This Employment Agreement and
its Exhibits (this Agreement), entered into the 23rd day of
April, 2008, effective as of January 1, 2008, is by and between Dynamic
Materials Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the Company), and John
G. Banker, a resident of the State of Colorado (Executive) (together,
has significant experience in the management of companies and is willing to
serve the Company on the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set
Company desires to secure the continued services of Executive subject to the
terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
agreement replaces, in its entirety, that certain Employment Agreement between
the Company and Executive dated March 3, 2005.
In consideration of the
foregoing and the mutual covenants and promises contained herein, and for other
good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are
hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
1. Employment. The Company hereby
employs Executive as Senior Vice President, Customers and Technology of the
Company reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and Executive
hereby accepts such employment and agrees to perform such duties and
responsibilities as are assigned to him from time-to-time by the Chief
Executive Officer of the Company.
2. Full-time Best Efforts. Executive shall devote his full and
exclusive professional time and attention to the performance of his obligations
under this Agreement, and will at all times faithfully, industriously and to
the best of his ability, experience and talent, perform all of this obligations
hereunder. Executive shall not, without
the express written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, engage,
alone or with others, in any other enterprises or business concerns, nor render
professional services to, own, control, manage, consult with, be employed by,
or otherwise have an interest in, any such enterprises or concerns, during the
term of his continued employment with the Company. Without limiting the generality of any other
provision herein, transactions in securities of publicly traded companies and
other passive investment activities shall not be considered prohibited by the
foregoing sentence, except as such transactions and activities may violate the
Companys conflict of interest policy, if any, in place from time to time.
3. Term of Agreement. This agreement shall be effective on January 1,
2008 (the Effective Date) and shall continue until December 31,
2008 (the Term), unless otherwise terminated by either party pursuant
to Section 5 below.
4. Compensation Reimbursement.
During the term of this Agreement, the Company shall pay Executive an
annual salary (Salary) of $275,000 payable in accordance with the
Companys standard payroll practices for similarly situated employees.
The compensation committee of the Companys board of directors (the Compensation
Committee) will review Executives Salary at least annually and may
increase (but not reduce) Executives Salary in its sole discretion. All compensation paid to Executive hereunder
is subject to all deductions required by law.
Executive shall be eligible to receive a non-discretionary annual bonus equal
to 1.0% of the Companys 2008 net income.
Executive shall also be eligible to receive a discretionary annual bonus
in an amount up to 20% of Executives Salary.
The discretionary bonus will be determined based on performance goals
and rules established by the Compensation Committee. The bonus and discretionary bonus, if any,
will be payable before March 15, 2009.
Executive is not guaranteed any bonus payment.
(c) Stock Incentives. Executive shall be eligible to receive restricted
shares of the Common Stock of the Company under the Companys 2006 Stock
Incentive Plan (the Incentive Plan) subject to the terms and
conditions of such plan and as granted by the Compensation Committee. If
the Company terminates Executives employment for any reason other than Cause
pursuant to Section 5(b), all restricted stock held by Executive shall
immediately vest, subject to the terms and conditions of the Incentive Plan.
Executive shall receive the following Company benefits:
life insurance coverage in the amount of $415,000 which is in addition to the
standard term life insurance provided in the Companys standard benefit plan;
in the Companys executive long-term disability plan, subject to any waiting
periods or exclusions required by the insurance provider;
weeks of vacation per year until such time as Executives length of service
entitles Executive to additional vacation;
in the Companys standard benefit programs including health and dental
insurance, term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance,
short and long term disability, paid holidays and certain other standard
benefits provided by the Company;
in the Companys 401(k) retirement plan; and
of up to $5,000 of professional service fees for a financial planning and/or
tax consultant to advise Executive.
(e) Expense Reimbursement. The Company shall reimburse Executive for all
travel expenses and other disbursements incurred by Executive for or on behalf
of the Company in the performance of his duties hereunder, subject to and in
accordance with the Companys expense reimbursement policies and procedures, as
in effect from time-to-time.
Company may terminate Executives employment at any time for Cause (as
hereinafter defined), effective immediately upon written notice to Executive.
Such notice shall specify that a termination is being made for Cause and shall
state the basis therefor. Any termination under this subparagraph shall serve
to relieve Executive of all his duties and authority on behalf of the Company
as of the date such notice states the termination is to take effect. All obligations of the Company to Executive
hereunder shall terminate as of the effective date of any such termination,
except for obligations accrued prior to such effective date. For purposes of this Agreement, termination
for Cause shall include any of the following that detrimentally affect the
willful and substantial breach by Executive of the terms of this Agreement or
any written agreement between Executive and the Company that has a materially
adverse effect on the business and affairs of the Company;
failure by Executive to substantially perform, or the gross negligence in the
performance of, his duties hereunder for a period of fifteen days after the
Chief Executive Officer of the Company has made a written demand for
performance which specifically identities the manner in which he believes that
Executive has not substantially performed his duties;
commission by Executive of a willful act or failure to act of misconduct which
is injurious to the Company, including, but not limited to, material violations
of any Company policy (such as the Companys code of ethics);
conviction or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in connection with fraud or
any crime that constitutes a felony in the jurisdiction involved; or
act of failure to act constituting fraud or dishonesty that compromises
Executives ability to act effectively as a high-level executive of the Company.
Company may terminate Executives employment for any reason other than Cause at
any time upon the payment to Executive of (i) an amount equal to one years
Salary, which amount shall be payable in twelve monthly payments (the Termination
Payments), plus (ii) a bonus for such period, based on the average
bonus (if any) paid to Executive for the two years preceding the termination;
provided, that Executive shall execute a release, prepared by the Company,
releasing the Company from all claims as a condition of receiving the Salary
and bonus (if any) pursuant to this Agreement.
Such amounts received under this provision shall be reduced to the
extent that Executive accepts other employment prior to the receipt of the
final Termination Payment. Any
termination under this subparagraph shall serve to relieve Executive of all his
duties and authority on behalf of the Company as of the date such notice states
the termination is to take effect. All
obligations of the Company to Executive under this Agreement shall terminate as
of the effective date of any such termination, except for obligations accrued
prior to such effective date.
the termination of Executives employment hereunder, neither Executive nor
Executives beneficiary or estate shall have any further rights or claims
against the Company under this Agreement except the right to receive:
unpaid portion of the earned Salary computed on a pro rata basis to the date of
unpaid bonus owing under Section 4(b) or 5(b); and
for any expenses for which Executive shall not have theretofore been reimbursed
as provided in Section 4(e).
any other provision of this Section 5, Executive shall have the right to
terminate his employment at any time upon sixty days written notice to the
Company (or upon such shorter notice as the Company may agree in writing in
connection with such termination). Any such termination by Executive shall be
deemed effective upon receipt by the Company of such notice. Any termination under this subparagraph shall
be effective as of the date stated in the notice and shall serve to relieve
both parties from all their duties and obligations to one another hereunder
after such date, except for obligations accrued prior to such effective date.
Executive dies during the term of his employment hereunder, this Agreement
shall automatically terminate as of the date of his death and the parties shall
be relieved from their respective duties and obligations to one another as of
the effective date of any such termination.
Executives estate or designated beneficiaries shall receive any accrued
but unpaid portion of Executives Salary and the bonus, if any, he would have
received in respect of the portion of the fiscal year prior to his termination,
payable at the same time as bonuses are paid to other executives and any other
amounts owing to Executive under Section 5(c). If Executive is unable to fully and
satisfactorily perform any of the essential functions of his position by reason
of disability, with or without reasonable accommodation as may be required
under law, for a period of at least ninety consecutive calendar days, this
Agreement and Executives employment hereunder may be terminated at the
election of the Company, effective upon sixty days written notice given at any
time after such consecutive ninety day period of continuous disability elapses,
provided Executive continues to be suffering from such disability at the time
notice of such termination is given by the Company. In the event of termination under the
previous sentence, the parties shall be relieved from their respective duties
and obligations to one another from and after the date such termination takes
effect. Executive shall receive any
accrued but unpaid portion of Executives Salary and the bonus, if any, he
would have received in respect of the portion of the fiscal year prior to his
termination, payable at the same time as bonuses are paid to other executives
and any other amounts owing to Executive under Section 5(c). Should Executives disability, if any, be of
an intermittent nature, the disability shall nonetheless be considered to be
continuing during any period of time that the disability abates for seven or
less consecutive calendar days, but any such intermittent periods during which
the disability has abated for seven or less consecutive calendar days shall not
be counted for purposes of determining the consecutive ninety day period of continuous
disability following which the Company may elect to give notice of termination.
For purposes of this
subparagraph (e), disability shall mean that Executive is unable, by
reason of physical or mental sickness or illness, injury, or incapacity, to
perform any of the essential functions of his regular employment by the Company. Executive shall be considered to be suffering
from a disability if he is determined to be disabled by any disability insurer
insuring Executive on the date the condition of disability commenced. In the event there is no disability
determination made by a relevant insurer, Executive shall be considered to be
suffering from a disability if, in the opinion of a qualified physician
selected by mutual agreement of Executive and the Company, Executive is
determined to be unable to perform any of the essential functions of his
regular employment by the Company by reason of any physical or mental sickness,
injury, or incapacity. In the event Executive
and the Company cannot agree upon the selection of a qualified physician, each
party shall appoint a qualified physician of his or its choice and the two
physicians so appointed shall mutually select a qualified physician to render
the subject opinion as to whether or not Executive is suffering from a
disability as defined above. A qualified
physician shall mean a person who is licensed to practice medicine and
prescribe and administer prescription drugs and/or to perform surgery in the
state of Executives residence at the time of the commencement of the believed
disability (or is so licensed in such other state as the parties shall
reasonably agree is a convenient place in which to examine Executive and/or
review his medical records) and who is acting within the scope of his/her
medical license and qualified by his/her licensure, certification, training or
experience to render the subject opinion.
(f) In the event of any
termination of this Agreement in connection with which Executive is entitled by
law or is allowed by the Company to continue his coverage under the Companys
health, dental, eye and other medical insurance policies, Executive shall be
responsible for paying the cost of all insurance premiums and charges necessary
to keep such coverage in force during any period of time that such coverage is
so continued following termination.
6. Proprietary Information and Non-Competition
shall be bound by the terms of the Companys standard form of the Key Employee
Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit A,
and the Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit B,
from and after the date hereof.
(a) Judicial Limitation. In the event that any provision of this
Agreement is more restrictive than permitted by the law of the jurisdiction in
which the Company seeks enforcement thereof, the provisions of this Agreement
shall be limited only to that extent that a judicial determination finds the
same to be unreasonable or otherwise enforceable. Such invalidity or
unenforceability shall not affect any other terms herein, but such term shall
be deemed deleted, and such deletion shall not affect the validity of the other
terms thereof. In addition, if any one or more of the terms contained in this
Agreement shall for any reason be held to be excessively broad or of an overly
long duration, that term shall be construed in a manner to enable it to be
enforced to the extent compatible with applicable law. Moreover,
notwithstanding any judicial determination that any provision of this Agreement
is not specifically enforceable the parties intend that the Company shall
nonetheless be entitled to recover monetary damages as a result of any breach
(b) Injunctive Relief. In view of the nature of the rights in
goodwill, business reputation and prospects of the Company to be protected
under this Agreement, Executive understands and agrees that the Company could
not be reasonably or adequately compensated in damages in an action at law for
Executives breach of his obligations hereunder. Accordingly, Executive
specifically agrees that the Company shall be entitled to temporary and
permanent injunctive relief to enforce the provisions of this Agreement and
that such relief may be granted without the necessity of proving actual
damages. This provision with respect to injunctive relief shall not, however,
diminish the right of the Company to claim and recover damages in addition to
The failure of the Company to enforce at any time of the provisions
of this Agreement or to require any performance by Executive of the provisions
hereof shall in no way be construed to be a waiver of such provisions or to
affect either the validity of this Agreement, or any part hereof, or the right
of the Company thereafter to enforce each and every provision in accordance
with the terms of this Agreement.
(d) Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any
particular provision of this Agreement shall not affect the other provisions
hereof, and this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if such
invalid or unenforceable provisions were omitted.
(e) Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon the
parties, their successors, executors and heirs.
(f) Assignability. This Agreement shall be freely assignable by
the Company and shall inure to the benefit of its successors and assigns.
(g) Entire Agreement. This Agreement, including the Key
Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement and the Non
Competition Agreement referred to herein, and which are incorporated herein and
made a part hereof by reference, embody the entire agreement and understanding
of the parties hereto and supersede all prior agreements or understanding
(whether written or oral) with respect to the subject matter hereof.
(h) Governing Law and Venue. The validity of this Agreement and any of
its terms and provisions, as well as the rights and duties of the parties
hereunder, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Colorado (without
regard to its conflicts of law doctrines) and the venue for any action to
enforce or to interpret this Agreement shall be in a court of competent
jurisdiction located in the State of Colorado and each of the parties consent
to the jurisdiction of such court in any such action or proceeding and waives
any objection to venue laid therein.
This agreement may not be amended, altered or modified other than by
a written agreement between the parties hereto.
(j) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any
number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original and all
of which shall together constitute one and the same instrument. This Agreement
shall become binding when one or more counterparts hereof shall bear the
signatures of all the parties indicated as the signatories hereto.
All notices, requests, demands and other communications under the
Agreement shall be given in writing and shall be served either personally, by
facsimile or delivered by first class mail, registered or certified, return
receipt requested, postage prepaid and properly addressed to the parties as
noticed herein. Notice shall be deemed received upon the earliest of actual
receipt, confirmed facsimile or three (3) days following mailing pursuant
to this section.
If to Executive:
John G. Banker
If to the Company:
Dynamic Materials Corporation
Attention: Chief Executive Officer
5405 Spine Road
Boulder, CO 80301
Facsimile: (303) 604-1897
(l) Interpretation. Each party has had the opportunity and
has reviewed and revised this Agreement (and has had an opportunity to consult
with counsel if desired) and, therefore, the rule of construction
requiring that any ambiguity be resolved against the drafting party shall not
be employed in the interpretation of this Agreement. The section headings
contained in this Agreement are for convenience and reference purposes only and
shall not affect in any way the meaning and interpretation of this Agreement.
(m) Attorneys Fees and Costs. If either party shall commence any action
or proceeding against the other to enforce the provisions hereof, or to recover
damages as a result of the alleged breach of any provisions hereof, the
prevailing party therein shall be entitled to recover all reasonable costs
incurred in connection therewith, including reasonable attorneys fees.
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partys signature below acknowledges that the party has read this document
fully, that the party fully understands and agrees to its contents and effect,
that the party understands that it is a legally binding document, that the
party is mentally and physically competent and capable of reading,
understanding and signing this Agreement, and that the party has signed this
document voluntarily and of its own free will, and not as a result of any
pressure or coercion. Each partys
signature below further acknowledges that the party has had the opportunity to
consult with an attorney about the meaning and effect of the terms of this
Agreement and that each party has in fact consulted with an attorney of the
partys own choosing about this Agreement.
This Agreement is executed as of
the date first set above:
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