Offer Letter and Cancellation Agreement, dated September 24, 2020, by and among Susan Parente, Standard AVB Financial Corp. and Standard Bank, PaSB
September 24, 2020
Personal & Confidential
Susan A. Parente
Re: Employment Offer Letter
This offer letter (the “Offer Letter”) is effective as of, and contingent upon, the Closing of the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger among Dollar Mutual Bancorp, Dollar Acquisition Sub, Inc., and Standard AVB Financial Corp. (the “Merger Agreement”). We are pleased to continue your employment with Standard Bank, PaSB or its legal successor (the “Bank”) on the terms described in this Offer Letter, and look forward to continuing this mutually rewarding relationship.
1. Position, Duties, and Compensation
You will serve as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bank, effective as of the Closing as defined in the Merger Agreement (the “Effective Date”). In that capacity, you will perform duties and responsibilities commensurate with your position and such other duties as may be assigned to you from time to time. You will be paid a base salary of $212,000 per year (or if higher, your base salary as of the Effective Date), payable in accordance with the Bank’s payroll practices and subject to applicable withholdings and deductions. You will be eligible for short-term and long-term incentive in accordance with the Bank’s policies as in effect from time to time.
2. Cancellation of Prior Agreement
As of the Effective Date, you agree that your prior Employment Agreement dated January 25, 2018 (the “Prior Agreement”), is cancelled and terminated and of no further effect, pursuant to and subject to the terms of Exhibit A. You acknowledge and agree that, on and after the Effective Date, your employment with the Bank is “at will” and, subject to the terms of this Offer Letter, either your or the Bank may terminate your employment at any time, for any reason.
You will be eligible to participate in the benefit plans and programs as in effect for the Bank from time to time, subject to their eligibility and other terms. As of the Effective Date, the 401(k) plan, health and welfare benefits, and similar broad-based benefits are expected to remain those of the Bank as in effect prior to the Closing. However, benefits may later transition to benefits offered by Dollar Bank or one of its affiliates. The terms of Section 4, however, supersede any severance policy or program otherwise in effect for employees of the Bank.
If your employment is involuntarily terminated by the Bank prior to the first anniversary of the Effective Date for any reason other than for Cause (as defined below), subject to your execution and non-revocation of a general release of claims in the form provided by the Bank or Dollar Bank (the “Release”), the Bank will provide you with a lump sum severance payment equal to the base salary you would have received for the remainder of the 12-month period ending on the first anniversary of the Effective Date.
In addition, if your employment is involuntarily terminated by the Bank prior to the third anniversary of the Effective Date for reasons other than Cause (as defined below), subject to your execution and non-revocation of a Release, the Bank will provide you with a lump sum severance payment equal to the product of (a) the total monthly premium for medical, vision, and dental coverage (including any employer contributions to a health savings account) for you and any dependents covered as of your termination, each as in effect as of the date of your termination without Cause, and (b) that number of full months remaining in the 36-month period beginning on the Effective Date.
The lump sum severance payments described above will be payable within 30 days following the effective date of the Release; provided that if the period for consideration and effectiveness of the Release could span two tax years, the payment will be made in the later calendar year. Additionally, and regardless of the timing of or reason for your termination, you are of course entitled to any accrued pay and vested employee benefits earned prior to your termination.
As used in this Offer Letter, “Cause” means a good faith determination by the Bank or Dollar Bank that one of the following events has occurred: (1) your personal dishonesty in performing your duties to the Bank, (2) your gross incompetence in performing your duties on behalf of the Bank, (3) your willful misconduct that is likely to cause economic damage to the Bank or injury to its business reputation, (4) your breach of fiduciary duty involving personal profit, (5) your material breach of the Bank’s Code of Ethics or similar policy, (6) your intentional or willful failure to perform your duties to the Bank after written notice, (7) your willful violation of any law, rule or regulation (other than traffic violations or similar offenses) that reflects adversely on the reputation of the Bank, any felony conviction, any violation of law involving moral turpitude, or any violation of any final cease-and-desist order, or (8) your material violation of this Offer Letter or any other material written agreement between you and the Bank or its parent or other affiliate.
5. Tax Matters
All payments to you are subject to applicable tax withholding and reporting, and other authorized deductions. This Offer Letter is intended to provide for payments that are exempt from Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 409A”), to the maximum extent feasible, and will be construed and interpreted accordingly. To the extent an applicable exemption from Section 409A is not available, this Agreement will be construed in a manner that complies with Section 409A. Notwithstanding any contrary implication, the Bank makes no representation as to tax matters and will not be responsible for any taxes imposed on you, whether under Section 409A or otherwise.
6. Post-Termination Obligations
(a) Nonsolicitation. You covenant and agree that during the term of employment and for a period of eighteen (18) months thereafter following termination of your employment for any reason, you will not, without the written consent of the Bank, directly or indirectly: (i) solicit, offer employment to, or take any other action intended (or that a reasonable person acting in like circumstances would expect) to have the effect of causing any officer or employee of the Bank, or any of its parent, subsidiaries, or affiliates (the “Bank Group”), to terminate his or her employment and accept employment or become affiliated with, or provide services for compensation in any capacity whatsoever to, any business that competes with the business of the Bank Group and has headquarters or offices within twenty-five (25) miles of the locations in which the Bank Group operates or has filed an application for regulatory approval to operate, or (ii) solicit business from any customer of the Bank Group or divert or attempt to divert any business from the Bank Group or induce, or attempt to induce, or assist others inducing or attempting to induce, any agent, customer or supplier of the Bank Group or any other person or entity associated or doing business with the Bank Group to terminate such person’s or entity’s relationship with the Bank Group (or to refrain from becoming associated with or doing business with the Bank Group) or in any other manner to interfere with the relationship between the Bank Group and any such person or entity.
(b) Noncompetition. You covenant and agree that during the term of your employment and, solely for the period thereafter, if any, with respect to which base salary severance is to be paid pursuant to the first paragraph of Section 4, you will not, without the written consent of the Bank, directly or indirectly become an officer, employee, consultant, director, independent contractor, agent, sole proprietor, joint venturer, greater than 5% equity owner or stockholder, partner, or trustee of any savings association, savings and loan association, savings and loan holding company, credit union, bank or bank holding company, insurance company or agency, any mortgage or loan broker, or any other financial services entity that competes with the business of the Bank Group and has headquarters or offices within twenty-five (25) miles of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(c) Confidentiality. At all times, both during and after your employment, you agree to maintain in strict confidence and trust all Confidential Information (as defined below) of the Bank Group, except as necessary in the ordinary course of performing your duties. “Confidential Information” means information belonging to the Bank Group or its customers which is of value to the Bank Group in the course of conducting its business and the disclosure of which could result in a competitive or other disadvantage to the Bank Group and, includes without limitation, financial information, reports and forecasts; inventions, improvements and other intellectual property; trade secrets; know-how; designs, processes or formulae; software; market or sales information or plans; customer lists; and business plans, prospects and opportunities, whether developed by you or to which you may have had access. Confidential Information does not include information in the public domain.
(d) Cooperation. After termination of your employment and subject to the Bank’s payment of your reasonable expenses, you agree to furnish such information and assistance to the Bank Group as may be reasonably required in connection with any litigation or regulatory matter in which the Bank Group may be or become involved.
(e) Injunctive Relief. You acknowledge that any violation of this Section 6 will result in irreparable injury to the Bank Group, its business and property and that, in the event of your breach, the Bank Group is entitled to injunctive relief without the necessity of a bond, in addition to any other remedies or damages as may be available. You agree that the covenants described in this Section 6 are reasonable in scope and duration and will not prevent you from earning a livelihood. You also agree that, in the event that any court or arbiter determines that this section is overbroad or unenforceable, it will be reformed or limited to the minimum extent necessary to be enforceable.
(f) No claims. You acknowledge and agree, that as of the date of this Offer Letter, you are aware of no claims or damages you may have against the Bank or any of its affiliates under the Employment Agreement or under other applicable employment laws (such as, but not limited to, laws regarding nondiscrimination, employment practices, or compensation), other than your entitlements to compensation earned but not paid and vested employee benefits.
This Offer Letter and Exhibit A will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. It sets forth the entire agreement of the parties regarding the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous agreements regarding the subject matter hereof.
Susan, we look forward to your acceptance of these terms.
|STANDARD BANK, PASB|
|By:||/s/ Terence L. Graft|
|Terence L. Graft, Chairman of the Board|
AGREED AND ACCEPTED
|/s/ Susan A. Parente|
|Susan A. Parente|
|Date:||September 24, 2020|
This Cancellation Agreement (this “Agreement”) is between Susan A. Parente (the “Executive”) and Standard Bank, PaSB (the “Bank”) and is effective as of the Effective Date as defined in the Offer Letter to which it is attached. Capitalized terms not otherwise defined have the meanings provided in the Offer Letter.
WHEREAS, the Bank and the Executive are parties to that certain Employment Agreement dated January 25, 2018 (the “Employment Agreement”); and
WHEREAS, the Bank and the Executive are party to that certain letter employment offer (the “Offer Letter”) dated as of September 24, 2020 but effective as of the Effective Date, which Offer Letter supersedes and replaces in its entirety the Employment Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the parties desire to set forth the consideration for the cancellation and termination of the Employment Agreement, all to be effective as of the Effective Date and contingent upon the Closing as defined in the Merger Agreement;
NOW, THEREFORE, intending to be legally bound, the parties hereto agree as follows, effective as of the Effective Date and contingent upon the Closing:
1. Termination and Cancellation. The Employment Agreement is hereby cancelled and terminated effective on the Effective Date. Other than those obligations described in the Offer Letter and this Agreement, the parties acknowledge and agree that there are no further obligations of either party under the Employment Agreement, other than the Executive’s entitlement to base salary and other compensation earned prior to the Effective Date but unpaid as of such date and his obligations to comply with the terms of the Employment Agreement through the Effective Date.
2. Consideration. As consideration for this Agreement, and in full satisfaction and release of any and all claims that may have arisen under the Employment Agreement, the Bank will pay to the Executive in a single lump sum as of the first Bank payroll processed simultaneous or immediately following the Effective Date, the following amounts (collectively, the “Cancellation Consideration”), subject to potential reduction as described in Section 3:
(a) Six hundred thirty-six thousand dollars ($636,000) representing three times the highest annual rate of base salary earned by the Executive prior to the Effective Date; plus
(b) two hundred sixteen thousand three hundred sixty dollars ($216,360) representing three times the average bonus earned by the Executive for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.
3. 280G Reduction. Notwithstanding Section 2 above, the Cancellation Consideration shall be reduced, solely to the extent necessary, such that the sum of the Cancellation Consideration and any other “parachute payments” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 280G”), that are payable to or with respect to the Executive and that are contingent upon a “change in control” within the meaning of Section 280G do not exceed one dollar ($1.00) less than three times the Executive’s “base amount”, all within the meaning of Section 280G (any reduction necessary to comply with the Section 280G limit, the “Reduction Amount”). Any determination required under this Section will be made in good faith by the Bank’s independent accounting firm or such other expert as may be designated by the Bank in consultation with similar experts retained by Dollar Bank (the “Accountants”), and the Accountants shall be directed to reasonably value compensation for personal services to be rendered by the Executive after the Effective Date, including but not limited to those provisions in Section 6 of the Offer Letter, and make such other reasonable assumptions as are consistent with Section 280G prior to determining any Reduction Amount. The Bank will notify the Executive of any Reduction Amount as promptly as practicable following the signature of this Agreement and, in any event, prior to the Effective Date and make its Accountants available for discussion with any experts of the Executive, and shall consider in good faith to the extent consistent with Section 280G input from such Executive experts. The Accountants’ determination will be final and binding on all parties.
4. Tax and Benefit Matters. The Cancellation Consideration is subject to applicable federal, state and local income and employment tax withholding and reporting. This Agreement is intended to be exempt from Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 409A”), to the maximum extent permissible and, otherwise, to comply with Section 409A, and will be construed and interpreted accordingly. In no event, however, will the Bank be responsible for any tax consequence of this Agreement or any Cancellation Consideration, whether under Section 409A, Section 280G, or otherwise. Cancellation Consideration will not be considered eligible compensation for purposes of any employee benefit plans or programs of the Bank or its affiliates unless such inclusion is required by law.
5. Miscellaneous. This Cancellation Agreement will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. It sets forth the entire agreement of the parties regarding the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous agreements regarding the subject matter hereof.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Cancellation Agreement as of this 24th day of September, 2020, to be effective on the Effective Date.
|STANDARD BANK, PASB|
|By:||/s/ Terence L. Graft||/s/ Susan A. Parente|
|Terence L. Graft, Chairman of the Board||Susan A. Parente|