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Employee Spotlight: Alycia Costa


Alycia Costa is a true rockstar. She manages two Class A offices in the heart of Portland; Fox Tower and Park Avenue West. This is no easy task but she makes it look effortless.  She maintains professionalism, patience and perfection in all of the projects that she spearheads.

To recognize all of her dedication and loyalty to the company, she has been promoted to Senior Property Manager and also received the President’s Award for 2016. We are proud to have her represent us at TMT.


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  1. How long have you worked with TMT? 15 years.
  2. Where did you graduate from? Montana State University
  3. How long did it take to finish school? 5 years
  4. Why did you come to TMT? I was looking for a property management company that used Yardi.
  5. 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.
  6. What is your favorite task? Reconciliation of operating expenses
  7. What is your least favorite task? Posting completed maintenance work online.
  8. 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.
  9. What type of qualities do you need to succeed in this job? You need to be organized, number oriented and detail oriented.
  10. 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.
  11. What is the best feature in Fox Tower? The split level design of the lobby – lower lobby and upper lobby.
  12. 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.
  13. What advice would you give to a new accountant? Staying organized and regimented is the most important thing.
  14. 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.

Employee Spotlight: Jeremy Ward

Get to know the TMT Team in our new feature, Employee Spotlight!

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Jeremy Ward is the Chief Engineer at TMT  Development. Our intern Jay Park recently sat down with Jeremy to ask him a few questions about his role at TMT.


How long have you worked with TMT? Almost 10 years.

Where did you go to school? I went to Parkrose High School and graduated from Portland Community College.

How long did it take to finish school? I’m still in school. I’ve been in many different programs and apprenticeships.

Why did you come to TMT? I desired benefits and stability/structure from a job. I wanted a home. Once my first child was born, I didn’t want to travel anymore and wanted to establish a home base at TMT.

What are your everyday duties? I make sure the building is operating properly – A/C is working and all the first impressions of the building are running smoothly. My ultimate job is to make tenants happy.

What is your favorite task? I like working with people and troubleshooting. I also like tough challenges and enjoy fixing things when no one else can.

What is your least favorite task? The work load can be stressful and can be demanding, as it is such a big building and there are so many tenants.

What are you most excited about in regards to Park Avenue West? To be the engineer for the newest high rise in Portland. It’s like a cool new toy to play with.

What is the most common problem in the Fox Tower? Mostly heating and cooling, air flow in general.

What type of qualities do you need to succeed in this job? You need to be a people person and driven. It helps if you’re self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, and are flexible and team-oriented.

What is your ideal day? Everything is completed and everyone’s smiling.

If you could change one thing about the building, what would it be? Revolving doors would be installed because it would make the building lobby warmer in the winter time.

What is the easiest part of your job? Dealing with the tenants and interacting with people.

What is the most difficult? Sometimes stress comes with this job and can be overwhelming. You constantly have to prioritize tasks and projects.

What is the best feature in this building? I love the architecture and shape of Fox Tower.

What have you learned the most through this job? Patience.

What advice would you give to a new engineer? Go with the flow and be open to new practices.

What was the biggest mistake you made while on the job?  Temporarily considering another job offer.

What was the most gratifying thing you did while on the job? A car was on fire in the parking garage and I put it out before the fire department arrived!


Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

TMT is committed to being active in our local community and one of the organizations we support annually is  Habitat for Humanity. The TMT team helped by putting the finishing touches on a few homes at Trillium Court in Southwest Portland. It was great opportunity to get out of the office, strap on our tool belts, and work with other community members to build homes for some deserving families.


Avenues of Art: Billions and Billions of People

Avenues of Art event_TMT Development_Portland_OregonAvenues of Art returns this year with the Billions and Billions of People auction in Director Park on June 25th from 5:00 -8:00 pm. Up for auction at the event are the colorful, hand-painted panels that made up the Billions and Billions of People public art installation that once surrounded the Park Avenue West construction site.

Commissioned by President & CEO of TMT Development, Vanessa Sturgeon in 2011 to help beautify the site, these panels were painted by local artists and homeless youth served by New Avenues for Youth.  Sturgeon currently sits on the Board of Directors for New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit that her grandfather, Tom Moyer,  helped found. The organization helps to empower homeless youth  to exit street life.  TMT Development is proud to have provided real life, paid job training for this project and continues to support the mission of New Avenues for Youth.

A few select panels currently on display in the lobby of Fox Tower.
A few select panels currently on display in the lobby of Fox Tower.

The event is open to the public and all proceeds go to support New Avenues for Youth. To purchase VIP tickets for the event, click here.

To view the artwork up that will be up for auction, please visit the online gallery here: http://avenuesofart.org/auction-gallery/

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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. 


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

TMT attains Gold Certification through the Sustainability at Work program

Gold_Email_Sig TMT Development has recently attained “Gold Certification” through the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. To become Gold Certified, businesses have to meet strict criteria that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Examples include an office recycling program, use of energy-efficient lighting, having available electric vehicle charging stations, and purchasing post-consumer recycled paper supplies. By obtaining this certification, TMT is fulfilling its mission to being a sustainable, eco-friendly business.