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This excerpt taken from the GWR 10-Q filed Aug 7, 2008.

STOCK OPTIONS

Section 8.1 In General. Awards may be granted in the form of stock options. These stock options may be incentive stock options within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code or non-qualified stock options (i.e., stock options which are not incentive stock options), or a combination of both. All Awards under the Plan issued to Covered Employees in the form of non-qualified stock options shall qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Code.

Section 8.2 Terms and Conditions of Stock Options. An option shall be exercisable in accordance with such terms and conditions and at such times and during such periods as may be determined by the Committee. The price at which Common Stock may be purchased upon exercise of a stock option shall be not less than 100 percent of the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock, as determined by the Committee, on the Effective Date of the option’s grant. In addition, the term of a stock option may not exceed ten years.

Section 8.3 Restrictions Relating to Incentive Stock Options. Stock options issued in the form of incentive stock options shall, in addition to being subject to the terms and conditions of Section 8.2, comply with Section 422 of the Code. Accordingly, the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the time the option was granted) of the Common Stock with respect to which incentive stock options are exercisable for the first time by a Participant during any calendar year (under this Plan or any other plan of the Company) shall not exceed $100,000 (or such other limit as may be required by Section 422 of the Code).

Section 8.4 Exercise. Upon exercise, the option price of a stock option may be paid in cash, or, to the extent permitted by the Committee, by tendering, by either actual delivery of shares or by attestation, shares of Common Stock, a combination of the foregoing, or such other consideration as the Committee may deem appropriate. The Committee shall establish appropriate methods for accepting Common Stock, whether restricted or unrestricted, and may impose such conditions as it deems appropriate on the use of such Common Stock to exercise a stock option. Stock options awarded under the Plan may also be exercised by way of a broker-assisted stock option exercise program, if any, provided such program is available at the time of the option’s exercise. Notwithstanding the foregoing or the provision of any Award Notice, a Participant may not pay the exercise price of a stock option using shares of Common Stock if, in the opinion of counsel to the Company, (i) the Participant is, or within the six months preceding such exercise was, subject to reporting under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act and (ii) there is a substantial likelihood that the use of such form of payment or the timing of such form of payment would subject the Participant to a substantial risk of liability under Section 16 of the Exchange Act, or (iii) there is a substantial likelihood that the use of such form of payment would result in accounting treatment to the Company under generally accepted accounting principles that the Committee reasonably determines is adverse to the Company.

 

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This excerpt taken from the GWR DEF 14A filed Apr 23, 2007.

STOCK OPTIONS

Section 8.1 In General. Awards may be granted in the form of stock options. These stock options may be incentive stock options within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code or non-qualified stock options (i.e., stock options which are not incentive stock options), or a combination of both. All Awards under the Plan issued to Covered Employees in the form of non-qualified stock options shall qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Code.

 

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Section 8.2 Terms and Conditions of Stock Options. An option shall be exercisable in accordance with such terms and conditions and at such times and during such periods as may be determined by the Committee. The price at which Common Stock may be purchased upon exercise of a stock option shall be not less than 100 percent of the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock, as determined by the Committee, on the Effective Date of the option’s grant. In addition, the term of a stock option may not exceed ten years.

Section 8.3 Restrictions Relating to Incentive Stock Options. Stock options issued in the form of incentive stock options shall, in addition to being subject to the terms and conditions of Section 8.2, comply with Section 422 of the Code. Accordingly, the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the time the option was granted) of the Common Stock with respect to which incentive stock options are exercisable for the first time by a Participant during any calendar year (under this Plan or any other plan of the Company) shall not exceed $100,000 (or such other limit as may be required by Section 422 of the Code).

Section 8.4 Exercise. Upon exercise, the option price of a stock option may be paid in cash, or, to the extent permitted by the Committee, by tendering, by either actual delivery of shares or by attestation, shares of Common Stock, a combination of the foregoing, or such other consideration as the Committee may deem appropriate. The Committee shall establish appropriate methods for accepting Common Stock, whether restricted or unrestricted, and may impose such conditions as it deems appropriate on the use of such Common Stock to exercise a stock option. Stock options awarded under the Plan may also be exercised by way of a broker-assisted stock option exercise program, if any, provided such program is available at the time of the option’s exercise. Notwithstanding the foregoing or the provision of any Award Notice, a Participant may not pay the exercise price of a stock option using shares of Common Stock if, in the opinion of counsel to the Company, (i) the Participant is, or within the six months preceding such exercise was, subject to reporting under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act, (ii) there is a substantial likelihood that the use of such form of payment or the timing of such form of payment would subject the Participant to a substantial risk of liability under Section 16 of the Exchange Act, or (iii) there is a substantial likelihood that the use of such form of payment would result in accounting treatment to the Company under generally accepted accounting principles that the Committee reasonably determines is adverse to the Company.

This excerpt taken from the GWR DEF 14A filed Apr 25, 2006.

Stock Options

The Compensation Committee views stock options as an important component of overall executive compensation because stock options emphasize the objective of increasing shareholder value. Until 2004, stock options were the exclusive form of both long-term incentive compensation and equity compensation. In 2004 and 2005, for each member of senior management, stock options constituted approximately 70% of the value of total long-term incentive compensation, with Restricted Shares constituting the remaining 30% of the value. Long-term incentive awards for employees other than members of senior management continued to consist exclusively of stock options.

Options have a five year term and vest over a three-year period, with 33% becoming exercisable on each anniversary of the grant date, subject to acceleration upon a change in control. All options are granted with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the Company’s Class A Common Stock on the date of grant, and option re-pricing is expressly prohibited by the terms of the Omnibus Plan. The terms of option awards for senior executives include confidentiality and non-compete obligations. In 2005, the Compensation Committee granted options to purchase 583,698 shares of Class A Common Stock to 65 employees, which included options to purchase 258,746 shares to our Named Executives. Option values were calculated using the Black-Scholes Model in the consultation with the Compensation Committee’s independent consultant. These grants had a value (as of the grant date) of approximately $3,085,077, which included a value of approximately $1,367,576 for options granted to our Named Executives.

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