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PDX Strong – a new vlog series hosted by Vanessa Sturgeon

PDX StrongPDX 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 and please let us know if you have a leader you would like to see interviewed.

Knowing Your Personal Brand

Vanessa was recently asked to be a panelist at a Skanka’s Women’s Network event with a topic of ‘Knowing your personal brand.” The event turned into an in depth discussion covering industries, personal experiences and best practices for building, maintaining and promoting your own brand.  The panel was moderated by Mendy Mazzo, VP of Business Development for Skanska, with panelists Erin Hubert, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs, Minea Moore,  Head of Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion at Intel, Maureen Fisher of SOLVE and Vanessa.

Here are 10 important tips the panel shared with the audience.

1. Be authentic.

2. Walk your talk. As in, be true to your word and do what you say you’re going to do.

3. As a manager or leader, create an environment where everyone can be safe and be themselves.

4. Drive inclusion by offering help to others, by being  a mentor, and by coaching.

5. Get help from others by inviting all feedback and know how you react is critical. Ask for 360 feedback on your leadership.

6.  Take risks. Of these amazing four women who have seen great professional growth, each one of them has taken big risks in their careers. From dropping out of law school to work for a family business, to saying no to a major promotion, to quitting a well-paid job to balance home life.

7.  Help others find their own voice.

8. You can be a leader from wherever you are. Raise your hand and take opportunities. Have the vision of what you want to do. Don’t be afraid to promote yourself.

9. Being a true leader means you want to help others grow. Bring your team along with you.

10.  And, DON”T get caught up in the drama.


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TMT Development Awarded 2015 National Commercial Real Estate Award for Excellence

TMT Development was recently awarded the Real Estate Customer Service Award for the 5th year in a row for Fox Tower!  Presented by CEL & Associates, this award is only given to companies with a high customer satisfaction score determined through confidential customer service surveys. Tenant satisfaction is always our #1 priority at TMT, and we thank our tenants for this prestigious honor.

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Vanessa Sturgeon honors Tom Moyer

Tom Moyer honored at DJC 2015 Newsmakers Luncheon

The Daily Journal of Commerce 2015 Newsmakers Luncheon was held yesterday at the Sentinel Hotel.  TMT President & CEO Vanessa Sturgeon was on hand to accept a posthumous 2015 Newsmakers award on behalf of her grandfather, TMT founder Tom Moyer. Park Avenue West, Moyer’s final project, was recognized as having significant impact during the coming year.  Also receiving Newsmakers awards yesterday were Delta Park Center tenants Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), and Park Avenue West  General Contractor Hoffman Construction, a longtime TMT partner. Additional 2015 Newsmakers awards winners yesterday: Colas Construction Deborah Kafoury Jill Sherman Viewpoint Construction Software Bing Sheldon Roberta Hunte Omega Morgan Naito Development Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP The Confluence Project Vigor Industrial City of Portland Bureau of Development Services Ed Wortman and Sharon Wood Wortman Andersen Construction BOMA Oregon Crowdstreet SRG Partnership Works Partnership Architecture

Congratulations to all the Newsmakers!

Vanessa Sturgeon, President & CEO of TMT

Unite for The Knight: TMT announces employee matching program

Unite Knight

TMT Development is happy to announce our support of the Knight Cancer Challenge through the Unite for the Knight campaign by matching employee donations 2 to 1.

Unite for the Knight is a coalition of business and labor that has come together to help the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute raise the $500 million dollars that Phil and Penny Knight have pledged to match. The $1 billion, two year challenge will help fund new research facilities to end cancer as we know it.

Habitat for Humanity Executive Build

Some of Portland’s top executives recently gathered and rolled up their sleeves for Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East’s annual Executive Build including TMT President & CEO, Vanessa Sturgeon. Hosted by Cambia Health Solutions, the group spent the day raising beams at Habitat’s new Trillium Court development in Southwest Portland.

TMT Development has long been a supporter of Habitat and their mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. By providing families with the opportunity of affordable home ownership, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and their volunteers are committing to the future of our local communities. 


A Place With No Ceiling honors Vanessa Sturgeon

TMT President & CEO Vanessa Sturgeon was recently honored at the 2014 A Place With No Ceiling awards ceremony at the Oregon Historical Society. Sponsored by the Portland Business Alliance, the award is given every year to a female business leader who has dedicated her time to supporting and mentoring women in the workplace. Miller Nash LLP was also honored for the work that their organization does to foster the advancement of women. Last year’s recipient, Wendy Lane Stevens of Lane PR, was on hand to pass the crystal gavel to Vanessa.


TMT receives Deal of the Year award at Better Bricks ceremony

TMT was recently honored with the 2014 Deal of the Year award at Portland Business Journal’s Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Awards ceremony for Park Avenue West Tower. Upon accepting the award, TMT President & CEO, Vanessa Sturgeon thanked First Republic Bank, Columbia Bank, Hoffman Construction and TVA Architects for their commitment and dedication to the project, as well as the citizens of Portland for their support in getting the Park Avenue West Tower project going again.


TMT employees volunteer to serve foster youth for non-profit Project Lemonade

TMT recently spent the day volunteering at the Project Lemonade space at Delta Park Center. Employees helped sort and tag clothing for Project Lemonade’s annual pop-up shop, which ran from July 25th to August 25th, 2014. Each year local companies, individuals, and organizations donate clothing, shoes, and accessories so that foster youth can shop for free back-to-school clothes.  Project Lemonade’s mission is to provide foster youth with a back-to-school shopping experience that will inspire self-esteem. Since 2012, they have served over 3,000 children and teens from the Portland metro area.