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

SCHEDULE 14A

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No._)

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SOUND FINANCIAL BANCORP, INC.                    
(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

                                                        
(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)

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2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 448-0884


April 17, 2019

Dear Fellow Shareholder:
On behalf of the Board of Directors and management of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc., I cordially invite you to attend our 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., Pacific Time, on May 28, 2019, at our executive offices located at 2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150, Seattle, Washington.
The matters expected to be acted upon at the meeting are described in detail in the attached Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and proxy statement. An important part of the Annual Meeting is the shareholder vote on corporate business items. I urge you to exercise your rights as a shareholder to vote and participate in this process. At the Annual Meeting, I will present management’s report to you on Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.’s 2018 financial and operating performance.
Included with this proxy statement is a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. We encourage you to read the Form 10-K. It includes information on our operations, products and services, as well as our audited financial statements. Although the Annual Report is being provided to shareholders with this proxy statement, it does not constitute a part of the proxy solicitation materials and is not incorporated into this proxy statement by reference.
We encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting in person. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please read the proxy statement and vote your shares by Internet or telephone or by sending a completed proxy card by regular mail as promptly as possible. This will ensure that your shares are represented at the meeting.
Your Board of Directors and management are committed to the continued success of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. and the enhancement of the value of your investment. As President and Chief Executive Officer, I want to express my appreciation for your confidence and support.
Sincerely,



Laura Lee Stewart
President and Chief Executive Officer







SOUND FINANCIAL BANCORP, INC.

2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 448-0884

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
TO BE HELD MAY 28, 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual meeting of shareholders of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. will be held as follows:

TIME            Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., Pacific Time

PLACE
Sound Community Bank
2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150
Seattle, Washington

BUSINESS
(1) Election of three directors of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.
(2) Advisory (non-binding) vote on executive compensation.
(3) Ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams, LLP as Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.

RECORD DATE
Holders of record of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. common stock at the close of business on March 29, 2019, are entitled to receive this Notice and to vote at the annual meeting, or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

PROXY VOTING
It is important that your shares be represented and voted at the annual meeting. To ensure that your shares are represented at the meeting, please take the time to vote by Internet or telephone or by mailing a completed proxy card as soon as possible. Regardless of the number of shares you own, your vote is very important. Please act today.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Laura Lee Stewart
President and Chief Executive Officer
Seattle, Washington
April 17, 2019
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of
Proxy Materials for the Shareholder Meeting To Be Held on May 28, 2019.

Sound Financial Bancorp Inc.’s proxy statement, Annual Report to Shareholders
and electronic proxy card are available on the Internet at http://www.proxyvote.com.

ou are encouraged to review all of the information contained in the proxy statement before voting.






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2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 448-0884


PROXY STATEMENT

INTRODUCTION

The Board of Directors of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. is using this proxy statement to solicit proxies from the holders of common stock of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. for use at our upcoming annual meeting of shareholders. The annual meeting of shareholders will be held at 10:30 a.m., Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at our executive office, located at 2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150, Seattle, Washington.

At the meeting, shareholders will be asked to vote on three proposals, which are set forth in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and are described in more detail below. Shareholders also will consider any other matters that may properly come before the meeting, although the Board of Directors knows of no other business to be presented. Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. is referred to in this proxy statement from time to time as “Sound Financial Bancorp” or the “Company.” Certain of the information in this proxy statement relates to Sound Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, which is referred to in this proxy statement from time to time as the “Bank.”

By submitting your proxy, either by executing and returning the enclosed proxy card or by voting electronically via the Internet or by telephone, you authorize the Company’s Board of Directors to represent you and vote your shares at the annual meeting in accordance with your instructions. The Board of Directors also may vote your shares to adjourn the annual meeting from time to time and will be authorized to vote your shares at any adjournments or postponements of the annual meeting. This proxy statement and the accompanying materials are being mailed to shareholders on or about April 17, 2019.

Your vote is important. You may vote your shares by Internet or telephone. You also may vote by sending a completed proxy card by regular mail or by submitting a ballot in person at the Annual Meeting. We encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting in person. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please read the proxy statement and vote your shares by Internet or telephone or by sending a completed proxy card by regular mail as promptly as possible. This will ensure that your shares are represented at the meeting.




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INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING
What is the purpose of the annual meeting?

At the annual meeting, shareholders will be asked to vote on the following proposals:
Proposal 1. Election of three directors of Sound Financial Bancorp, each for a three year term.
Proposal 2. Advisory (non-binding) vote on executive compensation.
Proposal 3. Ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams, LLP as Sound Financial Bancorp’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.
The shareholders also will transact any other business that may properly come before the annual meeting, although, as of the date of this proxy statement, the Board of Directors knows of no other business to be presented. If any other proposal properly comes before the shareholders for a vote at the meeting, the proxy holders will vote your shares in accordance with their best judgment. Members of our management team will be present at the annual meeting to respond to appropriate questions from shareholders.
How does the Board of Directors recommend I vote on the proposals?

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote:

FOR the election of the three director nominees named in this proxy statement.
FOR the advisory vote on executive compensation.
FOR  ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams, LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.

Who can vote at the annual meeting?

The record date for the annual meeting is March 29, 2019. Only shareholders of record at the close of business on that date are entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the annual meeting. The only class of stock entitled to be voted at the annual meeting is the common stock of the Company. Each outstanding share of common stock is entitled to one vote for each matter before the annual meeting; provided, however, that pursuant to Section D of Article 5 of the Company’s charter, no shareholder who beneficially owns more than ten percent of the shares of our common stock outstanding as of that date may vote shares in excess of this limit. At the close of business on the record date there were 2,550,421 shares of common stock outstanding.
If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name and these proxy materials are being forwarded to you by your broker or nominee. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker or nominee how to vote.
Can I attend the annual meeting?
If you are a shareholder as of the close of business on March 29, 2019, you may attend the meeting. However, if you hold your shares in street name, you will need proof of ownership to be admitted to the meeting. A recent brokerage statement or a letter from your bank or broker, are examples of proof of ownership. If you want to vote your shares of Sound Financial Bancorp common stock held in street name in person at the meeting, you must get a written proxy in your name from the broker, bank or other nominee who holds your shares.

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What are the quorum and vote requirements?
The annual meeting will be held only if there is a quorum. A quorum exists if a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock entitled to vote, represented in person or by proxy, is present at the meeting. If you return valid proxy instructions or attend the meeting in person, your shares will be counted for purposes of determining whether there is a quorum, even if you abstain from voting. Broker non-votes also will be counted for purposes of determining the existence of a quorum. A broker non-vote occurs when a broker, bank or other nominee holding shares for a beneficial owner does not vote on a particular proposal because the nominee does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that item and has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner.
Directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast by Sound Financial Bancorp shareholders at the annual meeting. Votes may be cast for or withheld from a nominee. Votes that are withheld and broker non-votes have no effect on the election of the director nominees. The advisory vote on executive compensation and the ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams, LLP each requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast on the matter. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted as votes cast on these matters. Accordingly, abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the advisory vote on executive compensation or the ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams, LLP.
How can I obtain a paper copy of this proxy statement, the proxy card and the Annual Report to Shareholders?

You may request that a paper copy of these proxy materials be mailed to you free of charge at any time by calling 800-690-6903 (please provide your Shareholder Control Number, which was printed at the bottom of the April 17, 2019 Notice of Meeting and Availability of Proxy Materials); or by making your request online at http://www.proxyvote.com and inserting your Shareholder Control Number when prompted.
How do I vote?

If you are a registered shareholder, that is, if you hold your stock in your own name, you may vote by:
Internet. To vote by Internet, have your Shareholder Control Number from the Notice of Meeting and Availability of Proxy Materials dated April 17, 2019, in hand; go to http://www.proxyvote.com; and follow the instructions for voting on-line. The deadline for voting by Internet is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 27, 2019.
Telephone. To vote by phone, have your Shareholder Control Number from the Notice of Meeting and Availability of Proxy Materials dated April 17, 2019, in hand; call the toll-free phone number 800-690-6903; and follow the instructions for voting. The deadline for voting by phone is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 27, 2019.
Mail. To vote by mail, request a paper copy of the proxy card and related materials, as noted in the response to the previous question. Then properly complete and sign the proxy card and return it in the return envelope provided in a timely manner. The mailed card must be received by the Company before the start of the annual meeting to be voted.
In person at the annual meeting. If you plan to attend the annual meeting and wish to vote in person, we will give you a ballot at the meeting. However, if your shares are held in the name of your broker, bank or other nominee, you must obtain a proxy form from the named holder of your shares indicating that you were the beneficial owner of those shares on the record date for voting at the annual meeting.

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Can I change my vote after I submit my proxy?

You may revoke your proxy at any time before the vote is taken at the annual meeting. If you are a registered shareholder, you may revoke your proxy and change your vote at any time before the polls close at the meeting by:
• signing another proxy with a later date;
• voting by telephone or on the Internet -- your latest telephone or Internet vote will be counted;
• giving written notice of the revocation of your proxy to the Secretary of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. prior to the annual meeting; or
• voting in person at the annual meeting. Attendance at the annual meeting will not in and of itself constitute revocation of your proxy.
If you have instructed a broker, bank or other nominee to vote your shares, you must follow directions received from your nominee to change those instructions.

What if I do not specify how my shares are to be voted?

If you submit an executed proxy by Internet, phone or mail but do not indicate any voting instructions, your shares will be voted:
FOR the election of the director nominees to the Company’s Board of Directors.
FOR the advisory vote on executive compensation.
FOR the ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams, LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.
What if my shares are held in “street name” by a broker?
If your shares are held in “street name” by a broker, your broker is required to vote those shares in accordance with your instructions. If you do not give instructions to your broker, your broker nevertheless will be entitled to vote the shares with respect to “discretionary” items, but will not be permitted to vote your shares with respect to any “non‑discretionary” items. In the case of non-discretionary items, the shares will be treated as “broker non-votes.” Whether an item is discretionary is determined by the exchange rules governing your broker. You broker will forward information to you indicating how you can forward voting instructions and whether you can forward them by Internet, phone or mail.
What if my shares are held in Sound Financial Bancorp’s employee stock ownership plan?
If you participate in the Sound Financial Bancorp Employee Stock Ownership Plan (the “ESOP”) you will receive a voting instruction form that reflects all shares you may direct the trustees to vote on your behalf under the plan. Under the terms of the ESOP, each participant instructs the trustee of the plan how to vote the shares of common stock allocated to his or her account. If a participant properly executes the voting instruction card distributed by the trustee, the trustee will vote the participant’s shares in accordance with the instructions. Where properly executed voting instruction cards are returned to the trustee with no specific instruction as to how to vote at the annual meeting, the trustee will vote the shares “FOR” each of the proposal’s set forth in this proxy statement.

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If a participant fails to give timely voting instructions to the trustee with respect to the voting of the common stock that is allocated to his or her ESOP account, the trustee will vote such shares “FOR” each of the proposal set forth in this proxy statement. The ESOP trustee, subject to the exercise of its fiduciary duties, will vote all unallocated shares of Sound Financial Bancorp common stock held by the ESOP in the same proportion as shares for which it has received timely voting instructions.
BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF COMMON STOCK
The following table shows, as of March 29, 2019, the voting record date, the beneficial ownership of the Company’s common stock by:
(1)
any persons or entities known by management to beneficially own more than 5% of the outstanding shares of Sound Financial Bancorp’s common stock;
(2)
each director and director nominee of Sound Financial Bancorp;
(3)
each executive officer of Sound Financial Bancorp named in the 2018 Summary Compensation Table; and
(4)
all of the directors and executive officers of Sound Financial Bancorp as a group.
An asterisk (*) in the table indicates that an individual beneficially owns less than one percent of the outstanding common stock of Sound Financial Bancorp. The address of each of the beneficial owners, except where otherwise indicated, is Sound Financial Bancorp’s address. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). As of March 29, 2019, there were 2,550,421 shares of Sound Financial Bancorp common stock issued and outstanding.

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Name of Beneficial Owner
 
Number of Shares
Beneficially Owned(1)
 
Percent of
Common Stock Outstanding(1)
Stilwell Activist Fund, L.P., Stilwell Activist Investment, L.P., Stilwell Partners, L.P., Stilwell Value LLC and Joseph Stilwell (collectively, the “Stilwell Group”)
111 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10006
 
214,600
(2)
8.4
%
FJ Capital Management, LLC
1313 Dolley Madison Blvd, Ste 306
McLean, VA 22101
 
189,782
(3)
7.4
%
Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
 
171,254
 
6.7
%
Tyler K. Myers, Chairman of the Board and Director Nominee
 
46,499
(4)
1.8
%
David S. Haddad, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Board
 
22,770
(5)
*

Laura Lee Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
 
106,741
(6)
4.1
%
Robert F. Carney, Director/Director Nominee
 
18,478
(7)
*

Kathleen B. Cook, Director
 
7,537
(8)
*

Debra Jones, Director
 
28,905
(7)
1.1
%
Rogelio Riojas, Director
 
35,396
(7)
1.4
%
James E. Sweeney, Director/Director Nominee
 
23,990
(7)
*

Elliott L. Pierce, Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer
 
14,312
(9)
*

Christina J Gehrke, Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer
 
9,018
(10)
*

Directors and executive officers of Sound Financial Bancorp as a group (12 persons)
 
337,258
(11)
12.7
%
 
 
 
(Footnotes contained on following page)
 
(1)
Except as otherwise noted in these footnotes, the nature of beneficial ownership for shares reported in this table is sole voting and investment power.
(2)
Based on Schedule 13F filed with the SEC on February 6, 2019 by the Stilwell Group, which reported shared voting and dispositive power over all of the Company shares reported above.
(3)
Based on Schedule 13G file with the SEC on February 14, 2019 by FJ Capital Management LLC and affiliated parties, which reported shared voting and dispositive power over all of the Company shares reported above.
(4)
Includes 21,430 shares of held in Mr. Myers’ 401(k) account and 4,371 shares held in a partnership, in which he is a partner. Also includes 1,000 shares in UTMA accounts for Mr. Myers’ daughter, of which he is trustee. In addition, includes options to acquire 6,937 shares over which Mr. Myers has no voting or dispositive power and 240 restricted shares over which Mr. Myers has sole voting power and no dispositive power.
(5)
Includes 13,113 shares held in an IRA account. Also includes options to acquire 6,937 shares over which Mr. Haddad has no voting or dispositive power and 240 restricted shares over which Mr. Haddad has sole voting power and no dispositive power.
(6)
Includes 18,034 shares in Ms. Stewart’s 401(k) Plan account, 10,942 shares allocated to Ms. Stewart in the ESOP and 14,753 shares pledged as collateral for a loan with an independent third party financial institution. In addition, includes options to acquire 35,279 shares over which Ms. Stewart has no voting or dispositive power and 411 restricted shares over which she has sole voting power and no dispositive power.
(7)
Includes options to acquire 6,937 shares over which the individual has no voting or dispositive power and 240 restricted shares over which the individual has sole voting power and no dispositive power.
(8)
Includes options to acquire 3,095 shares over which Ms. Cook has no voting or dispositive power and 480 restricted shares over which the Ms. Cook has sole voting power and no dispositive power.
(9)
Includes 2,062 shares of allocated to Mr. Pierce in the ESOP. In addition, includes options to acquire 9,008 shares over which Mr. Pierce has no voting or dispositive power and 1,480 restricted shares over which Mr. Pierce has sole voting power and no dispositive power.
(10)
Includes 1,516 shares of allocated to Ms. Gehrke in the ESOP. In addition, includes options to acquire 6,045 shares over which Ms. Gehrke has no voting or dispositive power and 240 restricted shares over which she has sole voting power and no dispositive power.
(11)
Includes shares held by current directors and executive officers directly, in retirement accounts, in a fiduciary capacity or by certain affiliated entities or members of the named individuals’ families, with respect to which shares the named individuals and group may be deemed to have sole or shared voting and/or dispositive powers. Also includes options to acquire 104,424 shares over which the individuals have no voting or dispositive power and 6,614 shares of restricted stock over which they have sole voting power and no dispositive power.

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires the Company’s directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of the Company’s common stock to report to the SEC their initial ownership of the Company’s common stock and any subsequent changes in that ownership. Specific due dates for these reports have been established by the SEC, and Sound Financial Bancorp is required to disclose in this proxy statement any late filings or failures to file. To the Company’s knowledge, based solely on a review of the copies of reports furnished to the Company and written representations relative to the filing of certain forms, all

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Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our executive officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners were met for transactions in our common stock during 2018.

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PROPOSAL 1 - ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Sound Financial Bancorp’s Board of Directors is currently composed of eight members, each of whom is also a director of Sound Community Bank. Pursuant to the Company’s charter, the directors shall be divided into three classes, as nearly equal in number as reasonably possible, with approximately one-third of the directors are elected annually.
The following table sets forth certain information regarding the composition of Sound Financial Bancorp’s Board of Directors, including each director’s term of office. The Sound Financial Bancorp Board of Directors, acting on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, has recommended and approved the nomination of Tyler K. Myers, Robert F. Carney and James E. Sweeney to serve as directors for a term of three years to expire at the annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2022.
It is intended that the proxies solicited on behalf of the Sound Financial Bancorp Board of Directors (other than proxies in which the authority to vote for a nominee is withheld) will be voted at the annual meeting “FOR” the election of Tyler K. Myers, Robert F. Carney and James E. Sweeney as directors. If any director nominee is unable to serve, the shares represented by all valid proxies will be voted for the election of such substitute nominee as the Board of Directors, acting on the recommendations of the Nominating Committee, may recommend. At this time, we know of no reason why any director nominee might be unable to serve if elected. Except as disclosed in this proxy statement, there are no arrangements or understandings between any nominee and any other person pursuant to which the nominee was selected. The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR” the election of the nominees whose names appear below.
Name
 
Age(1)
 
Positions With Sound Financial Bancorp
 
Director
Since(2)
 
Term
Expires
Director Nominees
Tyler K. Myers
 
56
 
Chairman of the Board
 
1993
 
   2022(3)
Robert F. Carney
 
71
 
Director
 
1984
 
   2022(3)
James E. Sweeney
 
69
 
Director
 
1986
 
   2022(3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing Directors
Laura Lee Stewart
 
69
 
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
 
1990
 
2021
Debra Jones
 
61
 
Director
 
2005
 
2021
Rogelio Riojas
 
68
 
Director
 
2005
 
2021
David S. Haddad, Jr.
 
72
 
Vice Chairman of the Board
 
1990
 
2020
Kathleen B. Cook
 
69
 
Director
 
2015
 
2020
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(1) At December 31, 2018.
(2) Includes years of service on the Board of Sound Community Bank (and its predecessor entity).
(3) If elected at the annual meeting.

Business Experience and Qualifications of Directors and Director Nominees
The business experience of each director and director nominee of Sound Financial Bancorp for at least the past five years and the experience, qualifications, attributes, skills and areas of expertise of each director that supports his or her service as a director are set forth below.

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Tyler K. Myers. Mr. Myers is the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Sound Financial Bancorp and Sound Community Bank, and currently is the President and General Partner of The Myers Group, a conglomerate of retail businesses that are focused primarily in the retail grocery, hardware and fuel industries. Mr. Myers is responsible for overseeing the success and profitability of all Myers group business and real estate operations. Mr. Myers has been with The Myers Group since 1978. Mr. Myers’ years of work with and running the Myers Group has provided him with strong leadership, management, financial and administrative skills, which together with his participation in the local community, brings valuable knowledge and skills to our organization.  In addition, his participation in our local business community for over 25 years brings knowledge of the local economy and business opportunities for Sound Community Bank.
Robert F. Carney. Mr. Carney is retired and previously served as the Director of Meat and Seafood Merchandising for Scolaris Food & Drug Company in Reno, Nevada, a position he had held since February 2008. Prior to February 2008, he was Director of Meat and Seafood Merchandising for Brown & Cole Stores in Bellingham, Washington for six years. Mr. Carney has over 20 years of experience in management positions in the food industry, including 12 years of budgeting and profit generating responsibilities. He has an MBA from the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree in economics and business. Mr. Carney has attended seminars on the credit union and banking business over the years and has 35 years of experience on our Board, beginning when Sound Community Bank was a $25 million credit union. Mr. Carney’s years of management experience, together with his educational training, has provided him with extensive experience in the areas of business operations, budgeting and financial management, which knowledge is valuable to our organization.
James E. Sweeney.  Mr. Sweeney is retired and previously served as a Vice-President of Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a national health and wellness retailer based in North Bergan, New Jersey. Mr. Sweeney previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Super Supplements, Inc., a Pacific Northwest retail chain specializing in vitamins, health supplements and nutrition with stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, from June 2006 until its acquisition by Vitamin Shoppe in February 2013. Prior to his employment with Super Supplements, Mr. Sweeney was Managing Partner of Corporate Strategies and Development, LLC, a management consulting firm serving businesses in the Puget Sound area.  He brings general business, financial and risk management skills to Sound Community Bank and has experience guiding business entities during difficult business and economic cycles.  His participation in our local business community for over 40 years brings knowledge of the local economy and business opportunities for Sound Community Bank.
Laura Lee Stewart. Ms. Stewart is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Sound Community Bank and Sound Financial Bancorp. Prior to joining Sound Community Bank as its President in 1989, when it was a credit union, Ms. Stewart was Senior Vice President/Retail Banking at Great Western Bank. Ms. Stewart was selected as an inaugural member of the FDIC Community Bank Advisory Board and completed her term in 2011. In 2011, Ms. Stewart was appointed to the inaugural Consumer Financial Protection Bureau board and completed her term in 2013. She also served as Chair of the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Government Relations Council and is the past Chair of the Washington Bankers Association. The American Banker magazine honored her as one of the top 25 Women to Watch in banking in 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Ms. Stewart was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal. In 2018, she was named Community Banker of the year by American Banker. Ms. Stewart also is Chair of the National Arthritis Foundation’s board of directors as well as serving as the Past Chair of the board of directors of Woodland Park Zoo. In October 2017, Ms. Stewart was elected Chair elect of the ABA. Her many years of service in all areas of the financial institution operations and duties as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sound Financial Bancorp and Sound Community Bank bring a special knowledge of the financial, economic and regulatory challenges we face, and she is well suited to educating the Board on these matters.

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Debra Jones. Ms. Jones served as the Vice President of Administrative Services at Bellingham Technical College from August 2005 until her retirement in September 2014, where she was responsible for cash management, financial affairs, physical plant administration and strategic planning. Prior to joining the college, she served from September 2004 to May 2005 as Manager of Budget and Cash Management of Brown & Cole Stores, a retail grocer, and from 1998 to 2004 as Vice President of Administrative and Financial Services at Brown & Cole Stores. She is a certified public accountant and has served in chief financial officer positions for over 25 years, with responsibility for financial management, risk management and business administration. Her experience and expertise in the areas of accounting, finance and human resources are all valuable skills which she brings to our Board of Directors and as our “audit committee financial expert.”
Rogelio Riojas. Mr. Riojas is the Chief Executive Officer of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a health care and social services organization serving low-income and underserved populations in Seattle and several counties in Washington. He has served in this position for over 30 years. Mr. Riojas has extensive management and administrative skills and experience in the heavily regulated health industry, especially in our local community. He also has experience in compensation, personnel management and human resource matters, which are valuable skills he brings to our Board of Directors.
David S. Haddad, Jr. Mr. Haddad is Vice Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Sound Financial Bancorp and Sound Community Bank. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Haddad was an Operations Manager at Cutter and Buck, a golf apparel company from 1999 until 2003; a Senior Manager of Operations at Progressive International, a housewares wholesaler from 1995 until 1999; and a warehouse manager for Associated Grocers from 1982 until 1995. During Mr. Haddad’s years of service at the senior management level of these companies, his responsibilities included budgeting, personnel management, contract negotiations and control of capital expenditures. During his retirement, Mr. Haddad worked part time from 2004 until 2009 as a Customer Service Supervisor with Alaska Airlines. Mr. Haddad’s 22 years of service as a director of Sound Community Bank (including its predecessor credit union organization) provide him with a strong knowledge and understanding of the institution’s business and history. Mr. Haddad’s years of service at the senior management level of various companies and as a Customer Service Supervisor for Alaska Airlines has provided him with strong leadership, interpersonal, management and administrative skills.
Kathleen B. Cook. Ms. Cook, retired since 1998, lives on the North Olympic Peninsula in the proximity of the Bank’s Clallam and Jefferson County branches. During her professional career, Ms. Cook worked as Attorney Examiner and Staff Counsel to the Superintendent of Banks in Ohio for two years; as Senior Attorney and Vice President of regulatory Compliance for Bank One Corporation for ten years and most recently as Vice President for Regulatory Compliance at Fannie Mae from 1992 to 1998. Currently Ms. Cook is active in conservation activities with the North Olympic Land Trust. Ms. Cook’s more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and specifically in the areas of bank regulation, examination, compliance and oversight add a critical skill set to our Board of Directors and strengthens our strategic risk management oversight.
Director Compensation
Directors of Sound Community Bank (excluding Laura Lee Stewart, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sound Community Bank, who receives no separate compensation for her service as a director) receive compensation for their service on the Board of Directors of Sound Community Bank. They receive no separate compensation for their service on the Board of Directors of Sound Financial Bancorp. During 2018, our directors received an annual retainer fee of $24,000, plus $1,500 for each monthly board meeting attended. The directors are not paid additional fees for service on various board committees or special meetings.

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The following table provides compensation paid to, or earned by, each non-employee member of the Board of Directors during the year ended December 31, 2018.
Name
 
Fees Earned or Paid in Cash ($)
Stock Awards($)(1)
Option Awards
($)(2)
All other compensation
($)(3)

Total
($)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tyler K. Myers
 
$
39,000

$ ---
$ ---
$ ---
$
39,000

David S. Haddad, Jr.
 
39,000

---
---
---
39,000

Robert F. Carney
 
39,000

---
---
---
39,000

Kathleen B. Cook
 
37,500

---
---
35
37,535

Debra Jones
 
39,000

---
---
---
39,000

Rogelio Riojas
 
39,000

---
---
---
39,000

James E. Sweeney
 
39,000

---
---
---
39,000


(1)
As of December 31, 2018, Ms. Cook held 64 shares of restricted common stock which is subject to future vesting.
(2)
As of December 31, 2018, total shares underlying stock options held by the directors were as follows: Myers - 6,887; Haddad - 6,887; Carney - 8,835; Cook - 3,000; Jones - 6,887; Riojas - 6,887; and Sweeney - 7,969.
(3)
Dividends paid to the directors during 2018 on their restricted shares of Company common stock.

With respect to the restricted stock discussed in the footnotes above, vesting accelerates in the event of the director’s death or disability or a change in control of Sound Financial Bancorp or Sound Community Bank. In the event of a termination of service, all non-vested awards would be canceled and the exercise period on the remaining unexercised, vested option awards would be reduced to three months.
Directors are provided or reimbursed for travel and lodging and other customary out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending out-of-town board and committee meetings, industry conferences and continuing education seminars up to $3,500 per year, per director. Any incremental spousal costs in connection with those meetings, conferences and seminars are paid for by the directors personally. Sound Community Bank also pays the premiums on directors’ and officers’ liability insurance.
Board of Directors’ Meetings and Committees and Corporate Governance Matters
Director Independence
The Board applies the independence standard in the NASDAQ listing standards to its directors. The Board has determined that seven of our eight directors, Directors Myers, Haddad, Carney, Cook, Jones, Riojas and Sweeney, are “independent directors” as that term is defined in the NASDAQ listing standards.  The Board of Directors has made a subjective determination as to each independent director that no relationships exist that, in the opinion of the Board, would interfere with the exercise of his or her independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. In making these determinations, the directors reviewed and discussed information provided by the directors and the Company with regard to each director’s business and personal activities as they may relate to the Company and its management.
Corporate Governance
Board Leadership Structure. The Board has placed the responsibilities of Chairman with an independent non-executive member of the Board which we believe provides better accountability between the Board and our management team. We believe it is beneficial to have an independent Chairman whose sole responsibility to us is

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leading our Board members as they provide leadership to our executive team. Our Chairman is responsible for providing leadership to the Board and facilitating communication among the directors; setting the Board meeting agendas in consultation with the President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”); and presiding at Board meetings and executive sessions. This delineation of duties allows the President and CEO to focus her attention on managing the day-to-day business of Sound Community Bank. We believe this structure provides strong leadership for our Board, while positioning our President and CEO as the leader of the company in the eyes of our customers, employees and other stakeholders.
Board Role in Risk Oversight. The Board of Directors is responsible for consideration and oversight of risks facing Sound Financial Bancorp, and is responsible for ensuring that material risks are identified and managed appropriately. The Audit Committee meets quarterly, or more frequently as needed, with management in order to review our major financial risk exposures and the steps management is taking to monitor and control such exposures. Directors also serve on various committees that focus on major areas of risk in Sound Financial Bancorp and Sound Community Bank that include but are not limited to loans and compensation. Directors discuss risk and risk mitigation strategies with management within these committees.  All risk oversight discussions are included in committee reports to the full Board of Directors.
Board Meetings and Committees. Meetings of Sound Financial Bancorp’s Board of Directors are generally held on a quarterly basis. The membership of Sound Community Bank’s Board of Directors is identical to Sound Financial Bancorp’s Board of Directors. Meetings of Sound Community Bank’s Board of Directors are generally held on a monthly basis. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, the Board of Directors of Sound Financial Bancorp held five regular meetings and no special meetings, and the Board of Directors of Sound Community Bank held ten regular meetings and no special meetings. During fiscal year 2018, no incumbent director attended fewer than 75% in the aggregate of the total number of meetings of each Board and the total number of meetings held by the committees of each Board on which committees he or she served.
The Board of Directors of Sound Financial Bancorp has standing Compensation, Audit and Nominating committees. Information regarding the functions of the Board’s committees, their present membership and the number of meetings held by each committee for the year ended December 31, 2018, is set forth below:
Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee operates under a formal written charter adopted by the Board of Directors.  The Compensation Committee is responsible for: (i) determining and evaluating the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and other executive officers; (ii) reviewing and monitoring existing compensation plans, policies and programs and recommending changes to the goals and objectives of these plans, policies and programs to the entire Board; and (iii) reviewing and recommending new compensation plans, policies and programs.  The Compensation Committee also recommends to the Board of Directors any changes in the compensation structure for non-employee directors and conducts an annual performance review of the Chief Executive Officer.  The Compensation Committee does not designate its authority to any one of its members or any other person, however, Ms. Stewart does make recommendations to the Compensation Committee for all compensation, except her own.
The Compensation Committee is comprised of Directors Sweeney (chair), Cook, Jones and Myers, each of whom is “independent” as that term is defined for compensation committee members in the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules (the “Nasdaq Rules”). The Compensation Committee is scheduled to meet at least once a year and on an as-needed basis.  The Compensation Committee met ten times during 2018.

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Audit Committee. The Audit Committee operates under a formal written charter adopted by the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors to provide assistance to the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibility relating to the integrity of our consolidated financial statements and the financial reporting processes, the systems of internal accounting and financial controls, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the annual independent audit of our consolidated financial statements, the independent auditors qualifications and independence, the performance of our internal audit function and independent auditors and any other areas of potential financial risk to Sound Financial Bancorp specified by its Board of Directors. The Audit Committee also is responsible for the appointment, retention and oversight of our independent auditors, including pre-approval of all audit and non-audit services to be performed by the independent auditors.
The current members of the Audit Committee are Directors Jones (chair), Riojas, Haddad, Carney and Cook. All members of the Audit Committee, in addition to being independent as defined under Rule 4200 (a)(15) of the Nasdaq Rules, (i) meet the criteria for independence set forth in Section 10A(m)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and (ii) are able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including our balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. Additionally, Debra Jones has had past employment experience in finance or accounting and/or requisite professional certification in accounting that results in her financial sophistication. The Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Jones meets the requirements adopted by the SEC for qualification as an “audit committee financial expert.” During 2018, the Audit Committee held five meetings.
Nominating Committee. Our Nominating Committee is comprised of Directors Haddad (chair), Cook and Jones, each of whom is “independent” as that term is defined for compensation committee members in the Nasdaq Rules. The Nominating Committee is scheduled to meet at least once a year and on an as-needed basis.  The Nominating Committee met one time during 2018. The Nominating Committee operates under a formal written charter adopted by the Board of Directors.  The Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying and recommending director candidates to serve on the Board of Directors.  Final approval of director nominees is determined by the full Board, based on the recommendations of the Nominating Committee.  The nominees for election at the meeting identified in this document were recommended to the Board by the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee has the following responsibilities under its charter:
(i)
recommend to the Board the appropriate size of the Board and assist in identifying, interviewing and recruiting candidates for the Board;
(ii)
recommend candidates (including incumbents) for election and appointment to the Board of Directors, subject to the provisions set forth in the charter and bylaws relating to the nomination or appointment of directors, based on the following criteria: (i) business experience, education, integrity, reputation, independence, conflicts of interest, diversity, and age; (ii) number of other directorships and commitments (including charitable obligations); (iii) tenure on the Board; (iv) attendance at Board and committee meetings: (v) stock ownership; (vi) specialized knowledge (such as an understanding of banking, accounting, marketing, finance, regulation and public policy); (vii) residency and a commitment to the Company’s communities and shared values; and (viii) overall experience in the context of the needs of the Board as a whole. As a general rule, it is the desire of the Board of Directors that directors shall live and/or work in the communities served by the Company’s subsidiary bank;
(iii)
consider and evaluate nominations from shareholders using the same criteria as all other nominations;
(iv)
annually recommend to the Board committee assignments and committee chairs on all committees of the Board, and recommend committee members to fill vacancies on committees as necessary; and
(v)
perform any other duties or responsibilities expressly delegated to the Nominating Committee by the Board.

Pursuant to the Company’s bylaws, no person 75 years of age or older is eligible for election, re-election, appointment or re-appointment to the Company’s Board of Directors. No director who has attained the age of 75 shall continue to serve as a director beyond the annual meeting of shareholders at which his or her term as a director expires.

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Nominations of persons for election to the Board of Directors may be made only by or at the direction of the Board of Directors or by any stockholder entitled to vote for the election of directors who complies with the notice procedures.  Pursuant to the Company’s bylaws, nominations for directors by shareholders must be made in writing and received by the Secretary of the Company at the Company’s principal executive offices no earlier than 120 days prior to the meeting date and no later than 90 days prior to the meeting date. If, however, less than 100 days’ notice or public announcement of the date of the meeting is given or made to shareholders, nominations must be received by the Company not later than the close of business on the tenth day following the earlier of the day on which notice of the date of the meeting was mailed or otherwise transmitted or the day on which public announcement of the date of the meeting was first made. In addition to meeting the applicable deadline, nominations must be accompanied by certain information specified in the Company’s bylaws.
     This description is a summary of our nominating process.  Any shareholder wishing to propose a director candidate to the Company should review and must comply in full with the procedures set forth in the Company’s charter and bylaws.

Stock Ownership Guidelines. The Board of Directors believes the alignment of directors’ interests with those of shareholders is strengthened when Board members are also shareholders. Under the Company’s stock ownership guidelines, adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors in June 2014, outside (non-employee) directors of the Company or its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Sound Community Bank, are expected to own Sound Financial Bancorp common stock equal in value to at least $50,000 within two years of joining the Board (of which $10,000 should be owned within the first year of joining the Board). Share ownership for purposes of calculating compliance with these ownership guidelines do not include a director’s unexercised stock options or any shares of Company common stock that are pledged or otherwise encumbered. As of the date of this proxy statement, all of our current non-employee directors meet the stock ownership threshold.

Communications with Directors. Any shareholder desiring to communicate with the Board of Directors, or one or more specific members thereof, should communicate in writing addressed to Tyler K. Myers, Chairman of the Board of the Company, 2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150, Seattle, Washington, 98121.
Attendance Policy at Annual Meetings. Although we do not have a formal policy regarding director attendance at annual shareholder meetings, directors are expected to attend these meetings. All directors were in attendance at last year’s annual shareholder meeting.

Committee Charters. The charters of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees are posted on our website at www.soundcb.com under “Investor Relations - Governance Documents.”
Code of Ethics. We have adopted a code of ethics that applies to our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, and person performing similar functions, and to all of our other employees and our directors. You may obtain a copy of the code of ethics free of charge by writing to the Corporate Secretary of Sound Financial Bancorp, 2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150, Seattle, Washington, 98121 or by calling (206) 448-0884. In addition, the code of ethics is available on our website at www.soundcb.com under “Investor Relations - Governance Documents.”

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TRANSACTIONS WITH CERTAIN RELATED PERSONS

In the ordinary course of our business, we have engaged and expect to continue engaging through the Bank in ordinary banking transactions with our directors, executive officers, their immediate family members and companies in which they may have a 5% or more beneficial ownership interest, including loans to such persons. Except as set forth below, there were no transactions of this nature, the amount of which exceeded $120,000 during 2018 or 2017.

Our directors, officers and employees are eligible for any type of credit offered by Sound Community Bank. Federal regulations permit executive officers and directors to participate in loan programs that are available to other employees, as long as the director or executive officer is not given preferential treatment compared to other participating employees.  In accordance with banking regulations, such loans to directors are made on substantially the same terms as those available to Sound Community Bank’s employees.  Such loans provide for a discount as to interest rate, consistent with the requirements of the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation O – Loans to Executive Officers, Directors, and Principal Shareholders of Member Banks.  When the director or executive officer leaves Sound Community Bank, these preferential rates return to market rates and terms in effect at the time of origination. Except as set forth above, loans to directors and executive officers are made in the ordinary course of business and on substantially the same terms, including interest rates and collateral, as prevailing at the time for comparable loans with persons not related to Sound Community Bank, and do not involve more than the normal risk of collectability or present other unfavorable features. Loans to current directors and executive officers and their related persons totaled approximately $3.4 million at December 31, 2018, and were performing in accordance with their terms at that date.
Set forth below is information regarding loans made with preferential interest rates, as compared to interest rates prevailing at the time of origination for comparable loans with persons not related to Sound Community Bank, to directors and executive officers during each of the last two fiscal years who had aggregate indebtedness to Sound Community Bank that exceeded $120,000.
Name
Nature of Transaction
Interest Rate
Largest Principal Balance
01/01/18 to 12/31/18
Principal Balance
 at 12/31/2018
Principal Paid 01/01/18 to 12/31/18
Interest Paid 01/01/18 to 12/31/18
Tyler Myers
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
$
424,609

$
405,666

$
18,943

$
6,759

David Haddad
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
388,353

377,896

10,457

6,233

Robert Carney
Mortgage Loan
2.38%
123,000

120,544

2,133

1,255

Debra Jones
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
488,274

469,489

18,785

7,795

James E. Sweeney
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
360,372

343,447

16,925

5,730

Heidi Sexton
Mortgage Loan
2.38%
580,000

574,293

5,707

5,793

Name
Nature of Transaction
Interest Rate

Largest Principal Balance
01/01/17 to 12/31/17
Principal Balance
 at 12/31/2017
Principal Paid 01/01/17 to 12/31/17
Interest Paid 01/01/17 to 12/31/17
Tyler Myers
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
$
443,246

$
424,609

$
18,637

$
7,064

David Haddad
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
398,590

388,353

10,237

6,526

Robert Carney
Mortgage Loan
4.00%
228,594

122,677

105,917

6,178

Debra Jones
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
506,757

488,274

18,483

8,098

James E. Sweeney
Mortgage Loan
1.63%
377,023

360,372

16,651

6,003




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Executive Compensation

The following table summarizes the compensation paid to, or earned by, our President and Chief Executive Officer, and our two next highest compensated executive officers who were serving at the end of fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 for services rendered in all capacities during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. We use the term “named executive officers” in this document to refer to the persons listed in this table.
Summary Compensation Table
Name and
Principal
Position
Fiscal
Year
Salary


Bonus(1)
Stock Awards(2)
Option Awards(3)
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation(4)
All Other Compensation(5)
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laura Lee Stewart
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
2018

$395,437

$ —

$ —

$ —

$
158,118

$
112,759

$
666,314

2017
382,064




128,293

99,490(6)

609,847(6)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elliott L. Pierce
Executive Vice President/ Chief Credit Officer
2018
246,975




81,473

73,305

401,753

2017
239,100

1,802

3,603

39,720

66,237

86,660

437,122

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christina J. Gehrke
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
2018
201,230




66,382

79,172

346,784

2017
225,620

1,802

3,603

39,720

62,503

85,462

419,010


(1)
Represents the grant date fair value, under FASB ASC Topic 718, of 64 shares of Company common stock granted to each of Mr. Pierce and Ms. Gehrke during 2017.
(2)
Represents the grant date fair value, under FASB ASC Topic 718, of 128 shares of Company common stock granted to each of Mr. Pierce and Ms. Gehrke in 2017 (which vest equally over two years from the grant date). For additional information, see “- Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2018” below.
(3)
Reflects the value of stock options to purchase 6,000 shares of Company common stock granted to each of Mr. Pierce and Ms. Gehrke during 2017. The amounts in this column are calculated using the grant date fair values of the awards under FASB ASC Topic 718, based on the fair value of the stock option awards, as estimated using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are included in Note 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the SEC. For additional information, see “- Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2018” below.
(4)
For additional information, see “- Annual Bonus Plan” below.
Description
 
Stewart
 
Pierce
 
Gehrke
401(k) matching contribution
 
$
10,200

 
$
7,940

 
$
6,997

Non-qualified deferred compensation plan matching contribution(a)
 
5,809

 
2,667

 
2,188

Non-qualified deferred compensation plan discretionary contribution(b)
 
40,000

 
25,000

 
25,000

Payment for executive medical benefits
 
6,701

 
14,562

 
17,795

Payment for unused vacation not eligible for rollover
 
7,604

 

 

Life insurance premiums(c)
 
557

 
576

 
576

Employee stock ownership plan allocation
 
34,666

 
22,525

 
21,581

Dividends on restricted stock
 
222

 
35

 
35

Matching charitable contribution(d)
 
7,000

 
-

 
5,000

Total

 
 
$
112,759

 
$
73,305

 
$
79,172

(5)
The amounts represented for the year ended December 31, 2018, consist of the following (no executive officer received personal benefits or perquisites exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate):

(a)
For additional information, see “- Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan” below.
(b)
Non-qualified supplemental retirement contributions made by the Bank on behalf of the executive under the Bank’s non-qualified deferred compensation plan, which is subject to a three-year vesting requirement. For additional information, see “- Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan” below.
(c)
Reflects life insurance premiums paid in 2018 by us on behalf of the officers.

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(d)
We annually match up to $7,000 in charitable contributions made by Ms. Stewart to charities of her choice that are tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
(6)
Amounts reported in last year’s proxy statement included a $25,000 discretionary contribution to Ms. Stewart’s non-qualified deferred compensation plan account. No discretionary contribution was paid to Ms. Stewart for the year ended December 31, 2018 and these amounts have been adjusted accordingly.

Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2018
The following table sets forth information for each named executive officer concerning stock options and restricted stock held at December 31, 2018.
 
Options Awards
 
Stock Awards
 Name
Number of
Securities Underlying
     Unexercised Options
 
Option
Exercise
Price
 
Option
Expiration
Date
 
Number
of Shares
or Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested
 
Market Value
of Shares or
Units of Stock That Have
   Not Vested(7)
 
Exercisable
 
Unexercisable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laura Lee Stewart
1,749
 
---
 
$
8.49

 
02/28/2022
 
 
 
 
 
13,737
 
4,579(1)
 
16.80

 
01/23/2024
 
 
 
 
 
8,362
 
---
 
18.36

 
01/28/2025
 
 
 
 
 
5,102
 
3,400(2)
 
18.36

 
01/28/2025
 
           342(5)
 
$11,132
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elliott L. Pierce
1,806
 
2,707(3)
 
22.31

 
01/29/2026
 
 
 
 
 
4,000
 
2,000(4)
 
28.34

 
01/27/2027
 
     64(6)
 
$2,083
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christina J. Gehrke
4,000
 
2,000(4)
 
28.34

 
01/27/2027
 
         64(6)
 
$2,083
_________________
(1) Vests on January 23, 2019.
(2) Vests in two equal annual installments on January 28, 2019 and 2020.
(3) Vests in approximately three equal annual installments on January 29, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
(4) Vests on January 27, 2019.
(5) Vests in two equal installments on January 28, 2019 and 2020.
(6) Vests on January 27, 2019.
(7) Value is based on the $32.55 closing price of a share of Sound Financial Bancorp common stock on December 31, 2018.

    Employment Agreement. On January 25, 2019, the Company and the Bank (collectively, the “Employers”), entered into an amended and restated employment agreement (the “Amended Employment Agreement”) with Ms. Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Employers.  The Amended Employment Agreement amends and restates the amended and restated employment agreement entered into with Ms. Stewart on August 30, 2016.

The Amended Employment Agreement, which became effective as of January 25, 2019, has an initial term expiring on December 31, 2020.  Beginning on January 1, 2020 and on each January 1st thereafter, the term of the

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Amended Employment Agreement will be extended for a period of one additional year, unless either the Employers give notice to Ms. Stewart or Ms. Stewart gives notice to the Employers in writing at least 60 days prior to such date that the term of the Amended Employment Agreement will not be extended further.  If any party gives timely notice that the term will not be extended as of any such January 1st, then the Amended Employment Agreement will terminate at the conclusion of its remaining term. The Amended Employment Agreement also provides that if a change in control of the Company or the Bank occurs during the term of the Amended Employment Agreement, then the term will be extended to the extent necessary so that it expires no earlier than the one-year anniversary of the date of the change in control. This ensures that the cash severance under the Amended Employment Agreement is at least one times Ms. Stewart’s salary.

Ms. Stewart's annual minimum base salary under the Amended Employment Agreement is Four Hundred Thirteen Thousand Two Hundred Thirty-One Dollars and Thirty-Seven Cents ($413,231.37), her base salary for 2019 as established by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. The amount of her annual salary is reviewed by the Compensation Committee each year. The Amended Employment Agreement provides for: no salary reductions; participation in bonus plans, retirement plans, group insurance and other benefits provided to full time Bank employees generally and in which executive officers participate; and reimbursement of expenses incurred by Ms. Stewart in performing services for the Employers.

Under the Amended Employment Agreement, if Ms. Stewart's employment is terminated for any reason other than cause, death, retirement, or disability, or if she resigns following certain events such as relocation or demotion, she will be entitled to receive for the remaining term of the Amended Employment Agreement: (i) her salary and (ii) at no premium cost to Ms. Stewart, the same group health benefits and other group insurance and group retirement benefits as Ms. Stewart would have received had she continued to be employed by the Employers, to the extent that the Employers can do so under the terms of applicable plans as are maintained by the Employers for the benefit of their executive officers from time to time.  All of the foregoing payments are subject to cut-back to the extent the payments are deemed "parachute payments" under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended (the “IRC”).

Annual Bonus Plan. Our named executive officers participate in an annual incentive bonus plan (“Annual Bonus Plan”), which provides for annual cash bonuses to designated senior managers, including all the named executive officers, upon the achievement of performance goals established by the Board of Directors based on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee. Under the Annual Bonus Plan, prior to the earnings override adjustment discussed below, Ms. Stewart, Mr. Pierce and Ms. Gehrke were entitled to receive a bonus in 2018 of up to 40%, 33% and 33%, respectively, of their base salary, depending on how actual performance compares with the pre-established quantitative and qualitative corporate performance goals. These bonus percentages, to the extent bonuses are earned, are subject to upward or downward adjustment by up to 50%, based on the percentage that actual net income is above or below the targeted net income as set by the Board of Directors (“Earnings Override Adjustment”). The Earnings Override Adjustment for 2018 resulted in a 7.45% upward adjustment in the bonus percentages earned.
The participants’ bonuses are based 50% on meeting quantitative goals and 50% on meeting qualitative goals. The quantitative goals are based on overall corporate performance and include performance factors relating to asset size, capital level, delinquency ratio, return on assets and equity, levels of non-interest income and non-interest expense, net interest margin, charge-offs and the size of the loan portfolio. The qualitative goals are non-financial corporate goals that require leadership of senior management and are ranked based on their relative importance to our operations. The performance goals are the same for all participants. Bonus amounts paid to individuals under the Annual Bonus Plan are subject to upward or downward adjustment by the Board of Directors in its discretion.

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For the year ended December 31, 2018, Ms. Stewart, Mr. Pierce and Ms. Gehrke earned bonuses of 40%, 33% and 33% of base salary, respectively. The bonuses amounts earned by each of the named executive officers for 2018 is included in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column in the Summary Compensation Table above.
Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans. The Company maintains two supplemental executive retirement plans for the benefit of Ms. Stewart, which are intended to be unfunded, non-contributory defined benefit plans maintained primarily to provide her with supplemental retirement income. The first supplemental executive retirement plan (“SERP 1”) was effective as of August 14, 2007. The second supplemental executive retirement plan (“SERP 2”) was effective as of December 30, 2011, at which time the benefits under SERP 1 were frozen. At that time, the Company also entered into a Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement with Ms. Stewart, which is discussed below.
Under the terms of SERP 1, as amended, Ms. Stewart is entitled to receive $53,320 per year for life commencing on the first day of the month following her separation from service (as defined in SERP 1) for any reason from Sound Community Bank. No payments will be made under SERP 1 in the event of Ms. Stewart’s death and any payments that have commenced will cease upon death. In the event Ms. Stewart is involuntarily terminated in connection with a change in control (as defined in SERP 1), she will be entitled to receive the annual benefit described in the second sentence of this paragraph commencing upon such termination, subject to any applicable cutback for payments after a change in control as required by Section 280G of the IRC.
Under the terms of SERP 2, as amended, upon Ms. Stewart’s termination of employment with Sound Community Bank for any reason other than death, she will be entitled to receive additional retirement benefits of $96,390 per year for life commencing on the first day of the month following the later of age 70 or her separation from service (as defined in SERP 2) from Sound Community Bank. In the event of Ms. Stewart’s death, her beneficiary will be entitled to a single lump sum payment within 90 days thereafter in an amount equal to the account value as of the death benefit valuation date, or approximately $1.2 million at December 31, 2018. If a change in control occurs (as defined in SERP 2), Ms. Stewart will receive her full retirement benefit under SERP 2 for life commencing upon the first day of the month following her separation from service from Sound Community Bank.
Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement. On January 25, 2019, Sound Community Bank entered into an Amended and Restated Confidentiality, Non-competition, and Non-solicitation Agreement (the “Amended Non-compete Agreement”) with Ms. Stewart. This Amended Non-compete Agreement amends and restates the Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement between the Bank and Ms. Stewart as originally adopted effective December 30, 2011, as amended and restated on November 23, 2015.
The Amended Non-Compete Agreement provides that the term of the non-compete and non-solicitation periods applicable to Ms. Stewart is a fixed period of 36 months from the date of Ms. Stewart’s separation from service with the Company and the Bank (the “Restricted Period”). Under the terms of the Amended Non-compete Agreement, upon Ms. Stewart's termination of employment by the Bank for cause or voluntarily by Ms. Stewart (other than for good reason), Ms. Stewart will be entitled to receive a bi-monthly payment, in an amount equal to Three Thousand Five Hundred Forty-Two Dollars ($3,542), which amount shall be paid in equal bi-monthly payments during the Restricted Period beginning on the fifth day of the month following her separation from service with the Bank. Upon Ms. Stewart’s termination of employment with the Bank for any reason other than set forth in the preceding sentence, she will be entitled to receive an amount equal to 150 percent of her then-base salary plus the average of her past three years short term bonus pay, or approximately $804,000 at December 31, 2018, payable in 12 monthly installments beginning on the first day of the month following her termination. If Ms. Stewart breaches any of the covenants contained in the Amended Non-compete Agreement, her right to any of the payments

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specified above after the date of the breach shall be forever forfeited. Notwithstanding the foregoing, under her Amended Non-compete Agreement, if Ms. Stewart’s employment with the Bank is involuntarily terminated or she terminates her employment with the Bank for good reason at any time within 24 months following a change in control, Ms. Stewart will be entitled to receive an amount equal to 150 percent of her then-base salary plus the average of her past three years short term bonus, payable in a lump sum.
Change in Control Agreement. We have entered into change in control agreement with a number of our executive officers, including Mr. Pierce and Ms. Gehrke. These agreements remain in effect until canceled by either party, upon at least 12 months prior written notice to the other party.

Under the terms of the change in control agreement, the executive is entitled to a change of control payment from the Company if he or she is involuntary terminated (as defined in the agreement) concurrently with or within 12 months following a change in control (as defined in the agreement).  In such an event the executive is entitled to receive a cash payment equal to two times his or her then current annual base salary.  The change in control agreements also provide that for a period ending at the earlier of (i) eighteen (18) months after the effective date of the executive’s termination or (ii) the date of the executive’s full time employment by another employer that provides substantially similar benefits, at no premium cost to the executive, the Company shall maintain the same group health benefits and other group insurance and group retirement benefits as the executive would have received had he continued to be employed by the Company and/or the Bank, to the extent that the Company and the Bank can do so under the terms of applicable plans as are maintained by the Company and the Bank for the benefit of its executive officers from time to time.  All of the above payments that would be made in connection with a change of control are subject to cut-back to the extent the payments are deemed “parachute payments” under Section 280G of the IRC.

Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan. On November 29, 2016, the Bank adopted a nonqualified deferred compensation plan (the “NQDC Plan”), which was effective on January 1, 2017. The purpose of the NQDC Plan is to provide a select group of management or highly-compensated employees of the Bank with an opportunity to defer the receipt of up to eighty percent (80%) of their annual base salary, bonus, performance-based compensation and any commission income and to assist the Bank in attracting, retaining and motivating employees of high caliber and experience. In addition to elective deferrals, the Bank may make discretionary and other contributions to be credited to the account of any or all participants, subject to the vesting requirements set forth in the NQDC Plan. Discretionary contributions by the Bank become 100% vested upon the completion of three years of service from a participant’s effective date of participation in the NQDC Plan (with accelerated vesting upon death, disability or a change in control), while other Bank contributions (including matching contributions) vest at the rate of 20% per year, beginning with the participant’s two-year anniversary of his or her date of hire. The board of directors of the Bank agreed that in the event Ms. Stewart has a separation from service prior to January 1, 2020, the date she becomes vested in her discretionary contributions, then the Bank shall amend the NQDC Plan to provide for immediate vesting as of the date of the separation from service. For matching and discretionary contributions made by the Bank for 2018 to our named executive officers, see “- Summary Compensation Table” and Note (5) thereto.

Each participant’s deferred compensation account is credited with an investment return determined as if the account was invested in one or more investment funds. Each participant elects the investment funds in which his or her account shall be deemed to be invested. Distributions of vested account balances are made upon death, disability, separation from service, or a specified in-service date unforeseeable emergency. Distributions shall be made in a single cash payment or, at the election of the participant, in annual installments for a period of up to ten (10) years in the case of a separation from service and in annual installments for a period of up to five (5) years in the case of an in-service distribution.


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The obligations of the Bank under the NQDC Plan are general unsecured obligations of the Bank to pay deferred compensation in the future to eligible participants in accordance with the terms of the NQDC Plan from the general assets of the Bank, although the Bank may establish a trust to hold amounts which the Bank may use to satisfy NQDC Plan distributions from time to time. Distributions from the NQDC Plan are governed by the Internal Revenue Code and the NQDC Plan. The Company may, at any time, in its sole discretion, terminate the NQDC Plan or amend or modify the NQDC Plan, in whole or in part, except that no such termination, amendment or modification shall have any retroactive effect to reduce any amounts deemed to be accrued and vested prior to such amendment.

Deferred Compensation Account. The Bank maintains a deferred compensation account for the benefit of Ms. Stewart, which account was established in 1994 in connection with an incentive plan which is no longer active. Ms. Stewart was fully vested in her benefits under this plan as of January 2005. Pursuant to the terms of the plan, payments in an amount equal to the fair market value of the assets in the deferred compensation account shall be made to Ms. Stewart (or to her designated beneficiary in the event of her death) in 120 equal monthly installments commencing on the last day of the month following the month in which her employment with the Bank is terminated. In the event of the death of Ms. Stewart and her designated beneficiary prior to the account being fully paid, the remaining value of the account shall be paid in a lump sum to the beneficiary’s estate. The assets in the deferred compensation account consist of cash which is held in a certificate of deposit at the Bank and earns interest at market rates. At December 31, 2018, the deferred compensation account had a fair market value of $104,000.

Equity Incentive Plans. We maintain equity incentive plans that provide for the grant or award of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock and restricted stock units to our directors, advisory directors, officers and other employees. The Compensation Committee administers the plans, determines employee eligibility, grants awards and sets the terms of awards. Awards are discretionary and are based on an assessment of the participant’s position, years of service, and contribution to our success and growth. The exercise price of options awarded must be no less than the fair market value of a share of Sound Financial Bancorp’s common stock on the date of grant. Restricted stock awards and options granted pursuant to the Company’s equity incentive plans generally (i) are subject to a vesting period and (ii) accelerate vesting in the event of the participant’s death or disability or a change in control of Sound Financial Bancorp or Sound Community Bank. In the event of a termination of service, other than in connection with death, disability or a change in control, all non-vested awards typically would be canceled.
PROPOSAL 2 - ADVISORY (NON-BINDING) VOTE
ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) and the SEC's implementing rules, we are including in this proxy statement and will present at the annual meeting an advisory (non-binding) vote on executive compensation, commonly known as a “say-on-pay” proposal. This proposal gives shareholders the opportunity to endorse or not endorse the compensation of the Company's NEOs (named executive officers) as disclosed in this proxy statement. This proposal will be presented at the annual meeting as a resolution in substantially the following form:
RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the Company’s proxy statement for the annual meeting pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including compensation tables and narrative discussion, is hereby APPROVED.
This vote will not be binding on the Company’s Board of Directors and may not be construed as overruling a decision by the Board or creating or implying any additional fiduciary duty to the Board. Nor will it affect any

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compensation paid or awarded to any executive. The Compensation Committee and the Board may, however, take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation arrangements. The purpose of our compensation programs is to attract and retain experienced, highly qualified executives critical to our long-term success and enhancement of shareholder value. The say-on-pay vote at our annual meeting of shareholders held in 2018, which related to our 2017 executive compensation, was approved by approximately 94% of shareholder votes cast.
The Dodd-Frank Act requires that at least once every six years we hold a non-binding, advisory vote on the frequency of future say-on-pay votes, with shareholders having the choice of every year, every two years or every three years. We held our last frequency vote in 2018, and the most votes were received for a frequency of every year. In keeping with the preference expressed by our shareholders at our 2018 annual meeting, the Company will continue holding "say-on-pay" votes annually.
Our Board of Directors recommends that shareholders vote FOR this proposal.
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

The information contained in this report shall not be deemed to be “soliciting materials” or to be filed with the SEC, nor shall said information be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, notwithstanding the incorporation by reference of this proxy statement into any such filing
The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, with management. The Audit Committee has discussed with Moss Adams, LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm, the matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees.
The Audit Committee has also received the written disclosures and the letter from Moss Adams, LLP required by applicable requirements of the Public Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent accountant’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and has discussed with Moss Adams, LLP its independence.
Based on the Audit Committee's review and discussions noted above, it recommended to the Board of Directors that Sound Financial Bancorp’s audited financial statements be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, for filing with the SEC.
The foregoing report is furnished by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors:
Debra Jones, Chair    Robert Carney    Rogelio Riojas    Kathleen Cook     David Haddad
PROPOSAL 3 - RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT
REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors appointed Moss Adams, LLP to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 and is soliciting your ratification of that selection.
Your ratification of the Audit Committee’s selection of Moss Adams, LLP is not necessary because the Audit Committee has responsibility for selection of our independent registered public accounting firm. However,

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the Audit Committee will take your vote on this proposal into consideration when selecting our independent registered public accounting firm in the future. A representative of Moss Adams, LLP is expected to be present at the annual meeting of shareholders and will have the opportunity to make a statement or respond to any appropriate questions that shareholders may have.
The Board of Directors recommends that shareholders vote “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Moss Adams, LLP as Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.
Principal Accountant Fees and Services
During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, Moss Adams, LLP provided various audit services to Sound Financial Bancorp and Sound Community Bank. These services included:  (1) the audit of our annual financial statements and review of the financial statements included in Sound Financial Bancorp’s filings with the SEC; (2) consultation on accounting matters; and (3) professional services.
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
Audit Fees
$
252,829

 
$
155,319

All Other Fees
12,500

 
13,167


Audit fees relate to professional services rendered in connection with the audit of the Company’s annual financial statements and internal control over financial reporting; quarterly review of financial statements included in the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and audit services provided in connection with the Company’s other filings with the SEC, including comfort letters, consents and other research work necessary to comply with generally accepted auditing standards.

All Other Fees are fees related to an annual audit of the Bank’s 401 (k) plan for the year ended December 31, 2018.

No fees were billed for professional services rendered for services or products other than those listed under the captions “Audit Fees,” and “All Other Fees,” for 2018 and 2017.

Our Audit Committee has determined that the services provided by Moss Adams, LLP as set forth herein are compatible with maintaining Moss Adams, LLP’s independence.

Pursuant to the terms of its charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the work of the independent auditors. The Audit Committee must pre-approve the engagement letters and the fees to be paid to the independent auditors for all audit and permissible non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditors and consider the possible effect that any non-audit services could have on the independence of the auditors. The Audit Committee may establish pre-approval policies and procedures, as permitted by applicable law and SEC regulations and consistent with its charter for the engagement of the independent auditors to render permissible non-audit services to the Corporation, provided that any pre-approvals delegated to one or more members of the committee are reported to the committee at its next scheduled meeting. At this time, the Audit Committee has not adopted any pre-approval policies.




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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Proxy Solicitation Costs
The Company will pay the costs of soliciting proxies. The Company will reimburse brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for reasonable expenses incurred by them in sending proxy materials to the beneficial owners of the Company’s common stock. In addition to solicitation by mail, directors, officers and employees of the Company may solicit proxies personally or by facsimile, telegraph or telephone, without additional compensation.
Shareholder Proposals for 2019 Annual Meeting
In order to be eligible for inclusion in Sound Financial Bancorp’s proxy materials for next year’s annual meeting of shareholders, any shareholder proposal to take action at such meeting must be received in writing at Sound Financial Bancorp’s main office at 2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 150, Seattle, Washington 98121, no later than December 19, 2019. Any such proposals shall be subject to the requirements of the proxy rules adopted under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and to the Company’s Charter and Bylaws.
In addition to the deadline and other requirements referred to above for submitting a stockholder proposal to be included in the Company’s proxy materials for its next annual meeting of shareholders, the Company’s bylaws require a separate notification to be made in order for a stockholder proposal to be eligible for presentation at the meeting, regardless of whether the proposal is included in the Company’s proxy materials for the meeting.  In order to be eligible for presentation at the Company’s next annual meeting of shareholders, written notice of a stockholder proposal containing the information specified in Article I, Section 6 of the Company’s bylaws must be received by the Secretary of the Company not earlier than the close of business on January 29, 2020 and not later than the close of business on February 28, 2020.  If, however, the date of the next annual meeting is before May 8, 2020 or after July 27, 2020, the notice of the stockholder proposal must instead be received by the Company’s Secretary not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day prior to the date of the next annual meeting and not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day before the date of the next annual meeting or the tenth day following the first to occur of the day on which notice of the date of the next annual meeting is mailed or otherwise transmitted or the day on which public announcement of the date of the next annual meeting is first made by the Company.
Other Matters
We are not aware of any business to come before the annual meeting other than those matters described in this proxy statement. However, if any other matter should properly come before the meeting, it is intended that holders of the proxies will act in accordance with their best judgment.



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