Employment Agreement (2014)Full Document 

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EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

This Employment Agreement (this "Agreement") is by and between TGC Industries, Inc., a Texas corporation (the "Company"), and Wayne A. Whitener (the "Executive").  The Company and the Executive are hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Parties."

RECITALS

WHEREAS, this Agreement is being delivered in connection with that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 8, 2014, among Dawson Geophysical Company, a Texas corporation ("Dawson"), the Company and Riptide Acquisition Corp., a Texas corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company ("Merger Sub"), as the same may be amended from time to time pursuant to its terms (the "Merger Agreement").

WHEREAS, the effective date of this Agreement is the Closing Date (as defined in the Merger Agreement) (the "Effective Date").  If the Closing Date (as defined in the Merger Agreement) shall not occur, this Agreement shall be null and void ab initio and of no further force and effect.

WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive on the terms and conditions, and for the consideration, hereinafter set forth, and the Executive desires to be employed by the Company on such terms and conditions and for such consideration;

AGREEMENT

NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration and in further consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein, the Parties hereby covenant and agree as follows:

1.                                      Definitions

For purposes of this Agreement, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)                                 "Board" shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

(b)                                 "Cause" shall mean any of the following conduct by the Executive: (A) fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, willful or intentional misconduct or gross negligence in connection with the business of the Company or its affiliates; (B) commission or conviction of any felony or of any misdemeanor involving theft or moral turpitude, or entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any felony or misdemeanor; (C) acts of intentional dishonesty that adversely affect or could reasonably be expected to adversely affect the Company or its affiliates in any material respect; (D) failure to adhere in all material respects to published corporate codes, policies or procedures of the Company; (E) the Executive’s excess absenteeism, willful or persistent neglect of, or abandonment of his duties (other than due to illness or any other physical condition that could reasonably be expected to result in Disability); or (F) material breach by the Executive of any contract entered into between the Executive and the Company or an affiliate of the Company, including this Agreement.



Notwithstanding any provision in any equity compensation plan maintained by the Company ("Stock Plan") or any award agreement thereunder that is between the Company and the Executive and that is otherwise in effect as of the Effective Date ("Covered Award"), the foregoing definition of Cause shall apply with respect to such Covered Awards, and the parties agree that the application of such definition shall constitute an amendment to such Covered Awards for purposes of such Stock Plan and such Covered Awards. To the extent necessary, the Company agrees to take such action as shall be necessary to modify any such Covered Award in order to conform to the foregoing.

(c)                                  "Change of Control" means

(i)                                     any "person" (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) is or becomes a beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing twenty percent (20%) or more of the total voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities;

(ii)                                  the individuals who were members of the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") immediately prior to a meeting of the shareholders of the Company involving a contest for the election of directors shall not constitute a majority of the Board following such election unless a majority of the new members of the Board were recommended or approved by majority vote of the members of the Board immediately prior to such shareholder meeting;

(iii)                               the Company shall have merged into or consolidated with another corporation, or merged another corporation into the Company, on a basis whereby less than fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power of the surviving corporation is represented by shares held by former shareholders of the Company prior to such merger or consolidation; or

(iv)                              the Company shall have sold, transferred or exchanged all, or substantially all, of its assets to another corporation or other entity or person.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, no event or condition shall constitute a Change of Control to the extent that the event or condition would result in the imposition of an applicable tax under Section 409A of the Code.

(d)                                 "Confidential Information" is defined as information the Executive learns as a consequence of or through employment by the Company (including information conceived, originated, discovered, or developed by the Executive), not generally known in the trade or industry and not freely available to persons not employed by the Company, about the Company’s products, services, processes, and business operating procedures, or those of any organization to whom the Company is bound by contract, including, but not limited to, trade secrets and information relating to research, development, inventions, equipment, services, distribution, manufacturing, purchasing, marketing, customer lists, financial data, engineering, business opportunities or ventures and information relating to the analysis, computation and estimation of the physical properties of three dimensional porous media.  For clarity, Confidential Information shall include all information generated by the Executive that is derived from, contains, reflects or incorporates the information provided as Confidential Information.

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(e)                                  "Disability" means illness or other incapacity which prevents the Executive from continuing to perform the duties of his job for a period of more than three months.

(f)                                   "Good Reason" means without the written consent of Executive: (A) the assignment to the Executive of any duties inconsistent in any respect with the Executive’s position (including status, offices, titles and reporting requirements), authority, duties, or responsibilities, or any other action by Employer which results in a diminution in such position, authority, duties, or responsibilities, excluding for this purpose an isolated, insubstantial, and inadvertent action not taken in bad faith and which is remedied by Employer promptly after receipt of notice thereof given by the Executive; (B) any material reduction in the amount or type of compensation and benefits paid to the Executive, as described in Sections 4 and 5; (C) the Company requiring the Executive to be based at any office or location other than facilities within 50 miles of the Executive’s office or location immediately prior to the Effective Date; (D) any purported termination by the Company of the Executive’s employment otherwise than as expressly permitted by this Agreement or (E) material breach by the Company of this Agreement.

(g)                                  "Work Product" is defined as all inventions, ideas, and discoveries (whether patentable or not), designs, products, processes, procedures, methods, developments, formulae, techniques, analyses, drawings, notes, documents, information, materials, improvements and all other developments, whether tangible or intangible, including, but not limited to, computer programs and related documentation, and all intellectual property rights therein, made, conceived, developed, or prepared, in whole or in part, by the Executive during the Term, alone or with others, whether or not during work hours or on the Company’s premises, which are (a) within the scope of business operations of the Company, or a reasonable or contemplated expansion thereof, (b) related to any Company work or project, present, past or contemplated, (c) created with the aid of the Company’s materials, equipment or personnel, or (d) based upon information to which the Executive has access as a result of or in connection with his employment with the Company.

2.                                      Employment

(a)                                 Employment by the Company.  The Company hereby employs the Executive in the capacity of Vice Chairman, and the Executive hereby accepts such employment, upon the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

(b)                                 Duties.  The Executive shall devote the Executive’s best efforts to the performance of the Executive’s duties in accordance with all policies and procedures of the Company.  The Executive agrees that, during the Term (as defined below), the Executive shall devote all of the Executive’s working time, attention, knowledge and skill to the business and interests of the Company (including its subsidiaries).  The Executive will not, without the express written consent of the Board, engage in any employment or business activity other than for the Company (including its subsidiaries), including but not limited to employment or business activity which is competitive with, or would otherwise conflict with, his employment by the Company.  The foregoing shall not preclude the Executive from managing private investments, participating in industry and/or

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