Proxy Statement (definitive) (def 14a)

Date : 05/02/2018 @ 4:44PM
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Stock : Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS)
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Proxy Statement (definitive) (def 14a)

 
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Notice of
Annual Meeting
of Stockholders and
2018 Proxy Statement
















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Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.
345 Court Street
Coraopolis, PA 15108
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
 
 
 
 
Date and Time
 
To assure your representation at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, you are urged to cast your vote, as instructed in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, as promptly as possible.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
 
7:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time
 
 
 
Place
 
Voting Methods Include:
Hyatt Regency
1111 Airport Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15231
 
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Items to be Voted On
 
(1)
Election of three (3) Class A Directors, each for a term that expires in 2021;
 
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(2)
Ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2018;

 
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(3)
Non-binding advisory vote to approve compensation of named executive officers, as disclosed in these materials; and

 
(4)
Any other matters that properly come before the meeting.
 
 
 
 
Record Date
 
Internet
All holders of record of shares of the Company's common stock and Class B common stock at the close of business on April 16, 2018 are entitled to vote at the meeting and any postponements or adjournments of the meeting.

 
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A list of stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting may be examined by any stockholder, for any purpose germane to the meeting, at 345 Court Street, Coraopolis, PA 15108 beginning on June 1, 2018.
 
 
 
Mail
 
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By order of the Board of Directors,
 
 
 
 
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In Person
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward W. Stack
 
 
Chairman of the Board
 
 







Table of Contents
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Page
Number
 
 
Page
Number
ABOUT THE MEETING
 
 
 
How does the Board select its nominees for director?
 
 
What is the purpose of the Annual Meeting?
 
 
 
Does the Board have a retirement policy?
 
 
Who is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting?
 
 
 
Does the Company have a Code of Ethics?
 
 
What are the voting rights of the holders of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. common stock and Class B common stock?
 
 
 
How may stockholders communicate with the Board?
 
 
Who can attend the Annual Meeting?
 
 
 
How does the Board determine which directors are considered independent?
 
 
What constitutes a quorum?
 
 
 
What is our policy on Annual Meeting attendance?
 
 
How do I vote?
 
 
 
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
 
 
How do I request paper copies of the proxy materials?
 
 
 
Certain Relationships and Transactions with Related Persons
 
 
Can I change or revoke my vote after I vote online or return my proxy card?
 
 
 
ITEM 2—RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
 
What are the recommendations of the Board of Directors?
 
 
 
Report of the Audit Committee
 
 
What vote is required to approve each item?
 
 
 
Audit and Non-Audit Fees and Independent Public Accountants
 
 
We are a controlled company under the New York Stock Exchange rules
 
 
 
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
 
 
STOCK OWNERSHIP
 
 
 
Compensation Committee Report
 
 
Who are the largest owners of the Company’s stock?
 
 
 
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
 
 
How much stock do the Company’s directors, nominees and executive officers own?
 
 
 
COMPENSATION TABLES
 
 
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
 
 
 
Summary Compensation Table — 2017, 2016, 2015
 
 
ITEM 1—ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
 
 
 
Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table — 2017
 
 
Directors Standing for Election
 
 
 
Outstanding Equity Awards At Fiscal Year End Table — 2017
 
 
Other Directors Not Standing for Election at this Meeting
 
 
 
Option Exercises and Stock Vested Table — 2017
 
 
How are our directors compensated?
 
 
 
Pension Benefits
 
 
Understanding Our Director Compensation Table
 
 
 
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Table — 2017
 
 
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
 
 
 
Potential Payments upon Termination or Change-in-Control
 
 
How often did the Board meet during fiscal 2017?
 
 
 
ITEM 3—NON-BINDING ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE COMPENSATION OF NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
 
 
 
What committees has the Board established and how often did they meet during fiscal 2017?
 
 
 
 
 
How is our Board leadership structured?
 
 
 
PAY RATIO DISCLOSURE
 
 
What is the Board’s role in the oversight of risk management?
 
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
 
How is Board performance evaluated?
 
 
 
APPENDIX A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc . Proxy Statement and Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders


About the Meeting
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This proxy statement contains information related to the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), to be held at the Hyatt Regency, 1111 Airport Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15231,
(724) 899-1234 , on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 , beginning at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time , and at any postponements and/or adjournments thereof.
In accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") rules, instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to each stockholder of record, we are furnishing proxy materials to our stockholders via the Internet. If you received a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the "Notice") by mail, you will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials other than as described below. The Notice contains instructions on how to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials over the Internet. The Notice also instructs how you may submit your proxy over the Internet. If you received a Notice and would like to receive a printed copy of our proxy materials, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, follow the instructions for requesting such materials included in the Notice.
It is anticipated that the Notice will first be sent to stockholders, and this proxy statement and the form of proxy relating to our 2018 Annual Meeting will first be made available to stockholders, on or about May 2, 2018 . In accordance with SEC rules, the website www.proxyvote.com/dks provides complete anonymity with respect to the stockholders accessing the website.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ANNUAL MEETING?
At our Annual Meeting, stockholders will act upon the matters outlined in the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders on the cover page of this proxy statement, including (i) the election of three (3) Class A Directors, each for a term that expires in 2021 , (ii) the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2018 , (iii) a non-binding advisory vote to approve compensation of our named executive officers, as disclosed in this proxy statement ("Say on Pay"), and (iv) any other matter to properly come before the meeting.
WHO IS ENTITLED TO VOTE AT THE ANNUAL MEETING?
Only stockholders of record at the close of business on April 16, 2018 , the record date for the Annual Meeting, are entitled to receive notice of and vote at the Annual Meeting. If you were a stockholder of record on that date, you will be entitled to vote all of the shares that you held on that date at the Annual Meeting or any postponements or adjournments of the Annual Meeting.
WHAT ARE THE VOTING RIGHTS OF THE HOLDERS OF DICK’S SPORTING GOODS, INC. COMMON STOCK AND CLASS B COMMON STOCK?
Holders of our common stock and Class B common stock have identical rights, except that holders of our common stock are entitled to one (1) vote for each share held of record and holders of our Class B common stock are entitled to ten (10) votes for each share held of record on all matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders, including the election of directors. Stockholders do not have cumulative voting rights. Holders of our common stock and Class B common stock vote together as a single class on all matters presented to the stockholders for their vote or approval, except as may otherwise be required by Delaware law.
WHO CAN ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING?
Subject to space availability, all common stockholders and Class B common stockholders as of the record date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the Annual Meeting. Since seating is limited, admission to the Annual Meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. EDT . If you attend, please note that you may be asked to present valid picture identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. Cameras, recording devices and other electronic devices will not be permitted at the Annual Meeting. Please also note that if you hold your shares in "street name" (that is, through a broker or other nominee), you will need to bring a copy of a brokerage statement reflecting your stock ownership as of the record date and to check in at the meeting.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A QUORUM?
The presence at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, of holders of record of issued and outstanding shares of capital stock representing a majority of the votes entitled to be cast at the meeting constitutes a quorum, which permits business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting. As of the record date, 79,832,851 shares of common stock representing the same number of votes and 24,590,958 shares of Class B common stock representing 245,909,580 votes were issued and outstanding. Thus, the presence in person or by proxy of the holders of common stock or Class B common stock or a combination thereof representing at least 162,871,216 votes will be required to establish a quorum. Proxies received but marked as abstentions and broker non-votes will be included in the calculation of the number of votes considered to be present at the Annual Meeting to establish a quorum.




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About the Meeting (continued)
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HOW DO I VOTE?
The voting process depends on whether you hold your shares in your own name (as the "record holder") or beneficially in street name.

Record Holders
If you hold shares in your own name, you can cast your vote in one of the following ways:
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follow the instructions on the website www.proxyvote.com/dks;
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call 1-800-690-6903 and follow the instructions provided;
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if you received a proxy card in the mail, complete and return the paper proxy card to the Company; or
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attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and vote or deliver your proxy card in person .

Beneficial Owners
If your shares are held in street name (by a broker, bank, or other nominee), you are considered a "beneficial owner." If you receive a vote instruction form ("VIF"), your broker, bank, or other holder of record (or designee thereof) will vote your shares in accordance with the instructions on your returned VIF. If you wish to vote in person at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, you must obtain a valid form issued in your name from the record holder of your shares.
HOW DO I REQUEST PAPER COPIES OF THE PROXY MATERIALS?
The Notice sets forth how you may request a paper copy of the proxy statement and accompanying proxy card, including:
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by following the instructions at www.proxyvote.com/dks;
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by following the instructions for a paper copy after calling 1-800-579-1639; or
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by sending a blank e-mail to sendmaterial@proxyvote.com containing your control number (located on your Notice) in the subject line.
CAN I CHANGE OR REVOKE MY VOTE AFTER I VOTE ONLINE OR RETURN MY PROXY CARD?
Yes. You may revoke or change your vote at any time before the polls close at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders by voting again by telephone or Internet; by delivering to the Corporate Secretary of the Company either a written notice of revocation or a duly executed proxy bearing a date later than the proxy being revoked; or by attending the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and voting in person or requesting that your previously granted proxy be revoked. Attendance at the Annual Meeting will not by itself revoke a previously granted proxy.
WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
Unless you give other instructions when you vote, the persons named as proxy holders will vote in accordance with the recommendations of the Company’s Board of Directors (the "Board"), which are set forth following the description of each item to be acted upon in this proxy statement. In summary, the Board recommends a vote:
FOR election of the nominated slate of Class A Directors for a term that expires in 2021 (see Item 1);
FOR ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2018 (see Item 2);


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About the Meeting (continued)
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FOR approval, on a non-binding advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in these materials (see Item 3);
With respect to any other matter that properly comes before the Annual Meeting, the proxy holders will vote as recommended by the Board or, if no recommendation is given, in their own discretion.
WHAT VOTE IS REQUIRED TO APPROVE EACH ITEM?
Election of Directors. The affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting is required for the election of directors. A properly executed proxy marked "WITHHOLD" with respect to the election of one or more directors will not be voted with respect to the director or directors indicated, although it will be counted for purposes of determining whether there is a quorum.
Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting is required for ratifying the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2018 .
Non-binding Advisory Vote to Approve Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers. The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting is required for the approval, on a non-binding advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers. As an advisory vote, this proposal is non-binding on the Company; however, the Compensation Committee, which is responsible for designing and administering our executive compensation program, values the opinions expressed by our stockholders and will consider the outcome of the vote when making future compensation decisions. For a discussion on how the Compensation Committee considered the 2017 advisory vote, refer to "Say-on-Pay Vote Results" on page 31 of this proxy statement.

Treatment of Abstentions and Broker Non-Votes. An "abstain" vote with respect to any proposal is considered as present and entitled to vote with respect to that proposal, but is not considered a vote cast with respect to that proposal. Because each of the proposals set forth in this proxy statement requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast in order to pass (other than the election of directors, which requires the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast), abstentions will not have any effect on the outcome of the proposals presented at the Annual Meeting .

A "broker non-vote" occurs if your shares are registered in "street name" and you do not provide the record holder of your shares with voting instructions on any matter as to which, under the applicable New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") rules, a broker may not vote without instructions from you. As is the case with abstentions, shares as to which a broker non-vote occurs are considered present for purposes of determining whether a quorum exists, but are not considered votes cast with respect to that proposal. Therefore, a broker non-vote will not have any effect on the outcome of the proposals presented at the Annual Meeting .
WE ARE A CONTROLLED COMPANY UNDER THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE RULES.
Because as of April 16, 2018 , Edward W. Stack, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, controlled 59% of the combined voting power of our common stock and Class B common stock, we are a "controlled company" under the Corporate Governance Standards of the NYSE. As a controlled company, we are not required to have (i) a majority of independent directors or (ii) a compensation committee or nominating/corporate governance committee composed entirely of independent directors. However, as part of our commitment to maintaining a high standard of corporate governance, we have determined to voluntarily comply with the NYSE independence requirements. As discussed further below, our Board is comprised of a majority of independent directors and our Audit, Compensation, and Governance and Nominating Committees are comprised entirely of independent directors.


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Stock Ownership
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WHO ARE THE LARGEST OWNERS OF THE COMPANY’S STOCK?
The following table contains information regarding the non-management beneficial owners of 5% or more of our outstanding common stock (including our Class B common stock, as it is convertible into our common stock at any time) as of April 16, 2018 .
A person has beneficial ownership of shares if the person has the power to vote or dispose of such shares. This power can be exclusive or shared, direct or indirect. In addition, a person is considered by SEC rules to beneficially own shares underlying options and convertible securities that are presently exercisable or convertible or will become exercisable or convertible within 60 days of the date that beneficial ownership is calculated.
Title of Class
Name and Address
of Beneficial Owner
Amount and Nature
of Beneficial
Ownership
(1)
Percentage
of Common
Stock
(1)  

Percentage
of Class B
Common Stock
(1)

 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock
BlackRock Inc.
55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10055
6,944,650 (2)
8.40
%

Common Stock
The Vanguard Group
100 Vanguard Blvd.
Malvern, PA 19355
6,556,721 (3)
7.92
%

(1)
Ownership information is as reported by the stockholder in its most recently filed Schedule 13G filing.
(2)  
Share ownership amounts are based on figures set forth in Amendment No. 5 to Schedule 13G filed by BlackRock Inc. on January 29, 2018. Of the shares beneficially owned, BlackRock Inc. has sole power to vote with respect to 6,630,983 shares and sole power to direct disposition with respect to 6,944,650 shares. BlackRock Inc. is a parent holding company for the following subsidiaries that own shares of our common stock: BlackRock Life Limited, BlackRock International Limited, BlackRock Advisors, LLC, BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V., BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association, BlackRock Asset Management Ireland Limited, BlackRock Financial Management, Inc., BlackRock Asset Management Schweiz AG, BlackRock Investment Management, LLC, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited, BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited, and BlackRock Fund Advisors.
(3)  
Share ownership amounts are based on figures set forth in Amendment No. 4 to Schedule 13G filed by The Vanguard Group on February 9, 2018. Of the shares beneficially owned, The Vanguard Group has sole power to vote with respect to 47,211 shares, shared power to vote with respect to 10,700 shares, sole power to direct disposition with respect to 6,506,107 shares, and shared power to direct disposition with respect to 50,614 shares. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is a parent holding company for the following wholly-owned subsidiaries that own shares of our common stock: Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company and Vanguard Investments Australia, Ltd.



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Stock Ownership (continued)
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HOW MUCH STOCK DO THE COMPANY’S DIRECTORS, NOMINEES AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OWN?
The following table reflects the number of shares of our common stock and Class B common stock beneficially owned (unless otherwise indicated) by (i) our named executive officers listed in the current " Summary Compensation Table " on pages 37-38 of this proxy statement, (ii) directors and nominees and (iii) all of our directors and executive officers (including those who are not "named executive officers") as a group, as of April 16, 2018 .
A person has beneficial ownership of shares if he or she has the power to vote or dispose of such shares. This power can be exclusive or shared, direct or indirect. In addition, a person is considered by SEC rules to beneficially own shares underlying options and convertible securities that are presently exercisable or convertible, or that will become exercisable or convertible within 60 days of the date that beneficial ownership is calculated, which, for the purposes of the table below, is April 16, 2018 . Except as otherwise noted, the beneficial owners listed have sole voting and/or investment power with respect to the shares shown.
As of April 16, 2018 , there were 79,832,851 shares of common stock issued and outstanding and 24,590,958 shares of Class B common stock issued and outstanding.
 
Shares Beneficially Owned
 
Number
Percent
Named Executive Officers, Directors and Nominees
Common
Stock
Class B
Common
Stock
Common
Stock
(1)

Class B
Common
Stock
(1)

Voting
Power

 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward W. Stack
1,851,294

(2)  
19,057,377

(3)  
2.31
%
77.50
%
59.00
%
Lee J. Belitsky
303,480

(4)  

 
*


*

Lauren R. Hobart
226,128

(5)  

 
*


*

Paul J. Gaffney
91,249

(6)  

 
*


*

Keri L. Jones

 

 
*


*

Andrè J. Hawaux
298,645

(7)  

 
*


*

Mark J. Barrenechea
34,200

(8)  

 
*


*

Vincent C. Byrd
41,576

(9)  

 
*


*

Emanuel Chirico
107,164

(10)  

 
*


*

William J. Colombo
338,756

(11)  
3,608,445

(12)  
*

14.67
%
11.18
%
Jacqualyn A. Fouse
41,589

(13)  

 
*


*

Lawrence J. Schorr
74,191

(14)  

 
*


*

Larry D. Stone
123,674

(15)  

 
*


*

Allen R. Weiss
38,839

(16)  

 
*


*

All Directors and Executive Officers as a group
(14 persons but not including Mr. Hawaux or Ms. Jones)
3,394,297

(17)  
22,665,822

 
4.21
%
92.17
%
70.46
%
*
Percentage of shares of common stock or Class B common stock beneficially owned does not exceed one percent (1%).
(1)  
Percentage of shares of common stock and Class B common stock beneficially owned are each calculated on a class-basis.
(2)  
Includes 412,371 shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 , and 372,947 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(3)  
Mr. Stack has indirect ownership with respect to 15,066,747 shares of Class B common stock owned by the grantor retained annuity trusts for which Mr. Stack retains sole voting and dispositive power as trustee. In addition, pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") dated March 2, 2009, Mr. Stack’s former spouse holds 3,990,630 shares of Class B common stock, which are included in the number of shares owned by Mr. Stack for purposes of this table, as he retains voting but not dispositive power with respect to such shares.
(4)  
Includes 130,377 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 and 93,888 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.


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Stock Ownership (continued)
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(5)  
Includes 101,753 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 and 111,183 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(6)  
Includes 91,249 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(7)  
Includes 176,475 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 , 83,356 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting and 12,100 shares jointly held by Mr. Hawaux and his spouse.
(8)  
Includes 20,000 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 and 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(9)  
Includes 20,000 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 and 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(10)  
Includes 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(11)  
Includes 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting. Also includes 800 shares held by Mr. Colombo’s child. Mr. Colombo disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares held by his child, and the inclusion of such shares should not be deemed an admission that Mr. Colombo is the beneficial owner of such shares.
(12)  
These shares of Class B common stock are held by trusts for the benefit of Mr. Stack’s children, for which Mr. Colombo serves as trustee. As trustee, Mr. Colombo has voting and dispositive power over the Class B common stock held in the trusts (but no pecuniary interest), as outlined in the irrevocable trust agreements governing the terms of the trusts.
(13)  
Includes 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(14)  
Includes 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(15)  
Includes 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting, and 115,985 shares held indirectly through a trust of which Mr. Stone is the trustee.
(16)  
Includes 20,000 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 and 7,689 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.
(17)  
Includes 746,234 shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options that are exercisable within 60 days of April 16, 2018 and 808,319 shares of restricted stock subject to vesting.

SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE
The Company’s directors and executive officers are required under Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act") to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership of the Company’s common stock with the SEC. Based upon a review of filings with the SEC and written representations from our directors and executive officers, we believe that all of our directors and executive officers complied during fiscal 2017 with the reporting requirements of Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act.


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Item 1—Election of Directors
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The Board is divided into three (3) classes, with each class consisting as nearly as possible of one-third of the total number of directors constituting the entire Board. The current term of office for our Class A Directors expires at the 2018 Annual Meeting, while the term for our Class B Directors expires at the 2019 Annual Meeting and the term for our Class C Directors expires at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Upon recommendation by the Governance and Nominating Committee, the Board proposes that the following nominees, Vincent C. Byrd, William J. Colombo and Larry D. Stone , each a current Class A Director, be elected for new terms of three (3) years and until their successors are duly elected and qualified as Class A Directors. Each of the nominees has consented to serve if elected. If any of them becomes unavailable to serve as a director, the Board may designate a substitute nominee. In that case, the persons named as proxies will vote for the substitute nominee designated by the Board.
The information set forth below includes, with respect to each nominee and each continuing director, his or her age, principal occupation and employment during the past five years, the year in which he or she first became a director of the Company, other public company directorships held by such person during the last five years, and a brief description of the experience, qualifications, attributes and skills of each nominee and continuing director outlined below that have led the Board to conclude that such person should continue to serve as a member of the Board. Furthermore, our Board believes that each nominee and each continuing director has demonstrated broad-based business knowledge, outstanding achievement in his or her professional career, and a commitment to ethical and moral values, and otherwise meets the Company’s articulated director qualifications, including independence, accountability, integrity, areas of experience, sound judgment in areas relevant to the Company’s businesses, diversity of background (including, but not limited to, race, origin, age and gender) and experience in different substantive areas such as retail operations, marketing, technology, distribution and finance, and a willingness to commit sufficient time to the Board. The Board has determined that its current composition provides a balanced mix of expertise, including retail, technology and other expertise and diversity and provides the appropriate range and balance regarding director tenure, with two of the eight independent directors having been appointed within the past five years and another two independent directors within the past ten years.
DIRECTORS STANDING FOR ELECTION
VINCENT C. BYRD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Audit
 
J. M. Smucker Company, a manufacturer and marketer of branded food products (NYSE)
 
Former Public Company Directorships
 
 
 
Vice Chairman (2015 - 2016)
 
J. M. Smucker Company
 
President and Chief Operating Officer (2011 - 2015)
 
Myers Industries, Inc.
 
President, U.S. Retail — Coffee (2008 - 2011)
 
 
 
Senior Vice President, Consumer Market (2004 - 2008)
 
 
 
Member, Board of Directors (1999 - 2016)
 
Qualifications
 
 
Age:  63
 
Mr. Byrd's contribution as a Fortune 500 executive brings over 40 years' of experience to the Board in the areas of strategic planning, acquisitions and integration, marketing, and domestic and international operations. Mr. Byrd also brings financial expertise to the Board as a result of his background in finance and accounting. Additionally, through his years of service on the boards of both public and private companies in a variety of industries, Mr. Byrd is able to provide diverse and valuable corporate governance, financial, operational and strategic expertise to the Board. These experiences and skills have led the Board to conclude that he should continue to serve as a director of the Company.
 
Director Since:  2013
 
Class:  A
 
 
 
 


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WILLIAM J. COLOMBO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Compensation
 
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE)
 
Governance & Nominating
 
Interim Chief Marketing Officer (2010 - 2011)
 
 
President and Chief Operating Officer (2002 - 2008)
 
Former Public Company Directorships
 
President dsports.com LLC (1998 - 2000)
 
 
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (1995 - 1998)
 
Gibraltar Industries
 
Various Leadership Roles (1988 - 1995)
 
 
 
J.C. Penney Company, a retail company (NYSE)
Vice Chairman
 
 
 
Various Field & District Positions (1977 - 1988)
Age:  62
 
Qualifications

 
 
 
Mr. Colombo brings more than 40 years' of retail experience and insight to the Board, including expertise in operations, marketing and strategy. This insight, combined with his more than 30 years' of Company-specific experience, has led the Board to conclude that he should continue to serve as a director of the Company.

Director Since:  2002
 
Class:  A
 
 
LARRY D. STONE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Compensation (Chair)
 
Lowes Companies, Inc., a home improvement retailer (NYSE)
 
Governance & Nominating
 
President & Chief Operating Officer (2006 - 2011)
 
 
Senior Executive Vice President, Merchandising/Marketing (2005 - 2006)
 
Other Public Company Directorships
 
 
 
Senior Executive Vice President, Store Operations (2003 - 2005)
 
Novant Health Systems, Inc.
 
Executive Vice President, Store Operations (2001 - 2003)
 
 
 
Age:  66
 
At Home Group, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director Since:  2007
 
Qualifications

 
 
Class:  A
 
Mr. Stone’s considerable retail experience gained through his positions at Lowe’s Companies, Inc., combined with the leadership skills developed as its President and Chief Operating Officer and his expertise in real estate, store operations, eCommerce, brand management, marketing and strategic finance, have led the Board to conclude that he should continue to serve as a director of the Company.

 
 
 
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OTHER DIRECTORS NOT STANDING FOR ELECTION AT THIS MEETING
MARK J. BARRENECHEA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Audit
 
OpenText Corporation, an information management software products company (Nasdaq)
 
 
 
 
Other Public Company Directorships
 
Chief Executive Officer (2012 - present)
 
 
Chief Technology Officer (2016 - present)
 
OpenText Corporation
 
Silicon Graphics International Corporation, a global leader in high performance computing (Nasdaq)
 
Hamilton Insurance Group
 
 
 
 
President and Chief Executive Officer (2007 - 2012)
Age:  53
 
Former Public Company Directorships
 
CA Inc., an enterprise information technology management company (Nasdaq) (formerly Computer Associates International, Inc.)
 
 
Director Since:  2014
 
Silicon Graphics International Corporation
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer (2003 - 2006)
Class:  B
 
 
Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software and corporate hardware products and services company (Nasdaq)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Vice President of Application Development (1997 - 2003)
 
 
Qualifications

 
 
 
 
Mr. Barrenechea has over 28 years' of experience in the technology industry, both in software management and server manufacturing, and brings insight regarding eCommerce to the Board. Mr. Barrenechea also brings expertise to the Board from his executive and board leadership positions with various public and private companies, including experience with corporate strategy, corporate acquisitions and global operations.

 
 
 
 
 
 

EMANUEL CHIRICO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHIRICOA01.JPG
 
Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Audit
 
PVH Corp., a wholesale and retail apparel company (NYSE)
 
 
 
Chairman of the Board (2007 - present)
 
Other Public Company Directorships
 
Chief Executive Officer (2006 - present)
 
 
President and Chief Operating Officer (2005 - 2007)
 
PVH Corp.
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (1999 - 2005)
 
 
 
Controller (1993 - 1999)
 
Qualifications

 
 
Age:  60
 
Mr. Chirico brings an extensive knowledge of the retail industry to our Board along with a deep understanding of the financial, operational and strategic domestic and international issues that face global wholesale and retail companies, gained through his experience as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PVH Corp., a major global apparel company that operates a portfolio of brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Mr. Chirico also contributes significant corporate finance, financial reporting and accounting expertise gained as a result of his experience with a large public accounting firm and in his prior role as Chief Financial Officer of PVH Corp.
 
Director Since:  2003
 
Class:  B
 
 
 
 


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JACQUALYN A. FOUSE, PhD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Audit (Chair)
 
Dermavant Sciences, a private biopharmaceutical company
 
Other Public Company Directorships
 
Executive Chair (2017 - present)
 
 
Celegene Corporation, a global biopharmaceutical company (Nasdaq)
 
Incyte Corp.
 
Strategic Advisor to Executive Committee (2017)
 
Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 
President and Chief Operating Officer (2016 - 2017)
 
 
President, Global Hematology and Oncology (2014 - 2016)
 
Former Public Company Directorships
 
Chief Financial Officer (2010 - 2014)
Age:  56
 
 
Bunge Limited, a global agribusiness and food company (NYSE)
 
Celgene Corporation
 
Chief Financial Officer (2007 - 2010)
Director Since:  2010
 
Perrigo Company
 
Alcon, Inc., a global eye care company (NYSE) (2002 - 2007)
Class:  C
 
 
 
Senior Leadership Roles including Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Strategy Officer
 
 
 
 
Qualifications
 
 
 
 
Dr. Fouse adds significant corporate finance, financial reporting and accounting expertise as a result of her executive roles at Celgene and her prior positions with other companies. Additionally, Dr. Fouse is able to provide diverse and valuable corporate governance, management, operational and strategic expertise to the Board through her experience as an executive officer and a public company board member.

 
 
 
 
LAUREN R. HOBART
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Other Public Company Directorships
 
Career Highlights

 
 
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE)
 
Sonic Corp
 
President (2017 - present)
 
 
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Customer & Digital Officer (2017)
 
 
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer & Chelsea Collective General Manager (2015 - 2017)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer (2011 - 2015)
 
 
 
PepsiCo, Inc., a global food and beverage company (Nasdaq)
Age:  49
 
 
 
Chief Marketing Officer, Carbonated Soft Drinks (2009 - 2011)
 
 
 
Senior Marketing Leadership & Strategic Planning Roles (1997 - 2009)
Director Since:  2018
 
 
 
Wells Fargo & Co, a financial services provider (NYSE) (1993 - 1995)
Class:  C
 
 
 
Senior Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking Division
 
 
 
JP Morgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company (NYSE) (1990 - 1993)
 
 
 
 
Asset Based Lending Credit Analyst & Account Manager
 
 
Qualifications
 
 
 
 
As the Company’s President, Ms. Hobart is responsible for the Company’s digital efforts to drive omni-channel consumer engagement and for the Company’s stores, marketing, and Team Sports HQ organizations. In her time with the Company, she initiated the transformation to become a more digitally focused and customer-centric omni-channel business and launched the CALIA by Carrie Underwood brand. In addition to her expertise in marketing and strategic planning and her insight into consumer needs and marketplace trends, Ms. Hobart brings her understanding of the day-to-day operations of the Company and the unique issues facing the Company and the retail industry to our Board.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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LAWRENCE J. SCHORR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Compensation
 
SIMONA AMERICA GROUP, the North American operations of SIMONA AG, a German manufacturing company (General Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange)
 
Governance & Nominating (Chair)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chief Executive Officer (2014 - present)
 
 
 
Boltaron Performance Products, a privately owned plastics manufacturing company that was acquired by SIMONA AG
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chief Executive Officer (2004 - 2014)
 
 
 
RRT-Recycle America, a subsidiary of WMX Technologies, Inc.
Lead Director
 
 
 
President (1992 -1995)
Age:  64
 
 
 
Resource Recycling Technologies, Inc., a solid waste material management company (American Stock Exchange)
 
 
 
Director Since:  1985
 
 
 
President (1988 - 1992)
Class:  C
 
 
 
Levene, Gouldin and Thompson LLP
 
 
 
Partner and Managing Partner (1981 - 1988; 2001 - 2008)
 
 
Qualifications

 
 
 
 
In addition to Mr. Schorr’s legal experience, he brings demonstrated leadership skills to the Board as the past Chief Executive Officer of Boltaron and now of SIMONA AMERICA GROUP, and as the former managing partner of a law firm. Mr. Schorr has over 30 years' of knowledge of the Company from serving as a member of the Board during the Company’s expansion from a two-store chain to a multi-banner retailer with over 800 stores and an eCommerce business.
 
 
 
 
 
 

EDWARD W. STACK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Former Public Company Directorships
 
Career Highlights

 
 
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE)
 
Key Corp
 
Chief Executive Officer (1984 - present)
 
 
 
A variety of positions including Store Manager and Merchandising Manager (1977 - 1984)
 
 
 
 
Qualifications

 
 
 
As the most senior executive of the Company, Mr. Stack provides the Board with insight into the Company’s business operations, opportunities and challenges. He has led the Company’s sustained growth, from a two-store chain to a multi-banner chain with over 800 stores and an eCommerce business. In addition, Mr. Stack’s history with the Company, his extensive industry and retail experience and his expertise in corporate strategy, development and execution have led the Company to its current and continued success.

 
Chairman
 
Age:  63
 
 
Director Since:  1984
 
Class:  C
 
 


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ALLEN R. WEISS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Committees
 
Career Highlights

 
Compensation
 
The Walt Disney Company, a global entertainment company (NYSE) (1977 - 2011)
 
Governance & Nominating
 
 
 
President of Worldwide Operations for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts business
 
 
 
 
Former Public Company Directorships
 
President of Walt Disney World Resort
 
 
Executive Vice President of Walt Disney World Resort
 
Apollo Education Group, Inc.
 
Vice President of Resort Operations Support
Age:  64
 
 
 
 
Qualifications

 
 
Director Since:  2011
 
Mr. Weiss brings international leadership experience to our Board and extensive expertise in brand management, marketing, finance and strategic planning from overseeing the operations of a global corporation. Mr. Weiss brings these qualifications, along with seasoned leadership skills, to our Board through his executive management experience with The Walt Disney Company.

Class:  B
 
 
 
 



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HOW ARE OUR DIRECTORS COMPENSATED?
Director Compensation — 2017
Name (1)  
(a)
Fees
Earned or
Paid in Cash
($)
(2)  
(b)
Stock
Awards
($)
(3)  
(c)
Option
Awards($)
(4)  
(d)

Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)
(e)

Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings ($)
(f)

All Other
Compensation
($)
 
(g)

Total ($)
(h)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark J. Barrenechea
$107,500
$160,017




$267,517
Vincent C. Byrd
$113,500
$160,017




$273,517
Emanuel Chirico
$101,500
$160,017




$261,517
William J. Colombo
$100,750
$160,017




$260,767
Jacqualyn A. Fouse
$127,250
$160,017




$287,267
Lawrence J. Schorr
$150,000
$160,017




$310,017
Larry D. Stone
$124,750
$160,017




$284,767
Allen R. Weiss
$108,250
$160,017




$268,267
(1)  
Edward W. Stack and Lauren R. Hobart are employees of the Company and as such do not receive any compensation in connection with their service on the Board. Mr. Stack’s and Ms. Hobart's 2017 compensation is reported in the "Summary Compensation Table" and the other compensation tables in this proxy statement.
(2)  
Amounts reflect fees relating to calendar 2017 .
(3)  
The values set forth in this column represent the aggregate grant date fair value, computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 718, Compensation — Stock Compensation (excluding the effect of forfeitures), of the restricted stock award granted to each Director on April 3, 2017. A discussion of the relevant assumptions made in the valuation of this award may be found in Note 10 ("Stock-Based Compensation and Employee Stock Plans") of the footnotes to the Company’s consolidated financial statements, in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 filed with the SEC on March 30, 2018 . The grant date fair value of such awards was computed based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on April 3, 2017, which was $49.07 per share. The number of shares of unvested restricted stock outstanding as of February 3, 2018 for each Director was 5,447.
(4)  
The aggregate number of shares underlying unexercised stock option awards outstanding as of February 3, 2018 for each non-employee Director was: 20,000 shares for each of Messrs. Barrenechea, Byrd, and Weiss; 0 shares for each of Messrs. Colombo, Chirico, Schorr and Stone and Dr. Fouse.

UNDERSTANDING OUR DIRECTOR COMPENSATION TABLE
For calendar 2017 , non-employee Directors were compensated by means of an annual cash retainer, meeting fees and an annual restricted stock grant. Each non-employee Director, other than the Lead Director, was paid an annual retainer of $40,000. The Lead Director was paid an annual retainer of $60,000 as a result of his additional responsibilities. The chairpersons of the Audit, Compensation and Governance and Nominating Committees were also paid additional cash retainers of $25,000, $15,000 and $15,000, respectively. Non-employee Directors receive $7,500 per Board meeting attended ($3,750 for teleconferences) and $1,500 for each committee meeting attended, including attendance at ad hoc committee meetings ($750 for committee teleconferences). There are generally five (5) Board meetings per year, four (4) Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee meetings and eleven (11) Audit Committee meetings. Members of the Board are also reimbursed for expenses incurred by them in connection with attending any meeting.
In addition to the cash compensation described above, each non-employee Director also received an annual grant, or appointment grant, of restricted stock with a value of approximately $160,000 that vests annually in equal amounts over a three year period beginning on the first anniversary date of the grant. All directors are subject to stock ownership guidelines that are discussed further in our " Compensation Discussion and Analysis " on page 34 of this proxy statement. Non-employee Directors are also eligible to participate in the Company's employee discount program.

The value of the annual grant of restricted stock to non-employee Directors was increased in fiscal 2017. In 2016, the Compensation Committee asked management to engage a compensation consultant to review the Company’s director compensation program. Management retained Willis Towers Watson ("Towers Watson") and reported management’s recommendation to the Compensation


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Committee based upon the work performed by Towers Watson. Towers Watson also provides periodic market analysis and other non-executive compensation consulting services to Company management. In March 2017, the Compensation Committee recommended, and the Board approved, an increase in the annual grant value from $110,000 to $160,000 with no change to the vesting terms. In connection with these changes, the Board also approved an increase in the appointment grant value for non-employee Directors from $110,000 to $160,000 and an increase in the stock ownership requirements for non-employee directors from $300,000 to $350,000. No changes were made to meeting and committee retainer amounts.




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HOW OFTEN DID THE BOARD MEET DURING FISCAL 2017 ?
During fiscal 2017 , the Board met eleven (11) times. Each director attended either in person or via teleconference at least 75% of the aggregate of all Board and applicable committee meetings during fiscal 2017 for the period in which they served as director.
WHAT COMMITTEES HAS THE BOARD ESTABLISHED AND HOW OFTEN DID THEY MEET DURING FISCAL 2017 ?
The Board has standing Audit, Compensation and Governance and Nominating Committees. Additionally, the Board may from time-to-time establish additional committees for specific purposes, such as the Leadership Development Committee formed in 2016. The members of each 2017 committee, its principal functions and the number of meetings held in fiscal 2017 are shown below.
 
Audit
Committee
Compensation Committee
Governance and Nominating Committee
Leadership Development Committee
 
 
 
 
 
Edward W. Stack
 
 
 
X
William J. Colombo
 
X
X
 
Mark J. Barrenechea
X*
 
 
 
Vincent C. Byrd
X*
 
 
X
Emanuel Chirico
X*
 
 
 
Jacqualyn A. Fouse
Chair*
 
 
 
Lauren R. Hobart
 
 
 
 
Lawrence J. Schorr
 
X
Chair
Chair
Larry D. Stone
 
Chair
X
X
Allen Weiss
 
X
X
 
Number of Meetings
11
4
4
5
X = Member    
Chair = Chairperson    
* = Financial Expert

The Audit Committee — Our Audit Committee charter is available on the Investor Relations portion of our website ( www.investors.DICKS.com ). Messrs. Barrenechea, Byrd, and Chirico and Dr. Fouse are qualified as audit committee financial experts within the meaning of SEC regulations, and the Board has determined that they each have accounting and financial management expertise within the meaning of the listing standards of the NYSE. The Board has determined that all members of the Audit Committee are independent within the meaning of SEC regulations relating to audit committee independence, the listing standards of the NYSE and the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. Primary committee functions include:

• Overseeing the integrity of the audit process, financial reporting and internal accounting controls of the Company
• Overseeing the work of the Company’s financial management team, the Company’s internal auditors and any registered public accounting firm employed by the Company
• Overseeing management’s development of, and adherence to, a sound system of internal accounting and financial controls
• Ensuring that internal auditors and outside auditors objectively assess the Company’s financial reporting, accounting practices and internal controls
• Ensuring that an open avenue of communication exists between the Company’s outside auditors, internal auditors and the Board
• Overseeing management’s development of, and adherence to, guidelines and procedures for risk management and compliance
For more information about the responsibilities and activities of the Audit Committee, see " Report of the Audit Committee " on page 22, and " What is the Board’s Role in the Oversight of Risk Management " on page 17 and the Audit Committee’s charter.
The Compensation Committee — Our Compensation Committee charter is available on the Investor Relations portion of our website ( www.investors.DICKS.com ). We are not currently required to have an independent compensation committee as a result of our status as a "controlled company" under the NYSE’s Corporate Governance Standards; nevertheless, the Board has determined


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that Messrs. Colombo, Schorr, Stone and Weiss each qualify as independent under the current standards applicable to non-controlled companies under the NYSE’s Corporate Governance Standards. Primary committee functions include:

Recommending an overall executive compensation design for the Company
Discharging the Board’s responsibilities relating to compensation of the officers and directors of the Company
Monitoring and serving as administrator of our stock and incentive plans
The Compensation Committee reviews officer compensation recommendations provided by our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President — Chief Human Resources Officer and is responsible for reviewing and approving all components of executive compensation (as discussed in " Compensation Discussion and Analysis " commencing on page 24 of this proxy statement).
The Compensation Committee is the administrator of the Company’s stock and incentive compensation plans. The Compensation Committee approves all annual grants of equity and performance-based awards under the Company’s stock and incentive compensation plans. As permitted under its charter, the Compensation Committee has delegated authority to grant awards under the Company’s stock and incentive compensation plans to non-executive officers in certain circumstances, such as new hires and promotions to a committee consisting of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Senior Vice President — Chief Human Resources Officer, in compliance with the applicable authorizing resolutions and Delaware law.
The Compensation Committee has the discretion under its charter to retain (and terminate) any compensation consulting firm deemed by the Compensation Committee to be independent under the NYSE Corporate Governance Standards, at the Company’s expense, to assist in the evaluation of director, executive officer or Chief Executive Officer compensation, including the authority to approve fee and retention terms. The Compensation Committee also has the authority to engage independent legal, accounting or other advisors, at the Company’s expense, as it deems necessary or appropriate.
For more information on the responsibilities and activities of the Compensation Committee, including the committee’s processes for determining executive compensation, see " Compensation Committee Report " on page 24, " The Compensation Decision-Making Process Is Thorough and Balances Objective Data with a Deep Understanding of Our Business " on page 29 and the Compensation Committee’s charter.
The Governance and Nominating Committee — Our Governance and Nominating Committee charter is available on the Investor Relations portion of our website ( www.investors.DICKS.com ). On March 21, 2018 , the Governance and Nominating Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that Messrs. Byrd, Colombo and Stone stand for re-election as Class A Directors at the Company’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. We are not currently required to have an independent nominating committee as a result of our status as a "controlled company" under the NYSE’s Corporate Governance Standards; nevertheless, the Board has determined that Messrs. Schorr, Colombo, Stone and Weiss each qualify as independent under the current standards applicable to non-controlled companies under the NYSE’s Corporate Governance Standards. Primary committee functions include:

Providing oversight and guidance to the Board to ensure that the membership, structure, policies and processes of the Board and its committees facilitate the effective exercise of the Board’s role in our corporate governance
Reviewing and evaluating policies and practices with respect to the size, composition and functions of the Board
Evaluating the qualifications of candidates for election as directors, and recommending such candidates to the full Board
Advising in connection with management succession planning
Overseeing annual self-evaluations by the Board, its committees and our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
For more information on the responsibilities and activities of the Governance and Nominating Committee, see " How Does The Board Select Its Nominees for Director? " on page 18 and the Governance and Nominating Committee’s charter.
The Leadership Development Committee — The Board established the Leadership Development Committee for the purpose of addressing succession planning issues and recommending to the Board matters relevant to officer succession planning. The Leadership Development Committee is authorized to take any action that the Governance and Nominating Committee is authorized to take related to succession planning.




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HOW IS OUR BOARD LEADERSHIP STRUCTURED?
The roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company currently are held by the same person, Edward W. Stack. Mr. Stack has been operating the Company since 1984, and controls a majority of the voting power of our capital stock. The Board believes that Mr. Stack’s continued service as both Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer is in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders. Mr. Stack possesses detailed and in-depth knowledge of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing the Company and its business and thus is best positioned to develop agendas that ensure the Board’s time and attention are focused on the most critical matters. His combined role enables decisive leadership, ensures clear accountability and enhances the Company’s ability to communicate its message and strategy clearly and consistently to the Company’s stockholders, employees, customers and vendors, particularly during times of turbulent economic and industry conditions. Each director, other than Mr. Stack and Ms. Hobart, is independent, and the Board believes that the independent directors provide effective oversight of management. Moreover, in addition to feedback provided during the course of Board meetings, the independent directors conduct regular executive sessions.

In that regard, the Board believes that our current structure is particularly favorable to the Company due to the unique qualities and attributes possessed by Mr. Stack. In the event that he should no longer be able to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, other leadership models, such as a separate independent chairman of the Board, may be appropriate. As such, one responsibility of the Board is to take all necessary steps to ensure that an effective succession process exists to provide continuity of leadership over the long-term, both in the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, as well as other critical management positions in the Company.

The Company has developed, through discussions of the Board, a succession process for the position of Chief Executive Officer, both as a long-term measure as well as in an emergency situation. The Board, along with management, also conducts annual reviews and discussions as it relates to the identification of successors in all key executive positions. This process ensures continuity of leadership over the long-term, and it forms the basis for which we determine future managerial hiring decisions. Our succession planning is a key factor in managing the long-term planning and investment lead times of our business.
To further strengthen our governance structure, the Company also maintains a presiding non-employee director, or Lead Director, position. The Lead Director is selected for a five-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive terms as Lead Director unless the Board, in its sole discretion, waives the term limit or shortens the term. Mr. Schorr has served as the Lead Director since March 2012. As the Lead Director, Mr. Schorr provides leadership and direction to the Company’s independent directors and presides over executive sessions of the Board. In addition, Mr. Schorr also has the following responsibilities as Lead Director: consulting with the Chairman on Board and committee agendas, approving the retention of outside advisors and consultants who report directly to the Board on critical issues, participating with the Governance and Nominating Committee in reviewing director candidates and evaluating the performance of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the Board, among others.
WHAT IS THE BOARD’S ROLE IN THE OVERSIGHT OF RISK MANAGEMENT?
The Board as a whole has responsibility for risk management oversight, although certain categories of risk may be allocated to a particular committee of the Board for review based on its respective areas of expertise, with the committee then reporting back to the full Board as needed. For example, the Compensation Committee evaluates risk as it relates to the structure of the Company’s compensation practices and philosophy (as further discussed in " Compensation Discussion and Analysis " beginning on page 24), while the Audit Committee evaluates overall enterprise risk and compliance. Company management is charged with adequately identifying material risks that the Company faces in a timely manner; implementing management strategies that are responsive to the Company’s risk profile and specific material risk exposures; evaluating risk and risk management with respect to business decision-making throughout the Company; and efficiently and promptly transmitting relevant risk-related information to the Board or appropriate committee, so as to enable them to conduct appropriate risk management oversight. The Company’s Compliance function reports to the General Counsel and also reports regularly to an Executive Compliance Committee comprised of senior leaders of various Company business functions. The Audit Committee receives regular reports (two times in fiscal 2017 ) regarding compliance matters. Furthermore, the Audit Committee receives regular reports on the Company’s information security measures from the Information Security Department (four times in fiscal 2017 ). Finally, the Internal Audit Department assesses controls and procedures and partners with our Compliance function to assess the implementation of compliance policies. Internal Audit reports regularly to the Audit Committee (four times in fiscal 2017 ). The primary areas for which the Board and its committees provide risk management oversight include competitive, economic, operational, financial (accounting, credit, liquidity and tax), legal, compliance, regulatory and reputational risks. The legal department reports on enterprise risk management to the Board at least once a year, and the Chief


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Information Officer, with participation from the Chief Information Security Officer, reports on information security to the Board at least once a year.
HOW IS BOARD AND DIRECTOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATED?
In order to continue to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the Board, our directors annually evaluate the Board’s performance and the performance of its standing committees. The evaluation takes the form of an anonymous questionnaire designed to elicit information to be used to improve Board and committee effectiveness. The evaluation process is overseen by the Governance & Nominating Committee, and the feedback received from the evaluations is discussed during Board and committee meetings.

For 2017, the directors whose terms were expiring in 2018 completed an individual self-evaluation of their contributions to the Board and the committees on which they serve. The self-evaluation was followed by one-on-one interviews that were conducted by the chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. The self-evaluations and interviews were discussed with the Chairman of the Board and the results of the process are among the considerations of the director re-nomination process.
HOW DOES THE BOARD SELECT ITS NOMINEES FOR DIRECTOR?
The Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying, screening and recommending candidates to the Board for Board membership. In addition, the Governance and Nominating Committee will consider director candidates referred by our stockholders, including for election at the 2019 Annual Meeting, if such nominees are submitted in accordance with the procedures set forth in " Additional Information — Advance Notice Procedures " on page 53 of this proxy statement.
The Governance and Nominating Committee annually evaluates the composition of the Board in accordance with the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines in the context of an assessment of the perceived needs of the Board at that point in time. They review factors such as director independence, size of the Board, needs of the Board, including desired expertise in areas relevant to the Company’s business, the results of the Board and individual director self-evaluations, and the minimum qualifications articulated in the Corporate Governance Guidelines, including accountability, integrity, relevant areas of experience, sound judgment in areas relevant to the Company's businesses, diversity of background (including, but not limited to, race, origin, age and gender) and a willingness and ability to commit sufficient time to the Board.
If a stockholder submits a nominee for election, the Governance and Nominating Committee, at the direction of the Committee Chair, makes an initial determination as to whether to conduct a full evaluation of a prospective candidate. This initial determination is based on whatever information is provided to the Governance and Nominating Committee with the prospective candidate’s recommendation, as well as the Governance and Nominating Committee’s own knowledge of the prospective candidate, which may be supplemented by inquiries to the person making the recommendation or others. The preliminary determination is based primarily on the need for additional Board members to fill vacancies or to expand the size of the Board, and the likelihood that the prospective nominee will satisfy the evaluation factors described above. If the Governance and Nominating Committee determines, in consultation with the Lead Director and other Board members as appropriate, that additional consideration is warranted, it may request that additional information be gathered about the prospective nominee’s background and experience and a report be prepared, and may utilize a third-party search firm to assist in such a process. The Governance and Nominating Committee then would evaluate the prospective nominee against the standards and qualifications set out in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, as outlined above, all in the context of an assessment of the perceived needs of the Board at that point in time.
The Governance and Nominating Committee will take such other steps as are necessary to evaluate a prospective nominee, including receiving input from our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and, if warranted, interviews of the prospective nominee by one or more Governance and Nominating Committee or Board members. After completing this evaluation and other steps of the process, the Governance and Nominating Committee would make a recommendation to the full Board as to the persons who should be nominated by the Board. The Board then determines the nominees after considering the recommendations and report of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
DOES THE BOARD HAVE A RETIREMENT POLICY?
Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that non-management directors must submit their resignation to the Governance and Nominating Committee upon reaching the age of 72. The effectiveness of the resignation, which will be determined by the Board upon recommendation by the Governance and Nominating Committee, will take place on or before the expiration of the director's current term. The Board, upon recommendation by the Governance and Nominating Committee, may waive this requirement and nominate the director for re-election.



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DOES THE COMPANY HAVE A CODE OF ETHICS?
Our Board of Directors has adopted a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct which applies to all of our officers and employees, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer, and a separate Code of Ethics and Business Conduct for our directors. Both Codes of Ethics and Business Conduct are available on the Investor Relations portion of our website ( www.investors.DICKS.com ) and are available in print to any Company stockholder upon request. We intend to post on our website substantive amendments to or waivers from our Codes of Ethics and Business Conduct to the extent applicable to our Chief Executive Officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or directors.

HOW MAY STOCKHOLDERS COMMUNICATE WITH THE BOARD?
Stockholders and other parties interested in communicating directly with the Board, the presiding Lead Director or the non-management directors as a group may do so by writing to the Board of Directors or presiding Lead Director (as the case may be), c/o General Counsel, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., 345 Court Street, Coraopolis, PA 15108 or sending an e-mail to the Legal Department’s attention at investors@dcsg.com . Upon receipt of letters addressed to the Board or non-management members of the Board, the Governance and Nominating Committee has instructed the General Counsel to (i) review the correspondence, (ii) regularly forward to the Board a summary of all such correspondence addressed to the Board and (iii) regularly forward to the presiding Lead Director copies of all such correspondence that is addressed to or (determined to be) intended for the presiding Lead Director or the non-management directors as a group or that otherwise requires their attention. Directors may at any time review correspondence that is addressed to members of the Board and request copies of any such correspondence. Concerns relating to accounting, internal controls or auditing matters are promptly brought to the attention of the Company’s internal audit department and handled in accordance with procedures established by the Audit Committee with respect to such matters.
HOW DOES THE BOARD DETERMINE WHICH DIRECTORS ARE CONSIDERED INDEPENDENT?
Pursuant to our Corporate Governance Guidelines, which meet the listing standards adopted by the NYSE for "controlled companies," and are available on the Investor Relations portion of our website ( www.investors.DICKS.com ), the Board undertook its annual review of existing director and director nominee independence on March 21, 2018 .
As a result of the review, the Board affirmatively determined that Dr. Fouse, along with Messrs. Barrenechea, Chirico, Schorr, and Weiss are, and that Messrs. Byrd, Colombo, and Stone if re-elected would continue to be, independent directors, in accordance with the standards set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines and in accordance with independence requirements implemented by the NYSE. During this review, the Board considered transactions and relationships between each current director or nominee for director with the Company (either directly or as a partner, stockholder or officer of any organization that has a relationship with the Company), including (i) the relationship between the Company and PVH Corp., one of our vendors, for which Mr. Chirico serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, (ii) the relationship between the Company and OpenText Corporation, one of our technology service providers, for which Mr. Barrenechea serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and (iii) Mr. Colombo's role as trustee of trusts that hold Class B shares for the benefit of Mr. Stack's children and his non-leadership position in one of Mr. Stack's charitable projects. As provided in the Corporate Governance Guidelines, the purpose of this review was to determine whether any such relationships or transactions were inconsistent with a determination that the director or nominee for director is independent in accordance with independence requirements under our Corporate Governance Guidelines and as implemented by the NYSE.
WHAT IS OUR POLICY ON ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDANCE?
The Board strongly encourages its members to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Company currently expects that all of its directors will attend the 2018 Annual Meeting. All of the then-current members of the Board were in attendance at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION
The Compensation Committee currently consists of Messrs. Colombo, Schorr, Stone and Weiss. None of Messrs. Schorr, Stone or Weiss has ever been an officer or employee of ours or any of our subsidiaries. Mr. Colombo served as an officer and employee of the Company in various roles from 1988 until 2011, including serving as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President from 1995 to 1998, President of dsports.com LLC, our then eCommerce subsidiary from 1998 to 2000, President and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 until 2008, and interim Chief Marketing Officer from September 2010 until February 2011.
None of our executive officers serves or has served as a member of the board of directors, compensation committee or other board committee performing equivalent functions of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving as one of our directors or on our Compensation Committee.


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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PERSONS
In 2017 , South Hills Landscaping & Excavating, Inc. ("South Hills") provided all-seasons landscaping services with respect to the Company’s Customer Support Center, for which we paid $363,645. South Hills is owned by Darren Davis, the brother-in-law of Edward W. Stack. We engaged South Hills in the ordinary course of business and on terms comparable to those offered by non-related third-parties. On March 29, 2017, the Company and South Hills entered into a three-year agreement to provide all-seasons landscaping services with respect to the Company's Customer Support Center (the "Landscaping Agreement"). Under the terms of the Landscaping Agreement, the Company will pay fees to South Hills for various all-seasons landscaping services on an as-incurred basis. The Landscaping Agreement may be terminated by the Company at any time without penalty upon thirty days' written notice to South Hills or under the other conditions for termination set forth therein.
We lease two locations from Stack Associates, LLC, a New York limited liability company established by the estate of Richard "Dick" Stack, our founder and father of Edward W. Stack. Our total monthly lease payments for the two locations is $20,000. We paid $240,000 under these leases in fiscal 2017 . The amount paid per square foot under these leases is comparable to the amounts we agreed to pay to unaffiliated third-parties for other leases that were entered into around the same time period.
On December 19, 2011, we entered into an Aircraft Charter Agreement (the "Charter Agreement") with Corporate Air, LLC pursuant to which we have the ability to charter for business use an aircraft owned by EWS II, LLC ("EWS"), an entity owned by Edward W. Stack. Corporate Air has a lease agreement with EWS under which Corporate Air operates and maintains this aircraft, hires pilots and other staff for flight operations and also may act to charter this aircraft for use by third-parties. During the term of the Charter Agreement, which was extended to December 31, 2021, we have the right to use the aircraft on a flight available basis for 300 hours per year for travel purposes. Under the Charter Agreement, we pay Corporate Air a rental fee per month that is increased annually between 3% and 5%, based on the consumer price index, and an hourly charter rate of $3,000 per block hour of actual usage, which is subject to a fuel surcharge adjustment. For calendar 2017 , we paid a monthly fee of $231,855. During fiscal 2017 , we paid Corporate Air $2,885,673 under the Charter Agreement. The Charter Agreement may be terminated under certain conditions as set forth in the Charter Agreement and terminates automatically if Corporate Air no longer has the right to operate the aircraft under its lease with EWS. The Company made its last payment to Corporate Air in November 2017 and no longer charters the aircraft under the Charter Agreement.
On August 18, 2017, the Company acquired the rights and obligations relating to the purchase of an aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation ("Gulfstream"), which had previously been held by EWS. In connection with the assumption of the purchase obligation, the Company and EWS entered into an arrangement, pursuant to which the Company agreed to reimburse EWS for payments previously made to Gulfstream for the aircraft purchase and for interest incurred in connection with the financing of the aircraft purchase in the amount of $62.8 million, and agreed to fund the final aircraft purchase price payment of $4.0 million to Gulfstream.
Kim Myers, the sister of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a holder of our Class B common stock, is married to Tim Myers, who is employed by the Company. Mr. Myers received compensation totaling $218,206 in 2017 consisting of salary, bonus, and an equity award. Mr. Myers receives salary, bonus, equity-based compensation, and health and welfare benefits on the same basis as other eligible associates at similar positions.
Michael Stack, who is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s son, was employed by the Company for a portion of fiscal 2017. Mr. Stack received compensation totaling $135,026 in 2017 consisting of salary and an equity award. Mr. Stack received salary, equity-based compensation, and health and welfare benefits on the same basis as other eligible associates at similar positions during his employment.
The Audit Committee reviewed and approved or ratified the transactions set forth above that occurred prior to March of 2007 in accordance with the terms of its committee charter. Since March 2007, the Audit Committee’s review and ratification, approval or disapproval of transactions required to be reported under Item 404 of the SEC’s Regulation S-K have been conducted in accordance with the terms of the Company’s Related Party Policy & Procedures, which covers our directors, director nominees, executive officers, and their respective immediate family members, and also may apply to outside third-parties in which any of these persons owns more than 10% of the equity, serves as an officer or equivalent or, in the case of directors, director nominees or immediate family members, is employed. Transactions with such persons are initially reviewed by our Legal Department to determine if they fall within the scope of our Related Party Policy & Procedures.
Transactions (or series of related transactions) that would generally fall within the scope of our Related Party Policy & Procedures include those in which the amount exceeds $120,000 per year, other than compensation between a person covered by the policy and the Company (and its subsidiaries). Any new transaction and any amendment to a transaction that falls within the scope of the policy is required to be reviewed and approved or ratified by the Audit Committee. Any related party transactions that are not reviewed by the


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Audit Committee must be reviewed by the full Board or another committee thereof, in accordance with the terms of the Related Party Policy & Procedures. Information regarding potential related party transactions is obtained through self-reporting, including through submission of annual director and executive officer questionnaires, and through review of company records.


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Item 2—Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
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REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
The following Report of the Audit Committee does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except to the extent the Company specifically incorporates this Report by reference therein.
The primary purpose of the Audit Committee is to act on behalf of the Board of Directors in its oversight of all material aspects of the accounting and financial reporting processes, internal controls and audit functions of the Company, including its compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Management has primary responsibility for the Company’s financial statements and reporting processes, including its internal controls and disclosure controls and procedures. The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche LLP (sometimes referred to as D&T), is responsible for performing an independent audit of the financial statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and expressing an opinion on the conformity of those audited financial statements with generally accepted accounting principles.
In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for fiscal year 2017 , the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed with both Company management and the Company’s independent auditors all annual financial statements and quarterly operating results released in fiscal year 2017 prior to their issuance. During fiscal 2017 , management reviewed significant accounting and disclosure issues with the Audit Committee and advised the Audit Committee that each set of financial statements reviewed had been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. These reviews also included discussions with the outside auditors of matters required to be discussed pursuant to Auditing Standard No. 16, as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, relating to communication with audit committees. The Audit Committee also received the written disclosures and letter from D&T required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding D&T’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and had discussions with D&T regarding its independence. The Audit Committee also received, reviewed and discussed with D&T the report required by section 10A(k) of the Exchange Act.
Based on the reviews, discussions and disclosures referred to above, the undersigned Audit Committee members recommended to the Board of Directors that the Board approve the inclusion of the Company’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for such fiscal year.
Members of the Audit Committee
Jacqualyn A. Fouse (Chairperson)
Mark J. Barrenechea
Vincent C. Byrd
Emanuel Chirico


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Deloitte & Touche LLP has served as our independent registered public accounting firm since the audit for the 11-month period ended January 30, 1999. For fiscal 2017 , D&T rendered professional services in connection with the audit of our financial statements, including review of quarterly reports and other filings with the SEC, and also provided tax and other services. D&T is knowledgeable about our operations and accounting practices and well qualified to act as our independent registered public accounting firm, and the Audit Committee has appointed D&T as such for fiscal 2018 .
AUDIT AND NON-AUDIT FEES AND INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
The following table presents fees for professional audit services rendered by D&T for the audit of the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 and fees billed for other services rendered by D&T for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 .
 
Fiscal 2016

Fiscal 2017

Audit Fees

$1,350,560


$1,295,896

Audit-Related Fees
73,959

22,998

Tax Fees
462,813

71,386

All Other Fees
3,790

3,790

Total All Fees

$1,891,122


$1,394,070

Audit Fees — Audit fees for fiscal 2016 and 2017 included fees for professional services and expenses relating to the audit of our annual financial statements, the audit of our internal control over financial reporting and the review of our quarterly financial information.
Audit-Related Fees — Audit-related fees paid in fiscal 2016 and 2017 principally included fees relating to merger and acquisition services and an employee benefit plan audit.
Tax Fees — Tax fees set forth for fiscal 2016 and 2017 were for tax-related services related primarily to tax consulting and tax planning.
All Other Fees — All other fees in fiscal 2016 and 2017 were for accounting research subscriptions.
The Audit Committee pre-approves all auditing services and any non-audit services that the independent registered public accounting firm is permitted to render under Section 10A(h) of the Exchange Act. The Audit Committee may delegate the pre-approval to one of its members, provided that if such delegation is made, the full Audit Committee must be presented at its next regularly scheduled meeting with any pre-approval decision made by that member. The Audit Committee has pre-approved non-audit services for fiscal 2018 up to $35,000 per occurrence.
Representatives of D&T will be present at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to respond to questions and make statements as they desire.
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THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP AS THE COMPANY’S INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR FISCAL 2018.  





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Executive Compensation
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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

The following Compensation Committee Report does not constitute soliciting material and should not be deemed filed or incorporated by reference into any other Company filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except to the extent the Company specifically incorporates this Report by reference therein.
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth below with the Company’s management and, based upon such review and discussion, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement.
The full text of the Compensation Committee’s charter is available on the Investor Relations portion of the Company’s website ( www.investors.DICKS.com ).
Respectfully submitted,
Members of the Compensation Committee
Larry D. Stone (Chairperson)
William J. Colombo
Lawrence J. Schorr
Allen R. Weiss

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
CD&A INDEX
 
 
OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Our Named Executive Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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This Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes our executive compensation program, including a discussion of the philosophy and intent of the material elements of the program. The discussion is focused on our named executive officers for fiscal 2017, who were:
Financial Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Compensation Allocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Variable Compensation Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Governance Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Compensation Decision-Making Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Edward W. Stack
Insight into Market Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Stockholder Support of Our Pay Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Lee J. Belitsky
Elements of Compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer
Stock Ownership Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Lauren R. Hobart
Additional Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
President (1)
 
 
 
Paul J. Gaffney
COMPENSATION TABLES
 
 
Executive Vice President — Chief Technology Officer  (2)
Summary Compensation Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
André J. Hawaux
Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Former Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer (3)
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End Table . . . . .
 
Keri L. Jones
Option Exercises and Stock Vested Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Former Executive Vice President — Chief Merchant (2)
Pension Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
 
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Table . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
(1)  Ms. Hobart was appointed to the position of President in May 2017.
(2)  Mr. Gaffney and Ms. Jones joined the Company in November 2017 and May 2017, respectively. Ms. Jones resigned from her position with the Company, effective February 9, 2018.
(3) Mr. Hawaux served as Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer until his retirement in August 2017. On August 18, 2017, the Company entered into a consulting arrangement with Mr. Hawaux, pursuant to which he will continue to serve the Company in a consulting role through the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.
Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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FISCAL 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS
 

In fiscal 2017 , the Company delivered 8.4% growth in net sales and GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share ("EPS") of $3.01* both calculations including the 53 rd week results. We ended the year with a consolidated same store sales decrease of 0.3% on a 52-week to 52-week comparative basis. We continued to make significant and meaningful contributions to the Company's long-term success, including the continued and profitable growth of our omni-channel platform, ending the year with 716 DICK'S Sporting Goods stores, 94 Golf Galaxy stores and 35 Field & Stream stores and delivered 13% growth in our eCommerce business on a 52-week to 52-week comparative basis. Our five-year top line and bottom line performance is detailed below.
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 *See Appendix A for the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations.  



OUR COMPENSATION - WE ALLOCATE PAY WITH AN EMPHASIS ON VARIABLE COMPENSATION
 
Our compensation programs are designed to attract, retain, and motivate the executive management team that we need as an omni-channel specialty retail company as we continue to evolve with our customers. We want to continue to attract and retain top executive talent by providing market-competitive base salaries and time-based restricted stock grants. We motivate our executives to continue to grow and evolve with the Company by offering both short-term and long-term incentive awards and stock options that align the interests of our executives with our stockholders.

Overall, a considerable portion of the compensation for our named executive officers is considered "pay-at-risk." The following chart illustrates how base salary, restricted stock, stock options and short-term incentive awards were allocated for fiscal 2017. The 2017 LTIP and equity awards for promotions and new hires are excluded for purposes of the following illustration.


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* Chart does not sum due to rounding.

"Other NEO Pay Allocation" excludes Mr. Hawaux, our former EVP — Chief Operating Officer, who retired from the Company during 2017, and excludes Mr. Gaffney, our EVP — Chief Technology Officer, and Ms. Jones our former EVP — Chief Merchant, who both joined the Company in mid-2017, because their compensation does not reflect the Company's annual executive compensation package.

Each element of our compensation program is discussed in greater detail starting on page 31 of this proxy statement. As we discuss further below, there were no payouts pursuant to the fiscal 2017 annual short-term incentive award.

VARIABLE COMPENSATION IS DRIVEN BY COMPANY PERFORMANCE
 
Our short-term and long-term incentive programs are designed to ensure a strong connection between the Company’s performance and executive compensation. Each incentive program is distinct and rewards the achievement of specific, pre-determined financial, operational and strategic goals. Our programs are designed to provide payment to executives only upon realization of an assumed threshold (or better) achievement of Company goals. We use, or have used, one-, three-, four- and five-year measurement periods, depending on the specific purpose of the program. At any given time, we could have one or more incentive programs in place, and might from time-to-time adopt new incentive programs based on our organizational needs and the Company’s strategic plan.

Short-Term Incentive Program - Our short-term incentive program ("STIP") is based on the Company’s annual operating plan and requires that the Company achieve a threshold level of financial performance in order for any payout to occur. The 2017 STIP required the attainment of goals relating to (1) net sales across all of our channels, which we refer to as "Consolidated Sales," and (2) adjusted consolidated earnings before taxes, referred to in this proxy statement as "Adjusted EBT." Adjusted EBT excludes certain items as approved by the Compensation Committee and in accordance with the terms of the Company's 2012 Stock and Incentive Plan (the "2012 Plan"), such as the impact of asset write-downs; certain charges associated with store closings; certain expenses related to


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reorganization and restructuring programs; costs related to the acquisition and integration of certain strategic transactions; and certain other non-recurring, infrequent, unusual or special items.

In the event that the threshold Adjusted EBT goal is not achieved, no incentive payments are awarded regardless of our Consolidated Sales performance. Adjusted EBT was below the threshold performance level required for payouts under the 2017 STIP. As a result, our executive officers did not receive a payout under the 2017 STIP. The chart below, which shows the Company’s year-over-year Consolidated Sales and Adjusted EBT performance compared to the STIP award paid to our Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") since 2012, demonstrates an alignment between these performance metrics and STIP payouts historically.
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See Appendix A for the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations of net income to Adjusted EBT.

Information about the metrics and payout for the fiscal 2017 STIP is available starting on page 31.
Performance-Based Long-Term Incentive Programs - Our performance-based restricted stock programs are special performance-based long-term grants that have typically vested over three to five years from the grant date and have provided vesting opportunities upon achievement of certain performance metrics. Most recently, we granted performance-based long-term restricted stock awards in 2013 and 2017.
In 2013, we adopted a one-time 5-year restricted stock-based performance program based on stretch net sales and operating margin goals. We refer to this program as our 2013 LTIP, which covered Company performance from fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2017. The stretch goals needed to be met at threshold level in order for any of the restricted stock underlying the awards to vest.
The Company completed the 2013 LTIP performance period at the end of 2017. Based on the Company’s performance, there was no payout to the recipients of the 2013 LTIP and all shares awarded under the 2013 LTIP were forfeited. See page 34 for additional information about the 2013 LTIP.
In April 2017, the Company granted performance-based restricted stock awards under a new long-term incentive program, which we refer to as the 2017 LTIP. Awards granted under the 2017 LTIP vest in April 2020 if, and only if, certain performance goals are achieved during the 2018 fiscal year. For more information on the 2017 LTIP, see "Long-Term Incentive Awards" on page 34 of this proxy statement.







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STRONG GOVERNANCE UNDERLIES OUR COMPENSATION PROGRAM
 
We strive to align the Company’s executive compensation program with the interests of the Company and our stockholders and we implement strong corporate governance in our executive compensation program to achieve this result. The chart below highlights certain pay practices that we utilize and those that we avoid, so as to maintain discipline in our executive compensation program.
Pay Practices We Utilize  
 
Use of Threshold gate for payouts to occur  
The Company must achieve a threshold level Adjusted EBT before payout of incentive awards. This ensures that a level of stockholder value is generated before payment of performance-based incentive compensation. See pages 31 to 34 for further information.
Alignment of performance metrics with Company’s strategy  
The variety of performance metrics used in our incentive-based programs aligns compensation with Company long-term strategy. See pages 31 to 34 for further information.
Dividends on restricted stock are subject to forfeiture  
The Company currently pays quarterly dividends. However, all dividends paid on restricted stock (both time and performance based) are paid only if the underlying restricted stock ultimately vests.

Rigorous Stock Ownership Guidelines
Our stock ownership guidelines ensure that our executive officers and directors are financially invested in the Company alongside our stockholders, as further detailed on page 34 of this proxy statement.
No short-sales or hedging and restricted pledging transactions  
Our executive officers and directors are strictly prohibited from engaging in short selling, put, call, or other derivative transactions or hedging or other monetization transactions in our common stock. Executive officers and directors are strongly discouraged from pledging our common stock and require pre-approval to do so.

Very limited perquisites
We provide limited perquisites. Executive officers and directors are required to reimburse the Company for personal use of the Company’s aircraft. See our " Summary Compensation Table " on pages 37 to 38 for further information.
Pay Practices We Avoid  
 
No employment agreements with our Executive Officers  
The Company has no employment contracts with its executive officers and is only obligated to pay very limited severance in connection with non-competition agreements entered into with a broad base of employees, including our executive officers.
No Change-in-Control Agreements
The Company does not have change-in-control agreements with any of its executive officers.
No automatic accelerated vesting of awards upon a Change of Control  
Our equity compensation plans do not provide for automatic acceleration of vesting of awards in the event of a change-in-control. See pages 46 to 48 for further information.
No tax gross-ups  
Other than for relocation benefits, we do not provide tax gross-ups on compensation or personal benefits. See page 36 for further information.
No repricing underwater stock options  
Our equity plan prohibits the repricing of stock options unless our stockholders approve such actions.

In addition to maintaining discipline in our executive compensation program, we believe these pay practices create an overall compensation program designed to motivate and reward our employees and executive officers for their performance on a short-term and long-term basis and for taking appropriate business risks. These pay practices mitigate excessive or unnecessary risk taking, and encourage a level of risk taking that is not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company.










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THE COMPENSATION DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IS THOROUGH AND BALANCES OBJECTIVE DATA WITH A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF OUR BUSINESS
 
Participants in the compensation decision-making process utilize a combination of objective data along with a deep understanding of the Company's business as they consider each element of compensation. Further, participants in the decision-making process strive to ensure that programs are complementary and support both the short- and long-term objectives of the Company.
As of the record date, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer controls 59% of the combined voting power of our common stock and Class B common stock. He has been operating the Company since 1984 and has led the Company through its growth for over 30 years. He has a substantial role in the development of the Company’s long-term strategy, and as a result, provides critical input in the development of executive compensation programs intended to motivate executives to achieve that strategy. However, all decisions relating to executive compensation are approved by the Compensation Committee, which is comprised entirely of "Non-Employee Directors" for purposes of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, and in some cases, an ad hoc subcommittee of the Compensation Committee (the "Ad Hoc Subcommittee") who also satisfy the requirements of "outside directors" for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code. As a controlled company, the Company is not required to have an independent Compensation Committee under the listing standards of the NYSE, but we believe that having independent voices in the executive compensation decision-making process is in the best interests of the Company’s stockholders and balances pay with performance.
Compensation of our Chief Executive Officer - Participants in the compensation decision-making process for our Chief Executive Officer include our SVP — Chief Human Resources Officer, the Compensation Committee and the Board. Our SVP — Chief Human Resources Officer works with management’s compensation consultant to develop and review benchmarking information. Based on this benchmarking information, our SVP — Chief Human Resources Officer makes compensation recommendations for our Chief Executive Officer to the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee then reviews the benchmarking information, the Company’s performance against performance targets for incentive compensation awards, the Company’s overall financial performance and our Chief Executive Officer’s overall performance. The Compensation Committee may also discuss these matters directly with our Chief Executive Officer. Following review, the Compensation Committee approves compensation and performance targets for grants under our STIP and any long-term incentive programs for our Chief Executive Officer, and ultimately determines whether such performance targets have been met and to what extent. All components of our Chief Executive Officer’s compensation, including base salary, STIP, long-term incentive and other equity awards are approved by the Compensation Committee and, in some cases, by the Ad Hoc Subcommittee for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, and are then subsequently approved in an executive session of independent directors based on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee.
Compensation of our other Named Executive Officers - The participants in the compensation decision-making process for our other named executive officers include our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, our SVP — Chief Human Resources Officer and the Compensation Committee. Our SVP — Chief Human Resources Officer works with our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to develop recommendations for all components of a named executive officer’s compensation, including recommending levels and performance targets for grants of short-term and long-term incentive awards and discretionary matching contributions to the Company’s retirement programs. Recommendations are based on the Company’s historical performance, the Company’s financial, operational and strategic goals, benchmarking information provided by management’s compensation consultant, the Company’s talent needs and individual performance. Our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer also determines whether new and/or revised compensation programs will be presented to the Compensation Committee.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer reviews his recommendations with the Compensation Committee and our SVP — Chief Human Resources Officer. The Compensation Committee (and for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, the Ad Hoc Subcommittee) is responsible for approving all components of executive compensation as well as for approving performance targets for our STIP and any long-term incentive programs, and determining whether performance targets have been met and to what extent. The Compensation Committee also reviews and approves all new and/or revised executive compensation programs.











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OBJECTIVE DATA PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO MARKET PRACTICES
 
Role of Management’s Compensation Consultant - In 2017, management retained Willis Towers Watson ("Towers Watson") as its compensation consultant to provide market data, benchmarking research, survey information and peer group advice relating to executive compensation. Towers Watson works directly with our human resources team, including our SVP — Chief Human Resources Officer. Towers Watson does not meet with or otherwise provide advice or consulting services to the Board or its Compensation Committee. All research for executive compensation conducted by Towers Watson is provided to the Compensation Committee directly by management.

In fiscal 2017, the aggregate fees for determining and recommending the form or amount of director and executive compensation paid to Towers Watson was $68,895 and the aggregate fees for additional services provided to the Company by Towers Watson or its subsidiaries were $126,020. The Compensation Committee evaluated the independence of Towers Watson under NYSE rules, including the services provided and the associated fees, and has concluded that no conflicts of interests exist that would prevent Towers Watson from independently advising management on director and executive compensation.
Benchmarking Executive Compensation - Company management engaged Towers Watson to review, analyze and make recommendations with respect to our named executive officer compensation, both as to individual components as well as the comprehensive package. Each pay component utilized by the Company in 2017 was analyzed using publicly available compensation data for peer group companies and general retail compensation survey data provided by Towers Watson.

In 2017, management engaged Towers Watson to conduct a review of the direct compensation components paid to our named executive officers against a specific benchmark retail group, with a focus on base pay, annual performance incentive pay and stock-based compensation. This benchmark retail group, (referred to as the "Retail Peer Group") consisting of 16 companies, was selected based on the following attributes:
publicly-held specialty retailers
retailers with annual revenues between one-half and two and one-half times the Company’s annual revenue
retailers with which we compete for executive talent
"medium" to "large" box retailers (i.e. average store size of 15,000 square feet or greater)
retailers with comparable financial metrics (i.e., that consider both short- and long-term performance metrics such as market capitalization, sales, return on invested capital and total shareholder return)
The Retail Peer Group is reviewed and approved annually by the Compensation Committee and may change from time to time based on each component retailer’s continued relevance to the Company’s current or future business model, as well as the competitive environment for executive talent.

The Retail Peer Group for 2017 compensation recommendations was comprised of the following companies:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Foot Locker, Inc.
Ross Stores, Inc.
Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
Gap, Inc.
Tractor Supply Company
AutoZone, Inc.
L Brands, Inc.
Ulta Beauty Inc.*
Bed, Bath & Beyond, Inc.
Michaels Stores, Inc.
VF Corporation
Big Lots, Inc.
Ralph Lauren Corporation
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Cabela’s Incorporated
 
 
* Ulta Beauty Inc. was added to the Company's 2017 Retail Peer Group. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and GameStop Corp. were each a part of the Company's Retail Peer Group for fiscal 2016, but were removed from the 2017 Retail Peer Group because they fell outside of the peer group selection criteria.


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STOCKHOLDERS SUPPORT OUR PAY PROGRAM
 
Say-On-Pay Vote Results - We held an advisory vote at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders asking our stockholders to approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation paid to our named executive officers. The Company received approval from over 96% of the votes cast for the compensation paid to our named executive officers with respect to 2016. Because the Company is a "controlled company," the Compensation Committee also considered the voting results from the Company’s unaffiliated holders of the Company’s common stock. The Committee took into account stockholder support, among other things, in determining the Company's compensation policies and decisions.
ELEMENTS OF COMPENSATION
 
The combination of our fixed and variable compensation elements, including performance-based programs and time-vested equity awards create an overall compensation program design that rewards the achievement of financial, operational and strategic goals over measurement periods of varying lengths. The Compensation Committee believes that this overall compensation program design creates balanced incentives for our named executive officers that encourage them to grow the Company in a disciplined, focused manner with a view towards long-term success.

Philosophy - Our executive compensation philosophy is to provide a market competitive compensation package that serves to attract, retain and motivate the executive management team that we need as an omni-channel specialty retail company as we continue to evolve with our customers. In general, we align our compensation with the market median for all elements of compensation, with a willingness to pay above market median for leaders who have critical skills in key operational areas or for outstanding performance against key financial metrics.

Base Salary - Base salary is intended to provide reasonable yet market-competitive fixed pay reflective of an executive’s role, responsibilities and individual performance. The Compensation Committee examines base salary in conjunction with data provided by Towers Watson and against the Retail Peer Group to help guide it in determining base salary increases.
Name
Position
2017 Salary
2018 Salary
% Change
Edward W. Stack
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
$1,000,000
$1,000,000
0%
Lee J. Belitsky
Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer
$650,000
$669,500
3%
Lauren R. Hobart
President
$650,000
$750,000
15%
Paul J. Gaffney
Executive Vice President — Chief Technology Officer
$675,000
$675,000
0%
André J. Hawaux (1)
Former Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer
$772,500
N/A
N/A
Keri L. Jones (1)
Former Executive Vice President — Chief Merchant
$625,000
N/A
N/A
(1) Mr. Hawaux's and Ms. Jones' base salary is based on the full fiscal year, and the actual salary received in 2017 was $436,990 and $444,712, respectively. Mr Hawaux did not receive compensation in connection with the consulting arrangement he entered into with the Company after his retirement.

Short-Term Incentive Awards - The Company looks at a combination of performance metrics to design its STIP, which is an annual cash-based award. For 2017, the Company used Adjusted EBT and Consolidated Sales goals to measure whether STIP awards would be earned. The 2017 STIP components and targets were established by the Compensation Committee with the goal of driving sustained profitable growth. The metrics were based on the Company’s annual operating plan and required threshold level of Adjusted EBT to be achieved in order for any payouts to occur to our named executive officers.

The Company did not meet the threshold performance level required for payouts under our 2017 STIP and our named executive officers therefore did not receive a payout under the 2017 STIP.



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The following table sets forth the specific threshold, target and maximum amounts, as a percentage of base salary, that had been potentially payable to our named executive officers under the Company’s 2017 STIP:
 
 
Threshold
Target
Maximum
Name
Position
(as a percentage of base salary)
Edward W. Stack
 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
90%
210%
400%
Lee J. Belitsky
Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer
60%
75%
150%
Lauren R. Hobart
President
80%
100%
200%
Paul J. Gaffney (1)
Executive Vice President — Chief Technology Officer
N/A
N/A
N/A
André J. Hawaux (2)
 Former Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer
N/A
N/A
N/A
Keri L. Jones (2)
Former Executive Vice President — Chief Merchant
N/A
N/A
N/A
(1) Mr. Gaffney was not eligible for the 2017 STIP based on the date he joined the Company.
(2) Mr. Hawaux and Ms. Jones separated from the Company and were not eligible for the 2017 STIP.
The determination of the annual STIP payout was based on achievement of two separate components: (1) Adjusted EBT and (2) Consolidated Sales, each set at threshold, target and maximum levels. However, if threshold Adjusted EBT was not achieved, then no performance incentive amounts were payable to the Company's executive officers, regardless of the level of Consolidated Sales achieved. The Compensation Committee is permitted to exercise negative discretion with respect to the incentive amount paid to any named executive officer, regardless of the level of the Company’s achievement of Adjusted EBT and Consolidated Sales.
Adjusted EBT is the first and principal component of the 2017 STIP. Eighty percent (80%) of each named executive officer’s 2017 STIP award was calculated based on Adjusted EBT achieved during the fiscal year relative to the pre-determined levels of target and maximum Adjusted EBT.
The threshold, target, and maximum Adjusted EBT levels correlate with the three levels of bonus expressed as a specified percentage of the named executive officer’s eligible earnings, as described above under Base Salary . The Company uses interpolation between the threshold, target, and maximum Adjusted EBT levels and the corresponding base salary percentage to determine the specific amount of the payout for each named executive officer with respect to the achievement of the Adjusted EBT goal between the various levels.
Consolidated Sales comprised the second component of the 2017 STIP. Twenty percent (20%) of each named executive officer’s fiscal 2017 STIP award was calculated based on Consolidated Sales achieved during the fiscal year. As with the Adjusted EBT component, the Company uses interpolation to determine the specific amount of the payout for each named executive officer with respect to the achievement of Consolidated Sales between the various levels.
2017 Performance Targets
Threshold
Target
Maximum
Actual
Adjusted EBT (in $000’s)
$606,000
$674,000
$721,000
$509,854
Consolidated Sales (in $000’s)
$8,644,000
$8,912,000
$9,090,000
$8,590,472
* See Appendix A for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations.

To determine the actual incentive payment, the Company applies the following formula to each named executive officer: 

Eligible Earnings
x
Target Payment Percent
x
Component Weight
x
Component Attainment
=
Total Incentive Payout


"Eligible earnings" represents actual payment of base salary to the named executive officer during the fiscal year, while "Component Attainment" is the Company’s actual performance against the Threshold, Target and Maximum levels.



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Adjusted EBT was below the threshold performance level required for payouts under the 2017 STIP. As a result, our executive officers and incentive-eligible associates did not receive a payout under the 2017 STIP. The table below shows the target payments for each of our named executive officers and the actual payments made to each of our named executive officers in connection with the Company's performance in 2017.
Name
Target Payment Percentage
Target Payment
Actual Payment Percentage
Actual Payment
Edward W. Stack
210%
$2,140,385
 
0.0%
$0
Lee J. Belitsky
75%
$496,875
 
0.0%
$0
Lauren R. Hobart (1)
100%
$640,000
 
0.0%
$0
Paul J. Gaffney (2)
N/A
N/A
 
N/A
N/A
André J. Hawaux (3)
N/A
N/A
 
N/A
N/A
Keri L. Jones (3)
N/A
N/A
 
N/A
N/A
(1) Ms. Hobart was promoted to EVP — Chief Customer & Digital Officer in April 2017 and President in May 2017. Accordingly, her incentive opportunity increased to a target of 100% from her previous positions as EVP — Chief Marketing Officer and EVP — Chief Customer & Digital Officer, which each had a target of 75%.
(2) Mr. Gaffney was not eligible for the 2017 STIP based on the date he joined the Company.
(3) Mr. Hawaux and Ms. Jones separated from the Company and were not eligible for the 2017 STIP.
Annual STIP payments are paid for the most recently completed fiscal year (assuming performance levels have been met) as soon as administratively practical after the amounts are determined and certified by the Compensation Committee.
Long-Term Incentive Awards - Long-term equity compensation is a key element of our executive compensation program. It is used to drive behaviors that lead to long-term growth and financial success, ensure balance between short- and long-term performance focus, align executive and stockholder interests, retain key executive talent, and create an association between individual pay and the long-term performance of the Company. Equity compensation also builds an ownership mentality among executives. Historically, long-term equity awards have vested over three to five-year periods from the grant date.
Equity grants are generally made on an annual basis to specified categories of employees in amounts that take into account such factors as Company and individual performance, total stockholder return, share usage and stockholder dilution.
In 2017, the Company’s annual grant of equity awards to our named executive officers was split with approximately 70% of the total grant value consisting of time-based restricted stock and the remaining 30% awarded in stock options. Special grants may also be authorized by the Compensation Committee for, among other things, new hires and promotions, exceptional performance or retention purposes.
The Compensation Committee believes that a value-based approach ensures greater alignment and consistency with the external market and provides greater stability in managing equity expense. Annual equity awards can be granted to each officer at below target (50% of target value), target (100% of target value) or above target (150% of target value) levels based on company and individual performance, individual potential, data provided by Towers Watson, and the practices of the Retail Peer Group.
The table below shows the target award value and the actual award value made to each of our named executive officers in connection with the Company's 2017 annual equity grant.
Name
Target Award Value
Actual Award Value
Edward W. Stack
$5,000,000
$7,500,000
 
Lee J. Belitsky
$900,000
$900,000
 
Lauren R. Hobart
$900,000
$1,350,000
 
Paul J. Gaffney (1)
N/A
N/A
 
André J. Hawaux
$1,200,000
$1,200,000
 
Keri L. Jones (1)
N/A
N/A
 
(1) Mr. Gaffney and Ms. Jones were not eligible to receive the 2017 annual equity grant based on the date they joined the Company.


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Stock Options - Stock options are generally granted on an annual basis to our executive officers, vest 25% per year over four years following the grant date, and have seven year maximum terms.
Restricted Stock - Restricted stock awards are generally granted on an annual basis to our executive officers, vest 100% on the third anniversary of the grant date, and are subject to forfeiture if the recipient fails to remain actively employed through the vesting period. Holders of unvested restricted stock are entitled to voting and dividend rights; however, dividends are held by the Company and are subject to forfeiture until the vesting of the underlying shares of restricted stock to which the dividends relate.
Performance-Based Long-Term Incentives - The Company uses performance-based restricted shares from time-to-time to align executive performance with the Company’s long-term strategy. These awards are not annual awards and are not designed to provide opportunity for annual vesting. Instead, these performance-based restricted stock awards are specifically tailored around the Company’s long-term strategic plan.
The 2013 LTIP consists of performance-based restricted stock that had the potential to vest at the end of a five-year performance period (fiscal 2013 to the end of fiscal 2017) if pre-established net sales and operating margin goals had been attained, with an opportunity for earlier vesting if certain performance conditions were met. Vesting would only have occurred if threshold levels of both metrics were achieved. Company performance was below threshold with respect to both metrics, resulting in 0% vesting and the forfeiture of all shares of the performance-based restricted stock granted under the 2013 LTIP. See the Company’s Compensation Discussion and Analysis included in its proxy statement for its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders for further information about the 2013 LTIP.
Our executive officers were granted performance-based restricted stock under the 2017 LTIP (the "2017 LTIP Awards") on April 3, 2017, that vest at the end of a three-year period from the grant date only upon attainment of certain performance goals achieved during the 2018 fiscal year (the "2017 LTIP Performance Period"). The 2017 LTIP is intended to create additional alignment between executive compensation and shareholder value creation, ensure focus on key organizational initiatives, provide financial motivation to Company leaders, and increase retention of senior leaders. The total number of shares that may be deemed earned after the end of the 2017 LTIP Performance Period will be based on the attainment of metrics of the Company’s performance in 2018 relating to Digital Sales, Footwear Sales, Private Brand Sales, and SG&A as a Percent of Sales and there will be no payout under the 2017 LTIP unless the Company attains a minimum level of EBT in fiscal 2018, the calculation of which excludes the impact of acquisitions made by the Company in fiscal years 2017 or 2018 that have operating losses during the LTIP Performance Period (collectively, the "2017 LTIP Performance Criteria").

In March 2018, the Compensation Committee reviewed and revised certain components of the 2017 LTIP Performance Criteria to reflect the Company’s revised expectations in response to the changing retail industry. The Compensation Committee has determined that the 2017 LTIP Performance Criteria are confidential and the disclosure of such criteria would result in competitive harm. After reviewing the Company’s historical performance and consideration of the Company’s business plan, the Committee considers the revised 2017 LTIP Performance Criteria to be challenging but attainable. For an executive officer to earn and be paid his or her 2017 LTIP Award, the executive officer must generally remain an employee of the Company until the end of the 2017 LTIP vesting period (i.e., April 2020), except in certain specified circumstances set forth in the award agreement.
The 2017 LTIP Awards may not vest and may be forfeited in their entirety based on failure to achieve required performance levels, or, if they do vest, the 2017 LTIP Awards may vest between 50% and 200% of their target value based on performance levels achieved. The target value of the 2017 LTIP Awards granted to each of the Company’s eligible named executive officers was $1,250,000. The number of shares Ms. Jones received under the 2017 LTIP was equal to the number of shares the other named executive officers received in April 2017. The number of shares Mr. Gaffney received under the 2017 LTIP was equal to the number of shares the other named executive officers received in April 2017 and pro-rated according to the date on which he joined the Company. Mr. Hawaux and Ms. Jones forfeited their 2017 LTIP Award after they retired and/or separated from the Company.

STOCK OWNERSHIP GUIDELINES KEEP OUR EXECUTIVES INVESTED
 
The Compensation Committee maintains stock ownership guidelines to further align the interests of our executive officers and directors with the interests of our stockholders and to encourage long-term stock ownership. The guidelines apply for so long as the executive officer or director occupies such positions.


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The stock ownership guidelines for named executive officers and directors are as follows:
Role  
 Value of Common Stock to be Owned  
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer  
6 times base salary
Executive Vice Presidents  
3 times base salary
Other Executive Officers  
1 times base salary
Board of Directors  
$350,000 value*
* The stock ownership guidelines for the members of the Board of Directors increased from $300,000 in fiscal 2016 to $350,000 in fiscal 2017.
All shares of common stock beneficially owned by the executive officer or director, including time-based and performance-based restricted stock and stock underlying exercisable and unexercisable stock options, as well as shares of Class B Common Stock, are counted towards the ownership requirement. Executive officers and directors have three years from the time they become subject to the guidelines to reach the ownership requirements, and compliance is reviewed every year based on the record date for the Company’s Annual Meeting of stockholders. If an executive officer or director does not meet the ownership requirement within the time prescribed, he or she will not be permitted to sell net shares obtained through stock option exercises or released in connection with the vesting of restricted stock until the ownership requirement is met. As of the record date for the 2018 Annual Meeting, all named executive officers currently employed by the Company and all directors were in compliance with the stock ownership requirements.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
Retirement and Other Benefits - The Company’s Smart Savings 401(k) Plan, established pursuant to Section 401(k) of the Code, covers all salaried employees (including named executive officers) and certain hourly employees. Under its terms, the Company may make an annual discretionary matching contribution, which typically has been paid out at 50% of the first 10% of the participant’s deferral. Each of our named executive officer’s contribution to his or her 401(k) account is capped at 3% of his or her base salary (net of any contributions to the Officer’s Supplemental Savings Plan, the Company’s nonqualified deferred contribution plan discussed below). The participant must be an active employee on December 31 of the plan year to receive any matching contribution for that year. Company contributions vest 20% per year of service and become fully vested when a participant attains five years of service. Thereafter, all Company contributions are fully vested. The Compensation Committee has delegated authority to a management subcommittee to approve the Company’s annual matching contributions up to $1.00 per every dollar deferred by the participant up to the first 10% of the participant’s deferral, including contributions to any named executive officers. Any Company contributions above that match level require approval from the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee is informed of any matches approved by the management subcommittee.
Officers’ Supplemental Savings Plan - The Dick’s Sporting Goods Officers’ Supplemental Savings Plan, referred to as the Officers’ Plan, is a voluntary nonqualified deferred compensation plan that became effective in April 2007. The Officers’ Plan was implemented for the purpose of attracting high quality executives by providing a more robust retirement savings opportunity and by including a match provision, which we believe promotes in our key executives an increased interest in the successful operation of the Company. The Officers’ Plan provides participants an opportunity to participate in a deferred contribution plan above the 401(k) plan, which caps the level of contributions that they can make. Certain key executives, including our named executive officers, are eligible to participate in the Officers’ Plan. For information regarding the terms of the Officers’ Plan, including matching amounts received by our named executive officers, see the " Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Table " and subsequent narrative description set forth on page 45 of this proxy statement.
Perquisites and Other Personal Benefits - Perquisites are not a material component of the Company's executive compensation program. With the exception of limited perquisites available to our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, our executive officers do not receive personal benefits that are not otherwise widely available to employees, except for use of the Company aircraft as described below. Our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer receives certain life insurance, country club and professional service benefits. The Company leases suites at certain sporting event venues for business purposes. Executive officers and employees may have the opportunity to use tickets at individual events if the suites are not being used for business purposes. There is no incremental cost to the Company for providing these individual tickets to employees. For a description of the perquisites and the attributed costs of these benefits, see our " Summary Compensation Table " on pages 37 to 38 of this proxy statement.
Personal Use of Company Aircraft - The Company permits named executive officers and directors to use the Company’s aircraft for personal use (including their guests who may fly on a space-available basis) only if our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer approves


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the personal use and the named executive officer or director pays the Company the aggregate incremental cost of the flight. Our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer also may use the Company aircraft for personal use (including his guests who may fly on a space-available basis) so long as he pays the Company the aggregate incremental cost of the flight. In limited instances where the Compensation Committee (or the Board in the case of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) permits a named executive officer or director to use the Company aircraft for personal use without paying the Company the full aggregate incremental cost of the flight, any unreimbursed amounts will be considered compensation to the named executive officer or director and included in our " Summary Compensation Table " or " Director Compensation Table " and, if applicable, reported for income tax purposes based on Internal Revenue Service guidelines. In fiscal 2017, all named executive officers and directors who used the Company's aircraft for personal use paid the Company the aggregate incremental cost of all such flights.
Written Employment Arrangements - We do not have employment agreements with our named executive officers. In some instances in connection with the negotiation of new hires, we have entered into offer letters with our executive officers, which have provided them written assurances of certain elements of compensation for the year in which they join the Company.
Severance and Change-in-Control Agreements - We do not have severance or change-in-control agreements with our executive officers. We have a general severance policy that applies to a broad base of employees pursuant to which we pay severance equal to the greater of four (4) weeks of pay or one (1) week of pay for every year of employment with us. The Company has entered into Non-Competition and Confidentiality Agreements with all of its executive officers, other than the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, which provide for severance consistent with this broad based policy. See " Non-Competition Agreements " on page 46 for more information. The Company may also, in its discretion, offer other arrangements to named executive officers or employees whose employment with the Company terminates.
Tax and Accounting Implications - For 2017, Section 162(m) of the Code generally provided that a publicly-traded corporation could not take a tax deduction for compensation over $1 million paid for any year to each of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and the three (3) other most highly compensated executive officers (other than the Company’s Chief Financial Officer) as of the end of any taxable year. The deduction limitations of Section 162(m), however, did not apply to "qualified performance-based compensation" provided certain requirements were met.
The exemption from Section 162(m)’s deduction limit for “qualified performance-based compensation” was repealed for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, such that compensation paid to our covered executive officers in excess of $1 million will not be deductible unless it qualifies for transition relief applicable to certain grandfathered arrangements that were in place as of November 2, 2017. Beginning in 2018, any employee who qualifies as a "covered person" during a taxable year (including the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer) will be subject to the deduction limits of Section 162(m), in all future years regardless of their compensation or position with the Company in any year thereafter.

No assurance can be given that compensation intended to satisfy the requirements for exemption from Section 162(m) will actually satisfy the exemption because of ambiguities and uncertainties regarding the application and interpretation of Section 162(m) and the regulations issued thereunder, including the uncertain scope of the transition relief under the legislation repealing Section 162(m)’s performance-based exemption from the deduction limit. Furthermore, the Compensation Committee reserves the discretion and flexibility to make compensation decisions that may not satisfy the requirements of Section 162(m) or to modify compensation that was initially intended to be exempt from Section 162(m) when necessary to enable the Company to meet its overall objectives.


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SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE— 2017 , 2016 , 2015
The following table summarizes the compensation for our named executive officers for the fiscal years ended February 3, 2018 , January 28, 2017 and January 30, 2016 .
Year (1)  (b)
Salary
($) (c)
Bonus
($) (d)
Stock
Awards
($)
(2)  (e)
Option
Awards
($)
(2)  (f)
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)
(3)  (g)
Change in
Pension
Value and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)
(4)  (h)

All Other
Compensation
($) (i)
Total
($)
(5)  (j)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward W. Stack,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (6)
2017

$1,019,231

 

 

$6,500,008

 

$2,250,005

 

 

$200,000


$66,326

(7)  

$10,035,570

2016

$1,000,000

 

 

$5,250,017

 

$2,249,405

 
$3,257,168
 

$50,000


$64,697

 

$11,871,287

2015

$1,000,000

 

 

$5,249,984

 

$2,249,664

 

 

$107,505


$67,494

 

$8,674,647

Lee J. Belitsky,
Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer  
2017

$662,500

 

 

$1,880,018

 

$269,996

 

 

$45,703


$3,975

(8)  

$2,862,192

2016

$541,983

 

 

$539,981

 

$809,932

 
$654,052
 

$18,031


$3,975

 

$2,567,954

2015

$487,050

 

$150,000

 

$540,004

 

$809,895

 

 

$20,206


$15,202

 

$2,022,357

Lauren R. Hobart,
President (6)
2017

$640,000

 

 

$2,194,999

 

$405,000

 

 

$36,376


$3,975

(8)  

$3,280,350

2016

$520,000

 

 

$539,981

 

$809,932

 
$627,524
 

$12,500


$3,975

 

$2,513,912

2015

$498,709

 

$150,000

 

$420,992

 

$631,338

 

 

$14,427


$16,392

 

$1,731,858

Paul J. Gaffney,
Executive Vice President — Chief Technology Officer
2017

$142,788

(9)  

$1,500,000

(10)  

$1,120,020

(11)  

$480,102

(11)  

 

$260


$5,236

(12)  

$3,248,406

André J. Hawaux,
Former Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer
2017

$436,990

(13)  

 

$2,089,989

 

$360,003

 

 


 

$2,886,982

2016

$772,500

 

 

$720,006

 

$1,079,909

 
$1,242,980