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Title: EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT EMPLOYMENT, CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT
Governing Law: California     Date: 6/13/2014
Industry: Regional Banks     Sector: Financial

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Exhibit 10.10

 

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

EMPLOYMENT, CONFIDENTIALITY

AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

 

PART I

 

PARTIES TO AGREEMENT

 

Section 1.01 - Parties:  This Employment Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”) is entered into by and between Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California, a California banking corporation (the “Bank”), its successors and assigns, and Ryan J. Misasi (hereinafter referred to as “Employee”).  The Bank and Employee are sometimes collectively referred to hereinafter as the “Parties” and individually as a “Party.”

 

PART II

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

Section 2.01 - Employment:  The Bank hereby agrees to employ Employee, and Employee hereby accepts such employment with the Bank, in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth herein.

 

Section 2.02 - Term of Employment:  This Agreement shall become effective on June 2, 2014.  This Agreement shall terminate on June 30, 2016 unless earlier terminated pursuant to the provisions of Part VII herein.  If this Agreement is not terminated pursuant to Part VII , and provided Employee enters into an effective general release of claims at that time in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, the Agreement shall renew automatically for an additional two year term, and for successive additional two year terms thereafter, unless earlier terminated pursuant to the provisions of Part VII.

 

PART III

 

DUTIES OF EMPLOYEE

 

Section 3.01- General Duties:  During the term of this Agreement, Employee shall be employed as Executive Vice President and Retail Banking Division Manager under the direction of the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and shall perform and discharge well and faithfully the duties that may be assigned to Employee from time to time by the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in connection with the conduct of the Bank’s business.  Nothing herein shall preclude the Bank’s Board of Directors or Chief Executive Officer from changing Employee’s title or duties as long as the resulting title and duties are reasonably commensurate with the education, employment background and qualifications of the Employee and involve similar responsibilities and scope of duties.

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Section 3.02 - Outside Activities:  Employee agrees that, while employed by the Bank, Employee will refrain from any outside activities which actually or potentially are in direct conflict with the essential enterprise-related or reputational interest of the Bank, that would cause disruption of the Bank’s operations, or that would be in direct competition with the Bank or assist competitors of the Bank.  It shall not be a violation of this Agreement for Employee (A) to serve on corporate, civic or charitable boards or committees, or (B) to deliver lectures or fulfill speaking engagements, so long as such activities do not significantly interfere with the performance of Employee’s responsibilities as an employee of the Bank; provided, however, that Employee shall give the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer not less than fourteen (14) days’ notice of any actions contemplated by clauses (A) or (B), and will refrain from any such action to which the Chief Executive Officer in his/her sole discretion, objects.  It shall not be a violation of this Agreement for Employee to manage personal investments, so long as such activities do not represent a conflict with the Bank, as described in the Bank’s Employee Code of Conduct, and other pertinent policies and agreements.

 

PART IV

 

COMPENSATION

 

Section 4.01 - Salary:  Employee shall be paid an annual base salary of no less than $250,000 per year.  This base salary shall be paid to Employee in such intervals and at such times as other salaried executives of the Bank are paid.  The Bank’s Board of Directors reserves the right to set the timing and level of salary adjustments for all employees and any particular employee at its sole discretion.

 

Section 4.02 - Incentive and Retention Programs:  Employee shall be eligible for an annual discretionary incentive bonus.  The amount of the bonus for a given year shall be determined by the Bank’s Board of Directors annually by March 31st of each following year and shall be paid no later than April 15 th of each following year, provided Employee is still employed by the Bank on the payment date.  For the year 2014, said bonus shall not be less than $100,000.

 

Employee shall be entitled to participate in the “Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California Executive Retirement Plan – Equity Component”, “Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California Executive Retirement Plan – Performance Component” and the “Farmers & Merchants Bank Deferred Compensation Plan”, the terms and conditions of which are set forth in separate agreements so titled.

 

Section 4.03 – Sign-On Bonus and Moving Allowance: Employee shall be paid: (i) a cash sign-on bonus in the amount of a $25,000 to be paid 120 days after Employee’s start date; and (ii) a moving and relocation allowance of up to $75,000 to be used by October 1, 2014.  Employee acknowledges that some payments under the moving and relocation allowance may be taxable to the Employee, and that Bank has no responsibility to reimburse Employee for those taxes.

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PART V

 

BENEFITS

 

Section 5.01 - Benefits:  Employee shall be entitled to participate in whatever vacation, medical, dental, pension, sick leave, 401(k), profit sharing, disability insurance or other plans of general application, or other benefits which are in effect as to other officers of equivalent title of the Bank, or as may be in effect from time to time, in accordance with the rules established for individual participation in any such plan.

 

Section 5.02 - Bank Automobile/Automobile Allowance:  The Bank shall provide Employee with either an automobile for business and incidental personal use or an automobile allowance as per Bank policy.  However, at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors and/or the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, the Bank reserves the right to change or eliminate this benefit at any time.

 

Section 5.03 - Membership Fees:  The Bank shall reimburse Employee for all appropriate and reasonable expenses incurred in performing Employee’s duties, including providing and paying for the dues and fees of membership in local service and civic clubs and/or organizations as the Bank deems appropriate and necessary for enhancement of its presence within the local business community.  In order to be eligible for reimbursement of these expenses, Employee must obtain pre-approval for such memberships from the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer and must provide the Bank with receipts and documented evidence as is required by federal and state laws and regulations.

 

Section 5.04 - Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Coverage:  To the extent commercially reasonable to do so under prevailing conditions in the insurance market, the Bank shall provide directors and officers liability insurance coverage for the protection of Employee on terms and conditions no less favorable to Employee than are in effect on the date that this Agreement shall become effective. Following any termination of Employee’s employment with the Bank, such coverage shall be continued under substantially the same terms and conditions as are in effect immediately prior to such termination of employment at no cost to Employee until all applicable statutes of limitation expire with respect to claims arising prior to such termination of employment.  Employee expressly acknowledges, however, that the Bank cannot and shall not guarantee the performance of the insurance company issuing such directors and officers liability insurance coverage pursuant to this Section.  In addition to the foregoing, the Bank shall also continue to make indemnification and advancement of litigation expense payments to Employee to the maximum extent and for the maximum period permitted by law; provided, however, that the obligation of the Bank to advance litigation expense payments shall be subject to Employee having executed and delivered to the Bank, in a form approved by the Bank, an undertaking to return such payments in the event that a court shall have determined that Employee is not entitled to indemnification under the applicable legal standards.

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PART VI

 

EXPENSES

 

Section 6.01 - Travel and Entertainment Expenses:  During the term of this Agreement, the Bank shall reimburse Employee for reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred in connection with the Bank’s business, including travel expenses, food and lodging while away from Employee’s home, subject to such policies as the Bank may from time to time establish for other officers of equivalent title.  Employee shall keep records of Employee’s travel and entertainment expenses in a form suitable to the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board to qualify this reimbursement as a federal and state income tax deduction for the Bank.  In addition, Employee shall provide the Bank with receipts for all expenses for which Employee seeks reimbursement.

 

PART VII

 

TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT

 

Section 7.01 - Termination at Option of the Bank:  The Bank may terminate this Agreement at any time and without “Cause” (as defined below) by giving Employee sixty (60) days written notice of the Bank’s intent to terminate this Agreement.  The 60th day after Notice of Termination shall be deemed Employee’s Separation Date.  In the event Employee’s employment is terminated by the Bank pursuant to this Section, Employee shall be paid all accrued salary, accrued but unused vacation, and reimbursement expenses for which expense reports have been provided to the Bank, or which are provided to the Bank prior to the Separation Date, in accordance with the Bank’s policies and this Agreement.  In addition to the foregoing amounts, if Employee is terminated by the Bank pursuant to this Section, and subject to (A) Employee’s continued employment through, and termination of employment on, the Separation Date; (B) Employee’s continued loyalty to the Bank, which includes, but is not limited to, Employee or any outside third party refraining from any announcements to anyone inside or outside the Bank that the Employee is leaving the Bank; and (C) Employee’s execution and non-revocation of a general release of all claims in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B, which release becomes irrevocable within 60 days following the Separation Date or such earlier deadline provided by the Bank, then Employee will be entitled to receipt of the following Severance Package:

 

1.

A Severance Payment equivalent to twelve (12) times the highest monthly base salary which Employee has earned during Employee’s employment with the Bank.  The Severance Payment shall be paid out in equal increments on regularly scheduled pay days for a period of 12 months following the Separation Date, provided that any payments delayed pending the effectiveness of the release shall be accumulated and paid in a lump sum on the next pay day following the effectiveness of the release, with any remaining payments due paid in accordance with the schedule otherwise provided herein.  Such payments will cease, however, if Employee fails to comply with the provisions of Part VIII of this Agreement.

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2.

A Severance Bonus in an amount equal to the average of the Employee’s annual discretionary incentive bonus for the previous two years, prorated for the number of months between the Separation Date and the end of the Bank’s last fiscal year.  The Severance Bonus shall be paid in a lump sum on the Employee’s Separation Date.

 

3.

Payment of all awards of benefit plans and incentive and retention programs in accordance with the terms of those plans and programs, including applicable vesting and forfeiture provisions.  Any such payment or distribution from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan shall be governed by the terms of such plan relating to the timing of distributions.

 

Section 7.02- Termination for Cause:  The Bank may terminate Employee’s employment at any time for “Cause” upon written Notice of Termination to Employee, setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for the determination of “Cause.”  Termination for Cause shall be effective immediately upon receipt of the Notice of Termination by Employee, and the date on which the Notice of Termination is received shall be deemed to be the Separation Date.  If Employee is terminated pursuant to this Section 7.02, Employee shall be entitled only to accrued salary, vacation and reimbursement of expenses for which expense reports have been provided to the Bank, or which are provided to the Bank prior to the Separation Date, in accordance with the Bank’s policies and this Agreement.  Employee shall be entitled to no further compensation or severance payment of any nature; provided however, that Employee will also be entitled to payment of all awards of benefit plans and incentive and retention programs in accordance with the terms of those plans, including any applicable vesting and forfeiture provisions.  Any such payment or distribution from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan shall be governed by the terms of such plan relating to the timing of distributions.

 

“Cause” for purposes of this Agreement shall be defined as follows:

 

A.                   The death of the Employee;

 

B.                   Conviction of a felony resulting in a material economic adverse effect on the Bank or its affiliates;

 

C.                   Committing acts of dishonesty, theft, embezzlement or other acts of moral turpitude against the Bank or its affiliates;

 

D.                  A material breach of, or intentional failure to perform any of the Employee’s duties which is not cured by Employee to the reasonable satisfaction of the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer within thirty (30) days, or within a deadline jointly defined by Employee and the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer after written notice is provided by the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer setting forth in reasonable detail the nature of the failure;

 

E.              An unauthorized, willful, knowing or reckless disclosure of any confidential information concerning the Bank or its affiliates or any of its directors, shareholders, customers or employees; or

 

F.                    Any action that constitutes a material disruption of Bank personnel relationships, that damages the Bank’s reputation or the reputation of any of its directors, shareholders, customers or employees, or that materially adversely affects the professional or business operations or practices of the Bank.

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Section 7.03 - Termination at Option of Employee:  This Agreement may be terminated by Employee at Employee’s sole discretion by giving one hundred twenty (120) days written Notice of Resignation to the Bank.  If Employee terminates his/her employment pursuant to this Section 7.03, and subject to Employee’s continued satisfactory performance of such tasks and duties that may be assigned to Employee through the Separation Date, and Employee’s continued loyalty to the Bank through the Separation Date (which includes, but is not limited to, refraining from any announcements by Employee or any outside third party to anyone inside or outside the Bank that the Employee is leaving the Bank), Employee shall receive accrued salary and payment for accrued but unused vacation through the Separation Date.  Employee shall also be entitled to payment of all awards of benefit plans and incentive and retention programs, in accordance with the terms of those plans, including applicable vesting and forfeiture provisions.  Any such payment or distribution from a nonqualified deferred compensation plan shall be governed by the terms of such plan relating to the timing of distributions.  Alternatively, the Bank may, at its option, at any time after Employee gives written Notice of Resignation as herein provided, pay Employee’s accrued salary up to and including the effective Separation Date set forth in Employee’s Notice of Resignation, and thereupon immediately release and terminate Employee’s employment.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Bank determines at any time during the120-day notice period that Employee materially breaches the obligations imposed by the provisions of this Section 7.03 and Part VIII of this Agreement, the Bank may shorten the notice period and accelerate the Separation Date, thereby reducing the compensation otherwise payable to Employee pursuant to this Section.

 

Section 7.04 - Option to Terminate on Permanent Disability of Employee:  The Bank may terminate this Agreement if, during the term of this Agreement, Employee shall become “Permanently Disabled”, as that term is defined herein.  A termination pursuant to this Section 7.04 shall be deemed a termination without “Cause,” and shall be governed by the procedures, and shall entitle Employee to the Severance Package specified in Section 7.01. For purposes of this Agreement, Employee shall be deemed to have become Permanently Disabled if Employee is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity, with or without reasonable accommodation, for an aggregate of 120 working days over a six month period, by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment.  The Bank may issue its Notice of Termination to Employee on or after the 90 th working day of Permanent Disability, as defined herein.

 

The Notice of Termination shall be deemed withdrawn and the Agreement shall remain in effect after a Notice of Termination has been given to Employee under the following circumstances.

 

A.

Within thirty (30) days of the Notice of Termination being given to Employee, Employee returns to the full performance of Employee’s duties and provides medical certification that Employee can perform the essential functions of Employee’s duties with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

B.

Within thirty (30) days of the Notice of Termination being given to Employee, Employee requests a reasonable accommodation from the Bank which would permit Employee to perform the essential functions of Employee’s duties and such reasonable accommodation can be provided by the Bank without an undue hardship.

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Section 7.05 - Change of Control:  In the event of a Change of Control of the Bank or Farmers & Merchants Bancorp (the “Bancorp”) during the term of this Agreement and prior to Employee’s termination of employment, and upon the execution by Employee and non-revocation of a general release of all claims provided by the Bank, the Bank will provide Employee with a Change of Control Compensation Package equal to (A) twelve times the highest monthly base salary which Employee has earned during Employee’s employment with the Bank; (B) an amount equal to Employee’s previous year’s (i) annual discretionary incentive bonus and (ii) annual payments to all components of the Executive Retirement Plan, in each case to the extent paid before the Change of Control; (C) Employee’s monthly premium for continuation coverage under COBRA (as defined in Section 7.07), determined as of the closing or other occurrence of the Change of Control, multiplied by twelve (12) months, whether or not such continuation coverage is elected by Employee; and (D) a gross-up payment as defined and set forth herein in Section 7.05.2.  In addition, Employee will be entitled to payment of all awards of benefit plans and incentive and retention programs in accordance with the terms of those plans and programs, including applicable vesting and forfeiture provisions.  Upon the closing or other occurrence of the Change of Control transaction, and subject to the provisions of this Section 7.05, Employee shall receive disbursement of payments due Employee under this Section (except for payments or distributions from or pursuant to any nonqualified deferred compensation plan), in one lump sum payment, less any withholding required by state, federal or local law.  Any payment or distribution from or pursuant to any nonqualified deferred compensation plan shall be governed by the terms of such plan.  If Employee becomes entitled to payment under this Section 7.05, Employee shall not be entitled to the Severance Package under Sections 7.01 or 7.04, notwithstanding Employee’s subsequent termination of employment pursuant to those Sections.

 

1.

Change of Control means a change of control of Bancorp. Such a Change of Control  will be deemed to have occurred immediately before any of the following occur: (i) individuals, who were members of the Board of Directors of Bancorp immediately prior to a meeting of the shareholders of Bancorp which meeting involved a contest for the election of directors, do not constitute a majority of the Board of Directors of Bancorp following such election or meeting, (ii) an acquisition, directly or indirectly, of more than 30% of the outstanding shares of any class of voting securities of Bancorp by any Person, (iii) a merger, consolidation or sale of all, or substantially all, of the assets of Bancorp, wherein its shareholders immediately before such transaction shall own of record (immediately after such transaction) equity securities, other than any warrant or right to purchase such equity securities, of Bancorp or an acquiring entity or any parent entity thereof, possessing less than 70% of the voting power of Bancorp or such acquiring entity or any parent entity thereof; in making the determination of ownership of such equity securities immediately after such transaction, equity securities owned by shareholders of Bancorp immediately prior to the transaction as shareholders to another party to the transaction shall be disregarded, or (iv) there is a change, during any period of one year, of a majority of the Board of Directors of Bancorp as constituted as of the beginning of such period, unless the election of each director who is not a director at the beginning of such period was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then in office who were directors at the beginning of such period.  If the events or circumstances described in (i)-(iv), above, shall occur to or be applicable to the Bank, then such Change of Control shall be deemed for all purposes of this Agreement to also be a “Change of Control” of Bancorp.  For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Person” shall mean and include any individual, corporation, partnership, group, association or other “person”, as such term is used in Section 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, other than Bancorp, the Bank, any other wholly owned subsidiary of Bancorp or any employee benefit plan(s) sponsored by Bancorp, Bank or other subsidiary of Bancorp.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change of Control shall not be deemed to have occurred unless the change also constitutes the occurrence of a "change in control event,” as defined in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-3(i)(5), with respect to the Employee.

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Gross-Up Payment:  Employee shall be entitled to a “Gross-Up Payment” under the terms and conditions set forth herein, and such payment shall include the Excise Tax reimbursement due pursuant to Section 7.05.2.a and any federal and state tax reimbursements due pursuant to Section 7.05.2.b.

 

a.

In the event that any payment or benefit (as those terms are defined within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 280G(b)(2)) paid, payable, distributed or distributable to the Employee (hereinafter referred to as “Payments”) pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise in connection with or arising out of Employee’s employment with the Bank or a change of control would be subject to the Excise Tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue code or any interest or penalties are incurred by Employee with respect to such Excise Tax, then Employee will be entitled to receive an additional payment (“Gross-Up Payment”) in an amount equal to the total Excise Tax, interest and penalties imposed on Employee as a result of the payment and the Excise Taxes on any federal and state tax reimbursements as set forth in Section 7.05.2.b.

 

b.

If the Bank is obligated to pay Employee pursuant to Section 7.05.2.a, the Bank shall also pay Employee an amount equal to the “total presumed federal and state taxes” that could be imposed on Employee with respect to the Excise Tax reimbursements due to Employee pursuant to Section 7.05.2.a and the federal and state tax reimbursements due to Employee pursuant to this section.  For purposes of the preceding sentence, the “total presumed federal and state taxes” that could be imposed on Employee shall be conclusively calculated using a combined tax rate equal to the sum of the (a) the highest individual income tax rate in effect under Federal tax law applicable to Employee and (ii) the tax laws of the state in which Employee will be subject to tax on the payment and (b) the hospital insurance portion of FICA.

 

c.

No adjustments will be made in this combined rate for the deduction of state taxes on the federal return, the loss of itemized deductions or exemptions, or for any other purpose for paying the actual taxes.

 


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