Employment Agreement, dated as of October 1, 2018, between IMAC Holdings, Inc. and Sheri Gardzina
AGREEMENT, dated as of October l, 2018, between IMAC Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and the Executive identified on Exhibit A attached hereto (the “Executive”).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Company desires to retain the services of the Executive and to that end desires to enter into a contract of employment with her, upon the terms and conditions herein set forth; and
WHEREAS, the Executive desires to be employed by the Company upon such terms and conditions;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual benefits and covenants contained herein, the parties hereto, intending to be bound, hereby agree as follows:
1. APPOINTMENT AND TERM
Subject to the terms hereof, the Company hereby employs the Executive, and the Executive hereby accepts employment with the Company, all in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth herein, for a period commencing on the date hereof (the “Commencement Date”) and ending on the date (the “Expiration Date”) set forth in Exhibit A, unless the parties mutually agree in writing upon a later date.
(a) During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall be employed in the position set forth in Exhibit A and shall, unless prevented by incapacity, devote substantially all of her business time, attention and ability during normal corporate office business hours to the discharge of her duties hereunder and to the faithful and diligent performance of such duties and the exercise of such powers as may be assigned to or vested in her by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”), such duties to be consistent with her position. The Executive shall obey the lawful directions of the Board, and shall use her diligent efforts to promote the interests of the Company and to maintain and promote the reputation thereof.
(b) The Executive shall not during her term of employment (except as a representative of the Company or with the consent in writing of the Board) be directly or indirectly engaged or concerned or interested in any other business activity, except through ownership of an interest of not more than 2% in any entity that does not compete with the Company, provided it does not impair the ability of the Executive to discharge fully and faithfully her duties hereunder.
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, the Executive shall be entitled to serve in various leadership capacities in civic, charitable and professional organizations. The Executive recognizes that her primary and paramount responsibility is to the Company.
(d) The Executive shall be based in a city agreed upon with other management, with the Nashville, Tennessee, metropolitan area being the preference, except for required travel on the Company’s business.
(a) As compensation for her services pursuant hereto, the Executive shall be paid a base salary during her employment hereunder at the annual rate set forth in Exhibit A. This amount shall be payable in equal periodic installments in accordance with the usual payroll practices of the Company.
(b) Except as provided above, in Exhibit A and in Sections 4 and 6 hereof, the Executive shall not be entitled to receive any additional compensation, remuneration or other payments from the Company.
4. FRINGE BENEFITS
The Executive shall be entitled to participate in regular employee fringe benefit programs to the extent such programs are offered by the Company to its executive employees, including, but not limited to, medical insurance or stipend and 401(k) plan.
The Executive shall be entitled to the number of weeks of vacation set forth in Exhibit A (in addition to the usual national holidays) during each contract year during which she serves hereunder. Such vacation shall be taken at such time or times as will be mutually agreed between the Executive and the Company.
6. REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPENSES
The Executive shall be reimbursed for reasonable documented business expenses incurred in connection with the business of the Company in accordance with practices and policies established by the Company.
(a) This Agreement shall terminate in accordance with the terms of Section 7(b) hereof; provided, however, that such termination shall not affect the obligations of the Executive pursuant to the terms of Sections 8 and 9.
(b) This Agreement shall terminate on the Expiration Date; or as follows:
(i) Upon the written notice to the Executive by the Company at any time, because of the willful and material malfeasance, dishonesty or habitual drug or alcohol abuse by the Executive related to or affecting the performance of her duties, or upon the Executive’s conviction of a felony, any crime involving moral turpitude (including, without limitation, sexual harassment) related to or affecting the performance of her duties or any act of fraud, embezzlement, theft or willful breach of fiduciary duty against the Company.
(ii) In the event the Executive, by reason of physical or mental disability, shall be unable to perform the services required of her hereunder for a period of more than 60 consecutive days, or for more than a total of 90 non-consecutive days in the aggregate during any period of twelve (12) consecutive calendar months, on the 61st consecutive day, or the 91st day, as the case may be. The Executive agrees, in the event of any dispute under this Section 7(b)(ii), and after written notice by the Board, to submit to a physical examination by a licensed physician practicing near the Executive as selected by the Board, and reasonably acceptable to the Executive.
(iii) In the event the Executive dies while employed pursuant hereto, on the day in which her death occurs.
(c) If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 7(b), the Company will have no further liability to the Executive after the date of termination including, without limitation, the compensation and benefits described herein, except as set forth in Exhibit A.
(d) In the event the Company chooses not to enter into any agreement or amendment extending the Executive’s employment beyond the Expiration Date, the Company agrees to provide Executive at least 90 days prior written notice of such determination, during which time the Executive will not be required to perform any duties for the Company, and may seek alternative employment while still being employed by the Company. If such prior written notice is not given, this Agreement shall be automatically extended by one (1) year and the then effective annual base salary shall be increased by 4%.
(e) If there is a Change of Control (as defined below), the Executive may terminate her employment at any time within six months after such Change of Control and the Executive shall continue to be paid pursuant to this Agreement. A Change of Control shall be deemed to have occurred at such time as any person, other than the Company, its existing shareholders or any of its or their affiliates on the date hereof, purchases the “beneficial ownership” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), directly or indirectly, of 50% or more of the combined voting power of voting securities then ordinarily having the right to vote for directors of the Company.
8. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
(a) The Executive covenants and agrees that she will not at any time during the continuance of this Agreement or at any time thereafter (i) print, publish, divulge or communicate to any person, firm, corporation or other business organization (except in connection with the Executive’s employment hereunder) or use for her own account any secret or confidential information relating to the business of the Company (including, without limitation, information relating to any customers, suppliers, employees, products, services, formulae, technology, know-how, trade secrets or the like, financial information or plans) or any secret or confidential information relating to the affairs, dealings, projects and concerns of the Company, both past and planned (the “Confidential Information”), which the Executive has received or obtained or may receive or obtain during the course of her employment with the Company (whether or not developed, devised or otherwise created in whole or in part by the efforts of the Executive), or (ii) take with her, upon termination of her employment hereunder, any information in paper or document form or on any computer-readable media relating to the foregoing. The term “Confidential Information” does not include information which is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of disclosure by the Executive or which is generally known in the medical claim processing and receivable financing business. The Executive further covenants and agrees that she shall retain the Confidential Information received or obtained during such service in trust for the sole benefit of the Company or its successors and assigns.
(b) The term Confidential Information as defined in Section 8(a) hereof shall include information obtained by the Company from any third party under an agreement including restrictions on disclosure known to the Executive.
(c) In the event that the Executive is requested pursuant to subpoena or other legal process to disclose any of the Confidential Information, the Executive will provide the Company with prompt notice so that the Company may seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy and/or waive compliance with Section 8 of this Agreement. In the event that such protective order or other remedy is not obtained or that the Company waives compliance with the provisions of Section 8 of this Agreement, the Executive will furnish only that portion of the Confidential Information which is legally required.
9. RESTRICTIONS DURJNG EMPLOYMENT AND FOLLOWING TERMINATION
(a) The Executive shall not, anywhere within the United States, during her full term of employment under Section 1 hereof and for a period of one (1) year thereafter, notwithstanding any earlier termination pursuant to Section 7(b) hereof, without the prior written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, and whether as principal, agent, officer, director, partner, employee, consultant, broker, dealer or otherwise, alone or in association with any other person, firm, corporation or other business organization, carry on, or be engaged, have an interest in or take part in, or render services to any person, firm, corporation or other business organization (other than the Company) engaged in a business which is competitive with all or part of the Business of the Company. The term “Business of the Company” shall mean developing, providing and marketing technology and financial services that focus on products and services related to processing claims by medical professionals and service providers for insurance reimbursement and the financing of receivables due to them arising out of such claims.
(b) The Executive shall not, for a period of one (1) year after termination of her employment hereunder, either on her own behalf or on behalf of any other person, firm, corporation or other business organization, endeavor to entice away from the Company any person who, at any time during the continuance of this Agreement, was an employee of the Company.
(c) The Executive shall not, for a period of one (l) year after termination of her employment hereunder, either on her own behalf or on behalf of any other person, firm, corporation or other business organization, solicit or direct others to solicit, any of the Company’s customers or prospective customers (including, but not limited to, those customers or prospective customers with whom the Executive had a business relationship during her term of employment) for any purpose or for any activity which is competitive with all or part of the Business of the Company.
(d) It is understood by and between the parties hereto that the foregoing covenants by the Executive set forth in this Section 9 are essential elements of this Agreement and that, but for the agreement of the Executive to comply with such covenants, the Company would not have entered into this Agreement. It is recognized by the Executive that the Company currently operates in, and may continue to expand its operations throughout, the geographical territories referred to in Section 9(a) above. The Company and the Executive have independently consulted with their respective counsel and have been advised in all respects concerning the reasonableness and propriety of such covenants.
(a) Without intending to limit the remedies available to the Company, it is mutually understood and agreed that the Executive’s services are of a special, unique, unusual, extraordinary and intellectual character giving them a peculiar value, the loss of which may not be reasonably or adequately compensated in damages in an action at law, and, therefore, in the event of any material breach by the Executive that continues after any applicable cure period, the Company shall be entitled to equitable relief by way of injunction or otherwise.
(b) The covenants of Section 8 shall be construed as independent of any other provisions contained in this Agreement and shall be enforceable as aforesaid notwithstanding the existence of any claim or cause of action of the Executive against the Company, whether based on this Agreement or otherwise. In the event that any of the provisions of Sections 8 or 9 hereof should ever be adjudicated to exceed the time, geographic, product/service or other limitations permitted by applicable law in any jurisdiction, then such provisions shall be deemed reformed in any such jurisdiction to the maximum time, geographic, product/service or other limitations permitted by applicable law.
11. COMPLIANCE WITH OTHER AGREEMENTS
The Executive represents and warrants to the Company that the execution of this Agreement by her and her performance of her obligations hereunder will not, with or without the giving of notice or the passage of time or both, conflict with, result in the breach of any provision of or the termination of, or constitute a default under, any agreement to which the Executive is a party or by which the Executive is or may be bound.
The waiver by the Company or the Executive of a breach of any of the provisions of this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach.
13. BINDING EFFECT:BENEFITS
This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and shall be binding upon, the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, heirs and legal representatives , including any corporation or other business organization with which the Company may merge or consolidate or sell all or substantially all of its assets. Insofar as the Executive is concerned, this contract, being personal, cannot be assigned.
All notices and other communications which are required or may be given under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delive red to the person to whom such notice is to be given at her or its address et forth below, or such other address for the party as shall be specified by notice given pursuant hereto:
(a) If to the Executive, to her at the address set forth in Exhibit A.
(b) If to the Company, to it at:
IMAC Holdings, Inc.
1605 Westgate Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
Attention: Chief Executive Officer
with a copy to:
Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
1325 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor
New York, New York 10019
Attention: Spencer G. Feldman, Esq.
(a) This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties hereto and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, oral or written, between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement may not be changed, modified, extended or terminated except upon written amendment approved by the Board and executed by a duly authorized officer of the Company.
(b) The Executive acknowledges that from time to time, the Company may establish, maintain and distribute employee manuals of handbooks or personnel policy manuals, and officers or other representatives of the Company may make written or oral statements relating to personnel policies and procedures. Such manuals, handbooks and statements are intended only for general guidance. No policies, procedures or statements of any nature by or on behalf of the Company (whether written or oral, and whether or not contained in any employee manual or handbook or personnel policy manual), and no acts or practices of any nature, shall be construed to modify this Agreement or to create express or implied obligations of any nature to the Executive.
(c) The Company shall have no obligation actually to utilize the Executive’s services; if the Company elects not to use the Executive’s services at any time, the Company’s obligations to the Executive shall be satisfied, in all respects, by the payment to the Executive for the balance of the term of the Executive’s employment under this Agreement, but for a minimum period of two (2) years, the compensation provided in Section 3, plus any other amounts payable to the Executive and the continuation of benefits under Section 4. During such remaining term of employment, the Executive will not be required to perform any duties for the Company and shall be entitled to seek other employment provided that such employment would not violate the terms of this Agreement, including Sections 8 and 9 hereof; and the seeking of such employment shall not be deemed a violation of this Agreement.
(d) This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
(e) All questions pertaining to the validity, construction, execution and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee, without regard to its conflict of law principles.
(f) Any controversy or claim arising from, out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach hereof (other than controversies or claims arising from, out of or relating to the provisions in Sections 8, 9 and 10), shall be determined by final and binding arbitration in Nashville, Tennessee, or the current location of the corporate headquarters, in accordance with the Employment Dispute Resolution Rules of the American Arbitration Association, by a panel of not less than three (3) arbitrators appointed by the American Arbitration Association. The decision of the arbitrators may be entered and enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction by either the Company or the Executive.
The parties indicate their acceptance of the foregoing arbitration requirement by initialing below:
|For the Company||Executive|
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
|IMAC HOLDINGS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jeff Ervin|
EXHIBIT A TO THE EMPLOYMENTAGREEMENT,
DATED AS OF OCTOBER I, 2018,
BETWEEN IMAC HOLDING’S, INC. AND SHERI GARDZINA
A. For Section 1:
The date referred to in Section 1 shall be October 1, 2018.
B. for Section 2:
The position of the Executive referred to in Section 2 shall be Executive Vice President. If Executive completes the 100% transition and adoption of the new accounting software system before December 31, 2018, the Executive shall be granted title of Chief Accounting Officer.
C. For Section 3(a):
The annual rate referred to in Section 3(a) shall be: One Hundred Fifty Thousand dollars ($150,000.00) for the period October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, One Hundred Sixty Thousand dollars ($160,000.00) for the period January I, 2019 to September 30, 2019; and One Hundred Seventy Thousand dollars ($170,000.00) for the period October I, 20 I 9 through September 30, 2020.
D. For Section 3(b):
In addition to the compensation referred to in Section 3(a), the Company shall also pay to the Executive a one-time bonus of $15,000.00 related to the completion of an equity raise greater than $15,000,000. Additionally, a $10,000.00 incentive will be paid by December 31, 2018 for the 100% transition to the new accounting system software without the use of additional contracted expenses to implement such system.
An annual cash bonus up to 20% of base compensation in an amount to be determined by the Board based on the Executive meeting and exceeding mutually agreed upon performance goals for the Company.
The Executive shall be reimbursed up to $100 per month for the business use of her personal cell phone.
A stock option award of 30,000 shares will be granted upon adoption of the incentive stock option plan and an award of 20,000 shares will be granted at the one-year anniversary of the plan adoption date.
E. For Section 4:
The Health Insurance and Other Company Paid Fringe Benefits for the Executive shall include:
A $500 per month reimbursement for health insurance, which will terminate upon the adoption of a company-wide health insurance policy. Standard eligibility for 401k will apply, including company matching contributions subject to rules, regulations, and compliance requirements.
F. For Section 5:
The length of vacation referred to in Section 5 shall be one (1) week per calendar quarter. Vacation not taken during any calendar year may be carried forward as follows: up to one (1) week may be carried forward into any next calendar year; and up to a maximum of one (1) week may be carried forward cumulatively.
G. For Sections 7 and 15(c):
In the case of termination pursuant to Section 7(b)(ii), the Executive will receive her then current salary until such time as payments begin under any disability insurance plan or Supplemental Long-Term Disability Benefit of the Executive and, in the case of termination pursuant to Section 7(b)(iii), the Executive’s spouse will continue to receive Executive’s then current salary for a period of six (6) months and the Executive’s spouse will continue to receive Company-paid individual health insurance benefits for the lesser of ten (10) years or until the spouse re-marries or reaches age 65. In the case of termination pursuant to Sections 7(b)(ii), 7(b)(iii) or 15(c), the Executive, her heirs or assignees may elect to have any, or all, stock options, warrants or other grants under the Company’s Incentive Compensation Plans to become immediately exercisable.
H. For Section 14:
The address of the Executive referred to in Section 14 shall be: