SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
|WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
|Date of Report:
March 25, 2009
ASPEN EXPLORATION CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|2050 S. Oneida St., Suite 208, Denver, CO 80224-2426
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Item 1.01 Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On March 25, 2009 (but effective as of January 1, 2009), Aspen Exploration Corporation (Aspen or the Company) entered into an employment agreement (the Agreement) with R.V. Bailey, the Companys Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Bailey has served as an executive officer and director of Aspen since its inception. In May 2003, Mr. Bailey and the Company entered into an employment agreement which was amended effective as of September 21, 2004 (the Prior Agreement). The Prior Agreement was scheduled to terminate by its terms on May 1, 2009 and contemplated Mr. Bailey serving as the Companys Vice President and Chairman of the Board. However, after Mr. Cohan suffered a stroke in early 2008 Mr. Bailey was appointed to serve as Aspens Chief Executive Officer in February 2008, and has devoted significantly more of his business related time to Company matters than contemplated when Mr. Bailey and the Company entered into the Prior Agreement.
The Company expects that Mr. Bailey will continue to serve as the Companys Chief Executive Officer and Chairman and will continue to devote a significant amount of time and attention to Company matters. As such, and to partially compensate Mr. Bailey for the increased duties and obligations assumed by Mr. Bailey since February 2008 in his role as Chief Executive Officer, the Agreement is effective retroactive to January 1, 2009. Unless amended by the parties the Agreement will terminate by its terms on July 31, 2009. The Agreement provides that Mr. Bailey will be paid a salary equal to $120,000 per year (although the Agreement is only effective for a seven month term). Further, subject to certain conditions Mr. Bailey is entitled to other benefits such as reimbursement for certain medical related (up to $1,870 per month and which amount is in lieu of being provided medical insurance) and vehicle expenses. The Agreement also provides that Mr. Bailey will continue to participate in Aspens stock option and royalty interest programs, and consistent with past practice Aspen will continue to offer Mr. Bailey participating working interests in oil and gas wells.
Aspen may terminate the Agreement upon Mr. Baileys death by paying his estate all compensation that had or will accrue under the Agreement through the end of its term plus $75,000. Additionally, the Agreement provides that should Aspen dissolve, merge or otherwise cease to continue as an individual entity the Agreement will terminate within 60 days of the event at issue.
Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
As described in Item 1.01 above on March 25, 2009, as authorized by the signature of the final member of the Aspen board of directors, Aspen entered into a new employment agreement with our Chief Executive Officer R.V. Bailey. In conjunction with entering into the Agreement (as defined above) Mr. Bailey and the Company mutually agreed to terminate the Prior Agreement (as defined above). At the time of its termination Mr. Bailey was paid a salary of $60,000 under the Prior Agreement. Most of the remaining terms of the Prior Agreement were generally consistent with those contained in the Agreement and have been described in several reports filed by Aspen with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Aspens Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended June 30, 2008.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
As described in Item 1.01 above on March 25, 2009 Aspen entered into an employment agreement with R.V. Bailey, the Companys Chief Executive Officer. The material terms of the agreement are described above.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
10.1 Employment Agreement between Aspen Exploration Corporation and R.V. Bailey.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, on the 30th day of March 2009.
|Aspen Exploration Corporation
|/s/ R.V. Bailey
|R.V. Bailey, Chief Executive Officer