PDX Strong is a new vlog series hosted by Vanessa Sturgeon featuring the Leaders Among Us. It is an avenue for positive dialogue around relevant topics, inclusive discussions, and impactful conversations with business and citizen leaders. Throughout her career, Sturgeon has had the honor of serving on many boards and committees, and volunteering with change makers in the city of Portland. In that role, she knows that too often business, community, and the silent leaders who serve our City don’t feel their ideas and solutions are being heard. PDX Strong gives those leaders an opportunity to have solution driven conversations and address real time topics that are relevant in Portland right now.
Check out the vlog at www.pdxstrong.com/ and please let us know if you have a leader you would like to see interviewed.
The Audubon Society of Portland has organized Lights Out Portland for September 30, 2016 to save energy, save lives and see stars. Studies show in the United States, up to 1 billion birds die every year from colliding into a building window. Most birds migrate at night and rely on natural light from the sky, but city lights can interfere and deceive their path. By reducing our lighting, we can minimize risk and provide a safe route.
Portland will be joining 21 other cities to turn off unnecessary light to our buildings. To do our part, TMT has asked tenants of Park Avenue West and Fox Tower to pull down their blinds at dusk on the 30th. Our building engineers will be turning off our roof & non-emergency lights as well.
Please join us on September 30th and shut it down for Lights Out Portland!
Bright orange bikes are scattered all over Portland- 1,000 to be exact. They are designed and operated by Nike to create a solution for locals and tourists to ride around the city conveniently. We are fortunate to have a bike station located right in Director Park. If you need a break from work, are on your lunch break or just ready to take a ride on the esplanade, look no further than BIKETOWN.
The 5th annual Brews for New Avenues fundraising event was on August 26th. They featured a live and silent auction for the rarest bears in this region and the most popular beers on tap for participants to enjoy. In 2015, they had over 700 attendees and raised $58,000! This year, tickets sold out and raised $150,000!
100% of the proceeds from Brews goes directly to New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit organization that provides programs & services to prevent youth homelessness in our Portland community.
Where did you graduate from? Montana State University
How long did it take to finish school? 5 years
Why did you come to TMT? I was looking for a property management company that used Yardi.
What are your everyday duties? Responsible for producing, auditing, and presenting profit/loss statements. Prepping invoices for tenants and verifying the accuracy of the dollar amount that is billed to tenants. Preparation of estimated operating expenses.
What is your favorite task? Reconciliation of operating expenses
What is your least favorite task? Posting completed maintenance work online.
What are you most excited for with the new building? The Grand Opening of the building after 10 years of working on it. It will also be nice to create reconciliation structure from the ground up.
What type of qualities do you need to succeed in this job? You need to be organized, number oriented and detail oriented.
What does your ideal day look like? A good flow of projects and no emergencies. I prefer to have one big project and get lost in it because it gets me in the zone.
What is the best feature in Fox Tower? The split level design of the lobby – lower lobby and upper lobby.
What have you learned the most through this job? Transitioning and applying my understanding of bookkeeping to accounting. I learned how to read and formulate financial statements; balance sheets and depreciation statements.
What advice would you give to a new accountant? Staying organized and regimented is the most important thing.
What was the most gratifying thing you did while on the job? I had discovered we were charging a tenant monthly for reimbursement of a capital project longer than necessary. I sent an apology letter for the inconvenience and posted a credit to their account. They wrote back expressing their appreciation and gratitude. It was very genuine and stuck with me.
Every summer our team gathers with family and close friends to eat, drink and play – it’s a time to recognize the hard work our people do every day. This year, we had comfort food catered by Reverend’s BBQ and wild salmon from Whole Foods– a fabulous combination on a windy summer day. Meanwhile, the children went fishing and caught multiple bass and catfish (they threw them back into the lake, of course). But the highlight of this summer’s BBQ was witnessing Benson, our intern, paddleboard for his first time! We are looking forward to next year and hope it brings many more laughs, memories and bonding for our team.
TMT Development is proud to announce that we will be welcoming Benson Nsanzabandi to our team this summer as an intern. Benson is currently in his Junior year at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics studying Finance. He will be working closely with our Accounting Department during his internship, but will also gain exposure to other areas within the company.
Benson is a Congolese refugee currently living in Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda. TMT has partnered with the nonprofit organization These Numbers Have Faces to make this internship a reality for him. These Numbers is dedicated to investing in young leaders from six African countries by granting them a summer in the United States with a company who will help them grow professionally. They have invested in over 4,000 students to date and will continue to do so. TMT is excited to be a part of Benson’s journey. He will be far away from home and would love to meet new faces. If you see him around, please do not hesitate to say hello!
Volunteering in our local community is important to TMT, and Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is an amazing organization that we always enjoy working with. For 35 years they have provided stability and housing to hard-working, low-income families who need it the most. Last Friday the TMT team put on our hard hats, braved the heat, and headed out to work on homes at Helensview, a new Habitat development in the Cully neighborhood of NE Portland. Once completed, Helensview will house 21 hard-working, local families and approximately 60 children. We had a great day painting, digging, and bonding with other volunteers in our community.
In honor of Earth Day, TMT Development provided electronic recycling through E-Waste Matters for our Fox Tower tenants and two days celebrating our tenants green efforts through our green vendors on Thursday and Friday. This is one of our favorite weeks of the year and a time to acknowledge what we are all doing every day to make this earth a better place.
We provided over 10 varieties of tomato plants to show our appreciation for the participation of our tenants. Everyone was excited to get to choose their personal preference. We had Chocolate Cherry, Brandywine, Roma, Early Girl and Oregon Spring Tomatoes. 12 tenants in our building won amazing gift cards to Ringside Fish House, Brunch Box, Pastini, Nordstrom, Nike, TriMet, Dragontree Spa and Case Study Coffee to our tenants who visited our local vendors who practice sustainability every day.
Thank you to the following vendors for making Earth Week at Fox Tower such a success:
TMT Development is honored to be recognized by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the Best 100 Green Workplaces in Oregon. Companies selected for this honor are determined by an anonymous employee survey and an independent assessment of the employers’ sustainability practices.
TMT is committed to sustainable development and aims to be one of Portland’s “green leaders.” Several TMT Development properties are either LEED certified or in the process of becoming LEED certified through efforts such as retrofitting lights and reducing building-wide water consumption. In addition, TMT achieved Gold certification through the City of Portland Sustainability at Work division in 2014. This certification recognizes a business’s positive impact on the environment and the local community.