TENNESSEE SELF STORAGE ASSOCIATION
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Chris Johnson, President
Chris has worked for the U-Haul Company out of Alcoa Tennessee for 29 years. Serving the company owned storage locations as well as working with several independent storage locations. He works with Area Field Managers training for certification to perform their jobs. Chris has been an instructor for U-Haul University since 2007, teaching courses on leadership and prospecting for new business. He enjoys working with the independent self-storage locations helping them improve occupancy.
For the last three years Chris has attended TNSSA meetings. He has been impressed with the organization and recruit accomplishments. He feels that his daily contact with storage facility owners will allow him to recruite new members for TNSSA.
Anne Williams, Vice President
Anne joined the National Self Storage Group at Marcus & Millichap in 2007 and has closed over $110 million in self-storage transactions. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Anne was employed by Extra Space Storage/Storage USA where she directed the sales and operations of fifteen self-storage facilities in the Memphis market. Prior to her career at Extra Space Storage Anne sold residential real estate in the Memphis, TN marketplace. Having served the self-storage industry for fifteen years, Anne is a considered an expert and is frequently called upon to offer advice relevant to management, operations, market conditions, capital markets, and economic trends affecting the self storage industry.
In addition to working for Marcus & Millichap, Anne is a professional coach/mentor for Self Storage Profits. Through Self Storage Profits, she teaches real estate investors how to find, underwrite, acquire and operate a successful storage facility.
John Budd, Secretary
John is a graduate of University of Wisconsin. After school he spent 21 years in the Food service supply industry with 15 years in mid and upper management. He has worked in the commercial roofing industry with a focus on the self-storage industry for the last 4 ½ years covering several markets for Global Roofing Company.
John enjoys spending time with his family, wife of 18 years Angela, daughter Riley, 15, and son Cooper, 11. In his small amount of free time, he enjoys golfing, cooking, pheasant and duck hunting, and cheering on his favorite football teams.
Chris Novarese, Treasurer
Chris was a founding board member of the TNSSA in 2007 and has been in the self-storage industry since 1997. He served in a variety of Operational roles at Storage USA, Public Storage and CubeSmart. Currently Chris is Chief Operating Officer at Premier Storage Investors. Chris has experience in strategic planning, financial management, public speaking, organizational development and events planning.
Jennifer Copper, Assistant Treasurer
After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Statistics/Mathematics, Jennifer spent six years in the automotive industry. She held several positions at an Audi dealership in Louisville, KY including Warranty Administrator, Service Advisor, Finance Manager and Sales Manager. Having grown up around self storage thanks to her father, she always had an interest in the industry. Jennifer finally got the opportunity to join the industry this past summer when Storage Structures asked her to be a part of their team. She is very excited to be a part of this group, continue to meet great people and learn everything she can about self storage.
Trey Kirby, Board Member & Legislative Committee Chair
Trey is a commercial real estate broker with an emphasis on self-storage investments, but also handles various other transactions. He has been married for 16 years to wife Kim, who is a 2nd grade teacher at Trinity Elementary. They have two children (Kyla 11 & Will 8) and enjoy all types of sports and activities. Trey also enjoys being the soccer coach for both of their teams.
Stephanie Tharpe, Board Member & Events and Education Committee Chair
Stephanie Tharpe has been in the moving and storage industry since 1996. She joined A+ Storage of Tennessee, LLC in 2010 as a site manager. She was promoted in 2013 to full time District Sales Manager. In 2015, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations.
Her accomplishments include serving as a Moderator since 2009 for Self Storage Talk (SST), the industry’s largest online community. She has been a featured blogger for Inside Self Storage (ISS) and a contributor for the Tennessee Self Storage Association (TNSSA) Newsletter. She was also featured in “People on the Move” in the Nashville Business Journal. In 2012 Stephanie was honored by the TNSSA as its Manager of the Year. Since then, two of her managers have received this same award. She has been a featured speaker at the ISS World Expo sponsored by Inside Self Storage in Las Vegas and at the SSA Fall Conference & Trade Show at Caesar's Palace. She has done several round tables and panel discussions at national and state conferences.
Stephanie was elected to the 2016 TNSSA Board of Directors and serves as the Events and Education Chair. With 17 years in the industry; her passion is to focus on the accomplishments, education and needs of property managers. It is her desire for every owner to succeed and build their business to insure the best return on their investment.
Kelly Webb, Board Member & Membership Committee Chair
Joshua Lynn, Board Member & Website/Communications Committee Chair
Josh has been employed with Freeman Management Group since 2003 and has been the Property Manager at four facility locations, currently in Madison, Tennessee. Josh not only manages this location but also has the responsibility to train MIT's to prepare them to become Property Managers at a StorPlace facility. He has been the recipient of awards for the highest occupancy for all the StorPlace facilities and Employee of the Month and is consistently recognized for scores in the high 90's on all of his core audits.
Josh and his wife Amber have three children and not only work in the Nashville area but are active members of the community.
Dee Wiseman, Board Member & Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair
As a founding officer Dee, has served as Secretary, Vice President and President for TNSSA as well as being a very vocal association spokesperson. As the Director of Self Storage & Investment Properties Programs for William Knight Insurance Inc., she is dedicated to providing insurance products that meet and/or exceed the self-storage industry standards and expectations. Her knowledge and expertise also includes a variety of commercial and personal insurance products.
A Tennessee native, Dee began her insurance career in 1990 and through hard work and perseverance established herself as one of the most dedicated and successful professionals in the insurance industry working throughout the South East. Dee’s area of specialty/expertise is in her knowledge of insurance products which are offered to accommodate the commercial insurance needs of building contractors, as well as insurance on commercial/residential investment properties. She is a former board member of the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and has held a board position with The Insurors of Tennessee – Knoxville Chapter since 2006. Through that organization she has been instrumental in raising funds for different charities in the area.
Bev DeLong, Board Member
Beverly is the Director of Sum Effect Investments and SCM Management Company, a real estate investment group specializing in commercial real estate investments & operations. She has served as a board member of Real Estate Investors of Nashville since 2011 as chair of the membership committee, runs the Real Estate Investors Meetup group, serves on the Missions board at Christ Church Nashville, and is active in various community projects. Bev holds a Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in business management & accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. In addition, she has earned various real estate certifications including the Self Storage Association's Certified Self-Storage Manager (CSSM) designation. She previously worked 30+ years at the University of Central career as an Associate Controller in Finance & Accounting.
Robert Craig, Board Member
Mr. Craig has a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. From 1976 to 1979 he was a Property Manager for Vantage Management Company, a division of the Vantage Companies, a commercial real estate development company headquartered in Dallas. His responsibilities involved the management of office properties primarily in the Dallas market, including our corporate headquarter high rise located on Stemmons Freeway. In addition he helped with the development and growth of their third-party management operations. During this period he was a licensed real estate broker, CPM candidate and a member of IREM and BOMA.
From 1980 to 2001 Mr. Craig managed individual retirement and corporate pension fund investments, concentrating on equity portfolios (1970-2001). Mr. Craig was introduced to A+ Storage in 2002 acting as a consultant in assisting a Dallas investment group and A+ Storage in the acquisition of a portfolio purchase of self-storage properties.
In 2005 Mr. Craig relocated from Dallas to Nashville and began working more closely with A+ Storage of Tennessee, LLC. His scope of work includes the management of the A+ Storage Corporate offices and self storage facility located near downtown Nashville, in the Gulch.
Alan Lindsey, Board Member
Stacey Gorman, Supporting/Non-Voting Board Member
Stacey Gorman is the Director of Self Storage and Vice President at Marcus & Millichap. She has over 12 years’ experience specializing in the brokerage of self storage properties. In the past 24 months she has sold nearly $75 million in self-storage facilities and has another $44 million under contract preparing to close. She serves on both the Tennessee Self Storage and the Georgia Self Storage Boards. Stacey’s knowledge of the self-storage industry combined with her finance and sales background and strong work ethic has enabled her to consistently add value for her clients as demonstrated by her ability to obtain maximum selling prices and bring buyers and sellers together to achieve a common goal. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia Stacey has a team of three agents covering the Southeast. Stacey has had the opportunity to meet with many storage owners over the years and build meaningful, trustworthy relationships along the way. She has analyzed hundreds of self-storage operations and enjoys providing best practices that she has learned. She is considered a trusted adviser by many Storage owners.
Georgia Self Storage Association- Board Member; Tennessee Self Storage Association- Founding Board Member; University of Rochester- B.A Economics; B.A. Political Science- Cum Laude; Georgia State University- MBA Computer Information Systems; Awarded Company Sales Plaque 2012; Promoted to Senior Associate in August, 2012
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