Newport Beach Conference Agenda and Speaker Information

EBA 2018 Winter Conference

Newport Beach, California | January 14 - 17, 2018


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EBA Gives Back Project

EBA Conference attendees are invited to join us for EBA Gives Back: Your choice to participate a local, charity activity taking place on  Sunday, January 14 from 9am -11:30am:


Planned through the Newport Bay Conservancy Center, this year’s Give Back event focuses on the trash clean-up of the Newport Bay area near the Back Bay Science Center. We will be focusing the effort on the area surrounding the facility, along some of the trails, and higher areas of marsh!


Back Bay Science Center - 600 Shellmaker Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Distance: 9 minute walk from the hotel

To sign up, add the optional ticket to your registration.








Conference Agenda last updated on: 12/8/17

Please note this agenda is preliminary and is subject to change until final agenda is published.

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Conference educational overview:

Leading and Lagging Indicators

For this conference, we zoom up to the 50,000 foot level to look at how programs at the state level can serve as leading indicators and also when we should not look to state programs as a model for the rest of the United States or the world. 
We’ll be taking deep dives into case studies and then linking them back to these bigger trends.  And we’ll look at some of the non-bank financing activity in the United States and how these institutions identify and manage environmental risks.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

9:00 AM  - 11:30 AM                            


EBA Gives Back Project: Beach Cleanup near the Back Bay Science Center

Meet in Hotel Lobby
Special thanks to: Partner Engineering & Science

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Registration Desk Open  

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Exhibitor Set-up


4:30 PM – 5:00 PM


EBA Banker Only Session & Welcome New Bankers


4:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Welcome Session for Affiliate Members


5:00 PM – 5:30 PM


EBA Business Meeting – All Attendees Welcome


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

  Evening Reception

Sponsored by Partner Engineering & Science

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM   Newport Beach Dine Arounds   Sign up onsite for local restaurant outings. Everyone pays for their own tab!  
Monday, January 15, 2018

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by EBI Consulting

7:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  Registration Desk Open  

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Exhibits Open


8:00 AM – 8:15 AM


Opening Welcome & State of the EBA

Bill Sloan, EBA President

8:20 AM – 8:40 AM


Eye on the Economy: What to Expect in 2018

  Dianne Crocker, EDR
8:45 AM - 9:10 AM   Results of Banker Member Survey   Moderated by: Richard Ferguson, U.S. Bank; with panelists including: Georgina Dannatt, Bank of the West; Galen Elliott, Bank of Oklahoma; and Cynthia Wagner, MUFG Union Bank  
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Session 1: Case Study on Exide Battery Recycling Plant

Moderated by: Nicole Rivera, EFI Global; with panelists including: Shayan Simantob, EFI Global; and Joseph K. Lyou, Ph.D., South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Break   Special Thanks to EBA Gold Sponsors  

10:30 AM -- 11:00 AM


Session 2: Experiences in Brownsfield Redevelopments in Southern California

Moderated by: Don Kellar, Fulcrum Resources; with panelists including: Jeremy Squire, Murex Environmental; Canaan Crouch, Landmark E&S Insurance Brokers; and Christine Bucklin, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

11:05 AM - 12:00 PM   Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective   Co-Moderated by: Dave Lambert, Wells Fargo; and Holly Neber, AEI Consultants; with panelists including: Cathy McGowan, Wells Fargo; Cynthia Wagner, MUFG Union Bank; John Rybak, BB&T; Richard Belyea, Comerica; Jan Sheinson, BMO Harris; Brian Walker, JP Morgan Chase; and Bill Sloan, Commerce Bank

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM



Lunch Sponsored by: ERI

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Session 4: How to Avoid Stormwater Infractions - Lessons Learned From 200+ Citizen Suits


Presented by: Wayne Rosenbaum, Varco & Rosenbaum

2:05 PM – 2:45 PM   Session 5: To Outsource or Not? That is the Question
  Moderated by: Richard Belyea, Comerica; with panelists including: John Schovanec, Bank of America; Georgina Dannatt, Bank of the West; and Bill Sloan, Commerce Bank  

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM



Special Thanks to EBA Gold Sponsors  
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
  Session 6: Data Security – A Rapidly Evolving Area for Bankers and Vendors

Presented by: Bill Alpine, ATC Group Services; Richard Ferguson, U.S. Bank; and Jeff Thornhill, First Bank


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

  Evening Reception
Sponsored by EBA and  EDR  
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM   Newport Beach Dine Arounds   Sign up onsite for local restaurant outings. Everyone pays for their own tab!  
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  Registration Desk Open  
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
  Breakfast with the Board of Governors
All Bankers and one member from each sponsor company invited

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

  Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  Exhibits Open
8:45 AM – 9:25 AM

Session 7: Seismic (Business Resilience) Study

Presented by: Joe Derhake, Partner Engineering & Science; Michael Cole, Suntrust Bank; and Brian Morith, Freddie Mac

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM   Session 8: Deal/ No Deal - A Risk Management Debate
  Moderated by: Sean Leary, Vieau Associates; with panelists including: Georgina Dannatt, Bank of the West; Julie Kilgore, Wasatch Environmental; Ruxandra Niculescu, Geographic Services Inc.; Orion Alcalay, AEI Consultants; Stuart Weese, Hancock Whitney Bank; Jan Sheinson, BMO Harris Bank; and Mike Kulka, PM Environmental
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Special Thanks to EBA Gold Sponsors  
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Session 9: Multi Factor Mitigation Case Study – Solutions to Make a Loan Work

Presented by: Jacqueline Hartis and Jessica Crutchfield, McRoberts & Associates, P.C.

11:20 AM - 11:45 AM   Session 10: Cleanup Cost Modelling   Presented by: James Berndt, August Mack Environmental  
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM   Announcements      
12:00 PM – 1:30  PM


Lunch Sponsored by: ERIS

1:30  PM – 4:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

Banker Only Session
Topics to be covered include:

  • 2017 Banker Survey Results
  • SBA’s 2018 changes to dry cleaner Phase II requirements and impacts on future bank policies
  • Understanding peer bank differences in risk tolerance/approaches for specific types of sites:
    • Dry Cleaner
    • UST/Gas Station
    • Agricultural
    • Redeveloped Oil Field
  • Structuring review memos for resolution of issues post-closure

Affiliate Only Session

*Includes afternoon break from 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Special Thanks to EBA Gold Sponsors


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Board of Governors Meeting (closed meeting)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

  Registration Desk Open      
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop for New Environmental Risk Managers

All Conference Attendees and Invited Guests Welcome!

Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments - State of the Practice
  • What Bank Reviewers Look for in a Phase I Report
  • Phase I Considerations
    • Limitations
    • Scope of Work
    • Impact of Timing
    • Consultant Approach
    • Conditions/Features Identified as Risks
  • Phase I Review Elements and Decision Making
    • Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) vs.
    • Recommendations/Required Actions
    • Risk to the Bank: Business Risks vs. Environmental
    • Health/Regulatory Compliance Related Risks
    • Opinion of Consultant vs. Bank’s Risk Tolerance/Perspective
  • Phase II investigations
    • Risk vs. Benefit of Conducting Sampling
    • Contract Considerations
    • Who Orders

Presented by: Julie Kilgore, Wasatch Environmental; and Rita Wiggin, Commerce Bank


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