EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (“Agreement”), dated as of April 1, 2005 (the “Effective
Date”), is made by and between SECURED DIVERSIFIED INVESTMENT, LTD., a Nevada
corporation, located at 4940 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 and hereafter
referred to as “the Company”, and William Biddle, hereinafter referred to as
“Employee”, based upon the following:
the Company wishes to retain the services of Employee, and Employee wishes
render services to the Company, as its V.P of Sales and Acquisitions;
the Company and Employee wish to set forth in this Agreement the duties and
responsibilities that Employee has agreed to undertake on behalf of the Company;
the Company and Employee intend that this Agreement will supersede and replace
any and all other employment agreements for employment entered into by and
between the Company and Employee, and that upon execution of this Agreement,
such employment agreements or arrangements shall have no further force or
in consideration of the foregoing and of the mutual promises contained in this
Agreement, the Company and Employee (who are sometimes individually referred
as a “party” and collectively referred to as the “parties”) agree as follows:
Company hereby employs Employee pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and
Employee hereby accepts employment with the Company pursuant to the terms of
this Agreement for the period beginning on April 1, 2005 and ending on April
2007 (the “Term”).
to Sections 8, 9, and 10, this Agreement will be renewed for one year after
April 1, 2006, upon review by management, unless either party gives notice
the other, at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the specified
period that the party desires to renegotiate this Agreement.
shall report to the Company’s CEO, President, and Board of Directors. Employee
shall devote 50 % of his productive time, ability, and attention to the
Company’s business during the term of this Agreement. In his capacity as V.P of
Sales and Acquisitions Employee shall be responsible for the on-going activities
and administration of sales and land/property acquisition
Company. Employee shall do and perform all services, acts, or things necessary
or advisable to discharge his duties under this Agreement an such other duties
as are commonly performed by an employee of his rank in a publicly traded
corporation or which may, from time to time, be prescribed by the Company
through its President and Board of Directors. Furthermore, Employee agrees
cooperate with and work to the best of his ability with the Company’s management
team, which includes the Board of Directors and the officers and other
employees, to continually improve the Company’s reputation in its industry for
quality products and performance.
the Term of this Agreement, the Company shall pay to Employee an annual base
salary in the amounts set forth below (the “Annual Salary”). The Annual Salary
for the first year.
for the second year.
Annual Salary shall be paid to Employee in equal installments in accordance
the periodic payroll practices of the Company for Employee employees.
Company is unable to pay a portion or all of the Annual Salary in cash, the
Employee may elect to receive all or any portion of the Annual Salary in shares
of the Company’s common stock. The number of shares of common stock to be issued
to Employee shall be determined on the last day of each fiscal quarter, and
shall be calculated using the average of the closing bid and ask prices of
common stock on that date. If no shares of the Company’s common stock trade on
that date, then the Company shall use the avenge of the closing bid and ask
prices of the common stock on the last day immediately prior to the last day
the fiscal quarter during which the common stock was traded. All such shares
Company common stock shall be issued pursuant to the Company’s 2003 Employee
Stock Incentive Plan (the “2003 Plan”) to be adopted by the Board of Directors
will be entitled to commissions on all Real Estate Sales and Acquisitions on
behalf of SDI through its subsidiary N.C.B.
OF BUSJNESS EXPENSES.
Company shall promptly reimburse Employee for all reasonable business expenses
incurred by Employee in connection with the business of the Company. However,
each such expenditure shall be reimbursable only if Employee furnishes to the
Company adequate records and other documentary evidence required by federal
state statutes and regulations issued by the appropriate taxing authorities
the substantiation of each such expenditure as an income tax deduction.
shall be entitled to three (3) weeks vacation time each year without loss of
agrees promptly and faithfully to comply with all present and future policies,
requirements, directions requests and rules and regulations of the Company
connection with the Company’s business.
BY THE COMPANY FOR CAUSE.
Company reserves the right to declare Employee in default of this Agreement
(each a “Cause”):
Employee willfully breaches or habitually neglects the duties which he is
required to perform under the terms of this Agreement, or
Employee commits such acts of dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentation, gross
negligence or willful misconduct which results in material harm to the Company
or its business, or
Employee violates any law, rule or regulation applicable to the Company or
Employee relating to the business operations of the Company that may have a
material adverse effect upon the Company’s business, operations, or condition
(financial or otherwise).
Company may terminate this Agreement for Cause immediately upon written notice
of termination to Employee; provided, however, if the Company terminates this
Agreement due to Employee’s willful breach or habitual neglect of the duties he
is required to perform, then Employee shall be entitled to a period of thirty
(30) days from the date of the written notice of termination to cure said
breach. Except as otherwise set forth in this Section 8, upon any termination
for Cause, the obligations of Employee and the Company under this Agreement
shall immediately cease. Such termination shall be without prejudice to any
other remedy to which the Company may be entitled either at law, in equity,
under this Agreement. If Employee’s employment is terminated pursuant to this
Section 8, the Company shall pay to Employee (i) Employee’s accrued but unpaid
Annual Salary and vacation pay through the effective date of the
termination;(ii) Employee’s accrued but unpaid Annual Bonus, if any; and (iii)
business expenses incurred prior to the effective date of termination and shall
transfer to Employee any stock earned but unissued pursuant to Section 3(e).
Employee shall not be entitled to continue to participate in any employee
benefit plans except to the extent provided in such plans for terminated
participants, or as may be required by applicable law.
BY THE COMPANY WITHOUT CAUSE.
Employee’s employment shall terminate upon the death of Employee. Upon such
termination, the obligations of Employee and the Company under this Agreement
shall immediately cease. Upon such termination the obligations of Employee
the Company under this Agreement shall immediately cease.
Company reserves the right to terminate Employee’s employment upon ten (10) days
written notice if, for a period of ninety (90) days, Employee is prevented
discharging his duties under this Agreement due to any physical or mental
disability unless agreed by the Company. Except as otherwise set forth in
Section 11 below, upon such termination the obligations of Employee and the
Company under this Agreement shall immediately cease.
by the Company.
Company may terminate Employee’s employment upon not less than thirty (30) days
written notice by the Company to Employee. Upon such termination the obligations
of Employee and the Company under this Agreement shall immediately cease. The
Company is not bound for and the employee is not entitled to severance of more
than 6 months salary.
Employee’s employment may be terminated at any time by Employee upon not less
than thirty (30) days written notice by Employee to the Board. Except as
otherwise set forth in this paragraph (a), upon such termination the obligations
of Employee and the Company under this Agreement shall immediately cease. In
event of a termination pursuant to this paragraph, the Company shall pay to
Employee (i) Employee’s accrued but unpaid Annual Salary and vacation pay
through the effective date of the termination; (ii) Employee’s accrued but
unpaid Annual Bonus, if any; and (iii) business expenses incurred prior to
effective date of termination and shall transfer to Employee any stock earned
but unissued pursuant to Section 3(e). Employee shall not be entitled to
continue to participate in any employee benefit plans except to the extent
provided in such plans for terminated participants, or as may be required by
By Employee For Good Reason.
Employee may terminate this Agreement immediately based on his reasonable
determination that one of the following events has occurred:
Company intentionally and continually breaches or wrongfully fails to fulfill
perform (A) its material obligations, promises or covenants under this
Agreement; or (B) any material warranties, obligations, promises or covenants
any agreement (other than this Agreement) entered into between the Company
Employee, without cure, if any, as provided in such agreement;
Company intentionally requires Employee to commit or participate in any felony
or other serious crime; and/or
Company engages in other conduct constituting legal cause for termination.
termination the obligations of Employee and the Company under this Agreement
shall immediately cease.
OF TERMINATION ATTRIBUTABLE TO DEATH OR DISABILITY.
event Employee’s employment is terminated due to Employee’s death or disability,
Company shall pay Employee’s accrued but unpaid Annual Salary and vacation time
through the effective date of the termination.
Company shall reimburse Employee for any business expenses incurred prior to
effective date of the termination;
acknowledged by each party that such party either had separate and independent
advice of counsel or the opportunity to avail itself or himself of the same.
light of these facts it is acknowledged that no party shall be construed to
solely responsible for the drafting hereof and therefore any ambiguity shall
be construed against any party as the alleged draftsman of this Agreement.
party agrees, without further consideration, to cooperate and diligently perform
any further acts, deeds and things and to execute and deliver any documents
may from time to time be reasonably necessary or otherwise reasonably required
to consummate, evidence, confirm and/or carry out the intent and provisions
this Agreement, all without undue delay or expense.
Agreement/No Collateral Representations.
party expressly acknowledges and agrees that this Agreement, including all
exhibits attached hereto: (1) is the final, complete and exclusive statement
the agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof (2)
supersedes any prior or contemporaneous agreements, promises, assurances,
guarantees, representations, understandings, conduct, proposals, conditions,
commitments, acts, course of dealing, warranties, interpretations or terms
any kind, oral or written (collectively and severally, the “Prior Agreements”),
and that any such prior agreements are of no force or effect except as expressly
set forth herein; and (3) may not be varied, supplemented or contradicted by
evidence of Prior Agreements, or by evidence of subsequent oral agreements.
agreement hereafter made shall be ineffective to modify supplement or discharge
the terms of this Agreement, in whole or in part, unless such agreement is
writing and signed by the party against whom enforcement of the modification
supplement is sought.
breach of any agreement or provision herein contained, or of any obligation
under this Agreement,
waived, nor shall any extension of time for performance of any obligations
acts be deemed an extension of time for performance of any other obligations
acts contained herein, except by written instrument signed by the party to
charged or as otherwise expressly authorized herein. No waiver of any breach
any agreement or provision herein contained shall be deemed a waiver of any
preceding or succeeding breach thereof, or a waiver or relinquishment of any
other agreement or provision or right or power herein contained.
remedies of each party under this Agreement are cumulative and shall not exclude
any other remedies to which such party may be lawfully entitled.
term or provision of this Agreement or the application thereof to any person
circumstance shall, to any extent, be determined to be invalid, illegal, or
unenforceable under present or future laws effective during the term of this
Agreement, then and, in that event: (A) the performance of the offending term
provision (but only to the extent its application is invalid, illegal or
unenforceable) shall be excused as if it had never been incorporated into this
Agreement, and, in lieu of such excused provision, there shall be added a
provision as similar in terms and amount to such excused provision as may be
possible and legal, valid and enforceable, and (B) the remaining part of this
Agreement (including the application of the offending term or provision to
persons or circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid,
illegal or unenforceable) shall not be affected thereby and shall continue
full force and effect to the fullest extent provided by law.
Third Party Beneficiary.
Notwithstanding anything else herein to the contrary, the parties specifically
disavow any desire or intention to create any third party beneficiary
obligations, and specifically declare that no person or entity, other than
set forth in this Agreement, shall have any rights hereunder or any right of
References; Incorporation; Gender.
headings used in this Agreement are for convenience and reference purposes
and shall not be used in construing or interpreting the scope or intent of
Agreement or any provision hereof. References to this Agreement shall include
all amendments or renewals thereof. Any exhibit referenced in this Agreement
shall be deemed to include the other gender, including neutral genders or
genders appropriate for entities, if applicable, and the singular shall be
deemed to include the plural, and vice versa, as the context requires.
Agreement and the rights and remedies of each party arising out of or relating
to this Agreement (including, without limitation, equitable remedies) shall
solely governed by, interpreted under, and construed and enforced in accordance
with the laws (without regard to the conflicts of law principles thereof) of
State of California, as if this agreement were made, and as if its obligations
are to be performed, wholly within the State of California.
to Jurisdiction; Service of Process.
action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be
in and heard and litigated solely before the state courts of California located
within the County of Orange.
Assignment of Rights or Delegation of Duties by Employee.
Employee’s rights and benefits under this Agreement are personal to him and
therefore (i) no such right or benefit shall be subject to voluntary or
involuntary alienation, assignment or transfer; and (ii) Employee may not
delegate his duties or obligations hereunder.
otherwise specifically provided in this Agreement, all notices, demands,
requests, consents, approvals or other communications (collectively and
severally called “Notices”) required or permitted to be given hereunder, or
which are given with respect to this Agreement, shall be in writing, and shall
be given by: (A) personal delivery (which form of Notice shall be deemed to
been given upon delivery), (B) by telegraph or by private airborne/overnight
delivery service (which forms of Notice shall be deemed to have been given
confirmed delivery by the delivery agency), (C) by electronic or facsimile
telephonic transmission, provided the receiving party has a compatible device
confirms receipt thereof (which forms of Notice shall be deemed delivered upon
continued transmission or confirmation of receipt), or (D) by mailing in the
United States mail by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested,
postage prepaid (which forms of Notice shall be deemed to have been given upon
the fifth (5th) business day following the date mailed). Each party, and their
respective counsel, hereby agrees that if Notice is to be given hereunder by
such party’s counsel, such counsel may communicate directly with all principals,
as required to comply with the foregoing notice provisions. Notices shall be
addressed to the address hereinabove set forth in the introductory paragraph
this Agreement, or to such other address as the receiving party shall have
specified most recently by like Notice, with a copy to the other parties hereto.
Any Notice given to the estate of a party shall be sufficient if addressed
the party as provided in this subparagraph.
Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an
original, and all of which together shall constitute one and the same
instrument, binding on all parties hereto. Any signature page of this Agreement
may be detached from any form hereto by having attached to it one or more
additional signature pages.
by All Parties Required to be Binding; Electronically Transmitted Documents.
Agreement shall not be construed to be an offer and shall have no force and
effect until this Agreement is fully executed by all parties hereto. If a copy
or counterpart of this Agreement is originally executed and such copy or
counterpart is thereafter transmitted electronically by facsimile or similar
device, such facsimile document shall for all purposes be treated as if manually
signed by the party whose facsimile signature appears.
witness hereof, the parties execute this Employment Agreement as of the date
first written above.
DIVERSIFIED INVESTMENT, LTD.