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Episode 13 – Lender Series: Managing an Environmental Risk Department Through Uncertain Economic Times


First in our Lender Series…

ERIS’ Dave Colonna, Director of Lender Services, speaks with John Rybak, Senior Vice President, Environmental Risk Manager, Truist Financial. John shares his views on managing risk, planning during uncertain economic times, and what steps can be taken to address slowdowns. The discussion outlines the differences between what’s happening now compared to during the mortgage crisis of 2008/9, and during the pandemic of 2020. From departmental implications and considerations to wider industry observations, the discussion covers much ground and provides thoughtful insights from an industry veteran. 

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About the Speaker:

Johnathan Rybeck John Rybak, Senior Vice President, Environmental Risk Manager, Truist Financial
John Thomas Rybak is Senior Vice President and Environmental Risk Manager for Truist Financial. He has over 30 years of environmental due diligence experience with four different regional banks. John has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Buffalo, and an MBA from Canisius College. His focus is on risk management and risk awareness for the bank. John is heavily involved in talent selection and coaching, including vendors and review staff, and the implementation of a quality assurance quality control program based on education, clear definitions of quality, measurements and feedback loops to vendors/staff. John has served on the Environmental Bankers Association board dating back to 1997 and is currently serving in the office of Vice President.

About the Moderator:

Dave Colonna, Director, Lender Services, ERIS
Dave joined ERIS in the summer of 2021 and serves as Director, Lender Services. He has supported the needs of both environmental professionals and lenders for the past 20 years. In his spare time, Dave enjoys playing golf and traveling with his family.