(i) Confidential Information. In connection with your employment with the Company, you have had or may have access to confidential, proprietary, and non-public information concerning the business or affairs of the Company or its Affiliates, including but not limited to trade secrets (as defined in the Defend Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1839(3), or Virginia Code § 59.1-336) and other information concerning the Company’s customers, developers, lot positions, subcontractors, employees, pricing, procedures, marketing plans, business plans, operations, business strategies, and methods (collectively, “Confidential Information”). Accordingly, both during and after termination of your Service (regardless of whether you, or the Company or an Affiliate terminates your Service), you shall not retain, misappropriate, use, or disclose to any third party any Confidential Information for any reason other than as intended within the scope of your Service. In the event that you are required by law to disclose any Confidential Information, you agree to give the Company prompt advance written notice thereof and to provide the Company, if requested, with reasonable assistance in obtaining an order to protect the Confidential Information from disclosure. Upon termination of your Service for any reason, or at any other time upon request of the Company, you shall immediately deliver to the Company all documents, forms, blueprints, designs, policies, memoranda, or other data (and copies hereof), in tangible, electronic, or intangible form, relating to the business of the Company or any Affiliate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not include information that (1) you lawfully had in your possession as of the commencement of your Service to the Company or an Affiliate, provided that such information is not subject to a confidentiality agreement with, or other obligation of secrecy to, the Company or an Affiliate, or (2) becomes publicly available otherwise than through disclosure in violation of this or any other applicable Agreement or any statutory prohibition against the misappropriation or distribution of confidential information.
(ii) Non-Competition. During your Service and for a period of twelve (12) months after your Service ends (regardless of whether you, or the Company or an Affiliate terminates your Service) (“the Restricted Period”), you shall not anywhere in the Restricted Area (as defined below): (a) own more than 5% of outstanding shares or control any residential homebuilding, mortgage financing, or settlement services business that competes with the Company or an Affiliate in a type of business activity (i.e., residential homebuilding, mortgage financing, or settlement services) over which you had any management responsibility at any time during the twenty-four (24) months prior to termination of your Service; or (b) render services to (whether as an employee, consultant, independent contractor, partner, officer, director, or board member) any person or entity that competes with the Company or an Affiliate in the residential homebuilding business, mortgage financing business, or settlement services business, where such services are competitive with any of the services you provided to the Company or to an Affiliate during the twenty-four (24) months prior to termination of your Service. “Restricted Area” means only those counties and other units of local government in which the Company engaged in residential homebuilding business activities, mortgage financing business activities, or settlement services business activities, as applicable, over which you have had any managerial responsibility at any time during the 24-month period prior to the termination of your Service.
(iii) Land Development. If you were employed as a Land Manager, VP of Land, otherwise had any managerial responsibility over the Company’s operations contracting for finished lots, or received, as part of your work duties, Confidential Information relating to land development, at any time during the twenty-four (24) months prior to termination of your Service, you agree that you will not engage in any competitive residential land development activities during the Restricted Period within the Restricted Area.
(iv) Non-Solicitation of Employees. During the Restricted Period, you will not, directly or indirectly, hire or attempt to hire any person, who, at any time during the twelve (12)-month period prior to the termination of your Service, was an employee or contractor of the Company.