EXHIBIT 10.2 November 11, 2004 Ardent Acquisition Corporation 1415 Kellum Place, Suite 205 Garden City, New York 11530 EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. 600 Third Avenue 33rd Floor New York, New York 10016 Re: INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING Gentlemen: The undersigned stockholder, officer and director of Ardent Acquisition Corporation ("Company"), in consideration of EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. ("EBC") entering into a letter of intent ("Letter of Intent") to underwrite an initial public offering of the securities of the Company ("IPO") and embarking on the IPO process, hereby agrees as follows (certain capitalized terms used herein are defined in paragraph 11 hereof): 1. If the Company solicits approval of its stockholders of a Business Combination, the undersigned will vote all Insider Shares owned by him in accordance with the majority of the votes cast by the holders of the IPO Shares. 2. In the event that the Company fails to consummate a Business Combination within 18 months from the effective date ("Effective Date") of the registration statement relating to the IPO (or 24 months under the circumstances described in the prospectus relating to the IPO), the undersigned will take all reasonable actions within his power to cause the Company to liquidate as soon as reasonably practicable. The undersigned hereby waives any and all right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any distribution of the Trust Fund (as defined in the Letter of Intent) as a result of such liquidation with respect to his Insider Shares ("Claim") and hereby waives any Claim the undersigned may have in the future as a result of, or arising out of, any contracts or agreements with the Company and will not seek recourse against the Trust Fund for any reason whatsoever. The undersigned agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Ardent Acquisition Corporation EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. November 11, 2004 Page 2 the Company, pro rata with the other officers and directors of the Company based on the number of Insider Shares held by each such individual, against any and all loss, liability, claims, damage and expense whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any and all legal or other expenses reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, whether pending or threatened, or any claim whatsoever) which the Company may become subject as a result of any claim by any vendor or other person who is owed money by the Company for services rendered or products sold, or by any target business, but only to the extent necessary to ensure that such loss, liability, claim, damage or expense does not reduce the amount in the Trust Fund. 3. In order to minimize potential conflicts of interest which may arise from multiple affiliations, the undersigned agrees to present to the Company for its consideration, prior to presentation to any other person or entity, any suitable opportunity to acquire an operating business, until the earlier of the consummation by the Company of a Business Combination, the liquidation of the Company or until such time as the undersigned ceases to be an officer or director of the Company, subject to any pre-existing fiduciary obligations the undersigned might have. 4. The undersigned acknowledges and agrees that the Company will not consummate any Business Combination which involves a company which is affiliated with any of the Insiders unless the Company obtains an opinion from an independent investment banking firm reasonably acceptable to EBC that the business combination is fair to the Company's stockholders from a financial perspective. 5. Neither the undersigned, any member of the family of the undersigned, nor any Affiliate of the undersigned will be entitled to receive and will not accept any compensation for services rendered to the Company prior to the consummation of the Business Combination; provided that commencing on the Effective Date, American Fund Advisors, Inc. ("Related Party"), shall be allowed to charge the Company an allocable share of Related Party's overhead, up to $7,500 per month, to compensate it for the Company's use of Related Party's offices, utilities and personnel. Related Party and the undersigned shall also be entitled to reimbursement from the Company for their out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with seeking and consummating a Business Combination. 6. Neither the undersigned, any member of the family of the undersigned, or any Affiliate of the undersigned will be entitled to receive or accept a finder's fee or any other compensation in the event the undersigned, any member of the family of the undersigned or any Affiliate of the undersigned originates a Business Combination. Ardent Acquisition Corporation EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. November 11, 2004 Page 3 7. The undersigned will escrow his Insider Shares for the three year period commencing on the Effective Date subject to the terms of a Stock Escrow Agreement which the Company will enter into with the undersigned and an escrow agent acceptable to the Company. 8. The undersigned agrees to be the President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Company until the earlier of the consummation by the Company of a Business Combination or the liquidation of the Company. The undersigned's biographical information furnished to the Company and EBC and attached hereto as Exhibit A is true and accurate in all respects, does not omit any material information with respect to the undersigned's background and contains all of the information required to be disclosed pursuant to Section 401 of Regulation S-K, promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933. The undersigned's Questionnaire furnished to the Company and EBC and annexed as Exhibit B hereto is true and accurate in all respects. The undersigned represents and warrants that: (a) he is not subject to or a respondent in any legal action for, any injunction, cease-and-desist order or order or stipulation to desist or refrain from any act or practice relating to the offering of securities in any jurisdiction; (b) he has never been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any crime (i) involving any fraud or (ii) relating to any financial transaction or handling of funds of another person, or (iii) pertaining to any dealings in any securities and he is not currently a defendant in any such criminal proceeding; and (c) he has never been suspended or expelled from membership in any securities or commodities exchange or association or had a securities or commodities license or registration denied, suspended or revoked. 9. The undersigned has full right and power, without violating any agreement by which he is bound, to enter into this letter agreement and to serve as President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Company. 10. The undersigned authorizes any employer, financial institution, or consumer credit reporting agency to release to EBC and its legal representatives or agents (including any investigative search firm retained by EBC) any information they may have about the undersigned's background and finances ("Information"). Neither EBC nor its agents shall be violating the undersigned's right of privacy in any manner in requesting Ardent Acquisition Corporation EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. November 11, 2004 Page 4 and obtaining the Information and the undersigned hereby releases them from liability for any damage whatsoever in that connection. 11. As used herein, (i) a "Business Combination" shall mean an acquisition by merger, capital stock exchange, asset or stock acquisition, reorganization or otherwise, of an operating business selected by the Company; (ii) "Insiders" shall mean all officers, directors and stockholders of the Company immediately prior to the IPO; (iii) "Insider Shares" shall mean all of the shares of Common Stock of the Company owned by an Insider prior to the IPO; and (iv) "IPO Shares" shall mean the shares of Common Stock issued in the Company's IPO. Marc H. Klee ------------ Print Name of Insider /s/ Marc H. Klee ---------------- Signature EXHIBIT A Marc H. Klee has been our president, chief financial officer, secretary and a member of our board of directors since our inception. Mr. Klee was the vice president of American Fund Advisors from January 1981 until May 1984, its senior vice president from May 1984 until March 2000 and has been its executive vice president since March 2000. He has also been a director of American Fund Advisors since May 1984. Mr. Klee was the vice president of the John Hancock Technology Series, Inc. from May 1981 until May 1987 and has been co-portfolio manager of the John Hancock Technology Fund since January 1983. Since September 1999, Mr. Klee has been secretary and a director of BlueStone AFA Management, LLC and since January 2000, has been a director of the AFA Private Equity Fund 1. Mr. Klee has also been the president of the New Jersey Cardinals since February 1990 and vice president of the Norwich Navigators since March 1991. Mr. Klee received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is a chartered financial analyst.