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    Sarah Thorson is named one of Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2014 Women of Vision

    September 25, 2014

    Portland, Ore. –  Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, announces Oregon Division SPG Manager, Sarah Thorson, is one of The Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2014 Women of Vision. The Women of Vision Awards honors women who are positively contributing to the construction industry through leadership, mentoring, community involvement, and promoting diversity.

    As the first female to oversee Oregon division’s Special Project Group (SPG), Thorson’s vision, leadership, and motivation has led to a positive working environment both within the organization and in the local community. It is her philosophy that when we are at our best, we can provide a positive construction experience for our clients, and in turn, this will positively influence the surrounding community. Through Sarah’s excellent management skills, she successfully directs the work of multiple projects while simultaneously providing marketing, estimating, and project management oversight. She develops and fosters long-term working relationships both internally and externally, actively pursuing project opportunities with new and existing clients and leading her team to successful execution.

    Jim Sather, Oregon division president, ran the division’s Special Projects Group for 14 years before recommending Sarah to succeed him. “Sarah is dedicated to the people she works with, consistently sacrificing her own needs for the betterment of the teams she works with. She is a tireless advocate of training, growth, collaboration, and team building,” stated Sather.

    About Sarah Thorson: All within seven years at the company, Sarah has advanced her career in the most remarkable fashion. She is a proven leader and positive role model for young women who are interested in the construction industry. Sarah started her career at Howard S. Wright in June 2007 as a project coordinator. Her drive to grow and learn more about construction had her asking management to review her performance after six months and move her into a project engineer role. Because of her outstanding performance as a project engineer she was then promoted to project manager and in 2013 took over managing the Special Projects Group.   

    Thorson holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and supply chain management from Arizona State University. She is a recent graduate of The Portland Business Alliance's Leadership Portland Program and a participating member of the division’s Executive Roundtable, a group formed within the organization whose mission is to mentor Minority and Women Owned, and Emerging Small Businesses within the local community.