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.
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.
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.
• 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.
•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
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.
Deploying new patient record systems is more than just servers, networking, and storage. Specialized software applications, compliance and secure data management all need to be considered. Traditional technology vendors all offer partial solutions but you’re left with the hard work. Join Chris Bukowski, Product Manager from NexGen Storage to learn about a better way to deploy patient record systems that include new value-driven data management capabilities that ensure a superior end user experience.
New projects drive revenue. Every project is different, has different deadlines, and has different data management requirements. Delivering an IT infrastructure that can deal with the erratic workloads and constantly changing data needs is nearly impossible, let alone being confident that Finance will be able to run reports fast enough to close the books at the end of the month with no complaints. Join Chris McCall, SVP Marketing from NexGen Storage to discuss new value-driven data management capabilities designed to deliver a superior end user experience for project-oriented architecture and engineering firms.
Over one-third of employees would leave their current employer if offered more flexible work arrangements, according to a recent study by Unify.
In fact, workers around the world are demanding more flexibility about where and when they do their jobs – and it’s not just a hype cycle or water cooler talk. New legislation, court cases, even a presidential order – are requiring businesses across the world to be more accommodating of employees' personal obligations outside the workplace.
In this webinar, Unify presents our latest global research in which we quantify the demand for flexible work options, detail employee and management preferences, and outline ways business leaders can respond to the changing work environment while protecting productivity.
Niel Levonius, RingCentral & Levine, Continental Properties Inc.
Join us to hear RingCentral Director of Product Marketing, Niel Levonius, report on the latest developments in cloud phone systems. This series of interviews with customers delves into the specifics of how the cloud is helping IT professionals in various industries. In this segment, Niel interviews Jeffrey Levine, Broker Manager of Continental Properties Inc., about his real-world experience with leveraging the cloud to make a growing real estate firm more nimble.
Niel Levonius, RingCentral & Bill Cooper, Orbit/FR
Join us to hear RingCentral Director of Product Marketing, Niel Levonius, report on the latest developments in cloud phone systems. This series of interviews with customers delves into the specifics of how the cloud is helping IT professionals in various industries. In this segment, Niel interviews Bill Cooper, IT Admin of Orbit/FR, about his real-world experience with leveraging the cloud to make a growing tech firm more nimble.
According to survey findings in the 2012 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook from the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America), one in four construction firms plan to switch financial, job cost, or operational software to the cloud this year. The reasons are simple -- the right cloud applications can maximize project collaboration, make your business more agile and reduce operational costs. Join us to learn how you can use secure cloud collaboration to centralize your content and make information available anywhere, anytime -- using any mobile device. We’ll discuss common use cases, plus the most popular desktop and mobile productivity applications for AEC professionals.
As the visionary founder of LivingHomes, the award-winning prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction, Steve Glenn has become a leading voice within the sustainable building movement.
The developer of the nation’s first LEED Platinum home, and with over nine LivingHomes in development that are designed to achieve LEED Platinum, Glenn is one of the more experienced builders of environmentally conscious homes in the United States. While LivingHomes uses the LEED program for external review and validation, the company has established its own Z6 sustainable building goals, which serve as development objectives for each LivingHome, insuring that they have as close as possible to zero negative impact on health and environment. The Z6 goals are Zero Water, Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon and Zero Ignorance.
Glenn will share his experiences working with leading architects, including Ray Kappe, FAIA, one the most celebrated modern architects in the US, and KieranTimberlake, the AIA 2009 Firm of the Year, to create LivingHomes. He will discuss the specific elements that go into a LivingHome to achieve the Z6 goals and the process of building a LivingHome - from its factory construction to on-site installation in mere hours. Attendees will gain new insights into sustainable design and prefabrication, and will be able to get any questions answered about building a LivingHome.
This webinar will explain the importance of plants to our well-being and to the environments in which we work i.e. buildings. They are an essential part of any sustainability programme. The webinar will explain why every building should have plants on, in and around them And how these can contribute to the UK Government's Happiness Index and their targets to reduce absenteeism.
Martha Brook, CA Energy Comm.; Lia Webster, PECI; Hwakong Cheng, Taylor Engineering
In this 45 minute Webinar, experts from the energy efficiency industry will discuss building commissioning for both new and existing buildings. Martha Brook from the California Energy Commission will provide an overview of policies related to building commissioning. Reinhard Seidl, Taylor Engineering, will speak on the commissioning process, operational practices, tools and strategies utilized in the marketplace. Lia Webster, PECI, will moderate the session and cover project costs, programs and incentives, and energy and cost benefits from commissioning.
June Grant, AECOM; Scott Poll, NASA; Ed Richards, Cisco
This May, 210 employees at NASA Ames, Moffet Field will move into the Research Center’s first newly built facility in 20 years. The building and surrounding landscape nicknamed NASA’s Sustainability Base (a take on the Lunar Base) was designed to improve workplace effectiveness by maximizing daylight and fresh air and extensive water re-use. The result is a facility designed for near-net zero consumption for both energy and potable water.
In addition to readily available products, the building will be outfitted with the latest NASA diagnostic and intelligence gathering devices to ensure the optimized long-term resource management. Sustainability Base and its connection back into the existing campus-wide building management system announces a new generation of "smart" infrastructure and integrated computerized system technologies which utilize adaptive intelligence applied to local climate.
Understanding our local environment, monitoring and fine-tuning our resource allocation are paramount. What can technologies tell us about ourselves? What technologies are available? How can we enhance our existing building stock and prepare for a wide regional resource management strategy? How can we design smarter buildings and smarter infrastructure?
George Elvin, Green Tech Forum; Greg Kats, Capital-E; Amanda Tullos, Green Bldg Svcs; Kelly Gearhart, Triple Green Bldg Grp
Green building is growing exponentially as the federal government and major cities like Chicago and Seattle join private owners in requiring new buildings to meet stringent sustainability benchmarks like the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. To meet this surge in demand, architects are employing not only proven clean technologies like wind and solar power, but new ones including nanotechnology, biotechnology and other emerging technologies. The convergence of green building and clean technology is creating not only significant improvements in human and environmental health, but major economic opportunities as well.
Our panel of green building experts will provide insights into the costs, benefits and performance of the latest green building technologies. You'll learn about new green building technologies including insulating nanocoatings and aerogels, self-cleaning and depolluting materials, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and quantum dot lighting, organic thin-film solar cell technologies, and more.
George Elvin, Director, Green Technology Forum
Greg Kats, President, Capital-E
Amanda Tullos, Sustainability Consultant, Green Building Services
Kelly Gearhart, Principal, Triple Green Building Group
James Stanton, Environmental Data Resources; Dianne Crocker, Environmental Data Resources
Finding a ‘green’ home or commercial building typically means evaluating the sustainable materials used in the structure and the energy footprint. But what about the toxic hazards that could be lurking under your property? There are numerous environmental characteristics that can exist within your property, or adjacent properties, some of which could wash the green right off of your low-energy, LEED-certified building! What’s more, if you’re looking for financing, you should know that lenders, in the wake of the real estate downturn, are placing a great deal of emphasis on factors like environmental contamination that can negatively affect a property’s value and potentially expose them to liability.
Join us for this informative session that will help you to understand the importance of environmental due diligence in your quest for finding a green property.
James B. Stanton, VP of Products and Marketing, Environmental Data Resources
Dianne Crocker, Principal Analyst, Environmental Data Resources
Russell Deane, Market Manager - Architecture, AkzoNobel
Major projects require huge levels of inter-agency co-operation. Different parcels are designed by different teams and developed by different contractors. How can you simultaneously achieve a green solution, cut costs and ensure consistency between the various elements on such projects? Using examples including the London Olympics and King Abdullah Financial District in Saudi Arabia, this presentation will show how it can be achieved.
The European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups (eFIG) Chairman Thomas Palfreyman presents on the importance of plants in green building and urban design using case studies to highlight the benefits of plant life.
Christian Kornevall, Director EEB project, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Looking to 2050, the IEA has projected scenarios with various carbon reduction levels, where the “Blue Map” scenario achieves carbon stabilization levels. The carbon abatement cost curve depicts costs versus carbon abated for a rank ordered set of abatement strategies. A carbon cost of $300/ton for all aggregated sectors will bring about the Blue Map result. However, these scenarios estimate the total cost to society, total investments, less costs and savings, not considering who pays the costs and who benefits.
The analysis implicitly suggests that the lowest negative cost options will happen, thereby paying for more costly abatement measures, e.g. Improved insulation results in a net negative carbon abatement cost, which could pay for implementing a more costly renewable energy supply.
A misunderstanding of the carbon abatement curve interprets it as defining the carbon price needed to meet the stated efficiency levels. Rather, we find substantial price insensitivity to carbon and correspondingly, higher carbon prices are needed to influence building sector decision making for energy efficiency measures.
To determine this, the WBCSD Energy Efficiency in Buildings project (EEB project) created a model of building stock turnover to compute energy efficient technology adoption levels based on micro-economic investor stakeholder decisions. Rather than an unacceptably high market carbon price to foster change, we found that only a set of aggressive policy measures implemented together to influence decision making would bring building sector transformation to the levels needed.
Since 2005 Christian is Director of the Energy Efficiency in Building Project (EEB) at the WBCSD. He is part of the GEA and member of the KM on Buildings. He is also Project Director of the WBCSD/ UII – Urban Infrastructure Initiative.
Richard Chien, LEEP AP, CGBP, City and County of San Francisco
GreenFinanceSF is a property assessed clean energy (PACE) program launched in San Francisco on March1, 2010. The program will enable private property owners to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects on residential and commercial properties in San Francisco. If approved for financing, property owners will receive funds from the City for the upfront cost of projects and agree to repay the cost of the project plus interest as an additional line item on their property tax bill for the “life” of the financed improvements (up to 20 years). If the property is sold, both the property improvements and the remaining debt stay with the property and are passed on to the new owner.
This presentation will cover the basics of the program design, including how GreenFinanceSF will help the City meet its carbon reduction goals; a general overview of the program; eligible measures and owner requirements; contractor qualifications and QA/QC issues; outreach and marketing, and other issues.
Kevin O'Donnell, Jameson Detweiler, Sasha King & Paul Bogart
- Their own selection process for choosing sustainable materials
- How they connect with the design community
- What trends they are predicting for the near future
- What technology they are using to catalog the products
Join Kevin O'Donnell, Founder & Fundamentalist, threadcollaborative and a panel of industry experts:
- Jameson Detweiler, CEO Greenkonnect.com
- Sasha King, Co-Founder and Director of Product Research and Development, epOxyGreen
- Paul Bogart. The Pharos Project
Buildings must accommodate myriad requirements while having less environmental impact and providing useful space for working and living. You will hear best practice tips and techniques for building practical and efficient structures as well as the latest trends in emerging areas including green building, retrofitting, LEED, sustainable materials, design software, and more.