THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT ("AGREEMENT") is made and entered into as of
this 17th day of August, 2005, by and between PACIFIC CONTINENTAL BANK, an
Oregon banking corporation (the "BANK") and FRED HOLUBIK ("EXECUTIVE"). This
Agreement will be effective as of the Effective Date determined pursuant to the
Plan and Agreement of Merger dated as of the date hereof among Pacific
Continental Corporation (the "COMPANY"), the Bank, NWB Financial Corporation and
Northwest Business Bank (the "MERGER AGREEMENT"). If the Merger Agreement is
terminated for any reason, this Agreement will be null and void and of no
A. Executive is employed by Northwest Business Bank in an executive
management capacity, presently holding the position of Executive Vice President
and Chief Credit Officer of Northwest Business Bank.
B. The Bank desires to employ Executive, and Executive wishes to
accept such employment, from and after the Effective Date pursuant to the terms
set forth in this Agreement.
a) Cause. "CAUSE" means any one or more of the following:
i. Removal or discharge of Executive pursuant to order of
any federal banking authority;
ii. Executive perpetrates fraud, material dishonesty, or
other act of material misconduct in the rendering of
services to the Company or the Bank or to customers
of the Company or the Bank, or if Executive engages
in conduct which, in the opinion of the Board of
Directors, materially interferes with the performance
of Executive's duties or harms the reputation of the
Company or the Bank by reason of the adverse reaction
of the community to such conduct;
iii. Executive conceals from, or knowingly fails to disclose
to, any federal banking regulatory authority or the
Board of Directors any material matters affecting the
viability of the Company or the Bank; or
iv. Executive fails (or refuses) to faithfully or
diligently perform any of the usual and customary
duties of his employment and either fails to remedy
the lapse or formulate a plan for its correction with
the Company or the Bank (if such failure is not
susceptible to immediate correction) within
thirty (30) days after notice to Executive explaining in
detail the allegations and recommended correction.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive shall not be terminated without:
(a) Ten days written notice setting forth Company's
intention to terminate for Cause;
(b) An opportunity for Executive to rebut
termination for Cause within five business days
after receiving notice; and
(c) A final finding, in good faith, by the Board of
Directors that Cause existed.
b) Change in Control Agreement. "CHANGE IN CONTROL AGREEMENT"
means the Change in Control/Salary Continuation Agreement dated
as of the date hereof among the Company, the Bank and Executive.
c) Compensation. "COMPENSATION" means Executive's current base
compensation, together with the maximum potential bonus amount
payable as set forth in Section 7 of this Agreement.
d) Good Reason. "GOOD REASON" means only any one or more of the
i. Reduction of Executive's base salary or elimination
of any significant compensation or benefit plan
benefiting Executive, unless the reduction or
elimination is generally applicable to substantially
all similarly situated employees (or similarly
situated employees of a successor or controlling
entity of the Company or the Bank) formerly
ii. The assignment to Executive without his consent of any
authority or duties materially inconsistent with
Executive's position as of the date of the Effective
Date of this Agreement; or
iii. A relocation or transfer of Executive's principal
place of employment that would require Executive to
commute on a regular basis more than 30 miles each
way from his present place of employment.
e) Trade Secret. "TRADE SECRET" means information, including a
drawing, cost data, customer list, formula, pattern,
compilation, program, device, method, technique or process that:
i. Derives independent economic value, actual or potential,
from not being generally known to the public or to other
persons who can obtain economic value from its
disclosure or use; and
ii. Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the
circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
f) Other Terms. Other defined terms shall have the meaning
specifically assigned to them elsewhere in this Agreement.
2) TERM OF AGREEMENT. The term of this employment agreement is one (1)
year, commencing on the Effective Date (the "TERM").
3) EMPLOYMENT. The Bank will continue Executive's employment during the
Term, and Executive accepts employment by the Bank on the terms and
conditions set forth in this Agreement. Executive's title will be
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Team Leader.
4) REPORTING AND DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE. Executive will report directly to
the Bank's Director of Seattle Operations and will serve on the Bank's
Planning Committee. Executive will be responsible for managing the
Bank's Commercial Banking Officers and Commercial Banking Assistants in
the Seattle market. In that capacity, Executive will monitor and
evaluate team members' loan and deposit pipelines and maintain an
appropriate personal portfolio himself. Executive will undertake such
other duties that are consistent with his title and position.
5) COMMITMENT OF EXECUTIVE. Executive will use his best efforts to perform
his duties and will devote full time and attention to these duties
during working hours. Executive may engage in non-bank business
activities with prior approval of the Bank's Board of Directors, which
approval will not be unreasonably withheld.
6) SALARY. Executive will initially receive an annual base salary of
$143,595, to be paid in accordance with the Bank's regular payroll
schedule. The Bank's Compensation Committee will first review and
adjust Executive's salary on August 16, 2006, and thereafter, in
connection with its performance review on an annual basis, with the
next regularly scheduled salary adjustment to be effective March 1,
2007. Extraordinary service may be recognized with unscheduled salary
adjustments, but such adjustments are only made upon the recommendation
of the Bank's CEO and at the discretion and with the approval of the
Bank's Compensation Committee.
7) BONUS. Bonuses are determined annually by the Bank's Board of
Directors, in accordance with the bonus plan currently in effect.
Executive's maximum bonus potential will be 30% of current salary.
8) STOCK OPTIONS. On the Effective Date, Executive will receive an option
to acquire 10,000 shares of Company common stock. Subsequent option
grants will be discretionary and will be determined by the Bank's board
of directors based on title and criteria applicable to all other the
Bank employees. All options will have a five (5) year expiration
period, and will vest in four equal installments (25% per year), with
the first vesting occurring on the first anniversary of the date of
grant. The terms of the options shall be governed by the Company's
current Stock Option Plan.
9) VACATION AND BENEFITS. Executive is eligible for five weeks of paid
vacation per year. Generally, all paid vacation must be taken in the
year accrued. Additional benefits include health, life, disability and
401(k) retirement benefits as provided under the
Bank's current plans (however, it is expected the Bank will continue
the Bank's 401(k) plan through 2005), subject to annual revision.
Medical and dental plans currently provide that the Bank pays 100% of
the premiums for Executive and 50% of the premiums for Executive's
dependents. The Bank will continue to pay current dues for the athletic
club membership currently held by Executive, and the Bank will provide a
monthly parking stipend covering 100% of Executive's parking. Consistent
with Company policies, Company will reimburse Executive for business
mileage and business cell phone.
10) TERMINATION AND SEVERANCE PROVISIONS.
a) Termination By Bank for Cause. If the Bank terminates
Executive's employment for Cause before this Agreement
terminates, the Bank will pay Executive the salary earned and
expenses reimbursable under this Agreement incurred through
the date of his termination. Executive will have no right to
receive compensation or other benefits for any period after
termination under this Section 10(a).
b) Other Termination By Bank. If the Bank terminates Executive's
employment without Cause before this Agreement terminates, or
Executive terminates his employment for Good Reason, then the
Bank will pay Executive a lump sum payment equal to the
greater of (i) one-half (0.5 times) Executive's Compensation,
or (ii) the Compensation to which Executive would have
otherwise been entitled for the remainder of the Term.
c) Death or Disability. This Agreement terminates (1) if Executive
dies or (2) if Executive is unable to perform his duties and
obligations under this Agreement for a period of 90 consecutive
days as a result of a physical or mental disability arising at
any time during the term of this Agreement, unless
with reasonable accommodation Executive could continue to
perform his duties under this Agreement and making these
accommodations would not pose an undue hardship on the Bank.
Disability shall be determined by the definition and procedure
set forth in the Company disability insurance plan. If
termination occurs under this Section 10(c), Executive or his
estate will be entitled to receive all compensation and benefits
earned and expenses reimbursable through the date Executive's
d) Return of Bank Property. If and when Executive ceases, for any
reason, to be employed by the Bank, Executive must return to the
Bank all keys, pass cards, identification cards and any other
property of the Bank or the Company. At the same time, Executive
also must return to the Bank all materials relating to Trade
Secrets of the Bank or the Company, whether in hard copy,
electronic or other form. The obligations in this paragraph
include the return of documents and other materials that may be
in his desk at work, in his car, in place of residence, or in
any other location under his control.
e) Limitation on Payment. Notwithstanding anything in this
Agreement to the contrary, if the total of the payments to be
received under this Agreement,
together with any other payments or benefits received from the
Company or the Bank (including under the Change in Control
Agreement), will be an amount that would cause them to be a
"parachute payment" within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2)(A)
of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "PARACHUTE
PAYMENT AMOUNT"), then the sum of the payments to Executive
shall be reduced so that the total amount thereof is $1 less
than the Parachute Payment Amount.
11) NONCOMPETITION. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
Agreement, Executive will not become involved with a Competing Business
or serve, directly or indirectly, a Competing Business in any manner,
including, without limitation, as a shareholder, member, partner,
director, officer, manager, investor, organizer, "founder," employee,
consultant, or agent; provided, however, that Executive may acquire and
passively own an interest not exceeding 2% of the total equity interest
in a Competing Business. For purposes of this Agreement, the term
"COMPETING BUSINESS" means any financial service institutions, including
without limitation banks, insurance companies, leasing companies,
mortgage companies, and brokerage firms that engage in business within
King County, Washington and such other markets in which the Bank or the
Company may have offices at the time of separation. The provisions of
this Section 11 will apply while Executive is employed by the Bank and
for a period equal to the greater of (a) six (6) months after the date
of separation or (b) if Executive receives a payment pursuant to Section
10(b)(ii) of this Agreement, then for the remainder of the Term.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Executive is entitled to a payment
under Section 10(b)(ii), Executive may forego such payment and be
released from this noncompetition restriction.
12) NONSOLICITATION. During the term of the noncompetition provision set
forth in Section 11, Executive will not, directly or indirectly,
persuade or entice, or attempt to persuade or entice (i) any employee of
the Bank or the Company to terminate his/her employment with the Bank or
the Company, or (ii) any person or entity to terminate, cancel, rescind
or revoke its business or contractual relationships with the Bank or the
13) CONFIDENTIALITY. Executive will not, after the date this Agreement is
signed, including during and after its term, use for his own purposes
or disclose to any other person or entity any Trade Secret of the Bank
or the Company.
a) Executive and the Bank stipulate that, in light of all of the
facts and circumstances of the relationship between Executive
and the Bank, the agreements referred to in Sections 11, 12 and
13 (including without limitation their scope) are fair and
reasonably necessary for the protection of the Bank's goodwill
and other protectable interests. If a court of competent
jurisdiction should decline to enforce any of those covenants
and agreements, Executive and the Bank request the court to
reform these provisions to the maximum extent that the court
Executive acknowledges that the Bank will suffer immediate and
irreparable harm that will not be compensable by damages alone,
if Executive repudiates or breaches any of the provisions of
Sections 11, 12 or 13 or threatens or attempts to do so. For
this reason, under these circumstances, the Bank, in addition to
and without limitation of any other rights, remedies or damages
available to them at law or in equity, will be entitled to
obtain temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctions in
order to prevent or restrain the breach, and the Bank will not
be required to post a bond as a condition for the granting of
15) ARBITRATION. Except for as set forth in Section 14 of this Agreement,
at either the Bank's or Executive's request, the parties must submit any
dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with, or
relating to, this Agreement or any breach or alleged breach of this
Agreement, to arbitration under the American Arbitration Association's
rules then in effect (or under any other form of arbitration mutually
acceptable to the parties). A single arbitrator agreed on by the parties
will conduct the arbitration. If the parties cannot agree on a single
arbitrator, each party must select one arbitrator and those two
arbitrators will select a third arbitrator. This third arbitrator will
hear the dispute. The arbitrator's decision is final (except as
otherwise specifically provided by law) and binds the parties, and
either party may request any court having jurisdiction to enter a
judgment and to enforce the arbitrator's decision. The arbitrator will
provide the parties with a written decision naming the substantially
prevailing party in the action. This prevailing party is entitled to
reimbursement from the other party for its costs and expenses, including
reasonable attorneys' fees. All proceedings will be held at a place
designated by the arbitrator in King County, Washington. The arbitrator,
in rendering a decision as to any state law claims, will apply
16) WITHHOLDING. All payments required to be made by the Bank hereunder to
Executive shall be subject to the withholding of such amounts, if any,
relating to tax and other payroll deductions as the Bank may reasonably
determine should be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or
17) MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
a) Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire
understanding and agreement between the parties concerning its
subject matter and supersedes all prior agreements,
correspondence, representations, or understandings between the
parties relating to its subject matter. Notwithstanding the
preceding sentence, the terms of this Agreement are separate
from and do not supercede the terms of the Change in Control
Agreement (except as set forth in Section 10(e) of this
Agreement) or the Severance Agreement among NWB Financial
Corporation, Northwest Business Bank and Executive, dated as of
January 1, 2005.
b) Binding Effect. This Agreement will be binding and enforceable
against, and will inure to the benefit of, the heirs, legal
representatives, successors and assigns of the Bank and
c) Waiver. Any waiver by a party of its rights under this
Agreement must be written and signed by the party waiving its
rights. A party's waiver of the other party's breach of any
provision of this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of any
other breach by the breaching party.
d) Amendment. This Agreement may be modified only through a
written instrument signed by both parties.
e) Severability. The provisions of this Agreement are severable.
The invalidity of any provision will not affect the validity of
other provisions of this Agreement.
f) Counsel Review. Executive acknowledges that he has had the
opportunity to consult with independent counsel with respect to
the negotiation, preparation, and execution of this Agreement.
g) Governing Law and Venue. This Agreement will be governed by and
construed in accordance with Washington law, except to the
extent that federal law may govern certain matters. The parties
must bring any legal proceeding arising out of this Agreement in
King County, Washington.
h) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more
counterparts, each of which will be deemed an original, but
all of which taken together will constitute one and the same
i) Assignability. The Bank may assign this Agreement and its rights
hereunder in whole, but not in part, to any corporation, bank or
other entity with or into which the Bank may hereafter merge or
consolidate or to which the Bank may transfer all or
substantially all of its assets, if in any such case said
corporation, bank or other entity shall by operation of law or
expressly in writing assume all obligations of the Bank
hereunder as fully as if it had been originally made a party
hereto, but may not otherwise assign this Agreement or its
rights hereunder. Executive may not assign or transfer this
Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder.
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This Employment Agreement is effective as of the date first set forth above.
PACIFIC CONTINENTAL BANK
By /s/ Hal Brown
/s/ Fred Holubik
Agreed to and ratified as of the date first set forth above.
PACIFIC CONTINENTAL CORPORATION
By /s/ Hal Brown