EDR hosted its annual PRISM conference May 8-10 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia in Arizona. The highlight of the conference was the third annual PRISM Awards Ceremony where individuals and firms were honored and recognized for their contributions to the property due diligence and commercial lending industry.
The PRISM Awards program is run by the Zweig Group and was emceed by EDR’s James Haberlen, Managing Director of Lender Strategy and Pat Coyne, Vice President of Consulting & Engineering Sales. “The Annual PRISM awards night is a highlight of the year as we celebrate the achievements of accomplished professionals and companies in our industry,” Chris Aronson, CEO of EDR remarked. “It was particularly moving this year to see so many previous PRISM award winners participating in the ceremony and reflecting on what winning the award meant to them as they introduced the 2018 winners.”
The highest honor, The Industry Hall of Fame award, was presented to Jeffery Telego by past inductees Georgina Dannatt and Julie Kilgore. Jeff has dedicated his life’s work to the environmental industry. He founded Risk Management Technologies, Inc. and RTM Communications, Inc. Jeff was also a co-founder of the Environmental Bankers Association (EBA) and served as its Executive Co-Director for over 20 years, establishing a forum to foster education, awareness, and development of environmental risk management and due diligence policies within the financial market. Jeff said “I am honored and humbled to be receiving this PRISM Hall of Fame award. There is no greater reward in your professional life than being recognized by your peers, colleagues and most of all, friends.”
The List of 2018 award winners are:
Industry Hall of Fame – D. Jeffery Telego
Courage in Leadership – Holly Neber, AEI Consultants
Industry Influencer – Dan Spinogatti, EBI Consulting
Developing Leader – Jessica DeBone, PM Environmental
Technology Innovation Lender – Popular Bank
Technology Innovation Environmental – Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Community Service – Odic Environmental
Outstanding Project – Terracon Consultants, Inc.
On The Move – AGEISS, Inc.
Holly Neber, CEO of AEI Consultants, received the Courage in Leadership award for her focus on company culture and leadership development, resulting in a company-wide project that culminated in a celebration of the unique qualities and passions that each employee brings to AEI. Holly says, “I am so honored to receive this award, and very thankful for all my friends and mentors in our industry that have inspired and encouraged me throughout my career.”
This year’s Industry Influencer award went to Dan Spinogatti, Senior Vice President of Real Estate at EBI Consulting. EBI’s President, Nolan Previte describes Dan as, “someone who emulates everything we want to be known for. He is an exceptional leader, and demonstrates to all how to be attentive, responsive, respectable, credible and trustworthy.” Upon receiving the award, Dan said, “It is an honor to receive such an award and to be considered among such a group of remarkable individuals contributing to our industry.”
Jessica DeBone won this year’s Developing Leader award that honors a promising professional 35 years of age or younger. Mike Kulka, PM Environmental CEO was on hand to present the award to Jessica, describing her as “a shining example of the words ‘hardworking’ and ‘dedicated’.” Of winning her award, Jessica said, “The staff and mentorship at PM Environmental has allowed me the freedom to excel in this field while providing above and beyond services to our clients.”
Two Technology Innovation awards were handed out. The Technology Innovation lender award went to Popular Bank. John Incandela, Popular’s Credit Risk Manager for the US Operation stated, “We are thrilled to be recognized with a PRISM award for Technology Innovation. The Commercial Loan Information System has been an exciting collaborative effort between our Credit Risk and Technology Management Divisions. The program has revolutionized nearly every aspect of the bank’s underwriting, loan management, loan review and reporting processes. Most importantly, the system is significant because it has positioned the bank to better meet regulatory guidance related to Stress Testing and other CRE and property related requirements.”
The Technology Innovation consulting award was won by Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. for their SiteLynx software platform. Asif Kazi, a Product Manager at Partner stated, “We created SiteLynx out of a desire to give our clients a better way to experience our reports – not just as a PDF, but in a format where they can do more with all the valuable data consultants gather and link it into their systems.”
The Community Service award celebrates a progressive organization whose property risk management or due diligence division has made extraordinary philanthropic contributions to their community. This year’s winner went to Odic Environmental. Eric Miller, Odic’s founder and President, brings the community together by orchestrating monthly chapter meetings for servicemen and disabled veteran owned businesses, and advocates for these groups with the state of California.
The Outstanding Project award went to Terracon Consultants, Inc. for its Centro Civico Mexicano project in Salt Lake City. John Sallman of Terracon accepted the award on stage on behalf of Craig Eaton and says, “My hat is off to Craig for his great work pulling together the resources and Hispanic community to highlight such an important historic landmark in Salt Lake City.”
The On the Move award, designed to recognize a small environmental due diligence firm, regional/community bank or credit union that has demonstrated recent success in growing their business went to AGEISS, a Wyoming-based engineering and environmental services company.
About PRISM Awards
PRISM nominations are reviewed and judged by a third party consultant, the Zweig Group, a firm with an established history of running esteemed awards programs for the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industries. Nominations for the 2019 PRISM awards will open in late 2018 to any professional, firm or lending institution participating in the property due diligence space. Learn more about EDR’s PRISM conference and award winners here.