M. Anne Ballard
Founder & President - Universal
Anne Ballard is Founder and President of Universal
Management Company. Universal manages thirty plus self-storage
facilities in Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina,
Louisiana, New York, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma and does work
for several portfolio clients in Europe and Australia. Universal
is ranked among the Top 50 Operators by Inside Self Storage Magazine
and Messenger Magazine. Anne is a frequent speaker at SSA and
ISS conferences as well as international and state self-storage
Diane M. Gibson
Owner - Cox's
Armored Mini Storage Management, Inc.
Cox's Armored Mini Storage Management, Inc.
manages commercial properties with a combined property value
in excess of 20 million dollars. As owner, Ms. Gibson's priorities
are to effectively manage all aspects of each individual property
to meet the expectations of the owners and their perspective
financial institutions. Ms. Gibson has a 19-year background in
property management and accounting with various interrelated
companies of a prominent developer in the Phoenix area. Ms. Gibson
has been actively involved in the management of numerous shopping
centers, office buildings, industrial parks and mini-storage
facilities. Her involvement has varied from the recording of
all day-to-day financial transactions to compiling monthly financial
reports, working with tenants and service providers and managing
all on-site aspects of each property. In February 2001, Ms. Gibson
was appointed Secretary to the Executive Board of the Arizona
Mini Storage Association.
Jeffrey J. Greenberger, Esq.
Partner - Law
firm of Katz, Greenberger & Norton, LLP
Mr. Greenberger, based in Cincinnati,
Ohio, concentrates his practice in commercial real estate and
real estate litigation, focusing on representation of the owners
of multi-family housing, self-storage facilities, office buildings,
commercial warehouses, and shopping centers. Mr. Greenberger
is counsel to both the Ohio Storage Owners Society, Inc. and
the Kentucky Self-Storage Organization and consults with both
the Indiana and Illinois Self-Storage Associations. Mr. Greenberger’s
clients include either representation or consulting arrangements
with self-storage facilities across the United States.
President - Coast-To-Coast Storage
RK began his self-storage career in 1985, converting incubator space to self-storage use. He then joined National Self Storage and while there was a Partner in Self Storage Mortgage Corp His self-storage financings total in excess of $200 million. After his finance career, RK joined the Amsdell Companies where RK was responsible for the acquisition and integration of more than $125 million in self-storage properties. Since that time, RK has worked and consulted on behalf of clients and employers, analyzing, acquiring, developing and integrating a wide variety of self-storage projects. During his career, RK has underwritten over three billion dollars in self-storage transactions. He estimates he has reviewed over 8,000 sites, analyzed 400 million square feet of storage space and personally seen more than 480,000 roll up doors!
RK is now the President of Coast-To-Coast Storage, offering feasibility studies, site selection, financing, management consulting, marketing and technology repositioning of older first generation facilities to compete with state-of-the-art stores. Coast-To-Coast has taken the initiative to expand the self-storage world to include mobile storage, RV/Boat Storage and Condominiums, records management and store-within-a-store profit centers. Coast-To-Coast is the world’s leading self-storage consultancy firm.
In September, 2005, RK and co-author Scott Duffy released the book “How To Invest In Self Storage” through the publisher Minico. Book sales are brisk and the book is available on-line at minico.com and Amazon.com. His second and third books, “How to Make Money In Self-Storage” and “How to Make More Money In Self-Storage” are now available.
RK lives in South Florida, where he is active in his Church community, golf, boating, beach activities and nearly anything that takes him into the sunshine with his wife Lorraine.
A world-wide industry known speaker, author and expert witness, RK has experience in acquiring, developing, managing and financing self-storage properties.
Raymond E. McRae
Vice President, Director of Operations
Storage Solutions manages over 40 self-storage
facilities in the Phoenix area. Prior to Storage Solutions, Mr.
McRae worked at U-Haul Moving and Storage from 1983 through 1998.
Other prior roles include President of U-Haul Company of Chicago
Metroplex and President and Owner of REKOM Systems, Inc. Mr.
McRae holds a Certificate of Human Resource Management from University
of Phoenix, a Certificate of Retail Management from Indiana University
Northwest, an Arizona Real Estate License, and is a member of
the SSA and AMSA.
President - United
Stor-All Management LLC
Carol Shipley is President of United Stor-All
Management LLC, which operates more than forty self-storage facilities
for partner company United Stor-All Centers and for third-party
owners. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Storage-USA,
one of the premier self-storage companies in North America. She
also served as President of the National Board of Directors of
the Self Storage Association in 1998, and is a frequent speaker
at self-storage industry events.