NEWPORT FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK
Employment Agreement with
AGREEMENT entered into and effective this ____ day of_________, 1997, by
and between Newport Federal Savings Bank (the "Bank") and Xxxx Xxxxxx (the
WHEREAS, the Employee has heretofore been employed by the Bank as its
President and is experienced in all phases of the business of the Bank; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Bank believes it is in
the best interests of the Bank to enter into this Agreement with the Employee in
order to assure continuity of management of the Bank and to reinforce and
encourage the continued attention and dedication of the Employee to his assigned
WHEREAS, the parties desire by this writing to set forth the continuing
employment relationship of the Bank and the Employee.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is AGREED as follows:
1. Defined Terms
When used anywhere in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the
meaning set forth herein.
(a) "Change in Control" shall mean any one of the following events:
(i) the acquisition of ownership, holding or power to vote more than 25% of the
voting stock of the Bank or the Company, (ii) the acquisition of the ability to
control the election of a majority of the Bank's or the Company's directors,
(iii) the acquisition of a controlling influence over the management or policies
of the Bank or of the Company by any person or by persons acting as a "group"
(within the meaning of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), or
(iv) during any period of two consecutive years, individuals (the "Continuing
Directors") who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board of
Directors of the Bank or of the Company (the "Existing Board") cease for any
reason to constitute at least two-thirds thereof, provided that any individual
whose election or nomination for election as a member of the Existing Board was
approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Continuing Directors then in
office shall be considered a Continuing Director. For purposes of this paragraph
only, the term "person" refers to an individual or a corporation, partnership,
trust, association, joint venture, pool, syndicate, sole proprietorship,
unincorporated organization or any other form of entity not specifically listed
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a "Change in Control" shall not be deemed to
occur solely by reason of a transaction in which the Association converts to the
stock form of organization, or creates an independent holding company in
connection therewith. The decision of the Board as to whether a Change in
Control has occurred shall be conclusive and binding.
(b) "Company" shall mean North Arkansas Bancshares, Inc.
(c) "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended
from time to time, and as interpreted through applicable rulings and regulations
in effect from time to time.
(d) "Code (S)280G Maximum" shall mean the product of 2.99 and the
Employee's "base amount" as defined in Code (S)280G(b)(3).
(e) "Disability" shall mean a physical or mental infirmity which
impairs the Employee's ability to substantially perform his duties under this
Agreement and which results in the Employee becoming eligible for long-term
disability benefits under the Bank's long-term disability plan (or, if the Bank
has no such plan in effect, which impairs the Employee's ability to
substantially perform his duties under this Agreement for a period of 180
(f) "Effective Date" shall mean the date referenced in the opening
paragraph of this Agreement.
(g) "Good Reason" shall mean any of the following events, which has
not been consented to in advance by the Employee in writing: (i) the requirement
that the Employee move his personal residence, or perform his principal
executive functions, more than thirty (30) miles from his primary office as of
the later of the Effective Date and the most recent voluntary relocation by the
Employee; (ii) a material reduction in the Employee's base compensation under
this Agreement as the same may be increased from time to time; (iii) the failure
by the Bank or the Company to continue to provide the Employee with compensation
and benefits provided under this Agreement as the same may be increased from
time to time, or with benefits substantially similar to those provided to him
under any of the employee benefit plans in which the Employee now or hereafter
becomes a participant, or the taking of any action by the Bank or the Company
which would directly or indirectly reduce any of such benefits or deprive the
Employee of any material fringe benefit enjoyed by him under this Agreement;
(iv) the assignment to the Employee of duties and responsibilities materially
different from those normally associated with his position; (v) a failure to
reelect the Employee to the Board of Directors of the Bank or the Company, if
the Employee has served on such Board at any time during the term of the
Agreement; or (vi) a material diminution or reduction in the Employee's
responsibilities or authority (including reporting responsibilities) in
connection with his employment with the Bank.
(h) "Just Cause" shall mean, in the good faith determination of the
Bank's Board of Directors, the Employee's personal dishonesty, incompetence,
willful misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty involving personal profit,
intentional failure to perform stated duties, willful
violation of any law, rule or regulation (other than traffic violations or
similar offenses) or final cease-and-desist order, or material breach of any
provision of this Agreement. The Employee shall have no right to receive
compensation or other benefits for any period after termination for Just Cause.
No act, or failure to act, on the Employee's part shall be considered "willful"
unless he has acted, or failed to act, with an absence of good faith and without
a reasonable belief that his action or failure to act was in the best interest
of the Bank and the Company.
(i) "Protected Period" shall mean the period that begins on the date
six months before a Change in Control and ends on the later of the first annual
anniversary of the Change in Control or the expiration date of this Agreement.
(j) "Trust" shall mean a grantor trust that is designed in
accordance with Revenue Procedure 92-64 and has a trustee independent of the
Bank and the Company.
2. Employment. The Employee is employed as the President of the Bank.
The Employee shall render such administrative and management services for the
Bank as are currently rendered and as are customarily performed by persons
situated in a similar executive capacity. The Employee shall also promote, by
entertainment or otherwise, as and to the extent permitted by law, the business
of the Bank. The Employee's other duties shall be such as the Board may from
time to time reasonably direct, including normal duties as an officer of the
3. Base Compensation. The Bank agrees to pay the Employee during the
term of this Agreement a salary at the rate of $__ per annum, payable in cash
not less frequently than monthly. The Board shall review, not less often than
annually, the rate of the Employee's salary, and in its sole discretion may
decide to increase his salary.
4. Discretionary Bonuses. The Employee shall participate in an equitable
manner with all other senior management employees of the Bank in discretionary
bonuses that the Board may award from time to time to the Bank's senior
management employees. No other compensation provided for in this Agreement shall
be deemed a substitute for the Employee's right to participate in such
5. Participation in Retirement, Medical and Other Plans.
(a) The Employee shall be eligible to participate in any of the
following plans or programs that the Bank may now or in the future maintain:
group hospitalization, disability, health, dental, sick leave, life insurance,
travel and/or accident insurance, auto allowance/auto lease, retirement,
pension, and/or other present or future qualified or nonqualified plans provided
by the Bank, generally which benefits, taken as a whole, must be at least as
favorable as those in effect on the Effective Date.
(b) The Employee shall also be eligible to participate in any fringe
benefits which are or may become available to the Bank's senior management
employees, including for example: any stock option or incentive compensation
plans, and any other benefits which are
commensurate with the responsibilities and functions to be performed by the
Employee under this Agreement. The Employee shall be reimbursed for all
reasonable out-of-pocket business expenses which he shall incur in connection
with his services under this Agreement upon substantiation of such expenses in
accordance with the policies of the Bank.
6. Term. The Bank hereby employs the Employee, and the Employee hereby
accepts such employment under this Agreement, for the period commencing on the
Effective Date and ending thirty-six (36) months thereafter (or such earlier
date as is determined in accordance with Section 10 or 12 hereof). Additionally,
on each annual anniversary date from the Effective Date, the Employee's term of
employment shall be extended for an additional one-year period beyond the then
effective expiration date, provided that either the Bank or the Company's Board
determines in a duly adopted resolution that the performance of the Employee has
met the Board's requirements and standards, and that this Agreement shall be
extended. Only those members of the Board of Directors who have no personal
interest in this Employment Agreement shall discuss and vote on the approval and
subsequent review of this Agreement.
7. Loyalty; Noncompetition.
(a) During the period of his employment hereunder and except for
illnesses, reasonable vacation periods, and reasonable leaves of absence, the
Employee shall devote all his full business time, attention, skill, and efforts
to the faithful performance of his duties hereunder; provided, however, from
time to time, Employee may serve on the boards of directors of, and hold any
other offices or positions in, companies or organizations, which will not
present any conflict of interest with the Bank or any of its subsidiaries or
affiliates, or unfavorably affect the performance of Employee's duties pursuant
to this Agreement, or will not violate any applicable statute or regulation.
"Full business time" is hereby defined as that amount of time usually devoted to
like companies by similarly situated executive officers. During the term of his
employment under this Agreement, the Employee shall not engage in any business
or activity contrary to the business affairs or interests of the Bank.
(b) Nothing contained in this Section shall be deemed to prevent or
limit the Employee's right to invest in the capital stock or other securities of
any business dissimilar from that of the Bank, or, solely as a passive or
minority investor, in any business.
8. Standards. The Employee shall perform his duties under this Agreement
in accordance with such reasonable standards as the Board may establish from
time to time. The Bank will provide Employee with the working facilities and
staff customary for similar executives and necessary for him to perform his
9. Vacation and Sick Leave. At such reasonable times as the Board shall
in its discretion permit, the Employee shall be entitled, without loss of pay,
to absent himself voluntarily from the performance of his employment under this
Agreement, all such voluntary absences to count as vacation time, provided that:
(a) The Employee shall be entitled to an annual vacation in
accordance with the policies that the Board periodically establishes for senior
management employees of the Bank.
(b) The Employee shall not receive any additional compensation from
the Bank on account of his failure to take a vacation or sick leave, and the
Employee shall not accumulate unused vacation or sick leave from one fiscal year
to the next, except in either case to the extent authorized by the Board.
(c) In addition to the aforesaid paid vacations, the Employee shall
be entitled without loss of pay, to absent himself voluntarily from the
performance of his employment with the Bank for such additional periods of time
and for such valid and legitimate reasons as the Board may in its discretion
determine. Further, the Board may grant to the Employee a leave or leaves of
absence, with or without pay, at such time or times and upon such terms and
conditions as such Board in its discretion may determine.
(d) In addition, the Employee shall be entitled to an annual sick
leave benefit as established by the Board.
10. Termination and Termination Pay. Subject to Section 12 hereof, the
Employee's employment hereunder may be terminated under the following
(a) Death. The Employee's employment under this Agreement shall
terminate upon his death during the term of this Agreement, in which event the
Employee's estate shall be entitled to receive the compensation due the Employee
through the last day of the calendar month in which his death occurred.
(b) Disability. (1) The Bank may terminate the Employee's
employment after having established the Employee's Disability, in which event
the Employee shall be entitled to the compensation and benefits provided for
under this Agreement for (i) any period during the term of this Agreement and
prior to the establishment of the Employee's Disability during which the
Employee is unable to work due to the physical or mental infirmity, and (ii) any
period of Disability which is prior to the Employee's termination of employment
pursuant to this Section 10(b); provided that any benefits paid pursuant to the
Bank's long-term disability plan will continue as provided in such plan without
reduction for payments made pursuant to this Agreement.
(2) During any period that the Employee shall receive disability
benefits and to the extent that the Employee shall be physically and mentally
able to do so, he shall furnish such information, assistance and documents so as
to assist in the continued ongoing business of the Bank and, if able, shall make
himself available to the Bank to undertake reasonable assignments consistent
with his prior position and his physical and mental health. The Bank shall pay
all reasonable expenses incident to the performance of any assignment given to
the Employee during the disability period.
(c) Just Cause. The Board may, by written notice to the Employee,
immediately terminate his employment at any time, for Just Cause. The Employee
shall have no right to receive compensation or other benefits for any period
after termination for Just Cause.
(d) Without Just Cause; Constructive Discharge. The Board may, by
written notice to the Employee, immediately terminate his employment at any time
for a reason other than his Disability or Just Cause, in which event the
Employee shall be entitled to receive the following compensation and benefits
(unless such termination occurs during the Protected Period, in which event the
benefits and compensation provided for in Section 12 shall apply): (i) the
salary provided pursuant to Section 3 hereof, up to the expiration date of this
Agreement, including any renewal term (the "Expiration Date"), plus said salary
for an additional 12-month period, and (ii) at the Employee's election either
(A) cash in an amount equal to the cost to the Employee of obtaining all health,
life, disability and other benefits which the Employee would have been eligible
to participate in through the Expiration Date based upon the benefit levels
substantially equal to those that the Bank provided for the Employee at the date
of termination of employment or (B) continued participation under such Bank
benefit plans through the Expiration Date, but only to the extent the Employee
continues to qualify for participation therein. All amounts payable to the
Employee shall be paid, at the option of the Employee, either (I) in periodic
payments through the Expiration Date, or (II) in one lump sum within ten days of
(e) Good Reason. The Employee shall be entitled to receive the
compensation and benefits payable under subsection 10(d) hereof in the event
that the Employee voluntarily terminates employment within 90 days of an event
that constitutes Good Reason, (unless such voluntary termination occurs during
the Protected Period, in which event the benefits and compensation provided for
in Section 12 shall apply).
(f) Termination or Suspension Under Federal Law. (1) If the Employee
is removed and/or permanently prohibited from participating in the conduct of
the Bank's affairs by an order issued under Sections 8(e)(4) or 8(g)(1) of the
Federal Deposit Insurance Act ("FDIA") (12 U.S.C. 1818(e)(4) and (g)(1)), all
obligations of the Bank under this Agreement shall terminate, as of the
effective date of the order, but vested rights of the parties shall not be
(2) If the Bank is in default (as defined in Section 3(x)(1) of
FDIA), all obligations under this Agreement shall terminate as of the date of
default; however, this Paragraph shall not affect the vested rights of the
(3) If a notice served under Section 8(e)(3) or (g)(1) of the
FDIA (12 U.S.C. 1818(e)(3) or (g)(1)) suspends and/or temporarily prohibits the
Employee from participating in the conduct of the Bank's affairs, the Bank's
obligations under this Agreement shall be suspended as of the date of such
service, unless stayed by appropriate proceedings. If the charges in the notice
are dismissed, the Bank may in its discretion (i) pay the Employee all or part
of the compensation withheld while its contract obligations were suspended, and
(ii) reinstate (in whole or in part) any of its obligations which were
(4) Any payments made to the Employee pursuant to this
Agreement, or otherwise, are subject to and conditioned upon their compliance
with both 12 U.S.C. Section 1828(k) and any regulations promulgated thereunder,
and Regulatory Bulletin 27A, but only to the extent required thereunder on the
date any payment is required pursuant to this Agreement.
(g) Voluntary Termination by Employee. Subject to Section 12
hereof, the Employee may voluntarily terminate employment with the Bank during
the term of this Agreement, upon at least 90 days' prior written notice to the
Board of Directors, in which case the Employee shall receive only his
compensation, vested rights and employee benefits up to the date of his
termination (unless such termination occurs pursuant to Section 10(d) hereof or
within the Protected Period pursuant to Section 12(a) hereof, in which event the
benefits and compensation provided for in Sections 10(d) or 12, as applicable,
(h) Post-termination Health Insurance. If the Employee's employment
terminates with the Bank or the Company for any reason other than Just Cause,
the Employee shall be entitled to purchase from the Bank, at the Employee's own
expense which shall not exceed applicable COBRA rates, family medical insurance
under any group health plan that the Bank or the Company maintains for its
employees. This right shall be (i) in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other
rights that the Employee has under this Agreement, and (ii) shall continue until
the Employee first becomes eligible for participation in Medicare.
11. No Mitigation. The Employee shall not be required to mitigate the
amount of any payment provided for in this Agreement by seeking other employment
or otherwise and no such payment shall be offset or reduced by the amount of any
compensation or benefits provided to the Employee in any subsequent employment.
12. Change in Control.
(a) Trigger Events. The Employee shall be entitled to collect the
severance benefits set forth in subsection (b) hereof in the event that either
(i) the Employee voluntarily terminates employment for any reason within the 30-
day period beginning on the date of a Change in Control, (ii) the Employee
voluntarily terminates employment within 90 days of an event that both occurs
during the Protected Period and constitutes Good Reason, or (iii) the Bank or
the Company or their successor(s) in interest terminate the Employee's
employment without his written consent and for any reason other than Just Cause
during the Protected Period.
(b) Amount of Severance Benefit. If the Employee becomes entitled
to collect severance benefits pursuant to Section 12(a) hereof, the Bank shall
pay the Employee a severance benefit equal to the difference between the Code
(S)280G Maximum and the sum of any other "parachute payments" as defined under
Code (S)280G(b)(2) that the Employee receives on account of the Change in
The amount payable under this Section 12(b) shall be paid either (i) in one
lump sum within ten days of the later of the date of the Change in Control and
the Employee's last day of employment with the Bank or the Company, or (ii) if
prior to the date which is 90 days before the date on which a Change in Control
occurs, the Employee filed a duly executed irrevocable written election in the
form attached hereto as Exhibit "A", payment of such amount shall be made
according to the elected schedule. Deferred amounts shall bear interest from the
date on which they would otherwise be payable until the date paid at a rate
equal to 120% of the applicable federal rate, compounded semiannually, as
determined under Code Section 1274(d) and the regulations thereunder.
In the event that the Employee, the Bank, and the Company jointly agree
that the Employee has collected an amount exceeding the Code (S)280G Maximum,
the parties may agree in writing that such excess shall be treated as a loan ab
initio, which the Employee shall repay to the Bank, on terms and conditions
mutually agreeable to the parties, together with interest at the applicable
federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2)(B) of the Code.
(c) Funding of Grantor Trust upon Change in Control. Not later than
ten business days after a Change in Control, the Association shall (i) deposit
in a Trust an amount equal to the Code (S)280G Maximum, unless the Employee has
previously provided a written release of any claims under this Agreement, and
(ii) provide the trustee of the Trust with a written direction to hold said
amount and any investment return thereon in a segregated account for the benefit
of the Employee, and to follow the procedures set forth in the next paragraph as
to the payment of such amounts from the Trust. Upon the later of the Trust's
final payment of all amounts payable to the Employee under Section 12(b) of this
Agreement or the date 90 days following the expiration of the Protected Period,
the trustee of the Trust shall pay to the Association the entire balance
remaining in the segregated account maintained for the benefit of the Employee.
The Employee shall thereafter have no further interest in the Trust.
Prior to the date which is 90 days following the expiration of the
Protected Period, the Employee may provide the trustee of the Trust with a
written notice requesting that the trustee pay to the Employee an amount
designated in the notice as being payable pursuant to this Agreement. Within
three business days after receiving said notice, the trustee of the Trust shall
send a copy of the notice to the Association via overnight and registered mail
return receipt requested. Unless prior to the tenth (10th) business day after
mailing said notice to the Association, the Association provides the trustee
with a written notice directing the trustee to withhold payment, on such date
the trustee of the Trust shall pay the Employee the amount designated therein
according to the schedule elected by the Employee pursuant to Section 12(b)
hereof, or in the absence of such an election, payment shall be made
immediately. In the event the Association directs the trustee to withhold
payment, the trustee shall submit the dispute to non-appealable binding
arbitration for a determination of the amount payable to the Employee pursuant
to this Agreement, and the costs of such arbitration shall be paid by the
Association. The trustee shall choose the arbitrator to settle the dispute, and
such arbitrator shall be bound by the rules of the American Arbitration
Association in making his determination. The parties and the trustee shall be
bound by the results of the arbitration and, within 3 days of the determination
by the arbitrator, the trustee shall pay
from the Trust the amounts required to be paid to the Employee and/or the
Association, and in no event shall the trustee be liable to either party for
making the payments as determined by the arbitrator.
13. Indemnification. The Bank and the Company agree that their respective
Bylaws shall continue to provide for indemnification of directors, officers,
employees and agents of the Bank and the Company, including the Employee during
the full term of this Agreement, and to at all times provide adequate insurance
for such purposes.
14. Reimbursement of Employee for Enforcement Proceedings. In the event
that any dispute arises between the Employee and the Bank as to the terms or
interpretation of this Agreement, whether instituted by formal legal proceedings
or otherwise, including any action that the Employee takes to defend against any
action taken by the Bank or the Company, the Employee shall be reimbursed for
all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising from such
dispute, proceedings or actions, provided that the Employee obtains either a
written settlement or a final judgement by a court of competent jurisdiction
substantially in his favor. Such reimbursement shall be paid within ten days of
Employee's furnishing to the Bank written evidence, which may be in the form,
among other things, of a canceled check or receipt, of any costs or expenses
incurred by the Employee.
15. Federal Income Tax Withholding. The Bank may withhold all federal and
state income or other taxes from any benefit payable under this Agreement as
shall be required pursuant to any law or government regulation or ruling.
16. Successors and Assigns.
(a) Bank. This Agreement shall not be assignable by the Bank,
provided that this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon
any corporate or other successor of the Bank which shall acquire, directly or
indirectly, by merger, consolidation, purchase or otherwise, all or
substantially all of the assets or stock of the Bank.
(b) Employee. Since the Bank is contracting for the unique and
personal skills of the Employee, the Employee shall be precluded from assigning
or delegating his rights or duties hereunder without first obtaining the written
consent of the Bank; provided, however, that nothing in this paragraph shall
preclude (i) the Employee from designating a beneficiary to receive any benefit
payable hereunder upon his death, or (ii) the executors, administrators, or
other legal representatives of the Employee or his estate from assigning any
rights hereunder to the person or persons entitled thereunto.
(c) Attachment. Except as required by law, no right to receive
payments under this Agreement shall be subject to anticipation, commutation,
alienation, sale, assignment, encumbrance, charge, pledge, or hypothecation or
to exclusion, attachment, levy or similar process or assignment by operation of
law, and any attempt, voluntary or involuntary, to effect any such action shall
be null, void and of no effect.
17. Amendments. No amendments or additions to this Agreement shall be
binding unless made in writing and signed by all of the parties, except as
herein otherwise specifically provided.
18. Applicable Law. Except to the extent preempted by Federal law, the
laws of the State of Arkansas shall govern this Agreement in all respects,
whether as to its validity, construction, capacity, performance or otherwise.
19. Severability. The provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed
severable and the invalidity or unenforceability of any provision shall not
affect the validity or enforceability of the other provisions hereof.
20. Entire Agreement. This Agreement, together with any understanding or
modifications thereof as agreed to in writing by the parties, shall constitute
the entire agreement between the parties hereto and shall supersede any prior
agreement between the parties.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement on the day and
year first hereinabove written.
ATTEST: NEWPORT FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK
Secretary Its Chairman of the Board