2015 Portland First Citizen
Mark and Ann Edlen
As recipients of the First Citizen Award, Mark and Ann Edlen embody the very characteristics represented in this award – integrity, quality of character and a love of Portland, its natural beauty and progressive community. With a partnership that began over 30 years ago, Mark and Ann are actively engaged in the city, both individually and collectively with a deep commitment to education, healthcare, the arts, sustainability and the built environment. The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® (PMAR) is pleased to announce Mark and Ann Edlen as the recipients of the 2015 Portland First Citizen Award. The Edlens will be recognized at the 87th annual Portland First Citizen Banquet on April 29th at The Nines, Portland, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Mark is recognized for his expertise and success in creating sustainable communities in mixed-use commercial, residential, educational and retail developments. As co-founder and CEO of Gerding Edlen Development Company, Mark leads a company that is grounded in a socially responsible approach to real estate investment, with the belief that the path to preserving natural resources leads directly to a new urban reality, where transformative buildings and vibrant communities deliver investment quality assets to foster prosperity. Here in Portland, these projects include the Brewery Blocks, Wieden + Kennedy, OHSU Center for Health and Healing, Vestas North American Headquarters, Central City Concern Broadway Recovery Center, and Indigo @ 12|West, among numerous other projects.
Since 1996 when Mark co-founded the company with his close friend Bob Gerding, who passed away in 2009, the firm has earned a distinct reputation with more LEED Certified buildings than any other developer in the world. The company, who originated the concept of 20-minute living, is guided by a set of values that they developed called Principles of Place, where community plays a pivotal role alongside design and technology in the success of their projects. With an undergraduate degree in Finance and an M.B.A., both from the University of Oregon, Mark currently serves on the Board at Ecotrust, is a member of the Board of Advisors at Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon, and was recently appointed to the Portland Development Commission.
Ann combined a degree in art and graduate work in business that led to a long and diverse career in marketing and advertising. Beginning with her position as Vice President and Marketing Director for First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo) Ann served as a marketing and fundraising consultant for the non-profit sector, and was the Founding Partner of a Portland-based marketing, branding and design company, Think Joule, where she was active until her retirement in 2014.
Known for her strategic marketing capacity – combined with a high degree of creativity, intelligence and passion – Ann has served on the Board of the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, Portland Art Museum, Jesuit High School, and the Board of Visitors for the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Most recently, Ann was the Chair of the Board of Governors for Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she served a pivotal role in the realization of the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design; recognized as a transformative project that will contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of the city.
Mark and Ann embrace a fundamental philosophy of community, living a life committed to family, and to their beliefs that as engaged citizens we must always be asking, how can we add to our community – what is our responsibility to the livability of the built environment, a more sustainable future for the next generation, and how can we help less fortunate Oregonians attain their dreams. These are the values that they share with their three grown children, their spouses and two grandchildren.
The Portland First Citizen Award was created in 1928 by the Portland Realty Board (now PMAR) to honor civic achievements and business leadership within the community. It is considered one of Portland’s most prestigious awards, and the individuals who have received it form an honor roll of the city’s most prominent leaders during the last eight decades.
In addition to the Portland First Citizen Award, two other awards will be presented at the banquet. The Portland Future First Citizen Award recognizes a high school student in the Portland metropolitan area who is a model of civic responsibility and provides a $5,000 scholarship toward the recipient’s higher education. And, the PMAR Good Neighbor Award recognizes a Realtor® for his or her extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in the community with a $1,000 contribution to the recipient’s charity of choice.
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: The Oregonian, Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS™).
Past Portland First Citizens
|1928||Ben Selling||1972||Ira C. Keller|
|1929||J. C. Ainsworth||1973||Howard Vollum|
|1930||Aaron M. Frank||1974||William E. Roberts|
|1931||Henry B. Van Duzer||1975||Fred G. Meyer|
|1932||Raymond B. Wilcox||1976||Larry Hilaire|
|1933||George L. Baker||1977||Louis B. Perry|
|1934||Hopkin Jenkins||1978||Edith Green|
|1935||Edward C. Sammons||1979||David Edwin Abram|
|1936||Arthur L. Fields||1980||William Swindells, Sr.|
|1937||Richard B. Dillehunt, M.D.||1981||Judge Harlow F. Lenon|
|1938||Franklin T. Griffith||1982||Samuel T. Naito & William S. Naito|
|1939||Charles H. Martin||1983||Carl M. Halvorson|
|1940||Ross McIntyre||1984||Bishop Paul D. Waldschmidt|
|1941||Mrs. Thomas D. Honeyman||1985||John Piacentini|
|1942||Edgar F. Kaiser||1986||Dr. Albert Starr|
|1943||Portland Service Men/Women||1987||Robert L. Ridgley|
|1944||Mrs. C.S. Jackson||1988||Don C. Frisbee|
|1945||Theodore R. Gamble||1989||Melvin ‘Pete’ Mark|
|1946||Chester A. Moores||1990||Harry L. Demorest|
|1947||Sid Woodbury||1991||Dr. Matthew W. Prophet, Jr.|
|1948||Hillman Lueddemann||1992||Harry Glickman|
|1949||Thomas Harry Banfield||1993||John ‘Jack’ Faust|
|1950||David B. Simpson||1994||Maestro Jacob Avshalomov|
|1951||Frank Erwin McCaslin||1995||Harold & Arlene Schnitzer|
|1952||Edgar William Smith||1996||Fred A. Stickel|
|1953||C.B. Stephenson||1997||Neil Goldschmidt|
|1954||Ben H. Hazen||1998||Brian & Gwyneth Booth|
|1955||Dr. Morgan S. Odell||1999||Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr.|
|1956||Harold Fox Wendell||2000||Peter E. Jacobsen|
|1957||Rt. Rev. Benjamin Dagwell||2002||Senator Mark O. Hatfield|
|1958||William Bruce Boone||2003||Tony L. Hopson, Sr.|
|1959||Paul Boole McKee||2004||Dan Wieden|
|1960||Dr. Leo Sherman Lucas||2005||Gert Boyle|
|1961||Dr. Samuel Latta Diack||2006||Jack McGowan|
|1962||Truman Wesley Collins||2007||Peggy Fowler|
|1963||Judge Donald E. Long||2008||Joe Weston|
|1964||Charles R. Holloway, Jr.||2009||Bill Schonely|
|1965||Aubrey R. Watzek||2010||Brian J. Druker, MD|
|1966||Mrs. S. Mason Ehrman||2011||Mercy Corps|
|1967||John M. Fulton||2012||Duncan Campbell|
|1968||John D. Gray||2013||Jean DeMaster|
|1969||Homer T. Shaver||2014||George “Bing” Sheldon|
|1970||Judge Gus J. Solomon|