SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 31, 2017
Power Solutions International, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
201 Mittel Drive, Wood Dale, Illinois 60191
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (630) 350-9400
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On August 3, 2017, Power Solutions International, Inc. (the Company) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) its original Current Report on Form 8-K (the Original Form 8-K) to report, among other things, that on July 31, 2017, the Companys Board of Directors (the Board) appointed Charles F. Avery, Jr. as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. As contemplated in the Original Form 8-K, this Form 8-K/A amends the Original Form 8-K to summarize and file as an exhibit the employment agreement, dated as of October 10, 2018 (the Employment Agreement) by and between Mr. Avery and the Company.
|Item 5.02|| |
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Employment Agreement with Charles F. Avery, Jr.
On October 10, 2018, the Company entered into the Employment Agreement with Charles F. Avery, Jr., the chief financial officer of the Company, which finalized the terms of his employment with the Company. The Employment Agreement provides that Mr. Averys employment is at will and may be terminated at any time by either party. The Employment Agreement provides for (i) an annual base salary of $300,000, subject to increase from time to time and (ii) eligibility to receive an annual bonus at a target amount equal to 50% of his base salary based on the attainment of certain performance goals and objectives in connection with the Companys key performance indicator plan. In connection with his employment, Mr. Avery was awarded 30,000 shares of restricted stock which vest in equal one-half increments on the grant date (as defined in Mr. Averys Restricted Stock Agreement) and on the second anniversary of his start date of July 31, 2017.
In the event that Mr. Averys employment is terminated by the Company without Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement) during the employment term, he will be entitled to receive, among other things, (i) severance equal to base salary for 12 months and (ii) any unpaid previously awarded bonus related to the prior fiscal year. The Employment Agreement restricts Mr. Avery from competing with the Company during the term of the agreement and for one year after termination of his employment with the Company. The Employment Agreement also restricts Mr. Avery from soliciting the Companys customers or employees during the term of the agreement and for one year after termination of his employment with the Company.
The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Employment Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K/A and incorporated by reference herein.
|Item 9.01|| |
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Employment Agreement, dated as of October 10, 2018, by and between Charles F. Avery, Jr. and Power Solutions International, Inc.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|POWER SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL, INC.|
|By:||/s/ William Buzogany|
|General Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources|
Dated: October 11, 2018
|10.1||Employment Agreement, dated as of October 10, 2018, by and between Charles F. Avery, Jr. and Power Solutions International, Inc.|
This Employment Agreement (Agreement) is dated this 10th day of October 2018 (Effective Date) by and between Charles F. Avery, Jr. (Avery) and Power Solutions International, Inc. (Company).
WHEREAS, The Company wishes to employ Avery as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for its own operations and for the operations of its subsidiaries and related controlled entities;
WHEREAS, Avery desires to be employed by the Company as its CFO and to perform services on behalf of the Company; and
WHEREAS, Avery and the Company desire to enter into this Agreement;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and mutual covenants contained herein, which the parties agree constitute good and sufficient consideration, the Company and Avery agree as follows:
1. Incorporation of Preamble. The preambles to this Agreement are hereby incorporated into this Agreement and made an integral part of this Agreement by this reference.
2. Employment. The Company shall employ Avery, and Avery hereby accepts such employment, upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement for the period beginning on the Start Date and ending as provided in Section 5 (the Employment Period). For purposes of this Agreement, Averys Start Date is July 31, 2017. Averys employment is at-will and may be terminated by either party at any time, with or without cause, subject to the provisions of Section 5.
3. Position and Duties.
(a) Avery shall serve as the Companys CFO, with overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the financial department and internal controls and such other duties as are normally commensurate with Executives position.
(b) Avery (i) shall report to the Companys Chief Executive Officer (CEO), (ii) shall devote substantially all of Averys business time and attention (except for permitted vacation periods, periods of illness or other incapacity, or for engaging in educational, civic, charitable or other similar activities, as long as such activities do not materially interfere with Averys duties to the Company) to the business and affairs of the Company, (iii) shall not engage in any other business activity without the prior written approval of the CEO, and (iv) shall perform Averys duties and responsibilities hereunder to the best of his abilities in a diligent, trustworthy, businesslike and efficient manner and shall strive to promote the success and best interests of the Company.
4. Compensation and Benefits.
(a) Base Salary. Commencing on the Start Date, Averys base salary shall be $300,000 per annum, or such other increased rate as the Board may determine from time to time (as adjusted from time to time, the Base Salary), provided that no decreases in Base Salary may be made without the prior written consent of Avery unless the decrease affects all similarly situated senior management team members in the same relative proportion. The Base Salary will be payable by the Company in regular semi-monthly installments in accordance with the Companys general payroll practices.
(b) Benefits. During the Employment Period, Avery shall be entitled to participate in all of the Company benefit programs for which other senior management team members of the Company are generally eligible.
(c) KPI Bonus. For each of the Companys fiscal year during the Employment Period, Avery shall be entitled to participate in any Company Key Performance Indicator (KPI) plan in accordance with the terms and conditions of such plan, if any, with a target KPI bonus equal to 50% of his Base Salary.
(d) Equity. Subject to the approval of the Compensation Committee of the Board, Avery shall be awarded 30,000 shares of restricted stock (RSs), vesting 50% on the Grant Date (as defined in Averys Restricted Stock Agreement); and 50% on the second anniversary of the Start Date (provided that Avery is an employee in good standing on the second anniversary of the Start Date). The RSs shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the Power Solutions 2012 Incentive Compensation Plan.
(e) Business Expenses. During the Employment Period, the Company will reimburse Avery for all reasonable expenses incurred by him in the course of performing his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement to the extent consistent with the Company policies in effect from time to time with respect to travel, entertainment and other business expenses, including reasonable attorney fees for review of Averys employment, compensation and indemnification related agreements, subject to the Companys reasonable requirements, including submission of an expense report on a monthly basis, with respect to reporting and documentation of such expenses.
(f) Vacation. Avery shall be eligible to take vacation as approved by the CEO.
(g) Payroll Withholding. All amounts payable to Avery by the Company as compensation will be subject to withholding by the Company as required under applicable law.
(h) Other Perquisites. Avery shall be entitled to enjoy other perquisites and benefits consistent with his position as CFO and to the extent such perquisites are offered by the Company generally to other senior management team members of the Company, including but not limited to a car allowance and related insurance.
5. Term; Termination; Severance. The Employment Period commenced on the Start Date and will continue until the first to occur of (i) Averys death; (ii) a termination by the Company at any time with or without cause; or (iii) a termination by Avery at any time. Any termination of Averys employment with the Company shall be a Termination. The date of any termination of Averys employment with the Company shall be the Termination Date.
(a) The Company may terminate Averys employment at any time with Cause (as defined in Section 9(b) of this Agreement) by giving written notice of such termination to Avery designating an immediate or future date, as outlined below.
(b) Avery may terminate Averys employment by giving the Company Sixty (60) days prior written Notice of Termination (as defined in Section 5(c) of this Agreement). Upon such notice, the Company may, at its option, (i) make Averys termination effective immediately, (ii) require Avery to continue to perform Averys duties hereunder during such Sixty (60) day period, with or without restrictions on Averys activities, and/or (iii) accept Averys notice of termination as Averys resignation from the Company at any time during such Sixty (60) day period; provided, that the Company shall (x) pay Averys Base Salary under Section 4(a) and benefits under Section 4(b) through the date on which Avery ceases to perform services for the Company and (y) pay to Avery any KPI Bonus related to the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the Termination Date falls if the amount of such KPI Bonus has been determined by the Board but not yet paid to Avery as of the Termination Date as well as a prorated KPI bonus through the Termination Date for the fiscal year in which the separation takes place once said KPI bonus has been determined by the Board.
(c) Any termination by the Company for Cause or without Cause, or by Avery, shall be communicated by Notice of Termination to the other party hereto given in accordance with this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, a Notice of Termination means a written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) sets forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of Averys employment under the provision so indicated, if for Cause, and (iii) if the Termination Date is other than the date of receipt of such notice, specifies the termination date.
(d) Averys employment will terminate immediately without any notice upon Averys death.
(e) If Avery is determined to be Disabled or Incapacitated during the Employment Period, the Company may give Avery written notice of its intention to terminate Averys employment. In such event, Averys employment with the Company shall terminate effective on the 30th day after receipt of such notice by Avery (the Disability Effective Date) unless within the 30-day period after such receipt, Avery shall have returned to full time performance of Averys duties. Whether Avery is Disabled or Incapacitated shall be determined by a physician selected by the CEO of the Company or the Companys insurers, which physician is reasonably acceptable to Avery. Upon request, Avery shall provide the CEO with documentation from Averys health care provider sufficient for the CEO to determine the nature and extent of any physical or mental impairment that may interfere with Averys performance of Averys job duties, as well as any accommodations that could be made.
(f) If Averys employment is terminated because of Averys death or a determination that Avery is Disabled or Incapacitated, then prior to the 30th day following the Termination Date, the Company shall pay to Avery (or his legal representatives) in a lump sum, to the extent not previously paid, the Base Salary through the Termination Date, less applicable withholdings as well as the KPI Bonus related to the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the Termination Date falls if the amount of such KPI Bonus has been determined by the Board but not yet paid to Avery as of the Termination Date as well as a prorated KPI bonus through the Termination Date for the fiscal year in which the separation takes place once said KPI bonus has been determined by the Board.
(g) If the Company terminates Averys employment without Cause, then the Company will provide Avery with the following severance payments and/or benefits:
(i) Prior to the 30th day following the Termination Date, the Company shall pay to Avery, in regular semi-monthly installments the Base Salary through the Termination Date, any accrued but unused vacation existing as of the Termination Date, and any KPI Bonus related to the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the Termination Date falls if the amount of such KPI Bonus has been determined by the Board but not yet paid to Avery as of the Termination Date as well as a prorated KPI bonus through the Termination Date for the fiscal year in which the separation takes place once said KPI bonus has been determined by the Board.
(ii) Starting as of the next applicable Company payroll date after the Termination Date (provided Avery has executed and delivered a Release Agreement pursuant to Section 5(i) below, and such Release Agreement has become effective and irrevocable), the Company will pay Avery a monthly amount equal to the (x) Base Salary, divided by (y) 12 (the Cash Severance), less applicable withholdings, for a period of one (1) year following the Termination Date. For purposes of this Agreement, the period from the Termination Date to the one year anniversary thereafter is referred to as the Severance Period.
(iii) During the Severance Period, if Avery elects, and to the extent Avery is and remains eligible for COBRA Continued Coverage (as defined in Section 9(c) of this Agreement), the Company shall continue to pay its portion of premiums for any such COBRA Continued Coverage on the same terms that would have been provided to Avery had Averys employment continued with Company. Any COBRA related benefits that Avery is eligible to receive, if any, will cease immediately upon Avery becoming ineligible for COBRA Continued Coverage and/or becoming gainfully employed and being eligible for benefits at his new place of employment. Avery shall notify the Company in writing promptly after Averys commencement of such other employment.
(iv) The severance payments and benefits under this Section 5(g) are to the exclusion of any other severance policy, program or benefit.
(h) If Averys employment with the Company is separated for Cause, then following the Termination Date, the Company shall pay to Avery, less applicable withholdings, to the extent not previously paid, (a) the Base Salary through the Termination Date, at the time required by applicable law, and (b) any accrued vacation or paid time off that Avery has not used prior to the Termination Date, at the time required by applicable law.
(i) The obligations of the Company to make payments under Section 5(g) are conditioned on Avery executing and returning to the Company a general release agreement (Release Agreement) in favor of the Company, the Company Affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, managers, partners and shareholders with respect to Averys employment in the form acceptable to both Company and Avery, acting in good faith with such Release Agreement being executed no earlier than the Date of Termination and such Release Agreement becoming effective and irrevocable no later than fifty-five (55) days following Averys Termination Date. To the extent such fifty-five (55) day period may cover two taxable years, payments will not commence until the later of the two such years. Avery acknowledges that until a Release Agreement is timely executed and delivered to the Company and the applicable revocation period (if any) expires, the Company will not be obligated to pay any Cash Severance due to Avery under this Agreement. If Avery has breached in any material respect any of Averys obligations in Section 6 below, then, without precluding its right to take any other actions available pursuant to this Agreement or applicable law, the Board may elect to immediately terminate Averys right to receive, and Companys obligation to pay, any additional Cash Severance, and Avery shall have no further rights to Cash Severance.
6. Avery Covenants. Avery agrees and acknowledges that, to ensure that the Company retains its value and goodwill, Avery must not use any Confidential Information (as defined below), special knowledge of the Business, or the relationships of the Company or the Company Affiliates with their respective customers, all of which Avery will continue to gain access to through Averys employment with the Company, other than in the furtherance of Averys legitimate job duties. Accordingly, Avery agrees to the following restrictive covenants.
(a) Confidential Information. Avery acknowledges that his employment by the Employer and the Company, or while being associated with the Company Affiliates, Avery has had and will continue to have access to and become informed of Confidential Information (defined below) that is a competitive asset of the Company or the Company Affiliates, and agrees that the Company and the Company Affiliates have a protectable interest in such Confidential Information. Therefore, Avery agrees that during the Employment Period and after his termination for any reason he shall not, directly or indirectly, disclose to any unauthorized person or use for his own purposes any such Confidential Information without the prior written consent of the Company unless and to the extent that such Confidential Information (i) becomes or is generally known to the public and available for use by the public and industry other than as a result of Averys unauthorized acts or omissions in breach of this Agreement, or (ii) is required to be disclosed by judicial process, law or securities exchange on which the securities of the Company or any of the Company Affiliates are listed; provided, however, that Avery, to the extent not prohibited by such process, law or exchange, shall give the Company written notice of the Confidential Information to be so disclosed pursuant to clause (ii) of this sentence as far in advance of its disclosure as is reasonably practicable, shall cooperate with the Company in any efforts to protect the Confidential Information from disclosure (including efforts to secure a judicial order to such effect), and shall limit his disclosure of such Confidential Information to the minimum disclosure required by such process, law or exchange. Avery acknowledges that all documents and other property including or reflecting Confidential Information furnished to Avery by the Company or any Company
Affiliate or otherwise acquired or developed by the Company or any Company Affiliate or acquired, developed or known by Avery by reason of the performance of his duties for, or his association with, the Company or any Company Affiliate shall at all times be the property of the Company. Avery shall take all reasonable steps to safeguard Confidential Information and protect it against disclosure, misuse, loss or theft. Confidential Information means information that the Company or any Company Affiliate regard and treat as confidential; is not known or accessible to competitors or other third persons not having a legitimate need to know; has value to the Company or any Company Affiliate due to the confidentiality thereof; and if disclosed, could result in substantial competitive or business disadvantage. Such information includes (x) trade secrets concerning the business and affairs of the Company or any Company Affiliate, any product specifications, data, know-how, formulae, compositions, processes, designs, sketches, photographs, graphs, drawings, samples, inventions and ideas, past, current and planned research and development, current and planned manufacturing and distribution methods and processes, customer lists, current and anticipated customer requirements, price lists, market studies, business plans, computer software and programs (including object code and source code), database technologies, systems, structures, architectures processes, improvements, devices, discoveries, concepts, methods, and information of the Company or any Company Affiliate; (y) all information concerning the business and affairs of the Company or any Company Affiliate (which includes financial statements, financial projections and budgets, historical and projected sales, capital spending budgets and plans, the names and backgrounds of key personnel, contractors, agents, suppliers and potential suppliers, personnel training and techniques and materials, and purchasing methods and techniques), however documented; and (z) notes, analysis, compilations, studies, summaries and other material prepared by or for the Company or Company Affiliate containing or based, in whole or in part, upon any information included in the foregoing.
(b) Non-Compete. Avery acknowledges that by reason of Averys duties and association with the Company and the Company Affiliates, Avery has had and will continue to have access to Confidential Information concerning the Company and the Company Affiliates and that Averys services are of special, unique and extraordinary value to the Company and the Company Affiliates. Therefore, Avery agrees that during his employment with the Company and until the one (1) year anniversary of the Termination Date (regardless of the reason for termination), Avery shall not, other than in the legitimate exercise of his duties for the Company during his employment with the Company, directly or indirectly own, manage, operate, control, be employed or engaged by, lend to, or otherwise serve as a director, officer, stockholder, partner, member, manager, agent, consultant or contractor of or to, any entity that engages in, or otherwise engage or participate in, whether or not for compensation, the Business (as defined in Section 9(a) of this Agreement), or in any other business in which the Company or any Company Affiliate engages as of the date on which Averys employment with the Company ends and in which Avery, during the course of his employment, has had management or non-management responsibility, provided know-how or has had access to Confidential Information. The provisions in this Section 6(b) shall operate in the market areas of the United States and any other market areas of any other countries anywhere in the world in which the Company or any Company Affiliate conducts its business as of Averys termination from the Company. The foregoing shall not restrict Avery from directly or indirectly owning stock of the Company or up to an aggregate of five percent of the outstanding stock of any publicly held company engaged in the Business.
(c) Non-Solicitation. Avery agrees that during his employment with the Company and until the one (1) year anniversary of the Termination Date (regardless of the reason for termination), he shall not on his own behalf or on behalf of any other person or entity, directly or indirectly, whether individually, as a director, stockholder, partner, member, manager, owner, officer, employee, agent, consultant or contractor, or in any other capacity: (i) induce or attempt to induce any employee of the Company or any Company Affiliate to leave his or her employ or in any way interfere with the relationship between the Company or any Company Affiliate and any employee thereof; (ii) solicit to hire or hire any person who was an employee of the Company or any Company Affiliate at any time during the two-year period prior to the date of such solicitation; or (iii) solicit any customer, developer, client, supplier, vendor, licensee, licensor, franchisee or other business relation of the Company or any Company Affiliate to purchase services or products that are provided by the Company or any Company Affiliate, (iv) induce or attempt to induce any such customer, developer, client, supplier, vendor, licensee, licensor, franchisee or other business relation of the Company or any Company Affiliate to cease doing business with the Company or any Company Affiliate, or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such customer, developer, client, supplier, vendor, licensee, licensor, franchisee or business relation of the Company or any Company Affiliate (including making any negative statements or communications about the Company or any Company Affiliate or any of their respective officers, directors, products or services).
7. Enforcement and Remedies.
(a) If, at the time of enforcement of any of Sections 6(a),(b) or (c), a court of competent jurisdiction shall hold that the restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under circumstances then existing, the parties hereto agree that the court shall be allowed to substitute the maximum legally-permissible restrictions for the restrictions contained in this Agreement.
(b) Avery acknowledges that the provisions of Section 6 are in consideration of good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged. Avery expressly agrees and acknowledges that the restrictions contained in Section 6 do not preclude Avery from earning a livelihood, nor do they unreasonably impose limitations on Averys ability to earn a living. In addition, Avery agrees and acknowledges that the Company and the Company Affiliates are engaged in the Business, the Business is highly competitive and the services to be performed by Avery for the Company are unique and global in nature, and the potential harm to the Company and the Company Affiliates of the non-enforcement of the provisions of this Section 6 outweighs any harm to Avery of the enforcement of such provisions by injunction or otherwise. Avery acknowledges that Avery has carefully read this Agreement and has given careful consideration to the restraints imposed upon Avery by this Agreement, and is in full accord as to their necessity. Avery expressly acknowledges and agrees that the restrictions contained herein are reasonable in terms of duration, scope and area restrictions and are necessary to protect the Confidential Information and the goodwill of the businesses of the Company and the Company Affiliates, and Avery agrees not to challenge the validity or enforceability of the restrictions contained herein. The parties hereto expressly agree that money damages would not be an adequate remedy for breaching any provision of Section 6, and that the Company would be irreparably damaged if Avery were to disclose the Confidential Information, solicit or hire employees, solicit customers or provide services to any person or entity in violation of the provisions of this Agreement. Therefore, in the event of a breach or threatened breach of any such
provision, the Company and/or any Company Affiliate or their respective successors or assigns shall be entitled to, in addition to other rights and remedies existing in their favor, apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for specific performance and/or injunctive or other relief in order to enforce or prevent any violations of the provisions hereof (without the necessity of posting a bond or other security, or proving economic harm). Nothing herein is intended to limit the rights and remedies of the Company or any Company Affiliate under the Illinois Trade Secrets Act or under any other statute or the common law concerning the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information.
8. Post Termination Obligations.
(a) Return of Company Materials. Immediately upon Notice of Termination of Averys employment for any reason, Avery shall return to the Company, and shall not retain in any form or media of expression, all Company and Company Affiliate property that is then in Averys possession, custody or control, including, without limitation, all keys, access cards, credit cards, computer hardware and software, documents, records, policies, marketing information, design information, specifications and plans, data base information and lists, and any other property or information that Avery has or had relating to the Company or any Company Affiliate (whether those materials are in paper or computer-stored form), and including but not limited to any documents containing, summarizing, or describing any Confidential Information. Upon the Companys request, Avery will certify in writing, in a form acceptable to the Company, that Avery has returned all Company and Company Affiliate property, including any Confidential Information and copies thereof.
(b) Avery Assistance. During the Employment Period and for twelve (12) months thereafter, Avery shall, upon reasonable notice, reasonably assist the Company and the Company Affiliates (the Affiliated Group) in the defense of any claims, or potential claims that may be made or threatened to be made against any member of the Affiliated Group in any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or otherwise (a Proceeding), and will reasonably assist the Affiliated Group in the prosecution of any claims that may be made by any member of the Affiliated Group in any Proceeding, to the extent that such claims may relate to Averys employment or the period of Averys employment by the Company. The Company shall reimburse Avery for all of Averys reasonable out-of-pocket expenses associated with such assistance, including travel expenses and any attorneys fees and shall pay a reasonable per diem fee (at a minimum rate of $250.00 per hour) for Averys service under this Section.
9. Definitions. The following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
(a) Business means the engineering, design, manufacture and distribution of clean-tech engines and power systems for the industrial and on-road sectors.
(b) Cause means that the Company makes a good faith determination that Avery has: (1) violated any Company policy or procedure that causes material harm or risk to the Company including but not limited to sexual harassment, misappropriation, or fraud; (2) been convicted of a crime which is injurious to the Companys operation or reputation; (3) engaged in a material breach of this Agreement; (4) engaged in willful failure or willful inability to perform
Averys duties under this Agreement; (5) engaged in any act or omission, which in any material way impairs the reputation, goodwill or business position of the Company; or (6) Avery is prohibited by order of a government agency or court from being employed by the Company or any Company Affiliate in the role set forth in this Agreement; For purposes of subsections (3) and (4) of this Section 9(b), a termination will not be for Cause to the extent such conduct is curable, unless Company shall have notified Avery in writing describing such conduct and prescribing conduct required to cure such conduct and Avery shall have failed to cure such conduct within thirty (30) business days after his receipt of such written notice. Averys refusal to relocate to retain his employment shall not constitute Cause. For purposes of this definition of Cause, no act or failure to act on the part of Avery shall be considered willful if it is done, or omitted to be done, by Avery in good faith and with a good faith belief that Averys act or omission was in the best interests of Company.
(c) COBRA Continuation Coverage means any medical, dental and vision care benefits that Avery and his qualifying family members (defined below) elect and are eligible to receive upon the Termination Date pursuant to Code Section 4980B and Section 601 et seq. of the Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended. For this purpose, Averys qualifying family members are his spouse and dependent children to the extent they are eligible for, and elect to receive, continuation coverage under such Section 4980B and Section 601 et seq. COBRA Continuation Coverage under this Agreement shall terminate for any individual when it terminates under the terms of the applicable benefit plan of the Company in accordance with such Section 4980B and Section 601 et seq.
(d) Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations promulgated and in effect thereunder.
(e) Company Affiliate means PSI and each corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or business entity of which a majority of the ownership interest thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by PSI or one or more Subsidiaries of PSI or a combination thereof.
(f) Disabled or Incapacitated means Averys inability or failure, due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, to substantially perform the essential functions of Averys job, with or without a reasonable accommodation, for thirty (30) consecutive calendar days or for ninety (90) calendar days during any twelve (12) month period irrespective of whether such days are consecutive. Any time spent on Family Medical Leave Act approved leave or on any other approved leave shall not count towards the time periods referenced herein.
(g) Termination Date means (i) if Averys employment is terminated by the Company for Cause or by Avery, the date of receipt of the Notice of Termination or any later date specified therein pursuant to Section 5, as the case may be, (ii) if Averys employment is terminated by the Company without Cause, the date on which Avery ceases to perform services for the Company, (iii) if Averys employment is terminated by reason of Disability, the Disability Effective Date, and (iv) if Averys employment is terminated by reason of death, the date of death.
10. Notices. Any notice provided for in this Agreement must be in writing and sent to the recipients at the address indicated below:
|If to Avery:||Charles F. Avery, Jr.|
|At the address on file with the Company.|
|If to the Company:||Power Solutions International, Inc.|
|201 Mittel Drive|
|Wood Dale, IL 60191|
|Attn: William Buzogany|
or such other address or to the attention of such other person as the recipient party shall have specified by prior written notice to the sending party. Any notice under this Agreement shall be deemed to have been duly given or made as follows: (a) if sent by registered or certified mail in the United States, return receipt requested, upon actual receipt; (b) if sent by reputable overnight air courier (such as DHL or Federal Express), two business days after being so sent; or (c) if by electronic mail or otherwise actually personally delivered, when so delivered.
11. Code Section 409A.
(a) The intent of the parties is that payments and benefits under this Agreement comply with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A and the regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder (collectively Section 409A) including the exceptions thereto and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, this Agreement shall be interpreted to be in compliance therewith, and any payments hereunder shall be made upon an event and in a manner that complies with Section 409A or an applicable exemption. Any payments under this Agreement that may be excluded from Section 409A either as separation pay due to an involuntary separation from service or as a short-term deferral shall be excluded from Section 409A to the maximum extent possible. For purposes of Section 409A, each installment payment provided under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate payment. Any payments to be made under this Agreement in connection with a termination of employment shall only be made if such termination of employment constitutes a separation from service under Section 409A. The Company shall be entitled to amend this Agreement to comply and/or clarify a payments compliance with Section 409A (or an exemption therefrom), provided, however, to the extent that any provision hereof is modified, such modification shall be made in good faith and shall, to the maximum extent reasonably possible, maintain the original intent and economic benefit to the Executive and the Company of the applicable provision without violating the provisions of Section 409A. Notwithstanding anything in the Agreement to the contrary, in no event whatsoever shall the Company be liable for any tax, interest or penalty that may be imposed on Avery under Section 409A or any damages for failing to comply with Section 409A.
(b) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if any payment or benefit provided to Avery in connection with his termination of employment is determined to constitute nonqualified deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A and Avery is determined to be a specified employee as defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(b)(i), then such payment or benefit shall not be paid until the first payroll date to occur following the six-month anniversary of the Termination Date or, if earlier, on Averys death (the Specified Employee Payment Date). The aggregate of any payments that would otherwise have been paid before the Specified Employee Payment Date shall be paid (without interest) to Avery in a lump sum on the Specified Employee Payment Date and thereafter, any remaining payments shall be paid without delay in accordance with their original schedule.
(c) To the extent required by Section 409A, each reimbursement or in-kind benefit provided under this Agreement shall be provided in accordance with the following: (a) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits provided, during each calendar year cannot affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits to be provided, in any other calendar year; (b) any reimbursement of an eligible expense shall be paid to Avery on or before the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the expense was incurred; and (c) any right to reimbursements or in-kind benefits under this Agreement shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.
12. General Provisions.
(a) Severability. If any provision hereof is invalid or unenforceable, the invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision hereof and this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if the invalid or unenforceable provision had been omitted.
(b) Complete Agreement. This Agreement fully supersedes and replaces any existing employment agreement between or among Avery and the Company or any Company Affiliate. Further, this Agreement embodies the complete agreement and understanding among the parties and supersedes and preempts any prior understandings, representations or other agreements by or among the parties, written or oral, which may have related to the subject matter hereof in any way. Notwithstanding this provision, however, the parties understand and agree that the separate 2012 Incentive Compensation Plan, as Amended, the Restricted Stock Agreement and the Indemnification Agreement shall remain in full force and effect, to the extent they are in effect.
(c) Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Avery, the Company and their respective successors and assigns; provided, that the rights and obligations of Avery under this Agreement shall not be assignable.
(d) Governing Law; Venue. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Illinois (regardless of its conflict of laws principles). Each party hereto irrevocably submits itself to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Illinois located in DuPage County, Illinois and to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, for the purpose of bringing any action that may be brought in connection with the provisions hereof. Each party hereto individually agrees not to assert any claim that such party is not subject to the jurisdiction of such courts, that the venue is improper, that the forum is inconvenient or any similar objection, claim or argument.
(e) Survival. The provisions set forth in Sections 5 through 8 shall survive and continue in full force and effect in accordance with their terms notwithstanding any termination or expiration of this Agreement and/or the end of the Employment Period and the termination of Averys employment for any reason.
(f) Amendment and Waiver. The provisions of this Agreement may be amended and waived only with the prior written consent of the Company and Avery.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Employment Agreement on the date first written above.
|POWER SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL, INC.|
|By:||/s/ John P. Miller|
|Name:||John P. Miller|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer and President|
|CHARLES F. AVERY, JR.|
|/s/ Charles F. Avery, Jr.|