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Limitation of Liability
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MEMBERSHIP AND PLACEMENT FEES
Companies in need of interim help contact the Association and the Association may make referrals to members if and when appropriate. While a referral is not guaranteed, before any introductions are made members must first review and sign the Association’s member agreement confirming 1) the Association’s role in making the introduction, and 2) defining that in the event a match is made between company and member, and an assignment takes place, the Association will include a markup fee in addition to fees paid by the client company to the executive. In no event is a member bound or obligated to accept introductions, referrals or work introduced by the Association. If you have any questions about this, you can contact us at [email protected] or call 847-849-2800.
One of the Association’s goals is to provide a platform where entities and individuals in need of the expertise of established executives can find such candidates and a discussion can take place between the two parties. A successful engagement would demonstrate the goal’s achievement. We attempt to establish the best forum, but the Association is not a recruiting or placement agency and does not endorse, certify or validate the credentials of any of its members or the parties seeking their services. To that end, all members [and visitors to the AIE website] acknowledge that AIE:
●provides a forum for interim executives to post their credentials and for persons and entities, including companies, corporate boards, management teams, venture capital and private equity funds, government entities and others (collectively, “Companies”) to search for interim executives with particular areas of expertise who might be able to provide a beneficial or necessary service or role;
●is not responsible for any of the content generated or posted by its members, including the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in an online or offline profile, biography, statistic, article, blog post, tweet, status update, resume or CV;
●does not screen, or assume any responsibility for any information provided by any of the Companies, and members are solely responsible for ensuring that the terms of any engagement with the Companies satisfies the member’s criteria;
●is not responsible for any decisions made by members and the Companies with respect to the engagements of any members contacted through AIE.
●does not endorse any member or Company or guarantee that an engagement will occur or be successful.
Neither the Association of Interim Executives nor any of its affiliated companies, employees, shareholders, or directors shall be liable for (1) any damages in excess of $100 or (2) any special, incidental, indirect, punitive or consequential damages or loss of use, profit, revenue or data to you or any third person arising from your use of AIE or any of the content or other materials on, accessed through or downloaded from AIE even if we are aware or have been advised of the possibility of such damages.
The Association serves as a private advisor to Companies (“Companies” or “Clients”) to assist with locating, assessing, recommending and engaging interim executives, advisors, consultants and board members (collectively, “Interim Executives”).
Companies desiring to engage the Association to search for and identify Interim Executives, and introduce Interim Executives to a Company for engagement by the Company must comply with terms and conditions contained in the Agreements as amended from time to time as published by the Association and, with respect to the Engagement Agreements, as executed by the parties thereto.
Non-Circumvention. Company and its representatives shall not directly or indirectly contact any Interim Executive other than through the Association or otherwise circumvent the Association or the Agreements. Without limiting the foregoing, Company shall not directly or indirectly (i) contact, deal with, negotiate, or participate in any employment, consulting or other relationship with any Interim Executive or (ii) submit proposals to or solicit any Interim Executive identified or introduced by the Association other than through the Association and in accordance with the Agreements.
Statement of Work. If at any time, any Interim Executive agrees to hold an Interim Executive position with Company or provide consulting or any other services for Company, and Company agrees to engage the services of such Interim Executive for an Interim Executive position or to provide such services, Company shall immediately notify the Association. If not previously executed, the Company and Interim Executive will execute the applicable Engagement Agreement and abide by the terms thereof, including such terms that set forth a Statement of Work (“SOW”). The SOW will, among other material terms of the engagement, include a description of the services to be provided by such Interim Executive and the applicable billing rates and all other fees and compensation payable to such Interim Executive, whether payable in cash or otherwise (such as equity).
Fees and Payment. Billing Rates, Fees, Performance Incentives, Equity or Project Costs. Please see the applicable Engagement Agreement or contact our representative for more information.
Communication with Interim Executives. Other than an interview, Company shall not contact, directly or indirectly, any Interim Executive prior to the execution an Engagement Agreement without the Association’s written consent. In the event, notwithstanding the immediately prior sentence, Company so contacts any Interim Executive without the Association’s prior written consent, Company shall be deemed to have agreed to and ratified all the provisions of the Association’s Engagement Agreement, including any and all Billing Rates for such Interim Executives as determined by the Association.
Limitation of Association Liability. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Agreements, Company agrees that the Association’s liability shall be limited solely to the gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Association that results in damages to Company’s property or business. In such case, the Association’s liability shall in no event exceed the fees paid to the Association under the related Engagement Agreements which have not yet been approved by Company to be paid to the applicable Interim Executive.
COMPANY AGREES THAT THE ASSOCIATION SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO COMPANY UNDER THE AGREEMENTS FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Resolution of Disputes. ANY DISPUTE WHATSOEVER RELATING TO THE INTERPRETATION, VALIDITY OR PERFORMANCE OF THE AGREEMENTS WHICH CANNOT BE RESOLVED BY THE PARTIES SHALL, UPON 30 DAYS WRITTEN NOTICE BY EITHER PARTY, BE SETTLED UPON APPLICATION OF ANY SUCH PARTY BY ARBITRATION IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES THEN PREVAILING OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION (AAA), AND JUDGMENT UPON THE AWARD RENDERED BY THE ARBITRATORS MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION.
The Agreements will be deemed made in Illinois and shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois. Each party irrevocably consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State of Illinois. To the extent any representative of the Association or any Interim Executive shall be required to participate in any arbitration, litigation or similar proceeding in connection with the Agreements, Company shall compensate such representative or Interim Executive for all time spent in connection with such proceeding at their then respective hourly rates.
Attorneys’ Fees, Costs and Expenses. In the event that the Association engages an attorney to enforce any of its rights under the Agreements (including collecting any amounts due), Company shall be liable to the Association for all attorneys’ fees, costs and other expenses incurred by the Association. This liability shall be in addition to any other remedy which may be available to the Association. Company shall be liable for all attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses regardless of whether a lawsuit is filed and regardless of whether a decision is rendered in any lawsuit which may be filed.
Updated: June 2015
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