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BUILD A BEAR WORKSHOP INC | Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc

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Title: EMPLOYMENT, CONFIDENTIALITY AND NONCOMPETE AGREEMENT
Governing Law: Missouri     Date: 3/17/2016
Industry: Retail (Specialty)     Sector: Services

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Exhibit 10.7.1

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED

 

EMPLOYMENT, CONFIDENTIALITY AND NONCOMPETE AGREEMENT

 

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Company”), and Gina Collins (“Employee”) entered into an Employment, Confidentiality and Noncompete Agreement effective as of January 20, 2014 (“Prior Agreement”). This Amended and Restated Employment, Confidentiality and Noncompete Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into effective as of March 7, 2016 (“Effective Date”) by and between the Company and Employee and completely amends and supersedes the Prior Agreement.

 

WHEREAS, Company desires to continue to employ and Employee desires to be employed as the Chief Marketing Officer and Brand Bear of Company from and after the Effective Date.

 

WHEREAS, Company has pioneered the retail concept of “make your own” stuffed plush toys, including animals and dolls, and is engaged in, among other things, the business of production, marketing, promotion and distribution of plush stuffed toys, clothing, accessories and similar items, including without limitation, the ownership, management, franchising, leasing and development of retail stores in which the basic operation is the selling of such items, and the promotion of the related concepts and characters through merchandising and mass media. Company is headquartered and its principal place of business is located in, and this Agreement is being signed in, St. Louis, Missouri.

 

WHEREAS, Company conducts business in selected locations throughout the United States and internationally directly and through franchise arrangements.

 

WHEREAS, Company has expended a great deal of time, money and effort to develop and maintain its proprietary Confidential Information (as defined herein) which is material to Company and which, if misused or disclosed, could be very harmful to Company’s business.

 

WHEREAS, the success of Company depends to a substantial extent upon the protection of its Confidential Information and goodwill by all of its employees.

 

WHEREAS, Company compensates its employees to, among other things, develop and preserve goodwill with its customers, landlords, suppliers and partners on Company’s behalf and business information for Company’s ownership and use.

 

WHEREAS, if Employee were to leave Company, Company, in all fairness, would need certain protections in order to prevent competitors of Company from gaining an unfair competitive advantage over Company or diverting goodwill from Company, or to prevent Employee from misusing or misappropriating the Confidential Information.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the compensation and other benefits of Employee’s employment by Company and the recitals, mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, Employee and Company agree as follows:

 

 

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1.      Employment Services .

 

(a)     As of the Effective Date, Employee shall continue to be employed by Company, and Employee accepts such continued employment, upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth. Employee shall serve as Chief Marketing Officer and Brand Bear throughout the Employment Period, and agrees to do so on a full-time basis. Employee shall carry out such duties as are assigned to her by Company’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

(b)     Employee agrees that throughout Employee’s employment with Company, Employee will (i) faithfully render such services as may be delegated reasonably to Employee by Company, (ii) devote substantially all of Employee’s entire business time, good faith, best efforts, ability, skill and attention to Company’s business, and (iii) follow and act in accordance with all of the rules, policies and procedures of Company which are applicable to its senior executives, including but not limited to working hours, sales and promotion policies, and specific Company rules.

 

(c)     “Company” means Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. or one of its Subsidiaries. The term “Subsidiary” means any corporation, joint venture or other business organization in which Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. now or hereafter, directly or indirectly, owns or controls more than fifty percent (50%) interest.

 

2.      Term of Employment . The term of this Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date first set forth above, and shall end on the third anniversary of the Effective Date, unless sooner terminated as provided in Section 4 hereof (the “Renewal Term”). Following the Renewal Term, this Agreement shall renew for successive one-year periods (each a “Renewal Period”; collectively, the Renewal Term and each Renewal Period, the “Employment Period”), unless either party notifies the other party of its decision not to renew the Agreement at least sixty (60) days prior to the third anniversary of the Effective Date or the expiration of any Renewal Period, or unless the Agreement is sooner terminated as provided in Section 4 hereof. For the avoidance of doubt, if either party provides notice of non-renewal of the Agreement at least sixty (60) days prior to the end of the Renewal Term or the end of any Renewal Period, then the Agreement shall expire.

 

3.       Compensation .

 

(a)      Base Salary . Throughout the Employment Period, Company shall pay Employee as compensation for her services an annual base salary of not less than Three Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($324,500), payable in accordance with Company’s usual practices. Employee’s annual base salary rate shall be reviewed by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) at least annually and may be subject to adjustment following each fiscal year so that Employee’s salary will be commensurate with similarly situated executives with firms similarly situated to Company. However, Employee’s annual base salary rate shall not be subject to decrease at any time during the Employment Period.

 

 

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(b)      Bonus . Should Company meet or exceed the sales, profits and other objectives established by the Compensation Committee for any fiscal year, Employee shall be eligible to receive a bonus for such fiscal year in the amount as determined by the Compensation Committee; provided however, the target bonus opportunity established for Employee in any given fiscal year will be set by the Compensation Committee at not less than fifty percent (50%) of Employee’s earned annual base pay for such fiscal year. Any bonus payable to Employee will be payable in cash, stock or stock options, or combination thereof, all as determined by the Board of Directors or any duly authorized committee thereof, and unless (to the extent consistent with Section 409A of the Code) a different payout schedule is applicable for all executive employees of Company, any such bonus payment will be payable in a single, lump sum payment in the calendar year that contains the April 30 th immediately following such fiscal year, but no later than April 30 th of such year. In the event of termination of this Agreement because of Employee’s death or disability (as defined by Section 4.1(b)), termination by Company without Cause pursuant to Section 4.1(c), or pursuant to Employee’s right to terminate this Agreement for Good Reason under Section 4.1(d), (1) any bonus for the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year in which such termination occurs shall be paid at the time and in the form such bonus would have been paid had Employee’s employment continued until the payment date, and (2) the bonus for the fiscal year in which such termination occurs shall be pro-rated based on the number of full calendar weeks during the applicable fiscal year during which Employee was employed hereunder, based on the bonus amount that Employee would have earned based on actual performance for the fiscal year had Employee’s employment not terminated, and shall be paid at the time and in the form such bonus would have been paid had Employee’s employment continued; provided, however, in the event of termination of this Agreement because of Employee’s termination by Company without Cause pursuant to Section 4.1(c) or pursuant to Employee’s right to terminate this Agreement for Good Reason under Section 4.1(d) and such termination is on the date of a Change in Control or during a period of twenty-four (24) months after a Change in Control, Employee’s target bonus for the fiscal year in which such termination occurs shall be prorated based on the number of full calendar weeks during the applicable fiscal year during which Employee was employed hereunder and shall be paid within thirty (30) days of such termination (subject to any delay in payout required under Section 4.2(b)). Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no bonus shall be payable hereunder in the event that Employee’s employment terminates for any other reason prior to the date on which any bonus is actually paid.

 

Such bonus, if any, shall be payable after Company’s accountants have determined the sales and profits and have issued their audit report with respect thereto for the applicable fiscal year, which determination shall be binding on the parties. Any such bonus shall be paid in the calendar year that contains the April 30 immediately following such fiscal year, but no later than April 30 th of such year.

 

(c)      Equity Awards . Employee may have been granted in the past, and/or may in the future be granted, a certain number of restricted shares and/or stock options to purchase shares of Company’s common stock (the “Common Stock”) and/or other awards, pursuant to the terms set forth more particularly in the stock option and/or restricted stock and/or other award agreements (“Stock Agreement”) used in connection with the Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. 2004 Stock Incentive Plan (or any successor plan) (the “Plan”). The Plan and applicable Stock Agreement(s) shall govern any grants of restricted shares and/or stock options to purchase shares of Company’s Common Stock and/or such other awards.

 

(d)      Discounts . Employee and her immediate family will be entitled to a minimum 20% discount for all merchandise purchased at Company’s stores.

 

 

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(e)      Vacation . Employee shall be entitled to paid vacation and paid sick leave on the same basis as may from time to time apply to other Company executive employees generally. Vacations will be scheduled with the approval of Company’s Chief Executive Officer. One-third of one year’s vacation (or any part of it) may be carried over to the next year; provided that such carry over is used in the first calendar quarter of the next year. Unless otherwise approved by Company’s Chief Executive Officer, all unused vacation shall be forfeited. No more than two weeks of vacation can be taken at one time. Employee shall also be entitled to one (1) additional day per calendar year of paid vacation to be taken in the month of her birthday.

 

(f)      Other . Employee shall be eligible for such other perquisites as may from time to time be awarded to Employee by Company payable at such times and in such amounts as Company, in its sole discretion, may determine. All compensation under this Agreement shall be subject to customary withholding taxes and other employment taxes as required with respect thereto. Throughout the Employment Period, Employee shall also qualify for all rights and benefits for which Employee may be eligible under any benefit plans including group life, medical, health, dental and/or disability insurance or other benefits (“Welfare Benefits”) which are provided for employees generally at her then current location of employment.

 

4.      Termination Provisions .

 

4.1      Termination of Employment . Prior to the expiration of the Employment Period, this Agreement and Employee’s employment may be terminated as follows:

 

(a)     Upon Employee’s death;

 

(b)     By Company upon thirty (30) days’ prior written notice to Employee in the event Employee, by reason of permanent physical or mental disability (which shall be determined by a physician selected by Company or its insurers and acceptable to Employee or Employee’s legal representative (such agreement as to acceptability not to be withheld unreasonably)), following such time as Employee has been unable to perform the essential functions of her position, with or without reasonable accommodation, for the longer of: (i) six (6) consecutive months or (ii) the maximum health leave provided under Company’s Health Leave of Absence policy for Employee’s length of service with Company; provided, however, Employee shall not be terminated due to permanent physical or mental disability unless or until said disability also entitles Employee to benefits under such disability insurance policy as is provided to Employee by Company, provided however that continued entitlement to disability benefits coverage shall be not required where Employee fails to qualify for benefits coverage continuation due to an act or omission by Employee.

 

(c)     By Company with or without Cause. For the purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” shall mean: (i) Employee’s engagement in any conduct which, in Company’s reasonable determination, constitutes gross misconduct, or is illegal, unethical or improper provided such conduct brings detrimental notoriety or material harm to Company; (ii) gross negligence or willful misconduct; (iii) any act which results in a conviction for a felony involving moral turpitude, fraud or misrepresentation; (iv) a material breach of a material provision of this Agreement by Employee, or (v) failure of Employee to follow a written directive of the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors within thirty (30) days after receiving such notice, provided that such directive is reasonable in scope and is otherwise within the Chief Executive Officer’s or the Board’s reasonable business judgment, and is reasonably within Employee’s control; provided Employee does not cure said conduct or breach as set forth in (i)-(v)(to the extent curable) within thirty (30) days after the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors provides Employee with reasonably-detailed written notice of said conduct or breach accompanied by a clear written statement of Company’s intent to terminate the Employee’s employment for Cause in the absence of a cure. Cause shall not exist unless and until the Employee (and her counsel if she wishes) has been afforded an opportunity prior to the actual date of termination to discuss the matter with the Board of Directors at a duly-called Board meeting at which the matter is timely placed on the agenda and the Board subsequently votes to terminate the relationship for Cause.

 

 

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(d)     By the Employee with or without Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean (i) a material breach of a material provision of this Agreement by Company, (ii) Company’s issuance of a notice of non-renewal of this Agreement under Section 2, (iii) a material diminution in Employee’s total annual compensation, including base salary, annual bonus opportunity and long-term incentives, (iv) a material diminution in Employee’s authority, duties or responsibilities, or (v) a change in the geographic location at which Employee must perform services hereunder of more than twenty-five (25) miles; provided, that, Employee provides the Board of Directors with written notice of Good Reason within thirty (30) days of the date on which Employee becomes aware of the condition alleged to give rise to Good Reason, Company does not cure such condition within thirty (30) days after such notice (to the extent curable), and Employee terminates her employment within ninety (90) days following the onset of one or more conditions giving rise to Good Reason.

 

4.2      Impact of Termination .

 

(a)      Survival of Covenants . Upon termination of this Agreement, all rights and obligations of the parties hereunder shall cease, except termination of employment pursuant to Section 4 or otherwise shall not terminate or otherwise affect the rights and obligations of the parties pursuant to Sections 5 through 13 hereof.

 

(b)      Severance . In the event during the Employment Period (i) Company terminates Employee’s employment without Cause pursuant to Section 4.1(c) or (ii) the Employee terminates her employment for Good Reason pursuant to Section 4.1(d), subject to the execution and non-revocation of a release and waiver of all claims described below, Company shall continue her base salary in accordance with its regular payroll practices for a period of (A) twelve (12) months, commencing on the date that is thirty (30) days after the termination in the case of a termination of employment either prior to a Change in Control or following a period of twenty-four (24) months after a Change in Control or (B) eighteen (18) months, commencing on the date that is thirty (30) days after the termination in the case of a termination of employment during the twenty-four (24) month period immediately following a Change in Control. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, receipt of any payment in connection with a termination of employment shall be conditioned on Employee signing a release and waiver of all claims against Company and its affiliates within thirty (30) days after her termination of employment, in such form and manner as Company shall reasonably prescribe, which release shall become effective and irrevocable within thirty (30) days after Employee’s termination of employment. Employee shall accept these payments in full discharge of all obligations of any kind which Company has to her except obligations, if any (i) for post-employment benefits expressly provided under this Agreement and/or at law, (ii) to repurchase any capital stock of Company owned by Employee (as may or may not be set forth in the applicable stock agreement); or (iii) for indemnification under separate agreement by virtue of Employee’s status as a director/officer of Company. Employee shall also be eligible to receive a bonus with respect to the year of termination to the extent provided in Section 3(b).

 

 

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For purposes of these severance pay provisions and any other term of this Agreement which provides for a payment upon termination of employment, Employee shall be considered as having terminated employment only if such termination constitutes a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, and any proposed or final regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event that Employee is determined to be a specified employee within the meaning of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), for purposes of any payment on termination of employment hereunder, payment(s) shall be made or begin, as applicable, on the first payroll date which is more than six months following the date of separation from service, to the extent required to avoid any adverse tax consequences under Section 409A of the Code. Any payments that would have been made during such 6-month period shall be made in a lump sum on the first payroll date which is more than six months following the date Employee separates from service with Company. Each payment under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate payment for purposes of Section 409A of the Code. In no event may Employee, directly or indirectly, designate the calendar year of any payment to be made under this Agreement. This Agreement shall be interpreted and administered in a manner consistent with Section 409A of the Code.

 

For purposes of this Agreement, “Change in Control” shall mean: (i) the purchase or other acquisition (other than from Company) by any person, entity or group of persons, within the meaning of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Act”) (excluding, for this purpose, Company or its subsidiaries or any employee benefit plan of Company or its subsidiaries), of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Act) of 20% or more of either the then-outstanding shares of common stock of Company or the combined voting power of Company’s then-outstanding voting securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors; (ii) individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute Company’s Board of Directors (and, as of the date hereof, the “Incumbent Board”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of Company’s Board of Directors, provided that any person who becomes a director subsequent to the date hereof whose election, or nomination for election by Company’s stockholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board (other than an individual whose initial assumption of office is in connection with an actual or threatened election contest relating to the election of directors of Company, as such terms are used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Act) shall be, for purposes of this Section, considered as though such person were a member of the Incumbent Board; (iii) a reorganization, merger or consolidation involving Company, in each case with respect to which persons who were the stockholders of Company immediately prior to such reorganization, merger or consolidation do not, immediately thereafter, own more than 50% of, respectively, the common stock and the combined voting power entitled to vote generally in the election of directors of the reorganized, merged or consolidated corporation’s then-outstanding voting securities; or (iv) a liquidation or disso


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