SSA Board of Directors

The SSA Board of Directors is comprised of duly-elected industry leaders from all of SSA's various constituencies including affiliated associations, member companies of all sizes as well as vendor firms.

John Barry

 John Barry, Chairman/National Director

All-Time Self Storage
1853 William Penn Way, Suite 4
Lancaster, PA  17601
Tel: (717) 208-6793
Fax: (717) 291-9566

John E. Barry is President of JEB Group, LLC d/b/a All-Time Self Storage. With locations in southeastern Pennsylvania, the company currently owns and operates three facilities and has two in the development process. As an owner since 1997, Barry has experience in all aspects of self-storage development, construction and management, as well as acquisitions and dispositions.

He concurrently serves as Vice President of Sales for Investment Real Estate LLC where he is responsible for the daily operation of the self storage brokerage business. He oversees all aspects of property sales, due diligence, financial analysis and feasibility studies for self storage properties throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States.

He is past president of the Pennsylvania Self Storage Association and has an undergraduate degree in finance and real estate from James Madison University. Prior to entering the self storage industry on a full time basis, he managed the municipal bond department for what is now (RBC) Royal Bank of Canada.

JR Clisham

 JR Clisham, Immediate Past Chairman/National Director

Connecticut Self Storage LLC
 PO Box 271391
 West Hartford, CT  06127-1391
Tel: (860) 523-4292
Fax: (860) 523-4293

J.R. Clisham has worked in the self storage industry full time since the year 2000. In that time he has developed eight (8) self storage facilities. As Managing Member, he currently oversees the operation of twelve (12) self storage facilities totaling 748,000 square feet. These stores are located in Connecticut and Massachusetts and operate under the trade names “CT SELF STOR” and “STOR&GO SELF STORAGE”.

Clisham has served on the national Self Storage Association’s (SSA) board of directors since 2011. He is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of the SSA. He has also served on the Connecticut Self Storage Association’s (CTSSA) board of directors since 2004. He is the Immediate Past President of the CTSSA. 

Before entering the storage industry, Clisham worked in Chicago, IL, as Director of Network Deployment and Acquisition for a publicly traded telecommunications company. In addition, Clisham practiced law for three years.  He received the degree of Juris Doctor from The UCLA School of Law in 1993, and he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Finance from Georgetown University in 1990. He currently resides in West Hartford, CT, with his wife and daughter.

Shelley Geiler

 Marc Smith, Vice Chairman/National Director

Personal Mini Storage Management Co.
6327 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL 32810

Tel: (407) 297-3683
Fax: (407) 578-0400

Marc M. Smith is President of Shader Brothers Corporation dba Personal Mini Storage, a self storage management, development and syndication company in Florida.  He has an undergraduate business degree in real estate and finance from The University of Texas, a Master of Building Construction degree from The University of Florida and is a graduate of the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

A licensed real estate broker and building contractor, Marc has been involved in all facets of the self storage business for over eighteen years including, and not limited to: acquisitions, site selection, start-ups, construction management, design, systems analysis as well as overseeing management of thirty five (35) self storage locations.  An active self storage investor, he is a past president of the Southeast Region of the Self Storage Association, and previously served as a national board member. Marc currently also serves on the Self Storage Association Foundation Board of Governors and is active in Orlando philanthropic causes.

Shelley Geiler

 John Hutto, Treasurer/National Director

Country Storage LLC
58000 8 Mile Road
Northville, MI 48167

Tel: (248) 437-3333
Fax: (248) 486-5727

Jon S. Hutto entered the self storage industry in 1997 as Developer/Operator of Country Storage LLC, a storage facility in Northville, Michigan and continues as Managing Member overseeing all aspects of the facility.

From an early age Mr. Hutto worked with his Father in Real Estate Construction and Rentals. Jon graduated in1994 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, Specializing in Real Estate Development. As President/CEO of Hutto Investments, he is responsible for the day to day operations, planning, projections and site development of residential and mixed use developments.

Mr. Hutto is the current President of the Self Storage Association of Michigan, Member of the Governmental Affairs Committee and is a Founding Board Member of the Association. He has also served as President of East Bay Harbor Board of Directors - a 72 slip marina in Traverse City, MI.

Shelley Geiler

 Michael Nunez, Secretary/National Director

A+ Mini Storage
12200 SW 117th Ave.
Miami, FL 33186

Tel: (305) 232-7198

Michael Nunez is a Principal of Dreamstar and its affiliated companies and he also serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel, responsible for all financing as well as strategic operational and legal functions.  He has been with Dreamstar and its affiliated companies for over 20 years and has been instrumental in its growth, from only two self storage facilities to over 25 properties now, which include self storage, offices, warehouses, shopping centers, restaurants, a mobile home park, residential condominium development in the US and overseas, and land development.   Some of the affiliated companies that are part of Dreamstar include A+ Mini Storage, Westland Shopping, Savor Miami and Beachfront Palms, to name a few.
Prior to joining Dreamstar Mr. Nunez served as Vice President of a publishing and distribution company named Nationwide Distributors, Inc.  Before Nationwide Distributors, Inc. he began his professional career as Senior Accountant for Arthur Andersen & Co.

He is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Miami, where he also received his Masters of Professional Accounting in 1981 and obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Miami in 1993.  He is an attorney as well as a Certified Public Accountant.  Mr. Nunez is member of the American Institute of CPA’s, Florida Institute of CPAs and The Florida Bar. 

 Terry Bagley

 Terry Bagley, National Director

Storage Galleria
8789 Auburn Folsom Rd.
Suite C214
Granite Bay, CA 95746

Tel:(801) 550-6601

Terry Bagley has been involved in the self storage industry for 14 years in various capacities. Mr. Bagley currently is an Owner/Partner in Storage Galleria, which provides tenant appreciation, retention, loyalty and marketing programs to self storage owner/operators. Previously, Mr. Bagley was the President & CEO of Centershift, Inc., a innovative and leading rental management and point-of-sale software solution to the self storage industry. He held that position from 2005-2013. Prior to his position as President & CEO, he was the Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Centershift. During his tenure at Centershift he worked with clients based in North America that included 2 of the 4 largest self storage REIT's, along with many large, medium and small privately-held self storage operators. He also set the strategy and led the successful acquisition of Hi-Tech Smart Systems RentPlus management software and customer base in 2011.

Mr. Bagley currently serves on the national (and international) Self Storage Association (SSA) board of directors since 2010, and is in his second term. His board assignments have included Chair of the Technology & Data committee and member of the Nominating, Ski Workshop and Vendor committees. He previously was on the Utah Self Storage Association (UTSSA) board of directors and during that time led the associations efforts to obtain limited licensing for tenant insurance with the Utah Department of Insurance and update Utah's lien laws with the Utah legislature. The Self Storage Association (SSA) recognized Mr. Bagley's legislative efforts in Utah at the SSA Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas in 2007.

Mr. Bagley also speaks at industry trade shows/conferences and he is a frequent editorial contributor to industry trade publications and magazines, including the SSA Globe, Inside Self-Storage, and Mini-Storage Messenger.

Bagley is currently the Co-Chair of the Utah Technology Council (UTC) Public Policy committee, a position that he has held since 2006. He is also on the Board of Directors of Yellowstone Hotel Systems, (dba OpenBook) a privately held software company focused on booking engine, website development and internet marketing. Previously he served on the Board of Centershift, Inc. (2005-2013), the Utah Self Storage Association Board of Directors (2007-2010). In 2012, Mr. Bagley was appointed to a two-year term on the Utah State Board of Education Nominating & Selection Committee by the Governor of Utah.

Before entering the self storage industry, Mr. Bagley spent almost 20 years in the technology industry in various leadership positions in business development, sales and marketing and management  for both private and publicly traded companies that included 3Com (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), US Robotics and Megahertz.

Mr. Bagley earned a bachelors degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University as well as an MBA from San Jose State University. He has also attended  post graduate training courses in various business-related subjects, including executive education courses from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and family.


Robert Chiti

 Robert Chiti, National Director

OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
2501 West Dunlap Ave.
Suite 255
Pheonix, AZ 85021

Tel: (602) 749-9370
Fax: (602) 749-9393

Robert A. Chiti is the President/CEO of OpenTech Alliance with 10 years experience in the Self Storage industry and 25 years experience in the technology industry.  His company has consistently introduced innovative self service solutions to help self storage operators improve the performance of their businesses.   Their INSOMNIAC Kiosks have processed over $100M in rental and payment transactions. They operate a call center and recently launched the INSOMINAC Online Rental/Payment Solution.  OpenTech has been a member, supporter and sponsor of the Self Storage Association as well as several state self storage associations since the company was founded.

He started the company in his garage in Scottsdale, Arizona and has grown it to over 100 employees with thousands of customers across the globe.  During the past 10 years Robert has met with and learned from hundreds of self storage operators, self storage vendors and self storage consumers.  His combination of experience, knowledge and willingness to disrupt the status quo gives him a unique perspective of the self storage industry.  

He has served on the SSA Conference committee for several years and also serves as Board Member for the California Self Storage Association.

During his career he has contributed to the success and held leadership roles at several companies including; KMPG, CA Technologies, RedBrick Systems, GolfSwitch and others.  He has an Applied Computer Science degree from Illinois State University.

Don Clauson

 Don Clauson, National Director

Strategic Property Management Inc.
2055 Third Ave. 
Suite C
San Diego, CA 92101

Tel: (619) 295-2211
Fax: (619) 295-2262

Don Clauson started in the self-storage business in 1991 with Sperry Van Ness, where he represented buyers and sellers in excess of $200 million in transactions of operating self-storage facilities and land to be developed for self-storage.  In 1999, Don and his business partner, Randy Strauss, formed Strat Property Management, Inc. (SPMI), a management company specializing in self-storage. Starting with just 5 storage facilities, the portfolio has grown to 40 storage facilities between Texas and California. Don was previously a regional board member of the SSA, and is an active board member and current President of the self-storage Large Operator Council (LOC).

Joel Keaton

 Joel Keaton, National Director

5 Old Lancaster Road
Malver, PA 19355

Tel: (610) 535-5409

Email: jkeaton@cubesmart

Joel Keaton is the Senior Vice President of Operations for CubeSmart.  Mr. Keaton has been in the Self Storage industry for over 20 years.  In his current role with CubeSmart he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of more than 600 stores nationwide with over 1500 teammates on his team including the National Sales Center and Facility Services teams.  Prior to this role he was the Vice President of Marketing and Director of Revenue Management where he was responsible for all Marketing and Revenue Management functions at CubeSmart.  

Joel began his career in the self storage industry as a Storage Manager in 1993 and over the last two decades he has worked with 3 of the largest operators in the industry including Storage USA, Extra Space Storage, and CubeSmart.  In addition he served as the Vice President of Operations at United Stor-All Management from 2006 to 2010 where he was responsible for operations.

Maureen Lee

 Maureen Lee, National Director

11642 Old Stone Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46236-8687
Tel: (317) 374-9918


Maureen Lee

 Gwyn McNeal, National Director

Extra Space Storage
2795 E. Cottonwood Pkwy #400
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Tel: (801) 562-5556

Gwyn Goodson McNeal is the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Extra Space Storage.  Ms. McNeal has been with Extra Space Storage for 10 years.  Prior to her current role, she was the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Extra Space Storage, providing legal support to the company’s operations team along with overseeing litigation, employment law matters and third party management.  Ms. McNeal began her career practicing law with Latham & Watkins, San Diego from 1992 to 2000. She then served as General Counsel for 3form, Inc. from 2000 to 2003. Prior to joining Extra Space Storage, Ms. McNeal represented the company as external counsel with Nelson Christensen & Helsten. Ms. McNeal holds a BA from Brigham Young University and a JD from the University of Southern California.

Travis Morrow

 Travis Morrow, National Director

National Self Storage Mgmt Inc.
PO Box 90540
Tucson, AZ 85752

Tel: (520) 577-0824

Travis Morrow is the Vice President of National Self Storage Management Inc. He has nine years experience in the Self Storage industry overseeing daily operations of the management company including acquisition and disposition analysis.  Travis served as the President of the Nevada Self Storage Association for three years, and is the current Legislative Committee Chair for Nevada.  He also served as the Director of the Arizona Self Storage Associaion and is currently the President of AZ SSA. 

Dan Nixon

 Dan Nixon, National Director

The Paragon Group, Inc.
895 Wall Ave.
Ogden, UT 84404

Tel: (801) 393-8000
Fax:  (801) 393-8181

Dan serves as President & Owner of The Paragon Group, Inc. and has worked in self storage for over 20 years.  Dan’s experience also includes development of retail, single and multi family homes.  He has a BS in Finance from the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State Univeristy.

Dan has served as the President of UT SSA twice over a 15 year period and is no stranger to the national SSA board as he also served from 2000-2006 on the national board as well as various committees including the Executive Committee.

Currently Dan is a board member of St. Annes Corporation  and used to be on the board (as President!) of the National Home Builders Association.

Steve Novenstein

 Steve Novenstein, National Director

Storage Deluxe
26 W. 17th St. Suite 801
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 904-0406
Fax: (212) 904-0407

With 16 years in the storage industry and being the President of Storage Deluxe Realty, Steve  is responsible for all aspects of acquisitions and development of over 45 self storage facilities.  Steve has additional experience in retail shopping centers and as earned a JD from Washington College of Law at AU and a BA from Tulane.

Steve was previously on the SSA Board, and also President and Founder of the Connecticut SSA.  Steve has volunteered his time by serving on the board of the March of Dimes as well.

Michael T. Scanlon

 Michael T. Scanlon, Jr., President & CEO

Self Storage Association
1901 N. Beauregard Street
Suite 106
Alexandria, VA  22311
Tel: (703) 575-8000
Fax: (703) 575-8901

Mike Scanlon has more than forty years of executive experience in politics, government and corporations, with 22 years in the not-for-profit sector. Currently he serves as president and chief executive officer of the Self Storage Association (SSA) in Alexandria, Virginia. The Association represents the $20+ billion (annual revenues) self storage industry that has grown to some 46,500 primary facilities across the nation in the last 36 years.

Since taking the helm, he has re-invented the SSA from its brand identification to its vision and mission statement to each of its program and service offerings. He created the SSA Foundation, a fully tax-exempt IRS chartered 501-c-(3) not-for profit charitable and educational organization that oversees the publication of the SSA Globe magazine, SSA's educational programs, administration of the industry's "Code of Ethics," nominations to the Self Storage "Hall of Fame," and student scholarships.  Also, he formed a new for-profit subsidiary, SSA Enterprises LLC, to house the Association's non-dues income-producing programs. Also, he organized the industry's new federal Political Action Committee (PAC).

As publisher, he took the Association's modest newsletter and turned it into the SSA Globe magazine, now the largest paid-circulation magazine in the industry with an audited monthly circulation of more than 15,000. He developed several new vendor sponsorship categories that have raised millions in new non-dues revenue for the SSA. He created and developed the SSA's National Facilities Database of each and every self storage facility operating in the U.S.  He brought the SSA and state associations together in the Affiliated Associations Council (AAC) to information share best practices for the betterment of the industry. He has provided direction and leadership to SSA's publication program, launching eighteen new books, manuals and research reports.

During his tenure, SSA membership has grown from 2,300 to some 6,000 direct and indirect member companies and the Association's annual budget has more than doubled.

Prior to his current position, Scanlon served in the as associate executive director of the 400,000-member American Bar Association (ABA) and as senior manager in charge of its 185-person Communications Group (with its $24 million budget) that produces the ABA Journal, 17 other magazines and 34 separate newsletters.  His prior association experience includes an eight-year stint as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Petroleum Marketing Education Foundation (PMEF), the oil industry's executive education arm, and five years as vice president for policy (and as chief lobbyist) for the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) representing 10,000 small business petroleum distributors and convenience store owners.

Scanlon has also served in the private sector as president of The Collins Companies, a professional sports franchise ownership and management investment group, and as senior vice president for marketing and communications for Metrocall, Inc. (now USA Mobility, Inc.), the nation's largest wireless data and messaging company.  Earlier in his career he served as manager of government affairs for Arcata National Corporation, a forest products, printing, publishing and consumer products conglomerate.

Scanlon was involved in government and politics at the national and local levels.  He was a consultant to The White House - Office of Political Affairs, under President Ronald W. Reagan, during the 1982 mid-term U.S. Senatorial & Congressional elections. Also, he served at The White House - Office of Public Liaison, under President Gerald R. Ford, as a director of White House Conferences. During the Nixon Administration he served as special assistant to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); as bureau chief for state & local government programs for the Federal Energy Office - Executive Office of the President, during the 1973-74 oil embargo period. Prior to federal government service he was director of communications for The City of Cleveland, Ohio (his hometown).  And he was a political aide to two U.S. Senators, Robert Taft, Jr. of Ohio and Robert J. Dole of Kansas.

Scanlon is a graduate of John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio with a degree in Communication.  He is a member of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA), National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Carlos Kaslow

 D. Carlos Kaslow, Esq., SSA General Counsel,
 Ex-Officio Board Member

D. Carlos Kaslow Attorney at Law
Self Storage Legal Review
2203 Los Angeles Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
Tel: (510) 528-0630
Fax: (510) 649-9896

He is the Self Storage Association's (SSA) general counsel and a recognized authority on the law of self storage operations. Kaslow has over 20 years experience in the self storage industry. He is a California attorney, publisher/editor of SSA's Self Storage Legal Review, and a founding partner of the Self Storage Legal Network. In addition to authoring self storage lien manuals for several states, Kaslow is co-author of The Best [Questions and Answers] of the Self Storage Legal Network, recently published by SSA, as well as SSA's Rental Agreement Handbook, the industry's authoritative source of information on drafting self-storage rental agreements.

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