About Us

A Passion for Portland

We have a true and rich passion for the city of Portland. Taking care of the city by nurturing and guiding its growth – instead of opening her streets and neighborhoods to random development – is our mission and pleasure. This passion for Portland is the reason the company was formed and the foundation beneath the advantages that Ten Bridges brings to investors.

A lifelong Portlander himself, our company president, Demian Heald, has a great love for – and amazing understanding of – the city. The son of a carpenter-turned-architect, Demian developed a unique admiration for the city’s landscape and needs. He grew up in the heart of the Inner East Side, which became an extension of his back yard, as did the rest of Portland’s urban core. He knows the streets, architecture, attitudes and subtle differences that define its eclectic neighborhoods.  It is specifically because Demian knows Portland inside and out that Ten Bridges is able to identify the exact Portland locations that will deliver opportunity to our investors. 

Today, Demian continues to cherish and explore all four corners of the city.  He has become a recognized champion of – and key player in – Portland’s unique community culture.  It’s his keen understanding of and passion for Portland that gives Ten Bridges an edge in finding and developing promising properties and enhancing Portland’s distinct personality, while offering rewarding investment opportunities.

A Lifetime of Relationships

Without Demian’s inspiration and lifelong Portland-based relationships, it wouldn’t be possible to deliver unique and dynamic opportunities to our investors. Taking a pro-active interest in Portland’s future, we’ve established collegial relationships with city and local businesses, community partners and stakeholders. These relationships inform our decisions so Ten Bridges can stay sensitive to community demand and vigilantly align its strategies with city planning objectives. Our relationships have helped us to build a longstanding reputation of conducting business with ethics and integrity. And, finally, our relationships allow us to shape deals for optimal mutual reward and minimal financial risk - the ultimate test of sound real estate investment.

Financial Stability

Our history of successful projects in and around Portland is attributable to selectively acquiring and precisely investing in areas that we intensely research and explore in markets we have innately mastered.  Native roots equals diminished risk.  Our lending partners have embraced this formula. Our long-standing involvement in the community and knowledge of the area translate into successful investments.  Superb credit and lending relationships have fostered enthusiastic support from local and national lenders and investors. Ten Bridges is a well-capitalized business with strong borrowing practices. We’re accustomed to creating and managing sophisticated real estate investments with multiple working parts and compressed timeframes. We keep track of each facet of the deal from beginning to end. To pursue and complete the range and complexity of projects we develop, a company must have financial depth and stability.  This is a strength that Ten Bridges has cultivated in the marketplace over many years.  We not only rely on it, we cherish it.

Hands-On Stewardship

Ten Bridges’ stewardship of Portland’s future – and its partner’s investments – is very much a hands-on affair. Because it is either the owner or developer on all of the projects it pursues, Ten Bridges becomes intimately involved in all project facets, including acquisition, funding, design, construction, management and finally sales.  This attention to detail gives Ten Bridges greater control over development budgets and critical time-to-market decisions. Ten Bridges’ hands-on project stewardship keeps an eye on the details while maintaining big-picture perspective. The goal is to leave nothing to chance and to remove unanticipated risk for its investing partners.

The Complete Vision

Vision is a rare quality.  It is the ability to see things before they materialize. More rare is the ability to foresee a trend, envision a project and then actually implement what is required to make it a reality. This elusive quality of complete vision is, ultimately, what makes us tick at Ten Bridges.

Our hands-on style of doing business and our genuine understanding of the city allows us to pursue our mission of finding exclusive investments.  Each project is strategically financed to put our investors and acquisition partners in the strongest position.  And it remains our belief that if these endeavors add great value to the neighborhood and the city of Portland, they inherently become safer and stronger investments.

We find exceptional properties, even some that may not look promising at first, and know what to do with them. We also know how to embrace the financial, aesthetic and logistical elements while navigating through community and city objectives as a project moves forward. Finally, because we’re sensitive to each investor’s primary objective, we know how to articulate and craft deals that result in responsive exit strategies, reliable profit projections and on-time payout and disbursement schedules.

Ten Bridges Expertise

Acquisition and financing
Development and planning
Consulting: Partnerships, Land Use, Entitlements, Debt Re-organization, Distress Sales