A big thank you to our good friends at SD Deacon for providing Kat's Crepes yesterday! Her wonderful savory and sweet crepes were a great way to start the day. Thanks again!
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Zechariah (Zac) Inwood joined Elliott Associates, Inc. (EAI) recently as a new Portfolio Accountant. In this position, as a part of the management team on a portfolio of commercial properties, Zac is responsible for handling all of the detailed financial and accounting aspects of the properties in the portfolio. His responsibilities include regular and timely reporting of all accounting activities on the properties to other team members and to investment clients. Prior to joining EAI, Zac worked for Menashe Properties, Inc. and performed all operational accounting functions for a diverse commercial real estate portfolio. He was responsible for lease administration and record management also. Zac graduated Cum Laude and on the Dean's List from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in real estate finance. He is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.
On Sunday, upward of 18,000 cyclists took to traversing Portland's bridges in the 17th annual Providence Bridge Pedal. Providence Health & Services has hosted the event for 16 years in an effort to unite the community and encourage and bring awareness to health and wellness. EAI Acorns: Leanne Johnston, Lou Elliott, Jamie Nelson, Beth Twardoch, Zac Inwood, Mike Larkin, Will Elliott, Khira Zappe and their families represented Team Acorn. Way to go Big Team!
Sam Berri joined EAI in September 2010 as a Facilities and Construction Management Intern and has now been promoted to Construction Management Assistant, working alongside EAI's Construction Project Manager, Craig Olson. Sam's responsibilities will include include: developing construction and repair specifications, collecting competitive bids, administering contract documents, inspecting work projects, supervising vendors, preparing periodic property maintenance reports and conducting and organizing useful life analyses on existing property improvements and equipment. Sam graduated from the Building Construction Technology program at Portland Community College and earned three Associates of Applied Science degrees in building construction technology, construction management and design/build remodeling.
On Monday, Elliott Associates leaped headfirst into the 21st century by updating our server and all program platforms to the newest and most efficient operating systems. We apologize for any delays this may have caused, but ultimately, want to be the best we can be for you, our client. Our transition has not been without predictable but unavoidable wrinkles, but our frustrations were eased by an EAI "IT Refresh" pizza party. Please enjoy these photos from our day! We appreciate all your patience and understanding as we work out the kinks. Thanks again from all of us at Elliott Associates.
The fourth annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine have been selected and Elliott Associates placed #33 for 2012. This is the second time we have made the 100 Best Green Companies list. The 100 Best were selected by more than 20,000 employees from 431 companies and were based on two anonymous surveys that were part of this year's 100 Best Companies results. Oregon workers ranked their employers on statements related to sustainable practices at their workplace such as energy conservation, water use, buying local, recycling and support for mass transit. Elliott Associates is proud to be recognized for our commitment to green practices!
The results for Top Commercial Property Management Firms by the Portland Business Journal are in and Elliott Associates is ranked in the top ten based on the total Portland metro square footage managed. EAI manages approximately 3.9 million square feet in Portland proper alone. Please feel free to contact us for further information about all of our management services.
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Julie Ramseth joined Elliott Associates in November 2011 as a Senior Property Manager. In this position, Julie oversees the day-to-day management of a portfolio of shopping centers, retail and medical/office properties. Additionally, she communicates regularly with property owners and vendors, manages tenant relations, develops yearly budgets, completes annual CAM reconciliations and oversees accounting, facilities management and leasing services for her portfolio. Prior to joining EAI, Julie was a Portfolio Manager with Harsch Investment Properties for eight years. In that role, she was responsible for a regionally diverse shopping center portfolio consisting of approximately two million square feet. Her experience included operations, lease administration, budgeting, lease renewals and financial reporting. Before finding her niche in commercial real estate, Julie was a Regional Facilities Manager for an engineering firm and in her early career, spent eight years traveling the country visiting wind farms and co-generation power plants to ensure compliance with contracts, purchasing and environmental training. Julie is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has served as the State Operations Chair for the past two years. Julie is an Oregon native and originates from Pendleton, where she returns annually to "Let 'Er Buck!" at the Pendleton Round-up. She is married with three children and has two grandsons. Julie spends her free time at her family's lake cabin in the Mt. St. Helen's wilderness enjoying water sports, dirt bikes and snowmobiling.
Esther Herring recently celebrated 30 years with EAI. She has been involved with the shopping center industry the majority of her work life, which started well before her employment with Elliott Associates. Her dedication and long-time service have earned her many titles including: Senior Property Manager, Real Estate Broker, Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM), Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Vice President of Elliott Associates. In 1973, Esther became the fifth woman in the United States to earn the coveted title of CSM (Certified Shopping Center Manager) through the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), only one year after joining the organization. In the early 1970s, she was instrumental in planning and organizing the first ever ICSC Idea Exchange in the Pacific Northwest. Esther was appointed the Oregon State Director of ICSC in 1981, a position she held for three years. She moved on to become the Oregon State Governmental Affairs Director, and finally the Oregon State Operations Director. In 1984, after several years of study, she earned the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through the Building Owners and Manager's Associates (BOMA). A highlight in her career came in 1994, when she was awarded the highly prestigious Trustee's Distinguished Service Award at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) national convention. Esther was the first female recipient of this award by ICSC. Esther's productive and illustrious career in property management has been to the benefit of countless owner/clients and tenants. She retains her wonderful good humor and extraordinary commitment and shows no signs of slowing down. We are lucky to have her! Congratulations for a great 30 years, Esther!
For 19 years, Oregon Business has been surveying employers statewide to find out just what it takes to be a great place to work. While it's always a mix of factors that make some companies more attractive to employees than others, the tendency is often to highlight the more singular, tangible benefits such as massages and paid sabbaticals, lavish soirees and bring-your-pet-to-work days. While the 100 Best list focuses on plenty of those-worm composting bins and company volleyball teams to name a few-what stands out even more are benefits that aren't as easy to define: the uniting influence of a mission, employee independence and a solidified team dedicated to the bottom line. This years list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon had more than 263 companies and 14,000 employees participating. The medium size category is comprised of the top 34 highest-scoring companies with 35-99 Oregon employees, Elliott Associates was named number 12 on this list - truly a great place to work!
Matt Sichel and Jamie Nelson were recently recognized as 2011 CoStar Power Brokers of the year in retail leasing for the Portland marketplace. The prestigious award was presented by the CoStar Group, commercial real estate's leading provider of information and analytic services, based on the volume of leasing transactions closed in the market during the 2011 calendar year. Both Matt and Jamie have been named CoStar Power Brokers previously and have been brokers with Elliott Associates for over ten years.
Roberta Morra joined Elliott Associates, Inc. (EAI) in September 2010 as an Accounting/Corporate Services Assistant. In her role, she works with a cross section of EAI staff across departmental lines. Her primary responsibilities including: assisting the property and corporate accountants with monthly reports, daily cash receipts and gross sales and office reimbursements. Additionally, she manages the files on over 100 EAI managed properties. Roberta comes to EAI with over ten years of experience as an Accounts Payable Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. She has worked in various industries in her career, including manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. Roberta has lived in many states across the country, varying from Oregon to New York. She finally settled down in Oregon and now lives in the Portland area. She loves the beach, cooking and gardening. She and her husband, Vinny, of over thirty years, adore being grandparents.
Susan Foley has been employed with Elliott Associates, Inc. since September of 2011. Hired as a Portfolio Accountant, Susan is responsible for: preparation of financial reports, cash projections, owner draws, tenant statements and bank reconciliations on her portfolio of properties. She brings over 20 years of accounting experience in the field to her position, with a concentration in property management over the last seven years. Prior to EAI, Susan was a Site Analyst for Gerding Edlen Management, working on site at the Indigo Building, located in the Pearl District of Portland, Ore. There, she reconciled 250 tenant accounts and reduced accounts receivable from $250,000 to $75,000 in six months. Susan graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a minor in behavioral science. She is an alumni of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where she served as Chapter President during her senior year of college. Susan enjoys traveling the country, which found her living in upstate New York for five years.
Khira Zappe joined Elliott Associates in October of 2011 as an Accounts Payable Clerk. In this role, she is responsible for entering and managing invoices, coding to the general ledger and ensuring payment. Prior to joining Elliott Associates, Khira was employed as a residential property manager with E.C. Owen Property Management Company and handled the day-to-day operations of her portfolio of properties, in addition to "keeping the books." She was responsible for all accounts payable and receivables. Khira is currently a student at Warner Pacific College, where she is working on her Bachelor's Degree in accounting and business management. She is slated to graduate this year and is on the Dean's List. Additionally, she volunteers as a Certified Volunteer Tax Preparation Specialist through Cash Oregon, sponsored by AARP and the IRS. Khira is the mother of two young girls and in her spare time, when she has any, enjoys camping and hiking with her family. Her favorite hiking spot is Yosemite National Park, where she and her husband were married. She also loves to scrapbook and knit.
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This year marks a quarter century since our own, Cap Berri, was awarded his Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), a professional organization recognized by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Cap was named CPM of the year in 1996 and served in several leadership positions in the IREM Oregon-Columbia River Chapter, including as the organization's President Elect in 1997. The designation is considered to be among the industry's premier real estate management credentials. To achieve the CPM designation, a candidate must pass approximately ten required courses given by IREM, including marketing, human resources, asset management and ethics and complete a management plan on a subject building. Elliott Associates prides itself in maintaining a workforce of educated and cutting edge professionals that can offer our clients the best customer service possible. Cap is a prime example. Happy Anniversary!
Sarah Voyles joined Elliott Associates, Inc. (EAI) in November of 2011 as an Assistant Property Manager, aiding Property Manager, Mike Larkin, in managing his growing portfolio of properties. In this role, Sarah assists in managing a portfolio over 1.3 million square feet of office and retail space. She is responsible for preparing monthly financial reports, collecting tenant rents, creating gross sales reports and coordinating bids and annual contracts with property vendors. Additionally, Sarah will assist in the preparation of annual property budgets. Previously, Sarah worked for Colliers International Portland for five years as a Senior Property Administrator. There she managed a diverse portfolio of properties, which proved to be a challenging and important growth experience. Sarah is a graduate of Portland Community College, where she received an Associates of Science degree in business. She is working on achieving her Oregon Real Estate Broker's License. Sarah is an Oregon native and lives in the quaint community of Sellwood. She is recently engaged and looking forward to a fall, 2012 wedding. In her spare time she enjoys: camping, hiking, wine tasting, motorcycle riding, antique shopping and knitting.
Each holiday season, Elliott Associates focuses on one, or multiple, charitable organizations to donate to in the spirit of giving back. This year, EAI chose to foster our ongoing relationship with Friends of Children, a mentorship program for at-risk-youth, by adopting two separate Portland families in need. Acorn employees gathered toys, clothing, activities and monetary donations to ensure these families would not have to go without at Christmas. Additionally, EAI raised money for Community Vision, the largest non-profit organization providing individualized housing, supported living, employment and homeownership services to people with disabilities and their families in Oregon. Employees purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win trips to either Timberline Lodge or the Stephanie Inn at Cannon Beach. Donations from the internal raffle, matched personally by the Elliotts, amounted to a total charitable contribution of nearly $1,400.00. We acorns are so grateful to be able to share our good fortune with others!
Elliott Associates has been named among the top-ten for both the Top Commercial Real Estate Firms and Top Commercial Property Management Firms in Portland by the Portland Business Journal. These lists are based on specific criteria gauging our firm's number of licensed agents, our services offered and the number of total commercial square feet managed in the Portland metro area. Elliott Associates has the credentials and services to handle all of your commercial real estate and property management needs! Contact us today!
Elliott Associates has made the 2012 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine! This is a remarkable feat considering the fact that 263 companies participated and more than 14,000 employees completed surveys regarding their employee satisfaction. The much-anticipated reveal of the "Top 10 Countdown," and specific company rankings, will be announced March 1 at the annual 100 Best Companies Banquet. Stay-tuned to see where we rank!
The holidays have come and gone, but EAI made sure to celebrate in style! Check-out photos from the 2011 holiday party and annual Gift-O-Rama on our Facebook page and make sure to like us!
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Elliott Associates is looking for a full time Property Management Position. The position of Property Management Assistant is directly assigned to a Property Manager and designated a portfolio of property and will literally become wedded to both. Their joint responsibilities are considerable and the potential range of tasks can be daunting. A smooth and harmonious coordination can be reached with seamless team work, respect, loyalty and open communication. Any less devotion will only spell trouble for the team and so it is important that the Property Manager feel the utmost confidence in their assigned Assistant Property Manager. Customer service will be the key to the success of this Team: to the client, the tenants, the vendors, as well as the cross-departmental co-workers who will join you on your portfolio Team. Greatest success in meeting the requirements of this position will be found by those who can communicate well and are capable of coordinating their work with others. As a company who will invest much time and expense in training Assistant Property Managers, we will be seeking individuals whose professional goals include the desire to move through the ranks to Property Manager and Senior Property Manager. If interested, please contact our Director of Client Services, Leanne Johnston, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The position of Property Manager is central to the core of our Client Services and of the Property Management Team. Sound property management rests as the enduring core of EA and is the foundation from which we will continue to build this company for success in the next decade. Given an extensive portfolio of properties and tenants, the PM is often our direct voice to the client and therefore represents the professionalism of our entire company by every action. We seek only the most experienced and professional individuals to fill these positions. Because of our unique job requirements and high expectations, we find the most success when we recruit and train our methodology from within our own ranks. The path from Assistant Property Manager to Property Manager to Senior Property Manager requires serious study and a lengthy experiential apprenticeship. Only the most serious need apply. Our preference is to hire ambitious individuals who seek such a long-term challenge. Please contact Director of Client Services, Leanne Johnston, at email@example.com if interested.
Elliott Associates, Inc. (EAI) is pleased to announce the addition of Joe Sandahl as Senior Manager of Capital Markets & Asset Management. In this role, Sandahl will play an integral part in the company's asset management, brokerage and new business development activities. Additionally, he will lead efforts to create pooled real estate funds for property acquisitions. Prior to joining Elliott Associates, Sandahl was the president and founding principal of Sandahl Pacific Investment Real Estate, Inc. (SPIRE) There he represented and advised clients in tax deferred exchanges and other real estate related matters. Sandahl began his career in real estate at Wyse Investment Services Company (WISCO), where he worked for nineteen years. For over ten of those years, Sandahl served as the firm's executive vice president and was integral in all of the company operations, leading both the asset management and real estate investment departments and developing the company's property management sector. At WISCO, he navigated the acquisition of dozens of properties worth well over $150 million dollars. "We are excited to welcome Joe to our team," said EAI President, Lou Elliott. "We think he will be a powerful addition to our company as we continue to grow our business and provide expanding services to our clients."
Sam started in September 2010 as a Facilities and Construction Management Intern and is now assisting EAI's Construction Project Manager, Craig Olson. Sam's responsibilities include: developing construction and repair specifications, collecting competitive bids, administering contract documents, inspecting work projects, supervising vendors, preparing periodic property maintenance reports and conducting and organizing useful life analyses on existing property improvements and equipment. Sam is currently enrolled in the Building Construction Technology program at Portland Community College, seeking three Associates of Applied Science degrees in building construction technology, construction management and design/build remodeling. He plans on graduating in the spring of 2012. Sam has worked at a number of part time jobs while attending college and enjoys doing hands-on construction and repair work.
Daniele Brose', known as Dani to her fellow Acorns, joined Elliott Associates, Inc.(EAI) as the company's Office Manager in May, 2011. In this position, Dani will have a wide range of responsibilities to carry out from overseeing the day-to-day functions of the office itself, to designing and implementing various EAI policies. As office manager, she embodies significant leadership, communication and organization skills and will hold the main responsibility in making sure the office itself is running smoothly. Prior to joining EAI, Dani worked as a property manager for her family-owned company, Nevco Properties, in Nevada. There she worked closely with contractors, vendors and designers. Dani is a recent tranplant to Oregon from southern California. She studied history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and attended Tsinghua University in Beijing as well. She is fluent in both Mandarin and Norwegian.
They're finally here! See all the photos from our EAI company picnic on our facebook page. Between the pig and the paella, the games and the spirits, we had a great time together at World Headquarters this summer!
On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, EAI spent the day with local non-profit, Friends of the Children, to help provide a safe and inviting environment for mentors and kids to spend time at the organization's home in SE PDX. Acorns painted fences, laid mulch and planted flowers. We had a fantastic time and are excited to call ourselves Friends of the Children! We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with this worthy organization. See more about the Friends of the Children at www.friendsofthechildren.org
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-A Portland Business Journal Interview with Lou Elliott- Elliott Associates President, Lou Elliott, reflects on the Portland investment market for retail properties and forecasts his predictions for the future of retail investments. See the article in full here!
Our very own Willow Elliott has earned the Master Recycler Centurion award from The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Willow received her Master Recycler designation several years ago after completing an eight-week course on waste prevention and recycling, and by spending at least 30 hours volunteering and putting her skills to good use. Her Centurion designation was earned recently, following the completion of over 100 hours of volunteer service! Master Recycler's focus on the 3 R's: reduce the amount of natural resources used in the first place, reuse material and recycle what cannot be salvaged. Willow, a resident of Sauvie Island, earned her 100 hours by making efforts to clean-up the island and improve recycling options for its residents. Additionally, she single-handedly erected a Green Team at Elliott Associates and took the lead on our very own composting program. Congratulations to Willow, our Master Recycler Centurion!
Elliott Associates Named Top-Ten PDX Commercial Property Management Firms by Portland Business Journal
This week, the Portland Business Journal ranked Portland metro's top commercial property management firms by the total square feet under management. Elliott Associates held strong in the top-ten, with just under four million square feet under management locally. View the top-ten list, including types of property managed and the services offered after the jump!
Commercial broker, Cliff Finnell, of Kidder Matthews, drove away a big winner in his newly awarded fire engine red 1966 Ford Mustang convertible, gifted by Tanasbourne Business Park owner John Rees, on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Brokers representing new tenants who signed leases for space at Tanasbourne Business Park, located at 20795 NW Cornell Road, during the period of September 1, 2010 to May 1, 2011 were eligible to win the classic car. For every 100 square feet of space leased, a ticket was given for entry into the car raffle giveaway. The drawing was held in the offices of Colliers International, where Finnell was named the Mustang giveaway winner. "Given the current leasing market, you have to do something to get the broker's attention. To stand out," said Tanasbourne Business Park owner, John Rees. "Brokers tend to go where something is happening and this proved to be a creative way to give the property some attention." Finnell brokered the winning deal that signed Dream Home Magic, LLC to a five-year, 6,253 square foot lease at the park. The property, managed by Elliott Associates, Inc, operates at approximately eighty-three-percent occupancy, and is home to tenants including the Hillsboro Police Department and nLight Photonics Corporation.
Stacey Glenewinkel recently joined Elliott Associates, Inc. as assistant property manager. In this role she will support senior property manager, Julie Muir, in the management of approximately two-million square feet of commercial real estate in five western states. Her duties will include overseeing day-to-day building operations, coordination of facility maintenance and repair, and the collection of rent payments. Additionally, Glenewinkle will be responsible for distributing monthly owner draws and assisting in the production of monthly management reports and the preparation of the annual budget preparation. Prior to joining Elliott Associates, Inc. Glenewinkel was a project manager for a company in Seattle. There she served as a point of contact between multi-national clients and local managers on clinical research projects.
Kathleen Truman has joined Elliott Associates, Inc. (EAI) as the company's corporate accountant. In this position, Truman will be responsible for all cash flow projections, payroll and financial statements for EAI's corporate accounts. Additionally, Truman will act as the human resources liaison for all employee benefits and employee company policies. Truman came to Elliott Associates from Prendergast & Associates, Inc., where she acted as account controller. In this role, Truman was in charge of all the corporate, property and construction financial processing.
On Thursday, April 14th, our very own Senior Property Manager, Julie Muir, was inducted into the Institute of Real Estate Management's (IREM) Academy of Authors for her continued dedication and service. Individuals were inducted after satisfying criteria by contributing to the IREM body of knowledge, e.g., through writing for the Journal of Property Management (JPM), serving as a contributing book reviewer for an IREM publication or by authoring an IREM publication. Julie has published several articles in the JPM, was a reviewer for two IREM educational books and was a contributing writer to the 16th edition of The Principles of Property Management, to be published by IREM in late June of 2011. All reflect her broad wealth of knowledge and experience in commercial property management. Congratulations Julie, we are lucky to have you!
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Chris Lio has recently joined Elliott Associates, Inc. (EAI) as a leasing broker, bringing over fifteen years of background in commercial real estate. His extensive knowledge and experience is a welcomed asset to the company's already established leasing team. Lio will be responsible for the leasing for a diverse portfolio of EAI managed properties, as well as generating non-managed leasing. Prior to EAI, Lio worked as an associate for Marcus & Millichap Investment Real Estate. There he developed his skills in direct marketing, research and property analysis in the multifamily housing group. He has also worked for Pacific Equity Investments and Compass Commercial Real Estate during his tenure as a broker.
Marilen Honorato, a recent transplant from Austin, TX, has joined Elliott Associates, Inc. (EAI) as a bilingual broker and member of the leasing team. With Spanish as her first language, Honorato will be assisting in tenant relations and will be involved in identifying and contacting potential new tenants for vacant space EAI has available for lease. Prior to joining EAI, Honorato worked for Habitat Hunters Real Estate Services, where her passion for real estate and her strong work ethic, combined with her effective and highly creative networking skills, generated many new clients and contributed numerous residential and commercial transactions in both leasing and sales. A native of Chile, Honorato is fluent in both Spanish and English. She holds a real estate license in Oregon, Washington and Texas.
Feeling lucky? Today, EAI held our annual St. Paddy's Day potato bar potluck and it was a hit! The potatoes and fixins' were abundant and so were the smiles. From Meagan's marvelous mac-n-cheese to Guinness cheesecake, we Acorns were alive with the spirit. Make sure to check-out our fun photos from today's luncheon on our facebook page or follow us on twitter.
Senior Property Manager, Julie Muir, of Elliott Associates, Inc. has been appointed as a Senior Vice President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and joins the senior leadership team for IREM National. In this position, Muir will be responsible for representing IREM and its core purposes in addition to completing specific assignments that relate to strategic initiatives. Muir began her history with IREM in 1999, when she received her Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation. From there she went on to be recognized by IREM's Oregon-Columbia River Chapter No. 29 in 2001 as its "CPM of the Year" and served as president of Chapter No. 29 in 2003. Muir was honored as "Past President of the Year" in 2009 and served as IREM's Regional Vice President for Region 12 in 2005 and 2006. She served on its Executive Committee from 2008-2010 and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the IREM Foundation. As Senior Property Manager for Elliott Associates, Julie Muir brings over 28 years of experience in real estate management and manages approximately 1.4 million square feet of retail and office properties in seven states. In addition to her many designations, Muir has authored many real estate and motivational articles that been published in the Journal of Property Management (JPM) and was inducted into IREM's "Academy of Authors" in 2010.
This month, Elliott Associates says goodbye to two of our irreplaceable Acorns. Corporate Services Manager, Erin Curley, and Assistant Property Manager, Maria Schwieger, will both be moving on from our EAI family, but will certainly not be soon forgotten. It was a pleasure working with you both and an even greater pleasure to know you. We wish you nothing but the best of luck in all your future endeavors and hope you come back to visit us at least every once and awhile! Cheers! Your Acorn Family
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One of the joys of the season is wishing you a happy holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Check-out how much fun we had at our annual, holiday gift-o-rama party and gift exchange here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=594188&id=232591545654 Best wishes from your team at Elliott Associates
Elliott Associates is pleased to announce that we recently added more than 90,000 square feet of managed property to our property management portfolio. EAI management begins at the first of the year on The Cannery, a 49,246 sf retail/mixed use property. The Cannery is a two-story building located on 12th street in Corvallis, Ore. Tenants of The Cannery include: Borders, T-Mobile and the Retreat Day Spa and Salon. Additionally, First American Title has retained Elliott Associates to manage a 41,593 sf retail building, located on West Sixth Street in The Dalles, Ore. The building is located in a shopping center anchored by K-Mart, is currently partially occupied, and was formerly a Shop N' Kart store. These two properties will be added to Ann Martin and Tracey Toy's management portfolios, respectively. We look forward to the challenge!
With the falling of the leaves and the changing temperatures, our Great Acorn hunt has come to a slow-down. For this reason, we will be changing our weekly Great Acorn Hunt submissions to one great Acorn find highlighted each month. Remember, keep sending in your submissions and be sure to be on the look-out for those great Acorn finds. This final Friday Acorn submission is offered by Diane of EAI. Want to bring an Acorn into your home? Fred Meyer has some great ones.
EAI employee, Meagan Elliott, captured this image at Acorn headquarters. Where have you found Acorns? Make sure to keep sending them in!
Our second submission to the Great Acorn Hunt: Mike Magnus, a valued counselor to Elliott Associates, Inc. and many of our clients, wearing the world famous Team Acorn cycling jersey atop Mount Ventoux in Provence, France!
Halloween has begun at EAI headquarters. Here is a photo of Farmer Pretzel looking after her Pig Martini and Cow Gizmo at the office. Hope your Halloween is spooktacular!
Our first submission to the Great Acorn Hunt comes from our very own Doug Hallander, who found this Acorn at Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville, Ore. Thanks for your submission Doug!
Beth Twardoch joins EAI as a new portfolio accountant. In this position, Beth handles the financials for a portfolio of nearly twenty-five properties. Working closely with various property managers and assistants at EAI, she is responsible for preparing tenant statements, monitoring cash flow, reconciling bank statements and drafting property budgets. Beth brings twenty-seven years of experience in finance in the account management field. Prior to working for Elliott Associates, she was a property accountant for five years at Tokola Properties, a property management company located in Gresham, Ore. Over the last twenty-plus years, she has followed her career from San Diego to Pennsylvania and back.
Laura Marcil recently joined Elliott Associates as a portfolio accountant, providing accounting services on 30 properties and working with six different property managers at any given time. In her day-to-day responsibilities, Laura prepares financial reports, cash projections, owner draws and tenant statements, reconciles bank statements, monitors cash flow and drafts property budgets. Additionally, she enjoys focusing on ways the company can be more efficient and is always looking for a better way to accomplish her tasks. Before coming to Elliott Associates, Laura was a general ledger accountant for three years at General Growth Properties, a commercial real estate trust that owns, develops and operates regional shopping malls across the country. There, she was responsible for preparing NOI variance reports, narrative explanations for owners, financial statement packages and lease abstracts. She also worked on maintaining the general ledger, preparing year-end audit schedules and acted as a manger on duty at various properties when necessary. Laura has over ten years experience as an accountant and is currently working to achieve her C.P.A license or M.B.A.
This Friday, October 29, 2010, Elliott Associates kicks-off the hunt for the almighty Acorn! The Acorn has become an important symbol of the fruition of our hard work, endurance and heritage. Evolving from a small seed and growing into a deeply rooted tree, this is how we grow our clients' commercial real estate needs. It is for this reason that we ask all of YOU to send us your photo submissions of Acorns and a brief message about where you found it, be it real or a whimsical interpretation! We will then highlight your Acorn on our website and post your images on Twitter. We hope all of you will participate; you might be surprised where you find your Acorn once you start looking for them! Stay tuned!
Featured Tenants: Tasty N Sons and Olympic Provisions named top Portland Restaurants by Portland Monthly Magazine
The November issue of Portland Monthly Magazine featured two of EAI's very own tenants in a piece entitled, "2010 Best Restaurants: Evolution of a Revolution." It was no surprise to us when the article named Tasty N Sons and Olympic Provisions, tenants of the Hub complex and the Olympic Mills Commerce Center respectively, among the top eight restaurants that embody the spirit and innovation of Portland's ever evolving food scene. These restaurant pioneers have emerged in a city that has been labeled the most talked-about food destination, and have survived the onslaught of new restaurants, food carts, fans and critics popping up daily. To yummy food, we salute you! Tasty N Sons, which calls the Hub complex located at 3808 N. Williams home, is described as "offering big flavors, big portions, and crafted meats-all dished out daily and mightily affordable, in a warm, loose place that runs as smoothly as the bikes zooming by on the commuter corridor outside." Highlights: Sweet biscuits, Moroccan chicken hash and french toast. Olympic Provisions, located in the Olympic Mills Commerce Center at 107 SE Washington Street, "blurs the bondaries of eatery, salumeria, wine shop, and art happening in a candlelit space that feels like an out-of-the-way find, even though it's just a bridge crossing from downtown." Highlights: Savory pork belly in spicy carrot broth and seared sardines topped with a soft-cooked egg.
Today marks the return of our beloved acorn receptionist, Meagan Elliott. She has returned to us from a three week long trek through Katmandu and the mountains of Nepal, tired, yet enlightened, and with a bigger smile on her face than before-if that were even possible! Those of us left to man the fort at EAI headquarters had moments where we thought we could not survive without her, but we understand life is a journey and it is equally important to accommodate real lives, real passions and real adventure! To Meagan, we are glad to have you back!
Cap Berri of Elliott Associates has earned the designation of Certified Green Broker, a certification granted within the commercial real estate industry to commercial brokers and affiliated professionals who have completed the Certified Green Broker course. Washington State-based Commercial Brokers Associates (CBA), in partnership with the Cascadia Green Building Council, developed the program to enable commercial brokers to identify sustainability issues related to real estate practices. Green Brokers provide appropriate counsel on the benefits of buying, building, leasing and managing green properties. Way to go Cap!
On Wednesday, August 11, 2010, EAI acorns hit the road to tour twenty of our manged properties in the Portland area and to spend some quality time together at Stoller Vineyards in Dayton, Ore. Our much needed wine tasting and relaxation was capped off by visits to Olympic Mills Commerce Center in inner SE Portland, Centerpointe Shops in Lake Oswego, Tigard Marketplace in Tigard, Uptown Shopping Center in SW Portland and several properties in the Tanasbourne section of Hillsboro, just to name a few! Be sure to check-out photos from our trip by following us on Twitter or become a fan of our Facebook page.
In an edition of this month's Portland Business Journal, Lou Elliott took to the horn to discuss the hurdles created by the current underpriced leasing market, maturing mortgages, faltering consumer confidence and the prospect that more retailers will go out of business. In the article, Elliott predicts the pain for owners may not be over. The problem is especially acute for owners with expiring mortgages. Reduced rents lead to lower property values, which in turn erode owner equity. That, coupled with lenders demanding higher equity levels from borrowers means property owners will need significant amounts of cash if they wish to refinance. With the cash crunch looming, Elliott counsels his clients to conserve funds. "You're going to need it," he says. Elliott also counsels owners to work with tenants to keep them in business, if they have a viable business. "Do what you have to to keep them," he says.
Last Week, Elliott Associates was named #4 on the Top Commercial Property Management Firms list by the Portland Business Journal, moving-up one spot from our #5 position on the same list last year. The rankings are based on the total square feet of property managed. EAI acquired the number four ranking with approximately five-million square feet of total managed property. If you are looking for commercial property management, please consider Elliott Associates to meet all your needs.
If you aren't doing the majority of your business, or searching for business, online, then you're missing the boat. The reality is, today's market is one in which the role of social media, networks, web marketing and internet strategy are key, if not the norm. Here at Elliott Associates, we make sure all space available for lease is within reach. That is why we market our listings on LoopNet, CoStar, Craigslist and Vertical E-Mail and use social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In to make sure the EAI name is well known. Leasing agent, Jamie Nelson, of EAI generated 47,974 property views on showcase.com in the last six months alone. If you haven't already, make sure to check-out our online services and what it can do for you!
Summer has officially kicked-off. Take a look at what we are busy doing at Elliott Associates!
For the second year in a row, Elliott Associates has been named on the 100 Best Green Companies list compiled by Oregon Business magazine. This list is highly competitive and companies that make up the list, like EAI, are doing more then just the obvious recycling. At Elliott Associates alone we compost and have eliminated our waste by more then half. We house a bio swell on company grounds, initiated a cycling team to encourage employees to bike to work and have switched to green cleaners and compact fluorescent bulbs. Spearheaded by our own in-house Green Team, these items merely scratch the surface of our green efforts. By continuing to stay committed to sustainable practices, we here at Elliott Associates hope to show you that being green pays off not only for the environment, but also the bottom line.
With the help of Elliott Associates' own Todd Amacher, Voodoo Doughnut has opened its third location this week in Eugene, Ore. The funky and far-out doughnut makers held a "soft" opening on Friday, May 7, complete with a line of customers out the door. Voodoo Doughnut Eugene is located at 20 East Broadway in Eugene, Ore. The grand opening will be held sometime in the next month and will be sure to bring a crowd. Stay-tuned!
In one of the toughest and most competitive markets in memory, Matt Sichel and Jamie Nelson of Elliott Associates have been named 2009 CoStar Power Brokers based on their leasing activity throughout the year. Their performance was measured among all the commercial real estate brokers active in the region and ranked based on overall retail leasing transaction volume for 2009 reported to CoStar. As CoStar Power Brokers, Matt and Jamie are recognized among a very select group of top commercial brokers in the nation. Both Matt and Jamie have earned this honored distinction in previous years. Together, they have over twenty-five years with Elliott Associates, Inc.
Ashley Garron recently joined Elliott Associates, Inc. as an assistant property manager to Kellie Underwood. In this role, she will be responsible for helping manage a portfolio of 15 properties in Oregon and Washington. Garron performs a variety of duties, including:coordination with vendors for property maintenance and projects, preparation of monthly invoices and collection of overdue payments from tenants, assisting and distributing of monthly financial reports, tracking gross sales, distribution of owner draws and helping prepare the annual budgets and common area maintenance reconciliations. A recent transplant to Oregon, before joining Elliott Associates, Inc., Garron worked as an administrative assistant within the Corporate Properties Group of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Our much loved newsletter, the Elliott Extra, will now be available online. Click here to view the Spring Elliott Extra.
March, 2010 - The Portfolio Accountant for Elliott Associates, Inc. establishes a central position in our property management functions. We embrace the concept of Portfolio Accountants being a working member of a cross-departmental property management team and therefore each Portfolio Accountant is assigned to work with a Property Manager on a specific portfolio of properties. They will join a team consisting of an assigned Property Management Assistant, a Facilities Services connection, and a Brokerage alliance, and other specialists as needed by the portfolio requirements. As the Property Manager handles all the detailed physical aspects of a property, a Portfolio Accountant handles all the detailed financial aspects. You will bring your organized and detailed accounting expertise to the management of the properties and assist the Property Manager in being current and knowledgeable about all financial aspects of the properties. Being accurate and timely is a must. Being communicative through well-conceived reporting is required for the good of all. Being proactive and patient is an important part of participating on a team in which you may possess the most expertise in all things related to accounting. A positive and helpful attitude and an understanding that all members of the team bring their expertise for the betterment of the client will help make the Portfolio Accountant successful. If interested, please contact our Corporate Services Manager, Erin Curley: firstname.lastname@example.org
January, 2010 - Elliott Associates is looking for a full time Corporate Accountant. The position of a Corporate Accountant is directly linked to the principals of the company, and supervised daily by the corporate CFO. Its importance cannot be understated. The financial health of the company rests in the capable hands of the Corporate Accountant who pays attention to every minute detail of our corporate income and expenses. Legal requirements, reports, budgeting, and constant analysis is our life line to reality and we keep a tight 30 day cycle of review. None of the foregoing is worth anything unless the person in the position is communicating fully, regularly, accurately and succinctly with the CFO and the Principals. Confidentiality is an absolute requirement of the position and discussion of any knowledge of employee agreements or corporate cash flow or financial data can be cause for immediate dismissal. Ability and willingness to work directly with the principals on a daily basis is a requirement and will keep your life constantly interesting.
January, 2010 - Todd Amacher, of Elliott Associates, is busy helping his popular client, Voodoo Doughnuts, set-up shop in downtown Eugene, Oregon. The doughnut shop, famous to many in Portland for its cereal crusted and blood jelly gushing doughnuts, will be a perfect fit for Eugene's laid-back vibe and a welcomed treat to the students that attend the University of Oregon. The shop hopes to open sometime in the next few months. Residents are so excited to welcome Voodoo Doughnuts to the area, that our own Todd Amacher even made local news. Copy and paste the following link to check it out: http://www.myfoxeugene.com/dpp/news/metro/Voodoo_Donuts_Coming_To_Eugene
December, 2009 - Each year Elliott Associates chooses a charity to donate goods and monetary contributions to for the holidays. This year, EAI was happy to coordinate a canned food and fund drive for the Oregon Food Bank to help fight hunger within our own community. With the troubled economy, the distribution of emergency food boxes in Oregon skyrocketed last year to historic highs, increasing more than 14 percent. Half of those families that received food last year were those with children. EAI acorns collected a total of approximately 300 pounds of canned goods and raised nearly 500 dollars in cash donations during the month of December. (A $10 donation will help the Oregon Food Bank distribute enough food for 30 meals.) Though times were hard for many this year, this is our way at EAI to say thank you to all those who were so generous to us throughout the year. Happy New Year!
November, 2009 - In the current issue of the Journal of Property Management, published by IREM, Senior Property Manager, Julie Muir, emphasizes the importance of clear conversation between managers and the people with whom they communicate on a daily basis. When communicating among teams and with clients, modern technology has proved to be a blessing and a curse. Many of us rely on it too heavily and forget that sometimes a LIVE conversation is all that is needed to clear up an issue or concern. Inflection, tone, and body language are lost via email and text message, but the ease of these methods have made them our preferred method of communicating. Find out what can happen when you don't take the time to speak with your team and clients directly in Muir's article, "Communication on the Fly."
October, 2009 - This Halloween at Elliott Associates, Inc., we got our bones a rattlin' with the baby brigade, all of whom were dressed in their costume finest. Fellow EAI employees Tina Lundkvist, Erin Curley, Kellie Underwood, and Katie Litkie brought in their little acorns to haunt the halls of EAI, eat some candy, and bring a little laughter to the ghoulish break room. We hope you all had as happy of a Halloween as we did!
September, 2009 - As part of this month's Bike Commute Challenge, held by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Elliott Associates, Inc.'s own Team Acorn has pledged to do our part to bike to work and leave our cars at home. During the month of September, Team Acorn logged all individual bike commutes in an effort to ride our bikes more, improve our overall health and help the environment too. On October 8th, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will announce the winning companies by tallying the percent of total commutes done by bike. This morning, Team Acorn, completed a combined 60 mile ride, with the farthest acorns traveling all the way from Vancouver to Downtown Portland. The riders celebrated their accomplishment by cheering over a group breakfast at the finish line. Way to go Big Team!
September, 2009 - Senior Property Manager, Julie Muir, was published in this month's IREM: Journal of Property Management. In her article, "My perspective - Taskmaster or Teacher," Muir gives insight into the benefits of being a productive teacher, teaching effectively and the importance of nurturing the next generation of property managers. To read her article in full, as it appeared, please follow the included link: http://www.irem.org/pdfs/JPM/SO2009-MyPerspective.pdf Julie currently serves as an at large member of the National Executive Committee for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). We, at Elliott Associates, are dedicated to learning something new about our trade and sharing that knowledge with our friends, clients, and peers. We hope that you find this information interesting and useful.
August, 2009 - Tracey Toy, of Elliott Associates, Inc., was recently promoted to property manager, and will be supervising her own portfolio of retail, office, and flex properties. In her new position, toy will oversee a portfolio of properties, prepare operating budgets, CAM/tax/insurance billings, percentage rent calculations, CPI increases and will supervise the leasing staff and facilities managers in the day-to-day operations of her portfolio of properties. Toy, who began her property management career at EAI working as an assistant property manager, brings over three years of experience at Elliott Associates, Inc., to the position.
August, 2009 - It was announced this week that Ann Martin, of Elliott Associates, Inc. will move from assistant property manager to property manager, and will take on lead management of an extensive portfolio of retail, industrial, and office properties. As property manager, Martin will oversee the day-to-day management of her designated properties, communicate regularly with property owners and vendors, manage tenant relations, develop yearly budgets, complete annual CAM reconciliations and oversee accounting, facility, and leasing services. Martin has been with Elliott Associates since May of 2008. In her short time at EAI, Martin has already proven to be an integral member of the property management team with immense knowledge and skill.
Tina Lundkvist joined Elliott Associates in May 2009. As a Portfolio Accountant, she is responsible for the financial aspects of her portfolio of properties. She works closely with the property manager and assistant property manager to create a cross-functional team. Her specific duties include preparing tenant statements, monitoring cash flow, reconciling bank statements, and drafting property budgets. Tina joined Elliott Associates with ten years of experience as a property accountant with Pacific Realty Associates (PacTrust), a commercial development and investment company headquartered in Portland, OR. She has extensive knowledge relating to financial statement preparation, annual operating expense reconciliations and budgeting.
July, 2009 - We at Elliott Associates, Inc. would like to propose a link exchange with all of our wonderful partners who help us serve our clients day in and day out. If you think we are doing a great job, post our link on your site, and we will do the same! We're always on the look-out for great links to valuable sites to offer to our clients and want to help spread the word about the great things you are doing too. If interested and to include a link to our website on your site: First, let us know you are linking to us, so we can keep track of our partners. Then, download our Elliott Associates logo using the image to the right, and add a hyperlink to www.elliottassociatesinc.com to your website. Finally, send us the link to your site and we will post it on our website. That's all there is to it!
Being the hip, happening people that we are, Elliott Associates has now joined Twitter! We'll be tweeting each workday, and maybe more, with quick tips, interesting news articles, need-to-know information and alerts about what is going on in our office, and in the commercial real estate market. Make sure to sign-up to follow us @ EA_Inc and become one of our Tweeples (Twitter People). Sign-up today at www.twitter.com
Oregon Business magazine conducted an extensive survey of 372 companies throughout Oregon. The two-part survey ranked employees' satisfaction with their companies' green efforts, in addition to an employer survey that highlighted the companies' green policies. Out of the 372 companies that took part in the survey, Elliott Associates was honored as one of the 100 Best Green companies to work for in the State of Oregon, and even ranked in the top 25! Way to go, Elliott Associates!
June, 2009 - The commencement ceremony for the Portland Business Alliance's "Leadership Portland" was held June 4th, 2009, and marked Leanne Johnston's graduation from the year-long program. Selected to participate in Leadership Portland from a large pool of business professionals, Leanne worked to perfect her already spectacular leadership skills. Moreover, the curriculum included monthly day-long programs that explored both local and regional economic growth and sustainability dynamics. Leanne also took part in a "Community Impact Project," in which her team developed marketing tools and strategies for a local alternative education program. Job well done, Leanne!
May, 2009 - Though competing with national companies, Elliott Associates is excelling in the Portland metro area. Oregon Business magazine ranked Elliott Associates in the top ten on its commercial real estate power list. Not bad for a small company started over 25 years ago by a husband-wife team who were passionate about commercial real estate, client service, and employee satisfaction. Elliott Associates has since blossomed, offering a full range of commercial and retail property management, asset management, investment sales, and leasing, accounting, and facility services. Great job, Elliott Associates!
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has recognized Elliott Associates, Inc. as a Recycle at Work business, adding yet another award to Elliott Associates' many green accolades. In an effort to make Portland, OR, one of the most sustainable cities in the United States, the Portland City Council has asked the city to be at a 75 percent recycling rate by the year 2015, a bold but achievable goal. However, Elliott Associates, a green pioneer in the industry, has already exceeded city requirements, and has been honored as a "Recycle at Work Business." Great job, Elliott Associates!
April, 2009 - As the Red River reached flood stage on Saturday, March 28th, 2009, in Fargo, North Dakota, volunteers turned out in droves to fill more than one and a half million sandbags and construct levees. Men, women, and children worked to hold back the rising waters of the epic flood that threatened to shut down the city. While their spirits were high, many volunteers were not prepared for the cold and wet conditions the work would bring. But with help from generous groups like the Hull Family, owners of the Fargo Sportsman's Warehouse managed by Elliott Associates, Inc., volunteers were able to receive the necessary items to keep up the work and keep the flood waters at bay. The Hull Family funded the purchase of stocking caps, insulated gloves, water boots, and hot drinks straight from the Sportsman's Warehouse stock with the help of Matt Selders, store manager. From there, the goods were donated to the Assembly of God Volunteer Station for distribultion to cold and willing volunteers. Elliott Associates would like to show its appreciation and respect for our clients, the Hull Family, by acknowledging their efforts to support others in their time of need. The world is a better place because of people like you! Thank you Hull Family!
Because of her exemplary service, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has appointed Leanne Johnston to serve as Oregon's State Operations Chair for the second year in a row. As operations chair, Leanne will act as the voice of the operating, leasing, and marketing sector of Oregon's real estate industry. Leanne has been an active member of ICSC for nearly 20 years, and looks forward to a year of continued service. ICSC is a worldwide organization with over 70,000 members.
March, 2009 - It's four o'clock on Friday afternoon. The bright orange coo-coo clock signals the hour, sending the resident office mutt, Chubbers, into a frenzy of barks. A shuffle board game wraps in the lunchroom and the keg has been tapped. Just a typical day at Elliott Assoticates, Inc., but of course, and most importantly, there's also the work. Elliott Associates, Inc. was born over thirty years ago as the property management dream child of Lou and Moe Elliott and began its operations from a small dank office. Today, the company has grown to include over thirty employees, who, together, manage over 85 properties totaling over four million square feet of managed space, as well as provide comprehensive leasing and investment services. The new digs aren't that bad either.
February, 2009 - This month, Esther Herring celebrates over fifty years in commercial real estate and property management. As a true pioneer in the business and a trail blazer for women in the workplace, Herring has seen her fair share of changes in the market and can reflect with experience on how commercial real estate used to be. "It was simple back in the old days, I loved to close sales," says Herring. Closing deals may be more complicated in today's market, but with half a century under her belt, Herring's long distinguished career and experience gives her the cutting edge to be successful in the field even today.
February, 2009 - William Elliott was promoted this week from brokerage intern to assistant property manager. In this role, William will work with the company's property management team, headed by Kellie Underwood and will assist in managing approximately 20 properties totaling nearly one million square feet of managed space. William was appointed to this position after receiving his real estate license in December. William received his Bachelor of Science in business from Linfield College in 2008 and looks forward to a long and prosperous career in commercial real estate.
February, 2009 - Even in this down economy, retail and restaurant businesses that are opening for the first time and those looking to expand are finding significant opportunities in newly vacated commercial space caused by tenant closings and failures. Todd Amacher has been successfully representing a number of these opportunistic retailers, particularly those looking for vacated space, and is enabling them to realize thousands of dollars in savings while providing much needed activity and income for property owners.
January, 2009 - We are cookin'! Elliott Associates superior property management skills have helped the company obtain five new commercial properties. Kellie Underwood, property manager, and her team will be managing Tanasbourne Business Park in Hillsboro as well as JIVA - NW Center for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in the Pearl. Tanasbourne Business Park's three buildings were developed in 1995 and provide office and industrial space for approximately 20 tenants, while JIVA's four-story building exclusively houses medical users. In addition, property manager Mike Larkin and his team will be managing the Gresham Crossing Office and Gresham Crossing Retail buildings as well as the Lombard Station Retail in North Portland. The Gresham properties are newly built and house Walgreens, Subway, and an urgent care facility. The Lombard Station Retail was built in 2005 as part of the Fred Meyer remodel just in time to take advantage of the new Interestate MAX line. Tenants include Hollywood Video, Gamestop, Activate Wireless and Panda Express. Elliott Associates manages 85 properties, totaling in excess of four-million square feet of commercial real estate.
December, 2008 - Every year Elliott Associates chooses a worthy charity to be the recipient of the office's holiday cheer and generosity. This year, Elliott Associates was pleased to give to the Children's Cancer Association (CCA) by raising money and donating toys to refill the children's "Chemo Pal Closet" that was recently destroyed by CCA office flooding. Elliott Associates' employees responded to the need and brought in new toys for boys and girls who are going through chemotherapy due to various forms of cancer. These toys, games and crafts will be used in the CCA's Chemo Pal Program that matches trusted adults with children and teens who are undergoing chemotherapy. The program introduces fun and friendship into the painful and isolating treatment.
December, 2008 - Elliott Associates' new headquarters in the Old Copeland building was selected as a commercial interior design case study for Herman Miller dealer Pacific Office Furnishings. Though the building is loacted in a blighted, urban core area adjacent to a major freeway, the location maintains a campus feel thanks to its very own arboretum. Erika Dehle, Senior Designer, Soderstrom Architects, was the lead on the open office remodel which strove to bolster productivity by enhancing dialog among employees while still incorporating the lush, outdoor gardens. "When we developed our new office, we focused on creating an open environment that encouraged communications across all teams, nourished our corporate culture, and still captured the light of the day," said Elliott Associates Principal, Marna Elliott.
November, 2008 - The Holidays are upon us, and Elliott Associates' Happy Office Committee celebrated gratitude by showering the office with small gifts in their "Five Days of Thanksgiving." The week preceding Thansgiving, EAI employees found a tiny token of appreciation in their box each morning, as well as an original verse of the "Five Days of Thanksgiving," written on the chalkboard. On the final day of EAI's "Five Days of Thanksgiving," Elliott Associates raffled off a twenty-pound turkey, and Lisa Kaiser won! Congratulations Lisa!
October, 2008 - Recently, contractors broke ground on what is slated to be a 2.7 million dollar commercial real estate redevelopment project for Twin City Shopping Center, a 135,426 square foot retail center located at 700 Ocean Beach Highway, in Longview, WA. The project, estimated to be completed early summer, 2009, will house three tenants in the updated 57,490 square foot space and will replace Sinnett's Grocery Store.
October, 2008 - The city of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development honored Elliott Associates with the prestigious Recycle Works Award for Elliott Associates commitment to reducing workplace waste. As part of their pledge to the environment, Elliott Associates formed a green team to identity and combat EAI's largest sources of waste. Elliott Associates also buys 30% post-consumer recycled content office products, uses durable dishware, and also has available desk-side recycling for each employee. Moreover, Elliott Associates has started food composting in the kitchen, participates in quarterly plastics round-ups, and is also in the process of going paperless. In addition, Elliott Associates encourages employees to bike commute when possible. Elliott associates is committed to making Portland a greener city.