Rocky Shoes & Boots, Inc. 8-K

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)      January 23, 2006
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Ohio   0-21026   31-1364046
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission   (IRS Employer
of incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)
    39 East Canal Street, Nelsonville, Ohio   45764
    (Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (740) 753-1951
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
     On January 23, 2006, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) of Rocky Shoes & Boots, Inc. (the “Company”) took the following action, which action was ratified by the Board of Directors on the same date:
2006 Base Salary Increases
     Effective January 1, 2006, the Compensation Committee recommended, and the Board approved, increases in the base salaries of the “named executive officers”of the Company (as defined by Item 402(a)(3) of Regulation S-K) for purposes of the Company’s proxy statement for the 2006 annual meeting of shareholders. The base salaries of the Company’s named executive officers for 2006 are as follows:
Name   2006 Base Salary
Mike Brooks
  $ 475,000  
Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer
David Sharp
  $ 385,000  
President and Chief Operating Officer
James E. McDonald
  $ 280,000  
Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer
Thomas R. Morrison
  $ 215,000  
Senior Vice President of Sales-Wholesale



Awards under Bonus Plan for Fiscal 2006
     Messrs. Brooks, Sharp, McDonald, and Morrison are eligible to receive cash bonuses under the Bonus Plan for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2006 (“Fiscal 2006”) based upon one or more objective financial performance criteria selected by the Compensation Committee. The cash bonus is based on a percentage of base salary if performance goals are met for Fiscal 2006. Payment of cash bonuses shall be prorated based on the percentage of the performance level achieved, and the bonus amounts shall be interpolated between performance levels. The Compensation Committee determined that the performance criterion for Fiscal 2006 will be operating income, excluding earnings from military sales and stock option expenses (the “Operating Income”), and approved the following threshold, target, and goal payouts based on specified levels of Operating Income:
    Payout as a Percentage of Base Salary
    Threshold   Target   Goal
Mike Brooks
    0 %     75 %     175 %
David Sharp
    0 %     60 %     140 %
James E. McDonald
    0 %     50 %     115 %
Thomas R. Morrison
    0 %     30 %     60 %
     A minimum of 35% of any cash bonus earned by Messrs. Brooks, Sharp, and McDonald shall be paid in shares of restricted stock of the Company (the “Restricted Stock”), which will vest immediately but will not be tradable in the public markets for one year. Each of Messrs. Brooks, Sharp, and McDonald may choose, with approval of the Board, to receive an additional portion of his cash bonus in the form of Restricted Stock.
     No payment will be made for performance below the threshold level of Operating Income.
     In addition to the foregoing, assuming that the threshold level of performance is attained, 10% of any earnings from military sales made during Fiscal 2006 will go into a pool to be distributed to plan participants, including the four named executive officers, at the discretion of the Board. Also, to the extent that the goal level of performance is exceeded for Fiscal 2006, 10% of such excess Operating Income above the goal level shall go into a pool to be distributed to plan participants, including the four named executive officers, at the discretion of the Board.



     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.
  Rocky Shoes & Boots, Inc.
Date: January 27, 2006  By:   /s/ James E. McDonald    
    James E. McDonald, Executive Vice    
    President and Chief Financial Officer