FinWise Bancorp (FINW)

Filed: 22 Jun 22, 4:31pm


 Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  June 16, 2022
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(Commission file number)(I.R.S. employer identification no.)

756 East Winchester St., Suite 100
Murray, Utah
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (801) 501-7200
Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(b) Departure of Named Executive Officer

On June 15, 2022, the employment agreement, dated January 1, 2018, by and among FinWise Bancorp (the “Company”), FinWise Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Bank”), and David Tilis, who was a named executive officer of the Company and served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of the Bank, as amended (the “Employment Agreement”), expired in accordance with its terms and was not renewed. In this connection, Mr. Tilis’ employment was terminated on June 16, 2022.

On June 22, 2022, the Company and the Bank entered into a Separation and Consulting Agreement dated as of June 16, 2022 (the “Agreement”) with Mr. Tilis.  The Agreement provides that Mr. Tilis will serve as a consultant to the Company and the Bank to advise and consult with Mr. Tilis’ successor(s), supporting the Bank’s efforts to maintain good relationships with existing Bank customers, identifying potential Bank customers, and related consulting services (the “Consulting Services”). The term of the Agreement is for one year beginning on June 16, 2022 and ending on June 15, 2023.  The Bank will pay Mr. Tilis for the Consulting Services $300,000 per month for the first six months of the Agreement, and $150,000 per month for the final six months of the Agreement, plus reimbursement of expenses.  The Bank or the Company shall, during the term of the Agreement, provide Mr. Tilis (at the Bank’s or the Company’s expense) with a life insurance policy in the amount of all amounts payable to Mr. Tilis during the term of the Agreement, the proceeds of which shall be payable to Mr. Tilis’ testamentary or statutory beneficiaries. Mr. Tilis has agreed to a non-solicitation agreement in respect of Bank employees and customers for a period of 12 months and in respect of certain potential customers for a period of 18 months. The Agreement also includes a mutual release and other standard terms.

The foregoing description of the terms of the Agreement is a summary and is qualified in all respects by reference to the Agreement, which is included as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated into this Item 5.02 by reference.

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
Separation and Consulting Agreement, dated June 16, 2022, by and among FinWise Bancorp, FinWise Bank and David Tilis.+
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

+ Management contract or compensatory plan arrangement.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, FinWise Bancorp has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 /s/ Javvis Jacobson
 Name:Javvis Jacobson
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President