the Executive is willing to enter into an agreement with the Company upon the
terms and conditions herein set forth.
THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and covenants herein contained,
parties hereto agree as follows:
to the terms and conditions hereof, the term of employment of the Executive
under this Employment Agreement shall be for the period commencing on the
Commencement Date and terminating two (2) years from the Commencement Date,
unless sooner terminated in accordance with the provisions of Section 6 hereof.
(Such term of employment is herein sometimes called the “Employment Term”).
Company may, at its sole discretion, extend this contract for additional
the Commencement Date, the Company hereby agrees to employ the Executive as
Chief Executive Officer and President
eLinear, Inc. with such duties as assigned from time to time by the Company’s
board of directors,
Executive hereby accepts such employment and agrees to perform his duties and
responsibilities hereunder in accordance with the terms and conditions
hereinafter set forth.
Executive shall perform such duties as are usually performed by a Chief
Executive Officer and President, with
duties as assigned from time to time by the Company
business similar in size and scope as the Company and such other reasonable
additional duties as may be prescribed from time-to-time by the Company’s board
of directors, which are reasonable and consistent with the Company’s operations,
taking into account Executive’s expertise and job responsibilities. This
agreement shall survive any job title or responsibility change. All actions
Executive shall be subject and subordinate to the review and approval of the
board of directors of the Company. The board of directors of the Company shall
be the final and exclusive arbiter of all policy decisions relative to the
Company’s business (including its subsidiaries).
the term of this agreement, Executive agrees to devote his exclusive and
full-time service during normal business hours to the business and affairs
the Company (including its subsidiaries) to the extent necessary to discharge
the responsibilities assigned to Executive and to use reasonable best efforts
perform faithfully and efficiently such responsibilities. During the term of
this Agreement it shall not be a violation of this Agreement for Executive
manage personal investments or companies in which personal investments are
so long as such activities do not significantly interfere with the performance
of Executive’s responsibilities with the Company and which companies are not in
direct competition with the Company.
and Benefits During the Employment Term.
initial two year period of this agreement, Executive
compensated by the Company at an annual base salary of $150,000, from which
shall be deducted income tax withholdings, social security, Medicare and other
customary employee deductions in conformity with the Company’s payroll policy
then in effect.
Executive shall also be entitled to receive bonuses as per the following
for fiscal 2006 based on board of directors and senior management
2006 Business Model
eLinear achieves breakeven or profitability in 2006 with a cumulative net
operating loss not to exceed $900K by the end of fiscal 2006 (December 31,
2006). All Performance Bonuses are based on closing of all accounts and
adjustments subject to eLinear’s audited financial statements. All Performance
Bonuses are payable in eleven monthly installments beginning the first month
after the completion of the audit for fiscal 2006..
Bonuses for achieving major milestones in fiscal 2006:
no greater than $900K net operating loss in 2006 $25,000
breakeven net operating income (loss) in fiscal
$500K net operating income in fiscal 2006 $50,000
greater than $500K net operating income in 2006 5%
The Executive shall receive 200,000 incentive stock options exercisable
$0.50 per share. Vesting of the options shall follow the vesting schedule
in accordance with Section (e), provided that no vesting shall occur
unless Executive is employed by the Company on the respective vesting
date; provided further that if the Company terminates the Executive
the Employment Term for any reason other than for Cause, for vesting
calculation purposes, the options due the Executive at year-end will
prorated in relation to the date of Executive’s employment termination and
such prorated amount will vest immediately at the date of Executive’s
employment termination. For the avoidance of doubt, if Executive is
terminated for Cause, resigns, or dies; Executive will not be entitled
any prorated vesting as set forth in the previous sentence. In addition,
if Executive is terminated for any reason, resigns, or dies this option
shall expire on the earlier of: (i) four years from the date hereof,
(ii) ninety days from the date of the termination, resignation, or
The option shall be evidenced by an option agreement, shall expire
years, and shall be subject to the terms of the Company’s existing Stock
Option Plans. The term of the option is not intended to extend or
otherwise modify the Employment Term.
and Vesting Schedule
stock options 1/01/06
stock options 1/01/07
stock options 1/01/07
stock options 1/01/08
stock options 1/01/09
stock options 1/01/10
case of a change of control of the Company, all unvested options, those
described in paragraph 4(c) and any others granted since the effective date
this Agreement, shall be accelerated and will vest immediately. Change of
control is defined as the sale of over 50.1% of eLinear common stock to a single
entity, whereby the single entity owns in excess of 50.1% of eLinear common
stock immediately after the sale of the eLinear common stock.
employment under the Agreement may be terminated under any of the following
by the Company, upon the death of Executive.
Executive at any time, upon 14 days written notice.
upon written notice by the Company for Cause which for purposes of the Agreement
shall be defined as (i) Executive's willful and persistent inattention to his
reasonable duties which amounts to gross negligence or willful dishonesty
towards, fraud upon, or deliberate injury or attempted injury to, the Company,
(ii) Executive's willful breach of any term or provision of the Agreement which
breach shall have remained substantially uncorrected for 15 days with an
opportunity to cure following written notice to the Executive; or (iii) the
commission by Executive of any act or any failure by Executive to act involving
criminal conduct or moral turpitude, whether or not directly relating to the
business and affairs of the Company.
event that the Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 6(a) or upon
expiration of the term of the Agreement, neither the Executive nor the Company
shall have any further obligations hereunder except for (a) obligations
occurring prior to the date of termination, and (b) obligations, promises or
covenants contained herein which are expressly made to extend beyond the term
event Executive is terminated without Cause on or prior to June 30, 2006,
Executive will receive $37,500 payable in three equal monthly installments
$12,500 beginning on the date of termination. In the event Executive is
terminated after June 30, 2006 and through December 31, 2007 without cause,
Executive will receive $75,000 payable in six equal monthly installments of
$12,500 beginning on the date of termination.
fiscal 2008, in the event that the Company chooses not to exercise its option
extend this agreement the Company must give ninety (90) days written advance
notice to Executive of its intentions not to renew this agreement or it will
automatically renew for a one (1) year period through the end of fiscal
of Trade Secrets, etc.
Executive acknowledges the interest of the Company in maintaining the
confidentiality of information related to its business and shall not at any
during the Employment Term or thereafter, directly or indirectly, reveal or
cause to be revealed to any person or entity the supplier lists, customer lists
or other confidential business information of the Company; provided, however,
that the parties acknowledge that it is not the intention of this paragraph
include within its subject matter (a) information not proprietary to the
Company, (b) information which is then in the public domain through no fault
Executive, or (c) information required to be disclosed by law.
of the consideration for the compensation and benefits to be paid and extended
to Executive hereunder, and as an additional incentive for the Company to enter
into this employment relationship, Executive agrees to the non-competition
provisions of this section.
hereby agrees that for a period commencing on the date hereof and ending one
year following the termination of Executive’s employment with the Company for
whatever reason, he will not, directly or indirectly, as employee, agent,
consultant, stockholder, director, co-partner or in any other individual or
representative capacity, own, operate, manage, control, engage in, invest in
participate in any manner in, act as a consultant or advisor to, render services
for, or otherwise assist any person or entity (other than the Company) that
engages in or owns, invests in, operates, manages or controls any venture or
enterprise that engages or proposes to engage in the business of technology
consulting and IT equipment sales within Harris County (the
on Future Employment.
Executive understands that the foregoing restrictions may limit his ability
engage in certain businesses in the Territory during the period provided for
above, but acknowledges that Executive will receive sufficiently high
remuneration and other benefits (e.g.,
remuneration during the term of the Agreement and access to certain confidential
and proprietary information and trade secrets) under this Agreement to justify
such restriction. Executive acknowledges that money damages would not be
sufficient remedy for any breach of this section by Executive, and Company
any of its subsidiaries or affiliates shall be entitled to enforce the
provisions of this section by terminating any payments then owing to Executive
under this Agreement and/or to specific performance and injunctive relief as
remedies for such breach or any threatened breach, without any requirement
the securing or posting of any bond in connection with such remedies. Such
remedies shall not be deemed the exclusive remedies for a breach of this
section, but shall be in addition to all remedies available at law or in equity
to Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, including, without
limitation, the recovery of damages from Executive and his agents involved
expressly understood that the restrictions contained in this section are related
to and result from the agreements of the Company and Executive in this section
and it is agreed that the Company and Executive consider the restrictions
contained in this section to be reasonable and necessary to protect the
confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets of the Company and
its subsidiaries and affiliates.
event that this Agreement shall be terminated, then notwithstanding such
termination, the obligations of Executive pursuant to Section 7 and 8 of this
Agreement shall survive such termination.
of Agreement, Parties in Interest, Assignment, etc.
Agreement sets forth the entire understanding of the parties hereto with respect
to the subject matter hereof. All of the terms and provisions of this Agreement
shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the
respective heirs, representatives, successors and assigns of the parties hereto,
except that the duties and responsibilities of Executive hereunder which are
a personal nature shall neither be assigned nor transferred in whole or in
by Executive. This Agreement shall not be amended except by a written instrument
duly executed by the parties.
term or provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable
for any reason, such term or provision shall be ineffective to the extent of
such invalidity or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining terms
provisions hereof, and this Agreement shall be construed as if such invalid
unenforceable term or provision had not been contained herein. The parties
participated jointly in the negotiation and drafting of this Agreement. In
event an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation arises, this
Agreement shall be construed as if drafted jointly by the parties and no
presumption or burden of proof shall arise favoring or disfavoring any party
virtue of the authorship of any of the provisions of this
notice, request, instruction or other document to be given hereunder by any
party to the other party shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been
duly given when delivered personally; or five (5) days after dispatch by
registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested; or
(1) day after dispatch by overnight courier service; in each case, to the party
to whom the same is so given or made:
to the Company addressed to:
Sam Houston Parkway North, Ste. E-300
Chairman of the Board
to Executive addressed to:
such other address as the one party shall specify to the other party in
Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall
deemed an original and all which together shall constitute one and the same
instrument. All headings are inserted for convenience of reference only and
shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
Agreement shall be construed and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the
State of Texas, without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof.
of any dispute concerning this Agreement shall be exclusively in Harris County,
failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not
construed as a waiver or limitation of that party’s right to subsequently
enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this
WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly
executed and delivered as of the day and year first above written.
of the Board
J. Leonard Ivins ___________
Leonard Ivins, Chairman
of the Compensation Committee