Prior to starting his own self storage real estate investment company John Manes most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for The Jenkins Organization (“TJO”). TJO is a fully integrated real estate company specializing in the self- storage industry. Their expertise lies in acquisition, development, ownership, management and disposition of Self-Storage properties. The company is based in Houston, Texas.
John oversaw all areas of the 55 facilities owned and/or managed by The Jenkins Organization as the Chief Operating Officer. The stores totaled over 4 million square feet of Self-Storage space, and over 23,000 tenant customers. During John’s tenure at TJO, they managed Self-Storage projects in 3 states and 15 different Texas cities; Houston, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Galveston, College Station, Conroe, Beaumont, Oklahoma City and New Orleans. The portfolio under John’s management was valued in excess of $200,000,000. As the COO John’s primary function was to oversee all home office and field operations. This included direct responsibility for manager training, human resources, revenue management, bookkeeping, recruiting, operational policies and procedures, repair and maintenance processes, and overall profitability of all managed facilities.
John joined TJO in 2011 after serving as one of 3 Regional Vice Presidents with Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage, one of the five publicly traded Self-Storage REITs. John began at Uncle Bob’s as a District Manager in 2005 overseeing the Austin and San Antonio markets, and in 2009 was promoted to be one of three Regional Vice Presidents. As Regional Vice President, John was responsible for the performance of over 120 properties and 200 employees. For three consecutive years, John had the best financial performing region in the portfolio.
His project development experience includes complex drill-site location studies and advanced project coordination, including logistics optimization, cost management, contractor management and client relations. In his capacity as a landman, Erik was called in on projects requiring innovative problem solving, such as management and negotiations with uncooperative landowners. He spearheaded projects with complex mineral ownership and drill-site constraints; specializing in hydrocarbon targets covering multiple depth zones for unleased and HBP acreage.
Prior to joining Pinnacle Storage Properties, Erik gained his storage business experience through his efforts to develop a storage facility in the Houston area. Extensive travel across the state while working as a Landman provided him the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of self-storage markets in a wide variety of locals. He spent his spare time researching the business and working on plans for a development. Since the end of 2015, he has been pursuing development and acquisition projects full time with business partners John Manes and Robby Dunn.
Throughout this effort, he has established relationships with real estate professionals, builders, architects, civil engineers, feasibility experts, investors and other industry insiders. His detail oriented approach has proven to be a valuable resource for site selection, site due diligence, market analysis, fundraising, debt sourcing and overall project management. Erik currently oversees all PSP expansions, renovations and ground up developments from initial due diligence to entitlements through Certificate of Occupancy. He has successfully managed the expansion of facilities in Nacogdoches and New Caney Texas and is overseeing expansions in Katy, College Station and Livingston as well as a ground-up development in Round Rock, Texas.
Ross graduated from the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston. While studying at the University of Houston, Ross led Exostretch: a technology-transfer startup surrounding a stretchable, thin-film battery. Exostretch participated in programs and competed in business plan competitions including Caltech’s FLoW Cleantech competition, Baylor’s New Venture Competition, and the National Science Foundation’s In-LA Blitz Program, and more.
Ross also served as External Relations Officer for the Undergraduate Real Estate Scholars, connecting students with programs and professional organizations such as CCIM, NAOIP, ULI, CREW, and more. Ross is a licensed real estate agent and has experience in commercial brokerage and construction management.
Casandra Dodgen is currently the District Manager for Pinnacle Storage Properties out of Houston Texas. She is directly responsible for hiring, training, sales and the continuous development of all personnel. Cassie is an expert in operations and oversees 40 million dollars in real estate assets. She excels in revenue management to increase overall value to a company that prides itself in its people, product and processes. Cassie also spends her time interviewing, speaking and hosting classes for storage intrapreneur’s, owners, investors and developers on the State level. She started her journey in the storage industry with The Jenkins Organization at 18 years of age in Austin Tx. With her flexibility and eagerness to learn she soon realized the great potential that lied within the industry. She began to explore different levels of management and volunteered for projects such as auditing, store takeovers, training, adjusting accounts, and representing the company at time of sell. By the third year she was overseeing 5 locations in the Houston area though not before she was moved to multiple states where she was able to excel in out of state operations, acquisitions and management.
Like you, marketing expert Christina Alvino has often wondered and discussed what makes marketing such a powerful and effective tool for companies to acquire new business. Is it your presence in the digital space? Is it just about building relationships? Is it because your message is consistent across every piece of communication?
Since 2006 Christina has been living and breathing real-life, in-the-trenches business experiences that have helped shape her view on marketing and what makes a company successful. Christina takes a fully integrated approached to marketing, discussing with clients all phases of development and execution of marketing strategies to improve campaign effectiveness and drive results.
Christina has served as an executive level marketing leader in the storage industry since 2011, with prior experience managing marketing and operations for multi-property brands. She is highly skilled at assessing needs, generating options and implementing solutions. She has a strong background in budgeting, planning, and implementing marketing/operations initiatives that can improve culture, employee performance and operational results.
Her successes include: Pinnacle Storage Properties, Storage Plus, World Class Capital Group, Yellowstone Property Management, Guardian Storage, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Tile & Designs, Rachel Carson Homestead Association, and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, just to name a few.
Christina has presented at both the national and local levels on topics including, content marketing and buyer personas, how marketing and operations need to work together, local community level branding, and how consumer buying behaviors affect self-storage.
She served on the American Marketing Association – Pittsburgh Chapter board for over four years holding various positions included VP Communications and President. She was presented with The Extra Smile Aware at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, an award presented to one employee each year who goes above and beyond for the organization. In 2014, Christina was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. Participants in this elite group are the area’s most accomplished men and women, chosen for their career success and involvement in the Pittsburgh community.
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Mr. McKay also owns AM&M Construction, LLC which focuses primarily on mini storage commercial construction projects throughout Texas. He is also part owner of two mini storage buildings.
Mr. McKay is a firefighter with the San Antonio Fire Department. He has a degree in Fire Science, is currently certified as a Master Firefighter and has worked for the department for 20 years. He takes pride in providing a professional service of protecting lives, property and the environment while
providing life safety community education to local elementary schools.
Mr. McKay and his wife, Monika, live in Pipe Creek, Texas, along with their two children. They both realize the importance of supporting youth organizations and dedicate much of their time to Little League, NISD PTA, and 4H organizations.