EBA Elections 2015, Candidates Bios
Sharon Valverde, JP Morgan Chase
In late 2010, Rick Plewa of Comerica Bank contacted me inquiring as to whether I would be interested in running for the position of EBA Vice President (VP). Rick went on to explain that one of the primary duties of the VP, after filling in during any absences of the President, would be to chair the Agenda Committee. Since assuming office in 2011, I have been dutifully fulfilling that function, and in working with Jeff Telego, I think our meetings now feature topics that more closely resonate with our members' interests, as well as provide excellent educational value. As your VP, I have learned a lot, not only about pulling together awesome meetings, but also in how to balance the needs of our members and sponsors. I have also been working with Tacy Telego over the past 18 months to better understand our hotel contracts and have provided the viewpoint of our members so that the venues selected reflect such. As your VP, I have been afforded the opportunity to serve the organization as well as to learn from and interact with other EBA members who represent our industry peers. Having been an active member of the EBA since 1997, I would consider it a tremendous opportunity to serve as your President and help guide the Board and new management to position the EBA to be viable for another 20 years.
Georgina Dannatt, Bank of the West
I am running for Vice President of the EBA. Iíve been an active member of EBA since 1996, having served as Chairperson of the Technical Committee from 1999-2001 and 2006-2015 and as an active participant on other committees. I have been Environmental Risk Manager for Bank of the West since 2005, and my background also includes a small bank, outsourced reviewer, consulting firms, and industry (analytical chemistry, field sampling, environmental compliance). Currently Iím also part of the committee developing a new website to further EBAís mission of education and networking for members. The current term has flown by during a very active lending period, and most of us have little time to examine our work scopes, policies, and underlying rationale. Meantime the environmental due diligence field has evolved, with new standards and industry responses keeping us on our toes and the tightening of belts applying pressure to make do with less. With lots of changes on the horizon, this is an exciting time for our organization. As Vice President, I will be involved in conference program development, compiling topics, and obtaining speakers for our semi-annual meetings, with a goal to offer relevant presentations to help us all in our day to day work. One of the greatest values to EBA members is the opportunity to share ideas, learn from peers and experts, pool knowledge, and not have to reinvent the wheel. I am looking forward to working with you all. As always-- join the discussion and chime in!
Richard R. Belyea, COMERICA
I have acquired significant broad-based skills and knowledge from over 30 years of progressively responsible experience in many aspects of the environmental arena, with my experience-base divided between consulting, the oil industry, and environmental risk management in commercial banking. I currently have the privilege of overseeing the ERM Department for Comerica Bank. My educational background includes B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology (University of CA) and a MBA from Pepperdine University. My professional background includes registration as a Professional Geologist in a number of states. I have collaborated and been an active member of the EBA since the mid 1990ís, providing numerous and various presentations over the years. I believe that the EBA provides both lenders and consultants with a unique perspective on managing the environmental risks associated with property transfers, helping its members to develop and implement strategies to reduce risk and pursue corporate responsibility. The EBA also facilitates tremendous opportunities to learn, grow and interact with peers in our industry. In this tradition, I am honored to be nominated as Secretary and welcome the chance to Ďgive backí to an organization that has served me and my bank so well. In this role, I hope to be an effective communicator and resource to our members.
David Lambert, Wells Fargo Bank
In 2011, I joined the Real Estate Technical Services (RETECHS) Environmental risk management group of Wells Fargo Bank and have been active in the EBA since. My present role as Vice President, Environmental Risk Manager includes managing environmental risk, developing environmental policy, interpreting and arbitrating environmental policy requirements for various business lines, environmental review of one-off and portfolio transactions, and developing and implementing group-wide operational processes and procedures. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, for 20 years I held senior management positions in two national environmental consulting firms that served the banking industry, where, in addition to business development, project consulting, and customer management responsibilities, I had full profit and loss accountability and corporate finance responsibilities. With your vote, I believe I can bring fresh perspective to the EBAís finances and Board of Governors during a time of significant transition. I look forward to the opportunity to serve as the EBA Treasurer and seeing everyone at the January meeting.
William K. Sloan, Commerce Bank
For the past 6 Ĺ years Iíve enjoyed the challenge of environmental risk management for Commerce Bank, with most of that time as the sole provider of ERM. Present duties include due diligence procurement and review, policy development, training, vendor management, and internal consulting to other departments such as Trust and Corporate Real Estate. Iím a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager with a BS in Environmental Management and 20+ years in environmental consulting. Dennis Firestoneís Risk Management Committee was the primary reason I joined the EBA and I credit EBA membership with being the educators and mentors that helped make my job successful. Consequently I became involved with the RMC and have been Co-Chair with Dennis for the past year. Being nominated to serve on the Risk Management Committee is a very high honor and I welcome the opportunity to continue to give a little back to the organization that has meant so much to me.
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Kim Luu, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Kim is as an Environmental Specialist in MUFG Union Bankís Environmental Stewardship Department and has worked in the environmental field in various capacities for over ten years. At MUFG Union Bank, she works on environmental sustainability and strategy to quantify and reduce the bankís greenhouse gas emissions, increase environmentally sustainable lending practices, decrease resource consumption such as paper, and increase employee engagement. She believes the inherent value of incorporating environmental sustainability into a companyís operations is increased profitability, decreased risk, and just a better world. Prior to joining Union Bank, Kim worked as an environmental engineer for a consulting firm and then in land acquisitions evaluating environmental risk for a developer. Kim is a licensed California Professional Engineer and LEED GA. She received her Masterís Degree from MIT and Bachelorís Degree from UCLA, both in Environmental Engineering. Kim lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and daughters.
As the Environmental Risk Manager at BMO Harris Bank headquartered in Chicago, Jan manages all levels of environmental due diligence for all lines of business throughout BMOís U.S. footprint. Jan is responsible for ensuring relationship managers comply with the Bankís environmental risk policy and procedures. Previously, Jan served in a similar role at JP Morgan Chase for eighteen years. Jan graduated from Temple University with a bachelorís degree in environmental geology.
Peter Dollander, BB&T
I am currently a VP Senior Environmental Risk Officer in the Environmental Risk Management Department at BB&T. Responsibilities include due diligence reviews, bank training, staff mentoring, planning and hosting of our annual consultant roundtable event, audit support, and management of our groupís external reviewer program. I have nearly 10 years of experience in the ERM field (BB&T and Regions Bank) and started my career with Terracon as a Project Manager. I have been an EBA member since joining BB&T in 2010 and have presented at several EBA meetings. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute more by serving as the Chair of the Technical Committee and look forward to being involved during this exciting time of transition.
Michael Wearne, Columbia Bank
I am responsible for Environmental Risk Management at Columbia Bank in Tacoma, Washington. Columbia Bank has branches in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. I have held a similar position at two other banks, including the former Washington Mutual Bank, where I was a member of Environmental Bankers. I am pleased to serve on the Board of Governors of the Environmental Bankers Association. I feel this organization provides me with a variety of skills to better serve my bank and our customers. I return from the meetings enthused about my job and anxious to incorporate what I have learned from the presentations. Thank you for the opportunity.