2021 Board of Directors 

Officers & Committee Chairs

Melissa Huff

Association Director



Phone - 615-288-2162

Stephanie Tharpe


Committee: Events, Legislative & Website/Communications

Phone - 615-288-2162

Stephanie Tharpe is the president of A+ Management Group, and currently manages locations in Tennessee, Texas, Georgia and Florida. Stephanie has continued her role as Senior Vice President of Operations for A+ Storage of Tennessee, LLC, where she manages a portfolio of self-storage facilities in Nashville. Since 2013, she has served as President, Vice President, and Chair of Events and Education on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Self Storage Association, which named her Manager of the Year in 2012.

Stephanie has been a featured speaker, round table leader and panelist at several national and state association conferences across the country since 2014. She has been published in trade magazines SSA Globe and Inside Self Storage (ISS), and featured on the ISS Blog. She has served on the Best Practice Committee for the Self Storage Association and has been a moderator for Self Storage Talk since 2009. Stephanie is an advocate for employees and has helped to bring recognition to the self storage industry on employee compensation and employee burn out.

Dee Wiseman

Vice President

Committee: Membership & Website/Communications, Scholarship

Phone - 865-560-8736

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.

Jennifer Copper


Phone - 770-456-1602

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.

Chris Novarese

Assistant Treasurer

Phone - 901-290-0184

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.

Lee Creech


Committee: Events

Phone - 

Lee joined Northshore Pellissippi Storage in 2012 as Assistant Manager, bringing a commitment to the highest levels of customer service and to applying modern revenue management techniques to the facility. He became Manager in 2014, and during his tenure has twice overseen the facility's expansion. He is currently TNSSA's 2018 Manager of the Year.

Drawing upon previous experience in the non_profit sector and as a revenue manager in the hospitality industry, Lee has implemented a data-driven approach to challenging many of the assumptions about self-storage. He is committed to maximizing revenue and creating value through providing "the right space, at the right time, for the right price."

Lee is originally from North Carolina and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Vestry and is active at St. James Episcopal Church. He and his wife, Beth, live in Knoxville with their dog and two cats.

Trey Kirby

Board Member

Committee: Membership, Legislative

Phone - 615-377-4747

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.

Chris Johnson

Board Member

Committee: Events, Membership, Scholarship

Phone - 423-340-1301

Chris Johnson has worked for the U-Haul Company for over 30 years out of the Alcoa,TN office, serving the Company owned storage locations as well as working with several independent storage locations.  He works with Area Field Managers training and certifying these individuals to perform their duties for the U-Haul Company.  He has been an instructor for U-Haul University the past 7 years, leading courses in leadership and prospecting for new business. Chris enjoys working with the independent self-storage locations, helping fill their storage rooms and with day to day business.  When time allows, he likes to ride his Harley Davidson and enjoy the scenery that our area has to offer.

Bev Krueger

Board Member

Committee: Legislative, Website/Communications

Phone - 615-692-2638

Bev Krueger

Board Member

Committee: Legislative, Website/Communications

Phone - 615-692-2638

Sum Effect Investments is a real estate investment group specializing in commercial real estate investments & operations. Bev 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. 

Jamie Tuck

Board Member

Committee: Membership

Phone - 770-562-2850

Jamie is the Midwest and Eastern Canada Sales Manager at Janus International. He has been with Janus for 8 years. Prior to joining Janus, Jamie was President at Tuck, Stinard & Associates Architects Inc for 15 years. Tuck, Stinard specialized in the design of self-storage facilities throughout the Southeast. He attended Southern Technical Institute and Shorter College.  Jamie is also involved with GOBeyond Charities in Atlanta, GA. GOBeyond Charities is a non-profit corporation dedicated to spreading the warm spirit of giving throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.  He has been married to his wife Megann for 34 years. They have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Anne Williams

Board Member

Committee: Charity, Scholarship

Phone - 901-620-3622

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.

Andy Beeckman

Board Member

Committee: Membership

Phone - 615-440-2498

Andy Beeckman

Board Member

Committee: Membership

Phone - 615-440-2498

Andy Beeckman is currently a district manager for Westport Properties / US Storage Centers.  He is responsible for the mid-south district including all of Tennessee and Georgia.  Andy served on the Arizona Storage Association Board in 2017-18 and has extensive business experience in sales, customer service, organizational development and operations.  When not working, he enjoys golfing, hiking, travelling and spending time with his wife and dog, Louie.

Scott Mittler

Board Member


Phone - 615-266-1300

I was born and raised in Louisville Kentucky, moved to Nashville in 1992, got married in 1994 and I have two daughters. I graduated from ITT in 1997 with a Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronics, and got my start into the security industry as a technician with a company called Mosler. Three years later, I ended up with Siemens, where I was responsible for most of our security and CCTV installs and service. I was with Siemens for approximately seven years and then went to Ingersoll Rand where I was responsible for security and service installs across the entire state of Tennessee. A few years after that, I became a manager at Beacon technologies, where I was responsible for managing the service and installation crews for both fire and security. While at Beacon I was personally responsible for overseeing several Fire, security and CCTV projects in many high-rise buildings in Nashville. I also became Beacon's designated qualifying agent for both security and CCTV, which is a certification that any low voltage integrator in Tennessee has to have on staff. I stayed with Beacon for approximately five years and then I accepted a position with Anixter as branch manager of the distribution store in Nashville. In 2018 I excepted a sales role with Servant Fire Protection. Since joining Servant Fire Protection we have become a member of the TNSSA, MTHA and a few other organizations. I have many certifications as well as my QA license. My hobbies are sports, playing music with friends and spending lots of quality time with family.

Grace Totty

Board Member

Committee: Website/Communications

Phone - 901-737-7336

Grace Totty is the Vice President of Marketing with Absolute Storage Management (ASM), responsible for all marketing aspects for ASM’s 135+ managed properties. These responsibilities range from web design, SEO, SEM, PPC, Social Media, content marketing and more.

Grace has over seven years of storage experience starting in operations, working closely with ASM’s founders. She is a frequent speaker at national trade shows and state shows, and currently sits on the TNSSA board. Grace holds a degree in Business Management from The University of Memphis in Business Management.

Right now, Grace fills up her weeks with volunteering and weekends experiencing new adventures.

John Budd

Non-Voting Board Member

Committee: Charity

Phone - 214-529-8248

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.

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