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Conference Testimonials

"Great job on a successful EBA.  The facilities have improved dramatically.  I am already thinking about Seattle in June as I am launching a west coast office and want to highlight at a west coast venue." - Michael T. Kulka  (Orlando conference January 2014)

"Thank you for a great January meeting.   It really seems like Florida works well for the EBA. The venue was great.   The program and the presentations were very good.   And I really enjoyed and heard great feedback on the bowling and the EDR nightcap.   But my favorite presentation was learning about Billís figís.   It was great to see him doing so well."  -  Cathy McGowan  (Orlando conference January 2014) 

"I wish to thank you for putting on a wonderful conference.  Now that I have been to a few EBA meetings I have gotten to know a few people and very much appreciate the information and format. Thanks for helping answer my questions, introducing me to people and generally making me feel welcome." -  Joe Berlin (Orlando conference January 2014)

"Thank you also for a great conference, you and Jeff Ďacedí another one. Have a good weekend and Iíll look forward to speaking with you again soon!" - Michael Bender (Orlando conference January 2014)

"Thank you for a truly fantastic EBA meeting this week! We came away feeling that was one of the best meetings yet. Great panels and discussions, and the Mardi Gras atmosphere really contributed a nice camaraderie between everyone. Thank you for everything you do to make the EBA great!We are already looking forward to a great June San Francisco meeting" - Erika Petty ( New Orleans conference January 2013)

"The EBA meeting in New Orleans was absolutely wonderful. What a great venue and place to have the meeting"
- Richard Belyea ( New Orleans conference January 2013)

Member Testimonials




Jeff Furton,
Vice President - ERM- Michigan
Comerica Bank

What first interested you in joining the EBA?

Early in my banking career I felt it was very important to interact professionally with my peers. I was an environmental consultant in my previous life and it was important for me to quickly grasp and adapt to the unique challenges and concerns faced by environmental risk managers within the banking industry. I was told by my manager that the EBA is the most well known and respected professional organization for environmental bankers in the country, so that was a great place to start.

 

Is that why you remain a member or has something else proven more important?

Now that Iíve worked for Comerica Bank for going on eighteen years, Iíve found that personal interaction with other members has increasingly become the most valuable and important reason to maintain my EBA membership.


What and how?

I feel comfortable about picking up the phone and calling other EBA members whenever I need an update about a particular environmental issue. This is especially true when we are reviewing reports for a property in a state for which we have limited expertise or experience. EBA members are always responsive and eager to help out.

How has membership affected your job?

It has made me more aware of the variations in how banks throughout the country manage environmental risks within their organization. There are geographical influences, as well as variations based on the size and the risk tolerances of the organization. Being familiar how others might consider a specific type of risk has allowed me to be more effective and helpful when answering questions posed by our lenders.

How has membership affected your bank?

At Comerica we strive to manage environmental risks in a way that is both effective and maintains our competitiveness with other peer banks in out markets. Itís important to know whatís going on in the rest of the country so we can effectively protect our organization from unnecessary environmental risks while maintaining a competitive position within the market.

How often do you use the EBA website and which functions are most useful?

I usually log into the web site at least once a week. I want to be aware of other committee calls and EBA events, and the web site is the best place to keep tabs on that information. Plus is it very useful to have member contact information close at hand and easily accessible.

What is best/worst about the EBA meetings?

The best part about EBA meetings is the ability to stay connected with other members and to personally meet other folks who attend the meetings. I value their feedback about environmental risk issues, both on a global and a regional perspective. It helps to keep me on my toes and increases my awareness of alternative measures for dealing with environmental risk issues within the banking industry.

The worst part about EBA meetings is my inability to get around and chat with everyone Iíd like to due to the full agenda Ė although thatís a good problem to have!


What would you recommend EBA do about this?

Make every effort to control the costs of the meetings while maintaining the value and applicability of the agenda to EBA members. I think Jeff (and recently Sharon) have done a commendable job of coming up with great topics and timely and informative speakers for the meetings. This makes it easier to convince internal management about the importance of being an EBA member and attending the meetings whenever possible within budgetary constraints.

Describe the value of BankNotes to your work.

I always appreciate the amount of valuable information condensed into a fairly brief document. From updates about recent regulatory changes to interesting court cases to up to date information about upcoming meetings and new members, itís all in there. Plus, itís a document I can easily read through during a lunch break at my desk.




ED Morales,
Vice President/ Environmental Risk Officer
Sterling Savings Bank ED

What first interested you in joining the EBA?

I first became a member at my previous employer EnviroFinance Group (EFG). Although at the time EFG was different than most lenders, I believed that there were some technical and risk issues relevant to my role at the firm.

Is that why you remain a member or has something else proven more important?

Since becoming a environmental risk officer for a traditional bank, I believe it is more relevant to be a member than ever before.

What and how?

There are many more issues I run into that are discussed at EBA meetings today ranging from technical to policy matters.

How has membership affected your job?

 

It has given me a conduit to others in my field where I can get valuable feedback on risk policy issues.


How often do you use the EBA website and which functions are most useful?

I mainly view the site to obtain contact info on other members, updates on upcoming meetings and get info on the various committees.

What is best/worst about the EBA meetings?

The best is the content. It is generally unfiltered and lively. The worst is some of the locations. I am not very comfortable at some of the remote locations such as Stowe, VT. I am a City boy, born and raised in San Francisco. I need to have concrete and buildings around me.

What would you recommend EBA do about this?

After New Mexico, the next couple of meetings should go back to more urban settings.

Describe the value of BankNotes to your work.

Bank Notes gives me a perspective on the banking industry that I donít get from other sources. It is a good combination of financial and credit issues that affect the banking/lending industry along with technical, regulatory and risk management issues. It is a very comprehensive publication so keep up the good work.

 

 

 
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