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Business conditions for the environmental industry are currently strong, particularly in infrastructure, transportation and commercial development markets. Still, forecasters are predicting the market will begin to experience recessionary conditions in the next 18-24 months. What’s your strategic plan? Are you positioned to benefit from any market changes, and what will be the opportunities and challenges?
Join us for this timely webinar and come away armed with the tips you need to position your firm for growth. Al Spiers, 2020 Environmental Group Founder and CEO, will give attendees proven strategies for developing an effective strategic growth plan. Topics will include: what markets are hot and not; strategic growth plans for expanding into new markets and geographies; improving key performance metrics to support investment strategies; and opportunities for using M&A as a growth strategy. This includes companies that may be considering selling and merging with a new, larger strategic partner.
The updated SOP was released by the SBA last Friday.
EDR is pleased to host Part II of last week’s webcast where we’ll focus exclusively on changes to the environmental guidelines. This 20-minute webinar is a must attend for anyone originating SBA 504 or 7a loans.
Version J of SOP 50 10 5 represents the agency’s first update to its environmental guidance since 2014 (when it adopted the revised ASTM Phase I E 1527 standard). EDR’s James Haberlen will provide a timely update on what this round of changes mean to the environmental due diligence required on any loans seeking the SBA’s approval.
Join us as KC Conway, a noted expert in CRE lending, takes us on a “no-squiggly-lines” presentation of the forces disrupting commercial real estate lending. Attendees will get a look at today’s top disruptors, changes in high-growth MSAs and the key market trends that are reshaping the risks of lending on different asset classes. Conway will also look past the headlines about double-digit growth in CRE originations to stratify lending trends for major sources and explore what is restricting growth in some sectors of the market.
K.C. Conway, MAI, CRE, Economist, Counselor of Real Estate, Valuation Expert. Conway is a well-respected speaker and author with a history of accurately forecasting commercial real estate trends and changing market conditions across the U.S. He is a nationally recognized Subject Matter Expert on commercial real estate matters with specialized expertise in valuation, ports and logistics, housing economics, bank regulation and real estate finance. He has held progressive roles within the Federal Reserve (CRE Risk Specialty Officer), national brokerage and large bank organizations.
EDR will share the late-breaking changes to the SBA’s SOP 50 10 5—the agency’s first update to its environmental guidance since 2014 (when it adopted the revised ASTM Phase I E 1527 standard). Speakers will share details on the changes coming out October 1 and effective in January 2018. Don’t miss this timely update on what this round of changes mean to the environmental due diligence required on any loans seeking the agency’s approval. Benefits:
-latest statistics on SBA lending volumes
-a primer on SBA’s tiered process for environmental investigations
This timely track will distill the headlines into real-world intel about how the priorities of the U.S. EPA are taking shape in a Trump Presidency. Overmeyer will share the U.S. EPA's latest budget forecast, the recently released regulatory agenda, and likely areas of policy focus for site assessment and cleanup.
The speakers will highlight what is likely to change, and where bipartisan support remains strong. Outside the Beltway, macro market forces are converging to drive more interest in redeveloping contaminated properties than ever before. Attendees will leave with an understanding of why the U.S. property market is heading into an exciting period of “redevelopment renaissance.”
The industry's only application to screen for vapor encroachment risk will soon be new and improved. We're moving the VEC App to Lightbox, saving you time. These updates will also include major improvements to key VEC App features like the ground water flow tool, filtering, report output and more. Join us for a preview of the new VEC App.
EDR's CEO, Chris Aronson, and our product team will introduce product improvements that change the fundamentals of data review, empowering you to do you best work faster.
• Property Boundaries on your Historical Sources, to quickly locate your target property boundary on your aerial photos, topos, and Sanborn® Maps.
• Improved EDR Lightbox®, newly updated and streamlined, with superior content and an intuitive interface.
• Coming this Summer: Property-Based Geocoding
Join us as we present our most exciting products advancements ever. This 1-hour session will help ensure you and your team make the most of these exciting new features.
Whether you are new to the environmental due diligence field or a seasoned veteran, this webinar offers something for you. EDR Insight is honored to bring you the expertise of Grady Shields, an attorney with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP. Shields brings over 30 years of experience practicing environmental law, assisting clients with environmental due diligence and transactions, and counseling lenders on environmental issues.
At this webinar, Shields will share his insights on seven important issues impacting environmental due diligence in commercial real estate lending. This timely event will cover some of the latest environmental risks, like vapor migration, being pushed to the forefront, new emphasis on risk management tools like environmental insurance, the intense pressure on lenders by regulators and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to get some free advice from a trusted voice in environmental risk management.
Who Should Attend:
-Risk managers and loan officers at community banks
-Risk managers at national banks, looking for a quick refresher and update
-Environmental due diligence professionals serving lenders
Those attending should come away with a better grasp of:
-the need for pre-loan diligence, including diligence beyond the real property at issue
-the use and appropriate terms of borrower environmental indemnification agreements
-using both Pollution Legal Liability and Lender Environmental Liability coverage to limit lender risk
-how to maximize value, while minimizing lender risk, in default situations
-trends being driven by the regulators.
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).
The new Clean Water Rule has significant implications for the way property due diligence will be conducted throughout the U.S. by altering the definitions and categories of jurisdictional waters and wetlands relating to the discharge of dredged/fill material into Waters of the U.S. These changes have the potential to greatly affect anyone involved in property assessments, land use, planning, development or lending.
Attempts to block its implementation made for a dramatic late summer and early fall. Tune into this time-sensitive event to ensure that you don’t miss out on important updates, the timing of the new revisions, and more importantly, how these changes impact the work you do, particularly for properties on or adjacent to waterbodies and wetland areas.
Attendees will benefit from:
· A leading expert’s take on the “what?” and the “why?” behind the changes
· Gaining clarity on who will be impacted
· Learning the specifics on how the new rule redefines “Waters of the U.S.”
· A close look at what you can expect and what you should be telling your clients
· An understanding of the differences between the new rule and existing rule
Don’t be caught off-guard. The new Clean Water Rule impacts the work you are doing today and could drastically impact the work you do tomorrow. Tune in for the latest!
According the US Energy Information Administration, shale gas will provide half of the United States’ domestic gas by 2035. Shale gas is also well developed in Canada and being developed in South America and China. The economic benefits of shale are likely to cause other countries to look at this energy source. But shale gas is extracted by hydraulic fracturing which frees the gas from the tight shale and is different in scale and technique from more traditional ways of extracting oil and gas. What can local people expect from these sorts of operations and what do local planners, environmental engineers and health professionals need to know?
In this webinar, Mike Stephenson will consider five important issues: noise and visual impact, truck traffic, air quality, groundwater contamination and induced earthquakes. He will look at the reasons why they occur, the effects they have, and aspects of their regulation – all explained in simple non-technical language.
Prof. Mike Stephenson is Chief Scientist at the British Geological Survey. He has advised the UK government on shale gas and carbon capture and storage issues, and spoken at parliamentary events including at the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs. He has also contributed to debates at the UK Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, and the European Parliament.
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?
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?
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.
• 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.
• 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
This expert panel will take a candid look at the importance of robust risk management at this stage of the market cycle. Looking back, there have been important milestones in the evolution of risk management from the early days of “Phase I or no Phase I?” decisions based solely on loan size. Other areas—like the alignment of the appraisal function and environmental risk management function—are still evolving. As the market enters a phases of moderating property values, lenders should be turning a close eye on their risk management practices. The impact an environmental issue may have on a property’s value is more significant as prices decline. Risk managers who are being challenged to make a case for tighter underwriting will learn valuable ammo for explaining why ERM is more important than ever. Attendees will also learn more about the future direction of regulatory guidance to better reflect budding industry best practices.
K.C. Conway, MAI, CRE, Economist, Counselor of Real Estate, Valuation Expert
Michael Pereira, CHMM, VP – Environmental Risk Officer, Umpqua Bank
Michael Kulka, Founder and CEO, PM Environmental, Inc.
Duane Beck, Enterprise Accounts Director, Lender Solutions, EDR