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21 Feb 2020

A Self Storage Recent-Hire Roundup


Tamara Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Storage Affiliates Trust, Joins Duke Realty’s Board of Directors

GLOBE NEWSWIRE -- Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE), the largest domestic-only, pure-play logistics property REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) in the United States, announces that Tamara D. Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Storage Affiliates Trust (NSA) and a member of the NSA Board of Trustees, has been named to Duke Realty’s Board of Directors. NSA is one of the largest owners and operators of self-storage properties among public and private companies in the United States.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Duke Realty, we are pleased to welcome Tamara Fischer and look forward to her insightful contributions,” said David Stockert, Lead Director and Former Chief Executive Officer of Post Properties. “Tammy is a successful business leader with a wealth of knowledge who has steadily advanced in her career, culminating with her appointment to President and Chief Executive Officer of NSA earlier this year.”

“Duke Realty feels fortunate to have Tammy join our Board of Directors, and believes that she will provide invaluable guidance on our company’s strategic direction going forward,” said James B. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Realty. “Tammy’s background in operations, management and finance lends itself well to our business and will give us new perspectives as we continue to build and strengthen our company.”

Ms. Fischer joined NSA at its inception in 2013 and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2013 until 2018 and its President and Chief Financial Officer from 2018 until being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Before joining NSA, Ms. Fischer served as 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 served as a consultant to Vintage Wine Trust through its dissolution in 2010 and held various other consulting positions until becoming involved with NSA. From 1993 to 2003, Ms. Fischer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chateau Communities, Inc., one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the manufactured home community sector. Ms. Fischer remained at Chateau through its sale to Hometown America LLC in 2003. Prior to joining Chateau, Ms. Fischer served as a member of the audit staff at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Fischer is a certified public accountant (inactive) and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

“I am delighted to join the Board of Directors of Duke Realty and work with its other directors and management team members to continue the success this company has had for nearly 50 years,” said Ms. Fischer. “Duke Realty is a leading provider of logistics facilities in the United States and a well-managed, forward-looking company. I am excited to be involved in its continued growth.”

Joe Robinson Joins SmartStop Self Storage REIT as Chief Operations Officer

PRNewswire SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. ("SmartStop", f/k/a Strategic Storage Trust II, Inc.), a public non-traded real estate investment trust, announced today that Joe Robinson has joined its executive team as chief operations officer.

"We are pleased to welcome Joe to our team of experienced executives at SmartStop Self Storage REIT," said Michael McClure, chief executive officer. "Joe brings to the table a wealth of knowledge from many operational facets in self storage. He is a respected authority on revenue management, having spoken at various events and published articles on the topic. With his background and history of success, Joe will serve as a vital asset to our company."

Prior to joining SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Robinson spent three years with Simply Self Storage as the company's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. While there, he led all marketing, pricing, information technology and training activities. Previously, Robinson spent six years with Extra Space Storage, ultimately serving as vice president of marketing, where he led revenue management, data analytics and the call center. He also served as director of revenue management with Extra Space Storage, leading the development of multiple industry-first, centralized pricing models for self storage.

Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with a business minor from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.

Oliver Close will become Leading Advisor in the self storage sector for CBRE.

PropertyWeek Prior to joining the role, Close spent three decades as Cushman & Wakefield.

Rick Hansberry Hired as Director of Acquisition at IRE

MiniStorageMessanger Locally owned and operated Investment Real Estate, LLC (IRE) announces the hiring of Rick Hansberry as Director of Acquisitions. He holds a leadership position for the company, where he is involved directly with organization wide goals and strategic planning.

Rick is responsible for leading all legal and due diligence efforts for the brokerage and acquisitions team such as communicating with buyers, sellers and attorneys for all real estate closings; working closely with investors and lenders for buyers and sellers; and maintaining proper documentation and licensing for all legal aspects of the brokerage business. He also handles many special projects for the properties managed by Investment Real Estate Management (IREM), such as assisting with zoning, permitting and other related tasks, and licensing and registration for various entities, among others.

Prior to joining the IREGC, he worked as a paralegal at Barley Snyder, then continued his law career with CGA Law Firm from 2004 to 2019 as a Transactional and Intellectual Property Paralegal. Rick’s experience, attention to detail and accuracy in his prior roles gave him a breadth of knowledge that has quickly become invaluable to the IREGC team.

When asked about Rick joining the company, Chris Riley, Chief Operations & Financial Officer, states, “I am very excited to have someone with Rick’s breadth and experience to join our team of real estate professionals. His extensive background in real estate transactions and developing key relationships will serve us well as we continue to grow the self storage portfolio and expand our brokerage platform.”

Sources: GlobeNewswire, PRNewswire, PropertyWeek, MiniStorageMessanger Thumbnail: Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

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