Alliance Financial 8-K 2008
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 (Date of earliest event reported): March 11, 2008
ALLIANCE FINANCIAL CORPORATION
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On March 11, 2008, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Alliance Financial Corporation (Alliance) approved the following three benefit plans.
The Director Retirement Plan provides non-employee directors a cash benefit equivalent to 35% of their average annual directors fees, subject to increases based on the directors length and extent of service, payable in a number of circumstances, including normal retirement, death or disability and a change in control.
The Executive Incentive Retirement Plan provides officers of Alliance Bank N.A. selected by its Board of Directors (who include Executive Vice Presidents John H. Watt, Jr. and J. Daniel Mohr) the opportunity to earn performance-based deferred cash bonuses, equal to 10% of the participants base salary, upon attainment by the Company of certain financial performance targets defined by the Board of Directors annually. The deferred balances earn interest at the banks one-year rate for certificates of deposit. The deferred bonuses vest ratably over a five year period on the anniversary date of the bonus payment. Upon the participants separation from service (other than for cause), the bank pays the participant or his or her beneficiary either a lump sum or an annuity based on the amount of the vested benefit.
The Stock-Based Deferral Plan provides directors and officers designated by Alliances Board of Directors (who include Messrs. Watt and Mohr and Chief Executive Officer Jack H. Webb) the opportunity to defer receipt of cash compensation and, thereby, accumulate additional shares of Alliance common stock. Alliance contributes the amount of compensation deferred to a trust, which purchases shares of Alliance common stock, and distributions are made in shares of Alliance common stock upon such events as are elected by participants.
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.