Friday, September 16, 2016
Posted by: Jeff Telego
On September 7th, 2016, the environmental banking world lost a true pioneer and giant in our industry. Evan Henry passed away as a result of complications attributed to Parkinson’s disease. Evan retired from Bank of America (BOA) in May of 2012 and moved to Sonoma County where he lived on apple orchard.
Until his retirement, he was BOA Senior Vice President for Commercial Valuation Services; that entailed Environmental Services, Commercial Appraisal and Enterprise Valuation. Prior to this position he was Senior Vice President and Manager of Environmental Services Department within the bank. He was responsible for assessment and management of environmental credit risks across the spectrum of business activities of BankAmerica Corporation worldwide. In the United States, Evan was responsible for development and implementation of hazardous waste/toxic substances policy, which includes review of environmental assessments of real property collateral prior to lending and assessment of liabilities presented during foreclosure situations. He also served on Bank of America’s Environmental Commitment Advisory Committee.
Evan represented one of the founding member banks in 1994 of the Environmental Bankers Association where he served as the association’s second President and in 2008 as Chair of the Global Committee. Evan was at the forefront of developing the BOA’s environmental policy and risk management programs associated with real estate secured lending. Evan was well respected in the environmental banking industry for his vision and leadership skills.
Evan was once an inspirational speaker and panelist at EBA membership meetings, state, local, national and international conventions and seminars, authoring multiple papers on environmental risk management, brownfields financing, and sustainability issues for banks. He was instrumental in developing the Environmental Risk Management for Bankers training program for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and taught similar programs in conjunction with the US Agency for International Development through South and Southeast Asia. Evan was active in the professional community with advisory or executive roles relating to state and federal environmental agencies, trade associations, professional organizations and environmentally based non-profit organizations.
Evan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Tufts University in 1977 followed by a Master of Science degree in hydrology from the University of New Hampshire.in 1984. Prior to joining Bank of America in 1988, Evan gained approximately ten years of professional experience with environmental consulting firms providing hazardous waste assessment and cleanup advice to commercial, industrial and governmental clients. Evan developed specific experience with assessment of environmental liabilities of real estate transactions and property development. Evan has been a Registered Geologist and Registered Environmental Assessor in the state of California.
" Evan truly was a pioneer for our industry and I owe him a great debt of gratitude for the help he provided me in my early days here at Huntington when he was the only one who answered when I asked, 'is anyone else out there?'" ~ Bill Hinger, VP, M.En., The Huntington National Bank
(part 2) "We tossed out a lot of ideas, and Phil tossed out the figure of $200 million (or was it $250 million, it was a while ago?). When we left, Evan and I knew we had dream up something brilliant to nab that funding, so after several iterations (and many drinks) Evan suggested a forgivable loan/grant fund sponsored by the Treasurer and administered by a nonprofit. I can’t even recall what the program came to be called, but it happened because Evan thought it up and sold it to Angelides. Evan and I remained close friend until his passing. I shall miss my visits to Rancho Henry and sitting on his back porch watching the apples ripen." ~ George B. Brewster, JD, CRE, LTS Capital Advisors
(part 1) "On the sad occasion of Evan’s passing, I wanted to share a little of my experience with him. I met Evan when I was ED of what was then called the California Center for Land Recycling (CCLR), where Evan was forcibly recruited by the never-tiring Nick Bollman of the James Irvine Foundation to be an advisor to CCLR. He and I immediately struck up a personal friendship which led to various and assorted mischief, including being invited by CA Treasurer Phil Angelides to come have an audience to brain storm ways to get neglected infill sites into development." ~ George B. Brewster, JD, CRE, LTS Capital Advisors
"It does not surprise me that Evan Henry had a major impact on EBA and its membership. Evan helped shape the Center for Creative Land Recycling's programs in profound ways. He was an early advisor and good friend, and was instrumental in forging a connection between CCLR and the office of then-California State Treasurer Phil Angelides to create a loan/grant program that was hugely successful in facilitating the redevelopment of contaminated properties.
Thanks for a beautiful tribute to Evan. We'll be honoring him at our forthcoming 20th Anniversary Benefit on November 17th in San Francisco. I'll also make sure to send a card to Amy and Lauren. CCLR would not be twenty years old today without Evan's insights, dedication and support."
With gratitude, Sarah Sieloff, The Center for Creative Land Recycling
"Evan and I were longtime friends sharing an office together at both our first consulting positions at then Fugro in Long Beach. We continued to work and confide in each other through the years me in consulting and his well known roles in activities and even getting together socially with our families. We had sporadically stayed in touch one or two times a year since the crash. My wife was just asking me last week if I had checked in with him. I am so so sad to hear this news - he was my inspiration...My friend, I miss him."
~ Michael Mooradian, Ecobility Corporation