EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
MADE this 16 day of February
2012, by and between CNB BANK, a state banking institution organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with principal office at One South Second Street, P.O. Box 42, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, 16830, (hereinafter
collectively referred to as CNB);
BREAKEY., an adult individual, residing at 1517 Warren Drive, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, 16830, (hereinafter MR. BREAKEY).
WHEREAS, MR. BREAKEY has been employed by CNB as a Senior Executive; and,
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to terminate their earlier agreements and replace them with this Agreement, and to memorialize their
The Parties for themselves, their heirs, successors and assigns, in consideration of their mutual promises contained herein, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree to the following terms and
1. PRIOR AGREEMENTS: The Parties terminate all prior employment agreements, verbal or written,
between them effective as of the date hereof.
2. EMPLOYMENT: CNB will employ MR. BREAKEY as an Executive Vice
President, MR. BREAKEY agrees to serve in that capacity. MR. BREAKEY promises that during the term of this Agreement he shall dedicate his full time, attention and energies to his employment with CNB. MR. BREAKEY further promises that he will report
to CNBs Board of Directors, carry out its decisions and otherwise abide by and enforce the policies of CNB.
MR. BREAKEY shall also perform such other reasonable duties as may hereafter be assigned to
him by CNB consistent with his abilities and position, including but not limited to services to CNBs parent CNB Financial Corporation and its other subsidiaries.
MR. BREAKEY will not engage in any other employment during the term of this Agreement, nor shall he engage in self-employed activities.
MR. BREAKEY also recognizes that CNBs success and recognition depend on his involvement with charitable and social organizations.
In this regard, MR. BREAKEY agrees to engage in such social and charitable activities or organizations as are consistent with his personal responsibilities and with his position with CNB.
MR. BREAKEY shall also comply with all other CNB procedures and polices now or hereafter in effect.
MR. BREAKEY further agrees that he and the members of his family shall comport themselves at all times in a manner that reflects upon CNB
in a positive fashion.
3. TERM: The term of this Agreement shall be for four (4) years commencing on
January 1, 2012, and ending on December 31, 2015, unless terminated sooner pursuant to the other provisions of this Agreement.
The Parties agree that this contract shall automatically renew itself for successive terms of one (1) year unless either party gives the other ninety (90) days written notice of his or its
intent not to renew the contract prior to the end of the then current term.
However, the provisions of paragraphs 6 and 7
shall continue inforce and in accordance with the provisions therein and shall survive the expiration or terminatation of the term of employment.
4. COMPENSATION: MR. BREAKEYs shall be paid a base salary to be
established annually by the Board of Directors. MR. BREAKEY may also receive such annual increases, stock, stock rights and bonuses as may from time to time be awarded by the Board of Directors.
CNB will also provide MR. BREAKEY with a family membership at the Clearfield-Curwensville Country Club.
5. OTHER BENEFITS: MR. BREAKEY shall participate in CNBs retirement plan, health insurance plan, life insurance plan
and receive such other benefits as CNB from time to time may provide to its employees.
MR. BREAKEY shall also be entitled to
24 days paid vacation plus such sick leave as he may reasonable and actually require, both of which are upon condition that, consistent with the past practice of senior executives at CNB and upon condition that, in the opinion of the Board of
Directors the amount and timing of his vacation does not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of his duties under this agreement.
MR. BREAKEY shall be entitled to breavement and such other employee benefits as now or hereafter granted by CNBs personnel policies.
6. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: MR. BREAKEY acknowledges and agrees that as an inducement to CNB to employ him and enter this
written contract with him, that he shall not disclose, directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, during the term of this contract or at any time after its termination, any of CNBs proprietary information, account information,
customer lists, customer information, policies, pricing, strategy, codes, strategic plan, plans for expansion or business development or other information of a confidential nature (hereinafter referred to as Confidential Information),
whatsoever regarding CNB without first
obtaining the prior, written consent from CNBs Chairperson of the Board that such disclosure is authorized. Communications with CNBs employees, customers and business relations are
excepted from the foregoing prohibition during the term of this Agreement to the extent that such communications are consistent with MR. BREAKEYs duties.
Confidential Information shall include all information recorded, memorialized or communicated in any form whether written, printed, verbal, video, photographic, electronic, magnetic, digital or otherwise.
This shall also include such confidential information as MR. BREAKEY may have memorized or remembered notwithstanding Pennsylvania or other law to the contrary.
Upon termination of this contract for any reason, MR. BREAKEY promises that he shall promptly return to CNB or its designated representative any Confidential Information, automobile, insurance cards,
owners cards, keys, credit cards, or other CNB properly, in his possession.
MR BREAKEY further promises that he will
not take, keep, or record copies, duplications or reproductions of the Confidential Information or other property subject to this Agreement after termination of this Agreement.
7. COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE: As additional consideration to CNB for entering this Agreement, and for granting the severance
benefits described in paragraph 8 below which are a new benefit, MR. BREAKEY covenants that he shall not compete against CNB, its parent, affiliates or subsidiaries, either directly or indirectly, by taking employment, gratuitously assisting or
serving as an independent contractor, consultant, partner, director or officer with a competitor of CNB, or starting his own business which would compete directly or indirectly with CNB, or have a material interest in any business, corporation,
partnership, LLC, savings and loan, bank, financial institution, brokerage, or other venture which competes directly or indirectly with
CNB while he is employed by CNB and until the earlier of the following: (i) the expiration of a period of three (3) years following the date on which MR. BREAKEY is last employed by CNB
or (ii) the date of a change in control of CNB, as defined in Section 8. For the purpose of defining and enforcing this covenant, CNBs competitors will be identified at the time it seeks enforcement of this covenant. This
determination shall be based on CNBs market area and CNBs plans for expansion or acquisition into other market areas at the lime enforcement of this covenant is sought.
The Parties also agree that indirect competition shall include the instances staled above but involving MR. BREAKEYs spouse or
The Parties further agree that MR. BREAKEYs covenant not to compete shall apply in the event of his regular
retirement or voluntary termination of his employment hereunder. MR. BREAKEY agrees in this regard that the security provided by this Agreement is adequate consideration for his covenant not to compete.
MR. BREAKEY agres that the relevant public policy and legal aspects of covenants not to compete have been discussed with him and that
every effort has been made to limit the restrictions placed upon MR. BREAKEY to those that are reasonable and necessary to protect CNBs legitimate interests. MR. BREAKEY acknowledges that, based upon his education, experience, and training,
the non-compete and non-solicitation provisions of this Section 7 will not prevent MR. BREAKEY from earning a livelihood and supporting MR. BREAKEY and his family during the relevant time period.
The existence of a claim, charge, or cause of action by MR. BREAKEY against CNB or any of its affiliates shall not constitute a defense
to the enforcement by CNB of the foregoing restrictive covenants, but such claim, charge, or cause of action shall be litigated separately.
If any restriction set forth in this Section 7 is found by any court of competent
jurisdiction to be unenforceable because it extends for too long a period of time or over too great a range of actitives or in too broad a geographic area, the court is hereby expressly authorized to modify this Agreement or to interpret this
Agreement to extend only over the maximum period of time, range of actitives, or geographic areas as to which it may be enforceable.
8. SEVERANCE PAY: If MR. BREAKEYs employment is terminated without cause, whether or not a change in control of CNB has occurred, MR. BREAKEY shall be entitled to severance benefits
equal to 2.50 times his base salary for the year in which his employment ends plus 2.50 limes the average of MR. BREAKEYs incentive pay bonuses for the three (3) years preceding the year in which his employment is terminated
hereunder. This severance pay shall be tendered to MR. BREAKEY in cash in lump sum following the end of his employment with CNB. Mr. BREAKEY shall also be entitled to this severance pay if he voluntarily terminates his employment with CNB after
a change in control for any of the following reasons after providing CNB notice within ninety (90) days of the occurrence of the event and a thirty (30) day opportunity to cure:
||Reduction in title or responsibilities; |
||Assignment of duties or responsibilities inconsistent with MR. BREAKEYS status as Executive Vice President; |
||A reduction in salary or other benefits; and, or, |
||Reassignment to a location greater than 25 miles from the location of MR. BREAKEYs office on the date of change and control. |
For the purposes of this Agreement, a change in control shall include but not be limited to the following:
||Sale of all or substantially all of CNBs or CNB Financial Corporations stock; |
||Sale of all or substantially all of CNBs or CNB Financial Corporations assets; |
||Acquisition by a third party or group acting in concert of stock sufficient to elect a majority of directors to the Board of CNB or CNB Financial Corporation; or,
||Ownership of more than 50% of CNB Financial Corporation stock by a single person or entity or more than one person or entity acting as a group.
Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, it will be a condition to MR.
BREAKEYs right to receive any severance benefits under this Section 8 that he execute and deliver to CNB no later than fifty-three (53) days following the date of termination and not revoke a release of claims in favor of CNB in the
form as may be reasonably prescribed by CNB. Severance payments and benefits will commence following the expiration of the sixty (60) day period following termination of employment, provided that MR. BREAKEY has executed and delivered and not
revoked the release no later than fifty-three (53) days following the date of termination and such release is effective upon the sixtieth (60th) day following termination of employment.
A form of the release which MR. BREAKEY will be required to sign in order to receive the foregoing benefits is attached hereto
incorporated in this Agreement as Exhibit A, and MR. BREAKEY hereby expressly approves it.
8. TERMINATION: This
Agreement may be terminated on the occurrence of any of the following events and if terminated under this paragraph, MR. BREAKEY shall not be entitled to severance benefits under Paragraph 8:
||The execution of a written agreement between CNB and MR. BREAKEY to terminate this Agreement; |
||MR. BREAKEYs breach of any term or condition of this Agreement; |
||MR. BREAKEYs failure or refusal to comply with such reasonable policies, directions, standards and regulations that CNB may establish from time to time;
||MR. BREAKEYs inability to fully and competently perform his duties hereunder for a period of 180 continuous days due to physical, mental or psychological illness,
injury or condition; or, |
||MR. BREAKEY ceases to qualify for his offices and responsibilities under this Agreement pursuant to any statute or regulation, now or hereafter issued by the United
States of America, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking or other regulatory agency or body duly invested with authority over CNB, its parent or affiliate(s). |
9. NOTICES: All notices or communications required by or bearing upon this Agreement or between the Parties shall be in
writing and sent by First Class Mail to the Parties as follows unless otherwise specified above:
|CNB Financial Corporation
||Mark D. Breakey|
||1517 Warren Drive|
|Attention: Chairperson of the Board
||Clearfield, PA 16830|
|One South Second Street, P.O. Box 42
|Clearfield, PA 16830
10. NON-ASSIGNMENT: The Parties acknowledge the unique nature of services to be provided by
MR. BREAKEY under this Agreement, the high degree of responsibility borne by him and the personal nature of his relationship to CNBS Board of Directors and customers. Therefore, the Parties agree that MR. BREAKEY may not assign this Agreement.
11. ARBITRATION: The Parties agree that all disputes or questions arising under this Agreement or because of
their employment relationship shall be submitted to arbitration by three (3) arbitrators. Each Party shall select one (1) arbitrator, and then those two (2) arbitrators shall select a third (3) arbitrator. The arbitrators
decision need not be unanimous. Arbitration shall be conducted at a private location in Clearfield County convenient to the parties. The
arbitrators must reach and give notice of their decision within five (5) days after completion of an arbitration. The Pennsylvania Uniform Arbitration Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. §57301 et sec.
shall govern arbitrations hereunder. CNB shall compensate the arbitrators and stenographer if used. CNB shall also pay for the arbitration room: Each party shall pay their attorney fees and other costs.
12. LIMITATION ON PAYMENTS: In the event that the severance and other benefits provided for in this Agreement or
otherwise payable to MR. BREAKEY (i) constitute parachute payments within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) and (ii) but for this Section 13, would be
subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, than MR. BREAKEYs severance benefits shall be either:
||delivered in full (the Full Amount), or |
||delivered as to such lesser extent which would result in no portion of such severance benefits being subject to the excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code (the
Reduced Amount). |
MR. BREAKEY shall only be entitled to delivery of the Full Amount if, on an
after-tax basis after taking into account the applicable federal, state and local income taxes and the excise tax imposed by Section 4999, payment of the Full Amount would result in MR. BREAKEY receiving an amount equal to or greater than 110%
of the Reduced Amount. If MR. BREAKEY is entitled to receive the Reduced Amount, the payments and/or benefits to be provided under this Agreement shall be reduced, but not below zero, by first reducing or eliminating those payments or benefits which
are not payable in cash and then by reducing or eliminating cash payments. Unless CNB and MR. BREAKEY otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 13 shall be made in writing by CNBs independent public
accountants, whose determination shall be conclusive and binding upon CNB and MR. BREAKEY for all purposes. For purposes of making the calculations required by this Section 13, the accountants may make
reasonable reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the
Code. CNB and MR. BREAKEY shall furnish such information and documents as the accountants may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section. CNB shall bear all costs the accountants may reasonably incur in connection with
any calculations contemplated by this Section 13.
13. COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 409A OF THE CODE: MR.
BREAKEY and CNB acknowledge that each of the payments and benefits promised to MR. BREAKEY under this Agreement must either comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code (Section 409A), and the regulations thereunder or
qualify for an exception from compliance. To that end, MR. BREAKEY and CNB agree that the payment described in section 8 is intended to be exceptcd from compliance with Section 409A as a short-term deferral pursuant to Treasury Regulation
In the case of a payment that is not excepted from compliance with Section 409A, and that
is not otherwise designated to be paid immediately upon a permissible payment event within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1,409A-3(a), the payment shall not be made prior to, and shall, if necessary, be deferred to and paid on the
later of the date sixty (60) days after MR. BREAKEY s earliest separation from service (within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h)) and, if MR. BREAKEY is a specified employee (within the meaning of Treasury Regulation
Section 1.409A-1 (i)) on the date of his separation from service, the first day of the seventh month following MR. BREAKEYs separation from service. Furthermore, this Agreement shall be construed and administered in such manner as shall
be necessary to effect compliance with Section 409A.
15. INJUNCTIVE RELIEF: MR. BREAKEY acknowledges and accepts that his compliance with
his Agreements in Sections 6, 7 and/or 8 is an integral part of the consideration to be received by CNB and is necessary to protect the equity value, business and goodwill and other proprietary interests of CNB. MR. BREAKEY acknowledges that a
breach of his Agreements in Sections 6, 7 and/or 8 will result in irreparable and continuing damage to CNB and the business of CNB for which the remedies at law will be inadequate, and agrees that, in the event of any breach of the aforesaid
Agreements, CNB and its successors and assigns shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief and to any such other and further relief as may be proper.
16. ENFORCEABILITY: If any provision of this Agreement shall be found by a court with proper jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, then such provision shall be deemed to
be modified, narrowed, or restricted only to the limited extent and in the manner necessary to render the same valid and enforceable, as the case may require, and this Agreement shall be construed and enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law
as if such provision had been originally incorporated herein as so modified, narrowed, or restricted.
||This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of Pennsylvania; |
||In construing or interpreting this Agreement, CNB and MR. BREAKEY shall mean, wherever applicable, the singular or plural, the masculine or the
feminine, individual, individuals, partnership or corporation, as the case may be; |
||This Agreement represents the sole agreement of the parties on these subjects and supersedes all prior communications, representations and negotiations, whether oral or
||This Agreement can only be modified or amended by the prior written consent of both parties hereto; |
||Jurisdiction and venue shall rest in the Court of Common Pleas of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, for all suits, claims and causes of action whatsoever;
||Failure by either Party to pursue remedies or assert rights under this Agreement shall not be construed as waiver of that partys rights or remedies, nor shall a
partys failure to demand strict compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement prohibit or estop that party from insisting upon strict compliance in the future; and |
||The Parties deem that the terms of this Agreement are unique, and in addition to their other rights and remedies at law, and at equity, either Party shall have the
right to specifically enforce the terms of this Agreement. |
||This Agreement shall bind the Parties heirs, successors, representatives, related corporations and assigns. |
||Notwithstanding anything herein contained to the contrary, and payment to MR. BREAKEY by CNB, whether pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise, are subject to and
conditioned upon their compliance with Section 18(k) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. Section 1828(k), and any regulations promulgated thereunder. |
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement on the date written above for the purposes herein contained.
/s/ Joseph B. Bower. Jr.,
/s/ Mark D. Breakey
||Joseph B. Bower. Jr., President
||Mark D. Breakey|
RELEASE OF CLAIM
For and in consideration of the payments to be
provided to me upon the expiration of the Term or upon the termination of my employment, as applicable (the Applicable Date) pursuant to the applicable provision of the agreement between me and CNB Bank (the
Employer) dated , 2012 (the Employment Agreement), which are conditioned on my signing this Release of Claims:
I, Mark D. Breakey, on my own behalf and on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators, beneficiaries, representatives and assigns,
and all others connected with or claiming through me, hereby release and forever discharge the Employer, its Affiliates and all of their respective past, present and future officers, directors, trustees, shareholders, employees, employee benefit
plans, agents, general and limited partners, members, managers, joint venturers, representatives, successors and assigns, and all others connected with any of them, both individually and in their official capacities, from any and all causes of
action, rights or claims of any type or description, known or unknown, which I have had in the past, now have, or might now have, through the date of my signing of this Release of Claims, in any way resulting from or arising out of my employment by
the Employer or any of its Affiliates (including, if applicable, the termination of that employment) or pursuant to any federal, state or local law, regulation or other requirement, including without limitation Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the fair employment practices laws of the state or states in which I have been employed by the Employer or any of its Affiliates, each as amended from time to
In signing this Release of Claims, I acknowledge my understanding that I may not sign it prior to the Applicable Date,
but that I may consider the terms of this Release of Claims for up to twenty-one (21) days (or such longer period as the Employer may specify) from the later of the Applicable Date or the date I receive this Release of Claims, provided that
this Release of Claims, signed and dated by me, is received not later than the sixtieth (60th) day following the Applicable Date by the person designated under the Agreement to receive notices on behalf of the Employer in order for me to
qualify for benefits under the applicable provision of the Agreement.
I also acknowledge that I was advised by the Employer
and its Affiliates to seek the advice of an attorney prior to signing this Release of Claims; that I have had sufficient time to consider this Release of Claims and to consult with an attorney, if I wished to do so, or to consult with any other
person of my choosing before signing; and that I am signing this Release of Claims voluntarily and with a full understanding of its terms. I understand that capitalized terms not defined in this Release of Claims have the meaning assigned to them in
I further acknowledge that, in signing this Release of Claims, I have not relied on any
promises or representations, express or implied, that are not set forth expressly in the Agreement. I understand that I may revoke this Release of Claims at any time within seven (7) days of the date of my signing by written notice to the
person designated under the Agreement to receive notices on behalf of the Employer and that this Release of Claims will take effect only upon the expiration of such seven-day revocation period and only if I have not timely revoked it.
Intending to be legally bound, I have signed this Release of Claims under seal as of the date written below.