Northwest, which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is our PRO responsible for covering the northwest region and operates self storage facilities throughout Oregon and Washington. Northwest is run by its President, Dawn Tangvald. Prior to joining Northwest Self Storage, Dawn was in corporate retail for 15 years working for Nike, Gap Inc. and Pottery Barn where she held numerous positions in Merchandising, Ecommerce and Business Development.
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.
Move It, based in Dallas, Texas, is one of our PROs responsible for covering portions of the Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas markets. This operator is led by its founder, Tracy Taylor, who has more than 40 years of experience in self storage development, acquisition and management. Tracy Taylor is currently on the Board of Directors for the Large Owners Council of the Self Storage Association and is past President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Self Storage Association.
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.
The iStorage brand is a growing platform for NSA and currently manages over 200 stores across 25 states, comprised of facilities owned by our 2016 Joint Venture and our 2018 Joint Venture portfolios as well as the corporate-owned stores. The iStorage platform expands NSA’s scale and geographic presence across the United States. We expect the iStorage platform to continue to grow as we increase the amount of corporate-owned stores and continue to take advantage of joint venture opportunities.
SecurCare, headquartered in Lone Tree, Colorado, is our brand responsible for covering the west, mountain, Midwest and southeast regions. SecurCare property management services properties located throughout California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.