EBA Tampa Presenters

Lyly Churchill, MA, Principal & Senior Project Manager, Partner Engineering & Science
Presenting: Bridging the Divide: International Due Diligence for Corporate and Commercial Real Estate
Monday, January 16 at 8:10am

 

Lyly Churchill, MA, is a Principal and Senior Project Manager for Partner.  Lyly has managed and/or conducted Phase I and II ESAs and PCAs for several large portfolios of industrial and commercial properties throughout Latin America, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Canada.  She is adept at customizing scopes of work, working with foreign agencies, coordinating site visits including in high risk danger areas, and ensuring quality deliverables.


 

David Hodge, European Operations Director, AEI Consultants
Presenting: Bridging the Divide: International Due Diligence for Corporate and Commercial Real Estate
Monday, January 16 at 8:10am


Mr. Hodge is AEI’s European Operations Director, and is a technical director / transaction and due diligence specialist with financial expertise and over 20 years international experience. Mr. Hodge has conducted transaction risk and liability assessment and risk and cost modeling for €24 BN in assets to date. He has developed specialized NPL screening tools recently used on 2016’s largest EU NPL deal, as well as the planning, resourcing, management, execution, QA/QC and delivery of underwriting grade complex large-scale (> 5000 assets), pan European / multi country, high-speed environmental and structural due diligence, liability assessment and costing projects. Mr. Hodge has deep industry knowledge and a current focus on market meeting business / services development for the real estate investment community.


 

Nathan Brodeur, Attorney, Goodwin Procter, LLP
Presenting: Bridging the Divide: International Due Diligence for Corporate and Commercial Real Estate
Monday, January 16 at 8:10am

 

Nathan Brodeur (Nate) is a senior attorney in Goodwin Proctor’s Environmental Practice and Real Estate Development and Permitting Practice. He counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental and land use issues including: waste site cleanups and cost allocation negotiation and litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Massachusetts Chapter 21E, and other state Superfund statutes; structuring real estate and corporate transactions in order to address environmental concerns; counseling clients with respect to corporate programs for compliance with environmental regulations; federal, state and local permitting of residential, commercial and industrial facilities; and utilizing environmental insurance to manage environmental risk. Mr. Brodeur is is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, and is a member of the Boston and American Bar Associations. He has a J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2002 (Boalt Hall) and B.S., Cornell University, 1996 (with honors).


 

Ryan Marcos, Vice President, Environmental Risk Management, MUFG Union Bank
Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 8:10am

 

Ryan Marcos has 18 years experience managing environmental site assessments; subsurface assessments; underground storage tank assessment, removal, and remediation; human health risk assessment; and mitigation and remediation associated with soil, soil vapor, and groundwater impacts. In 2013, Mr. Marcos transitioned his technical and regulatory expertise from the consulting industry to the lending industry and currently serves as Vice President, Environmental Risk Management, for MUFG Union Bank. Mr. Marcos is responsible for reviewing consultant-provided assessment reports and evaluating environmental risk and potential liability associated with real estate secured loans, pre-foreclosures, bank acquisitions, participations, trust real estate, corporate real estate, and owned real estate. Mr. Marcos earned a Bachelor degree in Marine Science from the University of San Diego.


 

Richard George, P.G., Senior Program Director, EBI Consulting
Presenting: The Story with Green Dry Cleaners - Are they an Environmental Friendly Alternative for PCE Phase Out?
Monday, January 16 at 9:00am

 

Mr. George has over 20 years of experience in the environmental consulting field.  Mr. George has conducted all phases of soil, soil vapor and groundwater investigations and remediation at various types of industrial and commercial properties for public and private clients throughout the United States.  Mr. George is a registered Professional Geologist and a NJDEP Licensed Site Remediation Professional. Mr. George has worked with corporate environmental officers, numerous Wall Street lending institutions, legal counsel, investment companies, petroleum related clients and real estate brokers to develop strategies for managing properties with environmental concerns.  Mr. George is currently responsible for managing environmental due diligence investigation for property acquisition and financing, including environmental site assessments, subsurface site investigations, site characterizations, remediation and other due diligence related activities; providing senior level managerial, technical, and operational project coordination, and client relations.


 

Bill Tryon, Director of Strategic Development, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 9:00am

 

As the Director of Strategic Development, Mr. Tryon works with industry partners to promote sound management of engineering and environmental risks associated with real estate investment, ownership and financing. Bill has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, Small Business Administration, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, lenders and others to establish and/or refine related policies and requirements. He is a founding member of the Environmental Banker’s Association, current chair of ASTM committees for update of the standard used for Property Condition Assessments and the creation of supplemental guidance for environmental due diligence, and is Executive Director of the Construction Lenders Risk Management Roundtable, a discussion forum focused on best practices in the management of the risks associated with construction lending.


 

Gayle Waldron, President/Owner, The Management Edge, Inc.

Presenting: Tips for Communicating with Diverse Personality Types
Monday, January 16 at 12:30pm (during lunch)

 

For over 30 years, Waldron and her 15 employees and consultants have provided leading edge organizational consulting and professional development and training services to corporate and Federal government clients. The company specializes in improving performance and productivity through the use of collaborative work processes, improved communication skills, respect for differences in personality and work styles, and conflict management/resolution. In addition, she provides a wide variety of leadership and staff development and coaching, change management consulting, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution services, and culture change initiatives. Ms. Waldron is a Registered Organization Development Professional (RODP) and a Master Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indication (MBTI). She holds certifications in Organization Development and many assessments. She has trained thousands of people in hundreds of organizations in the productive use of personality type in the workplace.


 

Dianne Crocker, Principal Analyst, EDR Insight

Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 9:35am


With 20 years of experience in the environmental industry, Ms. Crocker provides strategic data and analysis on environmental due diligence trends to environmental consultants, commercial real estate lenders, corporations and other parties involved in real estate transactions. Under Ms. Crocker’s direction, EDR Insight delivers strategic analytics, best practices in risk management, market intelligence reports, educational seminars and customized research for stakeholders in commercial real estate deals. She is a highly-respected expert on commercial real estate and environmental due diligence trends, and is frequently invited to speak on the state of the commercial real estate market and how real estate environmental risk is being managed.


 

Thomas Fink, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Trepp

Presenting: Lending Forecast: What You Should Be Thinking About Now
Monday, January 16 at 9:35am

 

With over 35 years of experience working with a variety of financial and modeling assignments, Mr. Fink is a recognized industry expert, with extensive experience in diverse areas such as CMBS, leasing, economic development, and tax-exempt securities. Prior to joining Trepp, Mr. Fink directed analytical and support teams at several securities firms and served as the Chief Financial Officer at the North American Development Bank. Additionally, he served on the faculty of NYU, lecturing in corporate finance and modeling. With a strong background in financial engineering and modeling assignments, Mr. Fink is a frequent speaker at numerous industry conferences, is regularly quoted in the press, and has appeared on CNBC’s Squawkbox. Mr. Fink has participated in various committees of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and regularly authors a quarterly market report for CREFC World.


 

K.C. Conway, Senior Vice President - Credit Risk Management, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Presenting: Lending Forecast: What You Should Be Thinking About Now
Monday, January 16 at 9:35am

 

K.C. Conway is a Sr. VP - Credit Risk Management, with responsibilities for REVAL (Real Estate Valuation and Environmental Services) and Market Intelligence.  He has 30 years experience as an appraiser, underwriter, lender, credit officer and economist.  Noteworthy recent roles prior to joining SunTrust Bank include: i) Chief Economist for Colliers | U.S. (2010-2014); ii) Commercial Real Estate Risk Specialty Officer – NY Federal Reserve Bank (2009-2010); iii) CRE Subject Matter Expert – Atlanta FED (2005-2009); iv) and Director of Underwriting – legacy SouthTrust Bank (1995-2005). Mr. Conway is also a frequent lecturer and speaker on CRE markets and valuation matters for government agencies, financial institutions, and private industry groups.  Over the past 5 years he has addressed approximately 350 real estate industry conferences, including the Appraisal Institute, American Property Tax Council, Counselors of Real Estate, FDIC, FFIEC, IPT, NAHB, National Association of Realtors, NAIOP, SIOR, Society of CPAs, and ULI.


 

Brenna Durden, Shareholder, Lewis, Longman, Walker LLP
Presenting: Economic Impact of Water Scarcity in Florida
Monday, January 16 at 10:50am

 

Ms. Durden’s practice focuses on governmental, land use, environmental and administrative law. Her clients include landowners, developers, local governments, banks, manufacturers, industrial and educational facilites in matters related to land development, community redevelopment, real estate transactions, hazardous materials, brownfields, contamination and remedial actions, solid waste and air quality regulation. Ms. Durden has experience in transactional due diligence, administrative, environmental and land use litigation. She is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, and Real Estate Litigation for many years.


 

Dr. Seneshaw Tsegaye, University of South Florida
Presenting: Economic Impact of Water Scarcity in Florida
Monday, January 16 at 10:50am

 

Dr. Seneshaw Tsegaye is an Assistant Professor with the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida. His diversified expertise across several research fields is attributed to his dedication to academic and field research. Such scholastic endeavors were perpetuated by his rigorous educational background, his strong international collaboration, and many years of research experience both in developed and developing countries. With a passion for water resource management, Dr. Tsegaye focuses his research efforts among water supply planning, wastewater management, and stormwater management which he links with a common thread of pursuing resilient and sustainable urban water systems. Specifically, integrated urban water management, green infrastructure systems, stormwater management, flood control strategies, decentralized water systems, and climate change impacts on water resources. Currently, Dr. Tsegaye is leading research projects on Integrated Urban Water Management (funded by the Global Water Partnership), and a decision support tool for transitioning to vegetation-based stormwater infrastructure (funded by US Forest Services).


 

Holly Neber, President, AEI Consultants
Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 10:50am

 

Holly Neber is President of AEI Consultants. She has been involved in the environmental consulting industry since 1996, in positions such as Due Diligence Project Manager, Department Manager, and Vice President Operations. As President, Ms. Neber is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of AEI, with a focus on operations that ensure high quality environmental and engineering due diligence, characterization and remediation services are provided from AEI's office locations nationwide. Her project experience includes assisting REIT clients with site acquisition due diligence and risk analysis associated with redevelopment projects followed by post-acquisition management of environmental issues. Key recent projects include redevelopment of industrial and historical fill areas for new office construction in the San Francisco and Seattle metro areas in connection with the ongoing growth in demand for office space for tech tenants. Holly enjoys collaborating with lenders, purchasers, and attorneys to assess the various aspects of a transaction and find creative ways to move redevelopment projects forward through environmental challenges.


 

Jeffrey Sotek, Branch Manager Associate, Amec Foster Wheeler
Presenting: “Out of the Frying Pan into the Water:  Emerging Contaminants Such as PFCs, 1,4-dioxane and Nano Particles are Here”
Monday, January 16 at 11:35am
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                                    Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 4:35pm

Mr. Sotek is an Associate at Amec Foster Wheeler, as well as a licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist. Mr. Sotek began his engineering career in 1990. Since then he has gained significant experience in wide range of EHS consulting and engineering projects. He routinely provides EHS consulting and due diligence services to lending institutions, private industry, as well as governmental agencies. Mr. Sotek has authored hundreds of technical reports and studies and has advised his clientele on numerous environmental, health and safety issues. In addition to his professional experience in the engineering field, Mr. Sotek has also been a guest speaker at numerous seminars and short courses for several associations and corporations.


 

Joseph Campisi, Vice President, EHS & Compliance, AEI Consultants
Presenting: “Out of the Frying Pan into the Water:  Emerging Contaminants Such as PFCs, 1,4-dioxane and Nano Particles are Here”
Monday, January 16 at 11:35am

 

Mr. Campisi is an environmental professional with over 30 years of experience assessing environmental risk and managing liabilities associated with contaminated properties. This experience includes both assessment & remediation of a wide array of contaminant types at Superfund, RCRA, Brownfield and voluntary cleanup sites. Mr. Campisi has a BS and MA in geology and an MBA, and currently heads AEI's EHS and IH businesses.


 

Mary Clare Maxwell, Environmental Risk Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Presenting: Update on EBA's Participations/ Syndications Project
Monday, January 16 at 1:30pm
and
Presenting: Banker Perspectives on Borrower Monitoring: Properties with Continuing Obligations/ Covenants and Reevaluation at Loan Renewal
                                          Monday, January 16 at 2:05pm

 

Ms. Maxwell is an Environmental Risk Manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Chase). She has worked in Environmental Banking for 16 years and in the consulting industry performing transaction due diligence for 5 years prior. She manages the team that reviews environmental due diligence on properties supporting loans around the country. In her roles at Chase, she has lead and participated in the environmental review for hundreds of multi-bank transactions.  She holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Iowa. She has also completed course work supporting a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Mary Clare has been a member of the EBA since 2001 and actively participates in committee calls.


 

Stephen Richardson, Chief Environmental Risk Officer, TD Bank
Presenting: Banker Perspectives on Borrower Monitoring: Properties with Continuing Obligations/Covenants and Reevaluation at Loan Renewal
Monday, January 16 at 2:05pm

 

Mr. Richardson manages Environmental Risk at TD Bank where he has been since hired to start the Environmental Risk function in 2000. Previously he was with Fleet Bank (B of A) for 8 years, so has been doing bank ERM work for 25 years since receiving his JD from the University of Maine. Steve also has a Geology MS from the University of Michigan, and several years of environmental work experience with the Maine DEP, an environmental consulting firm in Maine, and exploration work for Chevron and Noranda Mining. Aside from a brief hiatus in the early 2000s, Steve have been a member of EBA since the mid-1990s and recently served two terms as its Secretary. He has been active in most of EBA's Committee calls and currently assists with the Membership Committee.


 

Eric Benderson, Associate General Counsel for Litigation, Small Business Administration (SBA)
Presenting: SBA Topics: Internal SBA Evaluation of Reports and New Contaminated Property Lending Approach in Michigan
Monday, January 16 at 2:35pm

 

Eric Benderson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Associate General Counsel for Litigation and Claims at the United States Small Business Administration.  He manages and handles litigation concentrated in the areas of regulatory enforcement, financial law, as well as procurement and administrative law.  He has special expertise in the handling of large and complex liquidations and foreclosures. In his present position he is responsible for the formulation of SBA’s environmental policies and compliance with federal and state environmental laws applicable to SBA’s lending activities. Mr. Benderson has been a participant in numerous EPA programs throughout the country, seeking to promote the use of Brownfields for commercial development. Mr. Benderson holds a B.A. degree from Syracuse University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, scholastic honorary. He has an M.A. from Columbia University, specializing in Chinese studies. He received his J.D. degree from George Washington University with honors.



Michael Kulka, CEO, PM Environmental
Presenting: SBA Topics: Internal SBA Evaluation of Reports and New Contaminated Property Lending Approach in Michigan
Monday, January 16 at 2:35pm

 

Michael Kulka (Mike) is co-founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer of PM Environmental, Inc., a national full service environmental risk management firm. Mr. Kulka has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Michigan, Alabama, and Georgia. He specializes in Environmental Due Diligence, Portfolio Management, Mergers, and Acquisitions, and Transactional Real Estate and Development.  He is the National Client manager for numerous Fortune 100 financial institutions, retail chains, industrial conglomerates, and real estate developers. He has directed complex environmental due diligence related to the financing, acquisition, brownfield incentive procurement, remediation and redevelopment of real estate for retail, commercial, industrial, and multi-family housing. He is also a Michigan Certified Underground Storage Tank Professional (C.P.) and has worked on hundreds of UST assessment and closures. Mr. Kulka has presented on national panels within the environmental industry on topics such as Environmental Due Diligence, Brownfield, Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST), Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Oddities.



Derek Ezovski, President, ORMS, LLC.

Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 2:35pm
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Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, January 17 at 1:45pm

 

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.


 

Kimberly Hale, Partner, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP
Presenting: The New Wild West of Vapor Intrusion – Reopeners & Due Diligence Strategies
Monday, January 16 at 3:45pm

 

Kimberley Hale’s practice includes litigation, regulatory and transactional aspects of environmental law as well as land use and zoning law. A large part of Kimberley’s practice has involved representing clients in connection with environmental concerns arising out of buying, selling, owning and financing distressed real estate. Kimberley routinely advises national lenders with respect to environmental due diligence and assessment of environmental risks related to financing or taking title to real property following default. Kimberley also advises small and large corporations and limited liability companies with respect to applicable regulatory compliance and environmental due diligence prior to mergers and acquisitions. Kimberley is a recognized author and speaker on a broad range of environmental issues including environmental due diligence, federal and state brownfield program benefits, and federal and state vapor intrusion guidance. Prior to law school, Kimberley obtained her civil engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as an environmental engineer with an Atlanta private engineering consulting firm designing municipal solid waste landfills, stormwater pollution prevention plans, commercial site plans and small roadways in accordance with Georgia EPD solid waste handling regulations and Georgia DOT guidelines. Since graduating from law school, she has built on this experience by advising clients on legal matters involving state and federal solid waste management laws and Georgia’s strict stormwater and erosion control rules.


 

Genna Olson, Director, Technical Services, ATC Group Services
Presenting: The New Wild West of Vapor Intrusion – Reopeners & Due Diligence Strategies
Monday, January 16 at 3:45pm

 

Genna Olson is a licensed professional geologist with over 20 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. Her experience in the field of vapor intrusion began over 10 years ago when she became involved in some early vapor intrusion projects in California and New Jersey. Since then, Genna has managed vapor intrusion assessment and/or mitigation at over 100 sites across the United States. Much of Genna’s experience in vapor intrusion has derived from her role as Program Manager for the multiple contracts with the North Carolina Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act (DSCA) Program for the past 10 years. The DSCA Program has comprehensively addressed the vapor intrusion pathway at all sites within the program, and ATC has become their trusted partner in evaluating and implementing innovative approaches. To this end, ATC and the DSCA Program have co-authored numerous specialty studies related to innovative approaches to vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation and become well known in the vapor intrusion technical community as strong contributors to the latest research. Genna has also assisted the State of North Carolina with development of regulatory guidance and risk assessment procedures. Due to her success in assisting the State of North Carolina in this role, she was recently also contracted to assist the State of Georgia in development of risk assessment procedures.


 

Alan Agadoni, Senior Vice President of National Programs, ATC Group Services
Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 3:45pm

 

Alan manages ATC’s National Programs for the institutional real estate, finance and technology sectors. He manages consulting services for industrial, office, retail, multi-family and institutional facilities in the US and abroad. Past projects have included a full range of environmental assessment, design and remediation services. He is a recognized author and speaker on a broad range of environmental, health and safety issues including site assessments and audits, regulatory compliance, radon, asbestos, mold and lead in drinking water. He serves on the Board of Directors for the southeast chapter of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (REIAC). He regularly directs public course offerings of the Environmental Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, and is a Certified Environmental Auditor and Registered Environmental Property Assessor.


 

John Tabella, PG, Director - Environmental Services, SCS Engineers
Presenting: Waste Management: Beyond Landfilling
Monday, January 16 at 4:35pm

 

John Tabella, PG, LEED AP®, is SCS Engineers’ National Expert for Environmental Due Diligence. He is also a Project Manager and the Environmental Services Group Leader for the SCS office in Reston, Virginia. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of environmental services opportunities and projects primarily throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and supports on opportunities and projects throughout the U.S. Mr. Tabella also provides support to SCS offices on environmental due diligence business development, national client contract negotiation, project execution and QA/QC of deliverables and proposals.


 

Karen Nelson, Senior Vice President, Environmental Risk Innovations (ERI, LLC)
Presenting: Dry Cleaner Risk Tolerance
Monday January 16 at 4:50pm
 
Karen Nelson is the Senior Vice President and Director of Operations at Environmental Risk Innovations (ERI,LLC).  She has over 24 years of experience in the environmental industry, holds a Master of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Geologist. Karen is an experienced environmental risk manager who works with financial institutions to facilitate meeting of their environmental risk management goals.  She has reviewed 1000s of environmental reports, including Phase Is, Phase IIs, comprehensive site assessments, remediation plans, for various property uses, from low risk properties to heavy industrial, highly contaminated properties.  Karen has a wide range of regulatory experience, including working with oil companies, various industries, developers, attorneys, lenders and individuals to facilitate compliance with environmental laws and regulations.  Prior to joining ERI in 2005, Karen was a Hydrogeologist with the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources where she managed for a variety of petroleum, chlorinated solvents, and metals contamination sites.


Jenny Redlin, REPA, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Moderator: Monday, January 16 at 4:50pm

 

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.


 

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

Presenting: Banker Only Session
Tuesday, January 17, 1:45pm

 

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.


 

Cathy McGowan, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Presenting: Policy Waivers and Risk Mitigation - Pros & Cons
Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00am

 

Cathy McGowan 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.


 

Richard Ferguson, Chief Environmental Compliance Officer, U.S. Bank
Presenting: Policy Waivers and Risk Mitigation - Pros & Cons
Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00am

 

Richard Ferguson (Rick) is the Chief Environmental Compliance Officer for U.S. Bank and has been serving in the role since the mid 1990s. He’s a registered geologist with over 30 years of experience, including as a state hydro-geologist and as a private consultant investigating and remediating soil and groundwater contamination. He manages the Bank’s environmental due diligence program, authored the Bank’s environmental policy, directs Bank training on environmental risk and has presented at many conferences on managing environmental risk in the lending industry. Rick was President of the EBA from January 2011 to January 2015.


 

Cate Landry, Senior Environmental Risk Officer, BB&T
Moderator: Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00am

 

Cate Landry is a Senior Environmental Risk Officer with BB&T based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role she is responsible for identifying and managing environmental risk for commercial real estate collateral and bank owned properties.  Additionally, Ms. Landry heads up the environmental vendor management program.  Prior to joining BB&T in 2012, Cate spent seven years in environmental consulting as a project manager, professional engineer, and department manager while involved in a variety of projects ranging from due diligence through remedial design and implementation.


 

Jan Sheinson, Environmental Risk Manager, BMO Harris Bank
Presenting: Policy Waivers and Risk Mitigation - Pros & Cons
Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00am
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Presenting: Banker Only Session
                                                     Tuesday, January 17 at 1:45pm

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.


 

William Alpine, Corporate Counsel, ATC Group Services
Presenting: Legal Update: Recent Court Cases and Regulatory Actions
Tuesday, January 17 at 9:35am

 

William Alpine is Corporate Counsel for ATC Group Services, LLC (ATC acquired Environmental Compliance Services, Inc. in October 2016). ATC provides environmental consulting, industrial hygiene, geotechnical engineering, construction-materials testing, air quality control and consulting, and leak detection and repair services with over 100 locations throughout the United States and over 1,900 employees. Bill's responsibilities include providing corporate legal guidance to the company's employees. He also serves as key adviser to the company's multi-state reimbursement claims management program. Prior to joining ECS, Bill worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 17 years, including 12 years as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund. In this capacity, Bill oversaw the day-to-day operations of the state’s mandated environmental claims reimbursement program. Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University.


 

Frederick Dindoffer, Member, Bodman PLC
Presenting: Legal Update: Recent Court Cases and Regulatory Actions
Tuesday, January 17 at 9:35am

 

Mr. Dindoffer has broad expertise advising lending institutions on environmental considerations in commercial lending and environmental matters that relate to fiduciaries. He has both brought and defended numerous clean up cost recovery suits, has represented clients seeking insurance coverage for environmental clean up matters and has extensive involvement with multi-party litigation. Mr. Dindoffer has served as common counsel in numerous Superfund sites and has acted as coordinating counsel in related litigation. Mr. Dindoffer is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 under Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental and in Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 under Environmental. He is listed as a 2016 “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness magazine. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Environmental Law Section) and the Detroit Metropolitan and Federal Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the D.C. Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He serves on the Executive Committee, Detroit Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


 

Beth Sexton, National Manager - Due Diligence Group, PM Environmental, Inc.
Moderator: Tuesday, January 17 at 9:35am

 

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. 


 

John Sallman, Assistant Director of Enviornmental Services, Terracon
Presenting: Florida’s 3000 Abandoned Cattle Dip Pits
Tuesday, January 17 at 10:10am

 

John Sallman is a senior principal and Assistant Director of Enviornmental Services, Eastern Operating Group, and is located at Terracon Consultant’s corporate office in Olathe, Kansas.  He has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting.  Mr. Sallman is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Texas and a registered Professional Geologist in Tennessee.  Mr. Sallman earned a B.S. in Environmental Geology from Southern Methodist University and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from Michigan State University.  Mr. Sallman is active in the development of ASTM standards for both ESAs and Vapor Encroachment, and has served as the co-chair of the terminology committee on the ASTM E-50 Committee on Vapor Intrusion since 2005.



Craig Eaton, Environmental Department Manager, Terracon
Moderator: Tuesday, January 17 at 10:10am

 

Mr. Eaton has 19 years of experience providing environmental consulting for a variety of clients throughout the United States, with emphasis in western states.  Mr. Eaton has been with Terracon Consultants, Inc. (Terracon), since 1997.  Mr. Eaton’s areas of expertise include Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs); site inspections, regulatory reviews and historical research; limited site investigations (LSIs) and Phase II site characterizations; remediation of a variety of impacted sites; underground storage tank closures and confirmation sampling, all phases of leaking underground storage tank management, investigations and remediation, including Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) risk assessments for leaking underground storage tank sites, air emissions permitting and compliance assistance; and storm water permitting and compliance assistance. Mr. Eaton serves as a senior technical lead for Phase I ESAs, Limited Site Investigations, and Risk-Based Corrective Action projects, for which he is responsible for senior technical guidance, project review, and senior technical report review. Mr. Eaton is also the Chair of Terracon’s Environmental Site Assessment Practice Resource Group and is a participating member of ASTM International’s E50 Technical Committee for Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and the E50 Task Groups for Phase I ESAs (E1527 and E2247), Property Transaction Screens (E1528), and Vapor Encroachment Screening (E2600). Mr. Eaton is responsible for the management and overview of hundreds of environmental site assessments per year and has participated in thousands of Phase I ESA, LSIs/Phase IIs and remediation projects.  Mr. Eaton has completed Phase I ESAs on a variety of sites, including residential, commercial, industrial, large agricultural and undeveloped properties.


 

James D. Haberlen, Managing Director, EDR
Presenting: Data Liquidity: Efficiency is the Name of the Game
Tuesday, January 17 at 10:50am

 

James (Jamie) Haberlen is the Managing Director, for EDR, Inc. In this capacity, he leads the strategic direction of EDR’s Lender Solutions Group and the growth of their flagship product, Collateral360, a web-based platform to help lenders with vendor management, workflow efficiency and regulatory compliance. Prior to that, Mr. Haberlen’s focus was on the commercial real estate lending market.  An industry veteran with 17 years’ of experience, he has lectured and written extensively about market trends, regulatory issues, technology and environmental risk management for the commercial lending market. Mr. Haberlen's speaking engagements have included presentations at industry conferences sponsored by such organizations as the Risk Management Association (RMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Environmental Bankers Association (EBA), National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) and the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO). He is also a featured speaker at EDR’s own highly regarded Due Diligence at Dawn and Environmental Risk Summit workshops. In November 2009, Mr. Haberlen accepted the RMA’s Journalistic Excellence Award for a series he co-authored on environmental risk management for lenders. Mr. Haberlen joined EDR in 1998 as an account executive and has held various sales, management and leadership positions throughout his tenure. Mr. Haberlen holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where he completed a senior thesis on wetland systems to mitigate acid mine drainage.



Michael D. Berman, Principal, Michael Berman Consulting
Presenting: Data Liquidity: Efficiency is the Name of the Game
Tuesday, January 17 at 10:50am

 

Michael Berman is currently Principal, Michael Berman Consulting, LLC providing advisory services to best-in-class enterprises in the real estate finance industry. Berman is also a Senior Industry Fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.  From November 2012 to January 2014, Berman served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor—Housing Finance for HUD Cabinet Secretary Shaun Donovan— where he focused on developing policies for reforming the government’s role in housing finance. Until September 2012, Berman was the President and CEO of CWCapital (CW), growing the institution’s loan production from $100 million annually to over $4 billion in 2012 when CWCapital was sold to Walker & Dunlop. Berman served as Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association in 2010-2011. Since 1990, Mr. Berman has been an active speaker on multifamily and commercial real estate finance.  Berman has testified before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee regarding the future government role in housing finance and the future of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA. He has been a frequent speaker on these topics, appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Bloomberg’s Street Smart and Fox Business News. His views have also been quoted by several trade periodicals as well as the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times. In 2013, he was designated one of the thirty most influential people in real estate by Commercial Property Executive.


 

Dennis Firestone, CBRE
Presenting: Data Liquidity: Efficiency is the Name of the Game
Tuesday, January 17, 10:50am

 

Dennis P. Firestone is a managing director with CBRE, Inc. – Assessment and Consulting Services (ACS). In addition to supporting the CBRE lending, mortgage banking and investment groups, ACS provides environmental and related services to a wide range of national, regional and local lenders, as well as equity investors. Dennis provides operations, business development, and direct client support. Dennis, who has more than 25 years of leadership in the assessment industry, is a registered geologist and registered environmental manager. Prior positions have included serving as the operations manager for the Wells Fargo Environmental & Construction Services RETECHS Group, and E&ES Program Manager for FINOVA Capital Corporation. Dennis held a board seat and served as Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of the Environmental Bankers Association from 2003 to 2015, and he is now Co-Chair of the EBA Risk Management Member Development Group. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan.


 

James Murrett, MAI, SRA, 2017 President-Elect, Appraisal Institute
Presenting: Intersection of Appraisal & Environmental (including Appraisal Institute’s (AI) Newly Issued Guide Note 13)
Tuesday, January 17 at 11:25am

 

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, is the 2017 president-elect of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as president in 2018 and immediate past president in 2019. He also will serve on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors. Murrett has served on the Appraisal Institute’s national Board of Directors (2011-14), Finance Committee (2012-15) and Strategic Planning Committee (2012-14) in addition to many chapter roles, including as president of the Upstate New York Chapter (2000). He chaired the Finance Committee in 2016. Since 2014 he also has been treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Valuation Certification, an affiliate of the Appraisal Institute. He is an approved Appraisal Institute instructor and a certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice instructor by the Appraisal Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation. Murrett has received the 2014 Appraisal Institute Edward W. Adams, SRA, Outstanding Board Service Award and the 2008 President’s Award, which is presented by the Upstate New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute for ongoing commitment, dedication and service to the chapter and the profession. Since 2009, Murrett has been in management roles with Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services currently as the executive managing director, Compliance & Quality Assurance, where he is responsible for the general oversight of appraisal quality for Colliers.



Georgina Dannatt, Environmental Risk Manager/ Vice President, Bank of the West
Moderator: Tuesday, January 17 at 11:25am

 

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, including the former Bay View Bank and as an independent consultant doing out-sourced environmental reviews for lending institutions (mainly Wells Fargo). At Bank of the West she develops policy and implements an environmental risk management program covering loan origination, foreclosure, and facility issues. Georgina has extensive experience in the performance of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and review of due diligence investigations. Previous experience includes ES&H management, site assessments, and contamination investigations while working for Lockheed Missiles & Space, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and environmental consulting firms. Georgina is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Registered Environmental Property Assessor. She has been an active member of EBA since 1996 (current Vice President and Technical Committee Chair 1999-2001 & 2005-2015), as well a participant in ASTM task groups and Treasurer of her local AHMP/CHMM chapter.


 

Rita Wiggin, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank
Presenting: EBA Banker Member Training: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, January 18, 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.



William Sloan, Environmental Risk Manager, Commerce Bank
Presenting: EBA Banker Member Training: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, January 18, 8:30am

 

William K. Sloan (Bill) has performed environmental risk management at Commerce Bank for the last seven 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. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the EBA and is the Chair of their Risk Management Member Development Group.


 

Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental
Presenting: Interactive Presentation: Developing Industry Consistency on “What is a REC?"
Tuesday, January 17 at 12:30pm (during lunch)
and
     Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
                                           Tuesday, January 17 at 1:45pm

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                                           Presenting:  EBA Banker Member Training: Getting from the Phase I to                                            the Risk Management Decision
                                           Wednesday, January 18, 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.




 
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