We are Ethos Development

A Portland-based real estate firm active on the West coast. Every project represents a thoughtful big idea, not a one-size-fits-all solution. Primarily working in urban environments, Ethos and its design partners harness unique solutions to build high performance, low impact buildings. Unyielding attention to detail makes for inspired design, creating places where people want to be.

  1. Paul Del Vecchio
    Founding Principal

    Paul’s first position in real estate was sweeping the floors of his father’s developments at the age of seven. Since then, Paul has spent decades in development and construction management, financial analysis, and consulting and advisory services for both public and private organizations.

    Paul’s first position in real estate was sweeping the floors of his father’s developments at the age of seven. Since then, Paul has spent decades in development and construction management, financial analysis, and consulting and advisory services for both public and private organizations. In addition to his work at Ethos, Paul serves on the real estate advisory boards of Central City Concern and Proud Ground.

    Before founding Ethos, Paul served as an International Realty Specialist with the U.S. Department of State specializing in acquisition of land for new embassies and consulates as well as portfolio management and strategic dispositions. In addition to working for world leaders in the construction field such as AECOM and Skanska USA, Paul previously served as Director of Development for Monument Realty, one of Washington, D.C.’s leading real estate development firms. In this position, he was responsible for the development of multifamily, hotel, and commercial developments as well as management of a division of the company.

    Paul holds a Professional Engineering license, Principal Brokers Licenses in Oregon and Washington, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED accredited professional certification, and is an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). A designer at heart, Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a Masters in Engineering Management from The George Washington University, the latter as a trustee’s fellow. Having completed an International MBA with a concentration in finance from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain, he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society. During business school, Paul worked with Femmes Africa Solidarité, a non-profit promoting women entrepreneurs in Africa, by working with several Rwandan business owners to define a strategy and seek funding.

    When not managing Ethos, Paul spends his time with his wife Lisa, son Drea and two dogs Luna and Boom. Mountain Biking, Skiing, Sailing, and Trail Running are passions that help shape Paul’s perspective on the importance of smart and sustainable urban growth strategies.

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  2. Josh Bean
    Principal

    Josh Bean is a principal at Ethos Development and is responsible for acquisitions of, raising equity for, and leasing of development properties. Josh is also a Managing Partner of our sister company, Ethos Commercial Advisors.

    Josh Bean is a principal at Ethos Development and is responsible for acquisitions of, raising equity for, and leasing of development properties. Josh is also a Managing Partner of our sister company, Ethos Commercial Advisors. Being a Portland native and an active commercial broker and Vice President in the Portland metro area for more than a decade, Josh has a wealth of knowledge on the market’s past present and future.

    He has created a niche in the mid-market investment sale market. With a strong background in leasing and tenant representation, he is able to fine-tune the performance of a building in anticipation of a sale to maximize value. Conversely, Josh sees unique opportunities in value-add office buildings to maximize client’s investments.

    Josh currently holds an Oregon Real Estate License and is a CCIM candidate. In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time hiking with his wife Renee and two miniature blue heelers Maya and Izzy.

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  3. Ryan Talbot
    Partner

    Ryan Talbot joined Ethos in 2018 as Director of Development after a 4 year stint at Apple in operations, procurement and product development. His appreciation for detail, aesthetics, user-focused design carry over into his work in real estate development at Ethos.

    Ryan Talbot joined Ethos in 2018 as Director of Development after a 4 year stint at Apple in operations, procurement and product development. His appreciation for detail, aesthetics, user-focused design carry over into his work in real estate development at Ethos.

    Ryan grew up in an electrical contracting family business and began his career at Ashley Capital, an industrial real estate firm that builds, owns, and operates approximately 25 million square feet of warehouse and office space in the Eastern US. His work at Ashley Capital overlapped with his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He then went on to work in Operations at WD-40 Company in San Diego where he managed the company’s freight network and was directly responsible for the environmental decontamination and successful sale of a 3rd party factory building. Ryan left WD-40 after 3 years to attend the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he focused on entrepreneurship and technology.

    Coming out of his MBA, he was offered a position at Apple as a Global Supply Manager and was directly responsible for procurement of batteries for iPhone and Apple Watch. His work included contract and pricing negotiation, project management, process and design review, and factory management across 3 continents. He then moved on to manage the iPad product line and drove decisions on features, design, and product roadmap. While at Apple, Ryan began coursework at Harvard in Real Estate investment in preparation for the move from product development to real estate development. Ryan brings a strong attention to detail, an intuitive sense of financial analysis, and an appreciation for design from his previous work into his role at Ethos.

    When he’s not working, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, playing guitar and drums, shooting photos, and traveling the world.

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  4. Soyoung Johnston
    Associate

    Harnessing a diverse skillset Soyoung comfortably exercises both her right and left brain capacities; she oversees corporate marketing, financial operations, and participates in development management. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Soyoung Graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Anthropology.

    Harnessing a diverse skillset Soyoung comfortably exercises both her right and left brain capacities; she oversees corporate marketing, financial operations, and participates in development management. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Soyoung Graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Anthropology.

    Soyoung grew up assisting with her family money services business. Her father was an entrepreneur and she gained valuable insight on what it takes to run a small financial services business in Manhattan. Whether it was organizing workflow, balancing the books, corresponding with banking partners, maintain compliance with the IRS, satisfying the State Banking Department requirements or preparing for routine audits, the experience provided a solid foundation.

    Soyoung began her career as an Account Executive with several strategic marketing agencies in New York City. The majority of her time was spent at Digitas, New York, where she specialized in customer acquisition, retention and loyalty programs for financial services and fortune 100 companies such as Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express, Delta Skymiles and Allstate Insurance Company. Soyoung’s transferrable project management skillset, which includes orchestrating a team of creatives and producers, developing and executing strategic marketing plans and pitches, creating timelines and adhering to strict production deadlines, building client relationships, and analyzing target market data has been an asset to her role at Ethos.

    Additionally, Soyoung worked at a direct-lender mortgage firm opening loans and preparing loan packages for in-house underwriters and later as a full-time bookkeeper for a motion graphics company in Los Angeles.

    Outside of Ethos, Soyoung enjoys indulging in creative activities, spending time learning new skills, exploring and traveling with her husband, two children and Terrier rescue.

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