NSA is comprised of eight Participating Regional Operators (“PROs”) and four corporate brands. The PROs have contributed their properties in exchange for equity in NSA, while continuing to function as property managers for their managed portfolios under their existing brands. NSA’s PROs are widely respected industry owner-operators with an average of approximately 30 years of storage industry experience. NSA benefits from the local expertise and shared best practices among its PROs. Their strong network of industry relationships fuels NSA’s robust portfolio growth, while their significant ownership of NSA equity aligns interests with shareholders. Apart from its PROs, NSA also has four internal brands, iStorage, Move It, Northwest and SecurCare, that manage NSA’s joint ventures and corporate managed stores.
RightSpace Storage, which is the Optivest brand and based in Dana Point, California, is our PRO responsible for managing properties across seven states, including Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Texas. Optivest is run by its co-founder, Warren Allan, who has more than 25 years of financial and operational management experience in the self storage industry and is recognized as a self storage acquisition and development specialist.
Based in Orlando, Florida, Personal Mini is our PRO responsible for covering portions of the central Florida market. This operator is led by Marc Smith, an active self storage investor who has been involved in all facets of the self storage business. Mr. Smith recently completed a six-year term on the national Self Storage Association (“SSA”) board where he has served in various executive roles including Board Chairman in 2016. Marc also served as past President and National Board Member of the Southeast Region of the SSA.
Southern Self Storage is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and is one of our PRO’s primarily covering the southern region, including Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. This PRO is led by founders Robert McIntosh and Peter Cowie who are recognized long-time owners, and operators across the self-storage industry with over 30 years of land development, acquisition and management experience.
Guardian, which is based in Irvine, California, is one of our PROs responsible for covering facilities throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. This operator is led by John Minar who has close to 40 years of self storage acquisition and operational management experience, including real estate acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and ownership.
Hide-Away is our PRO responsible for covering the western Florida market. Based in Sarasota, Florida, Hide-Away is led by its founder Steve Wilson, one of the early developers of the self storage business who has served for more than 35 years as the President of Hide-Away and its related entities. Steve Wilson is a former Chairman of the national Self-Storage Association.
Run by its President, John Gilliland, Moove In Self Storage is our PRO responsible for properties located throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. John served as president of the Pennsylvania Self Storage Association from 2002–2006 and was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Self Storage Association in 2003 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2007. In 2017, John served as Chairman of the SSA Foundation Board.
Storage Solutions, based in Chandler, Arizona, is our PRO responsible for covering portions of the Arizona market. This operator is led by its founder, Bill Bohannan, who is one of the largest operators in Phoenix and has more than 35 years of self storage acquisition, development and management experience. Mr. Bohannan is recognized in the industry as a self storage acquisition, development and management specialist.
Blue Sky, which is a strategic partnership between Argus Professional Storage Management and GYS Development LLC and is based in the mountain west, is our PRO responsible for covering portions of Kansas, Georgia and Texas. Blue Sky managed four of our properties in Kansas and Texas as of December 31, 2020. Blue Sky is led by Lee Fredrick, Ben Vestal and Michael Perry, who have extensive experience in acquisition, development and management of self storage properties.