STRL Sterling Construction

Filed: 5 May 21, 3:25pm

Washington, D.C. 20549

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 5, 2021
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation
or organization)
(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
1800 Hughes Landing Blvd.
The Woodlands, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (281) 214-0800
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per shareSTRLThe NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
(Title of Class)(Trading Symbol)(Name of each exchange on which registered)
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Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On May 5, 2021, the stockholders of Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (the “Company”) approved the amended and restated 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) at the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). The purpose of the Plan is to motivate high levels of performance and align the interests of the Company’s employees and directors with those of its stockholders by giving them the perspective of an owner with an equity stake in the Company and providing a means for recognizing their contributions to the success of the Company.
The compensation committee of the Company's board of directors will generally administer the Plan and has authority to make awards under the Plan and to set the terms of the awards. The compensation committee also has the authority to interpret the Plan, to establish any rules or regulations relating to the Plan that it determines to be appropriate and to make any other determination that it believes necessary or advisable for the proper administration of the Plan.
The types of awards that may be granted under the Plan include non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, other stock-based awards, and for officers and employees only, incentive stock options under Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Plan authorizes the issuance of up to 3,400,000 shares of common stock. Awards for no more than 500,000 shares may be granted to a participant in a single year, however, with respect to non-employee directors, the aggregate grant date fair value of awards under the Plan granted to a director in a calendar year may not exceed $300,000.

The Plan may be amended or discontinued at any time by the Company's board of directors, subject to the requirement that certain amendments may not be made without stockholder approval. No amendment or discontinuance of the Plan may materially impair an award previously granted without the consent of the recipient. Unless terminated sooner, no awards will be made under the Plan after May 5, 2031.

For further information regarding the Plan, see the Company's definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 24, 2021. The information included herein relating to the Plan is qualified in its entirety by reference to the actual terms of the Plan, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 5.07Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders (1) elected each of Roger A. Cregg, Joseph A. Cutillo, Raymond F. Messer, Dana C. O’Brien, Charles R. Patton, Thomas M. White and Dwayne A. Wilson to serve as directors of the Company, each until the next annual meeting and the election of his or her successor; (2) approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers; (3) ratified the appointment of Grant Thornton, LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021, and (4) approved the amended and restated 2018 Stock Incentive Plan.
Of the 28,599,419 shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding as of the record date, 25,359,202 shares were represented in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. The independent inspector of election reported the final vote of stockholders as follows:

Proposal No. 1: Election of each of the seven director nominees.
 NameForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes
Roger A. Cregg19,550,454549,34914,8835,244,516
Joseph A. Cutillo20,007,41750,74356,5265,244,516
Raymond F. Messer19,255,759844,73614,1915,244,516
Dana C. O'Brien19,625,188473,04116,4575,244,516
Charles R. Patton19,624,032476,74713,9075,244,516
Thomas M. White18,053,6182,045,09015,9785,244,516
Dwayne A. Wilson19,944,423152,65517,6085,244,516

Proposal No. 2: Approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.
ForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes

Proposal No. 3: Ratification of the appointment of Grant Thornton, LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021.

Proposal No. 4: Adoption of the amended and restated 2018 Stock Incentive Plan.
ForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes

Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date:May 5, 2021By:/s/ Ronald A. Ballschmiede
  Ronald A. Ballschmiede
  Chief Financial Officer