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Next Generation Honoree: Truss’ Vanessa Anderson Spearheads a Platform

As VP of operations, Vanessa Anderson oversees inventory management and customer support at Truss, an online marketplace for commercial real estate leasing. Since joining the Chicago-based company in 2017, she has spearheaded the creation of a modernized, automated, and comprehensive commercial real estate listing database in 10 major U.S. markets. She used innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology to gather and maintain the data in an otherwise data-siloed industry.

Those are just a few of the reasons we chose Anderson to be one of the National 2019 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s third annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

When Anderson heard about Truss, she researched the startup company’s business model and approached the founders with an unsolicited offer: she created a plan for how to increase inventory and scale the business.

Anderson has delivered on that plan. Under her leadership, the Truss database has expanded from 12,895 listings to 43,706, from 88.5 million square feet to 332.6 million, from one asset class to three, and from three cities to 10.

She has also surprised her coworkers with her moxie and can-do spirit. When Truss was preparing to launch in Boston, management realized the database was deficient for the market. Anderson flew her team to Boston and they canvassed for available spaces in Cambridge, the Financial District and the Seaport.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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