Executive Employment Agreement

Executive Employment Agreement



This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT is made and entered into effective as of May 1, 2008 (the “Effective Date”) by and between CRC Crystal Research Corporation (the “Company”), and Lt. Gen. Charles J. Searock Jr., the undersigned individual (“Executive”).


The Company and Executive desire to enter into an Employment Agreement setting forth the terms and conditions of Executive’s employment with the Company.


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

1.           Employment.

(a)           Term. The Company hereby employs Executive to serve as President and to serve in such additional or different position or positions as the Company may determine in its sole discretion. As President, the Executive shall be an Officer of the Company. The term of employment shall be for a period of one (1) year (“Employment Period”) to commence on the Effective Date, and renewable at the Company’s discretion on each anniversary.

(b)           Duties and Responsibilities. Executive will be responsible for the formation and implementation of the Company’s Program and other duties as agreed upon with the Company’s Board of Directors. The Executive shall report to the Chief Executive Officer

(c)           Location. The initial principal location at which Executive shall perform services for the Company shall be at 4952 East Encanto Street, Mesa, Arizona 85205. Until such time as a corporate office is established and a full compensation level has been reached, employee shall have the right to telecommute and will not be required to establish full time residence at the corporate headquarters location.

2.           Compensation.

(a)           Base Salary. Executive shall be paid a base salary (“Base Salary”) at the annual rate of $130,000, payable twice monthly consistent with Company’s payroll practices. The annual Base Salary shall be reviewed on an annual basis by the Board of Directors or Compensation Committee to determine if such Base Salary should be increased in recognition of services to the company.



(b)           Payment. Payment of all compensation to Executive hereunder shall be made in accordance with the relevant Company policies in effect from time to time, including normal payroll practices, and shall be subject to all applicable employment and withholding taxes. It is understood and agreed to, by both the Executive and the Company, that payment of the agreed to salary will not commence until the Company has received funding or revenues sufficient to support the payment of salaries to employees. Additionally, the Executive and the Company agree that should cash shortfalls preclude payment of the Executive’s salary that any unpaid salary shall be accrued. All accrued unpaid salary will be converted quarterly into options to acquire shares of the Common Stock of the Company pursuant to the terms of our 2008 Stock Plan.

           (c)           Bonus. Executive shall also be entitled to a one-time bonus of $15,000 upon receipt of funding sufficient to support payment to employees, as set forth under Section 2(b) above, subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors. Other bonus payments shall be determined at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.

3.           Other Employment Benefits.
(a)           Business Expenses. Upon submission of itemized expense statements in the manner specified by the Company, Executive shall be entitled to reimbursement for reasonable travel and other reasonable business expenses duly incurred by Executive in the performance of his duties under this Agreement. Until the Company has received funding or revenues sufficient to support the payment all expenses need to be pre-approved.  Executive shall be reimbursed for reasonable moving expenses and temporary lodging should he be required to relocate to Mesa, AZ.
(b)           Benefit Plans. Executive shall be entitled to participate in the Company’s medical and dental plans, life and disability insurance plans and retirement plans pursuant to their terms and conditions and once implemented by the Company. It is understood by the Executive that no Benefit Plan currently exists but that the Executive shall immediately be entitled to Benefits once a Plan is executed and in force. There is no accrual of benefits prior to execution and implementation of Plan. Executive shall be entitled to participate in any other benefit plan offered by the Company to its employees during the term of this Agreement (other than stock option or stock incentive plans, which are governed by Section 3(d) below). Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the Company or any affiliate of the Company from terminating or amending any employee benefit plan or program from time to time.  Should the Executive decline benefits made available to other employees he will be entitled to one-half (1/2) the company contribution paid for or to each individual.  When the company establishes Key Man life insurance the Executive will be entitled to a coverage by Key Man life insurance of which one-half (1/2) of the proceeds will be paid to a beneficiary of his choice.
(c)           Vacation. Executive shall be entitled to three (3) weeks of vacation each year of full employment, exclusive of legal holidays, as long as the scheduling of Executive’s vacation does not interfere with the Company’s normal business operations.


(d)           Stock Options. Executive shall be entitled to options to acquire 200,000 shares of the Common Stock of the Company pursuant to the terms of our 2008 Stock Plan. Issuance of the options shall be in accordance with all applicable securities laws and the other terms and conditions of our 2008 Stock Incentive Plan and the stock option agreement to be executed between the Company and Executive (the “Stock Option Agreement”). Regardless of reason for employment termination the stock option entitlements provided as compensation or bonus will not expire for a period of five years.
(e)           No Other Benefits. Executive understands and acknowledges that the compensation specified in Sections 2 and 3 of this Agreement shall be in lieu of any and all other compensation, benefits and plans.
4.           Executive’s Business Activities. Executive shall devote the substantial portion of his entire business time, attention and energy exclusively to the business and affairs of the Company and its affiliates, as its business and affairs now exist and as they hereafter may be changed. (Executive may serve as a member of the Board of Directors of other organizations that do not compete with the Company, and may participate in other professional, civic, governmental organizations and activities that do not materially affect his ability to carry out his duties hereunder.)
5.           Termination of Employment.
(a)           For Cause. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Company may terminate Executive’s employment hereunder for cause for any one of the following reasons: (1) conviction of a felony, any act involving moral turpitude, or a misdemeanor where imprisonment is imposed; (2) commission of any act of theft, fraud, dishonesty, or falsification of any employment or Company records; (3) improper disclosure of the Company’s confidential or proprietary information; (4) any action by the Executive which has a detrimental effect on the Company’s reputation or business; (5) Executive’s failure or inability to perform any reasonable assigned duties after written notice from the Company of, and a reasonable opportunity to cure, such failure or inability; (6) any breach of this Agreement, which breach is not cured within ten (10) days following written notice of such breach; (7) a course of conduct amounting to gross incompetence; (8) chronic and unexcused absenteeism; (9) unlawful appropriation of a corporate opportunity; or (10) misconduct in connection with the performance of any of Executive’s duties, including, without limitation, misappropriation of funds or property of the Company, securing or attempting to secure personally any profit in connection with any transaction entered into on behalf of the Company, misrepresentation to the Company, or any violation of law or regulations on Company premises or to which the Company is subject. Upon termination of Executive’s employment with the Company for cause, the Company shall be under no further obligation to Executive, except to pay all accrued but unpaid base salary and accrued vacation to the date of termination thereof.
 (b)           Without Cause. The Company may terminate Executive’s employment hereunder at any time without cause, provided, however, that Executive shall be entitled to severance pay in the amount of four (4) weeks of Base Salary in addition to accrued but unpaid Base Salary and accrued vacation, less deductions required by law, but if, and only if, Executive executes a valid and comprehensive release of any and all claims that the Executive may have against the Company in a form provided by the Company and Executive executes such form within seven (7) days of tender.


(c)           Resignation. Upon termination of employment, Executive shall be deemed to have resigned from the Board of Directors of the Company if he is a director. With the approval of the Board the Executive may remain as Director. 
(d)           Cooperation. After notice of termination, Executive shall cooperate with the Company, as reasonably requested by the Company, to effect a transition of Executive’s responsibilities and to ensure that the Company is aware of all matters being handled by Executive.
6.           Disability of Executive. The Company may terminate this Agreement without liability if Executive shall be permanently prevented from properly performing his essential duties hereunder with reasonable accommodation by reason of illness or other physical or mental incapacity for a period of more than one hundred twenty 120 consecutive days. Upon such termination, Executive shall be entitled to all accrued but unpaid Base Salary and vacation.
7.           Death of Executive. In the event of the death of Executive during the Employment Period, the Company’s obligations hereunder shall automatically cease and terminate; provided, however, that within 15 days the Company shall pay to Executive’s heirs or personal representatives Executive’s Base Salary and accrued vacation accrued to the date of death.
8.           Confidential Information and Invention Assignments. Executive is simultaneously executing a Confidential Information and Invention Assignment Agreement (the “Confidential Information and Invention Assignment Agreement”). The obligations under the Confidential Information and Invention Assignment Agreement shall survive termination of this Agreement for any reason.
9.           Exclusive Employment. During employment with the Company, Executive will not do anything to compete with the Company’s present or contemplated business, nor will he plan or organize any competitive business activity. Executive will not enter into any agreement which conflicts with his duties or obligations to the Company. Executive will not during his employment or within one (1) year after it ends, without the Company’s express written consent, directly or indirectly, solicit or encourage any employee, agent, independent contractor, supplier, customer, consultant or any other person or company to terminate or alter a relationship with the Company.
10.           Assignment and Transfer. Executive’s rights and obligations under this Agreement shall not be transferable by assignment or otherwise, and any purported assignment, transfer or delegation thereof shall be void. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding upon and enforceable by, any purchaser of substantially all of Company’s assets, any corporate successor to Company or any assignee thereof.


11.           No Inconsistent Obligations. Executive is aware of no obligations, legal or otherwise, inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement or with his undertaking employment with the Company. Executive will not disclose to the Company, or use, or induce the Company to use, any proprietary information or trade secrets of others. Executive represents and warrants that he or she has returned all property and confidential information belonging to all prior employers.
12.           Miscellaneous.
(a)           Attorneys’ Fees. Should either party hereto, or any heir, personal representative, successor or assign of either party hereto, resort to legal proceedings in connection with this Agreement or Executive’s employment with the Company, the party or parties prevailing in such legal proceedings shall be entitled, in addition to such other relief as may be granted, to recover its or their reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs in such legal proceedings from the non-prevailing party or parties; provided, however, that nothing herein is intended to affect the provisions of Section 12(l).
(b)           Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona without regard to conflict of law principles.
(c)           Entire Agreement. Except with respect to the 2008 Stock Incentive Plan and Stock Option Agreement referenced in Section 3(d), this Agreement, together with the attached exhibits and the Confidential Information and Invention Assignment Agreement, contains the entire agreement and understanding between the parties hereto and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements, representations and warranties between them respecting the subject matter hereof.
(d)           Amendment. This Agreement may be amended only by a writing signed by Executive and by a duly authorized representative of the Company.
(e)           Severability. If any term, provision, covenant or condition of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person, place or circumstance, shall be held to be invalid, unenforceable or void, the remainder of this Agreement and such term, provision, covenant or condition as applied to other persons, places and circumstances shall remain in full force and effect.
(f)           Construction. The headings and captions of this Agreement are provided for convenience only and are intended to have no effect in construing or interpreting this Agreement. The language in all parts of this Agreement shall be in all cases construed according to its fair meaning and not strictly for or against the Company or Executive.
(g)           Rights Cumulative. The rights and remedies provided by this Agreement are cumulative, and the exercise of any right or remedy by either party hereto (or by its successor), whether pursuant to this Agreement, to any other agreement, or to law, shall not preclude or waive its right to exercise any or all other rights and remedies.


(h)           Non-waiver. No failure or neglect of either party hereto in any instance to exercise any right, power or privilege hereunder or under law shall constitute a waiver of any other right, power or privilege or of the same right, power or privilege in any other instance. All waivers by either party hereto must be contained in a written instrument signed by the party to be charged and, in the case of the Company, by an officer of the Company (other than Executive) or other person duly authorized by the Company.
(i)            Remedy for Breach; Attorneys’ Fees. The parties hereto agree that, in the event of breach or threatened breach of any covenants of Executive, the damage or imminent damage to the value and the goodwill of the Company’s business shall be inestimable, and that therefore any remedy at law or in damages shall be inadequate. Accordingly, the parties hereto agree that the Company shall be entitled to injunctive relief against Executive in the event of any breach or threatened breach of any of such provisions by Executive, in addition to any other relief (including damages) available to the Company under this Agreement or under law. The prevailing party in any action instituted pursuant to this Agreement shall be entitled to recover from the other party its reasonable attorneys’ fees and other expenses incurred in such action.
(j)           Notices. Any notice, request, consent or approval required or permitted to be given under this Agreement or pursuant to law shall be sufficient if in writing, and if and when sent by certified or registered mail, with postage prepaid, to Executive’s residence (as noted in the Company’s records), or to the Company’s principal office, as the case may be.
(k)           Assistance in Litigation. Executive shall, during and after termination of employment, upon reasonable notice, furnish such information and proper assistance to the Company as may reasonably be required by the Company in connection with any litigation in which it or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates is, or may become a party; provided, however, that such assistance following termination shall be furnished at mutually agreeable times and for mutually agreeable compensation.
(l)           Arbitration. Any controversy, claim or dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the employment relationship, either during the existence of the employment relationship or afterwards, between the parties hereto, their assignees, their affiliates, their attorneys, or agents, shall be settled by arbitration in Phoenix, Arizona. Such arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the then prevailing commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association (but the arbitration shall be in front of an arbitrator appointed by JAMS/Endispute (“JAMS”), with the following exceptions if in conflict: (a) one arbitrator shall be chosen by JAMS; (b) each party to the arbitration will pay its pro rata share of the expenses and fees of the arbitrator(s), together with other expenses of the arbitration incurred or approved by the arbitrator(s); and (c) arbitration may proceed in the absence of any party if written notice (pursuant to the JAMS’ rules and regulations) of the proceedings has been given to such party. The parties agree to abide by all decisions and awards rendered in such proceedings. Such decisions and awards rendered by the arbitrator shall be final and conclusive and may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof as a basis of judgment and of the issuance of execution for its collection. All such controversies, claims or disputes shall be settled in this manner in lieu of any action at law or equity; provided however, that nothing in this subsection shall be construed as precluding the Company from bringing an action for injunctive relief or other equitable relief or relief under the Confidential Information and Invention Assignment Agreement. The arbitrator shall not have the right to award punitive damages, consequential damages, lost profits or speculative damages to either party. The parties shall keep confidential the existence of the claim, controversy or disputes from third parties (other than the arbitrator), and the determination thereof, unless otherwise required by law or necessary for the business of the Company. The arbitrator(s) shall be required to follow applicable law. IF FOR ANY REASON THIS ARBITRATION CLAUSE BECOMES NOT APPLICABLE, THEN EACH PARTY, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY AS TO ANY ISSUE RELATING HERETO IN ANY ACTION, PROCEEDING, OR COUNTERCLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER MATTER INVOLVING THE PARTIES HERETO.



IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have duly executed this Agreement as of the date set forth below.

CRC Crystal Research Corporation       EXECUTIVE:  
/s/  Kiril A. Pandelisev 
/s/  Charles J. Searock Jr.
Name: Dr Kiril A. Pandelisev      
Name: Lt. Gen. Charles J. Searock Jr. 
Title:   Chief Executive Officer    
Title:   President
Date:  May 23, 2008     Date:   May 23, 2008