EBA Newport Beach Speakers
Bill Sloan, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank

Presenting: Opening Welcome & State of the EBA
Monday, January 15 at 8:10am

and, Panelist: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am

and, Panelist: Session 5: To Outsource or Not? That is the Question
Monday, January 15 at 2:05pm


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: Eye on the Economy: What to Expect in 2018
Monday, January 15 at 8:20am


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.


 

Richard Ferguson, Chief Environmental Compliance Officer, U.S. Bank

Moderator: Results of Banker Member Survey
Monday, January 15 at 8:45am
and Panelist: Session 6: Data Security -- A Rapidly Evolving Area for Bankers and Vendors
Monday, January 15 at 3:15pm

 

Rick Ferguson is the Chief Environmental Compliance Officer for U.S. Bank and has been with the Bank since 1994.  He has a Master's in Geology and is a registered geologist with more that 30 years of experience.  He was a hydrogeologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in their Superfund Program and later a private consultant investigating and remediated soil and groundwater contamination.  He manages the Bank’s environmental due diligence program, is the primary author of the Bank’s environmental guidelines and policy, directs Bank training on environmental risk and manages the environmental due diligence team.  Rick has presented at numerous conferences on assessing and managing environmental risk in the lending industry and has served as the President of the Environmental Bankers Association.


 

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

Panelist: Results of Banker Member Survey
Monday, January 15 at 8:45am
and, Panelist: Session 5: To Outsource or Not? That is the Question
Monday, January 15 at 2:05pm
and, Panelist: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am
and, Presenting: Banker Only Session
Tuesday, January 16 at 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. In 2017, she received the prestigious PRISM Hall of Fame Award.  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 a participant in ASTM task groups and Treasurer of her local AHMP/CHMM chapter.


 

Cynthia Wagner, Director / Manager, Environmental Risk Management, MUFG Union Bank

Panelist: Results of Banker Member Survey
Monday, January 15 at 8:45am

and Panelist: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am

 

Cynthia (Cyndy) Wagner is a Director and Manager of the MUFG Union Bank Environmental Risk Management Department.  She has been with Union Bank since the mid-1990s where she leads a staff of seven and is responsible for the development and administration of the Bank’s Environmental Risk Management policies and procedures. She oversees the environmental due diligence process to balance risk with opportunity and quantify and qualify the Bank’s corporate or fiduciary risk in commercial loan, trust real estate, corporate real estate, foreclosure, and acquisition and merger transactions.  Prior to joining Union Bank, she was the manager of an environmental consulting firm responsible for all environmental site assessment, site characterization and remediation projects conducted by firm.  She started her environmental career in the late 1980s as a regulator responsible for enforcing the California Underground Storage Tank regulations and regulatory oversight of petroleum contaminated sites with a County Environmental Health Department.  Cyndy holds a BS in Environmental Health Science and has been a member of the EBA since 1998.


 

Galen Elliott, Asset Lending Control and the Environmental Coordinator, Bank of Oklahoma

Panelist: Results of Banker Member Survey
Monday, January 15 at 8:45am


Galen Elliott is the Manager of Asset Lending Control and the Environmental Coordinator for BOKF, NA.  He has been with BOKF for 20 years with the past three in his current role.  He administers the environmental risk policy for the bank across all business lines.  Galen also manages the environmental review process for all business lines as well as performs reviews of environmental due diligence for transactions.


 

Nicole Rivera, National Account Manager and Western Region Due Diligence Department Manager , EFI Global

Moderator: Session 1: Case Study on Exide Battery Recycling Plant
Monday, January 15 at 9:15am

 

Nicole J. Rivera is a National Account Manager and Western Region Due Diligence Department Manager for EFI Global, Inc., a forensic engineering, fire investigation, and full service environmental consulting firm.  Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Occupational Health from the California State University of Northridge (CSUN).  Nicole has more than 10 years of experience in professional consulting services and meets the definition of an Environmental Professional (EP) as defined in the EPA All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) regulations. In addition to her client management and business development duties, Nicole manages a team of due diligence professionals in six offices across California.  Her experience includes all stages of environmental projects including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II soil testing and sampling. Specializing in high volume and large scale projects, she ensures the production of high quality products and individualized service through effective team management and quality control mechanisms.


 

Joseph K. Lyou, Ph.D., President and CEO, Coalition for Clean Air, South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board

Panelist: Session 1: Case Study on Exide Battery Recycling Plant
Monday, January 15 at 9:15am


Dr. Joseph K. Lyou believes everyone has the right to breathe clean air.  He has worked for more than 27 years to improve public health and environmental conditions in California’s most polluted and disadvantaged communities.  Dr. Lyou serves as President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, a state-wide organization dedicated to restoring clean and healthful air to all of California.  He advocates for effective public policies and the development of technologies that protect public health, improve air quality and prevent climate change. Since 2007, Dr. Lyou has also served as the Governor’s Appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board, the public agency responsible for improving air quality for more than 16 million people living in Southern California. Dr. Lyou founded the California Environmental Rights Alliance in 2003 and served as Executive Director through August 2010.  He previously held management positions with the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and the Committee to Bridge the Gap. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1990.


 

Shayan Simantob, Western Region Site Assessment and Remediation Department Manager, EFI Global

Panelist: Session 1: Case Study on Exide Battery Recycling Plant
Monday, January 15 at 9:15am


Shayan Simantob, PG, is the Western Region Site Assessment and Remediation Department Manager for EFI Global Inc. His areas of expertise include assessing environmental conditions, evaluating environmental liability and risk, developing corrective action plans to resolve site concerns, and executing remedial programs.  Based in Los Angeles, California, he and his team investigate and manage environmental conditions for both private industry and public agencies. Mr. Simantob is a professional geologist and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles..


 

Don Kellar, CEO, Fulcrum Resources Environmental

Moderator: Session 2: Experiences in Brownsfield Redevelopments in Southern California
Monday, January 15 at 10:30am


Don Kellar is CEO and National Client Manager of Fulcrum Resources, Inc, a parent company to Fulcrum Resources Environmental, a nationwide environmental and engineering firm. Based in Los Angeles, California, Don is a licensed professional geologist in California, Arizona, and Florida. He has personally been involved in over 7,500 real estate transactions needing environmental due-diligence throughout the U.S. and Canada within his 17 year career. With Don’s expertise stemming in site assessment, remediation, and brownfield redevelopment, Don has an established track record working on closing sites under the oversight of numerous local and state agencies.


 

Christina Bucklin,  California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Panelist: Session 2: Experiences in Brownsfield Redevelopments in Southern California
Monday, January 15 at 10:30am


Ms. Bucklin as worked at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control from 2001 to present. Ms. Bucklin provides technical consultation to project managers, permit writers, and other staff with respect to geological, hydrogeological, and geotechnical issues utilizing professional judgment, and establishes guidance to ensure that State and Federal groundwater standards are maintained and requisite remedial endeavors are initiated in a timely and effective manner. Primary responsibilities entail work on environmental investigation and remediation projects which require specialized knowledge of geology, subsurface investigations, transport processes and hydrogeology (CERCLA/Superfund, RCRA, military facilities, PEAs for new school sites, CEQA). She provides oversight of field activities at sites including monitoring well installation/sampling and the collection of split samples. More recently, Ms. Bucklin provides State management/oversight of EPA Superfund sites in San Gabriel Basin; including identification of source areas and grant application for orphan sites


 

Canaan Crouch, Landmark E&S Insurance Brokers, LLC

Panelist: Session 2: Experiences in Brownsfield Redevelopments in Southern California
Monday, January 15 at 10:30am


Canaan Crouch brings over 16 years of experience in the environmental consulting and insurance industries. He formerly held positions as a Field Geologist and Project Manager for an environmental consulting firm in Southern California, and is a licensed California Professional Geologist. He specializes in Environmental and Professional Liability exposures and is founding partner in Landmark E&S Insurance Brokers, LLC. Prior to founding Landmark E&S, he spent 8 years working as a Senior Underwriter and an Underwriting Manager for two multi‐national insurance companies.


 

Jeremy Squire, Murex Environmental, Inc.

Panelist: Session 2: Experiences in Brownsfield Redevelopments in Southern California
Monday, January 15 at 10:30am


As a senior engineer and project manager with Murex Environmental, Inc., Mr. Squire has 20 years of experience in cleanup, reuse and rebuilding of former industrial properties. He is an expert in environmental site assessment, soil and groundwater remediation, and environmental regulatory negotiation and permitting. Mr. Squire has completed projects under the oversight of the EPA, DTSC, RWQCB, LADBS, LAHHMD, San Diego DEH, OCHCA, AQMD, and many other State and local agencies and municipalities.


 

David Lambert, Vice President and Environmental Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Moderator: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am

 

David Lambert (Dave), is a Vice President and Environmental Manager with the Real Estate Technical Services (RETECHS) Environmental risk management group of Wells Fargo Bank.  Dave manages environmental risk, developing environmental policy, interpreting and arbitrating environmental policy requirements for various business lines, environmental review of one-off and portfolio transactions, and developing and implementing group-wide operational processes and procedures.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, for 20 years Dave held senior management positions in two national environmental consulting firms that served the banking industry, where, in addition to business development, project consulting, and customer management responsibilities, he had full profit and loss accountability and corporate finance responsibilities. Dave is currently EBA's Treasurer and he has been a member of the EBA since 2011.


 

Holly Neber, President, AEI Consultants
Moderator: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am

 

Holly is CEO of AEI. AEI provides real property insights and solutions internationally through environmental and property condition assessments, health and safety consulting, building performance evaluations, remediation and corrective action, and construction risk management. Holly has worked in consulting since 1996, serving with AEI since 1999. Holly is President Elect of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network, Past President (2014) of CREW East Bay, Vice President of the National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association (NEEDDA), and chairs the News Task Group as an affiliate member of the Environmental Bankers Association (EBA). Holly was named among RealShare’s California Women of Influence in 2015 and Bisnow’s Bay Area Power Women in 2016 and 2017.


 

Cathy McGowan, Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Panelist: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am

 

Cathy is a Senior Vice President and Manager of the Construction and Environmental Services group of Wells Fargo Bank’s Real Estate Valuation Services, Real Estate Technical Services (REVS/RETECHS), where she leads a team of 50 construction and environmental staff focused on collateral risk management.  In addition to the overall operations of the group, her responsibilities include developing and overseeing the implementation of construction and environmental policies across all Wells Fargo business lines. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2005, Cathy co-managed the construction and environmental risk for Mellon Bank.  Cathy started her career at Alcoa performing structural design and overseeing construction projects for Alcoa’s refining and manufacturing plants.  She holds degrees from Purdue University (BSCE, Civil Engineering) and University of Pittsburgh (MBA, Finance).  Cathy has been a member of the EBA since 2000.


 

John Rybak, SVP and Environmental Risk Manager, BB&T
Panelist: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am

 

John 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.


 

Richard Belyea, Vice President & National Manager, Comerica Bank
Panelist: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am
and, Moderator: Session 5: To Outsource or Not? That is the Question
Monday, January 15 at 2:05pm

 

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 Secretary on the Board of Governors for the EBA.



Jan Sheinson, Environmental Risk Manager, BMO Harris Bank
Panelist: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am
and, Panelist: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am

Jan Sheinson has twenty two 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.


 

Brian Walker, National Manager of Environmental Risk, JPMorgan Chase Bank
Panelist: Session 3: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants: A Banker's Perspective
Monday, January 15 at 11:05am

 

Brian is the National Manager of Environmental Risk for JPMorgan Chase Bank and is based in Irvine, California.  Brian has 30+ years’ experience in banking, 21 of which has been with JPMorgan Chase.  Starting in banking while still in college, Brian attended law school while working as a law clerk and then served as house counsel with the former American Savings.  In addition to handling real estate finance, insurance and banking matters, duties included crafting the organization’s first environmental risk policy in response to the Fleet Factors case. Fast forward through many mergers and integrations, Brian heads the Environmental Risk Management department for JPMorgan Chase focused on environmental due diligence and risk management in connection with commercial finance activities. In addition to environmental risk, management responsibilities have included construction risk, seismic risk analysis and corporate environmental responsibility/sustainability.


 

Wayne Rosenbaum, Varco & Rosenbaum Environmental Law Group LLP
Presenting: Session 4: How to Avoid Stormwater Infractions - Lessons Learned From 200+ Citizen Suits
Monday, January 15 at 1:30pm

 

From January 2014 to present, Mr. Rosenbaum has led a private law practice concentrating in the areas of environment, land use and natural resources, with an emphasis on water quality and land use laws affecting infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Mr. Rosenbaum develops compliance strategies for clients regulated under the storm water provisions of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the California Environmental Quality Act and other state and federal resources statutes such as California’s Proposition 65. Relying on his broad experience with environmental permits and environmental management systems, Mr. Rosenbaum helps clients develop and implement solutions to environmental regulations that are both legally defensible and economically sustainable. Mr. Rosenbaum also assists his clients in defending their regulatory compliance programs against challenges by regulatory agencies and environmental groups.


 

John Schovanec, Environmental Services Department Consultant/Vice President, Bank of America
Panelist: Session 5: To Outsource or Not? That is the Question
Monday, January 15 at 2:05pm

 

John A. Schovanec is an Environmental Services Department Consultant/Vice President at Bank of America. For over 20 years he has provided environmental risk management and consulting services on behalf of lending institutions and environmental consulting firms. His current responsibilities include assisting in the development of policy and implementation of the Bank’s worldwide environmental risk management covering loan origination, foreclosure, and other Bank related environmental matters. As an environmental consultant he managed a national environmental consulting firm’s local office and was responsible for the management of professional staff/clients, performance of Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, and cleanup of contaminated properties. He is a Certified Professional Geologist and has been an active member/participant of EBA for more than a decade.


 

William Alpine, Corporate Counsel, ATC Group Services
Panelist: Session 6: Data Security -- A Rapidly Evolving Area for Bankers and Vendors
Monday, January 15 at 3:15pm

 

William Alpine is Corporate Counsel for ATC Group Services, LLC. ATC provides environmental consulting, industrial hygiene, geotechnical engineering, construction-materials testing, air quality control and consulting, and UST leak detection and repair services. ATC has over 100 locations throughout the United States and over 1,900 employees. Bill's responsibilities include providing corporate legal guidance on environmental due diligence to the company's employees. He also serves as key adviser to the company's multi-state reimbursement claims management program. Prior to joining ATC in 2016, Bill was Corporate Counsel for Environmental Compliance Services, Inc.   Bill also previously worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund. Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.



Jeff Thornhill, SVP Group Manager of RETECHS, First Bank
Panelist: Session 6: Data Security -- A Rapidly Evolving Area for Bankers and Vendors
Monday, January 15 at 3:15pm

 

First Bank is a $6 Billion, privately-owned, bank in St. Louis, MO that has a presence both in the Midwest and California. Jeff has 33 years of real estate related experience, the last 17 years of which have been at First Bank. Prior to that, he was with a $40 billion Midwest Regional bank. His group was tasked with managing the environmental process and has been navigating his way through the labyrinth of environmental issues the last 24 months. Jeff is a candidate member of the Appraisal Institute and has served on the chapter board for over 10 years in varying capacities. He is a member of the Missouri Appraiser Advisory Council (MAAC) whose purpose is to monitor and assist in enacting appraisal legislation. Jeff has also taught continuing education classes at the annual MAAC conference, was a presenter at a quarterly St. Louis Federal Reserve “Ask The Fed” presentation. He also served three years on the St. Charles County Board of Equalization, and has served on several boards of not-for-profit organizations.


 

Joseph Derhake, Chief Executive Officer, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Panelist: Session 7: Seismic (Business Resilience) Study
Tuesday, January 16 at 10:45am

 

Joseph Derhake serves as Chief Executive Officer of Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., the industry leader in engineering and environmental due diligence consulting. With over 25 years of experience as a professional engineer, Mr. Derhake has delivered consulting services for thousands of real estate transactions, subsurface investigations and site remediation projects for leading national corporations, lenders, and real estate investors.  Mr. Derhake has been a serial entrepreneur prior and continues that spirt of entrepreneurship within Partner.   He has built a platform that is designed to be a great home for talent professionals and professionals interested in Partner’s intrepreneurship program.   This internally focused mission has created 10 years of exponential growth and a nurturing home for 700 professionals. A registered civil engineer in multiple states, Mr. Derhake holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and Masters in Business Administration from University of Southern California.


 

Brian Morith, Asset Management Surveillance, FreddieMac Multifamily
Panelist: Session 7: Seismic (Business Resilience) Study
Tuesday, January 16 at 10:45am

 

Brian Morith works with Asset Management Surveillance at FreddieMac Multifamily. He has his BA in Biology from St. Olaf College; and earned his MS in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering from George Mason University. Mr. Morith has spent time working at three different Seller/Servicer shops, including Washington Mortgage Financial Group (now part of Prudential), Reilly Mortgage (now part of Reilly), and Greystone. He has been at Freddie Mac for just over five years. The majority of his career has been spent performing annual site inspections on the servicing side.


 

Michael Cole, VP, REVAL Environmental Risk Team Lead, SunTrust Bank
Panelist: Session 7: Seismic (Business Resilience) Study
Tuesday, January 16 at 10:45am

 

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.


 

Jay Kumar, Engineer, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Panelist: Session 7: Seismic (Business Resilience) Study
Tuesday, January 16 at 10:45am

 

Jay Kumar is a professional engineer who has over 10 years of experience with seismic design, seismic due diligence and structural engineering. Most significant is his experience with the design and construction of tall buildings within the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. Mr. Kumar’s areas of focus have been structural forensic investigations, structural and seismic analysis, and seismic risk consulting for property owners, investors, brokers and lenders around the country.  As an expert in the field of seismic risk, Mr. Kumar has written and spoken extensively on the topics of seismic design, construction, as well as new retrofitting ordinances and creative financing solutions to minimize the impact of these laws governing seismic work. He has also been engaged with the analysis and structural design of seismic strengthening for collapse vulnerable buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Kumar’s area of expertise centers on the strengthening and retrofit of “soft-story” multi-family buildings and reinforced masonry structures.


 

Sean Leary, Executive Vice President and Due Diligence Group Manager, Vieau Associates, Inc.
Moderator: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am

Sean Leary is Executive Vice President and Due Diligence Group Manager of Vieau Associates Inc., a Twin Cities-based environmental consulting firm.  He is an Environmental Professional with ten years of experience providing environmental due diligence and remediation consulting. His educational background includes degrees in both environmental science and biology. Mr. Leary’s environmental due diligence experience is extensive, including completion, management, and review of thousands of environmental site assessments and hundreds of Phase II investigations spanning over 22 states.  He is proficient in risk-based site evaluation and has a demonstrated track record of securing liability assurances and regulatory approvals through State Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup and Brownfields Redevelopment programs.  Mr. Leary has also managed complex site investigations and remedial projects, including installation of vapor mitigation systems, underground storage tank removals, petroleum release investigation and cleanup, brownfield site investigation, cleanup, and redevelopment. His knowledge of commercial real estate, finance, and the associated regulatory frameworks enhances his ability to find innovative solutions to his clients’ problems.

 

Derek Ezovski, President, ORMS, LLC.

Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, January 16 at 2:00pm

 

Derek Ezovski is President of ORMS, LLC. ORMS is a risk management consulting firm designed to help lenders, investors, and other real estate professionals create and manage their property due diligence programs. Derek was previously the Managing Director of EDR’s Commercial Property Due Diligence. Previously, Mr. Ezovski spent three years at Marsh Inc., a worldwide risk and insurance services firm, as the company's Environmental Practice Leader for its Connecticut operations advising clients on a wide range of environmental risk management issues including environmental insurance and financing. Prior to Marsh, Derek was the Environmental Risk Manager for Fleet Bank's Small Business Services. He was also the Engineering Manager at Travelers Property Casualty Corp.


 

Michael Kulka, CEO, PM Environmental
Panelist: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am

 

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.


 

Ruxandra Niculescu, CEO, Geographic Services Inc.
Panelist: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am

 

Ruxandra (Rux) has been involved in the environmental banking field since 2000, with relevant work experience ranging from performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments through remediation to obtain No Further Action determination. She earned a B.S. Marketing from Rutgers University - Camden, and further attended Thomas Edison State College, for continuing education in Natural Science/Mathematics; and Rutgers University – New Brunswick, for continuing education for Certifications.  Rux is a member of ASTM, RMA, and EIA with local involvement in the Association of Commercial Real Estate. She also volunteers for the American River Parkway Foundation where she works in restoration and river cleanup projects. She currently maintains a Registered Environmental Manager certification (obtained in 2013), AHERA certification, and is a NRSB Radon Specialist and CA Radon Certified.


 

Orion Alcalay, Executive Vice President, AEI Consultants
Panelist: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am

 

Orion Alcalay has over 18 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry currently serving as an Executive Vice President for AEI Consultants. Mr. Alcalay’s project experience includes performing over 1,000 ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), ASTM Phase II subsurface investigations including the design and implementation of regulatory agency-driven soil and groundwater investigations and corrective action projects, ASTM Property Condition Assessments (PCAs), and ESAs conforming to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Multi-Family Accelerated Processing (MAP) 223(f) and 232, CMBS, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae guidelines. Mr. Alcalay provides senior technical expertise on a company-wide basis to ensure compliance with ASTM standards for Environmental Site Assessments and Property Condition Assessments.


 

Stuart Weese, VP, Manager – Environmental Risk, Appraisal Department, Hancock Whitney Bank
Panelist: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am

 

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Stuart was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and held office every semester, including President of the Chapter. During his final two years of college, he started working as a real estate salesperson, and worked for two local investors, and was involved in finding, researching, investing and selling commercial properties ranging from a 1,000-acre ranch to retail and office space. After leaving Austin in 1985, Stuart returned to his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he performed real estate sales, renovation and management. During this time, he became a certified real estate broker. He started appraising properties In 1991, and began employment at Whitney Bank as a commercial review appraiser in 1995. In 1997, Stuart expanded his duties at the Bank, and began handling environmental review processes. As this developed into his specialty, his official title at the Bank became Environmental Risk Manager, and he has been involved in the making and interpretation of bank environmental policy, inspection of sites, review and ordering of reports, conducting instructional classes, and all other related duties to this position since August 1997. Stuart holds state licenses as a lead & asbestos inspector, real estate broker, has a petroleum BC operator designation, is HAZWOPR certified, and is a member of RMA and ASTM, and maintains his NREP REM designation. Stuart’s real estate background has provided him with valuable perspective on how to handle various environmental issues.


 

Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental
Panelist: Session 8: Deal/ No Deal -- A Risk Management Debate
Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30am 
and, Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, January 16 at 2:00pm
and, Presenting: EBA Banker Member Training: Getting from the Phase I to the
                                         Risk Management Decision
                                        
Wednesday, January 17 at 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.



Jessica Crutchfield, McRoberts & Associates, P.C.
Presenting: Session 9: Multi Factor Mitigation Case Study – Solutions to Make a Loan Work
Tuesday, January 16 at 10:45am

 

Mrs. Crutchfield serves as an attorney assisting in all areas of environmental due diligence and site redevelopment supervision and documentation. She reviews and interprets Phase I, Phase II and other environmental reports in the context of loans, acquisitions, dispositions and property management. In addition to her work related to acquisitions, dispositions, redevelopment and property management, Mrs. Crutchfield reviews, negotiates and advises clients regarding the purchase of environmental insurance policies for loan originations and renewals. Ms. Crutchfield evaluates the findings and recommendations of environmental reports in relation to representations and warranties for securitization of loans. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College (2006) cum laude. She received a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a certificate in Environmental Law and Urban Planning (2010). She was a member of the Law Review and her comment on regulation of particulate matter under the Clean Air Act was selected for publication. She was extern for two semesters at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, California and Washington. Jessica is an AHERA-certified asbestos project designer. She serves on the Board of the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District. Prior to joining McRoberts & Associates, P.C., Ms. Crutchfield negotiated commercial leases on behalf of Sprint.


 

Jacqueline Hartis, McRoberts & Associates, P.C.
Presenting: Session 9: Multi Factor Mitigation Case Study – Solutions to Make a Loan Work
Tuesday, January 16 at 10:45am

 

Mrs. Hartis serves as an attorney with McRoberts & Associates, P.C.  She has over 15 years’ experience in the practice of environmental law.  Mrs. Hartis has extensive experience in managing all aspects of environmental due diligence and risk management, including environmental report “desktop” reviews, Phase I, Phase II and other environmental report procurement and negotiation.  She negotiates environmental provisions in purchase in sale agreements and reviews, analyzes and negotiates environmental risk mitigants such as environmental insurance policies, environmental indemnities and environmental escrow agreements.  Mrs. Hartis also advises clients on environmental permitting, compliance and remediation.  McRoberts & Associates’ client base largely includes banks and regional or national commercial banks, commercial loan servicers, real estate investment trusts and other commercial real estate equity investment entities. 


 

James Berndt, Corporate Technical Services Manager, August Mack Environmental
Presenting: Session 10: Cleanup Cost Modelling
Tuesday, January 16 at 11:20am

 

James Berndt, LPG is the Manager of Corporate Technical Services and a Licensed Professional Geologist in the Corporate office of August Mack Environmental, Inc. with 30 years of experience in the environmental industry.  During his career, Mr. Berndt has managed hundreds of environmental projects for clients across the United States, in Europe and South America; and he teaches hydrogeology as a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Indianapolis.  His primary areas of expertise include site investigation, remediation, quantitative hydrogeology and site management. 


 

Rita Wiggin, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank
Presenting: EBA Banker Member Training: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, January 17, 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.


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