Sample Business Contracts

Consulting Agreement - Master Graphics Inc. and Michael B. Bemis

Sponsored Links

                              Consulting Agreement

     THIS AGREEMENT is effective as of February 1, 2000 by and between MASTER
GRAPHICS, INC., a Tennessee corporation (the "Company") and MICHAEL B. BEMIS, a
resident of the State of Mississippi ("Consultant").

     WHEREAS, the Company desires to procure certain consulting services (the
"Services") from Consultant, as more particularly set forth herein; and

     WHEREAS, Consultant desires to provide such Services to the Company on the
terms and conditions set forth herein;

     NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual agreements
contained herein, the Company and Consultant agree as follows:

     1.  Engagement.  The Company shall engage Consultant to render the
Services, and Consultant accepts such engagement with the Company, upon the
terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement for the period beginning on
February 1, 2000 and ending on January 31, 2001 (the "Consulting Period").

     2.  Consulting Services.

     (a)  During the term of this Agreement, Consultant shall render such
Services to the Company related to financial structure, negotiation with
lenders, and any other matter deemed appropriate by the Company and Consultant,
all as the Company's President (the "President") may from time to time direct.

     (b)  Consultant shall provide such advice with respect to the business of
the Company as may reasonably be requested by the President of the Company.
Consultant shall perform his duties under this Agreement competently, taking
into account his other commitments and business activities.

     (c)  The Company will reimburse Consultant for any expenses incurred by
Consultant in the performance of his duties hereunder, in accordance with
customary Company practice with respect to the reimbursement of business

     3.  Compensation and Benefits.

     (a)  In consideration for the Services rendered by Consultant to the
Company, the Company shall pay to Consultant a retainer in the amount of Four
Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-Nine and 99/100 Dollars ($4,999.99) per month
during the Consulting Period.

     (b)  Consultant expressly acknowledges and agrees that the Company shall
have no duty or obligation to provide any medical, dental or other form of
insurance coverage to Consultant.

     4.  Independent Contractor Status.  Consultant hereby acknowledges and
agrees that he is aware that he will not be treated as an employee of the
Company for any purposes with respect to the Services rendered under this
Agreement.  Consultant agrees to comply with all tax laws applicable to his
status as an independent contractor of the Company.  Consultant further
acknowledges and agrees that as an independent contractor, he will not be
entitled to participate in any of the employee benefit plans customarily
provided by the Company to its employees.

     5.  Restrictive Covenants.  Consultant agrees and acknowledges that he has
acquired and will acquire information and knowledge concerning the business
operations of the Company, the identity of vendors and suppliers of the Company,
the corporate structure of the Company, the identity of and information
concerning the Company's shareholders, directors, officers and employees, the
Company's methods of operation and doing business, business practices related to
the operation of the Company's business, financial information, procedures,
data, information concerning the Company's customers, finances, plans for
expansion, processes, methods, formulae, apparatus, specifications, materials,
discoveries, inventions or patents including applications and rights in
discoveries, which information is "Confidential Commercial Information."
Consultant shall not, at any time during or after the termination of this
Agreement divulge to any person, firm, corporation or other entity any
knowledge, information, or fact related to the Confidential Commercial
Information, which information Consultant shall hold in trust in a fiduciary
capacity for the sole benefit of the Company and its successors and assigns.
This provision does not preclude the confidential disclosure by Consultant of
Confidential Commercial Information to third parties, such as financial
institutions or trade creditors, or disclosures in the ordinary course of
business which are in the best interest of the Company or its subsidiaries, nor
does this provision apply to Confidential Commercial Information that has become
generally publicly available from the Company prior to the time of disclosure by
the Consultant.

     6.  Injunction and Damages.  Consultant acknowledges and agrees that a
material breach by him of the covenants contained in Section 5 hereof will
result in harm and continuing damage to the Company, its successors or assigns,
for which there is no adequate remedy at law and, in the event of a material
breach of such covenants by the Consultant, the Company shall be entitled to
injunctive relief as well as other and further relief, including damages, as may
be proper, without the necessity of showing actual damage.  If a judicial
determination is made that any of the provisions of Section 5 constitute an
unreasonable and unenforceable restriction against Consultant, the parties agree
that the court making such determination shall have the authority to reform the
terms of Section 5 to the extent necessary to make the restrictions contained in
those paragraphs reasonable and enforceable.  Consultant acknowledges that a
material breach of such covenants will result in substantial detriment and
damage to the Company for which the Consultant agrees that the Company shall be
entitled to have and recover any and all actual damages, expenses, and costs
resulting from said breach.

     7.  Notice.  All notices, requests, demands, claims, and other
communications hereunder will be in writing. Any notice, request, demand, claim,
or other communication hereunder shall be


deemed duly given if (and then two business days after) it is sent by registered
or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, and addressed to
the intended recipient as set forth below:

     If to Consultant:                   Copy to:

     Michael B. Bemis
     Hederman Bros.
     P. O. Box 6100
     Ridgeland, Mississippi 39158-6100

     If to the Company:                  Copy to:

     Robert J. Diehl                     Robert J. DelPriore, Esq.
     Master Graphics, Inc.               Bass Berry & Sims PLC
     70 Timber Creek Drive, Ste. 5       100 Peabody Place, Ste. 950
     Cordova, Tennessee 38018            Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Any Party may send any notice, request, demand, claim, or other communication
hereunder to the intended recipient at the address set forth above using any
other means (including personal delivery, expedited courier, messenger service,
telecopy, telex, ordinary mail, or electronic mail), but no such notice,
request, demand, claim, or other communication shall be deemed to have been duly
given unless and until it actually is received by the intended recipient. Any
Party may change the address to which notices, requests, demands, claims, and
other communications hereunder are to be delivered by giving the other Party
notice in the manner herein set forth.

     8.  Amendment and Waiver.  The provisions of this Agreement may be amended
or waived only with the prior written consent of the Company and Consultant, and
no course of conduct or failure or delay in enforcing the provisions of this
Agreement shall affect the validity, binding effect or enforceability of this

     9.  Captions.  Captions appearing in this Agreement are for convenience
only and shall not be deemed to explain, limit or amplify the provisions hereof.

     10.  Choice of Law and Jurisdiction.  In consideration for Consultant's
engagement by the Company, Consultant hereby agrees to submit to the personal
jurisdiction of the State and Federal Courts for the State of Tennessee in the
United States of America for any and all proceedings, claims or controversies
which arise as a result of this Agreement.  Also in consideration for
Consultant's engagement by the Company, Consultant hereby agrees that the
substantive, contract, and procedural law of the State of Tennessee will govern
any and all proceedings, claims or controversies arising as a result of this


     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of
the date first written above.

                                    MASTER GRAPHICS, INC.

                                    By: /s/ P. Melvin Henson, Jr.
                                    Title:  CFO

                                    /s/ Michael B. Bemis
                                    Michael B. Bemis