Board of Trustees
Arlen D. Nordhagen is a co-founder of NSA and serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Arlen has 30 years of experience in the self storage industry, beginning in 1988 when he co-founded NSA's predecessor, SecurCare Self Storage. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SecurCare from 1999 to 2013, where he remains the majority owner and currently serves as its Chairman of the Board.
In addition to SecurCare, Arlen was a founder of MMM Healthcare, Inc., the largest provider of Medicare Advantage health insurance in Puerto Rico. He has also served as managing member of various private investment funds and held various managerial positions at DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Synthetech, Inc. (NYSE: GRA).
Arlen graduated with high distinction from Harvard University with a Masters in Business Administration and graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Tamara D. Fischer has served as an officer of NSA since its inception in 2013 and is currently our President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of our Board of Trustees since January 2020. In addition, Tamara serves as Chairman of the PRO Advisory Committee.
Before joining NSA, Tamara served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vintage Wine Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust focused on assets in the U.S. wine industry, from 2004 to 2008. She continued to serve Vintage Wine Trust as a consultant through its dissolution in 2010 and served in various other consulting positions until becoming involved with NSA. From 1993 to 2003, Tamara served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chateau Communities, Inc. (NYSE: CPJ), one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the manufactured home community sector. She remained at Chateau through its sale in 2003. Prior to joining Chateau, she served as a member of the audit staff at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Tamara is a member of the Nareit Board of Governors as well as the board of the National Self Storage Association. Tamara is a certified public accountant (inactive) and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
Mr. Chapman served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Health Care REIT, Inc. (‘‘HCN’’) from 1995 to 2014 and the President of HCN from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Chapman also served on the board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (‘‘NAREIT’’) on two separate occasions, most recently until his retirement from HCN in April of 2014, when he served on the executive committee of NAREIT. Mr. Chapman graduated from the University of Chicago with a Juris Doctor and graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Mr. Hylbert currently serves as NSA’s lead independent trustee and in that role he presides at the regularly scheduled executive sessions of the independent trustees. Mr. Hylbert has served as an officer and/or director of a number of companies over the past 40 years. Most recently, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kodiak Building Partners, LLC, from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this role, from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Hylbert served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ProBuild Holdings Inc., a national fabricator and distributor of building products and a subsidiary of Fidelity Capital. From 2000 until 2006, Mr. Hylbert served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lanoga Corporation, one of the top U.S. retailers of lumber and building materials, until it was acquired by Fidelity Capital. Mr. Hylbert also served as the President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of PrimeSource Building Products, a national fabricator, packager and distributor of building products from 1991 to 1997, after which the company was sold and Mr. Hylbert served as President from 1997 to 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hylbert served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Wickes Europe, Wickes Lumber, and Sequoia Supply subsidiaries of Wickes, Inc. before leading a leveraged buy-out of Sequoia Supply to form PrimeSource Building Products in 1987. Mr. Hylbert graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Business Administration and graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Mr. Meisinger is the Chief Executive Officer of Over The Top (“OTT”) Marketing, which he founded in 2006. OTT Marketing provides multi-location businesses with large scale, inbound digital customer acquisition services that are delivered through a proprietary software platform. In addition, Mr. Meisinger co-founded Thinique Medical Weight Loss in 2013 and built it to over 200 franchised units within a year before selling ownership interests to one of his co-founders. Mr. Meisinger also had the regional development rights for The Joint Corp. between 2011 and 2014, where he was developing more than 40 chiropractic clinics throughout Los Angeles County. Prior to founding OTT, Mr. Meisinger served as Head of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Google Radio from 2006 to 2009. He joined Google Radio after serving as a key investor and Chief Marketing Officer of dMarc Broadcasting, which was acquired by Google Radio in February of 2006. Mr. Meisinger also served as co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First MediaWorks from 1999 to 2005, which provided the radio industry with a proprietary software platform and marketing services to help increase ratings and revenue. First MediaWorks was sold to Mediaspan in 2005. Beginning in 1995, Mr. Meisinger served as co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Trustee of First Internet Franchise Corporation, the first Internet Service Providers (ISP) franchisor in the world with hundreds of franchise territories licensed worldwide.
Mr. Palazzo has more than 34 years of combined experience in public accounting and industry, including 29 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC (‘‘PwC’’). Mr. Palazzo most recently held the position of Audit Partner at PwC until his retirement in 2011. While at PwC Mr. Palazzo was responsible for the real estate practice in their Denver, Colorado office. His expertise is in due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt offerings, corporate restructurings and financings. While at PwC his clients included Chateau Communities, Affordable Residential Communities, and other private real estate companies. He also served real estate clients that developed a number of different types of real estate assets, including multi-family, office, hotels and resort properties. As a partner at PwC, Mr. Palazzo was responsible for the initial public offering of Affordable Residential Communities in 2004 and was responsible for a significant consulting project for a multi-family public REIT in connection with an SEC investigation. In addition, Mr. Palazzo served in the PwC National Accounting and SEC Directorate in New York City where he performed technical accounting consultations and research for PwC. Mr. Palazzo was also the past president of the Executive Real Estate Roundtable and a former member of the Colorado Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Palazzo graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Rebecca L. Steinfort is currently the Chief Operating and Business Development Officer of Eating Recovery Center, a national healthcare services provider focused on treating patients suffering from eating disorders and related behavioral health conditions. Prior to this role, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hero Management LLC, a leading provider of healthcare practice management services for dental, orthodontic and vision care practices that serve the pediatric Medicaid population, from 2015 to 2016. Prior to joining Hero Management LLC in 2015, Ms. Steinfort held various positions at DaVita Healthcare Partners ("Davita") beginning in 2009, including Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of DaVita's primary-care subsidiary and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of DaVita's dialysis business unit. Previously, Ms. Steinfort held various leadership positions at QIP Holder, LLC (parent company of Quiznos, a multinational sandwich franchise, "Quiznos"), at Level 3 Communications, LLC and served as a consultant at Bain & Company. She has served as an independent director on the board of Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN), a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, where she also is a member of the audit committee. Additionally, Ms. Steinfort served on the board of directors of Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. (NASD: NATR) as an independent director from February 2015 to May 2018, where she chaired the compliance committee and served as a member of the audit committee. Ms. Steinfort graduated from Harvard Business School with a Masters in Business Administration and graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts.
Mr. Van Mourick currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Optivest Properties, LLC, which he co-founded in 2007. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Optivest Wealth Management an SEC registered wealth management firm serving wealthy families in southern California since 1987. In addition, Mr. Van Mourick currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Optivest Foundation and serves on the boards of Simple Signal, Inc., Northrise University and Forest Home Foundation. Mr. Van Mourick has been a principal, general partner, managing member and/or agent in more than 80 real estate syndications since 1991. Prior to founding Optivest Properties, LLC and Optivest Wealth Management, Mr. Van Mourick was a senior vice president and principal at Smith Barney, Harris, Upham. Mr. Van Mourick graduated from the University of Southern California with a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in International Finance and Management.
Mr. Warren served as a member of our PRO Advisory Committee from our IPO in April 2015 until May 2019 when he joined the Board of Trustees. From 1996 to 2018, Mr. Warren served as president of Three Oaks Development Co., a commercial real estate development company specializing in building and leasing industrial business parks in Portland, Oregon. During this time, Mr. Warren also played an active role in developing and acquiring over 33 self storage facilities in conjunction with Northwest Self Storage, one of the Company’s PROs. Prior to joining Three Oaks Development Co. in 1995, Mr. Warren founded JTW Computer Systems in 1976, which provided hardware, software and a time share computing environment for small to medium sized companies nationwide. Mr. Warren served as president of JTW Computer Systems until the company was sold in 1995. Mr. Warren has also served on the board of directors and as president of the Portland Chapter of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties), and as an elected official on the Board of Supervisors of Multnomah County Drainage District #1. Mr. Warren graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and a minor in accounting.