(i) compete or engage, anywhere in the geographic area comprised of Bee, Bexar, Brazos, Cherokee, Comanche, Dallas, DeWitt, Fort Bend, Gregg, Harris, Henderson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Seguin, Smith, Tarrant and Travis Counties in Texas, and any additional county in which the Company has established a branch office (the Market Area), in a financial services business similar to that of the Company;
(ii) take any action to invest in, own, manage, operate, control, participate in, be employed or engaged by or be connected in any manner with any partnership, association, corporation, limited liability company, trust, unincorporated organization or any other business entity (an Entity) engaging in a financial or depository institution, financial planning or investment advisory business similar to that of the Company anywhere within the Market Area; except that you are permitted to own, directly or indirectly, up to two percent (2%) of the issued and outstanding securities of any publicly traded financial institution conducting business in the Market Area;
(iii) Within the Market Area (i) enter into, or facilitate any other Entity to enter into, an agreement with any customer of the Company to provide goods and services of the same or similar type as the Company provides, (ii) accept business from, or facilitate any other Entity to gain or accept such business from or with any customer of the Company, (iii) assist a competitor of the Company in the sale to any customer of the Company of business of the same or similar type as the Company provides, or (iv) encourage or facilitate any customer of the Company to purchase goods and services of the same or similar type as the Company provides from a competitor of the Company.
(iv) Within the geographic Market Area, call on, service or solicit competing business from any customers of the Company if, within the twelve (12) months before your termination, you had or made contact with the customer, or had access to information and files about the customer; or
(v) call on, solicit or induce any employee of the Company whom you had contact, knowledge of, or association with in the course of employment with the Company to terminate employment from the Company, and will not assist any other person or entity in such activities.
9.5 Permissible Business Interests. Your involvement in the business interests listed in Exhibit B to this Agreement shall not be deemed to compete with the interests of the Company.
9.6 Permitted Disclosures.
(i) Nothing in this Agreement prohibits or restricts you (or your attorney) from initiating communications directly with, responding to an inquiry from, or providing testimony before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, any other self-regulatory organization, or any other federal or state regulatory authority.
(ii) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement: (A) you will not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for any disclosure of a trade secret that is made: (1) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either