Robert J. Attea
Chairman of the Board and Director
Chairman of the Board and Director of the Company since 1995 and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from March 1997 to February 29, 2012. Mr. Attea is one of the founders of the Company and has more than 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and over 30 years in the self-storage industry. He brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition and development of commercial real estate. He also is a key contributor in the development and execution of the Company's business strategy and provides invaluable expertise related to the self-storage industry. This industry experience coupled with his intimate knowledge of the Company enables him to make invaluable contributions to the Board of Directors and the Company's success. Mr. Attea is the brother-in-law of Edward F. Killeen, Chief Operating Officer of the Company.
David L. Rogers
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Rogers, a co-founder of Life Storage, serves as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2012. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Rogers served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer and Secretary from 1995 to February 2012, Vice President of Finance of the Company's predecessor from 1988 to 1995 and Controller and Due Diligence Officer from 1984 to 1988. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rogers spent seven years as an accountant and systems analyst in both the public and private sectors.
Kenneth F. Myszka
President and Director
Director of the Company since 1995. President of the Company since March 1997 and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from March 1997 to January 19, 2015. Mr. Myszka is one of the founders of the Company and has more than 30 years of experience in the self-storage industry. He is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School. He brings to the Board extensive experience in systems development, marketing and product innovations. Also, his legal and accounting background and in-depth experience in human relations provides the Board of Directors with valuable perspectives in the development and execution of the Company's business strategies and otherwise. In addition, he has an intimate knowledge of the Company's day-to-day operations, which gives him a detailed understanding of the Company's business strategy and operations.
Charles E. Lannon
Director of the Company since 1995. Mr. Lannon is and has been the President of Strategic Advisory, Inc. (formerly known as Strategic Capital, Inc.), a consulting firm, since 1995. Through Strategic Advisory, Inc., Mr. Lannon has provided consulting and advisory services to many companies seeking capital, transactional and financial guidance. Also, since 1995 he has served as an executive officer and on the board of several non-public companies. In addition, in 2013 he joined the board of Royal Oak Realty Trust Inc., a private REIT, were he currently is the lead independent director and serves on the audit, governance, and compensation committees. Prior to 1995, Mr. Lannon was involved in the self-storage industry for over 10 years. Such collected experience allows him to provide the Board of Directors with significant assistance related to investor relations, strategic and transactional matters. He also has an excellent understanding of corporate governance trends and the role of the Board of Directors which enables him to well serve the Company as chair of its Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.
Stephen R. Rusmisel
Director of the Company since 2012. Mr. Rusmisel was a partner of the law firm of Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLC (and its predecessor firm, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts) from January 1, 1980 to January 31, 2016. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1971 and his A.B degree from Yale University in 1968. During his more than 40 years as an attorney, he counseled clients in general corporate, securities and business matters with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. He also provided advice to audit committees of public companies, and he has made numerous presentations to the Boards of Directors of public companies regarding board fiduciary duties, corporate governance matters and transactional matters. He has frequently lectured and published numerous articles on corporate governance and transactional issues. As a result of Mr. Rusmisel's experience, he brings to the Company well grounded experience in corporate governance, accounting, finance and enterprise risk management.
Mark G. Barberio
Director of the Company since 2015. Mr. Barberio is and has been principal of Markapital, LLC since 2013. Markapital, LLC is a business and M&A consulting firm. Prior to forming Markapital, LLC, Mr. Barberio was employed by Mark IV, LLC (now Dayco, LLC) a global diversified manufacturing company from 1985 to 2013. He served in a variety of positions at Mark IV, including as Co-Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2013 and Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2013. Mr. Barberio also serves on the board of directors of Exide Technologies, a privately held global battery manufacturer and distributor for transportation and industrial applications. As a result of Mr. Barberio's experience, he brings to the Board well-grounded experience in accounting, corporate governance, operational oversight, business strategy and investor relations. His accounting and other experience also allows him to provide leadership as the Chair of the Company's Audit Committee.
Arthur L. Havener
Director of the Company since 2015. Mr. Havener is and has been since 2007 principal of Stampede Capital LLC, which provides real estate consulting support to publicly traded real estate investment trusts and institutional investors. Prior to forming Stampede Capital LLC, he was a Vice President of A.G. Edwards and Sons Inc., and Head of Real Estate Research from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Havener also serves on the Board of Trustees of Boardwalk REIT, a Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. As a result of Mr. Havener's experience, he brings to the Board significant experience in real estate investment, corporate governance, securities and REIT matters.
Carol Hansell was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2017. Ms. Hansel is the founder, and since 2013, has been a senior partner of Hansell LLP, which provides legal and governance advice to boards of directors, shareholders, and management. From 1994 to 2013, Ms. Hansell was a senior partner at the law firm of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, and she was an associate attorney at Olser, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP from 1988 to 1994. Ms. Hansell brings more than 25 years of governance, government relations, legal and communications experience to the Company's Board. She has significant experience advising both public and private companies on complex corporate governance and legal matters. Ms. Hansell will serve on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board.
Ms. Hamilton is a Partner and Head of Real Estate at Pretium Partners, LLC, a specialized investment management firm. She previously served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Borderplex Realty Trust, a privately held real estate investment trust that owns and operates a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential assets concentrated along the US-Mexico border. Prior thereto, Ms. Hamilton spent 20 years at Archstone, one of the largest apartment companies in the U.S. and Europe, until the company was sold in 2013 to Equity Residential and AvalonBay. She most recently served as President - Europe, where she was responsible for strategic development and execution of Archstone’s investment strategy and operating platform in Europe, while continuing to serve as a member of Archstone’s Executive Committee. Ms. Hamilton also held various other leadership positions at Archstone, including as Executive Vice President—National Operations. She has extensive experience in demand generation and revenue management across the multifamily and single-family rental industries. Ms. Hamilton also previously served as a Director of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated, a then publicly traded real estate investment trust, until the company merged with RLJ Lodging Trust in 2017.
Mr. Pettinella is the former President, CEO and Director of Home Properties, Inc., a $7.6 billion apartment REIT traded on the NYSE. The REIT acquired, developed and operated apartment communities, primarily in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. Home Properties was purchased by Lone Star Funds in Fall 2015. Prior to joining Home Properties in 2001, Mr. Pettinella served as President of Charter One Bank of New York and Executive Vice President of Charter One Financial, Inc. Mr. Pettinella is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Manning & Napier, a publicly traded investment management firm. Mr. Pettinella is also a member of the Board of Directors of Rochester Business Alliance, National Multi Housing Council and Syracuse University School of Business, a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and a member of Urban Land Institute.