Form of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. Reward and Retention Agreement
|From:||Roger Dow, Lead Independent Director and Compensation Committee Chair|
|Re:||Reward and Retention Bonus Agreement (the “Agreement”)|
The Board of Directors of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) wishes to recognize your outsized contributions to the Company’s strategic goals in 2021, including substantial effort dedicated to successfully completing the acquisition of RE/MAX INTEGRA’s North American business and the integration of Gadberry Group and wemlo, which drove sustainable and meaningful revenue and earnings growth for the Company.
In addition, the knowledge, expertise and experience of key leaders will be critical in helping the Company execute on its enterprise strategy in 2022, especially in light of the recently announced transition of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. As a result, this Agreement is structured to encourage retention of the Company’s executive management team given that transition and amidst the highly competitive market for talent, within the real estate, mortgage and technology industries and, more generally, for seasoned top leadership with the specific expertise possessed by the Company’s Executive Officers. Additionally, the bonus recognizes your excellent leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which laid the groundwork for 2021’s record results. Therefore, we are pleased to provide this Agreement and the bonus opportunity provided herein.
Reward and Retention Bonuses
Given your contributions to the Company’s strategic goals in 2021 and your criticality to the Company’s future strategy, we are offering you an opportunity to earn two bonuses (the “Reward and Retention Bonuses”), which together equal [$ ] (your “Reward and Retention Bonus Opportunity”), as described below.
If you remain employed with the Company or its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Employer”) and satisfy the Employment Conditions described below from the date of this Agreement through January 15, 2022 (the “First Bonus Date”), then, subject to the “Clawback” provisions set forth below, the Company will pay you a cash lump sum payment equal to [$ ] (the “First Bonus Amount”), less applicable tax withholdings, on the First Bonus Date.
If you remain employed with the Employer and satisfy the Employment Conditions described below from the date of this Agreement through September 30, 2022, or if, before such date, your employment is terminated by the Employer without Cause (as defined below), by you for Good Reason (as defined below), or by reason of your death or Disability (as defined below) (the first to occur of such dates or events, the “Second Bonus Date”), then the Company will pay you a cash lump sum payment equal to [$ ] (the “Second Bonus Amount”), less applicable tax withholdings, within 15 days after the Second Bonus Date. If your employment with the Employer terminates for any other reason prior to September 30, 2022, or if you otherwise fail to satisfy the Employment Conditions described below, then you will not be paid the Second Bonus Amount and the opportunity to receive such amount will be forfeited without consideration.
You must remain continuously employed by the Employer for the periods provided in this Agreement with respect to each Reward and Retention Bonus, with the exception of authorized FMLA leave in accordance with federal law. The Employment Conditions for receipt of each Reward and Retention Bonus also include compliance with the Restrictive Covenants contained herein through the date of payment of such Reward and Retention Bonus, and, in the event of noncompliance with any Restrictive Covenant, any unpaid Reward and Retention Bonus will not be paid and the opportunity to receive such amount will be forfeited without consideration. In addition, any act or omission that constitutes Cause may result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment.
The offer of a Reward and Retention Bonus does not change the at-will nature of our employment relationship, which means that both you and the Employer have the right to terminate your employment at any time, with or without advance notice and with or without cause.
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, you agree that you will repay to the Company all or a portion of the First and Second Bonus Amounts as determined in the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee if: a) prior to September 30, 2022, you terminate your employment with the Employer without Good Reason or your employment is terminated by the Employer for Cause; or b) at any time through December 31, 2022 you violate any of the Restrictive Covenants contained herein. Any such required repayment must be made within five days after your receipt of a written notice from the Company requiring the same and setting forth the amount of the required repayment as determined by the Compensation Committee. In exercising its discretion under this paragraph, the Compensation Committee may consider such factors as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to (i) whether seeking repayment is in the best interests of the Employer, (ii) the facts and circumstances relating to your termination of employment, if applicable, including but not limited to the timing of, and reasons for, such termination, (iii) your anticipated employment and other business activities following your termination of employment with the Employer, if applicable, (iv) your individual performance and the Company’s performance during the period beginning on the date of this Agreement and ending on the date of your termination of employment or violation of a Restrictive Covenant contained herein, as applicable, and (v) the nature and circumstances relating to any violation of the Restrictive Covenants contained herein, if applicable. If your employment with the Employer is terminated by the Employer without Cause, by you for Good Reason, or due to your death or Disability, then you will not be required to repay to the Company any portion of the First and Second Bonus Amounts unless you have violated or subsequently violate any of the Restrictive Covenants contained herein at any time through December 31, 2022.
(a) Confidentiality. In the course of Employee’s employment by the Employer, Employee has had access to Confidential Information (as defined below) of the Company and its affiliates, subsidiaries, members, franchisees, agents, and sales associates (collectively, the “Company Group”). Employee agrees to maintain the strict confidentiality of all Confidential Information. For purposes of this Agreement, "Confidential Information" shall mean all non-public information and materials of or pertaining to the Company Group in any form or medium including all notes, analyses, compilations, copies, documents, recordings, summaries, reproductions, copies, translations, electronic copies or versions (in any medium including video, email, audio, video, or voicemail) regardless of where the same may have been lodged including on any personal devices of Employee, including information and materials: generated by Employee or third parties; received by the Company Group from third parties; concerning or pertaining to the Company Group or its business in any respect including information as to the Company Group’s business practices, operations, prospects, franchisees and franchisee agreements; or legal information and advice. Confidential Information shall include, without limitation, information: protected by any and all non-disclosure agreements signed by Employee during employment; concerning claims against or by the Company Group, legal issues and advice, or other information or communications acquired by Employee in your capacity as an employee of the Employer; contained in the Company Group’s financial records; concerning regional, agent and franchise agreements, prospects, information technology techniques and arrangements, processes and procedures for creating IT related resources, contemplated products and services and agreement terms; concerning past acquisitions (closed or not closed) and acquisitions planned or considered, concerning data and issues related to public filings, and concerning purchasing information and other business, marketing, sales, strategic and operational data of the Company Group. Confidential Information includes all other information and materials which are of a propriety or confidential nature, even if they are not marked as such. This provision shall survive indefinitely including in the event of any termination of your employment or this Agreement.
(b) Confidentiality of Agreement. Except to the extent that this Agreement or its terms have been publicly disclosed by the Company, Employee shall keep the fact of and payment terms of this Agreement strictly confidential and shall not disclose them to anyone other than Employee’s spouse, legal or tax advisors, or as may be required by law. Prior to disclosing the terms of this agreement to any spouse, or any legal or tax advisor, Employee shall obtain such individual(s) agreement to be bound by this confidentiality provision.
(c) Notice Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. The Company provides Employee with notice that 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b)(1) states as follows:
An individual shall not be held criminally or civilly liable under any Federal or State trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that—(A) is made—(i) in confidence to a Federal, State, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney; and (ii) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (B) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal.
Accordingly, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or in any confidentiality agreement Employee has signed with the Employer, Employee understands that he has the right to disclose in confidence trade secrets to federal, state, and local government officials, or to an attorney, for the sole purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law. Employee further understands that he also has the right to disclose trade secrets in a document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, but only if the filing is made under seal and protected from public disclosure. Employee understands and acknowledges that nothing in this Agreement or in any confidentiality agreement Employee signed with the Employer is intended to conflict with 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b) or create liability for disclosures of trade secrets that are expressly allowed by 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b).
(d) Intellectual Property. Employee recognizes and agrees that all copyrights, trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property rights to works or marks arising in, from or in connection with Employee’s employment by the Employer, are the sole and exclusive property of the Employer. Employee agrees not to assert any such rights against the Employer or any third party. Employee agrees to assign, and hereby does assign, to the Company all rights, if any, in or to such works or marks that may have accrued to Employee during Employee’s employment.
(e) Non-Disparagement. Employee agrees not to defame or disparage the Employer, their subsidiaries, or affiliates, or any of their past, present or future partners, members, directors, accounting firms, third party investigators, attorneys, shareholders, officers, employees, franchisees or sales associates, agents, or family members of officers or directors. This provision shall not prohibit Employee from making any statements or taking any actions required by law, reporting any actions or inactions to a governmental agency that Employee believes to be unlawful, or participating in or cooperating with a governmental investigation. This provision shall not be interpreted to require or encourage Employee to make any misrepresentations. In response to requests for references from prospective employers, the Company will provide the dates of Employee’s employment and positions held.
(f) Agreement Not to Compete. From the date of this agreement until December 31, 2022 (the “Restricted Period”), Employee shall not, either directly or indirectly, accept employment or perform services on behalf of Employee or any individual or entity that in the United States or internationally competes with the Employer in that it offers services or products offered by the Employer. For purposes of clarity, nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as prohibiting Employee from working as a real estate sales associate. In addition, during the Restricted Period, Employee shall not advise or consult with any RE/MAX Master Franchisee or RE/MAX or Motto Mortgage Franchisee, for the benefit of such master franchisee or franchisee in any way that is adverse to the Employer or on the terms of any contract or relationship between such master franchisee or franchisee and the Employer.
(g) Agreements Pertaining to Customers/Franchisees/Agents or Employees. During the Restricted Period, Employee shall not, either directly or indirectly, on Employee’s own behalf or in the service of or on behalf of others, solicit or recruit (or attempt to solicit or recruit) any prospect active during the Restricted Period, franchisee, agent, or regional owner of a franchise to end their franchise or contract with the Employer or to enter into any service to Employee or any other business, organization, program or activity that competes with any of the Employer’s businesses. During the Restricted Period, Employee shall not, directly or indirectly, on Employee’s own behalf or in the service of or on behalf of others, solicit or recruit (or attempt to solicit or recruit) any person employed by the Employer to end their employment with the Employer or to provide services to Employee or any other business, organization, program or activity that directly competes with the Employer’s business.
(h) Reasonableness of Restrictive Covenants. Employee acknowledges that the Restrictive Covenants in this section are necessary to protect the Employer’s trade secrets, business relationships, goodwill and shareholder value. Employee acknowledges that the Employer conducts the Employer’s business throughout the United States and internationally, that the above restrictive covenants cannot be meaningfully restricted geographically, and that the covenants only reasonably restrict Employee from competing in any market – domestic or foreign – in which the Employer conducts the Employer’s business. Without altering the meaning of the foregoing covenants, both the Company and Employee acknowledge that the above restrictive covenants do not prevent Employee from becoming employed in a similar position in a business that is not competitive with the Employer’s business.
This Agreement is independent of the Employer’s other compensation programs and Employer policies, including its Severance Policy and Corporate Bonus Program. All payments under this Agreement are subject to applicable tax withholding.
This Agreement is intended to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and the rules thereunder (“Section 409A”) or an exemption under Section 409A and shall be construed and interpreted in a manner that is consistent with the requirements for avoiding additional taxes or penalties under Section 409A. To the extent that the Compensation Committee determines that this Agreement or a Reward and Retention Bonus may not be exempt from Section 409A, then, if Employee is deemed to be a “specified employee” within the meaning of Section 409A, as determined by the Compensation Committee, at a time when Employee becomes eligible for payment of a Reward and Retention Bonus upon Employee’s “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A, then to the extent necessary to prevent any accelerated or additional tax under Section 409A, such payment will be delayed until the earlier of: (a) the date that is six months following Employee’s separation from service and (b) Employee’s death. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Employer makes no representations that the payments and benefits provided under this Agreement are exempt from or compliant with Section 409A and in no event shall the Employer be liable for all or any portion of any taxes, penalties, interest or other expenses that may be incurred by Employee on account of non-compliance with Section 409A.
For the purpose of this Agreement:
“Cause” means Employee’s (i) willful dishonesty, theft, disclosure of trade secrets, and/or embezzlement from the Employer or an affiliate determined by the Compensation Committee in good faith to be materially injurious to the business or reputation of the Employer or an affiliate, (ii) commission of a willful felonious act while in the employment of the Employer, or (iii) willful engagement in other activities determined by the Compensation Committee in good faith to be materially injurious to the business or reputation of the Employer or an affiliate; provided that for these purposes, no act, or failure to act, on the part of Employee shall be deemed “willful” unless the Compensation Committee finds that the act or failure to act was done, or omitted to be done, by Employee in other than good faith and without reasonable belief that the act or omission was in the best interest of the Employer.
“You” and “Employee” refer to you, the undersigned employee.
“Disability” has the meaning given to it in the RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan.
“Good Reason” means, in each case without Employee’s consent, (i) a diminution in the combined value of Employee’s base salary, annual bonus opportunity, and annual long-term incentive opportunity (based on the grant date fair value if in the form of equity-based incentives and based on the “target” cash potential if in the form of cash-based incentives) or a diminution of more than 10% in any such component of compensation, (ii) a material diminution in Employee’s title, authority, duties or responsibilities, (iii) a change of more than 30 miles in the geographic location at which Employee must perform Employee’s services for the Employer (other than a change to require that Employee work at the Company’s principal place of business, 5075 S Syracuse St, Denver, Colorado if Employee was previously allowed to work from home), or (iv) a material breach by the Company of any material written agreement between Employee and the Company. Employee’s continued employment shall not constitute consent to, or a waiver of rights with respect to, any act or failure to act constituting Good Reason hereunder; provided, however, none of these events or conditions shall constitute Good Reason unless: (x) Employee provides the Company with written objection to the event or condition within 60 days following the date Employee becomes first becomes aware of such event or condition; (y) the Company does not reverse or otherwise cure the event or condition within 30 days of receiving that written objection; and (z) Employee terminates Employee’s employment within 30 days following the expiration of such 30-day cure period.
By signing below, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. The offer of this Reward and Retention Bonus Agreement will expire unless signed by [ , , 2021].
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