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  • Discover how to gain more control over the performance of your vehicles and stop risks from harming your drivers, vehicles, and bottom line. During this webinar, you’ll learn how to significantly reduce risks—and the costs that go along with them.
  • Data breaches strike all industries, but for the hospitality industry the stakes are extremely high, and the financial impact to a company can be significant. As an owner, controller or CFO, your responsibility now includes the safety of corporate data. We will explore how you can effectively work with IT to develop a risk management profile that protects your data and maintains your financial success.

    Meet the Panel: H. Brandt Niehaus, CHB, President of Hotel Brokers International and President of Huff, Niehaus & Associates, Inc., a full-service hotel investment advisory firm. Julie Eisenhauer, CPA is a shareholder at Clark Nuber, a CPA and consulting firm in Bellevue, Washington, where she provides audit, assurance and consulting services to privately owned companies. Peter Henley, CPA, CITP, serves as Clark Nuber’s Senior Director of IT, and is responsible for aligning IT with the firm’s strategic business plan and making Clark Nuber the most technologically advanced accounting firm in the Northwest.
  • You’ve likely already heard, and seen first-hand, the link between sleep deprivation and workplace accidents. You probably recognise the signs of extreme tiredness (yawning, restlessness, head nodding, poor concentration, etc.) and know which policies and procedures are in place to address employees operating while tired. Yet we consistently see employees who are fatigued continue to operate, creating significant risks to themselves and others.

    Join Jenny Krasny as she exposes the truth about the stigma of fatigue and discusses how you could be inadvertently reinforcing a culture of shame in your workplace.

    Walk away from this webinar equipped with knowledge about fatigue risk, an understanding of how to assess your fatigue culture and some basic tools to make a positive difference.

    Learning Objectives:
    • To appreciate your own perspectives on fatigue and impact this has on the culture in your workplace
    • To equip you with some basic tools to gain awareness about the impacts of fatigue in your organisation
  • Concentrations of credit, particularly those related to commercial real estate loans, have been a common factor in bank distress during economic downturns. Since the financial crisis, regulators have been laser focused on ensuring that the nation’s largest financial institutions – those with $10+ billion in assets – have sound stress testing and capital planning programs in place to ensure financial stability.

    The focus is trickling down to the community bank level and examiners are now asking smaller institutions to have appropriate programs in place. For many community bankers, there is uncertainty as to what examiners expect, as well as a lack of resources and expertise to comply. There is also a misconception about the value of stress testing, with attitudes ranging from “it’s a necessary evil” to “it is an integral part of our strategic planning process.”

    EDR, in partnership with sister company Trepp, is pleased to offer this complimentary webinar “Stress Testing 101 – Best Practices for the Community Banker.”

    Attendees with get answers to some commonly asked questions, including:

    -What is a stress test?
    -What is capital adequacy stress testing?
    -What are the regulators’ expectations?
    -What are the larger banks doing?
    -What is the current state of stress testing?
    -What do stress testing results look like?
    -What macroeconomic variables go into projections?
  • Recent enforcement actions by bank regulators are heightening the need to establish formal policies for third party vendor management. Financial institutions that use outside firms for all types of underwriting and other bank functions are ramping up their oversight of outside firms and for some, the data management burden is not insignificant. This timely event will focus specifically on how risk managers can develop effective policies for managing outside vendors for appraisals and environmental assessments.

    EDR is pleased to host a webinar on this timely topic with Mitch Kreeger, a well-known subject matter expert on valuation, environmental and seismic risk, and regulatory compliance topics, will share his insights and advice on establishing an effective vendor management policy for appraisers and environmental professionals. Kreeger will explore the myriad ways that attendees can improve vendor management, from initial project bidding to vendor selection to monitoring vendors over time.

    At this educational webinar, attendees will receive advice on managing relationships with appraisers and environmental consultants, including answers to the following:

    • What should we consider in selecting the “right” vendor for the job?
    • How do we find quality appraisers? EPs?
    • What guidance should our institution be giving our appraisers and EPs?
    • What criteria should we be using to grade vendors and monitor performance?
    • How are banks facing today’s vendor management challenges?
  • Smart grid has emerged as a fast-growing area in the past five years. However, it is not one big market; it is an amalgamation of different sectors, technologies, products, and components. Installation of smart meters is considered the first step toward smart grid implementation. The smart meter rollout in Europe is well under way, boosted by the European Union legislation to achieve 80 percent coverage by 2020. However, there are other growth areas, beyond smart meters, that are interesting for U.S. companies to invest into.

    For example, the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, helps U.S. companies expand their exports to overseas markets. Around the world, 1,400 Commercial Service officers promote U.S. business interests abroad. In this briefing find out what the company can do to support export objectives in the smart grid space.

    This analyst briefing also will highlight and discuss the opportunities that exist for the US companies within the European smart grid market, including a special offer available to those interested in European Utility Week, the largest and most comprehensive Smart utility event in Europe. About 10,000 visitors and 450 solution providers will do business, network and share best practices in Vienna this year.
  • One of the most influential figures in the workplace is the front-line supervisor, who plays a pivotal role in determining what gets done, how it gets done and what gets ignored. Measuring supervisor safety performance, therefore, is critical to ensure the processes designed to build and sustain safety excellence are being completed in a quality way.

    Drawing on practical research findings, Caterpillar Safety Services Senior Consultant for Australia, Jenny Krasny, will explain the process of identifying measures that motivate supervisors to lead zero-incident performance on the front line.

    Learning Objectives:
    •Explore the measures that matter in a culture of safety excellence
    •Understand the supervisor’s role in creating and sustaining safety excellence
    •Identify the sources of feedback that drive excellent supervisor performance
  • Drivers are often uncomfortable with the idea of GPS vehicle tracking. When they learn that GPS tracking is about improving their productivity, safety and job security—not monitoring their every move—they’re far more likely to support the solution.

    During this webinar you will discover how to overcome concerns by communicating how GPS vehicle tracking can:

    - Protect drivers in unsafe or remote areas
    - Defend drivers during customer disputes
    - Enable help to respond quicker to roadside emergencies
    - Reduce accidents by improving unsafe driver behaviors
    - Exonerate drivers from false claims

    Register today to join our webinar.
  • Among the top challenges lenders face today is the need to meet higher expectations set by the OCC and the Federal Reserve governing the use of third-party vendors. While the guidelines were released over a year ago, there is still confusion about what institutions should be doing.

    One thing, however, is certain. Effective vendor management takes resources, and many institutions are finding it necessary to add staff and/or technology to help with the cause, particularly smaller institutions. The regulators have made it clear, vendor management is not just a one-time assessment, but is an ongoing process, and monitoring vendors long term is as important as the initial due diligence.

    EDR is pleased to host a webinar on this timely topic on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Scott Roller, former head of vendor management at Citigroup, will provide clarity on the new regulations and help break down regulator expectations into easy-to-understand terms. Roller will explore key dimensions that attendees can use as the foundation for building out their own robust vendor management oversight program, from initial vendor risk classification all the way through ensuring adequate executive engagement in vendor management.

    Attendees will learn best practices for satisfying regulators with this educational workshop, including answers to the following:
    • What does the latest regulatory guidance on vendor management require?
    • What are the biggest headaches banks are facing in complying with them?
    • What advice is recommended for smaller banks struggling with limited manpower/resources?
    • What are bank examiners looking for during audits?
    • What are the latest best practices for policies and procedures?
    • How are banks coping with the need to track and monitor vendors?
    • What are the most common shortcomings that audits reveal?

    Attendees will also receive a free copy of a white paper on vendor oversight and the cost of compliance.
  • Join our 30-minute Controlling Fleet Costs with GPS Vehicle Tracking webinar on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern.

    Whether public or private, large or small, every fleet and business can use help in controlling costs. That's why more and more fleet operators are turning to telematics as an effective solution for managing their fleets within a limited budget.

    Register today to learn how you can lower operational expenses with GPS fleet tracking.
  • In 2011 Caterpillar’s North Little Rock, AR, facility, where earthmoving Motor Graders are produced, had a Recordable Injury Frequency (RIF) rate of 5.11 with 20 recordable injuries. Of 68 manufacturing facilities in the enterprise, this facility ranked number 65.

    When the facility leadership committed to making a change, they started by listening closely to the front-line workforce – the employees closest to the job hazards – to understand what was motivating risky behaviors.

    The discovery has fueled a transformational journey to safety accountability that drove the RIF rate down to 0.58 by the end of 2014. Now the facility is a safety performance benchmark for organizations inside and outside the Caterpillar enterprise.

    Facility Operations Manager Paul Rivera joins Justin Ganschow, the facility’s former EHS Department Supervisor (now a Caterpillar Safety Services consultant) and Todd Efird, Senior Safety Consultant, for this one-hour presentation.

    You will learn:
    •How to apply cultural assessment results to focus improvement efforts
    •A formula for leveraging the skills and experience of employees to build proactive safety processes
    •How to develop performance measures that reflect the presence of safety activities (not just the absence of incidents)
    •Tools for increasing employee engagement and workplace positivity through effective recognition
  • Tune in for the industry’s only inside look at how the first half of the new year shaped up. In this complimentary web event, Dianne Crocker will share the latest stats from EDR’s ScoreKeeper service on how the property due diligence market looks at mid-year—as well as what your forecast for the second half will look like. Attendees of this 60-minute webinar will learn:

    • The strength of commercial real estate investment and lending activity
    • ScoreKeeper’s barometers of regional, state and metro hot spots for Phase I ESA volume
    • Key forces driving demand for due diligence this year
    • Changes in risk tolerance from the user community
    • EDR Insight’s near-term forecast for environmental due diligence
  • The term Smart City is gaining momentum the world over, but does that mean that cities are becoming “smarter” or just looking to improve their image? What does it truly mean to be a “smart” city? And is it resonating with their residents, businesses and visitors? This briefing will look into how the smallest changes approaching city services can have a big impact on everything from security to energy and traffic to urban revitalization

    Reasons to Attend:

    - To understand key challenges cities are facing in the face of issues such as urbanization, environmental responses and new technologies
    - To examine new ways cities are integrating smarter solutions to address seemingly unrelated services, for better quality of life and a higher tax base
    - To explore how suppliers can provide comprehensive solutions to such a fragmented market
  • Connected homes are prime examples of innovative applications of technology meant to enable enriched lifestyle experiences for consumers. However, allowing third parties an open access to home networks to deliver these experiences exposes both the consumer and service providers to the potential vulnerabilities of cyberspace. It is critical to understand that cyber threats require collective responsibility and accountability sharing from all stakeholders involved.

    This briefing will deliberate upon the issue of cybersecurity as it pertains to the connected home environment. An expert panel comprising members of Frost & Sullivan, connected home technology leaders, and a consumer privacy advocate will provide advice and opinions with regard to addressing this disruptive trend. Industry participants will learn how to address the issue of cyber breach and maintain continued interest in living the connected experience.
  • Attend this webinar to discover:

    - What factors are forcing change on power utilities businesses?
    - Which regions are most at risk or undergoing the most rapid transformations?
    - How are the most affected power utilities dealing with these threats?
    - What are possible future business models for power utilities to retain strong market positions?
  • By late 2014, LED lighting had passed the 30% threshold penetration of the global lighting market. It was the second consecutive boom year, confirming the breakthrough in the key regions of Europe, North America, and China. Driven by enhanced controllability and energy efficiency, the revolution will continue and momentum will build throughout 2015. This transformational change brings massive opportunities across value chains, but also presents huge strategic challenges to incumbent participants in terms of pace of technology change and business model.
  • The rapidly-evolving building technologies, together with key market participants pushing for technological advancement to gain a competitive advantage, are the driving force for Internet of Buildings (IoB).

    This briefing focuses on discussing the driving force of the current building technologies scenario in achieving IoB and a holistic view of the industry through Frost & Sullivan’s 360º Research Perspective.
  • Following decades of studies, scrutiny and debate, the U.S. EPA updated its TCE’s toxicity profile in the IRIS database, dramatically lowering the toxicity value. For transactional due diligence, this more stringent limit has important implications, including markedly more extensive and expensive cleanup processes. Given the focus on vapor migration in the new ASTM Phase I ESA standard, environmental professionals need to be increasingly cautious when making REC determinations and recommendations to clients.

    Adding to the confusion is the significant variability in how regulators are using the updated TCE toxicity profile when making closure decisions at contaminated properties. For instance, U.S. EPA Regions 9, 10 and states like Minnesota, Indiana and Massachusetts (among others) have implemented profoundly different approaches to address TCE risk at contaminated sites. Thus, it is critical for environmental professionals to stay abreast of the how TCE guidance is being interpreted and applied across the country. In the latest development, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry is proposing a dramatic change to its TCE toxicity profile for the first time in 18 years. The comment period ended on March 16, 2015, and if the update is finalized in its current form, there will be more intense scrutiny on exposure risks which will further complicate transactional due diligence.

    This timely webinar will bring together an attorney and a national subject matter expert to address the various impacts of TCE’s toxicity update on transactional due diligence. This panel will help EPs answer the following questions:

    -Does TCE in groundwater constitute a VEC and/or a REC?
    -How should an EP manage variability in TCE standards in multi-state transactions?
    -How can an EP take steps to minimize exposure to potential liability?
    -How can an EP make sense of the science and available guidance?
    -How should an EP communicate potential risks associated with TCE to clients?
  • The June 24th Hotel Investor’s Marketplace webcast will focus on Hospitality Lending. HBI President Brandt Niehaus will be joined by Dennis Nessler, Editor at Large of Hotel Business to discuss the magazine’s recently completed survey of hospitality industry lenders and examine the types of loan products available in the market, requirements for generating hospitality loans and opinion on the status of the lending industry this past year and through 2015.
  • Where fear of reprisal exists, safety improvement is doomed. Frontline employees will not engage in safety if they believe their input will lead only to discipline or other negative repercussions. Two years ago, five of Caterpillar's re-manufacturing facilities in Corinth, MS, tackled the "fear factor" that was impeding employee involvement in safety. Through the Zero-Incident Performance (ZIP™) Process, driven by frontline-employee solutions, the facilities have achieved tremendous improvement in morale, genuine engagement and leading indicator safety performance.

    Roberto Ortega, Facility Manager for Caterpillar Reman Components’ Mississippi operations, joins safety culture consultant Mike Williamsen to share the case study of an organization that is no longer crippled by fear, but rather striding toward safety culture success.

    Learning Objectives:
    •How to effectively manage safety across multiple work cells and facilities with unique cultures and approaches to discipline
    •How to overcome a legacy of fear
    •How to determine if fear of reprisal and punishment exists in your workplace
    •How to get frontline employees engaged in reversing a “fear factor”
  • Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world of surging demand. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar PVs and wind turbines, drive the need for energy storage. Renewable grid integration is a key application that promotes energy storage globally. Large scale PV farms and offshore wind farms in countries of U.S, China and Europe makes energy storage and its future interesting and inevitable.
  • There is a difference of opinion regarding the current status of connected homes. Some industry experts believe that with customer access to mobile devices and the Internet, most homes have some form of connected intelligence and are therefore connected homes. Others believe the industry is far from achieving the optimal connected home.

    This briefing discusses the key motives for deploying connected home services and associated challenges, focusing on energy management.
  • Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines, is driving the demand. Large-scale PV farms and offshore wind farms in the United States, China and Europe make energy storage and its future interesting and inevitable.
  • Given the price volatility in crude oil, many are searching for opportunities in the energy sector. The question now arises, "Where are the opportunities in this industry?" As we currently see oil prices rise, time is running out for many companies that have hedged credit exposure at higher levels and are operating at distressed levels. We will review these areas, how we have ended up at in this situation, where we may soon see distressed companies, and where hidden opportunities are arising. We'll then review how Frost & Sullivan can assist clients discover these opportunities and prepare to them to take advantage in this environment.

    Why you should attend:

    - Understanding the "oil-flation" boom of crude oil production
    - Where we see opportunity and if M&A will be as strong as once expected
    - The "Uber-zation" of US demand for refined products
    - How America is dealing with the current crude oil bans and the loopholes that may bear more income than expected
  • The global water and wastewater network market will experience relatively high growth at a compound annual growth rate of 9.6% from 2014 through 2020. It presents a mixed bag of opportunities for clients from all segments of the market, namely pumps, pipes and allied technologies; meters, software, automation and ICT; pipe network services; and design and engineering services.

    Why should you attend this webinar?

    · Understand growth opportunities in developing and developed countries
    · Hear key network market challenges addressed by different stakeholders
    · Identify potential collaboration opportunities to build profitable partnerships across the segments in the network market
    · Understand the unmet needs that will allow companies to create value for customers and communities
  • Do you know where the market for property due diligence is heading? How is your business performance this year compared to industry benchmarks? How confident are you in your business forecast for next year?

    The fourth quarter of 2015 is almost upon us, and that means, of course, that 2016 is just around the corner. Join us for our final ScoreKeeper webinar of the year when EDR Insight’s principal analyst Dianne Crocker will share her unique perspective on the latest state of the property due diligence market. Her presentation will provide attendees with a deep dive into the underlying economic and commercial real estate trends impacting the environmental due diligence market, and an in-depth look at the latest trends. Attendees of this 60-minute webinar will get answers to the following types of questions:

    • Is my business over- or under-performing the overall market?
    • What story does ScoreKeeper’s output tell about the regions driving the strongest 3Q growth?
    • Is my state among the top 10 fastest-growers this year?
    • Are the hottest mid-year metros still hot or cooling? And if so, who are the new entries taking their place?
    • What do the latest data on market indicators impacting demand for your services say about the future business climate you’ll have to contend with?
    • How aggressive should your business forecast be for 2016? How about 2017?
  • In a culture of safety excellence, safety activities aren’t just check-the-box exercises – they’re interactive, informative and preventative. Caterpillar introduces a new smartphone and tablet app to assist customers in completing walkaround inspections of equipment and job sites that truly increase the presence safety.

    Cat Inspect, available on Apple and Android devices as well as Windows tablets, allows you to perform timely and informed inspections of Cat and non-Cat equipment. Identify safety concerns easily and share them instantly to mitigate risk.

    Join David Frager, Program Manager in Caterpillar’s Equipment Management Technology & Solutions Division, to learn more about this tool to improve your safety processes. We will review the inspections forms available, show you how to perform your daily inspections, and explain how to create custom forms to meet your business needs.
  • Project Managers (PMs) are the key to a professional services firm's success. Yet many firms promote technical people into roles they are not prepared or ready for. As a result, project profitability suffers and there is frustration at every level of the organization. By enabling project managers, through financial and systems training, automation, and accountability measures, the firm's profit margins can increase substantially.

    In this webinar, attendees will be able to:
    -Evaluate the challenges that cause many Project Managers to struggle with project profitability
    -Understand the reasons that projects go over budget
    -Review the financial aspects of project management that Project Managers need to know to be successful
    -Learn how technology can help Project Managers deliver more profitable projects
    -Develop some best practices to help Project Managers succeed

    June R. Jewell, CPA, President AEC Business Solutions
    Jewell, a thought leader and expert in AEC firm profitability. has more than 28 years of business management consulting experience, and unsurpassed knowledge of the AEC industry. In addition to this role, she is the original founder and current strategic advisor of Acuity Business Solutions, a Deltek Premier Partner and consulting firm that works with AEC firms to support business profitability through web-based enterprise management technology.

    She is the Amazon best-selling author of the book “Find The Lost Dollars: 6 Steps to Increase Profits in Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Firms.” Jewell has built and run a successful consulting practice, and is a highly sought after speaker at industry events and conferences. Her past speaking engagements include AIA, ACEC, SMPS, Design and Construction Network (DCN), Society for Design Administration (SDA), Zweig Group (formerly ZweigWhite), PSMJ, ROG Growth and Ownership Conference, Project Management Institute (PMI), Deltek Insight and Business of Architecture (BOA).
  • Presentation featuring up-to-date hotel performance data trends as tracked by Smith Travel Research. Join H. Brandt Niehaus, president of Hotel Brokers International, and Jeff Higley, vice president of digital media & communications for STR/STR Global/, as they discuss the hospitality industry outlook for next year and opportunities for investment.

    Meet the Panel:
    H. Brandt Niehaus, CHB is President of Hotel Brokers International and President of Huff, Niehaus & Associates, Inc., a full-service hotel investment advisory firm. Mr. Niehaus has over 30 years of experience in hospitality real estate sales and consulting. He has successfully transacted the sales of hundreds of hotel properties from limited-service independents through full-service luxury hotels representing sellers in conventional sales as well as lender-owned transactions for banks and institutions. A consistent top sales producer, Niehaus was recently named Broker of the Year in recognition of his record-setting sales performance in 2014. Mr. Niehaus holds the professional designations of Certified Hotel Broker (CHB), Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

    Jeff Higley serves as the Vice President of Digital Media and Communications and as Editorial Director of STR / STR Global / Hotel News Now. He oversees all aspects of the Hotel News Now (HNN) digital platform, including the Hotel News Now website and daily newsletter. Jeff also leads the STR family of companies’ efforts with corporate public relations and press releases. He is the former editorial director for Hotel & Motel Management magazine and has specialized in hotel industry journalism for many years. He frequently writes articles on the lodging industry.