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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Appointment of Chief Financial Officer
Effective March 21, 2023, Inspirato Incorporated (the “Company”) appointed Robert Kaiden as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kaiden will succeed R. Webster Neighbor, whose transition to the Company’s Chief Strategy Officer, upon the appointment of a new chief financial officer,was previously announced on March 15, 2023.
Mr. Kaiden was Chief Accounting Officer at Twitter from June 2015 until November 2022. Mr. Kaiden has served as a member of the board of directors of Away since January 2022. From 1989 to May 2015, Mr. Kaiden served in several roles at Deloitte & Touche LLP, a national auditing firm, including as Audit Partner from 2000 to May 2015. Mr. Kaiden is a certified public accountant and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hamilton College, an M.S. in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pursuant to a letter agreement between Mr. Kaiden and the Company, dated March 17, 2023 (the “Offer Letter”), Mr. Kaiden will receive an annual base salary, eligibility to receive an annual target bonus, eligibility to participate in employee benefit or group insurance plans maintained from time to time by the Company, and certain travel benefits with the Company. Mr. Kaiden’s initial base annual salary is $500,000 and his initial annual target bonus is 50% of his base annual salary (provided Mr. Kaiden’s bonus for 2023 will be eligible for a payout equal to 75% of his target bonus and will be payable in the form of restricted stock units (“RSU”)). Additionally, the Offer Letter provides for (i) an initial grant of an annual equity award in 2023 consisting of RSUs covering 1,500,000 shares; 25% of the RSUs subject to the award vest on the one-year anniversary of the date of grant and 1/16th of the RSUs subject to the award vest quarterly thereafter, and (ii) an initial grant of an annual equity award in 2023 consisting of RSUs covering 1,000,000 shares; 50% of the RSUs subject to the award vest on the one-year anniversary of the date of grant and 1/8th of the RSUs subject to the award vest quarterly thereafter, in each case subject to Mr. Kaiden's continued service through each vesting date. Mr. Kaiden will be considered for annual equity awards in each subsequent year commensurate with other similarly situated executives. Mr. Kaiden will also receive a $200,000 signing bonus, subject to being paid back on a prorated basis if Mr. Kaiden leaves within his first year of employment. Under the terms of his Offer Letter, if Mr. Kaiden’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause, then Mr. Kaiden will become eligible to receive the following benefits:
|·||an amount equal to the sum of 12 months of his annual base salary and 100% of his annual target bonus; and|
|·||if a change of control (as such term is defined in the Offer Letter), occurs and Mr. Kaiden’s employment is terminated without cause in connection with such change of control, 50% of Mr. Kaiden’s unvested shares subject to equity awards will vest.|
The foregoing description of the Offer Letter is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Offer Letter, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference.
Mr. Kaiden also executed the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement, a copy of which has been filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-39791) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 14, 2022.
There are no family relationships between Mr. Kaiden and any director or executive officer of the Company that require disclosure under Item 401(d) of Regulation S-K. Other than with respect to his employment with the Company, there are no transactions between Mr. Kaiden or any member of his immediate family, on the one hand, and the Company or any of its subsidiaries, on the other hand, that require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Furthermore, there are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Kaiden and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Kaiden was selected as Chief Financial Officer.
A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Kaiden’s appointment is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Offer Letter between the Company and Robert Kaiden, dated as of March 17, 2023.|
|99.1||Press Release dated March 21, 2023|
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Dated: March 21, 2023|
|By:||/s/ Brent Handler|
|Name: Brent Handler|
|Title: Chief Executive Officer|
March 21, 2023
I am pleased to offer you employment with Inspirato LLC (“Inspirato” or the “Company”) as Chief Financial Offer, effective as of March 21, 2023 (the “Start Date”), reporting to Brent Handler, CEO. This offer letter amends and supersedes the offer letter dated March 17, 2023.
I have outlined the key elements of our employment offer:
|·||Annual Salary: $500,000.00. Your position is classified as a salaried, exempt position.|
|·||Pay Schedule: Semi-monthly (15th and final day).|
|·||Signing Bonus: You will receive a $200,000.00 signing bonus which will have tax withholding done at the supplemental rate. This bonus is to be paid back to the company on a prorated basis if you leave within your first year of employment.|
|·||Start Date: March 21, 2023|
|·||Short Term Incentive Compensation: Beginning in 2024 this position is eligible for the company’s bonus plan at a target bonus percentage of 50% of your annual salary; annual bonuses are calculated based upon company performance metrics and are subject to Board approval.|
In 2023, this position is eligible for 75% of the company’s bonus plan at a target bonus percentage of 50% of your annual salary; this bonus will be provided to you in the form of RSU’s and based on board allocation.
|·||Equity Compensation: This position is eligible for a one-time new hire equity grant of 1,500,000 shares. You will be eligible for an annual equity grant beginning in 2024, commensurate with other similarly situated executives, through our Equity Incentive Plan. Annual grants are awarded by the Board in Q1 based upon company performance in the year prior. RSU grants vest on a four-year schedule with 1/4 vesting on the one-year anniversary of the grant and 1/16 vesting quarterly thereafter.|
This position is eligible for a one-time new hire equity grant of 1,000,000 shares. This RSU grant vests on a two-year schedule with 1/2 vesting on the one-year anniversary of the grant and 1/8 vesting quarterly thereafter.
|·||Severance: Your employment at Inspirato will be “at-will.” This means that either you or Inspirato may terminate your employment at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, and for any reason. The “at-will” term of your employment with Inspirato can only be changed in writing signed by you and the CEO or the CEO’s duly designated representative.|
If Inspirato were to terminate your employment without cause, you are eligible for a severance payment equal to twelve (12) months of your base salary and 100% of your annual target bonus upon termination of your employment.
|·||Change of Control: If the Company changes ownership, defined as an individual, entity or mor than one (1) person or entity acting as a group acquiring more than 50% of the total voting power of Company stock, AND your employment is terminated without cause in connection with the changes in ownership, the following shall occur:|
o 50% of your unvested shares will vest; and
o You will receive all severance benefits as referenced in this letter
|·||Company Health Benefits: You will be eligible for the comprehensive group medical, dental, and vision plans, in addition to participation in our flexible spending accounts, subject to plan terms. Based on the plan you choose, the company may contribute up to 90% of the cost of your monthly premiums. In addition, you are eligible for employer paid benefits such as life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability. You will be eligible for health and welfare benefits on 1st of the Month Following Start Date.|
|·||Retirement Plan 401(K): You will be automatically enrolled at a deferral rate of 6% in the company 401K plan, unless you choose to opt-out of the program. Inspirato will match 50% of your contribution up to 6% of your eligible pay (e.g., 3%) with immediate 100% vesting. This match has a $1,500.00 per employee, per year cap.|
|·||Paid Time Off: At Inspirato, we believe in taking personal responsibility for managing and balancing our individual time off with our workload and results. Instead of accruing or being granted a specific number of days per year, employees have the flexibility to manage their time out of the office (for example, vacation and sick time) on their own, subject to manager approval.|
|·||Holidays: The following eight (8) holidays will be observed: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.|
|·||Inspirato Employee Familiarization Travel Program: Employees in good standing are eligible for the Employee Familiarization Travel Program following three (3) consecutive months of employment. This program provides you up to one seven (7) day reservations in an eligible Inspirato property per your employment calendar year – subject to seasonal property demands and the company Employee Familiarization Travel Program Terms and Conditions.|
|·||Executive Travel Benefit: This benefit provides you $75,000 in value of property use per year subject to the Executive Travel Benefit Policy as attached.|
|·||Proprietary Rights and Inventions Agreement: The Company requires a signed PRIA from all employees.|
|·||Expenses: All pre-approved travel andv company-related expenses paid by the company.|
On your first day of employment, Inspirato will provide additional information about the company’s objectives and policies, benefit programs, general employment conditions and completion of employment and benefit forms. To fulfill federal identification requirements, you should bring documentation to support your identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The types of acceptable documentation are listed on the Form I-9 of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Please contact People Operations if you have any questions about which documents are acceptable to verify your identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Failure to provide appropriate documentation within 72 hours of hire will result in immediate termination of employment in accordance with the terms of the IRCA.
This offer is not to be considered a contract guaranteeing employment for any specific duration. As an at will employee, both you and the Company have the right to terminate your employment at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. In addition, the Company reserves the right to modify any elements of this offer at any time as the business needs change.
This offer letter provides detailed information concerning our total compensation and benefit programs in effect as of your expected Start Date. If you have any questions concerning the benefits for which you will be eligible, please feel free to contact the People Operations team, otherwise please sign and return this letter to Danielle Probst at firstname.lastname@example.org with a courtesy copy to Brent Handler at email@example.com. This offer shall remain open until 5:00pm MST five days after receipt.
|/s/ Brent Handler|
By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read and understand this offer of employment, and further agree to all of the provisions set forth above. Further, I understand that my employment is contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screening and other similar requirements, execution of the Company’s form of Proprietary Rights and Inventions Assignment Agreement, and any other terms, conditions and/or contingencies imposed on me by the Company during my employment. Finally, I understand and agree that my position with Inspirato is at-will, and that no statement or promise regarding my employment will alter the at-will nature of my position, unless provided to me in writing and signed by an officer of the Company.
|/s/ Robert Kaiden||3/21/2023|
Inspirato Announces Appointment of
Former Twitter Executive as Chief Financial Officer
DENVER, March 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inspirato Incorporated (“Inspirato” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ISPO), the innovative luxury travel subscription brand, today announced the appointment of Robert Kaiden as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.
Mr. Kaiden was most recently with Twitter, where he served as Chief Accounting Officer from June 2015 to November 2022, helping lead a period of scaling, business model transformation, and international expansion. From 1989 to May 2015, Mr. Kaiden served in several roles at Deloitte & Touche LLP, a national auditing firm, including as Audit Partner from 2000 to May 2015. In addition to managing audit accounts with large public companies at Deloitte, he also held significant operational roles and served as Chief of Staff to the CEO of Audit. Mr. Kaiden has served as a member of the board of directors of travel lifestyle brand Away since January 2022.
“We are thrilled to welcome Robert to Inspirato,” said Brent Handler, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inspirato. “He is an accomplished senior financial management executive with deep technical accounting, controls, and financial operations experience at a Fortune 500 company. We are confident his proven leadership and extensive expertise will benefit our growing team of exceptional Finance and Accounting professionals.”
“I am delighted to join Inspirato as it continues to lead a revolution in luxury travel,” said Mr. Kaiden. “With its seasoned executive team, beautiful brand, and innovative travel subscription offerings, I believe the Company is well-positioned to capture more and more share of wallet among affluent travelers. I look forward to becoming part of the Inspirato family and helping to grow the business as it delivers unforgettable experiences for Inspirato subscribers.”
Mr. Kaiden is a certified public accountant and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hamilton College, an M.S. in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford, and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Inspirato is a luxury travel subscription company that provides access to a managed and controlled portfolio of hand-selected vacation options, delivered through an innovative model designed to ensure the service and certainty that affluent customers demand. The Inspirato portfolio includes branded, controlled luxury vacation homes available exclusively to subscribers and guests, accommodations at five-star hotel and resort partners, and custom travel experiences. In 2022, Inspirato introduced Inspirato for Good, an easy-to-use platform that delivers high-value fundraising results for nonprofit organizations, and Inspirato for Business, a comprehensive turnkey solution that enables companies to leverage luxury travel to recruit, reward, and retain employees. For more information, visit www.inspirato.com and follow @inspirato on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities law. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “believe,” “can”, “expected,” “will” or the negative of these words or other similar expressions that concern expectations, strategy, priorities, plans, or intentions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding growth prospects and product development.
Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, risks detailed in Inspirato’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 15, 2023 and subsequent filings with the SEC.
Any forward-looking statement made by Inspirato in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.