PROTOS SECURITY QUICK START CONTRACT

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This page will allow you to complete and submit the Protos Security Quick Start Terms & Conditions Contract. Read the items on this page and complete the form at the bottom.

1. DEFINITIONS:Contractors” means contractors, subcontractors and/or vendors; “Loss” means all suits, claims, losses, damages and expenses (including, without limitation, penalties, fines, investigative costs, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of suit) arising from all events or circumstances related to or in connection with the same general condition; “Service Fee” means the rates mutually agreed to by the parties for the Assignment (as defined in Section 4), plus all applicable sales, use, local and/or other similar taxes; “Services” means the management and administration services associated with uniformed security guard (“Security Guard”) and off duty officer (“ODO” and, together with Security Guards, “Security Personnel”) services; “Site” means all premises where Services are performed under this Agreement. 

2. PAYMENT: Invoices are payable, without any setoff, to the remittance address on the invoice. Invoices are payable in United States Dollars (USD) within 15 days after the applicable invoice date. Client’s failure to pay any amount when due will be a material breach by Client. A late charge of 1.5% per month or the maximum applicable interest rate permitted by law, whichever is lower, will be added to balances not paid when due. Client must notify Protos in writing of any dispute regarding the amount of an invoice on or before payment is due; otherwise all disputes will be deemed waived. Client will bear all costs associated with Protos receiving payments due for Services rendered under this Agreement. If Protos must institute suit or collection services to collect amounts owed to Protos, Client will pay Protos’ attorneys’ fees and other costs of suit or collection. In the event of payment delay, Protos may suspend the performance of Services upon 10 days’ prior written notice. Suspension will not release Client from any of its obligations under this Agreement. In case of non-payment based on Client liquidity problems, Protos may condition continued performance on immediate cash payment for Services rendered (invoiced or not) or to be rendered. Rates do not include coverage for Force Majeure Events (as defined in Section 7). Also, the premium (OT) rates will apply to the following: services performed in excess of forty (40) hours if additional hours for specific Security Personnel are made by special request by Client; and work on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Black Friday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. 

3 . TERM & TERMINATION: This Agreement will commence upon the effective date and continue until terminated by either party; any Services provided before the effective date are subject to this Agreement. Client may cancel the Assignment upon written notice to Protos; provided, however, that if Client cancels requested Service for Security Personnel upon less than twenty-four (24) hours before any such Security Personnel is scheduled to arrive at the site specified in the Assignment, Client agrees that it shall pay a cancellation charge equal to four (4) hours of fees related to such Security Personnel. Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time, without cause or penalty, upon 15 days’ prior written notice to the other party. Either party may also terminate this Agreement for Good Cause upon 5 days’ prior written notice to the other party. “Good Cause” for Protos will include, without limitation, the following: (a) any material or persistent minor breach by Client of this Agreement; (b) cancellation of or material change to any of Protos’ insurance coverage relevant to this Agreement; (c) a change in applicable laws or regulations that has a material effect on, or causes a material change to, the Services; or (d) if Client (i) is liquidated, dissolved, or adjudged to be in a state of bankruptcy or receivership, (ii) is insolvent, unable to pay its debts as they become due, or makes an assignment to or for the benefit of its creditors, or (iii) ceases to conduct business for any reason on an on-going basis leaving no successor in interest. “Good Cause” for Client will include Protos’ material breach any of the provisions hereof or the Assignment, which breach shall continue for a period of fifteen (15) days after written notice to Protos. Upon termination of this Agreement or the Assignment, Client will be responsible for payment for all Services rendered through the termination date. 

4. SCOPE OF SERVICES; SECURITY PERSONNEL: (a) Protos will only provide Services specified in this Agreement or a written assignment or a statement of work as agreed to by the parties from time to time hereafter (the “Assignment”), which are incorporated into this Agreement. Protos will not be obligated to perform, and will bear no responsibility for, any Services or duties performed that are not expressly specified in this Agreement or in the Assignment. Protos does not accept overall responsibility for security at the Site, and Protos is not engaged as a security consultant. Client acknowledges and agrees that Protos shall have the right use Contractors to provide the Services. (b) Protos is an independent contractor, and nothing in this Agreement creates a partnership or relationship of principal/agent or employer/employee. (c) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, Client acknowledges and agrees that (i) Protos shall have the right to subcontract with third parties to provide the Services in accordance with the Assignment and (ii) all of Protos’ subcontractors’ Security Personnel provided through the Services are agents and employees of Protos’ subcontractors and are not the agents or employees of either party. If Client is not reasonably satisfied with any such subcontractor, Client shall notify Protos of such dissatisfaction in writing and the parties shall coordinate reasonably in replacing such subcontractor to the extent that a suitable replacement subcontractor is available at rates substantially similar to the rates of the original subcontractor; provided, however, both parties agree that such removal and replacement shall not be based in whole or in part on any reason which would result in a violation of anti-discrimination or equal employment opportunity laws by either party. No subcontracting shall release Protos from its responsibility for its obligations under this Agreement or the Assignment. Protos shall be responsible for the work and activities of each of Protos’ agents, including compliance with the terms of this Agreement and the Assignment. (d) The Services to be performed and provided by Protos pursuant to this Agreement shall be performed by ODOs that are law enforcement officers that are simultaneously employees of local, county, state, or federal law enforcement agencies or by Security Guards that are employees of Protos’ subcontractors or Protos’ affiliates. Client may reasonably disapprove of any Security Personnel that have been assigned by Protos to perform Services at one or more of Client’s facilities or property, and Protos shall as promptly as reasonably practicable, upon receipt of written notice from Client, which written notice shall specify the basis for such disapproval, replace such Security Personnel; provided, however, both parties agree that such removal shall not be based in whole or in part on any reason which would result in a violation of anti-discrimination or equal employment opportunity laws by either party. Each of the Security Personnel used to perform the Services shall be either an employee or independent contractor of Protos or in the employ of a subcontractor contracted directly to Protos.

5. LIABILITY LIMITATION; INDEMNIFICATION: (a) THE SERVICE FEE IS BASED UPON THE VALUE OF SERVICES PROVIDED, NOT THE VALUE OF THE INTERESTS OR PROPERTY PROTECTED. ACCORDINGLY, PROTOS MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, THAT THE SERVICES WILL PRODUCE A RESULT OR PREVENT ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE. CLIENT AGREES THAT THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND CLIENT’S DEFENSE/INDEMNITY OBLIGATIONS IN SECTIONS 5(C)- 5(E) APPLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE LOSS IS ALLEGED TO ARISE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM THE NEGLIGENCE (ACTIVE OR PASSIVE) OR MISCONDUCT OF PROTOS, ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS, INCLUDING THAT RELATED TO THE HIRING, TRAINING, SUPERVISION OR RETENTION OF PROTOS’ EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS, AND SECTIONS 5(C)-5(E) APPLY IN FAVOR OF PROTOS’ CONTRACTORS. (b) PROTOS WILL DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY CLIENT AGAINST ANY LOSS ARISING FROM THE SERVICES ONLY TO THE EXTENT THE LOSS IS CAUSED BY THE GROSS NEGLIGENCE OF PROTOS, ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS WHILE ACTING WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THEIR DUTIES AND AUTHORITY. CLIENT WILL DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY PROTOS AGAINST ANY LOSS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT ONLY TO THE EXTENT THE LOSS IS CAUSED BY THE GROSS NEGLIGENCE OF CLIENT, ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS. (c) NOTWITHSTANDING SECTION 5(B), IN NO EVENT WILL THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF PROTOS AND ITS INSURERS FOR ANY LOSS EXCEED $1,000. (d) NOTWITHSTANDING SECTION 5(B), CLIENT WILL DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY PROTOS AGAINST ANY LOSS TO THE EXTENT THE LOSS EXCEEDS $1,000. (e) NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY IN THIS AGREEMENT, IN NO EVENT WILL PROTOS OR ITS INSURERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY (I) ENVIRONMENTAL LOSS, (II) PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, LIQUIDATED, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF PROFITS OR BUSINESS), (III) VIOLENT OR ARMED ACTION, OR HI-JACKING, (IV) LOSS ARISING FROM ANY REMOTE OR ON-SITE CYBER ACTIVITY OR EVENT, (V) INJURIES OR DEATHS ARISING FROM ANY CONDITIONS OF THE SITE, OR (VI) LOSS ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO ANY CIRCUMSTANCE BEYOND PROTOS’ REASONABLE CONTROL (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY FAILURE ON THE PART OF PROTOS’ 4886-0284-0613.4 CONTRACTORS, ANY ACT OF GOD OR WAR, ETC.). (f) WRITTEN NOTICE OF ANY LOSS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY PROTOS WITHIN 30 DAYS FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE OCCURRENCE GIVING RISE TO SUCH LOSS. NO ACTION TO RECOVER ANY LOSS WILL BE INSTITUTED OR MAINTAINED AGAINST PROTOS UNLESS SUCH NOTICE IS RECEIVED BY PROTOS. NO ACTION TO RECOVER ANY LOSS WILL BE INSTITUTED OR MAINTAINED AGAINST PROTOS UNLESS THE ACTION IS INSTITUTED NO LATER THAN 12 MONTHS FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE OCCURRENCE FROM WHICH THE LOSS ARISES. (g) SERVICES ARE ONLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF CLIENT; NEITHER THIS AGREEMENT NOR ANY SERVICES CONFER RIGHTS ON ANY OTHER PARTY AS A THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARY. 

6. INSURANCE: Protos will maintain (a) Comprehensive General and Professional Liability Insurance policy in an aggregate amount of not less than $2,000,000, (b) excess/umbrella General and Professional liability insurance policy of $5,000,000, and (c) Workers’ Compensation Insurance policy at statutory limits. It is agreed and understood by Client that Protos is not an insurer of the property or persons being guarded by the Security Personnel. Accordingly, Protos makes no representation, express or implied, that its Services will prevent occurrences or their consequences that result in loss of or damage to property. 

7. FORCE MAJEURE: Neither party (the “Impacted Party”) shall be liable to the other party for delay or failure to perform the Impacted Party’s obligations hereunder (other than the obligation to pay fees or other amounts when due) due to any causes or events beyond the Impacted Party’s reasonable control including, without limitation, (a) acts of God, (b) flood, fire or explosion, (c) war, invasion, riot or other civil unrest, (d) governmental order or law, (e) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement, (f) action by any governmental authority, (g) national or regional emergency, (h) threatened or imminent strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances, (i) shortage of adequate power or transportation facilities, (j) epidemic, pandemics (including Covid-19) or other public health emergencies, and (k) threats or terrorist attacks (each, a “Force Majeure Event”). Upon the occurrence of a Force Majeure Event, the Impacted Party shall provide prompt written notice to the other party of the Force Majeure Event, including an estimate of the expected duration of such Force Majeure Event. 

8. SEVERABILITY: If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable, it will be modified to be enforceable to the maximum extent permitted under applicable law; all other terms will remain in full force. If the unenforceable provision cannot be so modified, it will be excluded from this Agreement; all other terms of this Agreement will remain in full force. 

9. PRECEDENCE: In the event that the different parts of this Agreement are conflicting, the written documents forming part of this Agreement will prevail in the following order: (i) this Agreement; (ii) the Assignment; and (iii) any other written documentation attached hereto. 

10. NOTICES: All official notices will be in writing and made by overnight mail or certified mail, addressed to the other party at its address set forth in the opening header of this Agreement or at such other address as the other party may have designated in writing. 

11. ASSIGNMENT: Except as set forth in this Agreement, neither party may transfer, assign or otherwise convey any rights or delegate any duties or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Protos may, without the written consent of Client, subcontract, transfer, assign or otherwise convey (a) its rights or delegate its duties or obligations under this Agreement, in whole or in part, to any subsidiary or affiliate company of Protos or (b) its rights and obligations under this Agreement to a third party in conjunction with the transfer, sale or other disposal of all or substantially all of Protos’ business operations to which this Agreement relates (whether by way of merger, consolidation, change in control or otherwise). This Agreement shall be fully binding on the parties and their permitted assigns and successors in interest. Any attempted transfer, assignment or conveyance in violation of this provision shall be void and of no effect. 

12. LAW & JURISDICTION: This Agreement will be governed by the law of the State of Virginia. The parties hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Virginia. All terms in this Agreement are only intended to apply to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.

13. ENTIRE AGREEMENT: This Agreement, and anything attached to or incorporated into it, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. Any representations, promises or agreements not embodied in this Agreement will not be enforceable. No Client contracts, purchase orders, work orders, or similar documents, regardless of when dated, will modify this Agreement. All changes to this Agreement will only be binding on a party if approved in writing by an authorized representative of that party.

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