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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.


Unite for the Knight brings business and labor together


A coalition of Portland business & labor organizations kicked off the Unite for the Knight campaign at a September 23rd press conference at OHSU.  Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon AFSCME, Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon Business Association, Oregon Business Council, Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council, and the Portland Business Alliance have joined together in support of the OHSU Knight Cancer Challenge. The goal of Unite for the Knight is to encourage 100% participation of members represented by the coalition to help raise the $500 million in gifts and donations that Phil & Penny Knight have pledged to match. Such an investment would not only help end cancer as we know it, but would also spur economic activity and long-term industry growth.

Lease of the Year award for Park Avenue West tenant

The Park Avenue West Tower project was recently honored with the Lease of the Year award for the signing of anchor tenant Stoel Rives at the Portland Business Journal’s Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Awards breakfast. Capacity Commercial Group represented TMT  Development in the lease deal, along with Cushman & Wakefield, who represented Stoel Rives.  Stoel Rives will occupy nine floors of Park Avenue West Tower when it opens in 2016.

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 Development represented at Columbia River Levee Team Meeting at PSU

TMT Associate Vice President Robert Pile was invited to sit on a panel at the Oregon Solutions Columbia River Levee Team Meeting at Portland State University.  Delta Park Center and the Airport Commerce Center are two TMT properties that are located in the Columbia River floodplain, and Robert spoke of the potential impact and challenges that local developers face should the levees lose FEMA-accreditation.

Vanessa Sturgeon speaks about why discrimination hurts business

TMT Development Endorses Anti-Discrimination Campaign -KOIN News

Vanessa Sturgeon, President & CEO of  TMT Development spoke up for Oregon Businesses Against Discrimination at the press conference on May 9th. Business leaders, Emily Powell of Powell’s Books,  Sandy McDonough of the Portland Business Alliance, Gail Castillo of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ryan Deckert of the Oregon Business Association, Mark Edlen of Gerding Edlen, and Jeff Miller of Travel Portland united to speak out against discrimination.

Tanja Miljevic plants flowers for the community garden at Orchards Elementary School

Vacant land becomes a community garden for Orchards Elementary School

Donated vacant land becomes a community garden for Orchards Elementary School from Refinement Israel on Vimeo.

 On May 10th,  nearly 200 volunteers including TMT employees, Robert Pile, Cristin Bansen and Tanja Miljevic, descended on the vacate land across from Orchards Elementary School to build a sustainable garden that will foster a healthier, safer and stronger community by creating a small, accessible urban garden and help address the lack of green and recreational spaces in the neighborhood. Besides helping to feed the community, the garden will also be utilized as an interactive outdoor classroom for students at Orchards. Classes will learn about the process of growing food, where different foods originate, and ultimately what it takes for food to end up on their plates.

105 share bags sent home every week to help feed families

Orchards Elementary serves 650 students Kindergarten through 5th grade; 75% of them are eligible for free or reduced lunch and 105 share bags are taken home each week to help feed their families. “Orchards is the perfect place for a community garden,” said Elizabeth Brawley, principal at Orchards Elementary. “Building this garden brought together our students, parents and community members by providing a project that beautifies the school and teaches us about our food sources and our environment.”

A community makes a learning garden a reality

Donations from the following companies and individuals made the garden a reality. Lowes,  ERC, Costco, Starbucks, Crossroads Church, Columbia Credit Union, First Tech Credit Union, Fred Meyer, Burgerville, Cash & Carry, Bi Mart, The Kaur Family, The Eric Wuzer Family, Donors, Les Schwab, Corwin Beverages, H and H Wood Recyclers, WSUMaster Gardeners, BarkCity, Friends of the Carpenter, Sergio’s Landscapes LLC and The Singh Family.  TMT Development donated use of the land.




State of Our Regional Economy – City Club of Portland

The State of the Regional Economy is vital to the Greater Portland metro area. Economic development must be inventive and innovative with an ability to think outside traditional paths to achieve viable solutions. The program will include an overview of the economy followed by a panel representing a cross section of public and private sector leaders in the region critical to leading economic development and job growth to the next level. Panel discussion will address the importance of a robust economy to sustain the quality of life that we enjoy in the region, build and evolve our unique culture into the future, and innovate on a level that can be recognized on a national and global level.