Amendment To Employment Agreement

Cnl Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Amendment to Employment Agreement

 

EXHIBIT 10.2
CNL HOTELS & RESORTS, INC.
This Amendment (the “Amendment”) to the amended and restated employment agreement (the “Employment Agreement”), dated May 19, 2006, between CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), and John A. Griswold (“Executive”) is made as of February 21, 2007, by and between the Company and Executive.
     WHEREAS, the Company has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 18, 2007, by and among the Company, MS Resort Holdings LLC, MS Resort Acquisition LLC (“MS Acquisition”), MS Resort Purchaser LLC and Ashford Sapphire Acquisition LLC (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which, at the effective time of the proposed merger, MS Acquisition will merge with and into the Company, with the Company continuing as the surviving corporation, (the “Merger”);
     WHEREAS, the Company granted to Executive a deferred share award (the “Deferred Share Award”) on March 28, 2006 pursuant to the terms of the Deferred Share Award Grant Notice (Executive — Performance-Based Vesting) (the “Grant Notice”) and its related Deferred Share Award Agreement for deferred shares that vest based on the achievement of certain performance goals;
     WHEREAS, the Merger Agreement provides that each deferred share award that is outstanding at the Effective Time (as defined in the Merger Agreement) of the Merger will be cancelled by the Company and each holder thereof will be entitled to receive $20.50 in cash per share subject to such award, including the Executive’s Deferred Share Award, at the Effective Time;
     WHEREAS, contemporaneously herewith the Company and Executive are amending the terms of the Grant Notice (the “Grant Notice Amendment”) and desire, consistent with the Grant Notice Amendment, to amend the terms of the Employment Agreement to reduce the number of deferred shares subject to the Deferred Share Award that would otherwise be cancelled and entitle Executive to a cash payment in connection with the Merger; and
     WHEREAS, the Company and Executive believe this amendment is in the best interests of the Company and the Company’s employees and may increase the success of the Merger.
     NOW, THEREFORE, the parties agree as follows:
     1. Section B.3.2. of Attachment A to the Employment Agreement is hereby amended to replace the number “Five Hundred Forty-Three Thousand Five Hundred Seventy-Eight (543,578)” with the number Four Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety-Eight (494,798).
     2. Effectiveness. This Amendment shall be effective immediately. In the event that the Merger Agreement is terminated or the Merger does not close for any reason, this Amendment shall be null and void ab initio and of no further force or effect.

 


 

     3.  Miscellaneous/Deferred Share Award Grant Notice. Except as specifically amended hereby, the Employment Agreement shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms. This Amendment supersedes all prior agreements and understandings oral or written with respect to the subject matter hereof, including without limitation, the terms of the Grant Notice, that are inconsistent herewith and which the parties hereby acknowledge and agree is being amended by the Grant Notice Amendment.
     4. Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in counterparts, and each counterpart shall have the same force and effect as an original and shall constitute an effective, binding agreement on the part of each of the undersigned. Execution and delivery of this Amendment by exchange of facsimile copies bearing the facsimile signature of a party shall constitute a valid and binding execution and delivery of the Amendment by such party. Such facsimile copies shall constitute enforceable original documents.
     5. Governing Law. This Amendment will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida (without regard to choice-of-law provisions).
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     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Amendment has been entered into as of the date first set forth above.
             
CNL HOTELS & RESORTS, INC.
      EXECUTIVE    
 
           
      /s/ John A. Griswold    
 
           
      Signature    
 
           
Title: Chair of Compensation Committee
           
 
           
 
      John A. Griswold    
 
           
 
      Printed Name    
Signature Page of the Amendment to Employment Agreement

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