This Employment Agreement (the Agreement), by and among Quanta Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Employer or the Company), and Kenneth W. Trawick (Employee), is hereby entered into as of this 1st day of June, 2004.
R E C I T A L S
A. As of the date of this Agreement, Employer is engaged primarily in the business of specialty electrical contracting for electric utilities, telecommunications and cable television providers, and transportation, commercial and industrial customers.
B. Employee is employed hereunder by Employer in a confidential relationship wherein Employee, in the course of Employees employment with Employer, has and will continue to become familiar with and aware of non-public information of Employer, including but not limited to, Employers customers, specific manner of doing business, including the processes, techniques and trade secrets utilized by Employer, and future plans with respect thereto (collectively, Confidential Information), all of which has been and will be established and maintained at great expense to Employer; this information is a trade secret and constitutes the valuable goodwill of Employer.
A G R E E M E N T S
In consideration of the mutual promises, terms, covenants and conditions set forth herein and the performance of each, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
1. Employment and Duties.
(a) Employer hereby employs Employee as President-Telecom and Cable Division of Employer. As such, Employee shall have responsibilities, duties and authority reasonably accorded to and expected of a President-Telecom and Cable Division of Employer and will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Employer. Employee hereby accepts this employment upon the terms and conditions herein contained and, subject to Paragraph 1(c) hereof, agrees to devote Employees time, attention and efforts to promote and further the business of Employer.
(b) Employee shall faithfully adhere to, execute and fulfill all reasonable policies established by the Board of Directors of Employer (the Board).
(c) Employee shall not, during the term of his employment hereunder, be engaged in any other business activity pursued for gain, profit or other pecuniary advantage if such activity interferes with Employees duties and responsibilities hereunder. The foregoing limitations shall not be construed as prohibiting Employee from making personal investments in such form or manner as will neither require Employees services in the operation or affairs of the companies or enterprises in which such investments are made nor violate the terms of paragraph 4 hereof.
2. Compensation. For all services rendered by Employee, Employer shall compensate Employee as follows:
(a) Base Salary. The base salary payable to Employee shall be $300,000 per year, payable on a regular basis in accordance with Employers standard payroll procedures but not less than monthly. On at least an annual basis, the management and/or Board will review Employees performance and may make increases to such base salary if, in its discretion, any such increase is warranted. Such recommended increase would, in all likelihood, require approval by the Board or a duly constituted committee thereof.
(b) Incentive Bonus Plan. Employee shall participate in Employers Management Incentive Bonus Plan for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2004. The maximum bonus for which Employee will be eligible pursuant to such plan will be one hundred percent (100%) of Employees base salary. Employee will participate in future incentive bonus plans as determined by the Board or a duly constituted committee thereof.
(c) Restricted Stock. Employer shall issue to Employee $100,000 worth of restricted common stock of the Company pursuant to the Companys 2001 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended from time to time, which shall vest in equal installments over three years beginning on May 28, 2005. The number of shares of restricted stock to be issued will be determined using the closing price for the Companys common stock as quoted on the New York Stock Exchange on the date the issuance is approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.
(d) Living Expenses. Employer will reimburse Employee for the reasonable cost of renting an apartment in Houston, Texas.
(e) Executive Perquisites, Benefits, and Other Compensation. Employee shall be entitled to receive additional benefits and compensation from Employer in such form and to such extent as specified below:
(i) Payment of all premiums for coverage for Employee and Employees dependent family members under health, hospitalization, disability, dental, life and other insurance plans that Employer may have in effect from time to time.
(ii) Reimbursement for all business travel and other out-of-pocket expenses reasonably incurred by Employee in the performance of Employees services pursuant to this Agreement. Employee shall appropriately document, in reasonable detail, all reimbursable expenses upon submission of any request for reimbursement, and in a format and manner consistent with Employers expense reporting policy.
(iii) Employer shall provide Employee with other executive perquisites as may be available to or deemed appropriate for Employee by the Board and Employee shall be eligible to participate in all other Employer-wide employee benefits as available from time to time at a level generally consistent with that of other peer employees of Employer.
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(a) Employee hereby agrees that Employee will not (without Employers consent), during the period of Employees employment with Employer, and for a period of one (1) year following the date Employee ceases to be employed by Employer or any direct or indirect subsidiary of Employer, for any reason whatsoever, directly or indirectly, for himself or on behalf of or in conjunction with any other person, persons, company, partnership, corporation or business of whatever nature:
(i) engage, as an officer, director, shareholder, owner, partner, joint venturer or in a managerial capacity, whether as an employee, independent contractor, consultant or advisor or as a sales representative, in any specialty electrical contracting business for electric utilities, telecommunications and cable television providers, and transportation, commercial and industrial customers, within the United States or within 100 miles of any other geographic area in which Employer or any of Employers direct or indirect subsidiaries conducts business, including any territory serviced by Employer or any of its subsidiaries (the Territory);
(ii) call upon any person who is, at that time, within the Territory, an employee of Employer (including the subsidiaries thereof) for the purpose or with the intent of enticing such employee away from or out of the employ of Employer (including the direct or indirect subsidiaries thereof);
(iii) call upon any person or entity that is, at that time, or that has been, within one (1) year prior to that time, a customer of Employer (including the direct or indirect subsidiaries thereof) within the Territory for the purpose of soliciting or selling products or services in direct competition with Employer or any subsidiary of Employer within the Territory; or
(iv) call upon any prospective acquisition candidate, on Employees own behalf or on behalf of any competitor, which candidate was, to Employees actual knowledge after due inquiry, either called upon by Employer (including the direct or indirect subsidiaries thereof) or for which Employer made an acquisition analysis, for the purpose of acquiring such entity.
Notwithstanding the above, the foregoing covenant shall not be deemed to prohibit Employee from acquiring as an investment not more than two percent (2%) of the capital stock of a competing business, whose stock is traded on a national securities exchange or over-the-counter.
(b) Because of the difficulty of measuring economic losses to Employer as a result of a breach of the foregoing covenant, and because of the immediate and irreparable damage that could be caused to Employer for which it would have no other adequate remedy, Employee agrees that the foregoing covenant may be enforced by Employer in the event of breach by him, by injunctions and restraining orders.
(c) It is agreed by the parties that the foregoing covenants in this Paragraph 4 impose a reasonable restraint on Employee in light of the activities and business of Employer (including Employers direct and indirect subsidiaries) on the date of the execution of this Agreement and the current plans of Employer (including Employers direct and indirect subsidiaries); but it is also the intent of Employer and Employee that such covenants be construed and enforced in accordance with the changing activities, business and locations of Employer (including Employers direct and indirect subsidiaries) throughout the term of this Agreement, whether before or after the date of termination of the employment of Employee. For example, if,
during the term of this Agreement, Employer (including Employers direct and indirect subsidiaries) engages in new and different activities, enters a new business or establishes new locations for its current activities or business in addition to or other than the activities or business enumerated under the Recitals above or the locations currently established therefor, then Employee will be precluded from soliciting the customers or employees of such new activities or business or from such new location and from directly competing with such new business within 100 miles of its then-established operating location(s) through the term of this Agreement.
It is further agreed by the parties hereto that, in the event that Employee shall cease to be employed hereunder, and shall enter into a business or pursue other activities not in competition with Employer (including Employers direct and indirect subsidiaries), or similar activities, or business in locations the operation of which, under such circumstances, does not violate clause (a)(i) of this Paragraph 4, and in any event such new business, activities or location are not in violation of this Paragraph 4 or of employees obligations under this Paragraph 4, if any, Employee shall not be chargeable with a violation of this Paragraph 4 if Employer (including Employers direct and indirect subsidiaries) shall thereafter enter the same, similar or a competitive (i) business, (ii) course of activities or (iii) location, as applicable.
(d) The covenants in this Paragraph 4 are severable and separate, and the unenforceability of any specific covenant shall not affect the provisions of any other covenant. Moreover, in the event any court of competent jurisdiction shall determine that the scope, temporal or territorial restrictions set forth are unreasonable, then it is the intention of the parties that such restrictions be enforced to the fullest extent that the court deems reasonable, and the Agreement shall be reformed in accordance therewith.
(e) All of the covenants in this Paragraph 4 shall be construed as an agreement independent of any other provision in this Agreement, and the existence of any claim or cause of action of Employee against Employer, whether predicated on this Agreement or otherwise, shall not constitute a defense to the enforcement by Employer of such covenants.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, if Employees employment is terminated by Employer for other than good cause, then no non-competition provision shall be enforceable for any period of time during which or for which the Employee is not receiving or has not received severance compensation.
(g) Employee and Employer acknowledge and agree that it would be difficult to measure any damages caused to Employer that might result
from any breach by Employee of any of the promises set forth in Paragraph 4 of this Agreement, and that, in any event, money damages would be an inadequate remedy for any such breach. Accordingly, Employee acknowledges and agrees that if he breaches or threatens to breach, any of the promises set forth in Paragraph 4 of this Agreement, Employer shall be entitled, in addition to all other remedies that it may have, to equitable relief, including a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, permanent injunction, and/or other appropriate equitable relief to restrain any such breach without showing or proving any actual damage to Employer. Accordingly, Employer and Employee hereby consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the District Court of Harris County, Texas, for any and all claims arising out of, or to enforce the terms of, Paragraph 4 of this Agreement.
5. Place of Performance. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to require Employee to relocate from Employees present residence to another geographic location in order to carry out Employees duties and responsibilities under this Agreement.
6. Term; Termination; Rights on Termination. The term of this Agreement shall begin on the date hereof and continue for three (3) years (the Term), and, unless terminated sooner as herein provided, shall continue thereafter on a year-to-year basis on the same terms and conditions contained herein in effect as of the time of renewal. This Agreement and Employees employment may be terminated in any one of the following ways:
(a) Death. The death of Employee shall immediately terminate this Agreement with no severance compensation due to Employees estate.
(b) Disability. If, as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness or injury, Employee shall have been absent from Employees full-time duties hereunder for four (4) consecutive months, then thirty (30) days after receiving written notice (which notice may occur before or after the end of such four (4) month period, but which shall not be effective earlier than the last day of such four (4) month period), Employer may terminate Employees employment hereunder provided Employee is unable to resume Employees full-time duties at the conclusion of such notice period. Also, Employee may terminate Employees employment hereunder if his health should become impaired to an extent that makes the continued performance of Employees duties hereunder hazardous to Employees physical or mental health or life, provided that Employee shall have furnished Employer with a written statement from a qualified doctor to such effect and provided, further, that, at Employers request made within thirty (30) days of the date of such written statement, Employee shall submit to an examination by a doctor selected by Employer who is reasonably acceptable to Employee or Employees doctor and such doctor shall have concurred in the conclusion of Employees doctor. In the event this Agreement is terminated as a result of
Employees disability, Employee shall receive from Employer, in a lump-sum payment due within ten (10) days of the effective date of termination, the base salary at the rate then in effect for whatever time period is remaining under the Term of this Agreement or for one (1) year, whichever amount is greater.
(c) Good Cause; Good Reason. Employer may terminate the Agreement ten (10) days after delivery of written notice to Employee for good cause, which shall be: (1) Employees willful, material and irreparable breach of this Agreement; (2) Employees gross negligence in the performance or intentional nonperformance or inattention continuing for ten (10) days after receipt of written notice of need to cure of any of Employees material duties and responsibilities hereunder; (3) Employees willful dishonesty, fraud or material misconduct with respect to the business or affairs of Employer; (4) Employees conviction of a felony crime; or (5) chronic alcohol abuse or illegal drug abuse by Employee. In the event of a termination for good cause, as enumerated above, Employee shall have no right to any severance compensation.
Employee may terminate his employment under this Agreement ten (10) days after delivery of written notice to Employer for good reason, which shall exist if, within twelve (12) months following a Change in Control of Employer (as defined in Paragraph 13 below), Employee (i) is offered a Lesser Position (as defined below), or (ii) is required to relocate in violation of Paragraph 5 of this Agreement. Lesser Position shall mean a new position or a change in the Employees position, which, compared with Employees position with Employer immediately prior to the Change in Control, (i) offers a lower level of compensation (including base salary, fringe benefits and target bonuses under any corporate-performance based bonus or incentive programs), or (ii) materially reduces Employees duties or level of responsibility. In the event of such a termination of his employment, Employee shall be entitled to receive severance benefits as provided in Paragraph 13(d) below.
(d) Without Good Cause. At any time after the commencement of employment, either Employee or Employer may, without good cause, terminate this Agreement and Employees employment, effective thirty (30) days after written notice is provided to the other party. Should Employee be terminated by Employer without good cause during the Term, Employee shall receive from Employer, in a lump-sum payment due on the effective date of termination, the base salary at the rate then in effect for whatever time period is remaining under the Term of this Agreement or for one (1) year, whichever amount is greater. If Employee resigns or otherwise terminates Employees employment without cause pursuant to this Paragraph 6(d), Employee shall receive no severance compensation.
(e) Change in Control of Employer. In the event of a Change in Control during the Term, refer to Paragraph 13 below.
Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason provided above, Employee shall be entitled to receive all compensation earned and all benefits and reimbursements due through the effective date of termination. Additional compensation subsequent to termination, if any, will be due and payable to Employee only to the extent and in the manner expressly provided above or in Paragraph 13 hereof. All other rights and obligations of Employer and Employee under this Agreement shall cease as of the effective date of termination, except that Employers obligations under Paragraph 10 hereof and Employees obligations under Paragraphs 4, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 17 hereof shall survive such termination in accordance with their terms.
If termination of Employees employment arises out of Employers failure to pay Employee on a timely basis the amounts to which he is entitled under this Agreement or as a result of any other material breach of this Agreement by Employer, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction or pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 17 below, Employer shall pay all amounts and damages to which Employee may be entitled as a result of such material breach, including interest thereon and all reasonable legal fees and expenses and other costs incurred by Employee to enforce Employees rights hereunder.
7. Return of Company Property. All records, designs, patents, business plans, financial statements, manuals, memoranda, lists and other property delivered to or compiled by Employee by or on behalf of Employer, or its representatives, vendors or customers that pertain to the business of Employer shall be and remain the property of Employer, and be subject at all times to its discretion and control. Likewise, all correspondence, reports, records, charts, advertising materials, and other similar data pertaining to the business, activities or future plans of Employer that is collected by Employee shall be delivered promptly to Employer without request by it upon termination of Employees employment.
8. Inventions. Employee shall disclose promptly to Employer any and all significant conceptions and ideas for inventions, improvements and valuable discoveries, whether patentable or not, that are conceived or made by Employee, solely or jointly with another, during the period of employment or within one (1) year thereafter, and that are directly related to the business or activities of Employer and that Employee conceives as a result of Employees employment by Employer. Employee hereby assigns and agrees to assign all of Employees interests therein to Employer or its nominee. Whenever requested to do so by Employer, Employee shall execute any and all applications, assignments or other instruments that Employer shall deem necessary to apply for and obtain Letters Patent of the United States or any foreign country or to otherwise protect Employers interest therein.
9. Trade Secrets. Employee agrees that he will not, during or after the Term of this Agreement with Employer, disclose the specific terms of Employers or its subsidiaries relationships or agreements with its significant vendors or customers or any other significant and material trade secret of Employer or its subsidiaries, whether in existence or proposed, to any person, firm, partnership, corporation or business for any reason or purpose whatsoever other than in the course of performing Employees duties hereunder.
10. Indemnification. In the event Employee is made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by Employer against Employee), by reason of the fact that Employee is or was performing services under this Agreement, then Employer shall indemnify Employee against all expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement, as actually and reasonably incurred by Employee in connection therewith. In the event that both Employee and Employer are made a party to the same third-party action, complaint, suit or proceeding, Employer agrees to engage competent legal representation, and Employee agrees to use the same representation, provided that if counsel selected by Employer shall have a conflict of interest that prevents such counsel from representing Employee, Employee may engage separate counsel and Employer shall pay all attorneys fees of such separate counsel. Further, while Employee is expected at all times to use Employees best efforts to faithfully discharge his duties under this Agreement, Employee cannot be held liable to Employer for errors or omissions made in good faith where Employee has not exhibited gross, willful or wanton negligence or misconduct or performed criminal and fraudulent acts that materially damage the business of Employer.
11. No Prior Agreements. Employee hereby represents and warrants to Employer that the execution of this Agreement by Employee and his employment by Employer and the performance of Employees duties hereunder will not violate or be a breach of any agreement with a former employer, client or any other person or entity. Further, Employee agrees to indemnify Employer for any claim, including but not limited to attorneys fees and expenses of investigation, by any such third party that such third party may now have or may hereafter come to have against Employer based upon or arising out of any noncompetition agreement, invention or secrecy agreement between Employee and such third party which was in existence as of the date of this Agreement.
12. Assignment; Binding Effect. Employee understands that Employer has selected him for employment on the basis of Employees personal qualifications, experience and skills. Employee, therefore, shall not assign all or any portion of Employees performance under this Agreement. Subject to the preceding two (2) sentences and the express provisions of Paragraph 13 below, this Agreement shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties hereto and their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns.
13. Change in Control.
(a) Employee understands and acknowledges that Employer may be merged or consolidated with or into another entity and that such entity shall automatically succeed to the rights and obligations of Employer hereunder or that Employer may undergo another type of Change in Control. In the event such a merger or consolidation or other Change in Control is initiated prior to the end of the Term, then the provisions of this Paragraph 13 shall be applicable.
(b) In the event of a pending Change in Control wherein Employer and Employee have not received written notice at least five (5) business days prior to the anticipated closing date of the transaction giving rise to the Change in Control from the successor to all or a substantial portion of Employers business and/or assets that such successor is willing as of the closing to assume and agree to perform Employers obligations under this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that Employer is hereby required to perform, then such Change in Control shall be deemed to be a termination of this Agreement by Employer without good cause during the Term and (i) the noncompetition provision of Paragraph 4 shall not apply; (ii) Employee shall receive from Employer, in a lump-sum payment due on the effective date of such termination, an amount equal to three times the sum of (A) the Employees annual Base Salary and (B) the higher of (x) the highest annual bonus paid to Employee under the Companys Annual Incentive Plan in effect on the date hereof or a direct predecessor thereto or replacement thereof, for the past three fiscal years and (y) the Employees annual bonus paid or payable, including any bonus or portion thereof which has been earned but deferred, under the Companys Annual Incentive Plan in effect on the date hereof or a direct predecessor thereto or replacement thereof (and annualized for any fiscal year during which the Employee was employed for less than 12 full months), for the most recently completed or current fiscal year during the Term; and (iii) until the third anniversary of the effective date of such termination, Employee and, if applicable, Employees dependents shall be eligible for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare benefit plans, practices, policies and programs provided by the Employer and its affiliated companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription, dental, disability, employee life, group life, accidental death and travel accident insurance plans and programs) (collectively, Employer Welfare Programs) to the extent applicable generally to other peer executives of Employer and its affiliated companies at the same after-tax cost to Employee as if Employee was employed by Employer, but in no event shall such Employer Welfare Programs provide Employee with benefits that are less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most favorable of such Employer Welfare Programs in effect for Employee at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the date of such termination; provided,
however, if Employer is unable to provide Employee and/or, if applicable, any of Employees dependents, with any benefits to which Employee or such dependent is entitled pursuant to the terms of this Section 13(b)(iii) under any of the Employer Welfare Programs, Employer shall at its cost provide such benefit at a level no less favorable to Executive than would have been provided under the Employer Welfare Programs under another plan or arrangement, including an individual policy purchased by Employer for Employee or such dependent(s). Employee agrees that if any benefit to be provided under the Employer Welfare Programs is subject to the provisions of Part 6 of Subtitle B of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (COBRA), Employee shall make a timely COBRA election to continue such benefit under COBRA during the applicable COBRA continuation period and Employer shall reimburse Employee for the amount of the COBRA premiums, if any, required to be paid by Employee for such coverage.
(c) For purposes of applying Paragraph 6 hereof under the circumstances described in (b) above, the effective date of termination will be the closing date of the transaction giving rise to the Change in Control and all compensation, reimbursements and lump-sum payments due Employee must be paid in full by Employer at or prior to such closing.
(d) In the event that a successor in a pending Change in Control gives notice pursuant to Paragraph 13(b) that it will assume Employers obligations under this Agreement and at the time of or within twelve (12) months following such Change in Control Employee either (i) terminates this Agreement for good reason (as defined in Paragraph 6(c) of this Agreement) or (ii) is terminated by Employer other than for good cause (as defined in Paragraph 6(c) of this Agreement), then effective as of the date of such termination, (A) the noncompetition provisions of Paragraph 4 shall no longer apply; (B) Employee shall receive from Employer, in a lump-sum payment due on the effective date of such termination, an amount equal to three times the sum of (1) the Employees annual Base Salary and (2) the higher of (x) the highest annual bonus paid to Employee under the Companys Annual Incentive Plan in effect on the date hereof or a direct predecessor thereto or replacement thereof, for the past three fiscal years and (y) the Employees annual bonus paid or payable, including any bonus or portion thereof which has been earned but deferred, under the Companys Annual Incentive Plan in effect on the date hereof or a direct predecessor thereto or replacement thereof (and annualized for any fiscal year during which the Employee was employed for less than 12 full months), for the most recently completed or current fiscal year during the Term and (C) until the third anniversary of the effective date of such termination, Employee and, if applicable, Employees dependents shall be eligible for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare benefit plans, practices, policies and
programs provided by the Employer and its affiliated companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription, dental, disability, employee life, group life, accidental death and travel accident insurance plans and programs) (collectively, Employer Welfare Programs) to the extent applicable generally to other peer executives of Employer and its affiliated companies at the same after-tax cost to Employee as if Employee was employed by Employer, but in no event shall such Employer Welfare Programs provide Employee with benefits that are less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most favorable of such Employer Welfare Programs in effect for Employee at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the date of such termination; provided, however, if Employer is unable to provide Employee and/or, if applicable, any of Employees dependents, with any benefits to which Employee or such dependent is entitled pursuant to the terms of this Section 13(b)(iii) under any of the Employer Welfare Programs, Employer shall at its cost provide such benefit at a level no less favorable to Executive than would have been provided under the Employer Welfare Programs under another plan or arrangement, including an individual policy purchased by Employer for Employee or such dependent(s). Employee agrees that if any benefit to be provided under the Employer Welfare Programs is subject to the provisions of Part 6 of Subtitle B of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (COBRA), Employee shall make a timely COBRA election to continue such benefit under COBRA during the applicable COBRA continuation period and Employer shall reimburse Employee for the amount of the COBRA premiums, if any, required to be paid by Employee for such coverage.
(e) A Change in Control shall be deemed to have occurred if:
(i) any person or entity, other than Employer or an employee benefit plan of Employer, acquires directly or indirectly the Beneficial Ownership (as defined in Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of any voting security of Employer and immediately after such acquisition such person or entity is, directly or indirectly, the Beneficial Owner of voting securities representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total voting power of all of the then-outstanding voting securities of Employer; or
(ii) the following individuals no longer constitute a majority of the members of the Board: (A) the individuals who, as of the closing date of Employers initial public offering, constitute the Board (the Original Directors); (B) the individuals who thereafter are elected to the Board and whose election, or nomination for election, to the Board was
approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Original Directors then still in office (such directors becoming Additional Original Directors immediately following their election); and (C) the individuals who are elected to the Board and whose election, or nomination for election, to the Board was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Original Directors and Additional Original Directors then still in office (such directors also becoming Additional Original Directors immediately following their election); or
(iii) the stockholders of Employer shall approve a merger, consolidation, recapitalization or reorganization of Employer, a reverse stock split of outstanding voting securities, or consummation of any such transaction if stockholder approval is not obtained, other than any such transaction that would result in at least seventy five percent (75%) of the total voting power represented by the voting securities of the surviving entity outstanding immediately after such transaction being Beneficially Owned by at least seventy five percent (75%) of the holders of outstanding voting securities of Employer immediately prior to the transaction, with the voting power of each such continuing holder relative to other such continuing holders not substantially altered in the transaction; or
(iv) the stockholders of Employer shall approve a plan of complete liquidation of Employer or an agreement for the sale or disposition by Employer of all or a substantial portion of Employers assets (i.e., fifty percent (50%) or more of the total assets of Employer).
(f) Lesser Position shall mean a new position or a change in the Employees Position, which, compared with Employees Position with Employer immediately prior to the Change in Control, (i) offers a lower level of compensation (including base salary, fringe benefits and target bonuses under any corporate-performance based bonus or incentive programs), or (ii) materially reduces Employees duties or level of responsibility, or (iii) requires Employee to relocate his principal residence.
(g) Employee shall be reimbursed by Employer or its successor for all excise taxes that Employee incurs under Section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, as a result of any Change in Control. In addition, Employee shall be reimbursed by Employer or its successor for all federal, state and local income taxes and additional excise taxes attributable to the payment pursuant to the preceding sentence and the payment pursuant
to this sentence. Such amount will be due and payable by Employer or its successor within ten (10) days after Employee delivers a written request for reimbursement accompanied by a copy of Employees tax return(s) showing the excise tax actually incurred by Employee. Such amount shall not be subject to offset or reduction for any amount owed or claimed to be owed to Employer or its successor by Employee. If not paid within ten (10) days from date of demand, the amount due under this subsection shall bear interest at the maximum non-usurious rate allowed by law from the date of demand to the date of payment.
14. Complete Agreement. This Agreement supersedes any other agreements or understandings, written or oral, between Employer and Employee, and Employee has no oral representations, understandings or agreements with Employer or any of its officers, directors or representatives covering the same subject matter as this Agreement. This written Agreement is the final, complete and exclusive statement and expression of the agreement between Employer and Employee and of all the terms of this Agreement, and it cannot be varied, contradicted or supplemented by evidence of any prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements. This written Agreement may not be later modified except by a written instrument signed by a duly authorized officer of Employer and Employee, and no term of this Agreement may be waived except by a written instrument signed by the party waiving the benefit of such term
15. Notice. Whenever any notice is required hereunder, it shall be given in writing addressed as follows:
|Quanta Services, Inc.
1360 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 2100
Houston, Texas 77056
Attention: General Counsel
|Kenneth W. Trawick
1850 Laster Road
Chipley, FL 32428
Notice shall be deemed given and effective three (3) days after the deposit in the U.S. mail of a writing addressed as above and sent first class mail, certified, return receipt requested, or when actually received. Either party may change the address for notice by notifying the other party of such change in accordance with this paragraph
16. Severability, Headings. If any portion of this Agreement is held invalid or inoperative, the other portions of this Agreement shall be deemed valid and operative and, so far as is reasonable and possible, effect shall be given to the intent manifested by the portion held invalid or inoperative. The paragraph headings herein are for reference purposes only and are not intended in any way to describe, interpret, define or limit the extent or intent of the Agreement or of any part hereof.
17. Arbitration. Except as provided in Paragraph 4(g) of this Agreement, any unresolved dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled exclusively by arbitration, conducted before a panel of three (3) arbitrators in Houston, Texas, in accordance with the National Rules of the American Arbitration Association for the Resolution of Employment Disputes in effect on the date of the event giving rise to the claim or the controversy. The arbitrators shall not have the authority to add to, detract from or modify any provision hereof nor to award punitive damages to any injured party. The arbitrators shall have the authority to order back-pay, severance compensation, vesting of options or restricted stock (or cash compensation in lieu of vesting of options or restricted stock), reimbursement of costs, including those incurred to enforce this Agreement, and interest thereon in the event the arbitrators determine that Employee was terminated without disability or good cause, as defined in Paragraphs 6(b) and 6(c) hereof, respectively, or that Employer has otherwise materially breached this Agreement. A decision by a majority of the arbitration panel shall be final and binding. Judgment may be entered on the arbitrators award in any court having jurisdiction. The direct expense of any arbitration proceeding shall be borne by Employer.
18. Governing Law. This Agreement shall in all respects be construed according to the laws of the State of Texas.
19. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed simultaneously in two (2) or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute but one and the same instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
|QUANTA SERVICES, INC.
|By:||/s/ JOHN R. COLSON|
|Name:||John R. Colson|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
|/s/ KENNETH W. TRAWICK|
|Kenneth W. Trawick|