LSI Industries Inc. Announces Appointment of Graphics Segment Sales and Marketing Corporate Vice President

CINCINNATI, Oct. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) today announced the appointment of W.E. (Buddy) Mayo, Jr. to Corporate Vice President, Sales and Marketing of LSI's Graphics Segment. Mr. Mayo joins LSI with 16 years of experience in the signage and graphics industry. Previous employers include Principle Group, ImagePoint, Crossmark/Alpha One and Proctor & Gamble. Mr. Mayo received a Bachelor of Science, Communications, from the University of Tennessee.

Jeff Croskey, President of LSI's Graphics Segment, commented, "I am very pleased to welcome Mr. Mayo to LSI's Graphics management team. We are working diligently to improve both top- and bottom-line results in this segment. Mr. Mayo brings an impressive set of high-level sales and marketing skills which I am confident will contribute meaningfully to this goal."

Mr. Mayo commented, "I have always admired LSI Industries and am excited to join the team. I am particularly intrigued by LSI's unique "Lighting + Graphics = Image" strategy, which is already receiving positive feedback as I begin to reach out to current and prospective customers. These early indications provide me with confidence that there is a lot of opportunity to grow this business."

Dennis W. Wells, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I welcome Mr. Mayo's addition to the LSI management team. As I have previously indicated, we intend to place an emphasis on sales growth in fiscal 2016 and beyond. We began this initiative in the Lighting Segment by muscle-building our sales force during fiscal 2015, and are already beginning to reap the benefits of this effort. I am confident that Mr. Mayo will complement this initiative in the Graphics Segment. Mr. Mayo has built an impressive list of customer relationships during his sales career, and he knows how to access the decision makers within organizations. Further, he embraces the concept of Lighting + Graphics = Image, and believes that this strategy provides an enormous and unique opportunity for LSI."

Mr. Wells continued, "The Graphics industry is changing rapidly, and I believe that we are now very well-positioned as a company to take advantage of the opportunities that this dynamic environment presents. The Lighting, Graphics, and Technology teams are all working well together to adapt to the industry's evolving needs. Further, I am very encouraged by the early reports that I have received from Mr. Croskey since he joined the company earlier this month."

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About the Company

We are a customer-centric company that positions itself as a value-added, trusted partner in developing superior image solutions through our world-class lighting, graphics, and technology capabilities. Our core strategy of "Lighting + Graphics + Technology = Complete Image Solutions" differentiates us from our competitors.

We are committed to advancing solid-state LED technology to make affordable, high performance, energy-efficient lighting and custom graphic products that bring value to our customers. We have a vast offering of innovative solutions for virtually any lighting or graphics application. In addition, we provide sophisticated lighting and energy management control solutions to help customers manage their energy performance. Further, we provide a full range of design support, engineering, installation and project management services to our customers.

We are a vertically integrated U.S.-based manufacturer concentrating on serving customers in North America and Latin America. Our major markets include commercial / industrial lighting, petroleum / convenience store and multi-site retail (including automobile dealerships, restaurants and national retail accounts). Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, LSI has facilities in Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and Texas. The Company’s common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol LYTS.

For further information, contact Dennis Wells, Chief Executive Officer and President, at (513) 793-3200.

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CONTACT: DENNIS W. WELLS (513) 793-3200

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