Second Amended & Restated Employment Agreement, by and among Scott Watterson, iFIT Health & Fitness Inc (formerly HF Holdings, Inc.) and iFIT Inc. (formerly ICON Health & Fitness Inc.)
SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT entered as of the 1st day of July, 2008.
|AMONG:||HF HOLDINGS, INC., a Delaware corporation.|
|ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC., a Delaware corporation.|
|SCOTT R. WATTERSON, acting in his personal capacity, of the City of LOGAN, State of UTAH.|
THE PARTIES AGREE AS FOLLOWS:
The COMPANY and the SUBSIDIARY made and entered into an agreement for the employment of the EMPLOYEE as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the COMPANY, according to the terms and conditions set forth in such agreement, dated September 27, 1999.
That agreement was amended by a First Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated April 29, 2002, a Second Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated May 17, 2003 and was amended and restated as of February 27, 2004 (as amended from time to time and restated, the Original Agreement).
In this Agreement, BUSINESS means the manufacture, sale and distribution of SPORTING GOODS as carried on by the COMPANY, the SUBSIDIARY, and their respective various divisions and subsidiaries, from time to time. SPORTING GOODS means fitness equipment and accessories, which presently involve treadmills, home gyms, aerobic exercises, trampolines, weights and benches and exercise accessories, but the content of such product lines may vary from time to time.
In this Agreement, AFFILIATES means any entity in which the COMPANY or the SUBSIDIARY holds more than a twenty percent (20%) voting interest direct or indirect.
The parties hereto desire to again amend and restate that Agreement (hereinafter the Second Amended and Restated Employment Agreement) and as of July 1, 2008 do hereby so amend and restate that Agreement as follows:
The Original Agreement came into effect on September 27, 1999 (the INITIAL EFFECTIVE DATE) and this Second Amended Employment Agreement was made effective as of July 1, 2008 (herein the Effective Date).
Subject to earlier termination as hereinafter provided, the COMPANY hereby employs the EMPLOYEE and the EMPLOYEE agrees to serve the COMPANY in the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from the Effective Date until May 31, 2010, (the TERM).
Although this agreement is concluded between the COMPANY and the EMPLOYEE, it is agreed that the duties and obligations of the EMPLOYEE hereunder extend to the SUBSIDIARY and to all of the COMPANYS other subsidiaries, present and future, although the EMPLOYEE will not necessarily be an employee of such entities. The EMPLOYEE agrees to serve, if requested by the COMPANY, as an officer or director of the SUBSIDIARY and any other subsidiaries, in each case without additional consideration.
BASE SALARY, EXPENSES AND BENEFITS
In consideration for (i) the faithful performance of services and the other obligations of the EMPLOYEE hereunder by the EMPLOYEE to the COMPANY (ii) the EMPLOYEES execution of this amended and restated Agreement and (iii) the EMPLOYEES agreement to perform future services to the COMPANY as herein provided during the TERM, the COMPANY shall pay to the EMPLOYEE during the TERM an annual base salary of SIX HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($625,000) payable in semi-monthly installments or in accordance with the general policy of the COMPANY which may change from time to time but in no event less frequently than monthly.
The annual base salary mentioned in Section 3.1 above shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors of the COMPANY and may be adjusted upwards in the Boards discretion, annually for each year of the TERM, taking into account, among other things:
the performance by the EMPLOYEE of his duties and functions pursuant to this Agreement,
the general economic situation,
the development and performance of the BUSINESS, and
other matters deemed relevant by the Board of Directors such as an increase in shareholder equity and the rate on return on investment.
The COMPANY shall reimburse the EMPLOYEE for all reasonable expenses which are incurred during the TERM by the EMPLOYEE in the performance of his duties hereunder which was (i) subject to the COMPANYs annual budget or (ii) as authorized by the Board of Directors of the COMPANY and (iii) in accordance with the policies and procedures established from time to time by the Board of Directors of the COMPANY or a committee delegated for such purpose.
During the TERM the COMPANY shall provide the EMPLOYEE with the use of a new automobile of his choice, acting reasonably (and consistently with his past practice) every three (3) years for the purposes of his employment commensurate with the position of the EMPLOYEE and having regard to COMPANY policy in force from time to time.
The COMPANY shall pay all costs and expenses of said automobile and its operation, including, without limitation, insurance, maintenance, gas and use of such automobile. Upon the expiry of the TERM, the EMPLOYEE shall deliver such automobile to the COMPANY.
During the TERM the EMPLOYEE shall be entitled to participate in the COMPANYs life, welfare, and health insurance plans for senior executives on the same terms as those of other senior executives.
During the TERM, the EMPLOYEE shall be entitled to participate in fringe benefit programs and general salary adjustment increases which are not less favorable than those extended by the COMPANY to its senior executives, including without limitation the deferred compensation plan previously established by the Board of Directors, but excluding for this purpose any such plan or program adopted exclusively for the benefit of junior management.
The EMPLOYEE shall receive with respect to (i) each fiscal year ending during the TERM, and (ii) that portion of any fiscal year ending after TERM, during which he is employed hereunder, a bonus equal to one and one-half percent (1.50%) or one and one-quarter percent (1.25%) in the event of the application of Section 9.8 hereof, of the consolidated EBITDA (as the term EBITDA is defined in the Credit Agreement, dated
|September 6, 2007, among the SUBSIDIARY, Bank of America, NA and the other lenders thereunder, without regard to amendments thereto) of the COMPANY and the SUBSIDIARY, provided however, that for each Company fiscal year after the INITIAL EFFECTIVE DATE, and prior to September 6, 2007, a bonus equal to one and one quarter percent (1.25%) of the consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Credit Agreement dated April 9, 2002 among the SUBSIDIARY, General Electric Corporation and other lenders there under) calculated using the Companys fiscal year ending May 31, 2003; provided, further however, that such bonus payments (i) shall, in the event of a Material Acquisition (as reasonably determined in good faith by the Board of Directors) by the COMPANY or the SUBSIDIARY and absent an agreement to the contrary between the COMPANY and the EMPLOYEE, be calculated without taking account of any EBITDA (as defined above) properly attributable to such Material Acquisition, and (ii) shall not be payable with respect to any such fiscal year unless such EBITDA for such fiscal year exceeds five and one-half percent (5.5%) of the consolidated net sales of the SUBSIDIARY and its subsidiaries (but not including the COMPANY) determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and provided, further, that for purposes of this Agreement, EBITDA shall be calculated without regard to any bonuses payable hereunder.|
The sole basis for the bonus calculation shall be the audited financial statements of the SUBSIDIARY and its subsidiaries for the fiscal year in question.
Any bonus to which EMPLOYEE is entitled under the provisions of this Agreement for any fiscal year shall be paid to him (regardless of whether the TERM has terminated) in accordance with the COMPANYs previous practice, with a first installment equal to forty percent (40%) of a good faith estimate of the bonus for such year, to be paid during the month of December of such year and a final installment to be paid as promptly as reasonably practicable after the end of, but not later than the 75th day after the end of each such fiscal year.
During the TERM the EMPLOYEE shall perform those functions which are normally the functions of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the COMPANY and such other offices as he may hold pursuant to Section 2.3, and shall further perform those functions which shall be reasonably determined from time to time by the Board of Directors of the COMPANY, such functions not to be inconsistent with those herein set forth. The EMPLOYEE shall report to, and be subject to the authority of, the Board of Directors of the COMPANY.
During the TERM the COMPANY shall give the EMPLOYEE a notice of six (6) months prior to any relocation of the EMPLOYEE.
During the TERM it is the specific responsibility of the EMPLOYEE, between regular meetings of the Board, to apprise Board Members of significant business matters.
During the TERM EMPLOYEE shall devote his entire working time, attention and energies to the business of the COMPANY, the SUBSIDIARY, and their respective AFFILIATES.
During the TERM the EMPLOYEE shall not, except under Section 5.6, be engaged in any other business activity, whether or not such business activity is pursued for gain, profit or other pecuniary advantage. Notwithstanding the prohibition contained in the present clause, the EMPLOYEE shall be entitled to continue to sit on the boards of directors of the companies listed on Schedule I hereto, and on the boards of directors of other companies if such activity is approved in writing by the Board of Directors of the COMPANY. In the case of non-profit corporations or charities, such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, but, in all other cases, the Board of Directors shall have sole discretion to grant, delay or withhold approval, with or without conditions.
During the Term the EMPLOYEE shall not invest his personal assets in any business other than NON-COMPETING BUSINESSES, and even in the case of such investments:
No services are required or furnished on the part of the EMPLOYEE in the operations of the companies in which such investments are made and in which his participation is solely that of an investor provided that this subsection is not infringed by the EMPLOYEEs providing counseling (and not acting in a line capacity) on a non-remunerative basis to all such companies for a maximum of 5 hours per week and 200 hours per year; and
If the EMPLOYEE purchases securities in any corporation whose securities are regularly traded in a recognized securities market, such purchases shall not result in his collectively owning beneficially at any time five percent (5%) or more of the equity securities of any corporation engaged in a business other than a NON-COMPETING BUSINESS.
The foregoing restrictions shall not apply to any investment of whatever extent the EMPLOYEE may take in the shares of the COMPANY or of any successor company.
For the purposes of this subsection, NON-COMPETING BUSINESSES are all businesses other than those which compete with:
the BUSINESS; or
any other business carried on in the future by the COMPANY, the SUBSIDIARY or any AFFILIATES, provided that the EMPLOYEE has access to confidential information concerning such business.
Moreover, the EMPLOYEE shall not knowingly assist any RELATIVE to make any investment which the EMPLOYEE is not permitted to make by this section.
The EMPLOYEE is Chairman of the Board of Directors and acknowledges that he has a significant interest in this Agreement and undertakes during the Term, the following:
To seek independent legal counsel at the COMPANYs expense to negotiate and review this Agreement on the EMPLOYEEs behalf;
To disclose his interest in this Agreement to the other members of the Board of Directors; and
To retire from and abstain from the discussion and vote at any meeting of the Board of Directors at which this Agreement or any default by EMPLOYEE or matter arising therefrom is the subject of a discussion or a vote.
The EMPLOYEE also undertakes during the Term, the following:
To use every best effort (including the establishment of written procedures known to operation personnel) to promptly bring to the attention of the Board of Directors of the COMPANY any matter requiring the COMPANYs decision or action where his own interests or those of a RELATIVE are involved and to abstain from taking such decision or action until the Board of Directors decides.
If requested, to be absent from and abstain from the discussion and vote at any meeting of the aforementioned Board of Directors where the subject matter being discussed and voted upon is any matter covered by Section 5.8.1.
For the purposes of this Agreement, RELATIVE means the EMPLOYEEs spouse, parent, sibling, child or siblings children, the spouses of the foregoing and any other person who could be claimed as a dependent on the EMPLOYEEs or RELATIVEs federal income tax return, any corporation or partnership in which a RELATIVE or the EMPLOYEE holds a five percent (5%) interest or of which a RELATIVE or the EMPLOYEE is an officer or director, and any trust of which any of the foregoing is a beneficiary.
The EMPLOYEE recognizes and acknowledges that the confidential information, trade secrets and proprietary processes of the COMPANY, its AFFILIATES and subsidiaries as they may exist from time to time are valuable, special and unique assets of the BUSINESS of the COMPANY, its AFFILIATES and subsidiaries, access to and knowledge of which are essential to the performance of the EMPLOYEEs duties hereunder. The EMPLOYEE will not, during the TERM or at any time within five (5) years following its termination, for any reason whatsoever, in whole or in part, disclose such confidential information, secrets or processes to any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity for any reason or purpose whatsoever, nor shall the EMPLOYEE make use of such property for his own purposes or for the benefit of any person, firm, corporation or other entity (except the COMPANY, its AFFILIATES and subsidiaries) under any circumstances whatsoever, except as may be required in the fulfillment of his function with the COMPANY within the terms of this Agreement or except as provided by law, provided however, these restrictions shall not apply to such information, secrets and processes which are then in the public domain (provided that the EMPLOYEE was not responsible, directly or indirectly, for permitting such secrets or process to enter the public domain without the COMPANYs consent).
The EMPLOYEE furthermore agrees that upon termination of the TERM he will remit to the COMPANY all writings and materials, in his possession or under his control, which either belong to the COMPANY and AFFILIATES or which may contain confidential information concerning the COMPANY and AFFILIATES. The EMPLOYEE may, however, retain his personal diary/agenda after removing or destroying all confidential COMPANY or AFFILIATES material therein.
Any and all inventions, discoveries, development, methods, processes, compositions, works, concepts and ideas (whether or not patentable or copyrightable) conceived, made, developed, created or reduced to practice by the EMPLOYEE (whether at the request or suggestion of the COMPANY or otherwise, whether alone or in conjunction with others, and whether during regular hours of work or otherwise) during the TERM which may relate to the business, ventures or
|other activities of or products manufactured or sold by the COMPANY or any of its subsidiaries (collectively, Proprietary Rights), shall be promptly and fully disclosed by the EMPLOYEE to an appropriate executive officer of the COMPANY and shall be the COMPANYs exclusive property as against the EMPLOYEE and his heirs and personal representatives, and the EMPLOYEE hereby assigns to the COMPANY his entire right, title and interest therein and shall promptly deliver to an appropriate executive officer of the COMPANY all papers, drawings models, data and other material relating to any of the foregoing Proprietary Rights, conceived, made, developed, created or reduced to practice by him as aforesaid. All copyrightable Proprietary Rights shall be considered works made for hire.|
The EMPLOYEE shall, upon the COMPANYs request and without any payment therefor, execute any documents reasonably necessary or advisable in the opinion of the COMPANYs counsel to assign, and confirm the COMPANYs title in, his entire right, title and interest in the foregoing Proprietary Rights and to direct issuance of patents or copyrights to the COMPANY with respect to such Proprietary Rights as are the COMPANYs exclusive property as against the EMPLOYEE and his heirs and personal representatives under this Section 7.3 or to vest in the COMPANY title to such Proprietary Rights as against the EMPLOYEE and his heirs and personal representatives, the expense of securing any such patent or copyright, however, to be borne by the COMPANY. In addition, the Company shall reimburse the EMPLOYEE for any reasonable expenses incurred in having such documents reviewed by EMPLOYEEs counsel.
During the TERM the EMPLOYEE shall have the right to an annual paid vacation of no less duration than four (4) weeks.
TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
Notwithstanding any other provision contained herein, the COMPANY may on or after the Effective Date send to the EMPLOYEE notice of one of the following events and should the EMPLOYEE fail to cure the matter giving rise to the notice within thirty (30) days after receipt of such notice, the TERM shall terminate without any delay stipulated therein or any indemnity payable in lieu thereof:
EMPLOYEEs willful misconduct or gross negligence;
The commission of a criminal act by the EMPLOYEE against the COMPANY involving material harm to the Company (whether nor not charges are filed);
The commission by the EMPLOYEE of a criminal act of moral turpitude bringing the COMPANY into disrepute (whether or not charges are filed);
Willful insubordination to any directive of the Board of Directors provided reasonable prior notice of such directive is given; or
Actions contrary to Sections 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.8, 7 or 10 causing COMPANY or AFFILIATES material harm.
Notwithstanding any other provision contained herein (in which case the provisions of Section 9.9(d) shall apply), the TERM shall terminate automatically, without notice or indemnity in lieu thereof, upon the occurrence of one of the following events;
The bankruptcy or voluntary state insolvency filing of the EMPLOYEE; or
The death of the EMPLOYEE.
The EMPLOYEE may at any time during the TERM immediately terminate the TERM by sending his resignation in writing to the Board of Directors not less than six (6) months prior to the effective date of such resignation, failing which notice the EMPLOYEE may be subject to any and all damages incurred as a result of such failure.
Except under the circumstances described in Section 9.6, the COMPANY may for any other reason immediately terminate the TERM by sending a notice in writing to the EMPLOYEE.
The EMPLOYEE may immediately terminate the TERM by sending a notice of termination to the Board of Directors with immediate effect following any material diminution of the EMPLOYEEs responsibilities or in the event that the EMPLOYEE is asked by the Board of Directors to perform any act which a reasonable person would consider illegal or unethical and the COMPANY has not withdrawn its request to the EMPLOYEE to perform such act within five (5) days of receiving a written notice from the EMPLOYEE to withdraw such a request. In addition, the EMPLOYEE may at any time following an occurrence of a Change of Control as defined in the Stockholders Agreement of HF Holdings, Inc. dated September 27, 1999, as amended and restated effective September 26, 2006, immediately terminate the TERM by sending notice in writing to COMPANY.
The COMPANY may immediately terminate the TERM by sending a notice in writing to the EMPLOYEE with immediate effect:
after a period of six (6) consecutive months (or aggregating six (6) months in any twelve (12) month period) of absence by the EMPLOYEE from his employment as a result of sickness or disability, or
after sixty (60) days of absence by the EMPLOYEE from his employment as a result of sickness or disability and a certification by three (3) physicians that the EMPLOYEE is likely to be disabled for a period of at least six (6) months from the initial date of sickness or disability. One (1) such physician shall be chosen by the EMPLOYEE, one (1) shall be chosen by the COMPANY and the third shall be chosen by the other two (2) selected physicians. The EMPLOYEE agrees that in the event of his sickness, he shall submit himself for examination by such physicians if reasonably requested to do so by the COMPANY. For the purposes of this section, disabled or disability shall mean a temporary or permanent substantial inability because of a physical or mental illness to continue to discharge the EMPLOYEEs duties hereunder.
Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, the EMPLOYEEs compensation during any period of the EMPLOYEEs disability shall be reduced to the extent of any payments to the EMPLOYEE for such period under any disability plan or program maintained for the EMPLOYEE by the COMPANY for his benefit.
In the event of the termination of the TERM by virtue of section 9.6 in addition to the payments described therein, the COMPANY shall pay to the EMPLOYEE a disability severance payment equal to one (1) months base salary in effect at termination multiplied by the number of each calendar year, or part thereof, of the EMPLOYEEs employment with the COMPANY, the SUBSIDIARY, IHF Capital, Inc. or IHF Holdings, Inc. (or any predecessor companies of the COMPANY, the SUBSIDIARY, IHF Capital, Inc., or IHF Holdings, Inc.) after January 1, 1988. Such disability severance payment shall be made in two equal installments, one within thirty (30) days of a determination that such disability payment is due to the EMPLOYEE and the second, on the six months anniversary of the first payment.
In the event of the termination of the TERM by virtue of Section 9.4 or 9.5, and if at the end of the TERM the COMPANY shall fail to agree to renew this Agreement on substantially the same terms, the COMPANY shall pay to the EMPLOYEE a severance payment equal to the EMPLOYEEs annual base salary then in effect and the bonus referred to in Section 4 hereof. In the event that the TERM is terminated prior to the end of a fiscal year (the annual anniversary of the EFFECTIVE DATE of this AGREEMENT) the bonus for the portion of TERM that is less than 12 months will nonetheless be the full amount of the bonus for that fiscal year, and the bonus for the following 12 month period will be the same dollar amount prorated by the fraction the numerator is 12 less the number of months prior to the end of the TERM in which termination occurs and the denominator of which is 12. By way of example, if the TERM were terminated at the end of February, the bonus for the year of termination would be the full calculated amount, even though the TERM was less than twelve (12) months. For the remaining 12 bonus obligation, the bonus would be the same dollar calculation, prorated by a fraction of 9/12th (12 - 3 = 9 ÷ 12). Payment would be made as provided in Section 4.3 for the succeeding fiscal year. For the purposes of this Section 9.8, the bonus referred to in Section 4.1 hereof shall be determined using EBITDA (as defined in Section 4.1 hereof) for the fiscal year immediately preceding termination and shall be paid to the EMPLOYEE within ninety (90) days from the end of the COMPANYs applicable fiscal year, and the base salary shall be paid to the EMPLOYEE on the same payment schedule as was applicable to the EMPLOYEE during his employment.
EMPLOYEE shall not, during the TERM and for a period of one (1) year from its termination, either directly or indirectly, individually or in partnership, carry on or be engaged in, or concerned with or interested in, in any capacity whatsoever (including that of principal, agent, shareholder (subject to section 5.6(b)), consultant, employee, lender or surety), any person, firm, association, syndicate or company engaged in or concerned with or interested in the conception, development, fabrication, transformation, marketing, distribution, advertising, franchising or sale in Canada, the United States or the European Economic Community, or any of them, of any products or services similar or identical to any of those manufactured, distributed, or sold by the COMPANY or any of its subsidiaries in the course of his employment with the COMPANY, its AFFILIATES and subsidiaries.
(a) EMPLOYEE shall not, during the TERM hereunder and for a period of twelve (12) months from its termination, directly or indirectly, hire any Designated Employee.
EMPLOYEE shall not, during the TERM hereunder and for a period of eighteen (18) months from its termination, directly or indirectly, solicit, interfere with or endeavor to entice away, any Designated Employee.
For purposes of this Section 10.2, the term Designated Employee shall mean any person if that person is or was a Senior Employee of the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES or subsidiaries during the period beginning six (6) months prior to the termination of the TERM and ending (i) in the case of clause (a), twelve (12) months thereafter and (ii) in the case of clause (b), eighteen (18) months thereafter, but shall exclude Gary E. Stevenson or any RELATIVE. For purposes of this Section 10.2 Senior Employee shall mean each of the two hundred (200) most highly compensated employees of the COMPANY or any of its subsidiaries or AFFILIATES.
With respect to any termination, such period shall be extended by written notice to the EMPLOYEE within thirty (30) days of such termination by an additional two (2) years (i.e., for a total of three (3) years from the termination of EMPLOYEEs employment) if and to the extent that the COMPANY, at its option, pays to the EMPLOYEE additional severance pay equal to the EMPLOYEEs base salary then in effect and the bonus referred to in Section 4 hereof, pro-rated (meaning paid in equal monthly installments each year over the period of the payment) for the period of the payment, for an additional two (2) years beyond that required to be paid by the COMPANY to the EMPLOYEE under Section 9.8. If paid at the COMPANYs option, such bonuses, which shall be determined using EBITDA (as defined in Section 4.1 hereof) for the fiscal year immediately preceding termination, are to be paid within ninety (90) days from the end of the COMPANYs applicable fiscal year, and the base salary shall be paid to the EMPLOYEE on the same payment schedule as was applicable to the EMPLOYEE during his employment.
REASONABLENESS AND REMEDIES
The EMPLOYEE agrees that all the conditions and restrictions established in this Agreement are reasonable taking into account the circumstances surrounding this Agreement.
The EMPLOYEE recognizes that in the view of the serious and irreparable harm which a violation hereof would have on the COMPANY, and without prejudice to the COMPANYs other remedies, injunctive relief would constitute an available and appropriate remedy and, to the extent permitted by law, the COMPANY shall not be required to furnish any security or bond in respect thereof.
GENERAL LIMIT ON EMPLOYEES LIABILITY
As a general and overall limitation of the EMPLOYEES liability to the COMPANY and AFFILIATES, the COMPANY agrees that the EMPLOYEE shall not be liable, for any reason except as set forth below, to the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES for an amount in excess of the amount provided in the next sentence hereof. Accordingly, as and for their sole remedy against the EMPLOYEE, the COMPANY agrees that for any claim or cause of action that the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES may have against the EMPLOYEE, whether past or future, their sole remedy shall be the forfeiture of the EMPLOYEEs salary, bonus and other compensation (but not the equity grant under Section 6.1 hereof, which shall not be subject to forfeiture) received by the EMPLOYEE during the COMPANYs fiscal year in which the EMPLOYEEs termination occurred plus subsequently accruing compensation. In this regard, the COMPANY agrees, to the extent permitted by applicable law, to indemnify the EMPLOYEE from and against any liability the EMPLOYEE may have in excess of that provided in the immediately preceding sentence (i) hereunder or (ii) for any other claim the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES may have against the EMPLOYEE. However, nothing in this Section 13 shall limit the EMPLOYEEs liability to the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES or provide the EMPLOYEE any indemnity (i) for any act by the EMPLOYEE involving theft, fraud or embezzlement against the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES, (ii) in respect of any equitable remedy against the EMPLOYEE, (iii) in respect of any agreement listed on Schedule I of the Old Employment Agreement (as defined in that separate Termination Agreement among IHF Capital, Inc., IHF Holdings, Inc., SUBSIDIARY and EMPLOYEE, dated September 27, 1999 (the Termination Agreement)) or any agreement heretofore or hereafter entered into by the EMPLOYEE after the date of the Old Employment Agreement, (iv) in respect of any claim or cause of action asserted by the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES as a counterclaim (to the extent of any liability the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES may have by reason of the EMPLOYEE claim in question) or as a set off, or (v) under Section 7, 9.3 or 10 of this Agreement or under the Non-Competition Agreement (as defined in the First Amended and Restated Master Transaction Agreement dated as of October 12, 1994 among ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. and the other parties thereto (the Master Transaction Agreement)); provided, however, that the aggregate of the liability of the EMPLOYEE to the COMPANY or any of its AFFILIATES, under Section 7, 9.3 or 10 of this Agreement or to the COMPANY, any of its AFFILIATES, IHF Capital, Inc. or any of its AFFILIATES (as defined in the Old Employment Agreement) under the Non-Competition Agreement and of the liability of the EMPLOYEE to IHF Capital, Inc. or any of its AFFILIATES (as so defined) in respect of claims subject to the $18,000,000 limits set forth in the third to last sentence of Section 10.3.1.1 of the Master Transaction Agreement, shall not exceed $1,240,000.
This Agreement may be amended only by written instrument duly executed by all the parties hereby and approved by the Board of Directors of the COMPANY.
No party hereto shall assign, in whole or in part, this agreement or any of its or his respective rights and obligations hereunder without the express prior written consent of the other parties hereto; for this purpose the merger or reorganization of the COMPANY or the SUBSIDIARY or any AFFILIATES shall not be considered an assignment.
No waiver by any party of any breach of the obligations of any other party hereunder shall be a waiver of any subsequent breach or of any other obligation, nor shall any forbearance to seek a remedy for any breach be a waiver of any rights and remedies with respect to any subsequent breach.
The invalidity of one of the provisions of this Agreement shall not invalidate or otherwise affect any of the other provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect, and each such invalid provision shall be construed by limiting it so as to be valid for the maximum extent permitted by law.
All references in this Agreement to dollar or $ mean lawful currency of the United States of America.
The COMPANY shall have the right to withhold, from or in respect of any payment, benefit or other item of compensation due to the EMPLOYEE hereunder, any federal, state or local taxes of any kind required by law to be withheld with respect thereto. In the event that at the time any withholding is required hereunder, the amount of cash payments from which the applicable withholding taxes may be deducted is less than the withholding taxes due, the EMPLOYEE shall pay to the COMPANY, in immediately available funds, an amount equal to such shortfall.
GOVERNING LAW; ARBITRATION
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the domestic substantive laws of the State of Utah, without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule that would cause the application of the domestic substantive laws of any other jurisdiction; provided, however, that any dispute relating to the provisions of Section 19.2 shall be governed by the United States Arbitration Act as then in force.
Except solely as set forth in Section 19.4, each dispute, difference, controversy or claim arising in connection with or related or incidental to, or question occurring under, this Agreement or the subject matter hereof shall be finally settled under the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (the AAA) by an arbitral tribunal composed of three (3) arbitrators, at least one (1) of whom shall be an attorney experienced in corporate transactions, appointed by agreement of the parties in accordance with said Rules. In the event the parties fail to agree upon a panel of arbitrators from the first list of potential arbitrators proposed by the AAA, the AAA will submit a second list in accordance with said Rules. In the event the parties shall have failed to agree upon a full panel of arbitrators from the second list, any remaining arbitrators to be selected shall be appointed by the AAA in accordance with said Rules. If, at the time of the arbitration, the parties agree in writing to submit the dispute to a single arbitrator, said single arbitrator shall be appointed by agreement of the parties in accordance with the foregoing procedure, or, failing such agreement, by the AAA in accordance with said Rules. The foregoing arbitration proceedings may be commenced by any party by notice to all other parties.
The place of arbitration shall be Salt Lake City, Utah.
The parties hereto exclude any right of appeal to any court on the merits of the dispute. The provisions of this Section 19 may be enforced in any court having jurisdiction over the award of any of the parties or any of their respective assets and judgment on the award (including without limitation equitable remedies) granted in any arbitration hereunder may be entered in any such court. Nothing contained in this Section 19 shall prevent any party from seeking interim measures of protection in the form of pre-award attachment of assets or preliminary or temporary equitable relief.
To the extent not prohibited by applicable law which cannot be waived, each of the parties hereto hereby waives, and covenants that he or it will not assert (whether as plaintiff, defendant, or otherwise), any right to trial by jury in any forum in respect of any issue, claim, demand, cause of action, action, suit or proceeding arising out of or based upon this Agreement or the subject matter hereof, in each case whether now existing or hereafter arising and whether in contract or tort or otherwise. Any of the parties hereto may file an original counterpart or a copy of this Section 19.5 with any court as written evidence of the consent of each of the parties hereto to the waiver of his or its right to trial by jury.
Each of the parties hereto acknowledges that he or it has been informed by each other party that the provisions of Section 19 constitute a material inducement upon which such party is relying and will rely in entering into this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby.
BINDING ON HEIRS
This Agreement binds and inures to the benefit of the parties, their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and permitted assigns (subject to Section 9.2(b)).
This Agreement embodies the entire Agreement between the parties hereto concerning the subject matters mentioned herein and supersedes all previous discussions, correspondence, understandings or agreements, whether written or oral, with respect to such matters, except as provided in the Termination Agreement. For purposes of clarity and for the avoidance of doubt, the Original Agreement, (including as applicable, the First Amendment to the Employment Agreement, the Second Amendment to the Employment Agreement and the Amended and Restated Agreement) will apply as respectively in effect during the applicable periods of the EMPLOYEES employment with the COMPANY to the rights and obligations of the EMPLOYEE and the COMPANY during each of such times. This Agreement shall constitute an agreement between employer and employee of the type referred to in Section 1, Chapter 28, Title 34 of the Utah Code, Annotated.
In the event that any party hereto shall be found in default or in breach of this Agreement pursuant to arbitral or judicial proceedings, such party shall be liable to pay all reasonable attorneys fees, court costs and other related collection costs and expenses incurred by the non-defaulting or non-breaching party in pursuing its rights hereunder.
All notices and other communications necessary or contemplated under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be delivered in the manner specified herein or, in the absence of such specification, shall be deemed to have been duly given three (3) business days after mailing by certified mail, when delivered by hand, or when delivered by facsimile upon confirmation of receipt, or one (1) day after sending by overnight delivery service, to the respective addresses of the parties set forth below:
for notices and communications to the COMPANY or the SUBSIDIARY:
HF HOLDINGS, INC.
ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC.
1500 South 1000 East
Logan, Utah 84321
Fax: 435 ###-###-####
Attn: Board of Directors
For notices and communications to the EMPLOYEE:
Scott R. Watterson
560 South 1000 East
Logan, Utah 84321
With a copy in each case to:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
100 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
Fax: 617 ###-###-####
Attn: Charles W. Robins, Esq.
ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC.
1500 South 1000 East
Logan, Utah 84321
Fax: 435 ###-###-####
Attn: Everett Smith, General Counsel
JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY
The COMPANY and the SUBSIDIARY shall be jointly and severally liable in respect of all payment obligations of the COMPANY hereunder.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have hereto signed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
|HF HOLDINGS, INC.|
|Witness||Name: S. Fred Beck|
|Title: Chief Financial Officer|
|ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC.|
|Witness||Name: S. Fred Beck|
|Title: Chief Financial Officer|
|Witness||SCOTT R. WATTERSON|
HF HOLDINGS INC.
ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC.
SCOTT R. WATTERSON
Make-a-Wish Foundation of Utah
Utah State Foundation Board