This Amended and Restated Executive Employment Agreement
) by and
between Home Federal Holdings Corporation, a Georgia corporation (the Company
), and Robert B.
Wise (the Executive
, and, together with the Company, the Parties
), is entered into and
effective as of June 26, 2008 (the Effective Date
Whereas, the Company desires to employ the Executive as Vice Chairman of the Board
and Chief Executive Officer, and the Executive desires to accept said employment by the Company;
Whereas, the Company is in the process of organizing a new national bank to be named
Home Federal Bank, N.A. (the Bank);
the Company and the Executive have entered into this Agreement
contemplation of the organization of the Bank, the agreement
s and covenants contained herein are
intended to inure to the benefit of the Bank, following the organization of the Bank this Agreement
will be assigned by the Company to the Bank pursuant to the terms hereof, and thereafter the Bank
will possess all of the rights and obligations originally inuring to the Company hereunder;
Whereas, the Executives position is a position of trust and responsibility with
access to Confidential Information, Trade Secrets, and information concerning employees and
customers of the Company, all of which are valuable assets of the Company and may not be used for
any purpose other than the Companys Business;
, the Company has agreed to employ the Executive upon the terms and conditions
of this Agreement
in exchange for the Executives compliance with the terms of this Agreement
, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreement
s set forth
herein, it is agreed:
1. Employment & Duties.
A. The Company shall employ the Executive as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive
Officer in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement
. The Executive
accepts employment on the terms and conditions set forth herein. The Executive shall report to the
B. The Executive shall have those duties (the Duties) assigned to, or normally
associated with, the Executives position and such other duties as may otherwise be assigned
to the Executive by the Board from time to time.
C. The Executive agrees that the Executive shall at all times faithfully and to the best of
the Executives ability and experience perform all of the duties that may be required of the
Executive pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. The Executive shall devote the Executives full
business time to the performance of the Executives obligations hereunder. The Executive shall not
render to others any service of any kind for compensation or engage in any activity which conflicts
or interferes with the performance of the Executives obligations under this Agreement without the
express written consent of the Board.
D. Upon the organization of the Bank, the Executive shall serve as Vice Chairman of the Board,
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank and report to the Board of Directors
of the Bank.
A. Base Salary. During the term of this Agreement, the Company shall pay to the Executive an
annual base salary (the Base Salary), subject to all applicable withholdings. The initial annual
base salary shall be $140,000. The Executives Base Salary may be increased (but not decreased)
annually at the discretion of the Board. The Executives Base Salary shall be paid to the
Executive in accordance with the Companys normal payroll practices (but not less than frequently
B. Performance Related Bonus. During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall be
eligible to receive a performance-related bonus determined annually by the Board based on
performance goals set annually by the Board (the Performance-Related Bonus); provided, however,
that the Executive is only entitled to the Performance-Related Bonus if the Bank has a CAMELS
rating of 1 or 2 for the year to which the Performance-Related Bonus relates. The
Performance-Related Bonus shall be subject to all applicable withholdings and paid to the Executive
at the time bonuses are generally paid to other similarly-situated executives in accordance with
the Companys policies and practices as set by the Board but in no event later than the 15th day of
the third month following the end of the calendar year to which the Performance-Related Bonus
C. Pension, Welfare & Fringe Benefits. The Executive shall be entitled to participate in each
employee welfare benefit plan (within the meaning of ERISA §3(1)), each employee pension benefit
plan (within the meaning of ERISA §3(2)), and each specified fringe benefit plan (within the
meaning of Code §6039D) sponsored or maintained by the Company generally from time to time, subject
to the terms and conditions of such plans and programs. The Company shall pay the full cost of
medical coverage for Executive and Executives spouse and dependents, if any, as such coverage may
be changed from time to time for employees generally, which shall be paid not less frequently than
monthly, or, as an alternative, to the extent the Company does not sponsor or maintain such a
health insurance plan, the Company may elect to pay Executive cash in lieu of such coverage in
an amount equal to Executives reasonable after-tax cost of obtaining such health insurance
coverage, with any such cash payments to be made in accordance with the ordinary payroll practices
of the Company (but not less frequently than monthly) for the period during which such cash
payments are to be provided. The Executive shall also be entitled to any fringe benefit (within
the meaning of Code §132) which is generally provided to the Company, subject to the rules in
effect regarding participation in such benefit arrangement. In addition, the Executive shall be
entitled to paid vacation in accordance with the Companys vacation policies as they may exist from
time to time, which in the case of the Executive shall include four weeks of non-cumulative annual
vacation during the term of this Agreement.
D. Business Expenses; Housing Expense. The Company will reimburse the Executive for all
reasonable ordinary and necessary business-related expenses incurred by the Executive in the
performance of his duties under this Agreement, provided that the Executive presents invoices or
vouchers for such expenses or other evidence thereof to the Company in accordance with the
Companys general reimbursement policy in effect for executives, promptly upon submission of such
invoices or vouchers but in no event later than the last day of the calendar year following the
calendar year in which the Executive incurs the reimbursable expense. In addition, the Company
shall pay to the Executive a monthly housing allowance of $850.00 per month in accordance with the
ordinary payroll practices of the Company (but not less frequently than monthly).
E. Automobile Insurance. The Company will reimburse the Executive for the use of his
automobile with the Companys general reimbursement policy in effect at the time. The Executive
will maintain automobile insurance at all times on the automobile of no less than $250,000 per
person and $500,000 per accident and provide proof of insurance to the Company.
F. Club Membership Dues. During the period of the Executives employment with the Company,
the Company shall reimburse the Executive for dues and business
related expenditures associated with
membership in trade and professional associations and one single country club as selected by the
Executive and approved by the Board. Subject to presentation of invoices or vouchers for such
expenses or other evidence thereof to the Company in accordance with the Companys general policies
or guidelines in effect for such reimbursements, the Company will reimburse the Executive for all
such amounts promptly on presentation of such invoices or vouchers but no later than the last day
of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Executive incurs the reimbursable
expense. The Executive agrees to use the country club as entertainment for selective Bank clients.
G. Options. As soon as the Company establishes its stock incentive plan, the Company agrees
to grant the Executive options to purchase 7,500 shares of the Companys common stock at the
exercise price of $10.00 per share. The options will be issued and vest
pursuant to the terms of a related stock option agreement. The options shall immediately vest
in full upon a Change in Control. The options will have a term of 10 years.
3. Term & Termination.
A. Term. Subject to the provisions of this Section 3(A), the term of this Agreement shall
commence on June 26, 2008 and shall continue for a term of three years and seven months (the
Initial Term). This Agreement may be automatically extended and renewed on the same terms and
conditions contained herein for additional three-year terms subsequent to the Initial Term (the Renewal
Terms) if the Parties agree in writing. The term may be terminated prior to the end of its scheduled term upon the
occurrence of any of the following events:
(i) By the Company, upon the Executives death;
(ii) By the Company, upon the Executives Disability which renders the Executive unable to
perform the essential functions of the Executives job even with reasonable accommodation and which
has continued for a period of 6 months;
(iii) By mutual written agreement between the Executive and the Company;
(iv) By the Company for Cause;
(v) By the Company within 30 days of the receipt of any notice from OCC, FDIC or Federal
Reserve with respect to any regulatory approval necessary for the formation and operation of the
Bank either denying such approval or otherwise indicating that such approval will not be granted;
(vi) By the Company, if the Bank is in default (as defined in Section 3(x)(1) of the Federal
Deposit Insurance Act, as amended (the FDIA);
(vii) By the Company, if so directed by the OCC, at the time (a) the FDIC or the Resolution
Trust Corporation enters into an agreement to provide assistance to or on behalf of the Bank under
the authority contained in Section 13(c) of the FDIA, (b) the OCC approves a supervisory merger to
resolve problems related to the operation of the Bank, or (c) when the Bank is determined by the
OCC to be in an unsafe or unsound condition.
(viii) By the Company without Cause. For this purpose, the phrase without Cause shall mean
a termination by the Company at any time and for any reason not permitted pursuant to subsections
B. Conditions to Employment. The obligation of the Company to employ the Executive on the
Commencement Date or any date thereafter pursuant to the terms of this Agreement is conditioned
upon approval of the Executive to serve under this Agreement by the OCC, FDIC, or any other
regulatory agency having jurisdiction over the Company or the Bank.
4. Post Termination Payment Obligations.
A. Termination by the Company for Cause. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section
3A(iv), 3A(vi) or 3A(vii) of this
Agreement, then (i) the Executive shall be entitled to receive no further compensation, (ii)
the Company shall thereafter have no further obligations under this Agreement, and (iii) the
Executive shall continue to be bound by Section 7 hereof and all other post-termination obligations
to which the Executive is subject, including, but not limited to, the obligations contained in this
B. Mutually Agreed Termination. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 3A(iii)
of this Agreement, the Executive shall be entitled to a parting compensation package, the terms of
which to be mutually agreed upon by the Parties.
C. Termination by Death or Disability of the Executive. During the term of this Agreement,
the Company will maintain and pay the premium for $350,000 level term life insurance policy on the
life of the Executive providing the Executive the right to designate the beneficiary (the Life
Insurance). If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 3A(i) of this Agreement, then the
proceeds from the Life Insurance shall constitute and satisfy all of the Companys obligations to
the Executive or his estate under this Agreement, and thereafter the Company shall have no further
obligations under this Agreement. During the term of this Agreement, the Company will also obtain
and maintain from the Georgia Bankers Association Insurance Trust, Inc. or other suitable carrier,
for the benefit of the Executive, a long-term disability insurance plan that provides for, after a
waiting period of 90 days, the benefits equal to 60% of the Executives current Base Salary (the
Disability Insurance). If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 3A(ii), of this
Agreement, then the proceeds from the Disability Insurance shall constitute and satisfy all of the
Companys obligations to the Executive under this Agreement, and the Company shall have no further
obligations under this Agreement; provided that nothing herein shall divest the Executive of any
rights he may have under other agreements with the Company, including option agreements.
Nevertheless, the Executive shall, in the case of a termination, pursuant to Section 3A(ii),
continue to be bound by Section 7 and all other post-termination obligations to which the Executive
is subject, including, but not limited to, the obligations contained in this Agreement.
D. Termination by the Company Without Cause. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to
Section 3A(viii) of this Agreement, subject to Section 28 of this Agreement, then the Company shall
pay to or provide to the Executive a single lump sum cash separation payment equal to the aggregate
of the Executives then Base Salary plus the cost for the benefits required under Section 2C for
the remaining term of this Agreement. Subject to Section 28 of this Agreement, the Company shall
pay such amount in a single lump sum cash separation payment on the first business day that occurs
following thirty (30) days after the termination of Executives employment, subject to the
conditions set forth below.
These separation payments and benefits set forth in the preceding sentence shall constitute full
satisfaction of the Companys obligations
under this Agreement. The Companys obligation to make the separation payments and benefits in
this subsection D shall be conditioned upon the Executives:
1. Execution and expiration of the period to revoke, not later than thirty (30) days
following the termination of the Executives employment, of a Separation and Release Agreement
in a form approved by the Company whereby the Executive releases the Company and its affiliates,
directors, officers and employees from any and all liability and claims of any kind; and
2. Compliance with the provisions of Section 7 hereof and all post-termination obligations,
including, but not limited to, the obligations contained in this Agreement; provided, that the
Restricted Period for purposes of Section 7D hereof shall be reduced to the date of
termination if Executive is terminated by the Company without cause.
The Companys obligation to make the separation payments set forth in this subsection D shall
terminate immediately upon any breach by the Executive of any post-termination obligations to which
the Executive is subject.
E. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 3A(v) of this Agreement, then the
Executive shall be entitled to receive no further compensation and thereafter the Company shall
have no further obligations under this Agreement.
5. Set Off.
If the Executive has any outstanding obligations to the Company at the time this Agreement
terminates for any reason, the Executive acknowledges that the Company is authorized to deduct any
amounts owed to the Company from the Executives final paycheck and/or from any amounts that would
otherwise be due to the Executive under Section 4 above. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this
Section 5 shall not apply to loans made in the normal course of business by the Company or any
subsidiary of the Company which are made in accordance with Regulation O.
6. Assets, Books & Records.
The Executive agrees that all files, documents, records, customer lists, books and other
materials or company equipment and assets which come into the Executives use or possession during
the term of this Agreement and which are in any way related to the Companys business shall at all
times remain the property of the Company, and that upon request by the Company or upon the
termination of this Agreement for any reason, the Executive shall immediately surrender to the
Company all such property and copies thereof.
7. Restrictive Covenants.
The Executive acknowledges that the restrictions contained in this Section 7 are reasonable
and necessary to protect the legitimate business interests of the Company, and will not impair or
infringe upon the Executives right to work or earn a living after the Executives employment with
the Company ends.
A. Trade Secrets and Confidential Information. The Executive represents and warrants that:
(i) the Executive is not subject to
any legal or contractual duty or agreement that would prevent or prohibit the Executive from
performing the Executives Duties for the Company or otherwise complying with this Agreement, and
(ii) the Executive is not in breach of any legal or contractual duty or agreement, including any
agreement concerning trade secrets or confidential information owned by any other party.
The Executive agrees that the Executive will not: (1) use, disclose, or reverse engineer the
Trade Secrets or the Confidential Information for any purpose other than the Companys Business,
except as authorized in writing by the Company; (2) during the Executives employment with the
Company, use, disclose, or reverse engineer (a) any confidential information or trade secrets of
any former employer or third party, or (b) any works of authorship developed in whole or in part by
the Executive during any former employment or for any other party, unless authorized in writing by
the former employer or third party; or (3) upon the Executives resignation or termination (a)
retain Trade Secrets or Confidential Information, including any copies existing in any form
(including electronic form), which are in the Executives possession or control, or (b) destroy,
delete, or alter the Trade Secrets or Confidential Information without the Companys written
The obligations under this subsection A shall: (I) with regard to the Trade Secrets, remain in
effect as long as the information constitutes a trade secret under applicable law, and (II) with
regard to the Confidential Information, remain in effect during the Restricted Period.
The confidentiality, property, and proprietary rights protections available in this Agreement
are in addition to, and not exclusive of, any and all other rights to which the Company is entitled
under federal and state law, including, but not limited to, rights provided under copyright laws,
trade secret and confidential information laws, and laws concerning fiduciary duties.
B. Non-Solicitation of Customers. During the Restricted Period, the Executive will not
directly or indirectly solicit in the counties of Hall, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Barrow or Jackson (the
Territory) any Customer of the Company for the purpose of providing any goods or services
competitive with the Business. The restrictions set forth in this subsection B apply only to the
Customers with whom the Executive had Contact.
C. Non-Recruit of the Executives. During the Restricted Period, the Executive will not
directly or indirectly solicit, recruit or induce any Company Executive to (i) terminate his or her
employment relationship with the Company or (ii) work for any other person or entity engaged in the
D. Non-Compete. During the Restricted Period, the Executive shall not compete with the
Company by serving as a senior or executive officer of any insured financial institution which
competes with the Company anywhere within the Territory.
8. Work Product.
The Executives Duties may include inventing in areas directly or indirectly related to
the business of the Company or to a line of business that the Company may reasonably be
interested in pursuing. All Work Product arising during the period of the Executives employment
with the Company or during the Restricted Period shall constitute work made for hire. If (i) any
of the Work Product may not be considered work made for hire, or (ii) ownership of all right,
title, and interest to the legal rights in and to the Work Product will not vest exclusively in the
Company, then, without further consideration, the Executive assigns all presently-existing Work
Product to the Company, and agrees to assign, and automatically assign, all future Work Product
arising during the period of the Executives employment with the Company or during the Restricted
Period to the Company.
The Company will have the right to obtain and hold in its own name copyrights, patents, design
registrations, proprietary database rights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and any other
protection available in the Work Product. At the Companys request, the Executive agrees to
perform, during or after the Executives employment with the Company, any acts to transfer, perfect
and defend the Companys ownership of the Work Product, including, but not limited to: (1)
executing all documents (including a formal assignment to the Company) necessary for filing an
application or registration for protection of the Work Product (an Application), (2) explaining
the nature of the Work Product to persons designated by the Company, (3) reviewing Applications and
other related papers, or (4) providing any other assistance reasonably required for the orderly
prosecution of Applications.
The Executive agrees to provide the Company with a written description of any Work Product in
which the Executive is involved (solely or jointly with others) and the circumstances surrounding
the creation of such Work Product.
During the Executives employment and after the Executives employment with the Company ends,
the Executive grants to the Company an irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license
to: (i) make, use, sell, copy, perform, display, distribute, or otherwise utilize copies of the
Licensed Materials, (ii) prepare, use and distribute derivative works based upon the Licensed
Materials, and (iii) authorize others to do the same. The Executive shall notify the Company in
writing of any Licensed Materials the Executive delivers to the Company.
During the Executives employment and during the Restricted Period, the Executive consents to
the Companys use of the Executives image, likeness, voice, or other characteristics in the
Companys products or services. The Executive releases the Company from any cause of action which
the Executive has or may have arising out of the use, distribution, adaptation, reproduction,
broadcast, or exhibition of such characteristics. The Executive represents that the Executive has
obtained, for the benefit of the Company, the same release in writing from all third parties
whose characteristics are included in the services, materials, computer programs and other
deliverables that the Executive provides to the Company.
11. Injunctive Relief.
The Executive agrees that if the Executive breaches any provision of Sections 7, 8 or 9 of
this Agreement: (i) the Company would suffer irreparable harm; (ii) it would be difficult to
determine damages, and money damages alone would be an inadequate remedy for the injuries suffered
by the Company, and (iii) if the Company seeks injunctive relief to enforce this Agreement, the
Executive will waive and will not (a) assert any defense that the Company has an adequate remedy at
law with respect to the breach, (b) require that the Company submit proof of the economic value of
any Trade Secret or Confidential Information, or (c) require the Company to post a bond or any
other security. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall limit the Companys right to any other
remedies at law or in equity.
The provisions of this Agreement are severable. If any provision is determined to be invalid,
illegal, or unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions and any partially
enforceable provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
13. Attorneys Fees.
In the event of litigation relating to this Agreement, the prevailing Party shall be entitled
to recover attorneys fees and costs of litigation in addition to all other remedies available at
law or in equity. In that case, the non-prevailing party shall pay the attorneys fees and costs of
litigation of the prevailing party within thirty (30) days after any final judgment or decision or
settlement of the applicable litigation.
The Companys failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not act as a waiver of
that or any other provision. The Companys waiver of any breach of this Agreement shall not act as
a waiver of any other breach.
15. Entire Agreement.
This Agreement, including Exhibit A which is incorporated by reference, constitutes
the entire agreement between the Parties concerning the subject matter of this Agreement. This
Agreement supersedes any prior communications, agreements or understandings, whether oral or
written, between the Parties relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. Other than terms of
this Agreement, no other representation, promise or agreement has been made with the Executive to
cause the Executive to sign this Agreement.
This Agreement may not be amended or modified except in writing signed by both Parties.
17. Successors & Assigns.
This Agreement shall be assignable to, and shall inure to the benefit of, the Companys
successors and assigns, including, without limitation, the Bank and successors through merger, name
change, consolidation, or sale of a majority of the Companys stock or assets, and
shall be binding upon the Executive. The Executive shall not have the right to assign the
Executives rights or obligations under this Agreement. The covenants contained in Section 7 of
this Agreement shall survive cessation of the Executives employment with the Company, regardless
of the reason for cessation of the Executives employment and regardless of who causes the
18. Governing Law.
The laws of the State of Georgia shall govern this Agreement. If Georgias conflict of law
rules would apply another states laws, the Parties agree that Georgia law shall still govern.
19. No Strict Construction.
If there is a dispute about the language of this Agreement, the fact that one Party drafted
the Agreement shall not be used in its interpretation.
Whenever any notice is required, it shall be given in writing addressed as follows:
||To the Company:
||4271 Mundy Mill Road
||Oakwood, Georgia 30566
||To the Executive:
||3635 Sussex Drive
||Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
Notice shall be deemed given and effective three days after the deposit in the U.S. mail of a
writing addressed as above and sent first class mail, certified, return receipt requested, or when
actually received. Either Party may change the address for notice by notifying the other Party of
such change in accordance with this Section.
21. Consent to Jurisdiction & Venue.
Any claim other than claims that are required to be arbitrated under Section 24 of this
Agreement arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be (i) brought in the Superior Court
of Hall County, Georgia, or (ii) brought in or removed to the United States District Court for the
Gainesville Division of the Northern District of Georgia. The Executive consents to the personal
jurisdiction of the courts identified above. The Executive waives (i) any objection to
jurisdiction or venue, and (ii) any defense claiming lack of jurisdiction or improper venue, in any
action brought in such courts.
EXECUTIVE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT EXECUTIVE HAS CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT, THAT EXECUTIVE KNOWS
AND UNDERSTANDS ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND THAT EXECUTIVE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THE
COMPANY ANY QUESTIONS EXECUTIVE MAY HAVE HAD PRIOR TO SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT.
Unless otherwise indicated, all capitalized terms used in this Agreement are defined in the
Definitions section attached as Exhibit A. Exhibit A is hereby incorporated by
reference and is included in the definition of Agreement.
24. Binding Arbitration.
Except as provided in this Section, any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in
connection with, or relating to, this Agreement or
any breach or alleged breach hereof, shall be submitted to and settled by binding arbitration
administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its Commercial Arbitration Rules
(the Rules). Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of
competent jurisdiction. Notwithstanding the then-current Rules, the following shall apply with
respect to arbitration proceedings, unless expressly agreed to otherwise by the Parties:
A. The arbitration proceeding shall be held in Hall County, Georgia. The arbitration shall be
conducted by a single arbitrator selected in accordance with the Rules.
B. The arbitrator shall be and remain at all times wholly independent and impartial.
C. The administrative costs of the arbitration proceeding and the arbitrators compensation
shall be allocated equally between the Parties by the AAA. The arbitrator shall award to the
prevailing Party, if any, as determined by the arbitrator, all fees, expenses, and costs. If
the arbitrator shall award to the prevailing party such partys fees, expenses and costs, the
non-prevailing party shall pay such amounts within thirty (30) days after any final judgment or
decision of the arbitration proceeding. Fees, expenses, and costs mean all reasonable
pre-award expenses of the arbitration, including without limitation the arbitrators fees,
administrative fees, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses such as copying and telephone,
witness fees, and attorneys fees and expenses.
D. The decision of the arbitrator shall be in writing, and shall be final and binding upon the
E. It is the Parties intent that the arbitration process proceed as quickly as possible.
Accordingly, the Party filing the demand for arbitration (the claimant) shall submit a statement
of its position along with all supporting documents and all other documents that it intends to
introduce into evidence at the hearing within 10 business days after the AAA notifies the
Parties of the appointment of the arbitrator. The respondent shall submit a statement of its
position along with all supporting documents and all other documents that it intends to
introduce into evidence at the hearing within 10 business days after receiving the claimants
statement of position and documents. If the respondent includes a counterclaim against the
claimant, the claimant shall submit a statement of its position on that counterclaim, along with
all supporting documents and all other documents that it intends to introduce into evidence at
the hearing within 10 business days after receiving the claimants statement of position and
documents. Each Party shall have the right to take one deposition of the other. No further
discovery shall be allowed. A Party will not be allowed to introduce documents into evidence at
the hearing unless they were provided to the other Party with its statement of position, as
described above. In order to be considered timely submitted, the submission must be delivered
by hand delivery on the date it is due, or dispatched via a recognized overnight delivery
service the day before the submission is due, in such manner that it is reasonable to expect
that delivery will be made on the due date. All such submissions shall simultaneously be filed
with the arbitrator.
F. The arbitration hearing shall be held within 20 business days after the date the last
statement of position is submitted or was due to be submitted. The arbitrator shall render his
or her award within 10 business days after conclusion of the hearing. The arbitrator shall
agree to comply with this schedule before accepting appointment. However, the time limits set
forth in paragraphs E and F of this Section 24 may be extended by agreement of the Parties or by
the arbitrator if the arbitrator deems such extension to be necessary.
G. The arbitrator shall not have the authority to award punitive damages.
H. Any claim or action must be brought within one year after the cause of action accrues.
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section, the Parties hereto acknowledge and
agree that the Company shall have the right to pursue any claim for specific performance,
injunction, or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction (before or during the
pendency of any arbitration, or otherwise) in the event of any alleged breach of any provision in
Sections 7, 8 or 9 of this Agreement.
25. FDIC Compliance Limitation.
If the amounts to be paid to the Executive under this Agreement would cause the Executive to
receive a payment in violation of 12 CFR §359 (or the corresponding provisions of any future
regulations promulgated under Section 18(k) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. §1828(k))), then, after seeking
the approval of the FDIC to nonetheless make payment of such amounts, if such approval is not
forthcoming, such amounts shall be limited so that no violation of such regulations will occur.
26. Golden Parachute Limitation.
If amounts to be paid to the Executive under this Agreement would somehow cause the Executive
to be subject to the excise tax imposed by Code §4999 on golden parachute payments, then, to the
extent that the total parachute payments (as defined in Code §280G(b)(2)) which would be made to
the Executive are greater than three times the Executives base amount (as defined in Code
§280G(b)(3)), but are less than the Golden Parachute Upper Limitation, then amounts to be paid
under this Agreement which would constitute parachute payments shall be reduced to the extent
necessary so that the total parachute payments which would be paid to the Executive shall not
exceed three times the Executives base amount. It is the intent of the foregoing provision that
if the Executive would be economically better off, on an after-tax (federal and state income and
federal excise) basis, by receiving less under this Agreement
because of the application of the
golden parachute excise tax under Code §4999 to amounts that the Executive receives, then the
Executives payments hereunder shall be reduced so that the Code §4999 excise tax shall not apply.
The Executive shall have complete discretion to appoint competent tax experts to make the
calculations required by this Section, and the calculations made by such experts shall be final and
binding upon both the Company and the Executive. Any reductions required under this Section shall
come first from cash payments required hereunder.
27. Deferred Compensation Omnibus Provision. Notwithstanding any other provision of
this Agreement, it is intended that any payment or benefit which is provided to the Executive in
connection with this Agreement which is considered to be deferred compensation subject to Section
409A of the Code shall be provided and paid in a manner, and at such time, including without
limitation only in connection with a permissible payment event, as complies with the applicable
requirements of Section 409A of the Code to avoid the unfavorable tax consequences provided therein
for noncompliance. For purposes of this Agreement, all rights to the payments and benefits
hereunder shall be treated as rights to receive a series of separate payments and benefits to the
fullest extent allowed by Section 409A of the Code. If the Executive is a key employee (as defined
in Section 416(i) of the Code without regard to paragraph 5 thereof), and any of the Company stock
is publicly traded on an established securities market or otherwise, then payment of any amount or
provision of any benefit under the Agreement which is considered to be deferred compensation
subject to Section 409A of the Code and that is payable on a separation from service shall be
deferred for six months as required by Section 409A(a)(2)(b)(i) of the Code (the 409A deferral
period). In the event such payments are otherwise due to be made in installments or periodically
during the 409A deferral period, the payments which would otherwise have been made in the 409A
deferral period shall be accumulated and paid in a lump sum as soon as the 409A deferral period
ends, and the balance of the payments shall be made as otherwise scheduled. In the event benefits
are required to be deferred, any such benefit may be provided during the 409A deferral period at
the Executives expense, with the Executive having a right to reimbursement from the Company once
the 409A deferral period ends, and the balance of the benefit shall be provided as otherwise
scheduled. For purposes of this Agreement, any termination of employment or this Agreement shall
be read to mean a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code where it
is reasonably anticipated that no further services will be performed after such date or that the
level of bona fide services the Executive would perform after that date (whether as an employee or
an independent contractor) would permanently decrease to no more than 20% of the average level of
bona fide services performed over the immediately preceding 36-month period.
In Witness Whereof, the Parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the
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A. Board shall mean the Board of Directors of Home Federal Holdings Corporation.
B. Business shall mean the business of commercial banking.
C. Cause shall exist if the Executive (i) materially breaches any provision of this
Agreement and such breach is not cured by the Executive within 30 days after receipt by the
Executive of written notice from the Company of such breach; (ii) engages in negligence or willful
misconduct, fraud, dishonesty, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, or breach of fiduciary duty
involving personal profit that results in material injury to the Company and has not been cured by
the Executive within 30 days after receipt by the Executive of written notice from the Company of
such conduct; (iii) engages in willful, intentional, or negligent failure to (A) perform the
Executives Duties under this Agreement, (B) follow the direction (consistent with the Executives
Duties) of the Board, (C) follow the policies, procedures, and rules of the Company or (D) follow
any law, rule or regulation (other than traffic violations or similar offenses) or any
cease-and-desist order; provided, however, that the Company shall first give the Executive written
notice setting forth with specificity the reasons that the Company believes the Executive is
engaging in a failure under this clause (iii), and shall give the Executive 30 days to cure such
failure; (iv) is convicted of, or enters into a plea of guilty or no contest to, (A) a felony or
(B) a crime involving moral turpitude that adversely affects the Companys reputation in a material
way; or (v) is not approved by the OCC, the FDIC, the or any other regulatory agency having
jurisdiction over the Company or the Bank to serve as in the capacities required under this
Agreement, or any such agency subsequently requests, recommends or orders the removal of Executive
from serving in any of such capacities.
D. Change of Control means any of the following: (i) any transaction or series of
transactions pursuant to which the Company sells, transfers, leases, exchanges or disposes of
substantially all (i.e., at least 85%) of its assets for cash or property, or for a combination of
cash and property, or for other consideration; (ii) any transaction pursuant to which persons who
are not current shareholders of the Company acquire by merger, consolidation, reorganization,
division or other business combination or transaction, or by a purchase of an interest in the
Company so that after such transaction, the shareholders of the Company immediately prior to such
transaction no longer have a controlling (i.e., 50% or more) voting interest in the Company; (iii)
the individuals who, as of the date of this Agreement, were members of the Board (the Incumbent
Board) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided, however,
that if either the election of any new director or the nomination for election of any new director
by the Companys stockholders was approved by a vote of at least a
majority of the Incumbent Board, such new director shall be considered as a member of the Incumbent
Board; or (iv) any transaction if the Executive and the Company agree in writing prior to such
transaction that such transaction shall constitute a Change of Control for purposes of this
Agreement. However, notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive and the Company may agree in
writing prior to the occurrence of any of the foregoing events that such event shall not constitute
a Change of Control for purposes of this Agreement.
E. Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
F. Company means Home Federal Holdings Corporation, its parents, subsidiaries,
affiliates and all related companies, as well as their respective officers, directors,
shareholders, employees, agents and any other representatives.
G. Company Executive means any person who (i) is employed by the Company at the time the
Executives employment with the Company ends, (ii) was employed by the Company during the last year
of the Executives employment with the Company (or during the Executives employment if employed
less than a year), or (iii) is employed by the Company during the Restricted Period.
H. Confidential Information means (i) information of the Company, to the extent not
considered a Trade Secret under applicable law, that (a) relates to the business of the Company,
(b) possesses an element of value to the Company, (c) is not generally known to the Companys
competitors, and (d) would damage the Company if disclosed, and (ii) information of any third party
provided to the Company which the Company is obligated to treat as confidential. Confidential
Information includes, but is not limited to, (1) future business plans, (2) the composition,
description, schematic or design of products, future products or equipment of the Company, (3)
communication systems, audio systems, system designs and related documentation, (4) advertising or
marketing plans, (5) information regarding independent contractors, employees, clients and
customers of the Company, and (6) information concerning the Companys financial structure and
methods and procedures of operation. Confidential Information shall not include any information
that (I) is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of an unauthorized
disclosure, (II) has been independently developed and disclosed by others without violating this
Agreement or the legal rights of any Party, or (III) otherwise enters the public domain through
I. Contact means any interaction between the Executive and a Customer which (i) takes
place in an effort to establish, maintain, and/or further a business relationship on behalf of the
Company and (ii) occurs during the last year of the Executives employment with the Company (or
during the Executives employment if employed less than a year).
J. Customer means any person or entity to whom the Company has sold its products or
services, or solicited to sell its products or services.
K. Disability means a physical or mental impairment (a physiological disorder or
condition, cosmetic disfigurement, anatomical loss affecting a major body system and any mental or
psychological disorder) that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
L. ERISA means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as Amended.
M. FDIC means the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
N. Golden Parachute Upper Limitation means, with respect to the Executive, that dollar
amount of parachute payments of the Executive exceeding three times the Executives base amount
(as defined in Code §280G(b)(3)), given the Executives tax situation, which would, after the
application of all such taxes, yield to the Executive the same after-tax amount as if the
Executives parachute payments were exactly $0.01 less than three times the Executives base
amount (as defined in Code §280G(b)(3)), or, in other words, that dollar amount of parachute
payments of the Executive exceeding three times the Executives base amount (as defined in Code
§280G(b)(3)) at which the negative impact of the additional golden parachute excise tax is exactly
offset by the additional compensation paid to the Executive. Mathematically, the Golden Parachute
Upper Limitation should equal the base amount (as defined in Code §280G(b)(3)) of the Executive
multiplied by the following fraction, if the marginal rates of the Executive are constant:
3 3F 3S E
1 F S E
F is the highest marginal rate of federal income taxation applicable to the Executives
parachute payments under this Agreement;
S is the highest marginal rate of state income taxation applicable to the Executives parachute
payments under this Agreement; and
E is the golden parachute excise tax rate applicable to the Executives parachute payments
under this Agreement.
O. Licensed Materials means any materials that the Executive utilizes for the benefit
of the Company, or deliver to the Company or the Companys customers, which (i) do not constitute
Work Product, (ii) are created by the Executive or of which the Executive is otherwise in lawful
possession, and (iii) the Executive may lawfully utilize for the benefit of, or distribute to, the
Company or the Companys customers.
P. OCC means the Office of Comptroller of the Currency.
Q. Restricted Period means the time period during the Executives employment with the
Company, and for one year after the Executives employment with the Company ends.
R. Trade Secrets means information of the Company, and its licensors, suppliers, clients
and customers, without regard to form, including, but not limited to, technical or non-technical
data, a formula, a pattern, a compilation, a program, a device, a method, a technique, a drawing, a
process, financial data, financial plans, product plans, or a list of actual or potential customers
or suppliers which is not commonly known by or available to the public and which information (i)
derives economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being
readily ascertainable by proper means by, 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.
S. Work Product means (i) any data, databases, materials, documentation, computer
programs, inventions (whether or not patentable), designs, and/or works of authorship, including
but not limited to, discoveries, ideas, concepts, properties, formulas, compositions, methods,
programs, procedures, systems, techniques, products, improvements, innovations, writings, pictures,
audio, video, images of the Executive, and artistic works, and (ii) any subject matter protected
under patent, copyright, proprietary database, trademark, trade secret, rights of publicity,
confidential information, or other property rights, including all worldwide rights therein, that is
or was conceived, created or developed in whole or in part by the Executive while employed by the
Company and that either (1) is created within the scope of the Executives employment, (2) is based
on, results from, or is suggested by any work performed within the scope of the Executives
employment and is directly or indirectly related to the business of the Company or a line of
business that the Company may reasonably be interested in pursuing, (3) has been or will be paid
for by the Company, or (4) was created or improved in whole or in part by using the Companys time,
resources, data, facilities, or equipment.