14. Non-Competition. Woodside agrees that for a period of one year from the last day of his employment with Traeger, he shall not directly or indirectly, anywhere within the United States, (a) own (as a proprietor, partner, stockholder, member, creditor, or otherwise) an interest in, or (b) participate (as an officer, director, or in any other capacity) in the management, operation, or control of, or (c) perform services as, or act in the capacity of, an employee, independent contractor, consultant, or agent of, any business entity or enterprise engaged, directly or indirectly, in a business competitive with any business conducted by Traeger, including, but not limited to, the design, manufacture, distribution, marketing or sale of barbeque grills, units, devices, smokers or pellets.
15. Non-Solicitation; Non-Interference. Woodside agrees that for a period of 24 months from the Effective Date of this Agreement, he shall not, directly or indirectly, individually or on behalf of any other person, firm, corporation or other entity, (i) solicit, aid or induce any customer of Traeger or any of its Affiliates to purchase goods or services then sold by Traeger or any of its Affiliates from another person, firm, corporation or other entity or assist or aid any other person or entity in identifying or soliciting any such customer, (ii) solicit, aid or induce any employee, representative or agent of Traeger or any of its Affiliates to leave such employment or retention or to accept employment with or render services to or with any other person, firm, corporation or other entity unaffiliated with Traeger or hire or retain any such employee, representative or agent, or take any action to materially assist or aid any other person, firm, corporation or other entity in identifying, hiring or soliciting any such employee, representative or agent, (iii) contact or communicate with, orally or in writing, current or former shareholders of Traeger, or (iv) interfere, or aid or induce any other person or entity in interfering, with the relationship between Traeger or any of its Affiliates and any of their respective vendors, joint venturers and/or licensors. An employee, representative or agent shall be deemed covered by this Paragraph 13 while so employed or retained and for a period of six (6) months thereafter. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the provisions of this Paragraph 12 shall not be violated by general advertising or solicitation not specifically targeted at Traeger-related persons or entities.
16. Reasonableness of Restrictions. Woodside agrees that the restrictions and covenants contained in Paragraphs 12 and 13 above are reasonable in terms of their duration, geographical scope and scope of activity, and that such restrictions and covenants are reasonable and necessary to protect Traegers legitimate business interests in its business relationships, goodwill, trade secrets and other confidential information. However, if any such restrictions and covenants are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, for any reason, then Woodside agrees that such restrictions and covenants shall be interpreted to extend over the maximum period of time, geographical area and scope of activity as to which such restrictions and covenants would be valid and enforceable as determined by such court in such action, and shall be enforceable and enforced by such court in accordance with such interpretation.
17. Non-Disparagement. At any time before or after the Effective Date of this Agreement, Woodside agrees not to disparage Traeger publicly or to any trade customer vendor or partner of Traeger, or to otherwise make negative, critical or defamatory comments or remarks, orally or in writing, about Traeger (including its officers, directors, managers, supervisors and/or employees), or its products, services, or business practices or methods.