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Vendor Management: How Well Are You Managing Your Consultants and Appraisers? Mitch Kreeger, MAI SRA MBA, Chief Appraiser and Principal Consultant, Kreeger Consulting 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?
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Sep 10 2015 6:00 pm
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Join us for a complimentary web event on the state of the market in the first quarter of 2015—and a look at the sectors driving growth in the new year. Attendees of this 60-minute webinar will learn:

    • The status of commercial property transactions and the asset classes attracting the most attention
    • This quarter’s regional, state and metro market hot spots
    • Key players in the deal-making and lending worlds
    • Where to focus business development efforts for 2015
    • EDR Insight’s near-term forecast for environmental due diligence
  • Commercial real estate markets continue their slow recovery. As demand for loans intensifies, regulatory compliance is top of mind for financial institutions. Bank regulators are exercising strict oversight over all types of bank underwriting, including commercial appraisals. This webinar will address head-on the challenges that institutions face in meeting the latest guidance impacting the appraisal function, and what risk managers can and should be doing to survive an appraisal compliance audit.

    Attendees will receive answers to these important questions:

    • What do current guidance/regulations require of banks related to appraisals and how has that changed?
    • What specific things are bank examiners looking for in an appraisal compliance audit?
    • Are you doing everything you can to prepare your institution for the scrutiny of examiners before an audit? During an audit? After an audit?
    • What are the latest best practices that banks should include today in their appraisal policies to protect themselves during this stage of market recovery?

    EDR Insight is fortunate to have Mitch Kreeger for this timely event. Kreeger is a well-known Subject Matter Expert (SME) on various valuation, environmental and seismic risk, and regulatory compliance topics by peers nationwide. Currently, Kreeger is Chief Appraiser and Principal Consultant at Kreeger Consulting, a private appraisal/environmental/seismic risk consulting services firm that offers commercial appraisal reviews, outsourced Chief Appraiser duties, and advisory services to lenders on regulatory compliance, efficient appraisal/environmental risk functions, and effective policy updates.

    Audience:
    • Primary: Risk managers at financial institutions, particularly at community bank level
    • Secondary: Commercial appraisers
  • Exposure to professional liability ranks high on the list of any environmental professional’s concerns. In this webinar, industry veteran Anthony Buonicore will present five carefully-selected case studies where an EP was sued, highlighting how costly litigation could have been avoided. Attendees of this webinar will come away with steps that can be taken to minimize professional liability exposure when:

    • Submitting a Phase I ESA proposal
    • Conducting a Phase I ESA
    • Writing the Phase I ESA report
  • To help property assessment professionals meet the challenge of staying up to speed on the forces driving demand for their services, EDR Insight invites you to a complimentary web event on the state of the market in the fourth quarter of 2014—and a look to how the 2015 forecast is taking shape. Attendees of this 60-minute webinar will learn:

    • The status of commercial property transactions and the asset classes attracting the most attention
    • Commercial real estate lending volume
    • Key players in the deal-making and lending worlds
    • How attitudes toward risk are changing
    • Where to focus business development efforts for 2015
    • EDR Insight’s near-term forecast for environmental due diligence

    Join us for a look at the forces driving demand for your services so that you can better position your firm for growth in the new year.
  • With risk management in the spotlight, environmental risk management policies are more important than ever. Environmental insurance options have evolved to offer lenders proven ways to manage risk as commercial loan originations increase in the second act of market recovery. Join us for this webinar as seasoned insiders share their insight into how insurance policies can effectively manage risk exposure. Attendees will also learn how environmental insurance can be applied to lending practices based on real world examples of claims scenarios.

    Benefits to attendees:
    • Background on the latest tools available to help lenders protect collateral on real estate loans or investments.
    • The know-how to avoid an embarrassing loss on loan portfolios due to environmental issues.
    • The latest intel on how lender environmental insurance can help lenders make more loans.

    Target audience:
    • Risk managers at community banks
    • Risk managers at national/international banks looking for a refresher
    • Credit managers and chief credit officers
    • Environmental due diligence professionals serving lenders
    • Insurance professionals
  • Vapor migration is part of the new Phase I environmental site assessment protocol from ASTM, E 1527-13. In December, the US Environmental Protection Agency blessed the new standard as compliant with the federal All Appropriate Inquiries rule, emphasizing the importance of assessing vapor migration risk as a standard part of Phase I ESAs. US EPA went even further in the December preamble and stated that vapor migration has always been a part of conducting AAI. In light of US EPA’s statements and the emphasis that assessing vapor migration is current standard practice for AAI-compliant Phase I ESAs, how is vapor being addressed in the field? If a Phase I ESA report identifies vapor migration as a Recognized Environmental Condition, or REC, what next? In today’s market of intensely short turnaround times for property transactions, is a vapor migration issue a deal killer? What are the current tools and options to investigate a vapor migration REC under transactional time constraints? When should a buyer walk away from a site potentially impacted by vapor migration? When to mitigate? How are environmental due diligence firms establishing consistent processes for recommending “next steps” for clients when vapor migration issues arise?

    This timely webinar will bring together an attorney and two leading technical experts to address head-on the various avenues that firms are taking to assist end users of Phase I ESA reports on how to address vapor migration risk during the deal making process.
  • Regulatory pressures are fundamentally impacting the way that financial institutions manage the appraisal function. Our speakers will tackle the most impactful issues for both lenders and appraisals today. An expert from the Appraisal Institute, the largest appraisal membership society in the world with 23,000+ real estate valuation experts worldwide, will share first-hand research into the challenges faced by appraisers and by lenders that rely on the technical expertise of appraisal services. Attendees will learn about the concerns commercial real estate appraisers face, and the challenges their lender clients face in finding quality appraisers to help them respond to new policies and requirements. Speakers will also share insight into the latest policies from bank regulators like the OCC and FDIC that are impacting the integration of appraisals and environmental risk management. An expert in the trenches of a small community bank will share his insights into the shifting alignment of appraisals and environmental risk management at the community bank level, the importance of having a sound policy in place and actions that banks can take to best prepare for the scrutiny of examiners.

    BENEFITS TO AUDIENCE:
    - Information on how appraisers can meet today’s top challenges, align their services with the challenges lender clients face
    - A deeper understanding of bank regulations impacting appraisals
    - An insider’s take on what bank examiners look for
    - Advice on steps banks can take to protect themselves against examiner scrutiny
    - A look into the forces that are bringing appraisals and environmental due diligence functions closer together

    PRESENTED BY:
    - Bill Garber, Director of Government and External Relations, Appraisal Institute
    - Brian Ginter, Director - Executive Staff, Diversified Real Estate Consulting Network

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