New Orleans Speakers
Bill Sloan, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank

Presenting: Opening Welcome & State of the EBA
Monday, January 21, 8:00am


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.


 

Dianne Crocker, Principal Analyst, EDR Insight

Presenting: Economic Update
Monday, January 21, 9:00am


Dianne Crocker, Principal Analyst, EDR Insight, delivers strategic data and analysis on property risk management trends to consultants, commercial real estate lenders, corporations and other parties involved in real estate transactions. With nearly 20 years' experience in the commercial real estate industry, she has analyzed the market through two cyclical downturns. Crocker is a highly-respected expert on growth opportunities for consultants, benchmarks on risk management practices and commercial real estate market trends and forecasting. She is a prolific blogger and a frequent speaker at industry conferences and EDR's own events, and a regular contributor to trade publications. She is a member of EBA's news task group and the Boston chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.


 

John McGinnis, Vice President, Comerica

Presenting: Session 1:  Terms of Investment -  Living with Water, Building with Nature
Monday, January 21, 9:30am

 

John is Vice President and West Regional Manager for the Environmental Risk Management (ERM) Department at Comerica Bank in Costa Mesa, California. Prior to joining Comerica in 2011, John worked for a major insurance carrier helping underwrite pollution legal liability policies and other environmental insurance products.  John has over 25 years combined experience in the environmental consulting field where he personally conducted numerous Phase I ESAs and Phase II investigations, as well as asbestos and lead paint surveys. Previous positions also include six years with the ERM Department for a former California-based lender.  In addition, John is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of California and his prior legal practice included representing former construction and shipyard workers in asbestos exposure claims. John recently was a panel speaker at the New EBA Banking Member Training Session at the EBA 2016 Winter Conference in Long Beach, California. John obtained a B.S. and M.S in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.


 

David Waggonner, Founding Principal, WBAE

Presenting: Session 1:  Terms of Investment -  Living with Water, Building with Nature
Monday, January 21, 9:30am

 

David Waggonner is the founding principal of Waggonner & Ball, an internationally active architecture and environment practice based in New Orleans. David was raised in Plain Dealing, Louisiana and spent time in Washington DC, where his father was a U.S. Congressman. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, and in 2010 was elevated to the position of Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). In 2016, David was awarded the AIA Louisiana Medal of Honor. From preservation to modern architecture to urban design, locally and internationally, quality and innovation are hallmarks of his work. His maxim, "know where you are," imparts both an understanding of place and a critical awareness of time. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David saw an opportunity for New Orleans to reinvent itself as a sustainable city that embraces its lifeblood: water. He championed a process that examines history, soils, biodiversity, infrastructure networks, urban space and habitation, along with the forces of water. This combination serves as a holistic foundation for design, initiated during the Dutch Dialogue, developed through the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, and now being implemented in multiple projects including the city's winning National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) entry. Related processes and efforts have produced Rebuild by Design and other NDRC awards for Bridgeport and the State of Louisiana, Connecticut, and Virginia.


 

Kathryn Peacock, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Moderator: Session 2: Storm Preparedness and Resilience: How Bank Facilities Weather Storms

Monday, January 21, 10:30am
and, Moderator: Session 8: The Life Cycle of Environmental Learning: The Evolution of an ERM Department
Tuesday, January 22, 8:45am

 

Kathryn Peacock serves as Principal and National Client Manager for Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. With 20 years of experience under her belt, Kathryn has worked on thousands of transactions, subsurface investigations, and site remediation projects for some of the nation’s largest lenders and investors. 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, and is dedicated to advancing standards and best practices through her active involvement with industry associations such as ASTM.


 

Galina Chadwick, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Presenting: Session 2: Storm Preparedness and Resilience: How Bank Facilities Weather Storms

Monday, January 21, 10:30am

Galina Chadwick is a Senior Vice President and Environmental Manager with the Corporate Real Estate Services team of Bank of America.  Galina, a licensed Professional Engineer, has more than 30 years of environmental engineering, project management and program management experience dedicated to integration of environmentally responsible practices into business operations with an emphasis on reducing environmental risks.  Her Federal and State agency experience is specialized in contaminated properties remediation project management and Superfund program development, while her private sector experience has focused on the development and implementation of comprehensive, sustainable environmental management systems and associated metrics to minimize operational risks and environmental impact.


 

Joe Sturza, Global Head of Environmental Health & Safety, JP Morgan Chase
Presenting: Session 2: Storm Preparedness and Resilience: How Bank Facilities Weather Storms

Monday, January 21, 10:30am


Joe Sturza is the Global Head of Environmental Health and Safety for JPMorgan Chase, where he leads a team of 7 EHS professionals, augmented with fourteen 14 service provider EHS staff. He has been with JPMorgan Chase for 7 years. His group is responsible for identifying and mitigating environmental risk at over 6,400 properties, located in 62 countries. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, he worked as an environmental consultant for 11 years and as a contractor for 9 years. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Arizona. Joe has been a member of the EBA since 2010.

 

Ben Jelin, Project Manager, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Presenting: Session 2: Storm Preparedness and Resilience: How Bank Facilities Weather Storms

Monday, January 21, 10:30am


Benjamin Jelin, Ph.D, CIH, CSP - Dr. Jelin is a Project Manager for Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Partner), with a specialization in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Consulting Services across a variety of industries and industry sectors, with a focus on occupational safety/health and limiting client liability. He has shown to be an efficient and effective manager of projects throughout the United States by maintaining and ensuring project scheduling, monitoring daily operations, assuring technician and contractor compliance, communicating regularly with clients, regulators and the public (if necessary), and developing and reviewing written products for clients. He is familiar with both regulatory and consensus standards and guidelines that will help protect workers and the public from hazards, while also limiting client liability. Dr. Jelin prides himself on being able to take on a variety of difficult projects and being able to provide clients with an expert opinion and consultation. His experience includes client consultation in a wide variety of areas some of which include asbestos hazard identification, abatement protocol development (including Negative Exposure Assessments (NEA)), on-site abatement oversight and clearance services; Exposure assessment for health and safety compliance for lead, asbestos, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); Indoor Air Quality investigations; Lead Based Paint and Lead Hazard identification; and Fungal/Microbial/Moisture contamination.

 

Lindsay Cook, Senior Vice President, EI Group
Presenting: Session 3:Vapor Intrusion - Key Issues in Understanding Risk Based Closures in Commercial Buildings

Monday, January 21, 11:20am

Lindsay Cook has extensive experience in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene and safety, indoor air quality, laboratory health and safety, ventilation, and noise.  He is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Industrial Hygienist, with degrees in Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently Vice President of the AIHA Board of Directors and the AIHA Foundation, and is an elected Fellow of AIHA.  He is past President of the Board of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and past Chair of the ANSI Z9 Industrial Ventilation Committee. Lindsay is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is a popular speaker and trainer on numerous health and safety topics.


 

Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental
Presenting: Session 4:  ASTM E1527 Updates
Monday, January 21, 1:30pm
and, Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, January 22, 1:30pm
and, Presenting: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, January 23, 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.


 

Patricia Overmeyer, Acting Deputy Director, US EPA
Presenting: Session 4:  ASTM E1527 Updates
Monday, January 21, 1:30pm
and, Presenting: Session 9: EPA Brownfields Update
Tuesday, January 22, 9:30am

Patricia Overmeyer is the Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR).  Ms. Overmeyer has worked in U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Program since January of 2002 and was instrumental in developing the program’s core policies and priorities since its inception.  Previously, Ms. Overmeyer served as OBLR’s Team Leader for the Brownfields Policy, Research and Outreach Team, which coordinates brownfields and land revitalization research, partnerships, policy development and communications.  Ms. Overmeyer coordinates EPA’s biannual National Brownfields Training Conference. Ms. Overmeyer is responsible for overseeing the implementation of EPA’s regulations governing required standards and practices for conducting environmental site assessments or “All Appropriate Inquiries,” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).  She coordinated the development of the regulation that establishes standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries and served as EPA’s Designated Federal Official for the Agency’s Federal Advisory Committee that was tasked with developing the proposed regulation on all appropriate inquiries.  Prior to her tenure with OBLR, Ms. Overmeyer worked in U.S. EPA’s Hazardous Waste Identification division where she was responsible for the development of regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Ms. Overmeyer earned her M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and has a B.A. in economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


 

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

Presenting: Session 5: Tiered Due Diligence: Transaction Screen and Database Efficacy

Monday, January 21, 2:10pm
and, Presenting: Session 10: The Aftermath of Severe Flooding
Tuesday, January 22, 10:30am
and, Presenting: Banker Only Session
Tuesday, January 22, 1:30pm

 

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. She received the prestigious PRISM Hall of Fame Award in 2017 and is now Co-Chair of the ASTM E1528 Transaction Screen Committee.  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 as involved in her local AHMP/CHMM chapter since its formation in 1987.


 

Jenny Redlin, REPA, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.

Presenting: Session 5: Tiered Due Diligence: Transaction Screen and Database Efficacy

Monday, January 21, 2:10pm

 

Ms. Redlin has more than fifteen years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. She is one of the founders of Partner Engineering and Science and is a Principal in the firm. Ms. Redlin has extensive experience in testing soil, soil gas, and groundwater in the context of a real estate transaction, as well as under the supervision of state and federal regulators. Her background in environmental science, in addition to her knowledge of current environmental regulations and the real estate industry, allows her to offer comprehensive environmental consulting services for real estate transactions. Ms. Redlin has extensive experience managing all aspects of due diligence- environmental, engineering, asbestos, lead based paint and radon surveys for nationwide and local clients such as developers, brokers, private equity funds and lenders including SBA, HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, portfolio, and insurance lenders. Ms. Redlin is a regular speaker at various Commercial Real Estate industry events educating the audience on various aspects of environmental and engineering due diligence trends and pitfalls.


 

Jan Sheinson, Environmental Risk Manager, BMO Harris Bank
Presenting: Session 6:  OCC Exams:  Lessons Learned
Monday, January 21, 3:20pm

and, Presenting: Session 8:  The Life Cycle of Environmental Learning:  The Evolution of a ERM Department
                                  Tuesday, January 22, 8:45am

Jan Sheinson has over 22 years of experience as the Bank's environmental risk manager for two major lending institutions - JP Morgan Chase and now BMO Harris Bank (BMO). Jan manages all levels of environmental due diligence for all lines of business throughout BMO’s U.S. footprint. He is responsible for ensuring relationship managers comply with the Bank’s environmental risk policy and procedures. When characterizing the extent of subsurface impact in terms of cost of to cure (remediation), one of Jan's primary responsibilities is to provide a technical opinion and integrate the environmental risk within the framework of the loan transaction. Primary lines of businesses Jan serves include commercial real estate, community development, business banking, middle market, private bank (wealth management), asset based lending, and capital markets. Jan's other roles include governing, training, and ensuring the lending units comply with the bank's environmental risk policy and procedures. Jan graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental geology.


 

Dennis Firestone, RG, Managing Director, CBRE, Inc.
Presenting: Session 7: Robots and RECs!: Technology Enablement in Real Estate
Monday, January 21, 3:50pm

 

Dennis Firestone has worked in the environmental, construction, and property condition field for over 30 years, specializing in risk management, asset management, and environmental due diligence for the financial and real estate industries. During this period, Mr. Firestone has managed the assessment and remediation of thousands of properties domestically and internationally. His clientele has included investment banking firms, national and regional banks, insurance companies, developers, law firms, life companies, and REITS. Mr. Firestone has been both a provider of risk and real estate services, having managed offices for various consulting firms providing a wide range of environmental, geotechnical, and construction services, and as a client of these services. He spent over twelve years at FINOVA Capital Corporation, as the Environmental & Engineering Services Program Manager, overseeing due diligence efforts and direct asset management (including re-branding, mothballing, and demolition); and over five years at Wells Fargo Bank, as Operations Manager for Environmental & Construction Services in the RETECHS group.  Mr. Firestone is currently serves as SVP – Premier Client Services in the CBRE, Inc. Assessment & Consulting Services Group, with a primary focus on client development, operational management & technology integration, staff technical development, and mentorship.


 

Richard White, Head of Research & Development, EDR, Inc.
Presenting: Session 7: Robots and RECs!: Technology Enablement in Real Estate
Monday, January 21, 3:50pm

 

Richard is the Head of Research and Development at EDR, Inc. and leads research projects combining technology and data analytics across all technology, data, and customer sectors.  With over 15 years at EDR, finding interesting intersections of technology and data to deliver new value is a passion.  Richard has designed, developed, and deployed most of EDR’s geospatial and data analytics environments and maintains over 0.5 petabytes of georeferenced raster images, nationwide geospatial datasets, and historic commercial property datasets.  Richard earned a Master of Science in Mathematics from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from the University of New Hampshire.


 

Doug Stuart, Senior Account Executive, Granite Risk Management
Presenting: Session 7: Robots and RECs!: Technology Enablement in Real Estate
Monday, January 21, 3:50pm

 

Doug is Senior Account Executive and Director, Product Development for Granite Risk Management, an Altisource®  Business Unit.  Doug directs business development, account management and product development for Granite for Commercial, Residential, and Private Lender markets nationally.  Doug is responsible for solution development to provide automation, intelligent software tools, and hardware deployment for Granite’s risk management offerings.  Doug’s experience spans 35 years in the mortgage industry as an innovator in the development of software platforms, integration deployments, and industry standards development for mortgage origination, default, and construction lending clients.  Doug previously founded and served as CEO of DDN Services, the nation’s largest construction services provider and also facilitated national conferences focused on Residential and Commercial Construction Risk Management Best Practices. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University.


 

Fredric Bellamy, Partner, Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen
Presenting: Session 7: Robots and RECs!: Technology Enablement in Real Estate
Monday, January 21, 3:50pm

 

Fredric is a partner with the law firm of Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, a full-service law firm in the Southwest with offices in Arizona, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.  Fred was named by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Lawyers in America”, as the “Best Lawyer in Technology Law in Phoenix” for 2018, and was the first lawyer in Arizona to be named a “Best Lawyer” in Information Technology Law.  In addition to helping his clients manage their legal risks relating to technology, Fred is a seasoned litigator who has extensive experience representing banks, including serving as trial counsel successfully defending his client in a jury trial in one of the largest lender liability cases in Arizona history.  Fred has also served as counsel in numerous environmental litigation cases representing mining companies, manufacturers, retailers, and municipalities.  In 2018, Fred received a Certificate from Harvard for “Managing Risk in the Information Age,” and is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 1986) and Harvard University (B.A. 1983).


 

John Rybak, SVP and Environmental Risk Manager, BB&T
Presenting: Session 7: Robots and RECs!: Technology Enablement in Real Estate
Monday, January 21, 3:50pm
and, Presenting: Session 8:  The Life Cycle of Environmental Learning:  The Evolution of a ERM Department
Tuesday, January 22, 8:45am

 

John Rybak is a SVP and Environmental Risk Manager for BB&T.  He has 27 years of Environmental Due Diligence experience with four different regional banks.  John has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from University at Buffalo, and an MBA from Canisius (“Ca- knee-shus”) College.  His focus is on Risk Management and Risk Awareness for the bank.  John is heavily involved in talent selection and coaching, including Vendors and Review Staff, including implementation of a Quality Assurance Quality Control Program based on education, clear definitions of quality, measurements and feedback loops to Vendors/Staff.


 

Michael Cole, VP, REVAL Environmental Risk Team Lead, SunTrust Bank
Presenting: Session 8:  The Life Cycle of Environmental Learning:  The Evolution of a ERM Department
Tuesday, January 22, 8:45am

 

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.


 

Nadine Stroud, Environmental Risk Officer, Western Alliance Bank
Presenting: Session 8:  The Life Cycle of Environmental Learning:  The Evolution of a ERM Department
Tuesday, January 22, 8:45am

Nadine Stroud is Western Alliance Banks’s Environmental Risk Officer. She is responsible for managing the environmental due diligence regarding all types of lending transactions. For almost two decades, Nadine was an environmental consultant for the firms Harding Lawson, Brown & Caldwell, and Kennedy/Jenks and worked with on due diligence and regulatory compliance for the private, municipal, and government sectors primarily within Alabama, Arizona, California, and Nevada. Prior to joining Western Alliance Bank, she served as an environmental risk officer for GE Capital. Nadine has a bachelor’s degree with high honors in geoscience. Nadine has published multiple scientific papers related to limnology.


 

Rita Wiggin, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank
Presenting: Session 8:  The Life Cycle of Environmental Learning:  The Evolution of a ERM Department
Tuesday, January 22, 8:45am
and, Presenting: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, January 23, 8:30am

 

Rita Wiggin has been an Environmental Risk Consultant for Commerce Bank for three years.  She has more than 15 years of environmental consulting experience with a strong emphasis on Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments; however, her professional capabilities also include risk-based site investigation and remediation, environmental regulatory compliance, and coordinating with state and federal regulatory agencies.  Rita provided technical and on-the-job training for a number of junior environmental staff and performed senior technical review of numerous Phase I and II ESAs.  Her consulting experience included performing work for a variety of clients including banks, major retailers, a North American railroad, property developers, realtors, petroleum marketers as well as individual investors which resulted in exposure to many property types, regulatory environments and risk tolerance levels.


 

Andy Rowland, Principal, Terracon
Presenting: Session 10:  The Aftermath of Severe Flooding
Tuesday, January 22, 10:30am

 

T.A. (Andy) Rowland III, CIH, National Manager of Industrial Hygiene & Training Services and Principal at Terracon is known throughout the United States for his exhaustive body of work in the fields of Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Safety, and Education.  He has over thirty years of laboratory, field, and classroom experience.  Mr. Rowland has lectured for such esteemed institutions as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Clemson University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of South Carolina, and North Carolina A&T University.  In addition, Mr. Rowland served as a member of the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where he directed the Program in Environmental Health Sciences for over twelve years.  During his tenure at MUSC Mr. Rowland’s research and work were funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Education, and industrial entities such as Duke Energy and BP Amoco. Mr. Rowland’s scholarly work also includes authorship of many textbooks on the topics of Asbestos, Lead (Pb), Indoor Air Quality, Safety, and Fungi/Mold.  At Terracon, Mr. Rowland now divides his time between industrial hygiene consulting, expert witness work, and teaching.


 

Elliot Nightingale, Senior Environmental Consultant, ATC Group Services
Presenting: Session 10:  The Aftermath of Severe Flooding
Tuesday, January 22, 10:30am

 

Elliot Nightingale of ATC Group Services LLC, is a senior environmental consultant, project director, environmental risk manager, and geologist with over 28 years of experience. His experience as an environmental professional includes providing expert advice on commercial property transactions, brownfield redevelopment, regulatory compliance trust fund reimbursement programs, environmental site assessments and regulations, environmental remediation solutions, and risks associated with environmental issues on real property. He has senior reviewed, authored, and co-authored thousands of technical reports, and has served as a technical expert for numerous law firms, banks, credit unions, oil companies, and property developers. Mr. Nightingale also has extensive experience in litigation support, EPA RCRA, TSCA, federal and state Superfund programs, the North Carolina REC Program, and environmental regulations on the federal, state, and local levels. He has served as a client leader and national account manager for Fortune 500 companies, managed environmental programs, and led business development efforts for several environmental companies in the southeast. Elliot is an accomplished martial artist, cyclist, and runner, and completed an Olympic triathlon in 2005.


 

Mike Kulka, CEO, PM Environmental, Inc.
Presenting: Session 11:  EPA TSCA FAST Protocol
Tuesday, January 22, 11:20am

 

Michael Kulka is a Chief Executive Officer and Principal at PM Environmental, Inc. and has served clients throughout the United States for over 25 years. He specializes in Environmental Due Diligence, portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional real estate and development. Kulka is the national client manager for numerous Fortune 100 financial institutions, retails chains, industrial conglomerates, and real estate developers. He has managed multiple large scale commercial, retail, and industrial redevelopments involving multiple service lines within the company. Kulka has presented on national panels within the environmental industry on topics such as Environmental Due Diligence, Brownfields, Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) and environmental compliance.


 

Kelly Stratton, President and Founder, Quire
Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, January 22, 1:30pm

 

Kelly Stratton is the CEO and Founder of Quire, a cloud-based software application used for technical report writing. Prior to founding 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 Vice President of Sales and Marketing of an environmental data company, managing sales, new product initiatives, and a national company-wide rebranding effort. As CEO 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 and currently resides on the EBA Board as an Affiliate Member representative.


 

William Alpine, Corporate Counsel, ATC Group Services
Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, January 22, 1:30pm
 
William “Bill” Alpine is currently Corporate Counsel and Director of Cost Recovery for ATC Group Services, LLC (“ATC”). Bill’s responsibilities include providing guidance to the company’s employees in the areas of contract management, risk management, litigation and due diligence. He also oversees the company's state environmental claims management program. He serves as a member of the Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional Association’s Legislative Committee and the ASTM E50 Committee. Prior to joining ATC, Bill worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, most recently as the Executive Director of the Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund. He served as co-chair of the State Fund Administrators Task Force. Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. ATC is an environmental consulting company that provides a broad range of environmental services to its petroleum, institutional, governmental and educational clients.

 

Richard Belyea, Vice President & National Manager, Comerica Bank
Presenting: Banker Only Session
Tuesday, January 22, 1:30pm
 
Richard Belyea oversees Environmental Risk Management nationally for Comerica Bank, the number one business bank in the country. Mr. Belyea has both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology (University of California @ Davis), and a MBA from Pepperdine University.  Mr. Belyea has acquired significant broad-based skills and knowledge from over 30 years of progressively responsible experience in all aspects of the environmental arena, with his experience-base divided between consulting and environmental risk management in commercial banking. His years of banking experience have given him a lender’s unique perspective on managing the environmental risks associated with property transfers. He has been an active Brownfields lender since the mid 1990-s, formulating and implementing among the first due diligence policies for environmental site assessments and remedial cleanups for a financial institution. Mr. Belyea is a registered Professional Geologist in several states, has served on ASTM Committees, and is currently Membership Chair on the Board of Governors for the EBA.

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