This Employment Agreement
”) is made and entered into effective as of January
1, 2008 (“Effective Date
”), by and between Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.
, a Delaware corporation
”), with its principal office located at Quincy, Illinois, and Xxxxxxx X. XxXxxxx, of
Quincy, Illinois (“Employee
A. Company is a bank holding company.
B. Employee is currently employed by Company, pursuant to the terms of an employment agreement
dated March 1, 2007 (the “Prior Employment Agreement
”), in the position of Executive Vice
President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Company.
C. Company desires to continue the employment of Employee in the position of Executive Vice
President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Company on the terms, covenants and
conditions set forth in this Agreement.
D. Employee desires to continue in the employ of Company in the position of Executive Vice
President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Company on the terms, covenants and
conditions set forth in this Agreement.
E. Company and Employee desire to enter into this Agreement as of the Effective Date and this
Agreement shall supersede all of the terms and conditions of all prior employment terms and
conditions, whether or not in writing, including the Prior Employment Agreement
and any such prior
shall become null and void as of the Effective Date, and the parties
thereunder shall have no rights or interests therein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the covenants and agreement
hereinafter contained, it is covenanted and agreed by and between the parties hereto as follows:
1.1 Company Employs Employee. Company hereby employs Employee as Executive Vice
President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Company. All duties or
responsibilities hereunder taken or performed by Employee pursuant to this Agreement shall be
subject to the direction, supervision and control of the Board of Directors of Company.
1.2 Employee Accepts Employment. Employee hereby accepts employment with Company as
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer and agrees that he will
at all times faithfully, industriously, and to the best of his ability, experience
perform all of the duties that may be required of and from him pursuant to the express and implicit
terms of this Agreement, to the reasonable satisfaction of Company.
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT
2.1 Term. The initial term of this Agreement shall be for the period beginning on
January 1, 2008 and ending on February 28, 2009 (the “Term”). This Agreement shall be reviewed
annually by the Company and Employee no later than February of each year and a determination will
be made at such time whether to extend the Term of the Agreement, for an additional one (1) year
(with any such extension(s) of the Term also referred to as the “Term”). For example, when the
Agreement is reviewed in February 2008, if the decision is to extend the Term for an additional one
(1) year, the Term will then be two (2) years commencing March 1, 2008. If, in the annual review
process by the Company and Employee, there is no offer by the Company to extend the Term of the
Agreement for an additional year, the Employee may terminate the Agreement under Section 5.4 with a
sixty (60) day prior written notice.
3.1 Salary. Company shall pay Employee a base salary of One Hundred Eighty-five
Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($185,000.00) annually, payable in accordance with Company’s normal
payroll practices, to be prorated in any partial year of employment with Company. Company shall
withhold from all compensation any applicable withholding and payroll taxes and such other amounts
as required by law.
3.2 Incentive Bonus. In addition to the base salary as provided in Section 3.1 above,
Company shall pay Employee an annual incentive bonus in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%)
of base salary in accordance with the incentive compensation plan established by the Compensation
Committee and Board of Directors of Company during 2007. The bonus shall be prorated for any
partial year. Further, Employee must be employed on December 31 of each year to be entitled to a
bonus for such year.
3.3 Business Expenses. During the Term, Company shall reimburse Employee for
reasonable business expenses incurred by Employee in the performance of his duties under this
3.4 Benefits. As an employee of Company, Employee shall, upon meeting any applicable
eligibility and enrollment requirements, be entitled to participate in and receive such benefits,
including but not limited to, health and retirement plans, which shall be no less beneficial to
Employee than those offered to other employees of Company from time to time.
4.1 Suspension of Agreement. If, during the period of this Agreement, Employee
becomes disabled in accordance with the definition of being disabled as set forth in Section
409A(a)(2)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), Company may suspend
this Agreement during the period of such disability by giving notice to Employee of its intention
to suspend due to disability, subject to the following:
(a) This Agreement shall thereupon be suspended as of the end of the month in which such
notice was given and shall continue to be suspended until Employee is no longer suffering such
disability. The determination of Employee’s disability, and recovery therefrom,
will be made by a physician mutually acceptable to Company and Employee. The opinion of such
physician shall be in writing and shall be given to Company and Employee.
(b) If during any time of Employee’s disability that he is eligible for and is receiving
disability income payments from Company’s disability income insurance carrier, such payments are
less than sixty percent (60%) of the sum of the annual base salary he was receiving from Company
immediately prior to his disability and the amount of any incentive bonus pursuant to Section 3.2
Employee received within the last twelve (12) months prior to his disability, Company shall pay
Employee an amount which, when added to the gross payments (before any deductions) received by
Employee from Company’s disability insurance carrier, will result in the Employee receiving from
Company and Company’s disability insurance carrier an annual sum equal to sixty percent (60%) of
the sum of his annual base salary immediately prior to his disability and the amount of any
incentive bonus pursuant to Section 3.2 Employee received within the last twelve (12) months prior
to his disability. Such payment from Company shall be due Employee for as long as Employee is
eligible to receive disability income payments from Company’s disability insurance carrier. When
Employee is no longer eligible to receive such disability income payments from the insurance
carrier, any obligation for an additional payment from Company shall terminate.
TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT
5.1 Death. In the event of the death of Employee during the Term hereof, this
Agreement shall terminate at the end of the month during which Employee dies and Company shall have
no further obligation hereunder.
5.2 Termination for Cause. Company may terminate Employee’s employment under the
terms of this Agreement upon the occurrence of any one of the following events (each such event
being hereinafter referred to as “Cause”):
(a) The conviction of Employee of any crime punishable as a felony or a crime involving moral
turpitude or immoral conduct;
(b) An embezzlement or misappropriation by Employee of funds of Company or any of its
(c) Employee committing an unauthorized act to aid or abet a competitor of Company or any of
(d) Employee being removed by order of a regulatory agency having jurisdiction over Company or
any of its Subsidiaries; and
(e) For Cause thirty (30) days after written notice by Company to Employee and failure to cure
by Employee within such thirty (30) day period, or if not capable of cure within such time period,
failure by Employee to promptly commence cure and proceed with continuity and diligence to cure,
due to: (i) material breach of any provision of this Agreement; (ii) failure or neglect to perform
the duties of his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; (iii) failure
to comply with Company’s rules and policies or the code of conduct of Company or any of its
Subsidiaries; (iv) misconduct in connection with performance of any of Employee’s duties; or (v)
commission of an act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, theft or unethical business conduct, or
other misconduct that impairs or injures the reputation of Company or any of its Subsidiaries.
For purposes of this Agreement, “Subsidiary” is defined as any entity in which the Company has
voting control of at least fifty percent (50%) of such entity’s voting stock.
5.3 Effect of Termination Under Section 5.1 or 5.2. In the event of Employee’s death
or that Company terminates this Agreement for Cause, Company shall be obligated to pay Employee his
compensation only until the end of the month during which Employee dies or his employment is
terminated for Cause.
5.4 Termination Without Cause. Except as provided in Section 2.1, either Company or
Employee may terminate this Agreement without Cause by providing to the other party six (6) months
prior written notice.
(a) Termination by Employee. If Employee terminates this Agreement for any reason,
Employee shall be obligated to continue to perform his duties under this Agreement during the six
(6) months (except, only sixty (60) days if Section 2.1 applies) following delivery of his
termination notice. If Employee so terminates this Agreement, Employee shall not be entitled to
compensation hereunder after the date Employee ceases the performance of his duties under this
(b) Termination by Company.
(i) If Company terminates this Agreement for any reason other than Cause, Employee shall not
be obligated thereafter to perform his duties hereunder, but Company shall be obligated to pay an
amount equal to the amount of Employee’s base salary and benefits, including, without limitation,
the amount paid to Employee for the incentive bonus provided in Section 3.2 for the last calendar
year preceding termination of employment, that would have been due to Employee had he remained
employed by the Company for the remainder of the Term (the “Severance Amount”); provided, however,
that such Severance Amount shall in no event be calculated based on a period of less than twelve
(12) months. The minimum period of twelve (12) months shall be inclusive of the six (6) month
(ii) The Severance Amount shall be paid to Employee as follows:
(A) Commencing on the termination date, Employee shall receive the applicable Severance Amount
(less any amount described in subparagraph (B) below) paid in substantially equal installments
during the twenty-four (24) month period following termination, based upon Company’s then current
(B) To the extent any portion of the applicable Severance Amount exceeds the “safe harbor”
amount described in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(iii)(A), Employee shall receive such
portion of the applicable Severance Amount that exceeds the “safe harbor” amount in a single lump
sum payment payable within fifteen (15) business days after Employee’s termination date.
5.5 Termination On Account of Change in Control.
(a) A Change in Control shall mean the first to occur of any of the following events:
(i) Any person, group of investors or entity becomes subsequent to the date of this Agreement,
the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of one share more than fifty
percent (50%) of the then issued and outstanding shares of voting stock of Mercantile Bancorp,
(and, for purposes hereof, a person will be considered to be a beneficial owner of such stock
if such person, directly or indirectly, through any contract, arrangement, understanding,
relationship or otherwise has or shares voting power, which includes the power to vote or to direct
the voting of such stock, or investment power, which includes the power to dispose or to direct the
disposition of such stock);
(ii) Change in the majority of the incumbent board unless new directors were nominated by a
majority of the incumbent board;
(iii) The Company merges or consolidates with or reorganizes with or into any other
corporation other than its Subsidiaries or engages in any other similar business combination or
(iv) The Company sells, assigns or transfers all or substantially all of its business and
assets, in one or a series of related transactions, except any such sales to Subsidiaries.
(b) If during the Term and after the date of a Change in Control, Employee is discharged by
Company without Cause or Employee resigns for Good Reason, then Company shall make the payments to
Employee set forth in subparagraph (c) of this Section 5.5. For purposes of this Section 5.5,
"Good Reason” shall mean (i) a material diminution in Employee’s authority, duties or
responsibilities; (ii) a material diminution in Employee’s base compensation; or (iii) a change in
geographic location of Employee’s principal place of employment to a location outside of the City
of Quincy, Illinois, provided that such change in location is be deemed to be a material change in
geographic location. Notwithstanding the foregoing, prior to Employee’s termination for Good
Reason, Employee must give Company written notice of the existence of any condition set forth in
clause (i) — (iii) above within ninety (90) days of such initial existence and Company shall have
thirty (30) days from the date of such notice in which to
cure the condition giving rise to Good
Reason, if curable. If, during such thirty (30)-day period, Company cures the condition giving
rise to Good Reason, no benefits shall be due under this Section 5.5 with respect to such
occurrence. If, during such thirty (30)-day period, Company fails or refuses to cure the condition
giving rise to Good Reason, Employee shall be entitled to benefits under this Section 5.5 upon such
termination; provided such termination occurs within twenty-four (24) months of such initial
existence of the applicable condition.
(c) In the event of the termination of Employee’s employment as described in subparagraph (b)
above, Employee shall be entitled to receive:
(i) A lump sum cash payment equal to two (2) times his Compensation (as defined hereafter).
"Compensation” as used in this Section 5.5, shall mean the last base salary in effect for Employee
(before any reduction after a Change in Control) plus any incentive bonus as provided in Section
3.2 paid to Employee for the last calendar year preceding Employee’s termination of employment on
account of a Change in Control. Employee shall also be entitled to continue receiving his other
benefits due pursuant to Section 3.4, including without limitation, the health plan, for a period
of time following his date of termination equal to the shorter of (A) twelve (12) months or (B) the
maximum period allowed pursuant to any one or more of the provisions of Treasury Regulations
Section 1.409A-1(b)(9)(v) which would be exempt from the definition of “deferred compensation”
(ii) The payment and benefits provided for in Section 5.5(c)(i) are in lieu of compensation,
benefits and other amounts Employee might otherwise be entitled to under the Company’s severance
policy, if any, or otherwise payable by Company by reason of this Agreement and termination of
NON-COMPETITION AND NON-SOLICITATION
6.1 Terms of Covenant. Company and Employee have jointly reviewed the operations of
Company and its Subsidiaries and have agreed that the primary service area of Company’s lending and
deposit taking functions in which Employee will actively participate extends separately to an area
that encompasses a five (5) mile radius from each banking or other office location, including
branches, of Company and its Subsidiaries and a fifty (50) mile radius from the Company’s
headquarters (collectively, the “Restrictive Area”). Therefore, as an essential ingredient of and
in consideration of this Agreement and his employment by Company, Employee agrees that, during his
employment with Company and (a) for a period of twenty-four (24) months immediately following the
termination of his employment by Company for Cause, by Employee without Cause or by either party in
connection with a Change in Control, or (b) for a period of twelve (12) months following the
termination of his employment by Company without Cause (the “Restrictive Period”), where such
termination occurs during the Term or thereafter, he will not, except with the express prior
written consent of Company, directly or indirectly, do any of the following:
(a) Within the Restrictive Area (determined at the time of termination), engage or invest in,
own, manage, operate, finance, control, or participate in the ownership, management, operation or
control of, be employed by, associated with, or in any manner
connected with, serve as a director,
officer or consultant to, lend his name or any similar name to, lend his credit to, or render
services or advice to, any person, firm, partnership, corporation or trust which owns, operates or
is in the process of forming, a bank, savings and loan association, credit union or similar
financial institution (a “Financial Institution”) with an office located, or to be located at an
address identified in a filing with any regulatory authority, within the Restrictive Area; provided
however, that the ownership by Employee of shares of the capital stock of any Financial Institution
which shares are listed on a securities exchange or quoted on the National Association of
Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System and which do not represent more than five percent
(5%) of the institution’s outstanding capital stock, shall not violate any terms of this Agreement;
(b) Employee will not, directly or indirectly, either for himself, or any Financial
Institution: (1) induce or attempt to induce any employee of Company or any of its Subsidiaries to
leave the employ of Company or any of its Subsidiaries; (2) in any way interfere with the
relationship between Company or any of its Subsidiaries and any employee of Company or any of its
Subsidiaries; or (3) induce or attempt to induce any customer, supplier, licensee, or business
relation of Company or any of its Subsidiaries to cease doing business with Company or any of its
Subsidiaries or in any way interfere with the relationship between Company or any of its
Subsidiaries and their respective customers, suppliers, licensees or business relations.
(c) Employee will not, directly or indirectly, either for himself, or any Financial
Institution, solicit the business of any person or entity known to Employee to be a customer of
Company or any of its Subsidiaries, where Employee, or any person reporting to
Employee, had personal contact with such person or entity, with respect to products,
activities or services which compete in whole or in part with the products, activities or services
of Company or any of its Subsidiaries.
6.2 Employee has reviewed the provisions of this Agreement with legal counsel, or has been
given adequate opportunity to seek such counsel, and Employee acknowledges and expressly agrees
that the covenants contained in this Article VI and Article VII below are reasonable with respect
to their duration, geographical area and scope. Employee further acknowledges that the
restrictions contained in this Article VI and Article VII below are reasonable and necessary for
the protection of the legitimate business interests of Company, that they create no undue
hardships, that any violation of these restrictions would cause substantial injury to Company and
such interests, and that such restrictions were a material inducement to Company to enter into this
Agreement. In the event of any violation or threatened violation of these restrictions, Company,
in addition to and not in limitation of, any other rights, remedies or damages available to Company
under this Agreement or otherwise at law or in equity, shall be entitled to preliminary and
permanent injunctive relief to prevent or restrain any such violation by Employee and any and all
persons directly or indirectly acting for or with him, as the case may be.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-DISCLOSURE
7.1 Confidential Information. Employee agrees at all times during his employment and
following his termination of employment for any reason, Employee will not disclose to any
non-employee of Company any “Confidential Information” without written consent of Company. For
purposes of this Agreement, Confidential Information means any written information or documents of
Company or any of its Subsidiaries and any information in whatever form regarding strategic plans
of Company or any of its Subsidiaries, data and compilations of information regarding customers of
Company or any of its Subsidiaries, any financial information of Company or any of its
Subsidiaries, or any other information in whatever form or medium designated as confidential by
Company or any of its Subsidiaries.
Upon termination of employment and thereafter, Employee shall not remove, retain, disclose or
use any Confidential Information without Company’s prior written consent. Employee’s obligations
of confidentiality shall not apply as to a particular portion of Confidential Information if such
portion (a) is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of disclosure by
Employee or any of his agents, advisors, employees or representatives; (b) was rightfully in the
possession of Employee on a non-confidential basis from a source other than Company or its agents,
advisors, employees or representatives, but only if such source has obtained the information
legally and is bound by a confidentiality agreement with Company or its agents, advisors, employees
or representatives; or (c) is required to be disclosed by law.
7.2 Dispute Resolution. In the event of a violation of this Article VII, Company
shall have the right to obtain injunctive or other equitable or legal relief. This Article VII
shall not be subject to arbitration under Section 8.10.
8.1 Modifications. This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and understandings
between the parties, including, without limitation, any prior written or verbal communications or
agreements. This Agreement may not be changed or terminated orally. No modification, termination
or attempted waiver of any of its provisions shall be valid unless in writing signed by the party
against whom the same is sought to be enforced.
8.2 Notices. Whenever any notice is required by this Agreement, it shall be given in
writing and sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid,
addressed as follows:
||Xxxxxxx X. XxXxxxx
||000 Xxxxx 00xx Xxxxxx
||Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxxx 00000
Notices shall be deemed given and effective three (3) business days after deposit in the U.S.
mail. Either party may change the address for notice by notifying the other party of such change
in accordance with this Section.
8.3 Entire Agreement; Survival.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
between Employee and Company concerning the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior
negotiations, undertakings, agreements and arrangements with respect thereto, whether written or
oral, specifically including the Prior Employment Agreement
. If a court of competent jurisdiction
determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, then the invalidity or
unenforceability of that provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provision of this Agreement and all other provisions shall remain in full force and effect. The
various covenants and provisions of this Agreement are intended to be severable and to constitute
independent and distinct binding obligations. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if
the scope of any covenant contained in this Agreement is too broad to permit enforcement to its
full extent, such covenant shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and Employee
hereby agrees that such scope may be judicially modified accordingly.
8.4 Waivers. No waiver by Company of any breach of this Agreement shall be construed
as a waiver of any subsequent breach.
8.5 Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of
Company, its successors and assigns, and Employee, his heirs and legal representatives.
8.6 Assignment. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of
Company, it successors, and assigns. The rights of Employee hereunder are personal and may not be
assigned or transferred.
8.7 Construction. Titles and headings to various subdivisions of this Agreement are
for convenience of reference only and are not intended to be a part of or to affect the meaning or
interpretation of this Agreement.
8.8 Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or
unenforceable under any court or governmental agency of competent jurisdiction, or under any
statute, the remaining provisions shall not thereby be invalidated but shall remain in full force
and effect, unless to do so would clearly violate the present legal and valid intention of the
8.9 Governing Law. This Agreement and all questions arising in connection with it
shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois.
8.10 Arbitration. All disputes arising out of or in connection with this Agreement
and/or with Employee’s employment or termination of employment, other than disputes arising under
Articles VI and VII, shall be determined by arbitration in accordance with the commercial
arbitration rules then in effect of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon the award
may be entered in any court having jurisdiction over the matter. The arbitration proceedings shall
be held in Quincy, Illinois, or at such other place as may be mutually agreeable to the parties and
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first above
||Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.
||/s/ Xxx X. Xxxxxxxx
||President and Chief Executive Officer
||/s/ Xxxxxx X. XxXxxxx
||Xxxxxxx X. XxXxxxx