Peter Yanev is widely recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on natural hazards and their impacts on businesses. Meet his team.
Peter Yanev is widely recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on natural hazards and their impacts on businesses. Meet his team.
Peter Yanev, founder of EQE, has over 40 years of experience in natural hazards risk management and is considered one of the world leading authorities with regard to earthquakes. Peter co-founded and built the world’s largest natural hazards risk management company, EQE International. He was among the first in the industry to develop natural hazards (catastrophe) modeling for corporations through EQECAT, a subsidiary of EQE. Peter sold EQE in 2000 and became the senior technical consultant for earthquake issues for The World Bank, where he put his considerable skills to work helping others around the world.
Peter has personally visited or sent teams to investigate the effects of over 100 natural disasters around the world since 1971. He has led hundreds of projects around the world for major corporations, governments, and international organizations. He is also co-author of Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country, the best-selling earthquake risk management guide for homeowners, currently in its third edition. He has served on three academic boards at U.C. Berkeley & MIT, his undergraduate and graduate schools, and was inducted to the UC Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2012.
*EQE is not associated with EQECAT and does not endorse any CAT modeling providers
Art Ringwald, partner in EQE Consulting, is responsible for strategic planning, marketing strategies, new business development, joint ventures and strategic alliances. He has a solid record of success leading rapidly growing businesses, turnarounds, and start-ups. He has broad-based expertise in operations, finance and business development, as well as exceptional experience in driving service and process improvements.
Mr. Ringwald spent over 30 years in the mortgage banking business where he developed a reputation as an innovative and results-driven leader. He achieved many "firsts" in this industry, including orchestrating the first major joint venture between a national real estate company, Coldwell Banker, and a major national mortgage company, Sears Mortgage. Mr. Ringwald also served as the President and CEO of Borrowers Choice, the first successful Computerized Loan Origination System. During his years at Bank America he led the company's mortgage division to become sixth in the nation from 21st, while improving profitability from break-even to over $500 million annually.
Mr. Ringwald holds a BS degree in Residential Building from Michigan State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Detroit where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma scholastic honor society. He also served on a number of advisory boards including the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies National Advisory Board; the National Association of Homebuilders Housing Roundtable; the FNMA National Advisory Board; the General Electric Mortgage Insurance Company National Advisory Board; and the Central Piedmont Community College Presidential Advisory Board.
Andrew Yanev, a partner in EQE Consulting, specializes in experience-based catastrophe risk management. From insurers and reinsurers to power and gas utilities to biomedical and financial corporations, Andrew has co-developed and applied Yanev Associates’ experience-driven process to managing risks. He also manages Yanev Associates' power generation projects, including SMAs and PRAs for European power utilities.
Andrew previously served as a reinsurance broker at Guy Carpenter Inc. in New York, and as an international political risk consultant at BAE Systems Inc. in Washington, DC. His past work focused on finance and business continuity related to natural disasters, political risk and terrorism. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Economics and French. Andrew is based in New York City, where he is a philanthropic leader with the American Museum of Natural History.
Alex Yanev, a partner in EQE Consulting, specializes in risk management in the private and public sectors. He is an expert in applying experience data to assess natural hazards risks and manage them efficiently. Recent projects include risk assessments of large power systems or industrial facilities, detailed strategic risk-reduction programs for biotech and medical manufacturing companies, commercial and large residential risk assessments, and post-loss damage investigations for the insurance and reinsurance industry. Alex’s most recent earthquake investigations include the M8.8 Chile earthquake of 2010, the M7.2 Baja California earthquake of 2010, and the M6.3 Christchurch New Zealand earthquake of Feb 2011. He previously worked in the construction industry as a project manager for a variety of private and public clients. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2003.
Dr. Gregory Baecher, Advisory Board Member and Senior Consultant, is a leading expert on risks of flooding, coastal protection, dam safety, geotechnical engineering, and the protection of civil infrastructure from malicious acts. He has more than 40 years of experience and has consulted widely including for the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the World Bank, and major hydropower companies across North America and Europe.
Dr. Baecher served on the faculty of MIT as Professor of Civil Engineering for 15 years and on the faculty of the University of Maryland for 25. At Maryland he pioneered project risk management techniques and helped establish the program in Engineering Project Management, one of the leading programs of its kind in the world.
Dr. Baecher is Glenn L Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland. He holds a BSCE from UC Berkeley and a PhD in civil engineering from MIT. He has written five books on risk, safety, and the protection of civil infrastructure, and contributed to 200+ technical publications. He received the USACE Commander's Award for Public Service for his work on risk analysis of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, the Panamanian National Award for Science and Technology Innovation for his work on Enterprise Risk Management for the Panama Canal, and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Steven H. Kropp, Caballero del Orden (Knight of the Order) Antonio José de Irisarri, Guatemala
Steven H. Kropp, Advisory Board Member, is CEO and President of Comexxco, Inc. as well as Managing Director of the Tencate Nicolon Latin America Division. He is an experienced executive and entrepreneur in the industrial and consumer products industries, and has worked throughout North and South America, Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Mr. Kropp focuses on developing new foreign markets, business turnarounds, and negotiation at high government levels.
Mr. Kropp is a Member of the Fundacion Ecuatoriana de Estados Maritimos in Ecuador (Overseer for the Galapagos), and the Comite Nacional de Alfabetizacion in Guatemala. He is also active in the Guatemala Trade and Investment Association; the Charlotte Regional Partnership; the World Affairs Council of Charlotte; and the Governor’s International Council in North Carolina, where he represents Guatemala in the North and South Carolina Consular District by promoting trade and tourism.
Mr. Kropp speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Catalan, and is conversant in French and Portuguese. He graduated from the Rocosa School of Textile Design and Engineering in 1969, and the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters from the University of Barcelona in 1966.
Michael A. Gallis, an Advisory Board Member and Senior Consultant, is widely considered one of the world’s leading urban strategic planners. Mr. Gallis has mobilized leaders across the globe to develop new ways of responding to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. His firm, Michael Gallis & Associates, has developed a unique methodology to understand the form, structure, dynamics and relationships that are creating the future of the world, nations, states, metropolitan regions and transportation infrastructure. The firm works extensively with the public, private and institutional sectors to affect the development of many areas including infrastructure, economic development, urbanization patterns and institutional development within urban networks.
Among other projects, Mr. Gallis led the team to develop the US Chamber of Commerce’sInfrastructure Performance Index, and was a consultant to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission for developing the "big picture" vision. Mr. Gallis has spoken at the Royal Academy in London, on sustainable infrastructure at the National Academy of Sciences, on the future of airports to the Airports Consultants Council, and on economic development to the Southern Economic Development Council, Economic Development Administration and the Department of Labor. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate on infrastructure issues.
Mr. Gallis graduated in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Architecture / Masters of City Planning. Prior, he earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1967. His most recent service on Boards and Commissions includes the board of American Forests in Washington DC, the Governor’s Commission on a Competitive North Carolina, and the Advisory Board of the International Congress of the Atlantic Rim, and a U.S. Department of State board that provided technical assistance to Poland for major urban development.
Karen A. Kivelson, Advisory Board Member, is COO of Novacom, Inc., a U.S.-based commercial export company in the textile industry. Previously she was responsible for developing international markets and handling key accounts. Prior to Novacom, Ms. Kivelson served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Schaeffer USA, the Americas unit of the German diversified industrial firm The Prym Group. She also served as COO of Texcom, Inc., developing the firm into an international sales and marketing organization providing specialized supplies to the global jeans and teabag industries.
Ms. Kivelson is a member of the Mint Museum of Art Board of Directors; Board Member and Co-Chair of Charlotte Concerts 2014 Gala; active in the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and the Latin American Coalition of Charlotte; and she volunteers in the Latin community. Ms. Kivelson graduated from Brandeis University and earned a Masters of Fine Arts at Rosary College, Villa Schifanioa in Florence, Italy in 1975. She speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Michael D. Feldman, Advisory Board Member and Senior Consultant, has more than 34 years of public service in the aviation industry. He has significant experience in managing and improving facilities for major commercial airports, as well as a deep understanding and commitment to emergency management and incident command. Through his career Mr. Feldman has helped direct over $12 billion worth of capital investments at airports including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). He has also managed large diverse workforces and large operating budgets. Mr. Feldman led the recovery Sea-Tac’s air traffic control tower and terminals damaged by the Nisqually earthquake in 2001 as well as the shutdown and restoration of air service after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Until early 2014, Mr. Feldman served as the Deputy Executive Director for Facilities Management at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), where he was responsible for the performance of each airport’s physical assets and as well as managing LAWA’s Engineering and Facility Management, Maintenance Services and Environmental Services divisions. He also led preparations for LAWA to take proactive ownership of over $6 billion in new capital facilities, and was particularly honored to serve as program manager for the delivery of the retired NASA Shuttle Endeavour through Los Angeles International Airport in 2012. Previously, Mr. Feldman held senior positions at Sea-Tac including Deputy Managing Director of Aviation Facilities and Environmental Programs. He began his career at Atlantis Scientific, an environmental consulting firm specializing in siting and mitigating large-scale industrial facilities.
Mr. Feldman holds a degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Humboldt State University, and was an executive MBA candidate at the University of Washington, Foster School of Business when he left to join LAWA. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and is active in the International Facility Management Association, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009.
Garry D. Myers, Advisory Board Member and Senior Consultant, is an expert in the vulnerability of infrastructure to both natural and man-made hazards, including terrorist attacks and process explosions.
In 1972 Mr. Myers founded MHP Inc., a Los Angeles-based structural engineering company specializing in structural design, especially for natural hazards. He also co-founded SidePlate Systems, Inc., which develops patented structural technology for steel-framed buildings and which was acquired by Warren Buffett’s MiTek Corporation in 2009. In 2013 Mr. Myers co-founded MKC Global Protection, Inc., of which he is currently CEO, to consult in the terrorist blast and vulnerability assessments fields. The Glendale, California-based firm is active in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Pacific Island Nations. Mr. Myers has also consulted and served on commissions worldwide including in Russia, Estonia, India, UAE, Iraq, Indonesia, Singapore, Greece and the Philippines.
Mr. Myers studied Civil Engineering at Northwestern University and South Dakota State University and is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in California and elsewhere. He is a member of numerous professional associations and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the YMCA in Long Beach, CA.
John E. Crawford, Advisory Board Member and Senior Consultant, is a leading expert on scientific research and development of new technologies to improve the resilience of buildings and infrastructure to resist terrorist attacks, especially related to blast and high velocity impact. He has more than 50 years’ experience in this specialty as president of Karagozian & Case (now retired) and employment engagements at Aerospace Corporation, Northrop-Grumman (TRW), and the Navy Civil Engineering Laboratory.
Mr. Crawford has performed hundreds of anti-terrorism vulnerability and force protection studies for structures around the world subject to threats from conventional weapons and terrorists’ bombs and standoff weapons including embassies, government buildings, airports, ports, train stations, industrial and chemical facilities and dams and locks. He has been responsible for development of the kind of design codes and software tools used to determine the response of structures to blast, impact, and penetration threats and to develop protections therefrom. He has conducted or participated in hundreds of blast and impact tests, particularly related to those demonstrating how protection systems actually work. He has several patents and awards for the innovative technologies developed including protection for a building’s façade and framing system, anti-ram barriers, and airblast shields.
Mr. Crawford was educated at the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1965) and an M.S. in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, (1967). He is a licensed engineer in the State of California and remains active in numerous professional societies including American Concrete Institute (ACI) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
He lives and works from his base in the Los Angeles area and has active consulting engagements in the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia.