Employment Agreement with Greg Bell dated November 23, 2020
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & PRESIDENT AGREEMENT
This CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is made effective as November 24, 2020, (the “Effective Date”) by and between B2Digital, Incorporated, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Greg P. Bell (the “COB/CEO”).
A. Effective November 24, 2017, the Company entered into a Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer & President Agreement (the “2017 Agreement”) with the COB/CEO.
B. Company has spent significant time, effort, and money to develop certain Proprietary Information (as defined below), which Company considers vital to its business.
C. The Proprietary Information may necessarily be communicated to or received by COB/CEO in the course of serving as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company and Company desires to retain the services of COB/CEO, only if, in doing so, it can protect its Proprietary Information and goodwill.
D. Company desires to continue to retain the services of COB/CEO to serve on the Company’s Board (the “Board”), as the Chairman of The Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company and to enter into the Agreement which shall supersede and replace the 2017 Agreement. COB/CEO desires to continue to serve as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company and enter into the Agreement, upon the following terms and conditions.
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
1. Term. The term of this Agreement (the “Term”) shall be the period commencing on the Effective Date and the COBCCEO cannot be removed from his COB/CEO position without 80% of the votes of all Stockholders of the Company approving the termination, unless by reason of legal incapacity as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in Nevada, and in such event, such removal shall only be until capacity has been regained, or except by reason of the death. The director can terminate this Agreement upon three (3) months’ prior written notice to the Company, whereupon this Agreement shall terminate except that the provisions set forth in Sections 3.b, 3.c., 4 and 6 of this Agreement shall survive such termination.
2. Supersede and Replace. This Agreement shall supersede and replace the 2017 Agreement and the 2017 Agreement shall be terminated as of the Effective Date.
3. Position, Duties, Responsibilities.
a. Duties. COB/CEO shall perform those service (the “Services”) as may be reasonably requested by the Company from time to time, including but not limited to the Services described on Exhibit A attached hereto. COB/CEO shall devote his commercially reasonable efforts and attention to the performance of the Services for the Company on a timely basis. COB/CEO shall also make himself available to answer questions, provide advice and provide Services to the Company upon reasonable request and notice from the Company. COB/CEO will perform the Services faithfully, diligently and to the best of his skill and ability.
b. COB/CEO Representations and Covenants.
|(i)||COB/CEO hereby represents, warrants and covenants that COB/CEO has the right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and that neither the execution nor delivery of this Agreement, nor the performance of the Services by COB/CEO, will conflict with or result in a breach of the terms, conditions or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any contract, covenant or instrument under which COB/CEO is now, or hereafter becomes, obligated.|
c. Company Representations and Covenants.
|(i)||Company hereby agrees that it shall be solely responsible for the impact of any and all taxes arising out of the COB/CEO’s receipt of any equity compensation payable under this Agreement.|
|(ii)||Company hereby represents, warrants and covenants that it has the right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and that neither the execution nor delivery of this Agreement, nor the performance of the this Agreement, will conflict with or result in a breach of the terms, conditions or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any contract, covenant or instrument under which Company is now, or hereafter becomes, obligated.|
4. Compensation, Benefits, Expenses.
a. Compensation. As full and complete consideration for the Services to be rendered hereunder, the Company shall pay COB/CEO the Compensation described on Exhibit A attached hereto.
b. Reimbursement of Expenses. Company shall promptly reimburse COB/CEO for any reasonable costs and expenses incurred by COB/CEO in connection with any Services specifically requested by Company and actually performed by COB/CEO pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. Each such expenditure or cost shall be reimbursed only if: (i) with respect to costs and expenses in excess of $100, individually, and (ii) with respect to costs and expenses of less than $100, individually, COB/CEO furnishes to Company adequate records and other documents reasonably acceptable to Company evidencing such expense or cost.
5. Proprietary Information; Work Product; Non-Disclosure.
a. Defined. Company has conceived, developed and owns, and continues to conceive and develop, certain property rights and information, including but not limited to its business plans and objectives, client and customer information, financial projections, marketing plans, marketing materials, logos, and designs, and technical data, inventions, processes, know-how, algorithms, formulae, franchises, database’s, computer programs, computer software, user interfaces, source codes, object codes, architectures and structures, display screens, layouts, development tools and instructions, templates, and other trade secrets, intangible assets and industrial or proprietary property rights which may or may not be related directly or indirectly to Company’s software business and all documentation, media or other tangible embodiment of or relating to any of the foregoing and all proprietary rights therein of Company (all of which are hereinafter referred to as the “Proprietary Information”). Although certain information may be generally known in the relevant industry, the fact that Company uses it may not be so known. In such instance, the knowledge that Company uses the information would comprise Proprietary Information. Furthermore, the fact that various fragments of information or data may be generally known in the relevant industry does not mean that the manner in which Company combines them, and the results obtained thereby, are known. In such instance, that would also comprise Proprietary Information.
b. General Restrictions on Use. COB/CEO agrees to hold all Proprietary Information in confidence and not to, directly or indirectly, disclose, use, copy, publish, summarize, or remove from Company’s premises any Proprietary Information (or remove from the premises any other property of Company), except to the extent authorized and necessary to carry out COB/CEO’s responsibilities under this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such restrictions shall not apply to: (x) information which COB/CEO can show was rightfully in COB/CEO’s possession at the time of disclosure by Company; (y) information which COB/CEO can show was received from a third party who lawfully developed the information independently of Company or obtained such information from Company under conditions which did not require that it be held in confidence; or (z) information which, at the time of disclosure, is generally available to the public.
c. Ownership of Work Product. All Work Product (as defined below) shall belong exclusively to Company and its designees. If by operation of law, any of the Work Product, including all related intellectual property rights, is not owned in its entirety by Company automatically upon creation thereof, then COB/CEO agrees to assign, and hereby assigns, to Company and its designees the ownership of such Work Product, including all related intellectual property rights. “Work Product” shall mean any writings (including excel, power point, emails, etc.), programming, documentation, data compilations, reports, and any other media, materials, or other objects produced as a result of COB/CEO’s work or delivered by COB/CEO in the course of performing that work.
d. Further Assurances. COB/CEO agrees to take sure further actions and execute and deliver such further agreements and other instruments as Company may reasonably request to give effect to this Section 4.
e. Return of Proprietary Information. Upon termination of this Agreement, COB/CEO shall upon request by the Company promptly deliver to Company at Company’s sole cost and expense, all Proprietary Information, and all other materials in its possession or under its control relating to the Proprietary Information and/or Services, as well as all other property belonging to Company which is then in COB/CEO’s possession or under its control. Notwithstanding the foregoing, COB/CEO shall retain ownership of all works owned by COB/CEO prior to commencing Services for Company hereunder, subject to Company’s nonexclusive, perpetual, paid-up right and license to use such works in connection with its use of the Services and any Work Product.
f. Remedies/Additional Confidentiality Agreements. Nothing in this Section 4 is intended to limit any remedy of Company under applicable state or federal law. At the request of Company, COB/CEO shall also execute Company’s standard “Confidentiality Agreement” or similarly named agreement as such agreement is currently applied to and entered into by Company’s most recent employees.
6. Non-Compete. During the Term, COB/CEO shall not compete directly with the Company. During the period that is six (6) months after the termination of this Agreement, COB/CEO shall provide the Company with written notice any time that COB/CEO provides any services, as an employee, consultant or otherwise, to any person, company or entity that competes directly with the Company. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein.
a. Notices. All notices required under this Agreement shall be deemed to have been given or made for all purposes upon receipt of such written notice or communication. Notices to each party shall be sent to the address set forth below the party’s signature on the signature page of this Agreement. Either party hereto may change the address to which such communications are to be directed by giving written notice to the other party hereto of such change.
b. Entire Agreement. This Agreement and any documents attached hereto as exhibits constitute the entire agreement and understanding between the parties with respect to the subject matter herein and therein, and supersede and replace any and all prior agreements and understandings, whether oral or written with respect to such matters. The provisions of this Agreement may be waived, altered, amended or replaced in whole or in part only upon the written consent of both parties to this Agreement.
c. Severability, Enforcement. If, for any reason, any provision of this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid or inoperative, the validity and effect of the other provisions herein shall not be affected thereby, provided that no such severability shall be effective if it causes a material detriment to any party.
d. Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, enforceability, and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, without regard to its conflict of law rules that would require the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. Venue for any and all disputes arising out of this Agreement shall be the state and Federal courts sitting in the City of Tampa, Florida.
e. Injunctive Relief. The parties agree that in the event of any breach or threatened breach of any of the covenants in Section 4, the damage or imminent damage to the value and the goodwill of Company’s business will be irreparable and extremely difficult to estimate, making any remedy at law or in damages inadequate. Accordingly, the parties agree that Company shall be entitled to injunctive relief against COB/CEO in the event of any breach or threatened breach of any such provisions by COB/CEO, in addition to any other relief (including damages) available to Company under this Agreement or under applicable state or Federal law.
f. Publicity. The Company shall have the right to use the name, biography and picture of COB/CEO on the Company’s website, marketing and advertising materials.
g. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which shall together constitute one and the same instrument. In the event that any signature is delivered by facsimile transmission or by e-mail delivery of a “.pdf” format data file, such signature shall create a valid and binding obligation of the party executing (or on whose behalf such signature is executed) with the same force and effect as if such facsimile or “.pdf” signature page were an original thereof.
h. Severability. The holding of any provision of this Agreement to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction shall not affect any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect. If any provision of this Agreement shall be declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced in whole or in part, such provision shall be interpreted so as to remain enforceable to the maximum extent permissible consistent with applicable law and the remaining conditions and provisions or portions thereof shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect and enforceable to the extent they are valid, legal and enforceable, and no provisions shall be deemed dependent upon any other covenant or provision unless so expressed herein.
i. Legal Costs. In any action to enforce this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover all court costs and expenses and reasonable legal fees and outlay, in addition to any other relief to which it may be entitled.
[Signature page follows.]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each party hereto has duly executed this Agreement as of the Effective Date.
|Signature: /s/ Paul LaBarre||Signature: /s/ Greg P. Bell|
|Name: Paul LaBarre||Name: Greg P. Bell|
|Title: Director||Address: 4522 West Village Dr.|
|Address: 4522 West Village Drive||Tampa, Florida 33624|
|Tampa, Florida 33624|
|Signature: /s/ Andrew Georgens|
|Name: Andrew Georgens|
|Signature: /s/ Darryl Metz|
|Name: Darryl Metz|
As the COB/CEO, you shall:
|v||Call and Manage Board Meetings As needed by the Company|
|v||Participate in Board Meetings and calls as requested by “Company”|
|v||Perform the duties of Chairman & CEO of the Company as per industry standards|
|v||Operate all matters of the Company|
|1.||The Company shall issue COB/CEO 40,000,000 (Fifty Million) Preferred Series B “Shares” of the “Company”' to Greg P. Bell, the “Shares” for the COB/CEO management time in managing the Company.|
|2.||A Salary of $120,000 per year|
|3.||Participation in the Executive Level Benefit Package as adopted and approved by the Company Board of Directors.|