CORPORATE OFFICER /CONSULTING
AGREEMENT made effective this 1st day of September, 2012 by and between Rangeford Resources, Inc. (the Company), address: 8541 North Country Road 11, Wellington, CO 80549 and E. Robert Gates (the Consultant), address: 2220 Hickory Crest Dr., Memphis, Tennessee 38119.
WHEREAS, the Company desires professional guidance and advice regarding public company and energy and desires Consultant to act as a Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions; and
WHEREAS, Consultant has expertise in the area of public companies and energy companies and extensive finance background; and is willing to act as a Consultant, and Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions to the Company upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual promises herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:
Duties, Scope of Agreement, and Relationship of the Parties
The Company hereby agrees to retain Consultant and Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions, and Consultant agrees to act as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for the Company during the term of this Agreement. All parties understand that Consultant has many other business interests and will initially devote 20 hours per week to Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions related duties and services under this Agreement. In addition, the company understands that consultants efforts on behalf of his other interests are the sole and separate property of Consultant.
The services rendered by Consultant to the company pursuant to this Agreement shall be as an independent contractor, and this Agreement does not make Consultant the employee, of the Company. The company shall not withhold for Consultant any federal or state taxes from the amounts to be paid to consultant hereunder, and Consultant agrees that he will pay all taxes due on such amounts.
(i) Consultant will be responsible for overseeing the preparation of the financial books and records of the Company and will have such authorities as would normally accrue to a Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions, such as approving contracts, expenditures, signing checks and otherwise issuing funds, certifying to financial and other Company information, etc.
Consultant agrees to make available to Company its services up to 20 hours per week for Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions related services.
Subject to vesting, as set forth on Exhibit A, the Company will issue 20,000 shares of restricted common stock as described in Exhibit A to Consultant as a retainer and Company will pay $7,000 per month beginning and payable September 1, 2012 to perform the services as VICE PRESIDENT OF MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS. In addition for services Consultant shall earn an additional $5,000 per month in form of shares priced at market of the common stock on last trading day of each month. Company shall issue said retainer shares within sixty (60) days from the execution of this Agreement by both parties. Consultant may elect to take such retainer common shares as Options under the same terms. In addition, Company agrees to make Exhibit B Initial Option Award part of this agreement, subject to vesting, and subject to and issued under the Company Employee/ Consultant Stock Option and Award Plan.
Other forms of compensation for additional services may occur depending on the nature of a specific engagement and only upon the mutual agreement of both parties.
Consultant shall participate during each calendar year (or part thereof) during which he is engaged as an officer or director in the Company Stock Option /Award/Incentive Plan, as adopted and amended from time to time.
The Company shall reimburse Consultant for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred by it in carrying out its duties under this Agreement. Consultant shall submit related receipts and documentation with his request for reimbursement.
This Agreement shall continue in effect for successive 12 month terms until terminated by the parties. Either the Company or the Consultant may terminate this Agreement by giving the other party thirty (30) days written notice prior to end of term. However, termination of Consultant by the Company shall not relieve the Company of its financial obligations to Consultant as defined herein. Death of the Consultant and his inability to continue performing his duties under the Contract will relieve the Company of its financial obligations to Consultant as defined herein except for the payment to the Consultants beneficiary, legal representatives or estate, as the case may be, of any accrued compensation plus 90 days of additional compensation as used in Section 2(a) Compensation.
Subject to the continuing obligations of Consultant under Section 5 below, either party may terminate this Agreement at any time if the other party shall fail to fulfill any material obligation under this Agreement and shall not have cured the breach within 15 business days after having received notice thereof.
Termination or expiration of this Agreement shall not extinguish any rights of compensation that shall accrue prior to the termination.
Confidential Information, as used in this Section 5, means information that is not generally known and that is proprietary to the Company or that the Company is obligated to treat as proprietary. This information includes, without limitation:
Trade secret information about the Company and its products;
Information concerning the Companys business as the Company has conducted it since the Companys incorporation or as it may conduct it in the future; and
Information concerning any of the Companys past, current, or possible future products, including (without limitation) information about the Companys prospects, research, development, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, accounting, marketing, selling, or leasing efforts.
Any information that Consultant reasonably considers Confidential Information, or that the Company treats as Confidential Information, will be presumed to be Confidential Information (whether Consultant or others originated it and regardless of how it obtained it).
Except as required in its duties to the Company, Consultant will never, either during or after the term of this Agreement, use or disclose confidential Information to any person not authorized by the Company to receive it for a period of two (2) years after termination of this Agreement. However, information in the possession of Consultant as of the Effective Date of this Agreement, information that is public or becomes public, or information that is required to be disclosed by a bona fide legal authority is exempt from this Agreement.
If this Agreement is terminated, Consultant will promptly turn over to the Company all records and any compositions, articles, devices, apparatus and other items that disclose, describe, or embody Confidential Information, including all copies, reproductions, and specimens of the Confidential Information in its possession, regardless of who prepared them. The rights of the Company set forth in this Section 5 are in addition to any rights of the Company with respect to protection of trade secrets or confidential information arising out of the common or statutory laws of the State of Colorado or any other state or any country wherein Consultant may from time to time perform services pursuant to this Agreement. This Section 5 shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.
Consultant agrees to enter into a 16(b) Plan for any sales of shares of company, subject to the Plans approval by the company in writing, during any time and 90 days thereafter, in which he would be an affiliate as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
False or Misleading Information
The Company warrants that it will provide Consultant with accurate financial, corporate, and other data required by Consultant and necessary for full disclosure of all facts relevant to any efforts required of Consultant under this Agreement. Such information shall be furnished promptly upon request. If the Company fails to provide such information, or if any information provided by the Company to Consultant shall be false or misleading, or if the Company omits or fails to provide or withholds relevant material information to Consultant or to any professionals engaged pursuant to paragraph 5(d) above, then, in such event, any and all fees paid hereunder will be retained by Consultant as liquidated damages and this Agreement shall be null and void and Consultant shall have no further obligation hereunder. Further, by execution of this Agreement, the Company hereby indemnifies Consultant from any and all costs for expenses or damages incurred, and holds Consultant harmless from any and all claims and/or actions that may arise out of providing false or misleading information or by omitting relevant information in connection with the efforts required of Consultant under this Agreement.
Consultants Best efforts and No Warranty of Information
Consultant shall use his best efforts to use reliable information and techniques associated with the oil and gas business. However, Consultant makes no warranty as to the completeness or interpretation of such information, nor does Consultant warrant the information with regard to errors or omissions contained therein. Any reserve estimates, price calculations, price forecasts, exploration potential predictions or similar information provided by Consultant are, or may well be, estimates only, and should not be considered predictions of actual results.
Successors and Assigns. This Agreement is binding on and ensures to the benefit of the Company. Company cannot assign this Agreement without Consultants written agreement.
Modification. This Agreement may be modified or amended only by a writing signed by both the Company and Consultant.
Governing Law. The laws of Colorado will govern the validity, construction, and performance of this Agreement. Any legal proceeding related to this Agreement will be brought in an appropriate Colorado court, and both the Company and Consultant hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of that court for this purpose.
Construction. Wherever possible, each provision of this Agreement will be interpreted so that it is valid under the applicable law. If any provision of this Agreement is to any extent invalid under the applicable law, that provision will still be effective, to the extent it remains valid. The remainder of this Agreement also will continue to be valid, and the entire Agreement will continue to be valid in other jurisdictions.
Waivers. No failure or delay by either the Company or Consultant in exercising any right or remedy under this Agreement will waive any provision of the Agreement, nor will any single or partial exercise by either the Company or Consultant of any right or remedy under this Agreement preclude either of them from otherwise or further exercising these rights or remedies, or any other rights or remedies granted by any law or any related document.
Captions. The headings in this Agreement are for convenience only and do not affect this Agreements interpretation.
Entire Agreement. This Agreement supersedes all previous and contemporaneous oral negotiations, commitments, writings, and understandings between the parties concerning the matters in this Agreement.
Notices. All notices and other communications required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing and sent by registered first-class mail, postage prepaid, and shall be effective five days after mailing to the addresses stated below. These addresses may be changed at any time by like notice.
In the case of the Company:
Rangeford Resources, Inc.
8541 North Country Road 11
Wellington, CO 80549
In the case of Consultant:
E. Robert Gates
2220 Hickory Crest Dr.
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
Indemnification. Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Consultant from any and all claims, actions, liabilities, costs, expenses, including attorney fees arising from claims made against Consultant in connection with Companys possession or use of advice, guidance, materials, information, data or other services provided by Consultant under this Agreement.
Conflicts of Interest. Company acknowledges that Consultant is engaged in the business of providing consulting for other companies in the oil and gas industry within North America and internationally. In the event Consultant is requested by Company to provide advice and guidance on or about issues that may create a potential conflict of interest between Consultants other business matters and the Companys operations, Consultant shall not be required by Company to render advice and guidance on such an area. Company and Consultant shall use their best efforts to notify each other of any potential conflicts of interests. In any event, Consultants general knowledge that Company plans to engage, or is actively engaging, related to the oil and gas industry shall in no way preclude Consultant, or Consultants business entities, from providing services or consulting for other oil and gas companies within the same area.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date and year first above written.
RANGEFORD RESOURCES, INC.
E. ROBERT GATES
By: /s/ Fred Ziegler
By: /s/ E. Robert Gates
INITIAL RETAINER AWARD
. Subject to the Vesting Requirements of the Consulting Agreement and this Exhibit, Company will grant Consultant 20,000 shares of restricted stock of Company and Options to purchase up to 20,000 shares of Company common stock.
The 20,000 shares of the Companys restricted common stock shall be issued at the closing price of the market as of the date of this Corporate Officer consulting Engagement Agreement.
The Options will be vested in Consultant and exercisable on the first anniversary of the grant date.
Options will have a term of 3 years.
Company agrees to register the Companys shares underlying the Options on Form S-8 or such other registration form as may be available, and the company shall provide a cashless exercise procedure.
Consultant agrees to execute a lock-up agreement if any financing for the Company so requires (on terms equivalent to all other insiders,) and if the terms of such financing are acceptable to the Consultant.
Vesting: In the event that Consultant terminates this Agreement by giving Notice of Termination prior to January 1, 2013, the retainer shares and Options shall be deemed unvested and cancellable by Company.
INITIAL OPTIONS AWARD
Options. Subject to the Vesting Requirements of the Consulting Agreement, the Company Employee/Consultant Stock Option and Award Plan and this Exhibit, Company will grant Consultant Options to purchase up to 300,000 shares of Company common stock, with 100,000 at $1.00 per share and 200,000 at $3.00 per share in a form as described below.
The Options will be vested in Consultant on the first anniversary date and exercisable from the first anniversary of the grant date. (the date hereof)
Options will have a term of 3 years.
Company agrees to register the Companys shares subject to the Options on Form S-8 or such other registration form as may be available, and the company shall provide a cashless exercise procedure.
Consultant agrees to execute a lock-up agreement if any financing for the Company so requires and the terms of such financing are acceptable to the Consultant, and upon the same terms as other affiliates.