Employment Agreement dated June 21, 2021 between BoxScore Brands, Inc. and Patrick Avery
This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of the 1st day of July 2021 (the “Effective Date”), by and between BoxScore Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Patrick Avery, an individual (the “Employee”).
1. Employment Period. The Company hereby agrees to employ the Employee as its Chief Operating Officer. The Employee, in such capacity, agrees to provide services to the Company for the term beginning on the Effective Date (the “Commencement Date”) and ending July 1, 2023, unless earlier terminated in accordance with this Agreement (the “Initial Term”).
This Agreement shall be extended for additional one year terms (each such term, a “Renewal Term”), unless either the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) or the Employee objects to such extension by delivering written notice to the other party at least ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the Initial Term or the applicable Renewal Term. Such notice, if given by either party and not withdrawn prior to the end of the applicable year, shall be deemed a termination of Employee’s employment by the party who delivered such notice under this Agreement. The Initial Term and each Renewal Term shall be collectively referred to herein as the “Employment Period”.
2. Performance of Duties. The Employee agrees that while he is employed by the Company, he shall devote sufficient of his working time, energies and talents in order to perform the duties typically performed by a Chief Operating Officer of a public company It is understood by both the Employee and the Company that the Employee’s time devoted to performing the Duties assigned to him need not be on a “full-time” basis. For the sake of further clarification, so long as same is disclosed in writing to the Board (email to be sufficient), the Employee shall be allowed to engage, undertake or be interested in (whether directly or indirectly) any other employment, business or occupation and/or become a director or employee or agent or consultant or partner of any other person, officer or company which either individually or in the aggregate, provided that such employment, business, or occupation does not materially affect the Employee’s ability to fulfill the duties assigned by the Board in accordance with this Agreement.
3. Compensation. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, during the Employment Period, the Employee shall be compensated by the Company for his services as follows:
|(a)||He shall receive, for the Initial Term and each Renewal Term, if any, a rate of salary that is not less than:|
|-||time of signing for 3 months for establishment of company, goals and plans $7000 per month|
|-||upon fundraising for at least one project, and in development, salary shall go to $8000 per month.|
Once Boxscore and its resource entity has two or more projects in funding or development. If there are not sufficient funds to pay the Salary each month, such Salary shall be accrued until sufficient funding is received by the Company to pay the Salary with such funds. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the accrual of Salary shall not disqualify the Employee from terminating his employment with the Company under Section 4(c) or otherwise.
(b) Any employee bonus will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors and based on financial performance of the company in conjunction with the performance of the common stock price among other factors deemed reasonable and applicable by the Board of Directors.
(c) Employee shall be reimbursed by the Company for all reasonable business, promotional, travel and entertainment expenses which are pre-approved by the Chairman of the Board and or full Board of Directors and subsequently incurred or paid by him during the employment period in the performance of his services under this Agreement that are consistent with the Company’s policies in effect from time to time, provided that the Employee furnishes to the Company appropriate documentation in a timely fashion required by the Internal Revenue Code in connection with such expenses and shall furnish such other documentation and accounting as the Company may from time to time reasonably request.
(e) He shall be entitled to all scheduled holidays of the Company, and a minimum of five (5) days of paid vacation per year (subject to increase in the sole discretion of the Board and subject to Company policy.
(f) He shall be eligible to participate in the benefits made generally available by the Company to the Employee management team, in accordance with the benefit plans established by the Company, and as may be amended from time to time in the Company’s sole discretion. It is understood by the employee that all benefits are pre-approved by the Board of Directors.
4. Termination. The Employee’s employment hereunder may be terminated prior to the expiration of the Employment Period under the following circumstances:
(a) Death. The Employee’s employment hereunder shall terminate upon his death.
(b) Total Disability. The Company may terminate Employee’s employment upon the Employee becoming “Totally Disabled.” For purposes of this Agreement, “Totally Disabled” means any physical or mental ailment or incapacity that would be determined by a licensed physician in good standing, which has prevented, or is reasonably expected (as determined by a licensed physician in good standing) to prevent, the Employee from performing the duties incident to the Employee’s employment hereunder which has continued for a period of either (A) thirty (30) consecutive days or (B) one hundred (100) total days in any twelve (12) month period; provided, however, that the Employee receives at least fourteen (14) days written notice prior to such termination.
(c) Termination by the Company for Cause. The Company may terminate Employee’s employment hereunder for “Cause.” For purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” shall mean:
|(i)||any act or omission that constitutes a material breach by the Employee of any of his obligations under this Agreement;|
|(ii)||the refusal or failure by the Employee to carry out specific reasonable directions of the Board, which are of a material nature and consistent with the Employee’s position;|
|(iii)||the refusal or failure by the Employee to satisfactorily perform the Duties reasonably required of him;|
|(iv)||the Employee engaging in any misconduct, fraud or dishonest action (including, without limitation, theft or embezzlement), violence, threat of violence, or any activity that could result in any violation of federal securities laws, in each case that is injurious to the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates;|
|(v)||the Employee’s material breach of a written policy of the Company;|
|(vi)||the conviction of the Employee of, or plea of nolo contendere to, a felony under federal or state law, or a crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude, or which could reflect negatively upon the Company or otherwise impair or impede its operations (as determined in the reasonable discretion of the Board);|
|(vii)||any other willful misconduct by the Employee which is materially injurious to the financial condition or business reputation of the Company or any of its affiliates; or,|
|(viii)||insolvency of the Company through the protection of the bankruptcy codes, assignment for the benefit of creditors (ABC), or any and all public or private insolvency options available to the Company.|
Notwithstanding the foregoing, “Cause” for termination shall not be deemed to exist with respect to the Employee’s acts as described in subsections (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), or (vii) above, unless the Company shall have given written notice to the Employee within a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days of the Company’s knowledge of the initial existence of the occurrence, specifying the “Cause” with reasonable particularity and, within fifteen (15) days after such notice, the Employee shall not have cured or eliminated the problem or thing giving rise to such “Cause;” provided, however, no more than two (2) cure periods need be provided during any twelve (12) month period. For the avoidance of doubt, Employee shall not be afforded any cure period with respect to the acts described in subsections (vi), or (viii) or above.
(d) Termination by Employee for Good Reason. Employee may terminate his employment with the Company for Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean a termination by the Employee of his employment with the Company due to a breach by the Company of its material obligations under this Agreement, including without limitation the failure to pay the Employee’s Salary, regardless of whether Salary is accruing, or any other agreement to which Employee and Company are both parties; provided, however, that (i) the Employee provides written notice to the Company specifying in reasonable detail the circumstances claimed to provide the basis for such termination within thirty (30) days following the Employee’s knowledge of the occurrence of such events, (ii) if such circumstances are correctable, the Company fails to correct the circumstances set forth in Employee’s notice of termination within thirty (30) days of receipt of such notice, and (iii) the Employee actually terminates employment within sixty (60) days following such knowledge of the occurrence.
(e) Voluntary Termination. Either party may terminate Employee’s employment hereunder at any time by providing written notice to the other at least sixty (60) days prior to the voluntary termination of employment.
(f) Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company or by the Employee under this Agreement shall be communicated by written notice to the other party.
5. Obligations and Compensation Following Termination of Employment. In the event that Employee’s employment hereunder is terminated, Employee shall have the following obligations and shall be entitled to the following compensation and benefits upon such termination, and nothing else:
(a) In the event that (A) Employee terminates his employment for Good Reason in accordance with Section 4(d) above, or (B) the Company voluntarily terminates Employee per 4(e) above, but in any event, subject to the Employee’s compliance with the provisions contained in Sections 5(d) and 5(e), the Company shall pay to the Employee: (i) any accrued but unpaid Salary for services rendered to the date of termination; and (ii) two months of Employee’s Salary at the time of such termination.
(b) Termination due to Death or Total Disability. In the event that the Employee’s employment is terminated due to the Employee’s death or by the Company as a result of the Employee being deemed to be Totally Disabled, the Company shall pay to the Employee the following amounts and nothing else: (i) any accrued but unpaid Salary for services rendered to the date of termination; and (ii) an amount equal to the Salary at the time of such termination, payable each month, over a six month period beginning thirty (30) days after the date of such termination in accordance with Section 3(a) above.
(c) Termination by the Company for Cause or Voluntary Termination by Employee other than for Good Reason. In the event that Employee’s employment is terminated by the Company for Cause pursuant to Section 4(c) above, or due to the Employee’s voluntary resignation other than for Good Reason pursuant to Section 4(e) above, the Company shall pay to the Employee any accrued but unpaid Salary for services rendered to the date of termination and nothing else.
(d) Return of Company Property. In the event that Employee’s employment is terminated for any reason, the Employee (or his estate or legal representative, as the case may be) shall be obligated to immediately return all properly of the Company or any of its affiliates in his (or their) possession as of the date of termination, including, but not limited to, (i) cell phones, personal computers or other electronic devices provided by the Company, including all files resident on such devices; (ii) all memoranda, notes, records, files or other documentation, whether made or compiled by the Employee alone or in conjunction with others (regardless of whether such persons are employed by the Company); (iii) all proprietary or other information of the Company and its affiliates (originals and all copies) which is in the Employee’s control or possession (or that of his estate or legal representative, as the case may be); and (iv) any and all other property of the Company and its affiliates which is in the Employee’s control or possession (or that of his estate or legal representative, as the case may be), whether directly or indirectly.
(e) Transition Services. In the event that either (i) the Employee’s employment is terminated in accordance with Section 4(e) above, or (ii) the Employment Period expires pursuant to either party’s non-renewal thereof, the Employee agrees that after the date of such termination or expiration, as applicable, he shall, for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from the effective date of his termination, take all actions as reasonably requested by the Company in order to transition all of his former job duties and responsibilities to his successor, and the Company shall compensate the Employee for such services at the pro rata hourly rate of the Employee’s Salary as of the date of the date of the Employee’s termination. For the sake of clarity, such compensation shall be in addition to any compensation owed to Employee, if any, under Section 5(a) above.
6. Covenants of Employee. The Employee covenants and agrees that:
(a) Confidential Information. During the Employment Period and for a period of one (1) year thereafter, the Employee shall keep secret and retain in strictest confidence, and shall not use for his benefit or the benefit of others, except in connection with the business and affairs of the Company and its affiliates, all confidential matters relating to the Company’s business or to the Company and its affiliates learned by the Employee heretofore or hereafter directly or indirectly from the Company and its affiliates, including, without limitation, information with respect to (a) operations, (b) sales figures, (c) profit or loss figures and financial data, (d) costs, (e) customers, clients, and customer lists (including, without limitation, credit history, repayment history, financial information and financial statements), and (f) plans (collectively, the “Confidential Information”) and shall not disclose such Confidential Information to anyone outside of the Company and its affiliates except with the Company’s express written consent and except for Confidential Information which (1) is at the time of receipt or thereafter becomes publicly known through no wrongful act of the Employee, (2) is received from a third party not under an obligation to keep such information confidential and without breach of this Agreement, (3) was already in the possession of the Employee prior to its disclosure by the Company pursuant to this Agreement, (4) is disclosed pursuant to any request or requirement by law, rule, regulation, governmental or regulatory authority, or any other legal proceeding. The Employee further agrees that he shall not make any statement or disclosure that (a) would be prohibited by applicable Federal or state laws or (b) is intended or reasonably likely to be detrimental to the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.
(b) Non-Solicitation. During the Employment Period and for a six-month period thereafter (the “Restricted Period”), the Employee shall not, without the Company’s prior written consent, directly or indirectly, knowingly solicit or encourage any employee of the Company to leave the employment of the Company or hire or participate in hiring any employee who has left the employment of the Company during the Restricted Period or the six (6) month period prior to the beginning of the Restricted Period.
(i) During the Employment Period and for a period of one (1) year thereafter, the Employee expressly shall not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written consent of the Board, own, manage, operate, join, control, franchise, license, receive compensation or benefits from, or participate in the ownership, management, operation, or control of, or be employed or be otherwise connected in any manner with, a Competitive Business; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prohibit the Employee from acquiring, solely as an investment and through market purchases, securities of any entity which are registered under Section 12(b) or 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and which are publicly traded, so long as the Employee is not part of any control group of such entity and such securities, alone or if converted, do not constitute more than five percent (5%) of the outstanding voting power of that entity. For purposes of this Section 6(c), Competitive Business means specific minerals or metals, currently being developed or produced by Boxscore, at the time Avery leaves. Company recognizes that Avery works, and will continue to work in the mining and minerals business, but not in direct competition with Boxscore resources or projects. Strike “Competitive Business” means any enterprise in the business that markets, sells, or distributes, via vending kiosks, products or services that are the same or similar to the products or services the Company markets, sells, or distributes.
(ii) Employee recognizes that the Confidential Information is of a special, unique, unusual, extraordinary and intellectual character giving it a peculiar value, the disclosure of which cannot be reasonably or adequately compensated for in damages, and in the event of a breach of this Agreement by Employee the Company shall, in addition to all other remedies available to it, be entitled to seek equitable relief by way of an injunction and any other legal or equitable remedies. Anything to the contrary herein notwithstanding, the Company may seek such equitable relief in any federal or state court in New York and Employee hereby submits to exclusive jurisdiction in those courts for purposes of this Section (6)(c)(ii). Such exclusive jurisdiction of courts in New York shall not affect a court’s ability to award equitable relief as provided in Section 7(a) of this Agreement.
(d) Records. All memoranda, notes, lists, records and other documents (and all copies thereof) made or compiled by the Employee or made available to the Employee by the Company concerning the Company’s business or the Company shall be the Company’s property and shall be delivered to the Company at any time on request.
(e) Acknowledgment. Employee acknowledges and agrees that the restrictions set forth in this Section 6 are critical and necessary to protect the Company’s legitimate business interests (including the protection of its Confidential Information); are reasonably drawn to this end with respect to duration, scope, and otherwise; are not unduly burdensome; are not injurious to the public interest; and are supported by adequate consideration. Employee also acknowledges and agrees that, in the event that Employee breaches any of the provisions in this Section 6, the Company may suffer immediate, irreparable injury and will, therefore, be entitled to seek injunctive relief, in addition to any other damages to which it may be entitled, as well as the costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees it incurs in enforcing its rights under this Section 6. Employee further acknowledges that any breach or claimed breach of the provisions set forth in this Agreement may not be a defense to enforcement of the restrictions set forth in this Section 6.
(f) Cessation of Payments and Benefits Upon Breach. Company’s obligations to make any payments or confer any benefit under this Agreement, other than to pay for all compensation and benefits accrued but unpaid up to the date of termination, will automatically and immediately terminate in the event that Employee breaches any of the restrictive covenants in this Section 6; provided, however, that Company provides written notice to Employee specifying in reasonable detail the circumstances claimed to provide the basis for such breach.
7. Rights and Remedies Upon Breach of Restrictive Covenants. If the Employee breaches, or threatens to commit a breach of, any of the provisions of Section 6 (the “Restrictive Covenants”), the Company shall have the following rights and remedies (upon compliance with any necessary prerequisites imposed by law upon the availability of such remedies), each of which rights and remedies shall be independent of the other and severally enforceable, and all of which rights and remedies shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other rights and remedies available to the Company under law or in equity:
(a) The right and remedy to seek to have the Restrictive Covenants specifically enforced by any court having equity jurisdiction, including, without limitation, the right to an file against the Employee restraining orders and injunctions (preliminary, mandatory, temporary and permanent) against violations, threatened or actual, and whether or not then continuing, of such covenants, it being acknowledged and agreed that any such breach or threatened breach may cause irreparable injury to the Company and that money damages may not provide an adequate remedy to the Company; and
(b) The right and remedy to seek to require the Employee to account for and pay over to the Company all compensation, profits, monies, accruals, increments or other benefits (collectively, “Benefits”) derived or received by him as the result of any transactions constituting a breach of the Restrictive Covenants.
(a) The Company shall defend and indemnify Employee to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware against all claims, actions, costs, expenses, liabilities, and losses (including without limitation, attorneys’ fees, judgments, fines, penalties, and ERISA excise taxes), incurred by Employee in connection with an Identifiable Proceeding that arises from or relates to any acts, events, or omissions that occur on or after the Effective Date of this Agreement. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the Company is not obligated to indemnity Employee for any claims, actions, costs, expenses, liabilities, and/or losses that result from Employee’s fraud or intentional misconduct. For purposes of this Section 8, “Identifiable Proceeding” shall mean any identifiable action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, administrative or investigative, in which Employee is made a party to, or a witness in, such action, suit, or proceeding by reason of the fact that Employee is or was an officer, director or employee of the Company or is or was serving as an officer, director, shareholder, employee, trustee, or agent of any other entity at the request of the Company. Company to the extent it has or obtains insurance during Employee’s employment, shall extend such coverage to Employee. Company shall utilize its best efforts to, within sixty (60) days from the Effective Date, obtain appropriate insurance policies, including but not limited to director’s and officer’s liability and general liability policies.
(b) The Company shall reimburse Employee all reasonable costs and expenses incurred in connection with an Identifiable Proceeding within twenty (20) days after receipt by the Company of a written request for such reimbursement. Such request shall include an itemized list of the costs and expenses incurred in connection with the Identifiable Proceeding. Employee shall promptly repay the amount of such reimbursement if ultimately it shall be determined that Employee is not permitted to be indemnified against such costs and expenses under applicable law. If Employee has commenced or commences legal proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction to secure a determination that Employee should be indemnified under applicable law, as provided in this Section 8, then Employee shall not be required to reimburse the Company for any expense or cost until a final judicial determination is made with respect thereto (as to which all rights of appeal therefrom have been exhausted or have lapsed). Employee’s obligation to reimburse the Company, for expense advances shall be unsecured and no interest shall be charged thereon.
(c) The Company shall not settle any Identifiable Proceeding or claim in any manner which would impose on Employee any penalty or limitation without Employee’s prior written consent. Employee will not withhold consent to any proposed settlement of an Identifiable Proceeding unreasonably.
9. Successors; Assignment. This Agreement shall be binding on, and inure to the benefit of, each of the parties and their permitted successors and assigns. This Agreement may be assigned by the Company to a successor in interest in connection with a sale of all or substantially all of the assets or securities of the Company.
10. Severability; Blue Penciling.
(a) The Employee acknowledges and agrees that (i) he has had an opportunity to seek advice of counsel in connection with this Agreement and (ii) the Restrictive Covenants are reasonable in geographical and temporal scope and in all other respects. If it is determined that any of the provisions of this Agreement, including, without limitation, any of the Restrictive Covenants, or any part thereof, is invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of the provisions of this Agreement shall not thereby be affected and shall be given full effect, without regard to the invalid portions.
(b) If any court determines that any of the covenants contained in this Agreement, including, without limitation, any of the Restrictive Covenants, or any part thereof, is unenforceable because of the duration or geographical scope of such provision, the duration or scope of such provision, as the case may be shall be reduced so that such provision becomes enforceable and, in its reduced form, such provision shall then be enforceable and shall be enforced.
11. Waiver of Breach. The waiver by either the Company or the Employee of a breach of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate as or be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach by either the Company or the Employee.
12. Notice. Any notice to be given hereunder by a party hereto shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been given when deposited in the U.S. mail, certified or registered mail, postage prepaid:
(a) to the Employee addressed as follows:
with a copy to:
(b) to the Company addressed as follows:
BoxScore Brands, Inc.
3275 S. Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Jared I. Levinthal, via email
Jay Hentchel, via email
Patrick White, via email
13. Amendment. This Agreement may be amended only by mutual agreement of the parties in writing.
14. Applicable Law. The provisions of this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware without regard to the conflicts of laws principles thereof. Any dispute is to be resolved exclusively in the courts of the State of New York.
15. Interpretation. This Agreement shall be construed as a whole, according to its fair meaning, and not in favor of or against any party. Sections and section headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only, and shall not affect in any manner the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement. Whenever the context requires, references to the singular shall include the plural and the plural the singular.
16. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original of this Agreement, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
17. Authority. Each party represents and warrants that such party has the right, power and authority to enter into and execute this Agreement and to perform and discharge all of the obligations hereunder; and that this Agreement constitutes the valid and legally binding agreement and obligation of such party and is enforceable in accordance with its terms.
18. Entire Agreement. This Agreement is intended to be the final, complete, and exclusive statement of the terms of Employee’s employment by the Company and may not be contradicted by evidence of any prior or contemporaneous statements or agreements, except for agreements specifically referenced herein. To be clear, neither Company or Employee are relying on any representation or warranty other than those representations and warranties contained herein. To the extent that the practices, policies or procedures of the Company, now or in the future, apply to Employee and are inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement, the provisions of this Agreement shall control. Any subsequent change in Employee’s duties, position, or compensation will not affect the validity or scope of this Agreement.
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[Signature Page to Employment Agreement]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Employee and the Company have executed this Employment Agreement as of the Effective Date.
BoxScore Brands, INC.
|/s/ Andrew Boutsikakis|
|Name: Andrew Boutsikakis|
|Title: BOARD MEMBER|
|Name: Jay Hentschel|
|Title: BOARD MEMBER|
Name: Patrick White
Title: BOARD MEMBER
Name: Jared Levinthal, ESQ
Title: BOARD MEMBER