THIS AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this "Agreement") is made effective as of the 1ST day of September, 2004 (the "Effective Date") by and between BEAZER HOMES USA, INC., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), and JOHN SKELTON, an individual resident of the State of Georgia ("Executive").
WHEREAS, the Company and Executive have heretofore entered into an Amended and Restated Employment Agreement dated March 31, 1995 (the "Existing Agreement"); and
WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to amend certain provisions of, and to restate in its entirety the Existing Agreement as provided herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the Company and Executive hereby agree as follows:
1. Employment and Duties.
(a) The Company hereby agrees to employ Executive for the Term (as hereinafter defined) as its Senior Vice President, Forward Planning. If requested by the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board"), Executive shall also serve on the Board without additional compensation. Executive shall also serve, if requested by the Board, as an executive officer and/or director of any subsidiaries and/or affiliated companies and shall comply with the policy of the Compensation Committee of the Board (the "Compensation Committee") with regard to retention or forfeiture of any director's fees. As used in this Agreement, the term "affiliated companies" shall include any company controlled by, controlling or under common control with the Company.
(b) The Executive shall have such management and oversight responsibilities and authority as are necessary to efficiently administer the affairs of the Company and as are customary of a Senior Vice President, Forward Planning. All powers herein granted to the Executive are subject to supervisory approval of (i) the Board, (ii) the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company (the "CEO"), and (iii) any other officers of the Company as are from time to time designated by the CEO, and the Executive may be given such further reasonably related supervisory duties, powers and prerogatives as may be delegated to him from time to time by said Board and/or the CEO and/or such other officers. The Executive shall render such advice to the CEO and Board as said CEO and/or Board may from time to time request.
(c) During the Term, and excluding any periods of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, Executive shall devote substantially all of his business time and efforts to the business and affairs of the Company and, to the extent necessary to discharge the responsibilities assigned to the Executive hereunder, use the Executive's reasonable best efforts to perform faithfully such responsibilities. In performing such duties hereunder, Executive shall comply with the policies and procedures as adopted from time to time by the Board, shall give the Company the benefit of his special knowledge, skills, contacts and business experience, shall perform his duties and carry out his responsibilities hereunder in a diligent manner.
(d) During the Employment Term, it shall not be a violation of this Agreement for the Executive to (i) with the prior approval of the Board in each case, serve on corporate, civic or charitable boards or committees, (ii) with the prior approval of the Board in each case, deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or teach at educational institutions, and (iii) manage personal investments, so long as such activities do not significantly interfere or constitute a conflict
of interest with the performance of the Executive's responsibilities as an employee of the Company in accordance with this Agreement.
(e) The principal location for performance of Executive's services hereunder shall be at the offices of Beazer Homes USA, Inc. which are currently located in Atlanta, Georgia, subject to reasonable travel requirements during the course of such performance. In the event circumstances require a change in such location to another city, Executive shall have not less than three (3) months advance notice of the effective date of the relocation.
2. Employment Term. The term of Executive's employment hereunder (the "Term") shall commence effective as of the date hereof and shall end on August 31, 2005, unless sooner terminated as provided herein; provided, however; that the Term shall automatically be extended for successive one year periods unless: (i) this Agreement is terminated as otherwise provided herein; or (ii) Executive or the Company provides written notice to the other of such party's desire not to extend the Term at least sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled expiration of the Term as then in effect.
3. Compensation and Benefits
(a) Base Salary. During the Term, the Executive shall receive an annual base salary ("Annual Base Salary") in the amount of $215,000.00 payable in accordance with the Company's normal payroll practices (but not less frequently than monthly). During the Term, the Annual Base Salary shall be reviewed by the Compensation Committee (for purposes of increase only) at least annually. Any increase in Annual Base Salary shall not serve to limit or reduce any other obligation to the Executive under this Agreement. Annual Base Salary shall not be reduced after any such increase and the term Annual Base Salary as utilized in this Agreement shall refer to Annual Base Salary as so increased. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, in the event that the Company shall implement a Company-wide reduction in executive base compensation, then, solely for such purpose and only during the continuation of such Company-wide reduction, the Company shall have the right to reduce the Annual Base Salary then payable hereunder in a manner that is consistent with said Company-wide reduction.
(b) Bonuses; Stock Incentive Plans. Executive will be eligible to and shall participate in the Company's bonus and stock incentive plans at the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Board. The amount and terms of, and the targets, conditions and restrictions applicable to each bonus or other incentive award shall be subject to the provisions of any such plan and of the applicable award letter duly executed and delivered by the Company.
(c) Incentive, Savings and Retirement Plans. During the Term, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all incentive, savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.
(d) Welfare Benefit Plans. During the Term, the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as the case may be, shall be eligible for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare benefit plans, practices, policies and programs provided by the Company and its affiliated companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription, dental, disability, employee life, group life, accidental death and travel accident insurance plans and programs) to the extent applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.
(e) Expenses. The Company will pay or reimburse Executive for all reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket expenses incurred by him in the performance of his duties under this Agreement. Executive shall keep detailed and accurate records of expenses incurred in connection with the performance of his duties hereunder and reimbursement therefore shall be in accordance with policies and procedures to be established from time to time by the Board.
(f) Office and Support Staff. During the Term, the Executive shall be entitled to an office or offices of a size and with furnishings and other appointments, and to secretarial and other assistance, consistent with the Executive's position and title.
(g) Vacation. During the Term, Executive shall be entitled to twenty (20) working days of compensated vacation in each fiscal year, to be taken at times which do not unreasonably interfere with the performance of Executive's duties hereunder. Any unused vacation time from any fiscal year shall be subject to accumulation or forfeiture in accordance with Company policy as in effect from time to time.
4. Termination of Employment.
(a) Death or Disability. The Executive's employment shall terminate automatically upon the Executive's death during the Term. If the Disability of the Executive occurs during the Term (pursuant to the definition of Disability set forth below), the Company may give to the Executive written notice in accordance with Section 10(c) of this Agreement of its intention to terminate the Executive's employment. In such event, the Executive's employment with the Company shall terminate effective on the 30th day after receipt of such notice by the Executive (the "Disability Effective Date"), provided that, within the 30 days after such receipt, the Executive shall not have returned to full-time performance of the Executive's duties. For purposes of this Agreement, "Disability" shall mean the absence of the Executive from the Executive's duties with the Company on a full-time basis for 90 consecutive business days as a result of incapacity due to mental or physical illness which is determined to be total and permanent by a physician selected by the Company or its insurers and acceptable to the Executive or the Executive's legal representative.
(b) Cause. The Company may terminate the Executive's employment for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, "Cause" shall mean:
(c) Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company for Cause shall be communicated by Notice of Termination to Executive given in accordance with Section 10(c) of this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, a "Notice of Termination" means a written
notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) to the extent applicable, sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated and (iii) if the Date of Termination (as defined below) is other than the date of receipt of such notice, specifies the termination date (which date shall be not more than thirty days after the giving of such notice). The failure by the Company to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or circumstance which contributes to a showing of Cause shall not waive any right of the Company hereunder or preclude the Company from asserting such fact or circumstance in enforcing the Company's rights hereunder.
(d) Date of Termination. "Date of Termination" means (i) if the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Cause, the date of receipt of the Notice of Termination or, subject to applicable cure periods, any later date specified therein, as the case may be, (ii) if the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company other than for Cause or Disability, the Date of Termination shall be the date on which the Company notifies the Executive of such termination and (iii) if the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of death or Disability, the Date of Termination shall be the date of death of the Executive or the Disability Effective Date, as the case may be.
6. Obligations of the Company upon Termination.
(a) Other Than for Cause. If, during the Term, the Company shall terminate the Executive's employment other than for Cause:
(b) Death. If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of the Executive's death, this Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive's legal representatives under this Agreement, other than for payment of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the Executive's estate or beneficiary, as applicable, in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination.
(c) Disability. If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of the Executive's Disability, this Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive, other than for payment of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the Executive or the Executive's legal representative in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination.
(d) Cause. If the Executive's employment shall be terminated for Cause, this Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive other than the obligation to pay to the Executive (x) his Annual Base Salary through the Date of Termination, (y) the amount of any compensation previously deferred by the Executive, and (z) Other Benefits, in each case to the extent theretofore unpaid. If the Executive voluntarily terminates employment during the Term, this Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive, other than for Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits. In such case, all Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination.
(e) Election Not to Extend. In the event that the Company elects, pursuant to Section 2 above, not to extend the Term, then, such election shall be treated for all purposes hereof the same as the termination by the Company of Executive's employment for other than Cause, and, in such case, commencing upon the date of the expiration of the Term, Executive shall be entitled to receive from the Company the same payments and benefits as Executive would be entitled to receive pursuant to Section 6(a) above; provided, however, and notwithstanding anything contained in Section 6(a) above to the contrary, in connection with an election by the Company not to renew the Term, the applicable "Severance Period" shall not extend beyond the date that the Executive reaches the age of sixty-five (65).
7. Employment Covenants.
(a) Covenant Not to Compete. Executive recognizes and acknowledges that the Company is placing its confidence and trust in Executive. Executive, therefore, covenants and agrees that during the Applicable Non-Compete Period (as defined below) Executive shall not, either directly or indirectly, without the prior written consent of the Board (which may be withheld in the sole and absolute discretion of the Board):
competition with the Business of the Company shall not be deemed to violate this Section 7(a).
For purposes of identifying the Restricted Area, Executive hereby recognizes and acknowledges that the existing Business of the Company currently extends throughout the States of Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Colorado, Mississippi, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Executive further warrants and represents that, because of his varied skill and abilities, he does not need to compete with the Business of the Company and that this Agreement will not prevent him from earning a livelihood and acknowledges that the restrictions contained in this Section 7 constitute reasonable protections for the Company.
As used in this Section 7, "Applicable Non-Compete Period" shall mean the following:
(b) Confidential Information. Executive agrees that all Confidential Information shall be the sole property of the Company, and Executive agrees that he shall not during the Term nor thereafter, use for his benefit or the benefit of others or disclose at any time Confidential Information or take with him upon termination of this Agreement any records, papers, reports, lists, computer tapes or disks or any other materials of any nature that contain any Confidential Information. "Confidential Information" shall mean all information other than General Knowledge (defined below) relating to the Company's: (i) business or existing projects including all those in various stages of research and development including all unpublished plans for new products or services; (ii) financial information, internal business procedures and other information which relate to the way the Company conducts its business and which are not publicly available; (iii) data written by the Company's employees or others, including source codes, object codes, marketing and development plans, budgets, forecasts, forecast assumptions and future plans and potential strategies of the Company which have been or are being discussed; (iv) unpublished pricing data; (v) identity, buying habits and practices of the Company, its suppliers and customers to the extent not publicly available; (vi) information regarding the skills or compensation of employees of the Company; (vii) the Intellectual Property of the Company and any information pertaining thereto; (viii) materials and information supplied by customers or clients to the Company that contain data regarding any research, products, procedures or the like; and (ix) any other information deemed confidential by the Company by marking such information with the word "Confidential" or similar word; by orally advising the Executive that the information is confidential or by treating the information in such a manner that the Executive should reasonably believe it to be deemed confidential by the Company. "General Knowledge" shall mean (i) general skills or experience gained during Executive's employment with, consultation for or work for the Company; and (ii) information and data publicly available.
(c) Records. All files, records, memoranda and other documents regarding former, existing or prospective customers of the Company or relating in any manner whatsoever to Confidential Information or the Business of the Company (collectively, "Records"), whether prepared by Executive or otherwise coming into his possession, shall be the exclusive property of the Company. All Records shall be immediately placed in the physical possession of the Company upon the
termination of Executive's employment with the Company, or at any other time specified by the Board. The retention and use by Executive of duplicates in any form of Records is prohibited after the termination of Executive's employment with the Company.
(d) Breach. Executive hereby recognizes and acknowledges that irreparable injury or damage shall result to the Company in the event of a breach or threatened breach by Executive of any of the terms or provisions of this Section 7, and Executive therefore agrees that the Company shall be entitled to an injunction restraining Executive from engaging in any activity constituting such breach or threatened breach. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting the Company from pursuing any other remedies available to the Company at law or in equity for such breach or threatened breach, including but not limited to, the recovery of damages from Executive and, if Executive is an employee of the Company, the termination of his employment with the Company in accordance with the terms and provisions of this Agreement.
(e) Survival. Notwithstanding the termination of the employment of Executive or the termination of this Agreement, the provisions of this Section 7 shall survive and be binding upon Executive unless a written agreement which specifically refers to the termination of the obligations and covenants of this Section 7 is executed by the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Section 7 shall not survive the termination of this Agreement as the result of the Change Of Control Agreement (hereinafter defined) becoming effective.
(f) Blue-Penciling. Should any court or other legally constituted authority determine that for any such agreement or covenant to be effective it must be modified to limit its duration or scope, the parties hereto shall consider such agreement or covenant to be amended or modified with respect to duration and/or scope so as to comply with the orders of any such court or other legally constituted authority, and as to all other portions of such agreement or covenants they shall remain in full force and effect as originally written.
8. No Mitigation. In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement and such amounts shall not be reduced whether or not the Executive obtains other employment. The Company agrees to pay as incurred, to the full extent permitted by law, all legal fees and expenses which the Executive may reasonably incur as a result of any contest by (i) the Company, provided that the Executive prevails in at least one material issue, (ii) the Executive or (iii) others, of the validity or enforceability of, or liability under, any provision of this Agreement or any guarantee of performance thereof (including, without limitation, as a result of any contest by the Executive about the amount of any payment pursuant to this Agreement), plus in each case interest on any delayed payment at the applicable Federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f) (2) (A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").
(a) This Agreement is personal to the Executive and without the prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the Executive otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's legal representatives.
(b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns.
(a) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without reference to principles of conflict of laws. Any legal action, suit or
proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be instituted in the state or federal courts in the State of Delaware and the parties agree not to assert, in any action, suit or proceeding by way of motion, as a defense or otherwise, any claim that either party is not personally subject to the jurisdiction of such court, or that such action, suit or proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum, or that the venue is improper or that the subject matter hereof cannot be enforced in such court. The parties hereby irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of any such court in any such action, suit or proceeding and agree that service of all process in any such action, suit or proceeding in any such court may be made by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to its address set forth in this Agreement, such service being hereby acknowledged by such party to be sufficient for personal jurisdiction in any action against such party in any such court and to be otherwise effective and binding service in every respect.
(b) The captions of this Agreement are not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect. This Agreement may not be amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement executed by the parties hereto or their respective successors and legal representatives.
(c) All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party, by FedEx or other commercial overnight courier or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:
If to the Executive:
1523 Sheridan Walk, Atlanta, Georgia 30324
If to the Company:
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Attention: Company Secretary
or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith. Notice and communications shall be effective when actually received by the addressee.
(d) The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.
(e) The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement such Federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be required to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
(f) The Company's failure to insist upon strict compliance with any provision of this Agreement or the failure to assert any right the Company may have hereunder shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or right of this Agreement.
(g) This Agreement supersedes any and all other prior or contemporaneous agreements, either oral or in writing, between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof including, without limitation, the Existing Agreement, and this Agreement contains all of the covenants and agreements between the parties with respect to employment of Executive by the Company, provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall impair Executive's right to (i) any salary, bonus or other payments accrued through the effective date hereof and owing to Executive pursuant to the Existing Agreement or (ii) any award of restricted stock and grants of options to acquire shares of the Company's common stock referred to in the Existing Agreement and the award letters delivered by the Company to Executive in connection therewith.
Reference is hereby made to that certain Employment Agreement dated as of September 1, 2004 (the "Change Of Control Agreement") by and between the Company and the Executive. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, (i) this Agreement shall not supersede the Change of Control Agreement, and (ii) upon the "Effective Date" occurring under the Change of Control Agreement, this Agreement shall be superseded by the Change of Control Agreement.
(h) This Agreement may be executed via facsimile transmission signature and in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT effective as of the date first written above.
|BEAZER HOMES USA, INC.|
|Name: Ian J. McCarthy|
|Title: President and Chief Executive Officer|