Washington, DC 20549


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

Date of earliest event reported: August 17, 2017

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
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600 North Centennial Street
Zeeland, Michigan

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(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (616) 772-1800

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Section 5.
Corporate Governance and Management

Item 5.02
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(c)    Gentex Corporation announced that Steve Downing, age 39, was appointed as the Company's President, Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer effective as of August 17, 2017. Mr. Downing has been the Company's: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since June 2015; Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from May 2013 to June 2015; and Vice President of Commercial Management from July 2012 to May 2013. He has been employed by the Company since 2002, beginning as a financial analyst, moving on to senior financial analyst, and then serving in various roles in commercial management, including Director of Commercial Management, until his promotion to Vice President-Commercial Management. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Management.

Mr. Downing does not currently have a written employment agreement as is the case with all other U.S. employees of the Company. The Company is currently negotiating the terms of Mr. Downing's employment arrangement, which will be effective upon approval by the Board of Directors. Mr. Downing does not have any family relationships with any director or executive officer of the Company. A copy of the Company's News Release concerning this announcement is attached as Exhibit 99.1.

Section 9.    Financial Statements and Exhibits

Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibit
99.1 – News Release Dated August 22, 2017.


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 thereunto duly authorized.

Date: August 22, 2017            

By    /s/ Kurt Wassink
Kurt Wassink
Vice President - Human Resources    


99.1    News Release Dated August 22, 2017

Exhibit 99.1


ZEELAND, Michigan (GLOBE NEWSWIRE - August 22, 2017) -- Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, dimmable aircraft windows, and fire protection products, today announced the promotion of Steve Downing to President, Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer. Mr. Downing will continue to report to Fred Bauer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Gentex is appreciative of Mr. Bauer's wealth of experience as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. At the same time, Gentex is pleased to have Mr. Downing increase his already significant portfolio of day-to-day responsibilities. Mr. Downing was previously the Company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer.

The Gentex foundations of devotion to quality and innovation, ownership mentality, and unpretentious management have created a cohesive and cooperative leadership team, with depth and breadth of talent. Steve Downing is an example of that, beginning as a financial analyst but then taking on ever increasing responsibilities in various disciplines including customer interface, sales, and product development, among others. He is a respected leader with 15 years of demonstrated ability to deliver results using core Gentex principles. This promotion will provide Mr. Downing the opportunity to even more fully contribute to the future growth and success of the Company.

Mr. Downing stated, "I would like to thank the whole team here at Gentex who has built an outstanding company. I humbly look forward to continuing our team's work on strategic prioritization and building on the Company's history of operational excellence."

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (The Nasdaq Global Select Market: GNTX) is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. Visit the Company's web site at
Contact Information:
Gentex Investor & Media Contact
Josh O'Berski
(616) 772-1590, ext. 5814