THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
is made and entered into as of the 22nd day of October, 2010 by and
between ALLIANCE BANK
, a Virginia
banking corporation, hereinafter called the Bank, and George F.
Cave, hereinafter called Employee, and provides as follows:
WHEREAS, the Bank is a bank chartered under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia
engaged in the business of banking; and
WHEREAS, the employment of Employee by the Bank is in the best interests of the Bank and
WHEREAS, the parties have mutually agreed upon the terms and conditions of Employees
continued employment by the Bank as hereinafter set forth;
TERMS OF AGREEMENT
NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the premises and of the mutual promises and
undertakings of the parties as hereinafter set forth, the parties covenant and agree as follows:
Section 1. Employment. (a) Employee shall be employed as the Executive Vice
President- Head of Commercial Banking. He shall perform such services for the Bank and/or one or
more Affiliates as may be assigned to Employee from time to time upon the terms and conditions
hereinafter set forth.
(b) References in this Agreement to services rendered for the Bank and compensation and
benefits payable or provided by the Bank shall include services rendered for and compensation and
benefits payable or provided by any Affiliate. References in this Agreement to the Bank also
shall mean and refer to each Affiliate for which Employee performs services. References in this
Agreement to Affiliate shall mean any business entity that, directly or indirectly, through one
or more intermediaries, is controlled by or controls the Bank.
(c) The parties recognize that the President and CEO of the Bank shall manage the business
affairs of the Bank, subject to oversight from the Banks Board of Directors (Board), and that
the relationship between the Bank and Employee shall be that of an employer and an employee. The
President & CEO shall have the sole authority to set and establish the hours of operation of the
business and to set and establish reasonable work schedules and standards applicable to Employee.
Section 2. Term. The term of this Agreement shall commence on or before November 8,
2010, upon the mutual agreement of the parties, and shall continue for one (1) year unless sooner
terminated under the terms of this Agreement (the Initial Term). This Agreement shall be renewed
automatically for successive additional terms of one (1) year each unless either party gives the
other notice of nonrenewal at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the Initial Term or
any additional term, as the case may be.
Section 3. Exclusive Service. Employee shall devote his best efforts and full time to
rendering services on behalf of the Bank in furtherance of its best interests. Employee shall
comply with all policies, standards and regulations of the Bank now or hereafter promulgated, and
shall perform his duties under this Agreement to the best of his abilities and in accordance with
standards of conduct applicable to chief executive officers of banks.
Section 4. Salary.
(a) As compensation while employed hereunder, Employee, during his faithful performance of
this Agreement, in whatever capacity rendered, shall receive an annual base salary of $200,000.
Upon the recommendation of the President & CEO, the Board, in its discretion, may increase
Employees base salary during the term of this Agreement, but in no event shall the annual base
salary be reduced. The annual base salary shall be paid in equal installments in accordance with
the Banks normal payroll practices, but not less frequently than monthly.
(b) The Bank shall withhold state and federal income taxes, social security taxes and such
other payroll deductions as may from time to time be required by law or agreed upon in writing by
Employee and the Bank. The Bank shall also withhold and remit to the proper party any amounts
agreed to in writing by the Bank and Employee for participation in any corporate sponsored benefit
plans for which a contribution is required.
(c) Except as otherwise expressly set forth hereunder, no compensation shall be paid pursuant
to this Agreement in respect of any month or portion thereof subsequent to any termination of
Employees employment by the Bank.
Section 5. Corporate Benefit Plans. (a) Employee shall be entitled to participate in
or become a participant in any employee benefit plan maintained by the Bank for which he is or will
become eligible on such terms as the Board of Directors may, in its discretion, establish, modify
or otherwise change.
(b) The Bank shall provide Employee with a disability insurance policy providing benefits
commensurate with those benefits provided to other executive level employees of the Bank, as may
be amended by the Board from time to time.
(c) The Bank shall pay the premiums on a monthly basis on group term insurance on the life of
Employee in an amount equal to two and one-half times his base salary up to a maximum of $500,000
with a non-medical cap at $400,000, under a qualified group benefits plan as secured by the Bank.
(d) The Bank shall pay Employee a monthly automobile allowance of $750, net of applicable
taxes, during the term of this Employment Agreement
Section 6. Bonuses. Employee shall receive only such bonuses as the Board of Directors, in
its discretion, decides to pay to Employee. Any bonus due to Employee shall be paid to Employee no
later than 2-1/2 months after the end of the Banks taxable year or the calendar year, whichever is
later, in which such bonus is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture (as determined
in accordance with Internal Revenue Code (the Code) Section 409A and applicable guidance issued
thereunder (Code Section 409A)). Notwithstanding the foregoing, within thirty (30) days of
Employees first day of active employment by the Bank, the Bank shall pay to Employee a signing
bonus in the gross amount of $15,000, less legally required withholdings, which bonus must be
repaid to the Bank immediately in the event that Employees employment with the Bank terminates for
any reason during the first twelve (12) months of his employment.
Section 7. Grant of Incentive Stock Options. Subject to required approval of the Compensation
Committee of the Board of Directors of Alliance Bankshares Corporation
, within sixty (60) days of
the commencement of Employees active employment under this Employment Agreement
receive a grant of 10,000 incentive stock options (ISO) (or, if the applicable ISO limits are
reached, nonqualified stock options) pursuant to the terms of the Alliance Bankshares Corporation
2007 Incentive Stock Plan (Stock Plan). The specified terms of such stock option grant shall be
established in accordance with the terms of the Stock Plan and shall be set forth in a separate
stock option agreement.
Section 8. Expense Account. The Bank shall reimburse Employee for reasonable and
customary business expenses incurred in the conduct of the Banks business. Such expenses will
include business meals, out-of-town lodging and travel expenses, and membership dues and costs to
attend meetings and conventions of business-appropriate organizations and associations. Employee
agrees to timely submit records and receipts of reimbursable items and agrees that the Bank can
adopt reasonable rules and policies regarding such reimbursement. The Bank agrees to make prompt
payment to Employee following receipt and verification of such reports.
Section 9. Vacation and Sick Leave. Employee shall be entitled to 20 days of vacation
annually and such sick leave, prorated to date of hire, as the Board may from time to time approve
for all full-time employees of the Bank.
Section 10. Termination.
(a) Notwithstanding the termination of Employees employment pursuant to any provision of
this Agreement, the parties shall be required to carry out any provisions of this Agreement which
contemplate performance by them subsequent to such termination. In addition, no termination shall
affect any liability or other obligation of either party which shall have accrued prior to such
termination, including, but not limited to, any liability, loss or damage on account of breach. No
termination of employment shall terminate the obligation of the Bank to make payments
of any vested benefits provided hereunder or the obligations of Employee under Sections 11, 12
(b) Employees employment hereunder may be terminated by Employee upon thirty (30) days
written notice to the Bank or at any time by mutual agreement in writing.
(c) Employment under this Agreement shall terminate upon the death of Employee; provided,
however, that in such event the Bank shall pay to the estate of Employee the compensation including
salary and accrued bonus, if any, which otherwise would be payable to Employee through the end of
the month in which his death occurs. Such amounts shall be paid within 60 days of Employees death.
(d) The Bank may terminate Employees employment other than for Cause, as defined in Section
10(e), or other than for Disability, as defined in Section 10(f), at any time upon written notice
to Employee, which termination shall be effective immediately. Employee may resign thirty (30)
days after notice to the Bank for Good Reason, as hereafter defined. In the event the Employees
employment terminates pursuant to this Section 10(d), Employee shall receive a monthly amount equal
to one-twelfth (1/12) his rate of annual base salary in effect immediately preceding such
termination (Termination Compensation) in each month for twelve (12) months. Payments of the
Termination Compensation shall be made in equal installments at the times such payments would have
been made in accordance with Section 4(a) but in no event less frequently than monthly.
Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if Employee breaches Section 11 or 12,
Employee will not thereafter be entitled to receive any further compensation or benefits pursuant
to this Section 10(d). In addition, notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary,
the Bank shall not be required to make payment of the Termination Compensation or any portion
thereof to the extent such payment is prohibited by the terms of the regulations presently found at
12 C.F.R. part 359 or to the extent that any other governmental approval of the payment required by
law is not received.
For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall mean:
(i) The assignment of duties to the Employee by the Bank which result in the Employee having
significantly less authority or responsibility than he has on the date hereof, without his express
(ii) The removal of the Employee from his position as Executive Vice President-Head of
(iii) A reduction by the Bank of the Employees annual base salary (which shall also
constitute a breach of Section 4(a) hereof);
(iv) The failure of the Bank to obtain the assumption of and agreement to perform this
Agreement by any successor as contemplated in Section 14 hereof.
(e) The Bank shall have the right to terminate Employees employment under this Agreement at
any time for Cause, which termination shall be effective immediately. Termination for Cause
shall include termination for Employees personal dishonesty, incompetence, willful misconduct,
breach of a fiduciary duty involving personal profit, 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, conviction of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude,
misappropriation of the Banks assets (determined on a reasonable basis) or those of its
Affiliates, or material breach of any other provision of this Agreement. In the event Employees
employment under this Agreement is terminated for Cause, Employee shall thereafter have no right to
receive compensation or other benefits under this Agreement.
(f) The Bank may terminate Employees employment under this Agreement, after having
established the Employees disability by giving to Employee written notice of its intention to
terminate his employment for disability and his employment with the Bank shall terminate effective
on the 90th day after receipt of such notice if within 90 days after such receipt Employee shall
fail to return to the full-time performance of the essential functions of his position (and if
Employees disability has been established pursuant to the definition of disability set forth
below). For purposes of this Agreement, Disability means either (i) disability which after the
expiration of more than 13 consecutive weeks after its commencement is determined to be total and
permanent by a physician selected and paid for by the Bank or its insurers, and acceptable to
Employee or his legal representative, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or (ii)
disability as defined in the policy of disability insurance maintained by the Bank or its
Affiliates for the benefit of Employee, whichever shall be more favorable to Employee.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Bank shall comply with all requirements
of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et. seq.
(g) If Employee is suspended and/or temporarily prohibited from participating in the conduct
of the Banks affairs by a notice served pursuant to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, the Banks
obligations under this Employment Agreement
shall be suspended as of the date of service unless
stayed by appropriate proceedings. If the charges in the notice are dismissed, the Bank may in its
discretion (i) pay 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
(h) If Employee is removed and/or permanently prohibited from participating in the conduct of
the Banks affairs by an order issued under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or the Code of
, all obligations of the Bank under this Employment Agreement
shall terminate as of the
effective date of the order, but vested rights of the parties shall not be affected.
(i)(1) If Employees employment is terminated without Cause and not for a Disability within
one year after a Change of Control shall have occurred or if he resigns for Good Reason within one
year after a Change of Control shall have occurred, then the Bank shall pay to Employee as
compensation for services rendered to the Bank and its Affiliates an amount (subject to any
applicable payroll or other taxes required to be withheld) equal to 150% of Employees annualized
includable compensation for the base period, as defined in Section 280G of the
Code, in lieu of the amount provided under Section 10(d). Such amount shall be paid by the
Bank to the Employee in equal installments at the times such payments would have been made in
accordance with Section 4(a) but in no event less frequently than monthly.
(2) For purposes of this Agreement, a Change of Control occurs if, after the date of this
Agreement, (i) any person, including a group as defined in Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, becomes the owner or beneficial owner of Bank securities having 50% or more
of the combined voting power of the then outstanding Bank securities that may be cast for the
election of the Banks directors other than a result of an issuance of securities initiated by the
Bank, or open market purchases approved by the Board, as long as the majority of the Board
approving the purchases is a majority at the time the purchases are made; or (ii) as the direct or
indirect result of, or in connection with, a tender or exchange offer, a merger or other business
combination, a sale of assets, a contested election of directors, or any combination of these
events, the persons who were directors of the Bank before such events cease to constitute a
majority of the Banks Board, or any successors board, within two years of the last of such
transactions. For purposes of this Agreement, a Change of Control occurs on the date on which an
event described in (i) or (ii) occurs. If a Change of Control occurs on account of a series of
transactions or events, the Change of Control occurs on the date of the last of such transactions
Section 11. Confidentiality/Nondisclosure. Employee covenants and agrees that any and
all information concerning the customers, businesses and services of the Bank of which he has
knowledge or access as a result of his association with the Bank in any capacity, shall be deemed
confidential in nature and shall not, without the proper written consent of the Bank, be directly
or indirectly used, disseminated, disclosed or published by Employee to third parties other than in
connection with the usual conduct of the business of the Bank. Such information shall expressly
include, but shall not be limited to, information concerning the Banks trade secrets, business
operations, business records, customer lists or other customer information. Upon termination of
employment Employee shall deliver to the Bank all originals and copies of documents, forms, records
or other information, in whatever form it may exist, concerning the Bank or its business,
customers, products or services. In construing this provision it is agreed that it shall be
interpreted broadly so as to provide the Bank with the maximum protection. This Section 11 shall
not be applicable to any information which, through no misconduct or negligence of Employee, has
previously been disclosed to the public by anyone other than Employee.
Section 12. Covenant Not to Compete. During the term of this Agreement and throughout
any further period that he is an officer or employee of the Bank, and for a period of twelve (12)
months from and after the date that Employee is (for any reason) no longer employed by the Bank or
for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of entry by a court of competent jurisdiction of a
final judgment enforcing this covenant in the event of a breach by Employee, whichever is later,
Employee covenants and agrees that he will not, directly or indirectly, either as a principal,
agent, employee, employer, stockholder, co-partner or in any other individual or representative
capacity whatsoever: (i) engage in a Competitive Business by performing any of the duties or
responsibilities he had during the last twelve (12) months of his employment by the Bank anywhere
within a twenty-five (25) mile radius of any office operated by the Bank on the
date Employees employment terminates; or (ii) solicit, or assist any other person or business
entity in soliciting, or doing business with, any depositors or other customers of the Bank to make
deposits in or to become customers of any other financial institution conducting a Competitive
Business; or (iii) induce any individuals to terminate their employment with the Bank or its
Affiliates. As used in this Agreement, the term Competitive Business means all banking and
financial products and services that are substantially similar to those offered by the Bank on the
date that Employees employment terminates.
Section 13. Injunctive Relief, Damages, Etc. Employee agrees that given the nature of
the positions held by Employee with the Bank, that each and every one of the covenants and
restrictions set forth in Sections 11 and 12 above are reasonable in scope, length of time and
geographic area and are necessary for the protection of the significant investment of the Bank in
developing, maintaining and expanding its business. Accordingly, the parties hereto agree that in
the event of any breach by Employee of any of the provisions of Sections 11 or 12 that monetary
damages alone will not adequately compensate the Bank for its losses and, therefore, that it may
seek any and all legal or equitable relief available to it, specifically including, but not limited
to, injunctive relief and Employee shall be liable for all damages, including actual and
consequential damages, costs and expenses, including legal costs and actual attorneys fees,
incurred by the Bank as a result of taking action to enforce, or recover for any breach of, Section
11 or Section 12. The covenants contained in Sections 11 and 12 shall be construed and interpreted
in any judicial proceeding to permit their enforcement to the maximum extent permitted by law.
Should a court of competent jurisdiction determine that any provision of the covenants and
restrictions set forth in Section 12 above is unenforceable as being overbroad as to time, area or
scope, the court may strike the offending provision or reform such provision to substitute such
other terms as are reasonable to protect the Banks legitimate business interests.
Section 14. Binding Effect/Assignability
. This Employment Agreement
shall be binding
upon and inure to the benefit of the Bank and Employee and their respective heirs, legal
representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, but neither this Agreement, nor
any of the rights hereunder, shall be assignable by Employee or any beneficiary or beneficiaries
designated by Employee. The Bank will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by
purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business, stock or
assets of the Bank, by agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Employee, to
expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in its entirety. Failure of the Bank to
obtain such agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of this
Agreement and shall entitle the Employee to the compensation described in Section 10(d). As used
in this Agreement, Bank shall mean Alliance Bank, a Virginia
Bank, and any successor to its
respective business, stock or assets as aforesaid which executes and delivers the agreement
provided for in this Section 14 or which otherwise becomes bound by all the terms and provisions of
this Agreement by operation of law.
Section 15. Governing Law
. This Employment Agreement
shall be subject to and
construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia
, without giving effect to its
principles of conflict of laws.
Section 16. Litigation. In the event of any dispute between the parties concerning
this Agreement, each party shall be responsible for obtaining counsel at its own expense; however,
in the event that the Bank does not substantially prevail in any litigation arising under this
Agreement, the Bank shall promptly reimburse the Employee for all reasonable attorneys fees and
expenses incurred in connection with such litigation.
Section 17. Invalid Provisions
. The invalidity or unenforceability of any particular
provision of this Employment Agreement
shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provisions hereof, and this Employment Agreement
shall be construed in all respects as if such
invalid or unenforceable provisions were omitted.
Section 18. Notices. Any and all notices, designations, consents, offers, acceptance
or any other communications provided for herein shall be given in writing and shall be deemed
properly delivered if delivered in person or by registered or certified mail, return receipt
requested, addressed in the case of the Bank to its registered office or in the case of Employee to
his last known address.
Section 19. Entire Agreement.
(a) This Employment Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with
respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all other agreements, either oral or in
writing, among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof.
(b) This Employment Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall
be considered an original copy of this Agreement, but all of which together shall evidence only one
Section 20. Amendment and Waiver. This Employment Agreement may not be amended except
by an instrument in writing signed by or on behalf of each of the parties hereto. No waiver of any
provision of this Employment Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and signed by the person or
party to be charged.
Section 21. Case and Gender. Wherever required by the context of this Employment
Agreement, the singular or plural case and the masculine, feminine and neuter genders shall be
Section 22. Captions. The captions used in this Employment Agreement are intended for
descriptive and reference purposes only and are not intended to affect the meaning of any Section
Section 23. Code Section 409A Compliance.
(a) The intent of the parties is that payments and benefits under this Agreement comply with
Code Section 409A or comply with an exemption from the application of Code Section 409A and,
accordingly, all provisions of this Agreement shall be construed in a
manner consistent with the requirements for avoiding taxes or penalties under Code Section 409A.
(b) Neither Employee nor the Bank shall take any action to accelerate or delay the payment of
any monies and/or provision of any benefits in any matter which would not be in compliance with
Code Section 409A. Any payment of an amount subject to Code Section 409A that is required to be
delayed because of applicable law will be made (to the extent the Bank has determined that the
amount is still to be paid to the Employee) at the earliest date at which time the Bank reasonably
anticipates that the making of the payment will not cause a violation of such law.
(c) A termination of employment shall not be deemed to have occurred for purposes of any
provision of this Agreement providing for the form or timing of payment of any amounts or benefits
that are subject to Code Section 409A and that are paid upon or following a termination of
employment or resignation unless such termination or resignation is also a separation from
service (within the meaning of Code Section 409A) and, for purposes of any such provision of this
Agreement under which (and to the extent) deferred compensation subject to Code Section 409A is
paid, references to a termination or termination of employment or resignation or like
references shall mean separation from service. If Employee is deemed on the date of separation
from service with the Bank to be a specified employee, within the meaning of that term under Code
Section 409A(a)(2)(B) and using the identification methodology selected by the Bank from time to
time, or if none, the default methodology, then with regard to any payment or benefit that is
required to be delayed in compliance with Code Section 409A(a)(2)(B), such payment or benefit shall
not be made or provided prior to the earlier of (i) the expiration of the six-month period measured
from the date of Employees separation from service or (ii) the date of Employees death. In the
case of benefits, however, Employee may pay the cost of benefit coverage, and thereby obtain
benefits, during such six month delay period and then be reimbursed by the Bank thereafter when
delayed payments are made pursuant to the next sentence. On the first day of the seventh month
following the date of Employees separation from service or, if earlier, on the date of Employees
death, all payments delayed pursuant to this Section 23 (whether they would have otherwise been
payable in a single sum or in installments in the absence of such delay) shall be paid or
reimbursed to Employee in a lump sum, and any remaining payments and benefits due under this
Agreement shall be paid or provided in accordance with the normal payment dates specified for them
(d) With regard to any provision herein that provides for reimbursement of expenses or in-kind
benefits that are subject to Code Section 409A, except as permitted by Code Section 409A, (i) the
right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another
benefit, and (ii) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits, provided
during any taxable year shall not affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind
benefits to be provided, in any other taxable year, provided that the foregoing clause (ii) shall
not be violated with regard to expenses reimbursed under any arrangement covered by Code Section
105(b) solely because such expenses are subject to a limit related to the period the arrangement is
in effect. All reimbursements shall be reimbursed in
accordance with the Banks reimbursement policies but in no event later than the calendar year
following the calendar year in which the related expense is incurred.
(e) If under this Agreement, an amount is to be paid in two or more installments, for purposes
of Code Section 409A, each installment shall be treated as a separate payment.
(f) When, if ever, a payment under this Agreement specifies a payment period with reference to
a number of days (e.g., payment shall be made within ten (10) days following the date of
termination), the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the sole
discretion of the Bank.
(g) Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this Agreement, the Bank shall not be liable to
Employee if any payment or benefit which is to be provided pursuant to this Agreement and which is
considered deferred compensation subject to Code Section 409A otherwise fails to comply with, or be
exempt from, the requirements of Code Section 409A.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Bank has caused this Employment Agreement to be signed by its duly
authorized officer and Employee has hereunto set his hand and seal on the day and year first above
||/s/ William E. Doyle, Jr. (SEAL)
||President & CEO
/s/ Karen L. Laughlin
||/s/ George F. Cave (SEAL)