1.Confidential Information. Participant agrees that, during his or her employment with NBHC and at all times thereafter, he or she shall hold for the benefit of NBHC all secret or confidential information, knowledge, or data relating to NBHC or any of its Affiliates, and their respective businesses, which shall have been obtained by Participant during Participant’s employment by NBHC or during his or her consultation with NBHC after his or her termination of employment, and which shall not be or become public knowledge (other than by acts by Participant or representatives of Participant in violation of this Agreement). Except in the good faith performance of his or her duties for NBHC, Participant shall not, without the prior written consent of NBHC or as may otherwise be required or permitted by law or legal process, communicate or divulge any such information, knowledge, or data to anyone other than NBHC and those designated by it.
Notwithstanding the above confidentiality provisions, nothing in this Agreement, in any other agreement, or in the Company’s policies should be interpreted as prohibiting Participant from: (1) reporting possible violations of federal law or regulations, including any securities laws violations, to any governmental agency or entity, including but not limited to the Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the U.S. Congress, or any agency Inspector General; (2) making any other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulations; or (3) otherwise fully participating in any federal whistleblower programs.
Please refer to the NBHC Associate Handbook, a copy of which is available upon request, regarding Participant’s rights related to the disclosure of the Company’s trade secrets.
2.Nonsolicitation. Participant agrees that, while he or she is employed by NBHC and during the one-year period following his or her termination of employment with NBHC (the “Restricted Period”), Participant shall not, directly or indirectly, (a) solicit any individual who is, on the date on which Participant incurs a Termination of Employment (the “Date of Termination”) (or was, during the six-month period prior to the Date of Termination), employed by NBHC or any of its Affiliates to terminate or refrain from renewing or extending such employment or to become employed by or become a consultant to any other individual or entity other than NBHC or such Affiliate, (b) initiate discussions with any such individual for any such purpose or authorize or knowingly cooperate with the taking of any such actions by any other individual or entity on behalf of Participant’s employer, (c) solicit any client or customer of NBHC or any of its Affiliates to transact business with a Competitive Enterprise (as defined below), or (d) induce or attempt to induce any client, customer, or investor (in each case, whether former, current, or prospective), vendor, supplier, licensee, or other business relation of NBHC or any of its Affiliates to reduce or cease doing business with NBHC or any such Affiliate, or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such client, customer, investor, vendor, supplier, licensee, or business relation, on the one hand, and NBHC or any such Affiliate, on the other hand. For purposes hereof, “Competitive Enterprise” means any business enterprise that either (i) engages in any activity closely associated with commercial banking or any other financial services business, including the operations of an institution, the deposits of which are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, that is competitive with any portion of the business conducted by NBHC or any of its Affiliates.