Employment Agreement - Iggys House Inc. and Avi Fox
IGGYS HOUSE, INC.
Employment Agreement for Avi Fox
THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this "Agreement"), by and between IGGYS HOUSE, INC. a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), and Avi Fox ("Executive"), is hereby entered into as of October 22, 2007.
W I T N E S S E T H
WHEREAS, Executive is currently an employee of the Company;
WHEREAS, the Company desires to continue to employ Executive in his capacity as Chairman in connection with the conduct of its business, and Executive desires to accept such employment on the terms and conditions herein set forth; and
WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to set forth the terms upon which Executive shall be so employed.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing, the mutual covenants contained herein, and other good and valuable consideration the receipt and adequacy of which the Company and Executive each hereby acknowledge, the Company and Executive hereby agree as follows:
The Company hereby agrees to employ Executive as its Chairman, and Executive hereby agrees to accept such employment and serve in such capacities, during the Term (as defined in Section 2) and upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
The term of employment of Executive under this Agreement (the "Term") shall, unless this Agreement is terminated in accordance with Section 6 or 7, be a three-year period initially commencing on the Effective Date. At each anniversary of the Effective Date, the Term shall automatically be extended by one year, unless the Company notifies the Executive in writing prior to such anniversary (the "Termination Notice Date") that the Term shall not be so extended and, in such case, the Term shall terminate on the second anniversary of such Termination Notice Date. As used herein, "Effective Date" shall mean the closing of an initial underwritten public offering of the Company's common stock. This Agreement shall become effective only when and if the Effective Date occurs. If the Effective Date does not occur on or before March 31, 2008, then this Agreement shall be null and void.
3. Offices and Duties.
The provisions of this Section 3 will apply during the Term:
(a) Generally. Executive shall serve as the Chairman of the Company. Executive shall have and perform such duties, responsibilities and authorities as are customary for the Chairman of a publicly held corporation of the size, type, and nature of the Company as they may exist from time to time and consistent with such position and status and as the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") shall from time to time direct, but in no event shall such duties, responsibilities, and authorities be reduced from those of Executive prior to the Effective Date. Executive shall devote such business time and attention as is necessary to appropriately and efficiently discharge his duties and responsibilities as set forth herein.
(b) Place of Employment. Executive's principal place of employment shall be the current corporate offices of the Company in Chicago, Illinois. In no event shall the Executive's principal place of employment be relocated to any location other than the greater metropolitan Chicago area, without his prior written consent.
4. Salary and Annual Incentive Compensation.
As partial compensation for the services to be rendered hereunder by Executive, the Company agrees to pay to Executive during the Term the compensation set forth in this Section 4.
(a) Base Salary and Guaranteed Cash Bonus. The Company will pay to Executive during the Term a base salary at the initial annual rate of $175,000 payable in cash in accordance with the Company's usual payroll practices with respect to senior executives. The base salary shall be determined at least annually by the compensation committee of the Company's board (the "Committee"); provided that the base salary may be increased, but not decreased, from that in effect for the prior year. In addition, the Company will pay to Executive during the Term a guaranteed annual cash bonus equal to 25% of the annual base salary, which bonus shall be paid in four substantially equal quarterly installments, starting with the quarterly installment for and payable in the first quarter of 2008. Each quarterly installment shall be paid no later than the end of the quarter in which the installment is earned. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the annual base salary increases during any calendar year, then the guaranteed annual cash bonus payments in that year shall be increased accordingly so that the total guaranteed annual cash bonus paid for that year is equal to 25% of the total base salary for that year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the guaranteed annual cash bonus for 2007 shall be equal to 25% (or such higher percentage, if any, that the Committee may determine) of the annual base salary in effect at the beginning of the Term and shall be paid in a single lump sum payment no later than December 31, 2007.
(b) Annual Incentive Compensation. The Company will pay to Executive during the Term annual cash incentive compensation, if any, in amounts determined each calendar year by the Committee. Any such annual cash incentive compensation payable to Executive for a calendar year shall be paid in a single lump sum payment during the period starting on January1, and ending on March 15, of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the annual cash incentive compensation is earned. As used herein, "annual cash incentive compensation" does not include the guaranteed annual cash bonus contemplated by Section 4(a).
5. Long-Term Compensation, Benefits and Expense Reimbursement
(a) Executive Compensation Plans. Executive shall be entitled during the Term to participate, without discrimination or duplication, in all executive compensation plans and programs intended for general participation by senior executives of the Company, as presently in effect or as they may be modified or added to by the Company from time to time, subject to the eligibility and other requirements of such plans and programs, including, without limitation, the Company's 2007 Equity Incentive Plan and 2005 Equity Incentive Plan, and any successors to such plans, any other stock option plans, performance share plans, management incentive plans, deferred compensation plans and supplemental retirement plans; provided, however, that such plans and programs, in the aggregate, shall provide Executive with benefits and compensation and incentive award opportunities substantially no less favorable than those provided by the Company to Executive under such plans and programs as in effect on the Effective Date.
(b) Employee and Executive Benefit Plans. Executive shall be entitled during the Term to participate, without discrimination or duplication, in all employee, executive benefit and special individual plans and programs of the Company, as presently in effect or as they may be modified or added to by the Company from time to time, to the extent such plans and programs are available to other senior executives or employees of the Company, subject to the eligibility and other requirements of such plans and programs, including, without limitation, plans providing health and medical insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and accidental death or dismemberment insurance, and pension or other retirement plans, savings plans, vacation and time-off programs, profit-sharing plans, stock purchase plans and stock ownership plans; provided, however, that such plans and programs, in the aggregate, shall provide Executive with benefits and compensation and incentive award opportunities
substantially no less favorable than those provided by the Company to Executive under such plans and programs as in effect on the Effective Date.
(c) Reimbursement of Expenses. The Company will promptly reimburse Executive for all reasonable business expenses and disbursements incurred by Executive in the performance of Executive's duties during the Term within 60 days after Executive submits reasonable evidence of such expenses and disbursements to the Company.
(d) Funding of Rabbi Trust. Not later than 30 days following a Change in Control: (1) the Company shall contribute to a "rabbi trust" within the contemplation of IRS Revenue Procedure 92-64 (which trust and its assets shall be located within the United States) an amount equal to the amount that would be payable to the Executive under (i), (ii), (iii), and (v) of Section 7(b) (and, if applicable, under the last sentence of the first grammatical paragaph of Section 7(b)) upon a Termination of Employment described in Section 7(b), and (2) the trustee of the rabbi trust shall be irrevocably instructed to pay such amounts (plus earnings thereon) to the Executive upon the Executive's Termination of Employment, if the amounts due to the Executive hereunder are not otherwise paid to the Executive by the Company. The Company shall provide to Executive written evidence of compliance with this Section 5(d) within two business days after such contribution.
6. Termination Due to Death or Disability.
Executive's employment and the Term shall terminate upon Executive's death. The Company may terminate the employment of Executive as Chief Executive Officer due to Disability (as defined in Section 8(c)) of Executive, effective upon the expiration of the 30-day period set forth in Section 8(c), absent the actions referred to therein being taken by Executive to return to service and Executive's presentation to the Company of a certificate of good health.
In the event of Executive's Termination of Employment due to death or Disability, all obligations of the Company and Executive under Sections 1 through 5 of this Agreement will immediately cease; provided, however, that the Company will pay Executive (or, in the case of Executive's death, his beneficiaries or estate), and Executive (or, in the case of Executive's death, his beneficiaries or estate) will be entitled to receive, the following:
The Company shall pay the amounts under clauses (i) and (iii) in a single lump sum payment no later than 30 days after Termination of Employment. The Company shall pay the amount under
clause (ii) in a single lump sum payment no later than (A) 30 days after Termination of Employment or (B) such earlier date as required by Section 4(b).
As used herein, "Severance Annual Incentive Amount" means an amount equal to the average annual cash incentive compensation paid to Executive for the Most Recent Years, except that if Executive was not eligible to receive or did not receive such compensation for any year in the Most Recent Years, then "Severance Annual Incentive Amount" means the target annual cash incentive compensation for the year of termination. As used herein, "Most Recent Years" means the three calendar years immediately preceding the year of termination; provided, however that if, at the time of termination Executive has not been employed by the Company for the entire year in each of the three immediately calendar years, then "Most Recent Years" means the immediately preceding calender year(s) (not to exceed two years) during which Executive was employed for the entire year by the Company.
In addition, upon a termination of Executive's employment due to death or Disability, stock options then held by Executive will be exercisable to the extent and for such periods indicated in, and otherwise be governed by, the plans and programs (and agreements and other documents thereunder) pursuant to which such stock options were granted. Furthermore, for the period extending from such termination until Executive reaches age 65, Executive shall continue to participate in all health, medical and life insurance plans, programs and arrangements (including those self-funded by the Company) under Section 5(b) in which Executive was participating immediately prior to termination ("Insurance Plans"), as if Executive had continued in employment with the Company during such period. To the extent that the Insurance Plans do not allow such continued participation, the Company shall make cash payments to Executive equivalent on an after-tax basis to the value of the benefits Executive would have received under the Insurance Plans if Executive had so continued in the employment of the Company during such period and had continued to participate in the Insurance Plans, provided that (i) the value of any insurance-provided benefits (including under self-funded Insurance Plans) will be based on the premium cost to Executive, which shall not exceed the highest risk premium charged by a carrier having an investment grade or better credit rating, and (ii) such cash payments by the Company shall be made within 60 days after the Executive submits reasonable evidence to the Company of Executive's payment of such premiums.
7. Termination of Employment For Reasons Other Than Death or Disability.
(a) Termination by the Company for Cause and Termination by Executive Other Than For Good Reason. In accordance with the provisions of this Section 7(a), the Company may terminate the employment of Executive as Chief Executive Officer for Cause at any time prior to a Change in Control, and Executive may terminate his employment as Chief Executive Officer voluntarily for reasons other than Good Reason (as defined in Section 8(d)) at any time.
Upon Termination of Employment by the Company for Cause or by the Executive for reasons other than Good Reason, the Term will immediately terminate, and all obligations of the Company and Executive under Sections 1 through 5 of this Agreement will immediately cease; provided, however, that the Company shall pay Executive, and Executive shall be entitled to receive, the following:
The Company shall pay the amount under clause (i) in a single lump sum payment no later than 30 days after Termination of Employment. The Company shall pay the amount under clause (ii) in a single lump sum payment no later than (A) 30 days after Termination of Employment or (B) such earlier date as required by Section 4(b).
(b) Termination by the Company Without Cause and Termination by Executive for Good Reason. In accordance with the provisions of this Section 7(b), the Company may terminate the employment of Executive without Cause, including after a Change in Control, upon 90 days' written notice to Executive, and Executive may terminate his employment with the Company for Good Reason upon 90 days' written notice to the Company; provided, however, that the Company shall have 30 days after receipt of such notice to remedy the basis for such Good Reason. Termination of Employment by Executive shall not be a termination for Good Reason unless such termination occurs during the two (2) year period following the initial occurrence of one or more events constituting a Good Reason. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may terminate Executive without Cause and without providing 90 days' written notice to Executive provided that the Company pays Executive the portion of his then-current annual base salary under Section 4(a) for such 90-day period in a single lump sum payment on 30th day following such Termination of Employment and credits Executive with service for such 90 days for purposes of determining amounts payable under Sections 7(b)(ii), (iii) and (v).
Upon a Termination of Employment by the Company without Cause, or a Termination of Employment by Executive for Good Reason, the Term will immediately terminate and all obligations of the parties under Sections 1 through 5 of this Agreement will immediately cease, except that the Company shall pay Executive, and Executive shall be entitled to receive, the following (in addition to any amount payable under the last sentence of the first grammatical paragraph of this Section 7(b)):
The Company shall pay the amounts under clauses (i), (iii) and (v) in a single lump sum payment no later than 30 days after Termination of Employment. The Company shall pay the amount under clause (ii) in a single lump sum payment no later than (A) 30 days after Termination of Employment or (B) such earlier date as required by Section 4(b).
In addition, upon a Termination of Employment by the Company without Cause, or Termination of Employment by the Executive for Good Reason, stock options then held by Executive will be exercisable to the extent and for such periods indicated in, and otherwise be governed by, the plans and programs (and agreements and other documents thereunder) pursuant to which such stock options were granted. Furthermore, for a period of one (1) year after such termination, Executive shall continue to participate in the Insurance Plans (as defined in Section 6) as if Executive had continued in employment with the Company during such period. To the extent that the Insurance Plans do not allow such continued participation, the Company shall make cash payments to Executive equivalent on an after-tax basis to the value of the benefits Executive would have received under the Insurance Plans if Executive had so continued in the employment of the Company during such period and had continued to participate in the Insurance Plans, provided that (i) the value of any insurance-provided benefits (including under self-funded Insurance Plans) will be based on the premium cost to Executive, which shall not exceed the highest risk premium charged by a carrier having an investment grade or better credit rating, and (ii) such cash payments by the Company shall be made within 60 days after the Executive submits reasonable evidence to the Company of Executive's payment of such premiums.
Upon a Termination of Employment by the Company without Cause or by the Executive for Good Reason during the period beginning 60 days prior to a Change in Control and ending two years after a Change in Control, the Company will use its reasonable best efforts to file with the Commission within 30 days of the effective date of such termination, a registration statement registering under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), the offer and sale (or other disposition) of all shares (the "Registrable Shares") of the class of Common Stock of the Company registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and beneficially owned by the Executive at the time of such termination. The Company will use its reasonable best efforts to cause such registration statement to become effective and to maintain the continuous effectiveness of such registration statement until the end of the 90th day after Executive is no longer, in the opinion of counsel to the Company, an affiliate for purposes of Rule 144 under the Securities Act. The Company will also use its reasonable best efforts to maintain as current all offering materials under such registration statement at all times that offers and sales of such shares can be made by Executive. If a greater number of Registrable Shares, other securities of the Company held by stockholders holding rights as selling security holders, and securities held by directors and officers of the Company is requested to be included in the proposed offering than, in the reasonable opinion of the managing underwriters of the proposed offering, can be accommodated without adversely affecting the proposed offering, then the Company shall include in such registration the number of shares that can be so sold in the proposed offering in the following order of priority: (i) first, to the Company and, if there is a balance remaining, (ii) second, to the Executive, any other stockholders holding rights as selling security holders, and any stockholder who is an officer or director of the Company as of the IPO Date, provided that if the balance remaining is not sufficient to include in the offering all of the Registrable Securities and other securities requested to be registered by the Executive and such other stockholders, the number of Registrable Securities and other securities to be included for any such holder shall be reduced pro rata based on the proportionate number of Registrable Securities and other securities requested to be included in such offering. As used herein, "IPO Date" means the date of the closing of the Company's initial underwritten public offering of its common stock.
The definitions in this Section 8 apply for purposes of this Agreement.
(a) "Cause." "Cause" shall mean Executive's gross misconduct (as defined below) or willful (as defined below) and material breach of Section 10 of this Agreement. For purposes of this definition, "gross misconduct" shall mean (A) a felony conviction in a court of law under applicable federal or state laws which results in material damage to the Company or its subsidiaries or materially impairs the value of the Executive's services to the Company, or (B) willfully engaging in one or more material acts of misconduct, or willfully omitting to perform material duties hereunder, which act or omission demonstrably and materially damages the Company. For purposes of this Agreement, a "willful" act or omission by Executive means an act or omission that is done or omitted to be done by him not in good faith, and does not include any act or failure to act resulting from any incapacity of Executive. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive may not be terminated for Cause unless and until there shall have been delivered to him, within six months after the Board (A) had knowledge of conduct or an event allegedly constituting Cause and (B) had reason to believe that such conduct or event could be grounds for Cause, a copy of a resolution duly adopted by a majority affirmative vote of the membership of the Board (excluding Executive) (after giving Executive reasonable notice specifying the nature of the grounds for such termination and not less than 30 days to correct the acts or omissions complained of, if correctable, and affording Executive the opportunity, together with his counsel, to be heard before the Board) finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, Executive was guilty of conduct set forth above in this Section 8(a).
(b) "Change in Control." A "Change in Control" means the happening of any of the following events:
For purposes this definition of "Change of Control", a series of transactions with a common purpose shall be treated as a single transaction that begins on the date of the first transaction in the series and ends on the date of the last transaction in the series.
(c) "Convertible Security." "Convertible Security" means any security convertible into or exchangeable for shares of common stock of the Company, or any option, warrant or other right to acquire shares of common stock of the Company.
(d) "Disability." "Disability" means the failure of Executive to render and perform the services required of him under this Agreement, for a total of 180 days of more during any consecutive 12 month period, because of any physical or mental incapacity or disability as determined by a physician or physicians selected by the Company and reasonably acceptable to Executive, unless, within 30 days after Executive has received written notice from the Company of a proposed termination due to such absence, Executive shall have returned to the full performance of his duties hereunder and a physician or physicians (selected by the Executive and reasonably acceptable to the Company) shall have determined that Executive's health permits him to handle the full performance of such duties.
(e) "Good Reason." "Good Reason" means, without Executive's prior written consent, (A) a material diminution in Executive's authority, duties or responsibilities as set forth in Section 3(a), (B) a change in the Company's reporting structure whereby Executive is no longer reporting to the Company's Board of Directors, (C) a material reduction by the Company in Executive's annual base compensation (including base salary and guaranteed bonus) as set forth in Section 4(a) (in which event, the Executive's annual base compensation in effect prior to such reduction shall be treated, for purposes of calculating amounts payable under Sections 6 and 7, as the annual base compensation in
effect immediately prior to termination), (D) any material breach of this Agreement by the Company, and (E) a relocation of Executive to an office that is more than 35 miles from the latest location of Executive's office prior to the date of a Change in Control.
(f) "Termination of Employment." "Termination of Employment" means Executive's termination of employment from the Company which constitutes a "separation from service", as such term is defined under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").
9. Excise Tax Gross-Up.
If it shall be determined that any payment or benefit received or to be received by Executive under this Agreement or any other plan, arrangement or agreement of the Company (all such payments and benefits a "Payment"), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (the "Excise Tax"), then the Company shall pay to Executive an additional payment (a "Gross-Up Payment") in an amount necessary to reimburse Executive, on an after-tax basis, for the Excise Tax and for any federal, state and local income tax and excise tax (including any interest and penalties imposed with respect to such taxes) that may be imposed by reason of the Payment. For purposes of determining the amount of any Gross-Up Payment, Executive shall be deemed to pay federal, state and local income taxes at the highest applicable marginal rate of taxation in the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made. All determinations required to be made under this Section 9, including whether a Gross-Up Payment is required and the amount of such Gross-Up Payment, shall be made by a nationally known independent accounting firm regularly retained by the Company (the "Accounting Firm") which shall provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and Executive within 15 business days of the request for such determination. Such request may be made by either party. The Company shall pay the fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm in connection with any determinations hereunder. Any Gross-Up Payment shall be paid by the Company to Executive within 10 days of the Accounting Firm's determination of the amount thereof
10. Executive Covenants.
(a) Executive's Acknowledgment. Executive agrees and acknowledges that in order to assure the Company that the Company will retain its value as a going concern, it is necessary that Executive undertake not to utilize his special knowledge of the Company's business and his relationships with customers and suppliers to compete with the Company. Executive further acknowledges that:
(b) Non-Competition; Non-Solicitation; Non-Interference. During the Term and for a period of two years after the termination of Executive's employment hereunder, Executive will not by himself or in conjunction with others, directly or indirectly engage (either as owner, investor, partner, member stockholder, employer, employee, consultant, advisor, manager or director) in any business in the United States which, at the time of such termination, is directly or indirectly in competition with a business then conducted by the Company or any of its subsidiaries; provided, however, this the limitation shall not apply if Executive's employment is terminated as a result of a termination by the Company without Cause or a termination by Executive for Good Reason. During the Term and for a period of three years after the termination of Executive's employment hereunder, Executive will not by himself or in conjunction with others, directly or indirectly (i) induce any customers of the Company or any of its subsidiaries with whom Executive has had personal contacts or relationships, during and within the scope of his employment with the Company, to curtail or cancel their relationship with the Company or its subsidiaries; or (ii) induce, or attempt to influence, any employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries to terminate their employment therewith. The provisions of the first sentence of this Section 10(b) and clauses (i) and (ii) of the immediately preceding sentence are separate and distinct commitments independent of each other. It is agreed that the ownership of not more than one percent of the equity securities of any company having securities listed on an exchange or regularly traded in an over-the-counter market shall not, of itself, be deemed inconsistent with the first sentence of this Section 10(b).
(c) Non-Disclosure. Executive shall not, at any time during the Term and thereafter (including following Executive's termination of employment for any reason), disclose, use, transfer or sell, except in the course of employment with, or providing other service to, the Company, any confidential or proprietary information of the Company and its subsidiaries so long as such information has not otherwise been publicly disclosed or is not otherwise in the public domain, except as required by law or pursuant to legal process.
(d) Return of Company Materials Upon Termination. Executive acknowledges that all records and documents containing confidential or proprietary information of the Company or its subsidiaries prepared by Executive or coming into his possession by virtue of his employment by the Company are and will remain the property of the Company and its subsidiaries. Upon termination of his employment with the Company, Executive shall immediately return to the Company all such items and all copies of such items, in his possession.
(e) Cooperation With Regard to Litigation. Executive agrees to cooperate with the Company, during the Term and thereafter (including following Executive's termination of employment for any reason), by making himself available to testify on behalf of the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate of the Company, in any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, and to assist the Company, or any subsidiary or affiliate of the Company, in any such action, suit or proceeding, by providing information and meeting and consulting with the Board or its representatives or counsel, or representatives or counsel to the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate of the Company, as reasonably requested and at a time mutually convenient to Executive and the Company. The Company agrees to reimburse the Executive, on an after-tax basis, for all expenses actually incurred in connection with his provision of testimony or assistance.
(f) Non-Disparagement. Executive shall not, at any time during the Term and thereafter, make statements or representations, or otherwise communicate, directly or indirectly, in writing, orally or otherwise, or take any action which may, directly or indirectly, disparage or be damaging to the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or their respective officers, directors, employees,
advisors, businesses or reputations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall preclude Executive from making truthful statements or disclosures that are required by applicable law, regulation or legal process.
(g) Inventions. Executive acknowledges that all inventions, innovations, discoveries, improvements, developments, methods, know-how, designs, analyses, drawings, reports and all similar or related information (whether or not patentable) which (i) relate to the then current business or any anticipated business of the Company, the Company's research and development or the Company's existing or future services or products and (ii) which are conceived, developed or made by Executive during and in the scope of his employment by the Company ("Work Product") belong to the Company. Executive shall promptly disclose such Work Product to the Company and perform all actions reasonably requested by the Company (whether during or after his period of employment with the Company) to establish and confirm such ownership (including the execution of assignments, consents, powers of attorney and other instruments).
(h) Remedies. Executive acknowledges that the agreements and covenants in Sections 10(b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) are reasonable and necessary for the protection of the Company's business interests, that in the event of any actual or threatened violation of the covenants contained in Sections 10(b), (c), (d), (e) and (f), the Company will suffer irreparable injury, Company's damages will be difficult to ascertain and the Company's remedy at law will be inadequate. Employee accordingly agrees that, subject to applicable law, in the event of any actual or threatened breach by him of any of the covenants set forth in Sections 10(b), (c), (d), (e) and (f), the Company shall be entitled to injunctive and other equitable relief, including immediate temporary injunctive and other equitable relief. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting the Company from pursuing any other remedies available to it for such breach or threatened breach, including the recovery of any damages which it is able to prove.
(i) Survival. The provisions of this Section 10 shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement in accordance with the terms hereof.
11. Governing Law; Disputes; Arbitration.
(a) Governing Law. This Agreement is governed by and is to be construed, administered and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to Illinois conflicts of law principles, except insofar as the Delaware General Corporation Law and federal laws and regulations may be applicable. If, under the governing law, any portion of this Agreement is at any time deemed to be in conflict with any applicable statute, rule, regulation, ordinance or other principle of law, such portion shall be deemed to be modified or altered to the extent necessary to conform thereto or, if that is not possible, to be omitted from this Agreement. The invalidity of any such portion shall not affect the force, effect, and validity of the remaining portion hereof. If any court determines that any provision of Section 10 is unenforceable because of the duration or geographic scope of such provision, it is the parties' intent that such court shall have the power to modify the duration or geographic scope of such provision, as the case may be, to the extent necessary to render the provision enforceable, and, in its modified form, such provision shall be enforced.
(b) Reimbursement of Expenses in Enforcing Rights. All reasonable costs and expenses (including reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel) incurred by Executive during the Term and thereafter (including following Executive's termination of employment for any reason) in seeking to interpret this Agreement or enforce rights pursuant to this Agreement shall be paid on behalf of or reimbursed to Executive promptly by the Company, whether or not Executive is successful in asserting such rights; provided, however, that no reimbursement shall be made of such expenses relating to any unsuccessful assertion of rights if and to the extent that Executive's assertion of such rights was in bad faith or frivolous, as determined by independent counsel mutually acceptable to the Executive and the Company.
(c) Arbitration. Any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois by a panel of three arbitrators in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association in effect at the time of submission to arbitration. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrators' award in any court having jurisdiction. For purposes of entering any judgment upon an award rendered by the arbitrators, the Company and Executive hereby consent to the jurisdiction of any or all of the following courts: (i) the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, (ii) any of the courts of the State of Illinois, or (iii) any other court having jurisdiction. The Company and Executive further agree that any service of process or notice requirements in any such proceeding shall be satisfied if the rules of such court relating thereto have been substantially satisfied. The Company and Executive hereby waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which they may now or hereafter have to such jurisdiction and any defense of inconvenient forum. The Company and Executive hereby agree that a judgment upon an award rendered by the arbitrators may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by law. Subject to Section 11(b), the Company shall bear all costs and expenses arising in connection with any arbitration proceeding pursuant to this Section 11. Notwithstanding any provision in this Section 11, Executive shall be entitled to seek (in the arbitration proceeding or in any court proceeding) specific performance of Executive's right to be paid during the pendency of any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement.
(d) Interest on Unpaid Amounts. Any amounts that have become payable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or any decision by arbitrators or judgment by a court of law pursuant to this Section 11 but which are not timely paid shall bear interest at the prime rate in effect at the time such payment first becomes payable, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal (Midwest edition). Any interest payable under this Section 11(d) shall be paid on the same date as the amounts to which such interest relates are actually paid.
(a) General. This Agreement cancels and supersedes any and all prior agreements and understandings between the parties hereto with respect to the employment of Executive by the Company and its subsidiaries. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the parties with respect to the matters herein provided, and no modification or waiver of any provision hereof shall be effective unless in writing and signed by the parties hereto. Executive shall not be entitled to any payment or benefit under this Agreement which duplicates a payment or benefit received or receivable by Executive under such prior agreements and understandings or under any benefit or compensation plan of the Company. As used in this Agreement: (1) the terms "including", "includes" and words of like import shall be construed broadly as if followed by "without limitation"; and (2) the terms "herein", "hereof" and "hereunder" refer to this Agreement as a whole, not just the particular section where such term appears.
(b) Non-Transferability. Neither this Agreement nor the rights or obligations hereunder of the parties hereto shall be transferable or assignable by Executive, except in accordance with the laws of descent and distribution or as specified in Section 12(c). The Company may assign this Agreement and the Company's rights and obligations hereunder, and shall assign this Agreement, to any Successor (as hereinafter defined) which, by operation of law or otherwise, continues to carry on substantially the business of the Company prior to the event of succession, and the Company shall, as a condition of the succession, require such Successor to assume in writing the Company's obligations under (and agree in writing to be bound by) this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, "Successor" shall mean any person that succeeds to, or has the practical ability to control (either immediately or with the passage of time), the Company's business directly, by merger or consolidation, or indirectly, by purchase of the Company's voting securities or all or substantially all of its assets, or otherwise.
(c) Beneficiaries. Executive shall be entitled to designate (and change, to the extent permitted under applicable law) a beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive any compensation or benefits payable hereunder following Executive's death.
(d) Notices. Whenever under this Agreement it becomes necessary to give notice, such notice shall be in writing, signed by the party or parties giving or making the same, and shall be deemed to have been duly given (i) upon actual receipt (or refusal of receipt) if delivered personally; (ii) three business days following deposit, if sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid; (iii) one business day following deposit with a documented overnight delivery service or (iv) upon transmission, if sent by facsimile (with confirmation receipt and followed by a copy sent by regular mail), in each case to the appropriate address or number as set forth below or at such other address as may be designated by such party by like notice:
If to the Company:
|Iggys House, Inc.
One South Wacker Dr., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60606
With a copy to:
|Perkins Coie LLP
131 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603-5559
If to Executive:
800 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 4301
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(e) Reformation. The invalidity of any portion of this Agreement shall not be deemed to render the remainder of this Agreement invalid.
(f) Headings. The headings of this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and do not constitute a part hereof.
(g) No General Waivers. The failure of any party at any time to require performance by any other party of any provision hereof or to resort to any remedy provided herein or at law or in equity shall in no way affect the right of such party to require such performance or to resort to such remedy at any time thereafter, nor shall the waiver by any party of a breach of any of the provisions hereof be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach of such provisions. No such waiver shall be effective unless in writing and signed by the party against whom such waiver is sought to be enforced.
(h) No Obligation To Mitigate. Executive shall not be required to seek other employment or otherwise to mitigate Executive's damages upon any termination of employment; provided, however, that, to the extent Executive receives from a subsequent employer health or other insurance benefits that are substantially similar to the benefits referred to in Section 5(c) hereof, any such benefits to be provided by the Company to Executive following the Term shall be correspondingly reduced.
(i) Offsets; Withholding. The amounts required to be paid by the Company to Executive pursuant to this Agreement shall not be subject to offset. The foregoing and other provisions of this Agreement notwithstanding, all payments to be made to Executive under this Agreement, including under Sections 6 and 7, or otherwise by the Company will be subject to required withholding taxes and other required deductions.
(j) Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of Executive, his heirs, executors, administrators and beneficiaries, and shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns.
(k) Reimbursement of Expenses, Certain Other Payments. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary herein:
(1) any payment to Executive for reimbursement of expenses or disbursements pursuant to this Agreement (including pursuant to Section 5(c), Section 10(e), Section 11(b), clause (v) of Section 6, clause (iv) of Section 7(a) or clause (vi) of Section 7(b)), any payment on Executive's behalf pursuant to Section 11(b), and any payment pursuant to Section 9 or the last grammatical paragraph of Sections 6 and 7(b), shall be made no later than the end of the Executive's taxable year following the taxable year in which such expenses and disbursements (including insurance premiums contemplated by Sections 6 and 7(b)) are incurred;
(2) any such amount paid during one taxable year shall not affect any such amount payable the Company during a subsequent taxable year; and
(3) the right to such payment may not be exchanged or substituted for other forms of compensation to Executive.
(l) Section 409A. The parties intend that the payments and benefits under this Agreement are either exempt from Section 409A of the Code or fully comply with the payout and other limitations and restrictions imposed under Section 409A of the Code. In this connection, the payout timing provisions and any other terms of this Agreement shall be interpreted to be exempt from Section 409A of the Code or comply with the payout and other limitations and restrictions imposed under Section 409A of the Code, to the extent necessary to avoid the penalties otherwise imposed under Section 409A of the Code. The Company and Executive agree to make in good faith such changes to this Agreement, without changing the basic economics of this Agreement, as are necessary to avoid penalties imposed under Section 409A of the Code.
13. Income Tax Treatment.
Executive and the Company acknowledge that it is the intention of the Company to deduct all amounts paid by the Company to Executive pursuant to this Agreement, including under Sections 6 and 7 as ordinary and necessary business expenses for income tax purposes. Executive agrees and represents that he will treat all such amounts as ordinary income for income tax purposes, and should he report such amounts as other than ordinary income for income tax purposes, he will indemnify and hold the Company harmless from and against any and all taxes, penalties, interest, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' and accounting fees and costs, which are incurred by Company directly or indirectly as a result thereof.
14. Key Man Life Insurance.
If the Company, in its sole discretion, desires to procure "key man" insurance covering the life of Executive, Executive shall cooperate with the Company in procuring such insurance and shall, at the request of the Company, submit to such medical examinations, supply such information and execute such documents as may be required by the insurance company to which the Company has applied for insurance. Executive shall use his reasonable efforts to qualify for the standard premium category of
such insurance company. Executive shall have no interest whatsoever in any "key man" insurance policy procured by the Company.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
|IGGYS HOUSE, INC.|
/s/ JOSEPH A. BARR
|Name:||Joseph A. Barr|
|Title:||President, Chief Financial Officer|
/s/ AVI FOX