This Employment Agreement ("Agreement") is effective as of August 15, 2011 (the "Effective Date"), by and between Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp., a Nevada corporation (the "Company"), and Anthony Garcia ("Employee").
WHEREAS, the Company wishes to employ Employee and Employee wishes to be employed by the Company; and
WHEREAS, the Company and Employee desire to enter into an agreement reflecting the terms of the employment relationship, including the termination thereof;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants, representations, warranties, and agreements contained herein, and for other valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
1. Employment. The Company hereby employs Employee, and Employee will hereby be employed by the Company, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. The Company will establish, maintain and pay for an office in the greater Denver metropolitan area, including the provision of necessary computer equipment and other facilities’ equipment.
2. Term of Employment. Subject to the provisions for earlier termination provided in this Agreement, the term of this Agreement shall begin on August 1, 2011 and shall terminate on July 31, 2014. The Term shall be extended for additional 1-year periods for two consecutive years (the initial Term, together with each one-year extension shall be referred to as the “Term”), provided that neither the Company nor Employee notify the other on or prior to 90 days before the expiration of such Term that either party does not intend to extend this Agreement.
3. Employee’s Duties. During the Term, Employee shall serve as Senior Vice President of Development, with such duties and responsibilities as may from time to time be assigned to him by the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) and CEO, provided that such duties are consistent with the customary duties of such position. Employee agrees to devote his business time, skill and attention to the business and affairs of the Company and to use reasonable best efforts to perform faithfully and efficiently his duties and responsibilities. Employee shall not, either directly or indirectly, enter into any business or employment with or for any person, firm, association or corporation other than the Company during the Term; provided, however, that Employee shall not be prohibited from (i) engaging in charitable activities, educational mentoring, and community affairs, (ii) serving, with the prior approval of the Company’s Board, on the boards of a reasonable number of business entities, trade associations and charitable organizations, (iii) managing his personal investments and affairs related to another business or companies (either as a principal, partner, shareholder, or member of such business), or (iv) any other such activity approved by the Board; provided that such activities do not either individually or in the aggregate materially interfere with the performance of his duties hereunder. Employee shall at all times observe and comply with all lawful directions and instructions of the Board.
(a) Stock Options. As an inducement to Employee to enter into this Agreement, the Company issued to Employee on August 19, 2011 5-year options to purchase up to 750,000 shares of Company common stock at an exercise price of $1.85 per share (“Options”), , which Options shall vest on a monthly basis over a three-year period measured from your date of hire.
(b) Base Compensation. For services rendered by Employee under this Agreement, the Company shall pay to Employee a base salary of $200,000 per annum (“Base Compensation”). The Base Compensation is payable in accordance with the Company’s customary payroll practices and subject to customary withholdings, including share withholdings as described in Section 14(b) hereof. The amount of Base Compensation shall be reviewed by the Board on an annual basis as of the close of each 12-month period of this Agreement and may be increased as the Board may deem appropriate. In the event the Board (or, if established, the compensation committee thereof) deems it appropriate to increase Employee’s annual base salary, said increased amount shall thereafter be the “Base Compensation.” Employee’s Base Compensation, as increased from time to time, may not thereafter be decreased unless agreed to in writing and signed by Employee. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the Board from paying additional compensation to Employee in the form of bonuses or otherwise during the Term.
(c) Signing Bonus. As an inducement to Employee to enter into this Agreement, the Company paid to employee a signing bonus in the amount of $35,000 on or about August 19, 2011, and Employee acknowledges receipt of such signing bonus.
5. Bonus. With respect to each full 12-month period during the Term, the Board in its sole discretion may grant the Employee a bonus (“Bonus”) in such amount (if any), in cash or stock, and upon satisfaction of such milestones as may be developed by the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion. Any bonus granted by the Board during the first calendar year of employment may be prorated based on the number of months employee is employed during such calendar year.
6. Additional Benefits. In addition to the Base Compensation provided for in Section 5 herein, Employee shall be entitled to the following:
(a) Expenses. The Company shall, in accordance with any rules and policies that it may establish from time to time for executive officers, reimburse Employee for business expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of his duties. It is understood that Employee is authorized to incur reasonable business expenses for promoting the business of the Company, including reasonable expenditures for travel, lodging, meals and client or business associate entertainment. Request for reimbursement for such expenses must be accompanied by appropriate documentation, and shall be reimbursed in accordance with the Company’s rules and policies as in effect from time to time and as set forth in Section 8(k)(iii) below.
(b) Vacation. Employee shall be entitled to five weeks of vacation per year, without any loss of compensation or benefits. Employee shall not be entitled to compensation for, or to carry forward, any unused vacation time.
(c) General Benefits. Employee shall be entitled to participate in the various employee benefit plans or programs, if any, provided to the officers of the Company in general, including but not limited to, health and dental, subject to the eligibility requirements with respect to each of such benefit plans or programs, and such other benefits or perquisites as may be approved by the Board during the Term. Nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to prohibit the Company from making any changes in any of the plans, programs or benefits described in this Section 6, provided the change similarly affects all executive officers of the Company similarly situated.
(d) Corporate Change. Upon the occurrence of a “Corporate Change” as hereinafter defined, Employee shall be considered as immediately and totally vested in any and all Options or other similar equity or equity-based awards previously made to Employee by the Company or its subsidiaries under a “Long Term Incentive Plan” or other grant duly adopted by the Board or the Compensation Committee thereof (such Options or similar awards are hereinafter collectively referred to as “Awards”). For purposes of this Agreement, a “Corporate Change ” shall occur if (i) the Company (A) shall not be the surviving entity in any merger, consolidation or other reorganization (or survives only as a subsidiary of an entity other than a previously wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company) or (B) is to be dissolved and liquidated, and as a result of or in connection with such transaction, the persons who were directors of the Company before such transaction shall cease to constitute a majority of the Board, or (ii) any person or entity, including a “group” as contemplated by Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, acquires or gains ownership or control (including, without limitation, power to vote) of 50% or more of the outstanding shares of the Company’s voting stock (based upon voting power), and as a result of or in connection with such transaction, the persons who were directors of the Company before such transaction shall cease to constitute a majority of the Board, or (iii) the Company sells all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to any other person or entity (other than a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company) in a transaction that requires shareholder approval pursuant to applicable corporate law; or (iv) during a period of two consecutive calendar years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director(s) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then still in office, who either were directors at the beginning of the two (2) year period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the Board; or (v) any other event that a majority of the Board, in its sole discretion, shall determine constitutes a Corporate Change hereunder.
(e) Health Club Dues. The Company shall pay up to $300 per month for Employee’s health club dues.
7. Confidential Information. Employee, during the Term, will have access to and become familiar with confidential information, secrets and proprietary information concerning the business and affairs of the Company, its controlled subsidiaries and other controlled entities, including customer information, and other technical information, resource valuations and reports, business strategies and pricing information, and other confidential and/or proprietary information (collectively, “Confidential Information”). Confidential Information shall not include any information that is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of Employee’s improper or unauthorized disclosure of such information in violation of this Agreement. As to such Confidential Information, Employee agrees as follows:
(a) During the Term or at any time following the termination of this Agreement, Employee will not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written consent of the Company (1) disclose or permit the disclosure of any such Confidential Information, or (2) use, reproduce or distribute, or make or permit any use, reproduction or distribution of, directly or indirectly, any such Confidential Information, except for any disclosure, use, reproduction or distribution that is required in the course of his employment with the Company, its controlled subsidiaries or other controlled entities.
(b) If, during the Term or at any time following the termination of this Agreement, Employee is requested or required (by oral question or request for information or documents, in any legal proceeding, interrogatory, subpoena, civil investigative demand, or similar process) to disclose any Confidential Information, Employee agrees to notify the Company immediately in writing of the request or requirement so that the Company may seek an appropriate protection order or waive compliance with the provisions of this Section. If, in the absence of a protective order or the receipt of a waiver under this Agreement, Employee is, on the advice of counsel, compelled to disclose any Confidential Information to any tribunal or else stand liable for contempt, Employee may disclose such Confidential Information to the tribunal; provided, however, that Employee shall use his commercially reasonable best efforts to obtain a court order or other assurance that confidential treatment will be accorded to such Confidential Information. To the extent Employee incurs legal fees or other expenses in seeking to protect Confidential Information for Company’s benefit, Company agrees to reimburse Employee for all such reasonably-incurred fees and expenses.
(c) Upon termination of employment of Employee, for whatever reason, Employee shall surrender to the Company any and all documents, manuals, correspondence, reports, records and similar items then or thereafter coming into the possession of Employee which contain any Confidential Information of the Company or its controlled subsidiaries or other controlled entities.
(d) Employee recognizes and acknowledges that the obligations of Employee contained in Section 7 of this Agreement are reasonable and necessary to protect the legitimate business interests of the Company, and that any breach or violation of any of the provisions of such Section is likely to result in irreparable injury to the Company for which the Company would have no adequate remedy at law. Employee agrees that if Employee shall breach or violate Section 7 of this Agreement, the Company shall be entitled, if it so elects, to institute and prosecute proceedings at law or in equity, including, but not limited to, a proceeding seeking injunctive relief, to obtain damages with respect to such breach or violation, to enforce the specific performance of Section 7 this Agreement by Employee, or to enjoin Employee from engaging in any activity in violation of Section 7 of this Agreement. Employee acknowledges that in the event of any such breach or violation, the Company shall be entitled to preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, without the necessity of proving actual damages, and to an equitable accounting of all earnings, profits, and other benefits arising from any such breach or violation, which rights shall be cumulative and in addition to any other rights or remedies to which the Company may be entitled. Employee agrees that in the event of any such violation, an action may be commenced for preliminary or permanent injunctive relief and other equitable relief in any federal or state court of competent jurisdiction. Employee agrees that effective service of process may be made upon Employee under the notice provisions contained in Section 11 of this Agreement.
8. Termination. This Agreement may be terminated prior to the end of the Term as set forth below:
(a) Resignation (other than for Good Reason). Employee may resign, including by reason of retirement, his position at any time by providing written notice of resignation to the Company in accordance with Section 11 hereof. In the event of such resignation, except in the case of resignation for Good Reason (as defined below), this Agreement shall terminate and Employee shall not be entitled to further compensation pursuant to this Agreement other than payment for (i) any unpaid Base Compensation or unpaid Bonus due and owing as of Employee’s employment termination date, and (ii) any unpaid reasonable business expenses incurred prior to Employee’s employment termination date, subject to the Company’s expense reimbursement rules and policies as in effect from time to time (the “Accrued Amounts”). Accrued Amounts, if any, shall be paid to Employee in accordance with the Company’s customary payroll practices as in effect from time to time, but in no event later than fifteen (15) days following Employee’s termination of employment.
(b) Death. If Employee’s employment is terminated due to his death, this Agreement shall terminate and the Company shall have no obligations to Employee or his estate, beneficiaries or legal representatives with respect to this Agreement other than payment of the Accrued Amounts, if any. Accrued Amounts, if any, shall be paid to Employee in accordance with the Company’s customary payroll practices as in effect from time to time but in no event later than 15 days following Employee’s termination of employment on account of death. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of his death, Employee shall be considered as immediately and totally vested in any and all outstanding Awards previously granted to Employee by Company or its subsidiaries. .
(i) The Company may terminate Employee’s employment in the event of Employee’s Misconduct or Disability (both as defined below) only upon written notice thereof delivered to Employee in accordance with Section 8(f) and Section 11 hereof. In the event that Employee’s employment is terminated during the Term by the Company for any reason other than his Misconduct or Disability (both as defined below), then, (A) the Company shall continue to pay Employee his Base Salary in effect as of the Date of Termination for a period of  months following the Date of Termination, in accordance with the Company’s standard payroll procedures; provided, however, that payment shall not begin until the expiration of the revocation period for the Release (as defined below) has lapsed, in which case all regularly scheduled salary payments that were delayed in accordance with the preceding clause shall be paid in the payroll period immediately following the expiration of such revocation period; and (B) for six months following the Date of Termination, the Company, at its cost, shall provide or arrange to provide Employee (and, as applicable, Employee’s dependents) with accident and group health insurance benefits substantially similar to those which Employee (and Employee’s dependents) were receiving immediately prior to Employee’s termination (if any); provided, however, the benefits otherwise receivable by Employee pursuant to this clause (B) shall be reduced to the extent comparable benefits are actually received by Employee (and/or Employee’s dependents) during such period under any other employer’s plan(s) or program(s), with Employee being obligated to promptly disclose to the Company any such comparable benefits; and provided, further, however, that for the avoidance of doubt, the COBRA continuation period shall run concurrently with the period set forth in this Clause (B). If the Company’s pre-tax payment of the premiums for such benefits would cause the Executive to be taxed on the Company’s actual cost of providing such accident and group health insurance benefits because such benefits are “self-insured,” the Company will instead pay such premiums on an after-tax basis so the premium amounts are included in the Employee’s taxable income. In addition to the aforementioned compensation and benefits, Employee shall be considered as immediately and totally vested in any and all Awards previously granted to Employee by Company or its subsidiaries. The Company’s obligation to make the payments and provide the benefits described in this Section 8(c)(i) is conditioned expressly on Employee’s executing (and not revoking) a general release of any and all claims arising out of or relating to Employee’s employment and termination of employment in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Company (the “Release”). If Employee fails to execute a Release within forty-five (45) days following the later of (i) the Date of Termination or (ii) the date Employee actually receives an execution copy of such Release (which shall be delivered to Employee no later than five (5) business days following Date of Termination), or if Employee revokes such Release within seven (7) days following execution, Employee shall forfeit all payments and benefits described hereunder.
(ii) In the event Employee is terminated because of Misconduct, the Company shall have no obligations pursuant to this Agreement after the Date of Termination other than for payment of the Accrued Amounts, if any. As used herein, “Misconduct” means (A) the continued failure by Employee to substantially perform his duties with the Company (other than any such failure resulting from Employee’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness or any such actual or anticipated failure after the issuance of a Notice of Termination by Employee for Good Reason), after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to Employee by the Board, which demand specifically identifies the manner in which the Board believes that Employee has not substantially performed his duties, and the Employee fails to cure such failure within fifteen (15) days after receipt of such demand, (B) the engaging by Employee in conduct which is demonstrably and materially injurious to the Company, monetarily or otherwise (other than such conduct resulting from Employee’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness or any such actual or anticipated conduct after the issuance of a Notice of Termination by Employee for Good Reason), (C) Employee’s conviction for the commission of a felony, (D) action by Employee toward the Company involving dishonesty or (E) a failure to follow the Company’s policies and procedures regarding employment as constituting misconduct. Anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, the Board shall have the sole power and authority to terminate the employment of Employee on behalf of the Company.
(d) Disability. If Employee shall have been absent from the full-time performance of Employee’s duties with the Company for ninety (90) consecutive calendar days as a result of Employee’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness, Employee’s employment may be terminated by the Company for “Disability” and Employee shall not be entitled to further compensation pursuant to this Agreement, other than for payment of the Accrued Amounts, if any. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that Employee’s employment is terminated by the Company due to Disability, Employee shall be considered as immediately and totally vested in any and all Awards previously granted to Employee by the Company or its subsidiaries.
Resignation for Good Reason. Employee shall be entitled to terminate his employment for Good Reason as defined herein. If Employee terminates his employment for Good Reason, he shall be entitled to the compensation and benefits provided in Section 8(c)(i) hereof in accordance with the terms therein, including, without limitation, the requirement that Employee execute and not revoke the Release contemplated in Section 8(c)(i). “Good Reason” shall mean the material breach of any of the Company’s obligations under this Agreement without Employee’s express written consent; provided, that, Employee has provided a Notice of Termination to the Company within fifteen (15) days after the initial occurrence of any such circumstance of Employee’s intention to terminate Employee’s employment for Good Reason, and the Company has failed to cure, to the extent curable, such circumstance within thirty (30) days of receipt of the Notice of Termination given in respect hereof.
(e) Notice of Termination. Any purported termination of Employee’s employment by the Company under Sections 8(c)(ii) (Misconduct) or 8(d) (Disability), or by Employee under Section 8(e) (Good Reason), shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination to the other party hereto in accordance with Section 11 hereof, which notice shall provide for a Date of Termination that is at least fifteen (15) days following the date the Notice of Termination is given. For purposes of this Agreement, a “Notice of Termination” shall mean a notice which, if by the Company and is for Misconduct or Disability, shall set forth in reasonable detail the reason for such termination of Employee’s employment, or in the case of resignation by Employee for Good Reason, said notice must specify in reasonable detail the basis for such resignation. A Notice of Termination given by Employee pursuant to Section 8(e) shall be effective even if given after the receipt by Employee of notice that the Board has set a meeting to consider terminating Employee for Misconduct. Any purported termination for which a Notice of Termination is required which is not effected pursuant to this Section 8(f) shall not be effective.
(f) Date of Termination. “Date of Termination” shall mean the date of Employee’s “separation from service” from the Company and its “affiliates” as defined in Code Section 409A and Final Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A-1(h), including the default presumptions thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event Employee is terminated for Misconduct, the Company may refuse to allow Employee access to the Company’s offices (other than to allow Employee to collect his personal belongings under the Company’s supervision) prior to the Date of Termination. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, for purposes of this Agreement, “termination of employment” shall mean (i) any person or entity that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by or is under common control with the Company and/or (ii) to the extent provided by the Board, any person or entity in which the Company has a significant interest. The term “control” (including, with correlative meaning, the terms “controlled by” and “under common control with”), as applied to any person or entity, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such person or entity, whether through the ownership of voting or other securities, by contract or otherwise; provided, however, with respect to any payment or benefit subject to Section 409A of the Code, the term “affiliate” shall mean any member of the Company’s control group within the meaning of Final Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A-1(h)(3), as such may be modified or amended from time to time, by applying the “at least 50 percent” provisions thereof.
(g) Mitigation. Employee shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment provided for in this Section 8 by seeking other employment or otherwise, nor (except as set forth in Section 8(c)(i)(B)) shall the amount of any payment provided for in this Agreement be reduced by any compensation earned or benefits received by Employee as a result of employment by another employer, except that any severance amounts payable to Employee pursuant to the Company’s severance plan or policy for employees in general shall reduce the amount otherwise payable pursuant to Sections 8(c)(i) or 8(e).
(h) Excess Parachute Payments. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, to the extent that any payment or benefit received or to be received by Employee hereunder in connection with the termination of Employee’s employment would, as determined by tax counsel selected by the Company, constitute an “Excess Parachute Payment” (as defined in Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code), the Company shall fully “gross-up” such payment so that Employee is in the same “net” after-tax position he would have been if such payment and gross-up payments had not constituted Excess Parachute Payments, and such “gross-up” payment shall be made no later than the end of Employee’s taxable year next following Employee’s taxable year in which he remits the taxes to which such gross-up payment relates. The Company shall reimburse any costs and expenses incurred by Employee, including without limitation, attorneys’ fees due to a tax audit or litigation in connection with any excise tax (including penalties and interest or other excise taxes thereon) under Code Section 4999 or Code Section 280G and any such reimbursement shall be made by the end of the Employee’s tax year following the tax year in which such taxes that are subject to the audit or litigation are remitted to the taxing authority, or where as a result of such audit or litigation no taxes are remitted, by the end of the Employee’s tax year following the tax year in which the audit is completed or there is a final nonappealable settlement or other resolution of the litigation. The Employee’s right to payment or reimbursement pursuant to this Section 8(i) shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for any other benefit.
(i) Code Section 409A. Notwithstanding any provision of this Section 8 to the contrary, if all or any portion of the benefits provided in this Section 8 is determined to be “nonqualified deferred compensation” subject to Code Section 409A, and the Company determines that Employee is a “specified employee” as defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code and the regulations and other guidance issued thereunder, then such benefits (or portion thereof) shall be accumulated and paid on the first day of the seventh month following Employee’s termination of employment. For purposes of this Agreement, whether Employee is a “specified employee” will be determined in accordance with the written procedures adopted by the Board.
(i) All separately identifiable payments provided hereunder shall be deemed separate and distinct payments for purposes of Code Section 409A, and any series of payments made in installments shall likewise be deemed a series of separate payments for purposes of Code Section 409A.
(ii) This payments and benefits provided hereunder are intended to comply with or be exempt from the provisions of Section 409A of the Code, and this Agreement shall be interpreted and construed accordingly. The Company shall have the discretion and authority to amend this Agreement at any time to satisfy any requirements of Code Section 409A or guidance published thereunder; provided, however, any such amendment shall maintain as closely as possible the economic terms of this Agreement for the Employee. However, in no event will the Company have any liability for any failure of the Agreement to satisfy Code Section 409A, and the Company does not guarantee that the Agreement complies with Code Section 409A.
(iii) The Company shall promptly reimburse Employee for eligible expenses under this Agreement that Employee incurs and properly reports to the Company in accordance with its expense reimbursement rules and policies. With respect to all taxable reimbursements that are not exempt from Section 409A of the Code and to the extent not exempt: (A) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided during any calendar year will not affect the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided in any other calendar year, (B) the reimbursements for expenses for which Employee is entitled to be reimbursed shall be made on or before the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the applicable expense is incurred and (C) the right to payment or reimbursement or in-kind benefits hereunder may not be liquidated or exchanged for any other benefit.
9. Non-exclusivity of Rights. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent or limit Employee’s continuing or future participation in any benefit, bonus, incentive, or other plan or program provided by the Company or any of its affiliated companies and for which Employee may qualify, nor shall anything herein limit or otherwise adversely affect such rights as Employee may have under any Awards with the Company or any of its affiliated companies.
10. Assignability. The obligations of Employee hereunder are personal and may not be assigned or delegated by him or transferred in any manner whatsoever, nor are such obligations subject to involuntary alienation, assignment or transfer. The Company shall have the right to assign this Agreement and to delegate all rights, duties and obligations hereunder, either in whole or in part, to any parent, affiliate, successor or subsidiary organization or company of the Company, so long as the obligations of the Company under this Agreement remain the obligations of the Company.
11. Notice. For the purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the Company at its principal office address, directed to the attention of the Board with a copy to the Secretary of the Company, and to Employee at Employee’s residence address on the records of the Company or to such other address as either party may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith except that notice of change of address shall be effective only upon receipt.
12. Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.
13. Successors; Binding Agreement.
(a) The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. As used herein, the term “Company” shall include any successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which executes and delivers the Agreement provided for in this Section 13 or which otherwise becomes bound by all terms and provisions of this Agreement by operation of law.
(b) This Agreement and all rights of Employee hereunder shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Employee’s personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If Employee should die while any amounts would be payable to him hereunder if he had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to Employee’s devisee, legatee, or other designee or, if there be no such designee, to Employee’s estate.
14. Withholding Taxes.
(a) Tax Withholding. The Company shall have the power and the right to deduct or withhold from any benefits payable under this Agreement an amount sufficient to satisfy federal, state, and local taxes, domestic or foreign, required by law or regulation to be withheld.
(b) Share Withholding. With respect to tax withholding required upon the upon the lapse of restrictions on any restricted common stock, or upon any other taxable event arising as a result of any stock awards pursuant to this Agreement, Employee may elect, to satisfy the withholding requirement, in whole or in part, by having the Company withhold shares having a fair market value on the date the tax is to be determined equal to the minimum statutory total tax which could be imposed on the transaction. All such elections shall be made in writing, signed by the Employee, and shall be subject to any restrictions or limitations that the Company, in its discretion, deems appropriate. Any fraction of a share required to satisfy such obligation shall be disregarded and the Employee shall instead pay the amount due in cash.
15. No Restraints. As an inducement to the Company to enter into this Agreement, Employee represents and warrants that he is not a party to any other agreement or obligation for personal services, and that there exist no impediments or restraints, contractual or otherwise, on Employee’s powers right or ability to enter into this Agreement and to perform his duties and obligations hereunder.
16. Miscellaneous. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to in writing and signed by Employee and such officer as may be specifically authorized by the Board. No waiver by either party hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto of, or in compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time. This Agreement is an integration of the parties’ agreement; no agreement or representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof have been made by either party, except those which are set forth expressly in this Agreement. THE VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION, CONSTRUCTION AND PERFORMANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS.
17. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.
18. Arbitration. Either party may elect that any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement be settled by arbitration in Houston, Texas in accordance with the Employment Rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. If the parties cannot mutually agree on an arbitrator, then the arbitration shall be conducted by a three arbitrator panel, with each party selecting one arbitrator and the two arbitrators so selected selecting a third arbitrator. The findings of the arbitrator(s) shall be final and binding, and judgment may be entered thereon in any court having jurisdiction. The findings of the arbitrator(s) shall not be subject to appeal to any court, except as otherwise provided by applicable law. The arbitrator(s) may, in his or her (or their) own discretion, award legal fees and costs to the prevailing party.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereby execute this Agreement on the dates set forth below.
TEXAS RARE EARTH RESOURCES CORP.
/s/ K. Marc LeVier 12/9/2011
K. Marc LeVier, Executive Officer Date
/s/ Anthony Garcia 12/9/2011
Anthony Garcia Date