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, 9:00am

 

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.


 

Kathryn Peacock, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Moderator: Session 3: Storm Preparedness and Resilience: How Bank Facilities Weather Storms

Monday, January 21, 10:50am
and, Moderator: Session 9: 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 3: Storm Preparedness and Resilience: How Bank Facilities Weather Storms

Monday, January 21, 10:50am

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 3: Storm Preparedness and Resilience: How Bank Facilities Weather Storms

Monday, January 21, 10:50am


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.

 

Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental
Presenting: Session 4:  ASTM E1527 Updates
Monday, January 21, 11:30am
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.


 

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

Presenting: Session 6: Tiered Due Diligence: Transaction Screen and Database Efficacy

Monday, January 21, 2:10pm
and, Presenting: Session 11: 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 6: 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 7:  OCC Exams:  Lessons Learned
Monday, January 21, 3:15pm

and, Presenting: Session 9:  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 8: Robots and RECs
Monday, January 21, 3:45pm

 

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.


 

John Rybak, SVP and Environmental Risk Manager, BB&T
Presenting: Session 9:  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 9:  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.


 

Rita Wiggin, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank
Presenting: Session 9:  The Life Cycle of Environmental Learning:  The Evolution of a ERM Department
Tuesday, January 22, 8:45am

 

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.


 

Beth Sexton, National Manager - Due Diligence Group, PM Environmental, Inc.
Presenting: Session 12:  EPA TSCA FAST Protocol
Tuesday, January 22, 11:15am

 

Beth Sexton is the National Due Diligence Manager for PM Environmental, Inc. Ms. Sexton has over 10 years of experience performing environmental due diligence on a variety of properties for financial institutions and borrowers.  As the National Due Diligence Manager, Ms. Sexton is in charge of managing all aspects of PM’s 3,000 to 4,000 annual transactional due diligence projects, coming in from over 20 PM offices.  Ms. Sexton is a Michigan native with a Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science from University of Michigan.


 

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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