Minneapolis Speakers
Bill Sloan, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank

Presenting: Opening Welcome & State of the EBA
Monday, June 11 at 8:00am

and, Moderator: Session 4: USEPA Superfund Task Force Recommendation 27 Feedback – Open Forum
Monday, June 11 at 10:40am
and; Panelist: Session 7:  Data Security
Monday, June 11 at 3:15pm

and, Co-Presenter: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, June 13 at 8:30am

William K. Sloan (Bill) has performed environmental risk management at Commerce Bank for the last nine years.  Prior to the bank, he had more than 20 years of environmental consulting experience and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager with a BS in Environmental Management. Bill has been active with the EBA for the past five years and is the currently serving as President of the EBA.


Kathryn Peacock, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Moderator: Session 1:  SBA SOP 50-10-5 Update

Monday, June 11, 8:25am


Kathryn Peacock is a Principal for Partner Engineering and Science. She has been practicing in the environmental and engineering due diligence field for 15 years, and has worked on thousands of transactions, subsurface investigations, and site remediation projects. Her clientele includes many of the nation’s largest lenders, real estate investors, and corporations. She holds a bachelor degree in Soil Science from Prescott College and a Masters in Education from the Arizona Teachers Institute. Kathryn speaks and writes frequently on a wide range of environmental due diligence topics.


Georgina Dannatt, Environmental Risk Manager/ Vice President, Bank of the West

Moderator: Session 2:  Contaminated Sediment Remediation
Monday, June 11 at 8:55am
and, Moderator: Session 6:  Loan/Borrower Monitoring
Monday, June 11 at 2:30pm
and, Presenting: Session 13: Banker Involvement in the ASTM Standard Development Process
Tuesday, June 12 at 11:45am


Georgina Dannatt is the Environmental Risk Manager/Vice President at Bank of the West in San Ramon, CA. For over 20 years Georgina has managed environmental risks on behalf of lending institutions, both in-house at Bank of the West and the former Bay View Bank, and performing out-sourced environmental reviews. She develops policy and implements an environmental risk management program covering loan origination, foreclosure, and related facility issues. Georgina has extensive experience in the performance of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments; previous experience includes ES&H management and contamination investigations for industry and at environmental consulting firms. In 2017, she received the prestigious PRISM Hall of Fame Award.  Georgina is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Registered Environmental Property Assessor. She has been an active member of EBA since 1996 (Technical Committee Chair 1999-2001, 2005-2015, 2017-present and Vice President 2015-2017), as well a participant in ASTM task groups and Treasurer of her local AHMP/CHMM chapter.


Dennis Firestone, RG, Managing Director, CBRE, Inc.
Presenting: Session 7:  Data Security
Monday, June 11, 3:15pm


Dennis P. Firestone is a managing director with CBRE, Inc. – Assessment and Consulting Services (ACS). In addition to supporting the CBRE lending, mortgage banking and investment groups, ACS provides environmental and related services to a wide range of national, regional and local lenders, as well as equity investors. Dennis provides operations, business development, and direct client support. Dennis, who has more than 25 years of leadership in the assessment industry, is a registered geologist and registered environmental manager. Prior positions have included serving as the operations manager for the Wells Fargo Environmental & Construction Services RETECHS Group, and E&ES Program Manager for FINOVA Capital Corporation. Dennis held a board seat and served as Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of the Environmental Bankers Association from 2003 to 2015, and he is now Co-Chair of the EBA Risk Management Member Development Group. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan.


Kelly Stratton, President and Founder, Quire
Presenting: Session 7:  Data Security
Monday, June 11, 3:15pm


Kelly Stratton is the President and Founder of Quire, a cloud-based software application used for technical report writing. Prior to starting Quire, Kelly spent seven years in the environmental consulting industry specializing in environmental due diligence, regulatory compliance, and commercial/industrial redevelopment projects. She followed that term with seven years as VP of sales and marketing of an environmental data company, managing sales, new product initiatives, and a national company-wide rebranding effort. As President of Quire, Kelly directs strategic and business development initiatives to advance Quire as an industry leader in collaborative, report writing technology. Kelly has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a Minor in Speech Communications from Penn State University.


Michael Cole, VP, REVAL Environmental Risk Team Lead, SunTrust Bank
Moderator: Session 10: Lender Concerns with No Further Action Letters
Tuesday, June 12 at 9:30am
and, Moderator: Session 12: Construction Risk for Lenders
Tuesday, June 12 at 11:20am


Michael Cole has over 25 years of real estate experience including property management, real estate sales and Fee appraisal experience, while in college studying Applied Science at North Carolina State University and then Law at Campbell University (CumLaude). Michael was an Appraiser for Cole, Layer and Tremble and worked as a Revaluation Director for Lee County Assessors Department. Since 1996, he has focused her career on environmental risk management for the financial services industry.   His experience encompasses policy development and implementation, program execution and training for Environmental Risk Management as it relates to contaminated real estate, Regulatory Compliance, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Michael received his Certified Environmental Inspector (CEI) designation in 1999 from the Environmental Assessors Association.


Sean Leary, Executive Vice President and Due Diligence Group Manager, Vieau Associates, Inc.
Moderator: Session 8:  Minneapolis Case Study – Solhaus Site
Monday, June 11 at 4:00pm

Sean Leary is Executive Vice President and Due Diligence Group Manager of Vieau Associates Inc., a Twin Cities-based environmental consulting firm.  He is an Environmental Professional with ten years of experience providing environmental due diligence and remediation consulting. His educational background includes degrees in both environmental science and biology. Mr. Leary’s environmental due diligence experience is extensive, including completion, management, and review of thousands of environmental site assessments and hundreds of Phase II investigations spanning over 22 states.  He is proficient in risk-based site evaluation and has a demonstrated track record of securing liability assurances and regulatory approvals through State Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup and Brownfields Redevelopment programs.  Mr. Leary has also managed complex site investigations and remedial projects, including installation of vapor mitigation systems, underground storage tank removals, petroleum release investigation and cleanup, brownfield site investigation, cleanup, and redevelopment. His knowledge of commercial real estate, finance, and the associated regulatory frameworks enhances his ability to find innovative solutions to his clients’ problems.


Chris Srock, RG, Vice President and Senior Principal, Terracon Consultants
Presenting: Session 11: Lessons Learned with Brownfields

Tuesday, June 12, 10:45am


Chris Srock is a Vice President and Senior Principal at Terracon Consultants. Mr. Srock has a bachelor degree in Geological Engineering, a masters degree in Environmental Sciences, and is a professional engineer and registered geologist with over 30 years of experience in the engineering and environmental consulting field. He has served as program manager for thousands of due diligence, corrective action and remediation projects for real property and manages long-term national accounts for financial institutions (equity and loan portfolios), life insurance companies, real estate investment trusts, law firms, developers, and other real property owners.  


Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental
Co-Presenter: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, June 13 at 8:30am


Julie H. Kilgore is President of Wasatch Environmental, an environmental science and engineering firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has over 20 years’ experience in environmental assessment, investigation, remediation, and regulatory agency coordination. Julie has been directly involved in investigation, cleanup, and negotiating regulatory closures for several chlorinated solvent, metals, and petroleum-impacted sites including facilities with multi-agency interests. Julie is the chair of Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action. Julie also chairs the task group responsible for developing E 1527-05, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, has served on the ASTM International Board of Directors, and was involved in the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Envision Utah Brownfields Task Force. Julie has lectured for several professional organizations, participated in national conference panel presentations, and provides industry training regarding the 2002 Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, All Appropriate Inquiry, and Phase I Environmental Assessments.

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