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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT


This Agreement is between Wade Cook Seminars, Inc., 14675 Interurban Avenue
South, Seattle, Washington 98168 ("WCSI")and Wade B. Cook of Seattle, Washington


Cook shall be employed by WCSI as President and Chief Executive Officer. Cook
shall report directly to the Board of Directors in accordance with the Bylaws
and Articles of Incorporation.


Cook shall be employed from July 1, 1997 through June 30, 2000 unless otherwise
mutually agreed.


Cook shall be paid a minimum salary of U.S. $240,000 for the first year of this
Agreement, $265,000 for the second year of this Agreement, and $290,000 for the
final year of this Agreement. Cook shall be paid in accordance with WCSI's
standard method of payment for executives. Cook may receive additional bonuses
for work as approved by the Board of Directors ("Board").


Cook shall also receive the following benefits:

A.       Six weeks annual vacation leave;

B.       Use of a company car;

C.       Reimbursement of reasonable travel and other business expenses incurred
         by Cook in the performance of his executive duties;

D.       Health insurance for Cook and his family through WCSI's customary

E.       Compensation for reasonable tax and accountancy advice;

F.       $1 million life insurance policy up to a reasonable cost of $7500 per
         year; and

G.       Any other benefits provided executive employees of WCSI as outlined in
         the current Personnel Handbook or as directed by the Board of


This Agreement may be terminated as follows:

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A.       By Death: WCSI shall pay to Cook's beneficiaries or estate, as
         appropriate, the compensation to which he is entitled pursuant to this
         Agreement through the end of the month in which the death occurs.
         Thereafter, the WCSI's obligation shall terminate. Nothing in this
         Section shall affect any entitlement of Cook's heirs to the benefits of
         any life insurance plan purchased by WCSI.

B.       By Disability: If, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, Cook shall
         be prevented from properly performing his duties hereunder by reason of
         any physical or mental incapacity for a period of more than one hundred
         and twenty (120) days in the aggregate or sixty (60) consecutive days
         in any twelve-month period (the "Disability Period"), then, to the
         extent permitted by law, the Employment Term of this Agreement shall be
         paid up through the last day of the month of the Disability Period and
         thereafter the obligations hereunder of WCSI shall terminate.

C.       By WCSI for Cause: WCSI may terminate, without liability and without
         prejudice to any other remedy to which WCSI may be entitled either by
         law, in equity or under this Agreement, the Employment Term at any time
         and without advance notice if:

                  (1)      In the reasonable and good faith opinion of the
                           Board, Cook acts, or fails to act, in bad faith and
                           to the material detriment of WCSI or its
                           subsidiaries, parent company or affiliates;

                  (2)      Cook refuses or fails to act in accordance with any
                           lawful direction or order of the Board if such
                           failures or refusals, individually or in the
                           aggregate, are, in the reasonable and in good faith
                           opinion of the Board, material to Cook's performance;

                  (3)      Cook commits any material act of dishonesty or a
                           felony affecting WCSI, its subsidiaries, parent
                           company or affiliates;

                  (4)      Cook has a chemical dependency which interferes with
                           the performance of his executive duties and

                  (5)      Cook commits gross misconduct or neglect, or, in the
                           reasonable and good faith opinion of the Board,
                           demonstrates incompetence in the management of the
                           affairs of WCSI or its subsidiaries, parent company
                           or affiliates;

                  (6)      Cook is convicted of a felony or any crime involving
                           moral turpitude, fraud or misrepresentation; or (7)
                           Cook materially breaches any term of this Agreement
                           upon 30 days written notice by WCSI.

E.       By WCSI Without Cause: The Employment Period may be terminated without
         Cause by WCSI only upon written notice and payment of six months
         severance pay.

F.       By Cook for Good Reason: Cook may terminate this Agreement for "Good
         Reason" upon 30 days written notice if WCSI requires Cook to relocate
         outside the Seattle area. Or

G.       By Cook without Good Reason: Upon six months written notice or as
         otherwise mutually agreed.


In the event of a merger by WCSI or its parent company, with another company
during the Employment Term, Cook shall have the option of remaining in his
current position as President and Chief Executive Officer or shall be allowed to
terminate his employment with WCSI or new company upon the payment of the
equivalent of the remainder of the Agreement.

8.       SECRECY:

Cook shall not divulge any proprietary information relating to WCSI or its
subsidiaries, parent company or affiliates, which Cook may have acquired during
his employment except as necessary in the performance of his duties with WCSI.

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9.       RETIREMENT:

WCSI shall pay to any pension, life insurance or comparable financial planning
scheme designated by Cook an amount equal to 10% of Cook's gross salary (up to
the maximum amount permissible under the law).

10.      DISPUTES:

Any dispute between the parties arising out of this Agreement which cannot be
amicably settled shall be referred to arbitration upon written notice by either
party to the other. The arbitration shall be in accordance with the
International Chamber of Commerce. Said arbitration to occur in Seattle,
Washington. Any award rendered in arbitration shall be binding and conclusive
upon the parties and shall not be subject to appeals or retrying by the court.


In the event this Agreement is placed in the hands of an attorney due to a
default in the payment or performance of any of its terms, the defaulting party
shall pay, immediately upon demand, the other party's reasonable attorney fees,
collection costs, costs of either litigation, mediation, or arbitration
(whichever is appropriate), whether or not a suit or action is filed, and any
other fees or expenses reasonably incurred by the non-defaulting party.


This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of Washington.


This Agreement is the entire, final and complete agreement of the parties and
supersedes all written and oral agreements heretofore made or existing by and
between the parties or their representatives.

Executed in duplicate this 24th day of June, 1997.


By: /s/ Kiman Lucas
Name:   Kiman Lucas
Title:  General Counsel
Date:   6/24/97

/s/ Wade B. Cook
Wade B. Cook
Date:   6/24/97