Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSEMKT:BRG) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSEMKT:BRG) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
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Appointment of Executive Officer

On April 1, 2019, Michael DiFranco fully transitioned into his role as Executive Vice President, Operations of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (the “Company,” “we,” or “our”), in which capacity Mr. DiFranco will now serve as an executive officer of the Company.

Mr. DiFranco, age 54, joined the Company in November 2018. As the Company’s Executive Vice President, Operations, Mr. DiFranco is responsible for the operational and financial performance of the Company’s multi-family housing portfolio. Prior to joining the Company, from 2005 to 2016, Mr. DiFranco held several roles of increasing responsibilities with Aimco (AIV), including serving four years as Senior Vice President of Financial Operations. From 2016 to 2018, Mr. DiFranco served as Senior Vice President of Financial Operations with The Irvine Company Apartment Communities, overseeing Revenue Management, Business Intelligence and Portfolio Management. Mr. DiFranco received a B.A in Business from Texas A&M University, College Station, an M.B.A from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Information Systems from The University of Colorado, Denver.

There are no family relationships between Mr. DiFranco and any director, executive officer, or person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer. There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. DiFranco and any other persons to which Mr. DiFranco was selected as an executive officer of the Company, and there are no transactions involving Mr. DiFranco requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

In connection with Mr. DiFranco’s employment with the Company, we, Bluerock Residential Holdings, L.P, a Delaware limited partnership and the operating partnership subsidiary of the REIT (the “Operating Partnership”) and Bluerock REIT Operator, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and our indirect subsidiary (the “REIT Operator”), entered into an employment agreement with Mr. DiFranco, which sets forth the terms and conditions of Mr. DiFranco’s service as our Executive Vice President, Operations (the “Employment Agreement”). The Employment Agreement otherwise contains terms substantially similar to the employment agreements of the Company’s other executive officers, including those related to termination, and restrictive covenants relating to non-competition, non-solicitation of the Company’s employees and customers, intellectual property, confidential information and non-disparagement, and includes the following terms specific to Mr. DiFranco.

Term. The Employment Agreement is effective as of November 5, 2018 and will continue in effect for an initial term through and including December 31, 2020, subject to automatic renewals of additional successive one-year periods unless either party thereto provides at least sixty (60) days’ advance notice of non-renewal.

Duties. The Employment Agreement provides that Mr. DiFranco will perform duties and provide services to us that are commensurate with the duties, authorities and responsibilities of persons in similar capacities in similarly sized companies, and such other duties, authorities and responsibilities as may reasonably be assigned to him from time to time by the board of directors or the Chief Executive Officer. The Employment Agreement otherwise provides for duties substantially similar in scope to those contained in the employment agreements between the Company and its other executive officers.

Compensation. The Employment Agreement provides that Mr. DiFranco will receive an annual base salary of not less than $300,000 and will be eligible to receive an annual cash bonus with a target amount of 66.67% of his annual base salary, subject to performance criteria and targets established and administered by our board of directors (or a committee thereof). In addition, Mr. DiFranco will be eligible to receive (a) annual grants of time-vested equity awards in the form of LTIP Units (each, an “Annual LTIP Award”), determined by dividing (x) $100,000 by (y) the volume weighted average price of a share of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, as reported on the NYSE American (or then-applicable exchange), for the twenty (20) trading days immediately preceding the date of grant of such award (the “Employment Agreement VWAP”), which will vest and become nonforfeitable in three equal installments on each anniversary of grant; and (b) annual grants of long term performance equity awards in the form of LTIP Units (each, a “Long Term Performance Award”) for a three-year performance period, subject to performance criteria and targets established and administered by the compensation committee of our board of directors, in a number up to 150% of that year’s Annual LTIP Award for Mr. DiFranco, which will vest and become nonforfeitable effective as of the last day of the performance period; in each case, subject to certain clawback and termination provisions.

Mr. DiFranco will also be eligible to participate in all executive incentive programs and will be eligible to participate in employee benefit programs made available to our senior executive officers from time to time and to receive certain other prerequisites as described in the Employment Agreement.

Severance Payments. The Employment Agreement provides that if Mr. DiFranco’s service relationship is terminated by us without “cause” (as defined in such Employment Agreement and including non-renewal of such Employment Agreement by us) or by Mr. DiFranco for “good reason” (as defined in the agreement and described below), and, if Mr. DiFranco executes a release of claims, he will be eligible to receive (1) a lump sum cash payment equal to the sum of (a) his base salary and (b) his annual bonus with respect to the immediately preceding calendar year (or, if any such termination of employment occurs during calendar year 2019, his 2018 annual bonus will be annualized for purposes of calculating his annual bonus for the immediately preceding calendar year); and (2) other payments and benefits substantially similar to those contained in the employment agreements between the Company and each of its other executive officers.

The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Employment Agreement with Mr. DiFranco, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Exhibit
EX-10.1 2 tv518206_ex10-1.htm EXHIBIT 10.1 Exhibit 10.1   EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT   THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) by and between Bluerock Residential Growth REIT,…
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About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (NYSEMKT:BRG)

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company’s business consists of investing in and operating multifamily communities. The Company operates through real estate assets segment. Its businesses are conducted through its operating partnership, Bluerock Residential Holdings, L.P. Its principal business objective is to generate risk-adjusted investment returns by assembling a portfolio of apartment properties located in growth markets and by implementing its investment strategies to achieve sustainable long-term growth in both its funds from operations and net asset value. The Company’s portfolio consists of interests in over 20 properties (over 10 operating and approximately six development properties). Its other acquired properties include Springhouse, North Park Towers, Alexan CityCentre, ARIUM Grandewood, Alexan Southside Place, Cheshire Bridge, Sovereign, Flagler Village and Lake Boone Trail.

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