Carriage Services, Inc.
CARRIAGE SERVICES INC (Form: 8-K, Received: 05/17/2017 16:18:17)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 17, 2017
 
Carriage Services, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware
 
1-11961
 
76-0423828
   (State or other jurisdiction
   of incorporation)
 
   (Commission
   File Number)
 
   (IRS Employer
   Identification No.)
3040 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 300
Houston, Texas 77056
(Address, including zip code, of principal executive offices)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
(713) 332-8400
 


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ITEM 5.07    SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS .
The 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Carriage Services, Inc. (the “Company”) was held on May 17, 2017. As of the record date for the meeting, we had 16,689,360 shares of Common Stock outstanding, each of which was entitled to one vote. The matters presented for a vote and the related results are as follows:
PROPOSAL 1 – ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Proposal 1 was the election of the nominee to serve as a Class III director for a three-year term expiring on the date of the 2020 annual meeting. The result of the vote was as follows:
Nominee
 
Votes For

 
Votes Withheld

 
Broker Non-Votes

Donald D. Patteson, Jr.
 
9,025,602

 
2,502,713

 
2,851,723

Pursuant to the foregoing vote, the director nominee was duly elected as a Class III director.
PROPOSAL 2 – ADVISORY VOTE ON NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION
Proposal 2 was an advisory vote regarding the approval of the Named Executive Officer compensation. The result of the vote was as follows:
Votes For
 
 
Votes Against

 
Abstentions

 
Broker Non-Votes

9,316,334

 
 
2,149,142

 
62,837

 
2,851,724

Pursuant to the foregoing vote, and the acceptance of the vote by the Board of Directors of the Company, the Named Executive Officer compensation, as disclosed in the Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company, was approved.
PROPOSAL 3 – ADVISORY VOTE ON THE FREQUENCY OF AN ADVISORY VOTE ON NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION
Proposal 3 was an advisory vote the frequency of an advisory vote for named executive officer compensation be on an annual basis. The result of the vote was as follows:
One Year

 
Two Years

 
Three Years

 
Abstentions

 
Broker Non-Votes

11,226,290

 
73,180

 
203,352

 
25,491

 
2,851,724

Pursuant to the foregoing vote, and the acceptance of the vote by the Board of Directors of the Company, the advisory vote on Named Executive Officer compensation will occur each year.
PROPOSAL 4 – APPROVAL OF THE CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC. 2017 OMNIBUS INCENTIVE PLAN
Proposal 4 was the approval of the Carriage Services, Inc. 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan. The result of the vote was as follows:
Votes For
 
 
Votes Against

 
Abstentions

 
Broker Non-Votes

6,161,574

 
 
5,311,949

 
54,790

 
2,851,724

Pursuant to the foregoing vote, the Carriage Services, Inc. 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan was approved.





PROPOSAL 5 – RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
Proposal 5 was the ratification of Grant Thornton LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. The result of the vote was as follows:
Votes For
 
 
Votes Against

 
Abstentions

 
Broker Non-Votes

14,347,902

 
 
23,994

 
8,141

 

Pursuant to the foregoing vote, the selection of Grant Thornton LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017 was ratified.





SIGNATURE
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Carriage Services, Inc. has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.
 
 
 
 
Dated: May 17, 2017
By:
 
/s/ Viki K. Blinderman
 
 
 
Viki K. Blinderman
 
 
 
Senior Vice President, Principal Financial Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary