With much fanfare, EDR, the nation’s provider for property risk information and due diligence tools, recognized distinguished companies and individuals in seven categories at the PRISM 2016 Awards.
The awards were presented as part of the first-ever PRISM conference, held May 9-11, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Austin, Texas. The conference brought together over one hundred leaders in the property risk management industry to network and learn.
“EDR is proud to recognize and champion professionals and organizations that have inspired us, delivered innovations in challenging markets, and improved the industry as a whole.” said Chris Aronson, CEO at EDR. “The excitement of the award recipients along with the extraordinary support from industry peers in attendance made the first-ever PRISM Awards a truly remarkable experience.”
The awards were presented as follows: Courage in Leadership – Mike Kulka, PM Environmental Creativity in Marketing – Partner Engineering and Science Inc. Going Green Initiative – CBRE Group Technology Innovation – Terracon Industry Influencer – Joe Derhake, Partner Engineering and Science Inc. Community Service – CBRE Group
The ceremony concluded with the induction of Julie Kilgore, owner of Wasatch Environmental, to the Industry Hall of Fame. Kilgore, who was met with a standing ovation, has overseen the ASTM E50 committee and E1527 task group for nearly two decades in addition to leading her Utah-based company as its president. Said Kilgore upon receiving her award, “The moment I stumbled into this industry, I knew I wanted to be in this space, and I love what we do.”
Mike Kulka, CEO of PM Environmental was recognized for building his Lansing, Michigan-based firm from a single truck to a diversified, 150-person firm. In response to receiving the award for Courage in Leadership Kulka noted, “Competing with a crowd of the best and the brightest leaders in the industry is truly humbling.”
In his acceptance speech, Joe Derhake noted, “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.” Partner is an engineering, environmental, and energy consulting firm based in Torrance, California that serves the entire US as well as Mexico and Canada.
Speaking of efforts to improve and protect the physical environment, Charles Mulligan, Managing Director of the Assessment and Consulting Services Group at CBRE, a global commercial real estate services company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, said, “CBRE’s corporate culture and our people are committed to bettering the communities in which we work and live. Our commitment to the environment is a significant component of our mission, our values and our vision.”
On behalf of Terracon Consulting, recognized for its technology prowess in creating efficiencies with its TerraDOCS system, John Sallman remarked, “It’s not just one or two people, it takes a collaborative effort of everybody at Terracon and working with companies like EDR to make these system improvements possible.” Terracon is a multi-discipline engineering consulting firm based in Olathe, Kansas.
PRISM nominations were submitted for both company and individual awards earlier this spring, and were reviewed and judged by a 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. Nominations for the 2017 PRISM awards will open in late 2016 to any professional, firm or lending institution participating in the property risk management and due diligence space. Learn more about EDR’s PRISM conference and award winners here.