Torrey Breeden Inside Business Top Forty Under 40
At work I am the vice president of development for The Breeden Co., which is a formal way of saying I am responsible for getting new development work and new land deals into our company's production pipeline. I have to make sure our designs continue to evolve yet will fit the target market, that they can be constructed affordably and that the business plan will be profitable.
Home and family Virginia Beach; father Ray, and Isabelle, my Jack Russell.
Volunteer activities In the past the SPCA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Lately, I have not had as much time for this as I would like.
Balancing time It's a matter of priorities, and setting goals. Figuring out what, exactly, you want to achieve is sometimes the hardest part.
Choosing organizations I grew up with a love of animals in our home and a with a lot of exposure to the outdoors, particularly the water. To the extent I can preserve and protect my interests, I like to do so.
Advice for young people in the workforce Don't limit what you think is possible for yourself, and certainly don't let a fear of failing stop you from trying to achieve large accomplishments. Read "The Secret" because it's better explained in the book.
Proudest accomplishment When we restructured a few years back, there was a job that needed to get done, so I'd have to say it's my being able to step up to fill such an important role in our company. It can take a while to learn the development game and to get a feel for all the different pieces that have to come together, so being able to fill that role takes a lot of experience in a few different areas. Our business model depends on new growth so we can't sit still. Since I've been in this role, our company has more new deals in the pipeline than it ever has in its 50 year history. On a personal level, I completed a full marathon a few years back and was pretty happy to prove to myself my personal commitment and endurance.
Professional goal in five years My company set a pretty big target for growth in an uncertain economy. So my main goal is to get the dozen or so projects on our drawing board today into the ground and permanently financed.
The one thing I'd change about Hampton Roads The congested snarl of traffic from all of our suburban sprawl.
Dream dinner party guest list Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger or Aristotle. The world is the way it is today because of stuff they figured out just by thinking about it.
Downtime I like to fly through the air.
What gets under my skin? Professional incompetence. It really bothers me when someone is not able to do a task or job they have been put in the position to do.
My significant item Isabelle is my Jack Russell. She's a reminder to never give up. She used to belong to someone else who lived with me many moons ago. She was given away from one owner to the next, and after a chain of four different owners, amazingly, I recognized her in the animal shelter one day. She was about to be put down for being "aggressive." I knew differently, and lots of calm TLC has changed her into a very loving and awesome housemate.