Independent TrusteeMr. Thomas R. Kadlec is an Independent Trustee of First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II since 2004. He is President of ADM Investor Services Inc., a futures commission merchant and whollyowned subsidiary of the Archer Daniels Midland Company . Mr. Kadlec was employed by ADMIS and its affiliates since 1990 in various accounting, financial, operations and risk management capacities. Mr. Kadlec serves on the boards of several international affiliates of ADMIS and is a member of ADM Integrated Risk Committee, which is tasked with the duty of implementing and communicating enterprisewide risk management. Mr. Kadlec has served as a Trustee of each Fund since its inception. Mr. Kadlec also served on the Executive Committee from the organization of the first First Trust Closedend Fund in 2003 until he was elected as the first Lead Independent Trustee in December 2005, serving as such through 2007. He also served as Chairman of the Valuation Committee and Chairman of the Audit Committee, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the First Trust Funds.
Age: 58 Executive Since 2004