EBA Risk Management MDG Call 04/26/2017
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EBA Risk Management MDG Call 04/26/2017

Join us at Noon Eastern on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 for the Risk Management Member Development Group call: "Acquiring Environmentally Distressed Assets – One Firm’s Business Model is Another Firm’s Exit Strategy" Organizers: Michael Cole, SunTrust Bank; and Dennis Firestone, ATC Group Services, Inc. Dial-in Number:  712.432.0075   (Canadian callers: Dial this access number first: 559.546.1400 .. and then the number above) Access code: 880073#

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00 PM (Eastern)
Where: Dial-in Number: 712-432-0075
United States
Contact: Michael Cole
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Join the joint Risk Management Member Development Groups call on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 as we discuss: 

Acquiring Environmentally Distressed Assets – One Firm’s Business Model is Another Firm’s Exit Strategy

This call will be a little different; there will be open/interactive discussion in the latter part of the presentation.  Firms like Phoenix IF are both a true exit strategy for lenders (because they take title), and client prospect for Affiliates (because they are an equity source for deals declined by banks due to impact or stigma-attachment).

Session Summary:

  • Overview of the Phoenix Investment Funds and Winefield & Associates strategy to buy environmentally distressed notes and take title to these non-performing assets
  • Case studies
  • Open discussion:  Minimizing environmental liabiliy – statutory lender liability protections, environmental insurance policies, and rigorous due diligence


  • Matt Beck is the President and co-founder of Phoenix Investment Funds. Matt B. is responsible Phoenix’s national acquisition platform, client relations, strategy, and business development, and he serves on the firm’s Management and Executive Committees.  He has been acquiring distressed notes and environmentally challenged properties for over 20 years, having learned the nuances from his father (also a banker).  Matt B. studied business marketing at Arizona State University.
  • Matt Winefield is the President of Winefield & Associates, Inc.  Matt W. began his career as an environmental engineer for Chevron, and later formed then sold an environmental consultancy.  Although he enjoyed his consulting career, Matt W. is strictly a real estate investor these days, and he uses his technical wherewithal to oversee environmental due diligence for his personal and Phoenix’s IF portfolios.  Matt has a couple engineering degrees and obtained his MBA from UCLA.



The call will be hosted by EBA-RMC Co-Chairs: Michael Cole of SunTrust Bank, and Dennis Firestone of ATC Group Services.


Click here to access the call agenda.


Click here to view the presentation slides. coming soon!



Get involved with the EBA E&E Media Club!


EBA E&E Media Club - What is it?  Our new Education and Entertaining (E&E) Media Club is an EBA member-driven media forum that focuses on education and entertainment.  

There are so many great books and other media sources that explain why we have jobs. We invite you to make suggestions on resources for how to be better professionals / humans, or give life lessons, or just plain make you laugh.  We plan on doing bi-monthly reviews of books, movies and webcasts, which may be related to the environmental business we work in, the history of our practices, business growth, or just because you should.  Participation is voluntary.  We will try to ensure books are available in multiple formats (such as audio books), but you will be responsible to obtain the media.

As we launch this, we plan for bi-monthly updates, and will communicate in advance which book or movie / webcast we are reviewing.  We will be using the EBA Risk Management Member Development Group Blog to disseminate information.  Any book worms or movie critics who are interesting in assisting with reviews or ideas on books/movies/etc. please contact Jeffrey Sotek at 518-344-9853 or jeff.sotek@amecfw.com.  There is no obligation for members to read, listen or watch anything, but it may be fun, and we hope you'll join us.


Call ID:
Dial-in Number:  712-432-0075  
(Canadian callers: Dial this access number first: 559.546.1400 .. and then the number above)
Access code: 880073#
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Access pre- and post-call conversation on our EBA Community Blog (login required)


There will be no roll call during the call due to the number of participants. Please take a moment during the call to e-mail your name to Dennis.Firestone@atcassociates.com ... or use the "buttons" embedded in the 10-Minute Reminder sent on Wednesday morning.


Please share this announcement with others in your bank or firm! Also, if you would like to receive a membership package, please contact Lisa Kraus Gardner at: eba@envirobank.org.

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