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.
Patrick Reilly is a partner and president of Urban Self Storage, Inc., ranked 25th among self storage operators nationally. Urban Self Storage is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Reilly is the current president of the Washington Self Storage Association (WA-SSA) and chairman of the national SSA's Affiliated Associations Council. He has served in the different roles on the WA-SSA Board since its formation.
Reilly has been at Urban Self Storage, Inc. since 1991 and has experience in the development and operation of over 77 self storage facilities. As a partner at Urban Self Storage, he has been responsible for developing operating policies and procedures for over 15 years. His employee development and training programs have been successfully used by hundreds employees.
Reilly is a recognized expert many areas of self storage operations including marketing, facility audits, facility performance analysis, computer information systems, facility design and layout, self storage security systems, unit mix determination, customer service and sales, market feasibility studies, and management team development.
Formerly, Reilly was at Microsoft Corp. where he helped to develop software technologies that became the basis of merchant financial transaction processing. He attended Eastern Washington University - Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Seattle University - Business Administration.
Michael Riva is in charge of development and management of 8 self storage facilities owned by Stor-It-All Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management. Riva has served on the Connecticut Self Storage Association Board as Secretary, on the SSA Northeast Region Board, and is currently Immediate Past Chairman of the SSA National Board. Riva is also currently a member of the SSA Executive, Audit & Finance and Nominating Committees and has served as Chair of the SSA Executive Ski Workshop.
Mr. Clisham has served on the Connecticut Self Storage Association’s (CTSSA) board of directors since 2004. He is the Immediate Past President of the CTSSA. Mr. Clisham has also served on the national Self Storage Association’s (SSA) board of directors since 2011. He is currently Treasurer of the SSA and Co-Chair of its Conference Committee.
Before entering the storage industry, Mr. Clisham worked in Chicago as Director of Network Deployment and Acquisition for a publicly traded telecommunications company. In addition, Mr. Clisham received a JD from The UCLA School of Law in 1993, and graduated cum laudewith a BSBA in Finance from Georgetown University in 1990.
John Barry has been in the self storage industry since 1997. He developed two facilities in Pennsylvania which he still owns and manages today. He is also a self storage broker with Investment Real Estate LLC located in York, PA. John is responsible for the daily operation of the self storage brokerage business for Investment Real Estate, including property sales, due diligence, financial analysis and feasibility studies for properties throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. John has been on the board of the Pennsylvania Self Storage Association since 2008.
Previously, he was in the financial services industry for over nineteen years. For ten years, he was in the municipal bond business with what is now known as RBC Dain Rauscher. Clients ranged from municipal authorities, health care facilities, and revenue bond pools to general obligation issuers such as cities, counties, and school districts. As syndicate manager and bond trader, he advised investment bankers on the pricing, marketing, and risk management involved with each deal and traded those securities in the secondary market. He served as the manager of the firm's municipal
Within investment divisions of holding company affiliates with what is today, PNC Bank, John served as Managing Director of Investments. He was responsible for over $1 billion in assets under management, the associated investment strategies, and led a team of portfolio managers and brokers.
Barry is a graduate of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA with a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Finance and Real Estate.
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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 fifteen years including, and not limited to: acquisitions, site selection, start-ups, construction management, design, systems analysis as well as overseeing management of thirty one (31) 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.
Terry Bagley is the President & CEO of Centershift, Inc., a rental management and point-of-sale software solution to the self storage industry. He has been involved in the self storage industry for nearly 8 years. He has a degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University as well as an MBA from San Jose State University. Bagley is on the Board of Centershift, Inc. (since 2005), the Utah Self Storage Association Board (since 2007), and the Yellowstone Hotel Systems Board (since 2008). He also serves as Co-Chair of the Utah Technology Council Public Policy Committee.
Lisa Barth-Chiappetta was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin and has been involved with self storage from an early age as her parents owned and operated a self storage facility. She is part owner and operator of the family business, which has three storage facilities in Kenosha. Currently Barth-Chiappetta is the operations manager and assists in the construction and development for Barth Storage.
She has served on the Wisconsin Self Storage Association for four years and is currently the President of the WSSA. Barth-Chiappetta was instrumental in getting the late-fee law passed for the state of Wisconsin. She has traveled throughout the state of Wisconsin as a speaker at trade shows and conventions and was a speaker at the 2007 Leadership Convention in Florida.
Barth-Chiappetta serves on the local Women's Fund, which hosts one of Kenosha's most profitable fundraisers. Every year she also conducts a fundraiser for the homeless shelter and food pantry which raised over $8,000 last year.
From 1999 through the present Mr. Danzis has led the acquisition of self storage facilities throughout New Jersey and Southern New York. He is responsible for organizing partnerships, performing due diligence, arranging financing, setting up management, banking, computer systems, advertising, security and maintenance procedures and systems. He is the current Manager and a Member of the owing entities of all Storage Station locations.
Mitchell has been recognized as an expert witness testifying in all areas of self storage management and development. In May of 2006, he was appointed Rent Receiver by the Superior Courts of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties of New Jersey. He serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Self Storage Association; Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York Self Storage Association; Member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Insurance Task Force, Past Chairman of Legislative-Regulatory Fund Advisory Committee of the Self Storage Association. He
is also a Member of the Business Advisory Board of New Jerseyâ€™s Union Center National Bank.
In addition to self storage, Mitchell has been active in site development and conversion projects ranging from high rise locations to parking lots. He was also responsible for overseeing the purchase renovation and sale of single and multifamily dwellings throughout New Jersey. In addition, he serves as the Co-managing Member of New Jerseyâ€™s largest privately owned Tennis Club.
Prior to entering the real estate world, Mr. Danzis was employed in the fields of Television Production, Concert Promotion and Musical Talent Booking. He is a 1990 multiple-term Deanâ€™s List graduate of New York University (NYU). He holds a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Business and Music as well a 1996 Certification in Building Inspection.
Jim DiNardo has over 19 years of experience in the self-storage industry, having
served as a partner and Operations Manager for The Storage Depot until the company was sold to Extra Space Storage (EXR) of Salt Lake City, UT in February 2004. The Storage Depot was one of the largest operators of self-storage facilities in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, with five locations, and had been in business since 1983. As Operations Manager, Mr. DiNardo was involved in all aspects of the business and responsible for the overall performance of the staff and facilities.
Mr. DiNardo graduated from Bentley College with a Bachelor of Science in
Management in 1985. His involvement in trade associations includes: Self Storage
Association (SSA) Northeast Region Director/President and National Board Member from 1998-2003; co-founder of the Massachusetts Self Storage Association (MASSA), serving as President from 1998-2002, President Emeritus from 2003-2004, and Treasurer from 2005-2007; Ryder Boston Dealer Council Representative/President from 1992-1998.
In 2004, Mr. DiNardo announced the formation of J. DiNardo Consulting, a
consulting firm specializing in the self-storage industry. J. DiNardo Consulting performs self-storage feasibility and market studies, analyzes a wide range of facility operations, and performs general business consulting.
Mr. DiNardo also speaks at industry trade shows/conferences and he is a
frequent editorial contributor to industry trade publications and magazines, including state association newsletters, the SSA Globe, Mini-Storage Messenger, Self-Storage Now!, Inside Self-Storage, and The Self-Storage Telegram.
In 1988 Kelly Gallacher co-founded the Devon Group and affiliated companies. In 1993, Gallacher was responsible for sourcing Devon's first investment in the self storage business with the acquisition and conversion of a vacant strip center in Houston, Texas. As a result of that property's success, Mr Gallacher refocused his activities into the self storage conversion business and converted over 70 existing retail and industrial properties into self storage assets throughout the US.
In August 2000, Gallacher relocated to Europe to develop and manage eight sites - three in France, two in Germany and three in the Netherlands. In March 2001, Gallacher was elected as a member of the board of directors of the Self Storage Association of the United Kingdom and the European Self Storage Association. He returned to the U.S. in August 2003. In addition to his service for three years as a board member, he has spoken at numerous self storage conferences in both the U.S. and Europe and authored numerous articles for the industry.
In February 2005, Gallacher was elected to the California Self Storage Association board of directors and in January 2006 was elected president of the board. He is also a member of the AAC (Affiliated Association Council) to the national Self Storage Association. In September 2007, Gallacher was elected to the board of directors of the national Self Storage Association. He is a 1980 graduate of Brigham Young University.
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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.
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Guy Middlebrooks has extensive operations and management experience in both the retail and self-storage industries. He currently serves as CubeSmart’s Vice President of Operations and oversees and coordinates the management of more than 500 owned and managed self-storage facilities across the United States and in London.
Upon joining CubeSmart (formerly U-Store-It) in January of 2006, Guy served as Senior District Manager in the Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL markets, where he built a strong management team and improved operating results of a large district. In December of 2008, he was promoted to Director of Operations in CubeSmart’s corporate office in Wayne, PA, where he had an integral role in the growth process of the company by establishing their internal National Sales Center, as well as overseeing the Training and Development, Facility Services, and Corporate Operations
Departments. Most recently, Guy has worked with CubeSmart’s Senior Management team to create a new WOW! Department, which is focused on promoting CubeSmart Values, employee recognition and customer service.
Prior to his career at CubeSmart, Middlebrooks enjoyed a successful 18-year management career in the retail supermarket industry.
Brenda Scarborough is the president, and founder, of Accountable Management & Realty, Inc., a firm specializing in full service management, consultation, and training in the self storage industry. She began her self storage career in 1986 and quickly established herself as one of the forward thinkers in the industry. Her firm currently manages forty three stores throughout the state of Florida, and she personally owns one. Brenda has encouraged her corporate and onsite staff to view the stores as their own, and to understand the importance of being good stewards of their clients' funds.
Out of this philosophy emerged a very innovative relational marketing strategy that is low in cost, but high on manager participation, customer service, and community involvement.
Operationally, Brenda has created an integrated training program for her more than 150 employees to ensure that her high professional, and personal, standards will continue to exist throughout her portfolio. She understands how valuable her onsite personnel is to the success of each store - whether new or established - and as such continues to make follow up training and employee relations top priorities.
Brenda is a long standing member of the Self Storage Association, as well as the Florida Self Storage Association. She has served on several SSA committees, and is currently Chair of the Membership Committee. Brenda has taken her training program to the public by becoming one of the Manager Certification Course instructors, and is frequently invited to share her knowledge by speaking at the National SSA Conferences.
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).
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.