About Our Company

Environmental Risk Assessment Consulting – Designed to Fit Your Needs

ERI Team on a Zoom call

ERI is the nation’s premier consulting firm that specializes in the management of environmental risk for commercial lenders. ERI’s clients include a broad base of commercial lenders, from regional banks to banks with national footprints. Since 1999, ERI has been dedicated to providing commercial lenders with effective and efficient due diligence services and guidance.  ERI is staffed with environmental professionals whose diverse experience and expertise enables ERI to offer a wide variety of traditional and progressive risk management services.   ERI is not a traditional environmental consulting firm that performs Phase I or Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.  As a result, ERI’s recommendations represent a truly independent, third party opinion that conforms to the client bank’s specific risk tolerance.

Our History

Since our inception in 1999 (First Union was ERI’s first client, as a result of outsourcing the bank’s Environmental Policy Group to ERI), our national banking client base has grown to over 60 commercial lenders. ERI custom tailors our service model to meet a broad range of commercial lending operations for banks of all sizes and internal structure.

Our Leadership Team

Greg Lathan MPSH President

Greg Lathan, MPSH

President

Developed ERI in 1999 to meet the banking sector’s needs of the time. President of ERI and the EI group and a member of top professional associations around the county

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Karen Nelson PG Senior VP

Karen Nelson, PG

Senior Vice President

28 years of experience in the environmental industry and a Licensed Geologist in North Carolina

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Bill McGuinness PG VP

Bill McGuinness, PG

Vice President

Over 30 years of experience in the environmental industry and a Licensed Geologist in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida

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About the Team & What We Do

ERI is staffed with environmental professionals with backgrounds in environmental banking risk management, regulatory oversight, and consulting. Our diverse experience and expertise enables ERI to offer a wide variety of traditional and progressive risk management services.   ERI is not an environmental consulting firm that performs Phase I or Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.  As a result, ERI’s recommendations represent a truly independent, third party opinion that incorporates the environmental risk tolerance of the client bank.

Security

ERI is committed to supporting the needs of our clients and keeping your data secure by employing the following:

  • Dedicated IT Security Staff
  • Secure server with strong user password policies
  • Network based intrusion detection
  • Professionally managed firewall service
  • Logged network access
  • Logged physical access to building 
  • Required proximity card for building entry
  • Secure onsite document destruction
  • Employee background checks
  • Discrete database ordering to protect client identification

Careers

Immediate Job Opportunities

Environmental Professional / Environmental Risk Analyst

ERI hires Environmental Risk Analysts/Scientists with Phase I experience. Individuals must be well organized, positive, and possess the ability to manage multiple projects at one time. Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills are essential to this position. Science degree required. Environmental Risk Managers, Geologists, Engineers and Environmental Professionals with at least 5 years experience should apply.

ERI is the nation’s largest environmental risk consulting firm, specializing in the management of environmental risk for commercial lenders. ERI’s clients include a broad base of commercial lenders, from regional banks to banks with national and international footprints. ERI provides third-party review of environmental assessment reports and conducts Records Search with Risk Assessments (RSRAs)/desktop reviews on commercial properties. ERI’s third-party reviews of environmental assessments and property regulatory/historical data are accompanied by free “day-to-day” technical support to commercial loan officers and bank risk managers, as well as complimentary assistance in developing/amending environmental risk management policy based on our client banks’ specific risk tolerances. ERI is not a traditional environmental consulting firm that performs Phase I or Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. As a result, ERI’s recommendations represent a truly independent, third-party opinion that conforms to the client bank’s specific risk tolerance. The key to our success is the collaboration of all of ERI’s permanent environmental risk management professionals working together in a single office location in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Well, almost…

ERI is always looking for talented individuals with experience in the environmental field to join our team. We hire Geologists, Engineers, and Environmental Scientists.

If you are interested in an employment opportunity with ERI, please send a resume and cover letter.

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Giving back

Giving Back

We are more than just a business – we value making an impact. We love to support a good cause as much as we love Environmental Risk Assessment, and we value serving others.

Social

Every now and then we like to let our hair down and socialize with our colleagues and clients. For example, ERI sponsored the Cocktail Reception at the 2022 EBA Conference at Nuvole 22 Rooftop Bar in Charlotte accompanied by music from North Carolina’s own Sassafras Band.