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   CSSA Board of Directors


We are a non-profit organization whose only purpose is to serve YOU! When you are a part of the CSSA, we encourage your participation and feedback. Our board is made up entirely of dedicated volunteers who invest their time and expertise. Our Board of Directors directly supports our Executive Director and the CSSA Staff.



 STEVE MIRABITO PRESIDENT, STORAGE PRO, INC.

Chair


StoragePro, Inc.
PO Box 459
Walnut Creek, CA 94597                           

Telephone: 925.938.6300 x111
Email:
steve@storagepro.com

WHY I SERVE

As the nation’s leading self storage association, I am proud to be a member of the CSSA board of directors where we strive to deliver cutting edge best management practices for California based owners, operators and employees. As the industry becomes more competitive it is essential the independent operator has access to the information and resources only offered by a trade organization and its members.
INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Steve Mirabito is President of Storage PRO Management Company-- a boutique 3rd party property management, development and consulting firm specializing in self-storage properties. Clients include independent owners, international real estate firms and publically traded real-estate investment trusts. Steve formed Mirabito, Mooney & Associates along with his partner Gerald Mooney (deceased).  He has been associated with the California Self Storage Industry since 1985. 

StoragePRO manages approximately 30 self storage properties consisting of over 1.5 million square feet and 15,000 occupants. As a leader in the industry, StoragePRO maintains one of the largest independent data banks of California self storage operations and has been responsible for review and analysis of thousands of potential Self Storage sites throughout California.

Storage PRO has consistently been ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 self-storage operators. Steve has developed management systems and training programs that are utilized throughout the Self Storage industry today.


WAYNE WOOLSEY  PRINCIPAL, KIWI II CONSTRUCTION, INC.

Vice Chair

Kiwi II Construction, Inc.
28177 Keller Rd
Murrieta, CA 92563

Telephone: 951.301.8975
Email:
wayne@kiwiconstruction.com

WHY I SERVE

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INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Wayne Woolsey, a Principal of Kiwi II Construction, has over 18 years' experience in the Self Storage construction industry. Mr. Woolsey oversees all phases of project design, pricing and construction at Kiwi II Construction.  The company, whose corporate office is based in CA, is one of only a few companies nationwide to offer a complete steel storage system-- from design of self storage buildings to manufacturing and installation.  With bi-coastal sales offices, Kiwi II supports varied clients and their individual projects. Kiwi II Construction is a Featured Member and supporter of the California Self Storage Association.

Mr. Woolsey is a current regional board member of the California Self Storage Association and a past board member Nevada Self Storage Association.




NATOLIE OCHI PARTNER & VICE PRESIDENT, SKS MANAGEMENT LLC

Treasurer

SKS Management LLC
1939 Harrison Street Suite 410
Oakland, CA 94612

Telephone: 949.640.4578

Email: nochi@sksmgmt.com

WHY I SERVE
It is often said that unconditional giving benefits the giver sometimes more than the receiver.  My initial reason for wanting to serve on the board was to donate some of my time and resources and give back to this industry that has brought me prosperity and opportunities.   As a board member who operates multiple facilities in California, I am able to provide my input on what legislation we operators want pursued, what speakers we want to hear, what educational content we need to learn to compete in today’s environment.  I join our members in benefiting tremendously from the outstanding efforts of the CSSA board and staff to compile our wants and needs, and deliver results.  It is so rewarding to hear a CSSA member tell us that we provide the best venues and events to meet, interact and share best practices with other top operators.  This joy more than compensates me for the time I spend serving as a board member.  Finally, I enjoy serving because it has broadened my skills as an executive to work with an outstanding group of top level professionals from our industry outside my own company.


INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Natolie Ochi is a partner and Vice President of SKS Management, a self storage management company headquartered in Oakland that currently operates 22 storage facilities throughout California. Natolie is involved in all aspects of the company’s operations. In addition, she is responsible for SKS’ third party management development in So. California. She has over 20 years of experience in property management, finance, sales training development, and Internet strategy. Starting in the self storage business in 1991, her responsibilities included being an Asset Manager, Controller, Regional Manager and Trainer. Natolie was previously a Director of Training for a Cisco Systems training partner overseeing the management and operations of a national, multi-location Internet certification training company.

Natolie is a graduate of Stanford University, has a M.B.A. from National University and resides with her family in Newport Beach, California.




KAREN KOLBE-LUNSFORD, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SECURITY SELF STORAGE

Secretary

Security Self Storage
219 Walnut Street
Napa, CA 94559

Telephone: 707.330.4998
Email:
karenannkolbe@gmail.com

WHY I SERVE

I began my career in Self Storage 13 years ago, we had very limited, "go to," resources. The past several years, the industry, our company and I have grown significantly with they help and support of the CSSA & SSA. Storage owners, are all unique, but we all have one thing in common, we want to succeed in this business. I serve on the CSSA Board of Directors because they have been such a great informational resource for owners, managers and vendors; I enjoy sharing information with people and love to see others learn to succeed just as we have. I am very proud to be a part of the CSSA Board of Directors, they are a great group of caring people who just plain old, "care," about owners, managers, vendors, and they are consistently brainstorming about how we can help make life easier and your business even more successful

INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY
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JIM STEVENS SR. VP, ACQUISITIONS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, EXTRA SPACE STORAGE

Past Chair - 2013

Extra Space Self Storage
2795 E. Cottonwood Parkway, Suite 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Telephone: 801.365.4500
Email:
jstevens@extraspace.com

WHY I SERVE

One of the reasons I serve on the CSSA Board is because Extra Space has a very open door philosophy of sharing company information with our industry competitors. Rather than take a confidential "secret sauce” approach to information, we feel that anything we learn as the second largest operator might also be beneficial for other operators within the industry. By sharing our knowledge with others in the industry, we also learn a lot from other people in turn. The CSSA does a fantastic job of promoting a lot of different events in several sizes and shapes that are ideal for that sharing of information.

 Another reason I enjoy being part of the CSSA is the fact that is allows me to give back to an industry that has meant the world to me. This year marks my 30th year in the self storage industry. It has been the only industry I have ever been employed in during my professional career. Starting as a property manager right out of college and working my way up to SVP of one of the few publicly traded companies has been very rewarding for me. Giving some of that wisdom and experience that I have garnered over those years back through the CSSA is equally rewarding.

INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

My experience is: Eleven years with Extra Space, the last five years in my current capacity as SVP of Acquisitions and Business Development.  Previously, I spent 6 years in operations as a DVP. Before extra Space, I was with Public Storage for 14 years with mostly operational experience ranging from District Manager to Regional Manager with some experience in land acquisitions and Pick Up and Delivery. Prior to that, I was with Shurgard raising money through limited partnerships for four years after I had completed their property manager requirement.




MARK YANDOW, SELF STORAGE BROKERS OF CALIFORNIA

Self Storage Brokers of California
1873 Valley Forge
Merced, CA 95340

Telephone: 805.550.7388
Email:
marksyandow@yahoo.com

WHY I SERVE

I am on the CSSA Board of Directors to help independent storage owners maximize the value of their self storage investments by driving education curriculum and sharing information.  There have been significant and ongoing advances in technology, that when integrated when streamlined business processes that eliminate non-value added process steps allows facilities to achieve their true income potential. I am excited to apply my past experience in Silicon Valley, which was directing global supply chains for a Billion dollar, publicly traded company,to help independent storage owners transform. Their operations and procedures to maximize facility performance and profitability.

INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Mark Yandow is a self-storage owner, retired Silicon Valley Executive, and real estate broker with over 35 years of experience.  Mr. Yandow is a partner in Self Storage Brokers of California (SSBC), a leading broker that specializes in self storage.  He also is the cofounder and Chief Operations Officer for Self Storage Management of California (SSMC).   SSMC has offices in Pismo Beach, Merced and Kingsburg, and manages over a million square feet of storage from Bakersfield up to the Oregon Border.

Mr. Yandow developed the SSBC score card, a proprietary measurement that assesses the integrated operation of a storage facility.  Like in school, a grade is issued, that serves as the basis to create the basis for performance improvement.  There have been multiple cases studies published that document facility journeys from a failing grade, to best in class, and reap the benefits of the cash flow.

Mr. Yandow has an MBA University of Santa Clara, a BS from in Finance & Property Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  His silicon valley career provided the opportunity to learn and apply techniques, and is certified in Six Sigma; Lean Manufacturing; Theory of Constraints; CPIM, CFPIM.





JAMES HANRAHAN, RHW CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC

RHW Capital Management Group LLC
1820 W. Orangewood Ave. Suite 203
Orange, CA 92868

Telephone: 949.427.8311
Email:
james@rhwcapital.com

WHY I SERVE

As a serving member of the CSSA I am enjoying the opportunity and responsibility to grow the member benefits and vendor partnerships.  I believe the storage industry is a unique niche of friendly competitors and widespread goodwill. While we are all in the "Storage Business” I really have enjoyed years of "Storage Friends”.

Serving on the board provides me with a sense of giving back to an industry that has been very good to me. A board and an association of friendly competitors; participating is my pleasure and honor.


INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Since 1999, James Hanrahan has helped some of America’s largest self-storage providers grow and manage the rapidly changing conditions. He has been a factor in the acquisition of over 130 self storage facilities. From operations and marketing strategies to expense and profit maximization, James has enjoyed improving bottom-line performance and navigating investor relations.



ROBERT A. CHITI FOUNDER & CEO, OPENTECH ALLIANCE, INC.

OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
2501 W. Dunlap Ave., Suite 255
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Telephone: 602.324.8642
Email: rchiti@opentechalliance.com

WHY I SERVE

I am very honored to have the opportunity to serve on the leadership team of the California Self Storage Association.  OpenTech has been sponsoring and attending CSSA events for several years.  I have been very impressed with their willingness to innovate and the quality of their membership.  My objective is to share my unique perspective in hopes that some fresh ideas will help the CSSA continue to grow its membership and create valuable benefits for its members, while maintaining clear focus on its charter.  


INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Robert Chiti is the Founder and CEO of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. a leader in providing innovative solutions to the self storage industry.  In his position, he is responsible for long term strategic planning, daily operations oversight, and promoter of the company culture.  He leverages his 25 years of technology and business experience to help self storage owners improve the performance of their business.  Robert is a regular presenter at both national and state conferences, author of many industry related articles, and also a current Board Member of the National Self Storage Association.





DEAN L. KELLER PRESIDENT, BANCAP SELF STORAGE GROUP, INC. 

Bancap Self Storage Group, Inc.
1100 South Coast Highway, Suite 208
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Telephone: 949.715.2233
Email:
dkeller@bancapselfstorage.com

WHY I SERVE
I think I have always believed in the ideal of Service.  When I was a poor, but hard-working college student serving as president of an international work exchange program with fellow business students, I remember the Dean of the School of Business telling us "Remember the help you are receiving from others now, and be sure to pay that back when you are in a position to help others later.”  In the decades since then, I have served on numerous boards in both professional trade organizations like the Self Storage Association as well as charitable organizations such as the YMCA, Rotary International and the Education for the Children Foundation.  I have been a Rotarian for over 20 years and the Rotarian motto is "Service Above Self.”  And just as my college mentor advised me, it has been a very rewarding experience. Like each of the other members on this board, I have much to be thankful for as a result of my involvement in the self storage industry.  Serving on the Board of Directors truly does give one the opportunity to "give back” and help others in an industry that has provided so much for me and my family over the past 28+ years.  It makes it even more enjoyable when I get to work with an inspired, committed and fun group of diverse individuals who currently lead the C.S.S.A.  I look forward to continuing to be of service!

INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Dean Keller is the president of Bancap Self Storage Group, Inc. and the top selling broker of self storage properties in California with nearly $1 billion in completed sales. He is a co-founder and past Chairman of the Storage Operators Network in both Northern and Southern California and was a Founding Sponsor of the California Self Storage Association (CSSA). He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Self Storage Association’s Western Region and currently serves on the Board of the CSSA. He has also been an owner/investor/operator of self storage properties for over 27 years.

Dean is an active or past Board member of several charitable organizations and is Past President of the Rotary Clubs of Coto de Caza and Rancho Santa Margarita, California.





JASON LOPEZ VP of MARKETING, US STORAGE CENTERS AND WESTPORT PROPERTIES

Westport Poperties, Inc.
2424 SE Bristol Steet, Suite 250
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Telephone: 949.748.5919
Email:
jasonl@usstorage.net

WHY I SERVE

I think there has never been a more exciting time in self storage than now. We are seeing big changes in how we operate, leverage technology, market ourselves and in how we grow both as individual companies and as an industry at large. And these changes are only making us better. Its for these reasons that I serve. I love being part of something significant and doing what I can to help effect change that hopefully benefits our members in a significant way.


INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Jason Lopez is a partner and Director of Corporate Development for Westport Properties, an owner/operator of 57 self storage facilities and almost 4mm of rent-able square feet within nine states under the trade name US Storage Centers. Mr. Lopez is responsible for marketing the US Storage Centers portfolio as well as for acquisitions and third party management.  

Prior to joining Westport Jason was VP of Investments for Websco Properties and Vice President of Providence Realty Group. He has completed over $500mm in real estate transactions in retail, office, apartments and self storage as an owner and broker. From 1994-2002, Mr. Lopez was Co-Founder and President of Integrated Sales Management, one of today’s leading sales and technology integration and consulting firms in Southern California.  

Mr. Lopez currently serves as a Board Member for the California Self Storage Association and is active within various charities and his community.



ERIC SNYDER PRINCIPAL, TALONVEST CAPITAL, INC.

Talonvest Capital, Inc.
18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 1650
Irvine, CA 92612

Telephone: 949.251.9902
Email:
esnyder@talonvest.com

WHY I SERVE
I have been involved in the self storage industry ever since I started my career and I want to do my part to give back by actively supporting industry associations such as the CSSA. These types of associations are the backbone of an industry with dedicated professionals working to continually improve political and business climates by promoting education and effective public policy. I believe that the CSSA continues to raise the bar for the industry through the cross pollination of people from varying disciplines facilitating an open exchange of ideas. This open exchange of ideas promotes responsible self storage development and ownership. I am proud to be part of the CSSA as it becomes the "go to” source for all aspects of self storage in California.

INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY

Eric Snyder is a Co-Founding Principal of Talonvest Capital.  He is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company which focuses on structuring debt & equity for self storage owners nationwide.  Prior to starting Talonvest Capital, Eric was with Buchanan Street Partners providing real estate capital advisory services as well as originating investments for Buchanan’s institutional and private investors.  Eric was also a Co-Founder of Buchanan Storage Capital, with investors such as TCW & Societe Generale, which became a recognized brand in the self storage finance sector through exclusive partnerships with firms such as GE Capital and the Royal Bank of Canada.  Eric’s experience includes structuring and arranging capitalizations in all phases of the investment cycle including construction financing, bridge debt, permanent loans, mezzanine debt and joint venture equity.  He has an established background as both a direct investor and a mortgage banker that includes the closing of over $3 billion while with Buchanan Street Partners, GE Real Estate, FINOVA Realty Capital, Belgravia Capital Corporation and Bank of America. 

He also has experience in the asset management of performing and non-performing debt as part of the liquidation of over $600 million of loans for ITT Federal Bank.  Eric also has experience in investment sales by arranging the disposition of over $150 Million in self storage properties.  Eric began his career in real estate as an Urban Planner working for the City of Los Angeles.  He is the Co-Founder of the Band of Brothers Foundation which is non-profit organization of professionals combining their money and resources to give back to less fortunate children in the US and throughout the world.  Eric is the inaugural Vice Chair of the local ULI Capital Markets Council, a licensed real estate broker and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Cal Poly University.


 PAM DOMINGUE OWNER/OPERATOR, STORAGE SOLUTION, LLC


Storage Solution, LLC
3571 Courtside Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92649                         

Telephone: 714.374.2570
Email:
pam@storagesolution.com

WHY I SERVE

Pam Domingue along with her husband, own and operate 5 self-storage facilities in Southern California, as well as a vehicle remarketing company, and several mobile home parks.  They purchased their first Self-Storage Facility in 2007, and have continued to add to their portfolio.  Pam is a CSUF Graduate with Major’s in Business Administration and Finance.  She has over 25 years in management starting with Large corporations, and for the last 16 years as a Business Owner.

INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY
I am proud to be selected to the Board of Directors for the California Self Storage Association.  As a small business owner, I recognize the value of industry associations, and I want to give back to an industry that has given me so much.  Self-Storage is now a competitive marketplace, and the CSSA strives to offer events that teach operators the tools they need to succeed.  I believe that there is strength in numbers, and participation in an organization such as the CSSA allows you to learn and benefit from the experience s of the Reit’s and large operators.  CSSA events promote communication between other owners, and Vendors, and information that derives from those interactions create a better industry for all of us.



KAREN JONES,  STORELOCAL

 


STORELOCAL
6885 Alton Parkway, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92618

Telephone: 714.343.3198
Email: Karen.Jones@storelocal.com

 

WHY I SERVE

After serving in various capacities at several nonprofit organizations including, Kure It Cancer Research, Karen joined forces with STORELOCAL. Since her introduction to the self storage industry in early 2011, Karen has enjoyed meeting and establishing ties with industry representatives, including owners, operators, and vendors. By traveling to local, regional and national trade shows, Karen has been able to learn more about the industry while also increasing awareness for causes that she feel passionately about. Karen sees the CSSA as a leader among state associations and is especially appreciative to support them as they continue to impact the industry in their state (and beyond) for the better.

INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY
The self storage industry continues to impress me with its capacity for innovation, willingness to network and share best practices, and commitment to giving back. Representing our industry as part of the CSSA Board allows me to share my voice on behalf of our members and, ideally, have a significant impact by leading others to come together for a common cause.


 KEVIN STALEY, MAGELLAN STORAGE


Magellan Storage
1800 Avenue of the Stars #105
Los Angeles, CA 90067                          

Telephone: 310.277.8337
Email:
kstaley@magellan.com

WHY I SERVE

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INDUSTRY BIOGRAPHY
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 ERIC VON BERG, NEWMARK REALTY CAPITAL, INC.


Newmark Realty Capital Inc.
595 Market St., Ste 2550
San Francisco, CA 94105                        

Telephone: 415.956.9922
Email:
evonberg@newmarkrealtycapital.com

WHY I SERVE

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