PRISM 2017


EDR’s PRISM conference is a one-of-a-kind event connecting leaders from commercial real estate lending and property due diligence to network, learn and collaborate. Over the course of two days, well-respected speakers in technology, commercial real estate lending and risk management will share their intelligence on the future of the industry.

Our inaugural event in 2016 put PRISM on the map and in the headlines. PRISM 2017 promises to be even better, with rich content on today’s hottest topics and a broader base of attendees. We will also host the 2nd annual awards ceremony honoring the industry’s highest achievers. Don’t miss the must-attend event of the year!


Monday May 1, 2017

  • May 1, 2017

    1:00 PM

    Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Ballantyne

    Whitewater Rafting Outing at USNWC

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  • May 1, 2017

    6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Evening Welcome Reception (South Lawn)

Tuesday May 2, 2017
Wednesday May 3, 2017

PRISM 2017 Awards

Join us as we celebrate and champion the most courageous and influential professionals in our industry.

The PRISM Awards are the benchmark for excellence in the property due diligence industry. The Awards categories recognize creativity, innovation, service and achievement in the areas of leadership, technology, environmental stewardship, community service and influence. Through their valuable contributions, past winners have demonstrated an outstanding level of success in inspiring others, innovating in challenging markets and improving the industry as a whole.

The PRISM Awards celebration recognizes outstanding achievements, and is a superb opportunity for the industry to come together. PRISM Awards will be distributed this year, and winners will be determined based on nominations and a third-party judging process.

2016 Award Winners

“Competing with a crowd of the best and the brightest leaders in the industry is truly humbling.” ~Courage in Leadership award winner, Mike Kulka, CEO of PM Environmental

“To be recognized amongst your peers is really a great honor. If I have had the chance to influence the industry, I’ve tried to get everybody to think about what we do and how the quality of work we produce helps the industry.” ~Industry Influencer award winner, Joe Derhake, Partner Engineering

Past Award Winners

View footage and pictures from the 2016 PRISM Award winners

This year’s awards will honor bold, creative industry leaders and the “best practices” they advocate, as well as new categories that champion high-level project work, a fast-growing firm/institution and a developing leader.


Technology Innovation Award: Lender Risk Management

Recognizes a financial institution that utilizes technological innovation within their internal team to advance how the bank assesses, manages and minimizes property risk. This institution is expanding the boundaries of what is possible by adopting new approaches of accessing, assimilating and processing property risk information in their commercial real estate portfolios.


Technology Innovation Award: Consulting

Recognizes an environmental due diligence firm that embraces technology that goes above and beyond standard industry practice. This firm has demonstrated success in pushing the envelope and challenging historical norms with a cutting-edge process that improves the efficiency of property risk management for their clients.


Courage in Leadership Award

Honors a business leader working in the property risk management field who has made tremendous impacts on his/her organization or financial institution through courageous leadership. The winner is one who has demonstrated a genuine, vested interested in driving his/her team to achieve success. Examples may include: hosting an off-site teambuilding initiative, implementing a new workplace practice, redesigning a work space or adopting a unique employee incentive program.


Industry Influencer Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual who promotes the industry and improves visibility of risk management through education and public relations. This individual shines outside of their environmental firm or financial institution with a demonstrated commitment to championing the industry as a whole and the understanding of property risk management in the field.


Community Service Award

Celebrates a progressive organization whose property risk management or due diligence division has made extraordinary philanthropic contributions to their community. The winning firm demonstrates unselfish and extensive service by its property risk management staff that has had a measurable and positive impact on their local community, charitable organizations or the environment.


New Category

Outstanding Project Award

Honors an environmental due diligence firm or financial institution for its involvement in a particular project, loan, deal or redevelopment project that deserves recognition. Entries will be judged on how they stand out compared to other applications in this award category. Nominations may involve any of a wide variety of projects, including an innovative approach to risk management, a high-profile project in a particular metro, noteworthy collaboration with other industry players, etc.


New Category

On the Move Award

Recognizes a small environmental due diligence firm or regional/community bank that has demonstrated recent success in growing their business. The winner will be selected based on recent performance in any of the areas of business growth, staff increases, expansion in range of operations or similar measure of small business success.


New Category

Developing Leaders Award

Highlights an up-and-coming risk management or due diligence professional, 35 years of age and under, for his/her valued contribution and commitment to the industry. The award will be presented to a rising industry professional who has demonstrated impressive achievement in any of the areas of leadership, visibility, professional competency or industry involvement in the early stage of his/her career.


Industry Hall of Fame

Honors an individual for career contribution to the industry and to the community. This individual will be recognized for years of commendable service, leadership and dedication to improving the industry. Known as the most prestigious PRISM Award, the Hall of Fame recognizes an outstanding individual who, through his/her exceptional work and achievements, has made a significant contribution to the industry and earned the respect of their peers in the field.

About the Awards

Each winner receives a jewel-quality PRISM trophy, engraved with the winner’s name. One of the goals of the PRISM Awards is to promote and elevate the achievements of innovators across the industry. Therefore, to add further impact to the winning professionals/organizations, EDR will provide your organization with support for your own press release distribution. Further recognition of winners includes attention in EDR’s publications, press releases, on EDR’s website and outside industry publications. Your organization will be recognized via multiple avenues for making an important contribution in raising the level of professionalism in the industry.

About the Application and Judging Process

The awards nomination process requires completion of an on-line entry form including the opportunity to provide supporting documentation. PRISM Awards are open to all professionals in the property risk management field who may nominate themselves—or another qualified professional/firm. Applications are reviewed and judged by an independent, third party consultant, the Zweig Group, a firm with an established history of running recognized awards programs for the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industries.

The Ballantyne Hotel

Discover The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte

The Ballantyne welcomes guests with exceptional service complemented by a timeless elegance. Enjoy resort-style amenities including spa, golf, fitness, exquisite dining and leisure offerings. The Ballantyne features beautiful hotel rooms, a cottage and lodge retreat with sophisticated meeting, wedding and event venues in a vibrant setting.

The Ballantyne is located within 18 miles of Uptown Charlotte and Charlotte Douglas International Airport. In addition to its great accessibility to Charlotte, the hotel is set amidst shopping, dining, retail and a thriving business community.

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway,
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

Make your hotel reservations early to lock in a special $229 rate.

May 1st - Recreational Activities

Golf at The Ballantyne a public, PGA golf course offering daily tee times, golf outings and golf tournaments, overnight golf packages as well as golf lessons and is located at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Featuring a practice area, Golf Pro Shop, golf outing pavilion and the renowned Dana Rader Golf School, a Golf Channel Academy, The Golf Club is dedicated to delivering the region’s best service and top quality golf course facilities.

Join us for a one and a half hour whitewater rafting outing. The USNWC is home to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, featuring class II-IV rapids throughout multiple channels. Adventuring Rafting, our most popular activity, is designed for those looking to get the most excitement from our world-class rapids.

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214