvals are within the pre-approval policy and are presented to the Audit Committee at a subsequent meeting. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Audit Committee approved 100% of the services described above under the captions “Audit Fees,” “Audit Related Fees,” “Tax Fees” and “All Other Fees.”

Vote Required

The approval of the ratification of the appointment of Hein & Associates, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote. As a result, abstentions will have the same practical effect as votes against this proposal. Broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of this proposal. However, because brokers generally have discretionary authority to vote on the ratification of our independent auditors, broker non-votes are generally not expected to result from the vote on this proposal. For the approval of the ratification of the appointment of Hein & Associates, LLP, you may vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” or abstain from voting.

Board Recommendation

The Board recommends that you vote “ FOR ” the ratification of appointment of Hein & Associates, LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.

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OTHER INFORMATION

Principal Stockholders

The following table presents certain information as of October 28, 2016, as to:

each stockholder known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of our outstanding shares of common stock,
each director and director nominee,
each executive officer named in the Summary Compensation Table, and
all current directors and named executive officers as a group.

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  Shares Beneficially Owned (1)
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner (3)   Number   Percent of
Class (2)
FMR LLC (4)
245 Summer Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
    2,443,330       10.1 %  
Reid Walker (5)
3953 Maple Avenue, Suite 150
Dallas, Texas 75219
    1,657,423       6.9 %  
G. Troy Meier (6)     10,010,602       41.5 %  
Annette Meier (7)     9,983,094       41.4 %  
Christopher D. Cashion (8) (13)     149,468       1.4 %  
Terence Cryan (9) (10)     65,290      
Robert Iversen (9) (11)     57,005      
Michael V. Ronca (9) (12)     54,532      
James R. Lines (13)            
All directors and executive officers as a group (7 persons)     10,336,897       42.9 %  

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* Less than 1%
(1) Except as otherwise indicated, all shares are beneficially owned, and the sole investment and voting power is held, by the person named. This table is based on information supplied by officers, directors and principal stockholders and reporting forms, if any, filed with the SEC on behalf of such persons.
(2) Based on 24,095,695 shares outstanding as of October 21, 2016.
(3) Unless otherwise indicated, the address of all beneficial owners of our shares of common stock set forth above is 1583 South 1700 East, Vernal, Utah 84078.
(4) Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 12, 2016 by FMR LLC, Fidelity Small Cap Growth Fund, Select Energy Services Portfolio, Edward C. Johnson III and Abigail P. Johnson. Mr. Johnson is a Director and the Chairman of FMR LLC and Ms. Johnson is a Director, the Vice Chairman, the Chief Executive Officer and the President of FMR LLC. Members of the family of Mr. Johnson, including Ms. Johnson, are the predominant owners, directly or through trusts, of Series B voting common shares of FMR LLC, representing 49% of the voting power of FMR LLC. The Johnson family group and all other Series B shareholders have entered into a shareholders’ voting agreement under which all Series B voting common shares will be voted in accordance with the majority vote of Series B voting common shares. Accordingly, through their ownership of voting common shares and the execution of the shareholders’ voting agreement, members of the Johnson family may be deemed, under the Investment Company Act of 1940, to form a controlling group with respect to FMR LLC.

Neither FMR LLC nor Mr. Johnson nor Ms. Johnson has the sole power to vote or direct the voting of the shares owned directly by the various investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act (“Fidelity Funds”) advised by Fidelity Management & Research Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of FMR LLC, which power resides with the Fidelity Funds’ Boards of Trustees. Fidelity Management & Research Company carries out the voting of the shares under written guidelines established by the Fidelity Funds’ Boards of Trustees.

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(5) Based on a Schedule 13D/A filed with the SEC on October 12, 2016 by Reid Walker, D4D LLC, a Texas limited liability company, and Hard 4 Holdings, LLC, a Texas limited liability company of which Mr. Walker is the manager and 100% beneficial owner. Of the total 1,657,143 shares, 1,114,286 shares of common stock and a warrant exercisable for 357,143 shares of common stock held by Hard 4 Holdings, LLC, which Mr. Walker shares dispositive or voting power over, and Mr. Walker personally owns 185,714 additional shares of the Company.
(6) Includes (i) 5,641,510 shares of common stock indirectly owned through his ownership in Meier Family Holding Company, LLC, and (ii) 3,173,350 shares of common stock indirectly owned through his ownership in Meier Management Company, LLC. Also includes 95,000 shares of restricted common stock that vests in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on August 10, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2017. Also includes fully vested options to acquire 65,742 shares of common stock.
(7) Includes (i) 5,641,510 shares of common stock indirectly owned through her ownership in Meier Family Holding Company, LLC, and (ii) 3,173,350 shares of common stock indirectly owned through her ownership in Meier Management Company, LLC. Also includes 75,000 shares of restricted common stock that vests in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on August 10, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2017. Also includes fully vested options to acquire 58,234 shares of common stock.
(8) Includes (a) 75,000 shares of restricted common stock that vests in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on December 22, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on December 22, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on December 22, 2017 and (b) 35,000 shares of restricted common stock that vests in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on August 10, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2017. Also includes fully vested options to acquire 39,468 shares of common stock.
(9) Includes (a) 18,750 shares of restricted common stock that vests in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on August 12, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 12, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 12, 2017 and (b) 23,734 shares of restricted common stock that vests in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2016, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2017 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2018. Also includes fully vested options to acquire 14,521 shares of common stock (in the case of Mr. Iversen), 12,048 shares of common stock (in the case of Mr. Ronca) and 22,806 shares of common stock (in the case of Mr. Cryan).
(10) The address of Mr. Cryan is 2 Hampshire Road, Bronxville, New York 10708. Mr. Cryan has elected to not stand for re-election and will resign from the Board of Directors as of the date of the meeting.
(11) The address of Mr. Iversen is 4928 FM 1374 Road, Huntsville, Texas 77340.
(12) The address of Mr. Ronca is 17318 Chagall Lane, Spring, Texas 77379.
(13) The address of Mr. Cashion is 20615 Sundance Springs Lane, Spring, Texas 77379.
(14) The address of Mr. Line is 20 Florence Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020.

Executive Officers and Key Employees

Our executive officers serve at the direction of our Board of Directors. All of our executive officers and key employees are listed in the following table, and certain information concerning those officers, except for Mr. Meier and Ms. Meier, who are also members of the Board of Directors, follows the table:

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Name   Age   Position
G. Troy Meier   54   Board Chair, Class III Director and Chief Executive Officer
Annette Meier   53   Class II Director, President and Chief Operating Officer
Christopher D. Cashion   60   Chief Financial Officer

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Christopher D. Cashion.   Mr. Cashion has over 30 years of experience in the fields of accounting, finance and private equity. Mr. Cashion joined us in March 2014 to serve as our Chief Financial Officer on a full-time basis. Previously, Mr. Cashion worked as an independent financial and business consultant since 1998. From January 2013 through February 2014, Mr. Cashion was the Chief Financial Officer for Surefire Industries USA LLC, a Houston-based hydraulic fracturing equipment manufacturing company. Previously, from January 2005 to August 2012, Mr. Cashion provided chief financial officer services to five start-up portfolio companies owned by the Shell Technology Venture Fund, a private equity fund. Prior to his tenure with the start-up portfolio companies, Mr. Cashion worked for the First Reserve Corporation, a private equity firm, from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Cashion worked with Baker Hughes, Inc. from 1981 to 1991 and with Ernst & Young from 1977 to 1981. Mr. Cashion holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the University of Houston. Mr. Cashion has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979.

Named Executive Officer Compensation

Summary Compensation Table.   The following table summarizes the compensation of our principal executive officer, as well as our other two most highly compensated executive officers, for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014. We refer to these individuals throughout this proxy statement as the “named executive officers.”

Summary Compensation Table for Fiscal Years Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

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Name and Principal Position   Year   Salary
($)
  Bonus
($)
  Stock
Awards
($) (6)
  Option
Awards
($)
  Non-Equity
Incentive
Plan
Compensation
($)
  Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)
  All Other
Compensation
($)
  Total
($)
G. Troy Meier (1)
Chief Executive Officer
    2015       443,942 (3)             175,750 (7)                         18,762 (9)       638,454  
    2014       277,692 (4)       368,719 (5)                               12,841 (9)       659,252  
Annette Meier (1)
President and Chief Operating Officer
    2015       397,211 (3)             138,750 (7)                         8,343 (10)       544,304  
    2014       248,461 (4)       329,906 (5)                               1,597 (10)       579,964  
Christopher Cashion (2)
Chief Financial Officer
    2015       280,384 (3)             64,750 (7)                         7,652 (11)       352,786  
    2014       175,615 (4)       97,031 (5)       296,250 (8)                         6,210 (11)       575,106  

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(1) Each of G. Troy Meier and Annette Meier historically received a salary of $69,000 per year from Meier Family Holding Company, LLC. During the period January 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014, G. Troy Meier received a salary of $31,625 and Annette Meier received a salary of $29,192 from Superior Drilling Products LLC (“SDPLLC”) and the Meier’s together received distributions of $740,412 from SDPLLC.
(2) Mr. Cashion served as a consultant to the Company from March 1, 2014 through the completion of our initial public offering, at which time he was hired as Chief Financial Officer. For the period March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014, Mr. Cashion received consulting fee payments totaling $82,599.
(3) For 2015, Mr. Meier, Ms. Meier and Mr. Cashion’s annual base salaries were $475,000, $425,000 and $300,000, respectively, however on October 1, their salaries were reduced by 30%, due to the downturn in the oil and gas industry.
(4) Effective after our initial public offering, Mr. Meier, Ms. Meier and Mr. Cashion’s annual base salaries were $475,000, $425,000 and $300,000, respectively. These amounts represent the prorated portion of total annual salary received from June 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
(5) Amounts reflect bonuses earned in 2014, but paid in 2015. For Mr. Meier and Ms. Meier, the bonus earned reflects the period from January 1 through December 31, 2014. For Mr. Cashion, the bonus earned reflects the period from March 1 through December 31, 2014. Criteria considered by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors in determining these bonuses included (i) the successful closing of our initial public offering on May 22, 2014, (ii) the successful closing of our purchase of Hard Rock

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Solutions LLC on May 29, 2014, (iii) the successful staffing of key individuals in sales and marketing to penetrate the U.S. market with the Drill N Ream rental tool and (iv) the successful investment in our research and engineering facility.
(6) Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. See Note 13 to our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 for additional detail regarding assumptions underlying the value of these equity awards.
(7) The grant date fair value for restricted stock awards in 2015 was based on the closing price of our common stock on the grant date (August 10, 2015), which was $1.85 per share. The restricted stock awards will vest in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on the date of grant, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2017.
(8) The grant date fair value for restricted stock awards in 2014 was based on the closing price of our common stock on the grant date (December 22, 2014), which was $3.95 per share. The restricted stock awards will vest in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on December 22, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on December 22, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on December 22, 2015.
(9) Represents certain company paid health care costs for G. Troy and Annette Meier and personal use of a company vehicle.
(10) Represents personal use of a company vehicle.
(11) Represents certain company paid health care costs.

Narrative Disclosure to Summary Compensation Table.   See the footnotes to the Summary Compensation Table and “Employment Agreements and Potential Benefits Upon Termination or Change-in-Control” for narrative disclosure with respect to the table, as well as the below discussion.

Outstanding Equity Awards for Year Ended December 31, 2015

The following table shows the number of shares covered by exercisable and unexercisable stock awards held by our named executive officers on December 31, 2015.

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Name
(a)
  Option Awards   Stock Awards
  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Exercisable
(b)
  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Unexercisable
(c)
  Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options
(#)
(d)
  Option
Exercise
Price
($)
(e)
  Option
Expiration
Date
(f)
  Number of
Shares
or Units
of Stock
That Have
Not Vested
(#)
(g)
  Market
Value
of Shares
or Units
of Stock
That Have
Not Vested
($)
(h) (1)
  Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number
of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other Rights
That Have
Not Vested
(#)
(i)
  Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market or
Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That Have
Not Vested
($)
(j)
Troy Meier                                   63,365       117,225 (2)              
Annette Meier                                   50,000       92,500 (2)              
Chris Cashion                                   23,345       43,188 (2)              
                                           50,000       192,500 (3)                             

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(1) Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. See Note 13 to our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 for additional detail regarding assumptions underlying the value of these equity awards.

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(2) The grant date fair value for restricted stock awards is based on the closing price of our common stock on the grant date August 10, 2015, which was $1.85 per share. The restricted stock awards will vest in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on August 10, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on August 10, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on August 10, 2017.
(3) The grant date fair value for restricted stock awards is based on the closing price of our common stock on the grant date (December 22, 2014), which was $3.95 per share. The restricted stock awards will vest in accordance with the following vesting schedule: 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock vested on December 22, 2015, 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on December 22, 2016 and 33 1/3% of the shares of restricted common stock will vest on December 22, 2017.

Employment Agreements and Potential Benefits Upon Termination or Change-in-Control.

In connection with our initial public offering, we planned to enter into employment agreements with each of our named executive officers, and the forms of those agreements were filed with the SEC as exhibits to our registration statement on Form S-1. However, management and the Board have continued to discuss and negotiate the final terms of those agreements and as of the date hereof, the agreements have not been executed. As a result, none of the named executive officers currently has a contractual right to any of the benefits described below. The employment agreements to be entered into with our named executive officers will provide for, among other things, the payment of base salary, reimbursement of certain costs and expenses, and for each named executive officer’s participation in our bonus plan and employee benefit plans.

With the exception of G. Troy Meier’s and Annette Meier’s employment agreements, each agreement will provide for a term of employment commencing on the date of the agreement and continuing (a) until we or the executive provide 30-days written notice of termination to the other party, (b) upon termination by us for cause, or (c) upon the executive’s death or disability. Except with respect to certain items of compensation, as described below, the terms of each agreement will be similar in all material respects.

In addition to the base salaries shown above,

Mr. Meier’s employment agreement provides for an annual review by our Board of Directors, and a performance bonus of 70% to 110% of his base salary based on criteria to be established by the Compensation Committee.
Ms. Meier’s employment agreement provides for an annual review by our Board of Directors, and a performance bonus of 70% to 110% of her base salary based on criteria to be established by the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Cashion’s employment agreement entitles him to receive up to a performance bonus based on criteria established by the Compensation Committee, and to participate in our incentive plans.

Each of the Meiers’ employment agreements will provide for customary and usual fringe benefits generally available to our executive officers, and reimbursement for reasonable out-of-pocket business expenses, including the use of a company vehicle.

Change of Control Provisions .  Each named executive officer’s employment agreement will also provide that in the event of a Change in Control (as defined below), during the term of executive’s employment, (a) we are obligated to pay such executive a single lump sum payment, within 30 days of the termination of such executive officer’s employment, equal to one year salary, and (b) the executive’s equity awards, if any, shall immediately vest. “Change in Control” means approval by our stockholders of:

(1) (a) a reorganization, merger, consolidation or other form of corporate transaction or series of transactions, in each case, with respect to which persons who were our stockholders immediately prior to such transaction do not, immediately thereafter, own more than 50% of the combined voting power entitled to vote generally in the election of directors of the reorganized, merged or consolidated company’s then outstanding voting securities, in substantially the same proportions as their ownership immediately prior to such transaction, (b) our liquidation or dissolution, or (c) the sale of all or substantially all of our assets (unless such reorganization, merger, consolidation or other corporate transaction, liquidation, dissolution or sale is subsequently abandoned); or

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(2) the acquisition in a transaction or series or transactions by any person, entity or “group”, within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act, of more than 50% of either the then outstanding shares of common stock or the combined voting power of our then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors (a “Controlling Interest”), excluding any acquisitions by (a) us or our subsidiaries, (b) any person, entity or “group” that as of the date of the amendments to the employment agreements owns beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 of the Exchange Act of a Controlling Interest, or (c) any of our employee benefit plans.

G. Troy Meier’s and Annette Meier’s employment agreements will provide that (a) the non-competition covenant does not apply following the termination of employment if their employment is terminated without cause or for good reason, (b) the non-solicitation of employees covenant applies with respect to any current employee or any former employee who was employed by us within the prior six months, and (c) the non-solicitation of customers covenant applies to all actual or targeted prospective clients of ours to the extent solicited on behalf of any person or entity in connection with any business competitive with our business.

As consideration and compensation to our executive officers for, and subject to each executive officer’s adherence to, the above covenants and limitations, we have agreed to continue to pay the executive officer’s base salary in the same manner as if they continued to be employed by us during the one-year non-competition period following the executive officer’s termination.

Payments on Termination .  Except as noted above, upon termination of employment under these agreements, (a) we are only required to pay each executive officer that portion of their respective annual base salary that have accrued and remain unpaid through the effective date of the executive officer’s termination, and (b) we have no further obligation whatsoever to the executive officer other than reimbursement of previously incurred expenses which are appropriately reimbursable under our expense reimbursement policy. However, if employment termination is due to the executive’s death, we will continue to pay the executive’s annual base salary for the period through the end of the calendar month in which death occurs to the executive’s estate.

Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions

Related Party Transactions

On January 1, 2016, we completed the divestiture of our interest in Superior Auto Body and Paint (“SAB”), by selling the remaining ownership interests in the business operations to a third party. We hired an independent third party evaluation firm to determine the value of the operations of SAB. The firm determined the value was $101,400 for the portion owned by us. We received a $50,700 payment and a nine month note for $50,700. We will continue to lease certain of its facilities to SAB. We recorded rental income from the related party in the amounts of $199,902 and $144,943, for the year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Our founders G. Troy Meier and Annette Meier, purchased $1,000,000 of shares of our common stock in our public offering of commons stock which we closed in October 2016.

Policies and Procedures for Related Party Transactions

Any request for us to enter into a transaction with an executive officer, director, principal stockholder or any of such persons’ immediate family members or affiliates, in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000, must first be presented to our audit committee for review, consideration and approval. All of our directors and executive officers are required to report to the audit committee chair any such related person transaction. In approving or rejecting the proposed agreement, our audit committee shall consider the facts and circumstances available and deemed relevant to the audit committee, including, but not limited to, costs and benefits to us, the terms of the transaction, the availability of other sources for comparable services or products, and, if applicable, the impact on a director’s independence. Our audit committee shall approve only those agreements that, in light of known circumstances, are in, or are not inconsistent with, our best interests and the best interests of our stockholders, as our audit committee determines in the good faith exercise of its discretion. If we should discover related person transactions that have not been approved, the audit committee will be notified and will determine the appropriate action, including ratification, rescission or amendment of the transaction.

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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of our equity securities to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our common stock. Officers, directors and greater than 10% stockholders are required by SEC regulation to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file.

To our knowledge, based solely on review of the copies of such reports furnished to us and written representations that no other reports were required, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, our officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners timely filed all required Section 16(a) reports.

Other Matters

Our Annual Report to Stockholders on Form 10-K covering the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other information are available on our website ( www.sdpi.com ) and may also be obtained by calling (435) 789-0594 or writing to the address below:

Superior Drilling Products, Inc.
P.O. Box 1656
Vernal, Utah 84078

The persons designated to vote shares covered by our Board of Directors’ proxies intend to exercise their judgment in voting such shares on other matters that may properly come before the meeting. Management does not expect that any matters other than those referred to in this proxy statement will be presented for action at the meeting.

Deadline for Receipt of Stockholder Proposals

If you want to present a proposal from the floor at the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders or nominate a person for election to the Board at such meeting, you must give us written notice no later than the close of business on August 17, 2017 and no earlier than the opening of business on September 18, 2017, and follow the procedures outlined in our Bylaws. If the date of the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders is more or less than 30 days from December 15, 2017, the one year anniversary of the 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, your notice of a proposal will be timely if we receive it no earlier than the opening of business on the 120 th day before the actual date of such meeting and no later than the later of (i) the close of business on the 90 th day before the actual date of such meeting and (ii) the close of business on the tenth day following the date on which a written statement setting forth the date of such meeting was mailed to the stockholders or the date on which it is first disclosed to the public.

If we do not receive notice of your proposal within this time frame, our management will use its discretionary authority to vote the shares it represents as the Board may recommend. You may request a copy of the provisions of the Bylaws governing the requirements for notice at the below address.

If instead of presenting your proposal or nominee at the meeting you want your proposal to be considered for inclusion in next year’s proxy statement, you must submit the proposal so that it is received by September 18, 2017 and it must set forth the specific information required by Rule 14a-8 or Rule 14a-18, as applicable, of Regulation 14A of the Exchange Act. If the date of the annual meeting of stockholders for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016 is more than 30 days from December 15, 2017, the one year anniversary date of the 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, a notice will be timely if we receive it a reasonable time before we begin to print and send our proxy materials for such meeting.

In each case, your notice should be sent in writing to our Secretary at our principal executive offices at P.O. Box 1656, Vernal, Utah 84078.

Sincerely,

/s/ Annette Meier
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Annette Meier
Secretary

November 17, 2016

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