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of that performance, based in large part on input from our Chief Executive Officer, when determining non-CEO salary levels, and the factors noted above under "Determination of Amounts."
committee also considers our Company-wide performance and general economic factors. The items of corporate performance that are considered for our named executive officers are the same as those
with respect to the award detailed below under "2016 Compensation." Our compensation committee uses these factors in a subjective evaluation to gauge Company performance, keeping in mind the impact of
the general performance of the automotive retail industry.
Annual Bonus Payments. Our senior management is eligible to receive annual discretionary cash bonus payments. In the past several years, our Chief Executive Officer
and President have
not received any discretionary bonus payments, receiving only the restricted stock grants resulting from their performance based awards described below under "2016 Compensation" and "President
Compensation." We pay annual bonuses to our other executive officers to provide an incentive for future performance and as a reward for performance during the prior year. These discretionary bonus
payments are determined in varying degrees based on three criteria:
- Company-wide performance in the prior year
- Evaluation of an individual's performance in the prior year
- Evaluation of the annual performance of an individual's business unit in the prior year
items of Company-wide performance that are considered for our named executive officers are the same as those detailed below under "2016 Compensation." Our compensation committee uses these factors
in a subjective evaluation to gauge Company performance, keeping in mind the impact of the overall performance of the business sectors in which we compete. The evaluation of the individual's
performance and the performance of the individual's business unit is based on the committee's perception of that performance, based in part on input from our Chief Executive Officer and the factors
noted above under "Determination of Amounts."
Incentive Equity Awards. In 2016, we issued equity incentive awards under our 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, which provides up to four million shares for equity awards,
including awards that
are intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code and terminates on May 5, 2020. We have 3,247,853 awards (giving effect to certain forfeitures and
shares withheld) available under the plan.
member of senior management is eligible to receive a restricted stock award because we believe these awards effectively align management's goals with those of our other stockholders. Restricted
stock grants for management typically vest over four years at a rate of 15%, 15%, 20% and 50% per year, and are subject to forfeiture in the event the employee departs from the Company before vesting.
We believe these awards provide a longer-term incentive for management because the majority of the award vests in the third and fourth year. We employ this form of compensation in part because many of
our initiatives may take several years to yield benefits. We also believe that weighted vesting of these awards provides an additional incentive to retain our valuable employees due to the unvested
value that may be created over time. Our restricted stock awards mirror our other outstanding stock, including the right to vote with our other stockholders and receive dividends. Under certain
situations, we have issued restricted stock units to employees, in particular in foreign jurisdictions, which do not include voting rights but otherwise mirror the restricted stock awards.
stock grants are generally discretionary and are based upon the awards granted in the prior year adjusted to reflect changes in the responsibilities of the named executive officers, the
individual's performance and Company-wide performance measures detailed below under "2016 Compensation," keeping in mind the overall performance of the