Board of Directors
Mark G. Barberio
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
Director 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 Gibraltar Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributer of building products. His is also a member of the board of directors of Exide Technologies, a privately held global battery manufacturer and distributor. From July 2017 to April 2018, he served on the board of directors of Paragon Offshore Limited, an oil and gas drilling company. As a result of Mr. Barberio’s chief executive officer, chief financial officer and board experience, he brings to the Board over 25 years of well-grounded knowledge in strategy development, finance, operational oversight, real estate, capital markets and investor relations. His diverse background and significant business experience allow him to provide leadership as the Company’s non-executive Chair of the Board.
Joseph V. Saffire
CEO & Director
Director since 2019
Mr. Saffire was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective March 1, 2019. Before assuming his role as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Saffire served as the Company’s Chief Investment Officer from November 2017 to February 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Saffire served as Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking of First Niagara Bank from April 2014 to September 2016 and served as an Executive Vice President and Head of Global Banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa of Wells Fargo Bank from 2012 to March 2014. Prior to 2012, Mr. Saffire served in various management capacities for over 20 years with HSBC Bank plc., including serving as Chief Operating Officer and Head of International Corporate and Commercial Banking in Germany from 2010 to 2012 and Executive Vice President and Regional President – Corporate and Commercial Banking in the United States from 2007 to 2010. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, he brings to the Board of Directors intimate knowledge of the Company and experience in finance, real estate and investor relations. He also is a key contributor in the development and execution of the Company’s business strategy and provides expertise related to the Company’s business.
Director since 2018
Ms. Hamilton has been a senior managing director and head of real estate at Pretium Partners, LLC since April 2017. Ms. Hamilton is also the co-founder of Ameriton LLC, a real estate company, and has served as its President since October 2014. From October 2013 to October 2014, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and trustee, of Borderplex Community Trust. Prior thereto, Ms. Hamilton spent 20 years at Archstone, one of the largest apartment companies in the US and Europe, where she held roles as President – Europe and Executive Vice-President – National Operations during her tenure. Ms. Hamilton previously served as a director of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated, a real estate investment trust, from April 2016 until September 2017, when the company was merged with RLJ Lodging Trust. Ms. Hamilton has extensive experience in investment and operations across multiple real estate verticals, in particular the multifamily and single-family rental industries. Ms. Hamilton brings to the Board significant financial, transactional and asset management expertise; and extensive leadership and general management expertise.
Director since 2021
Ms. Harnett is and has since 2019 been on the board of directors of OFG Bancorp, a financial holding company based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently serves on the Audit Committee and Risk and Compliance Committee of such board. She has been a mentor to digital startups and mentor at the FinTech Innovation Lab, sponsored by Partnership Fund for New York City and Accenture since 2015. She is also the cofounder of two startups, Juntos and EqualFuture Corp. and a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow. From 2012-2015, she was COO of North America for QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the top insurers and reinsurers worldwide. From 2001-2012, she held four key positions at Citigroup: President of Local Consumer Lending (2011-2012), Head of Global Business Performance (2008-2011), CEO of Citibank Germany (2004-2007), and Head of Retail Banking/Deputy CEO of Citibank EMEA (2001-2004). She served as an independent director and Audit and Compensation Committee member of First Niagara Financial Group, a $40 billion in assets publicly traded bank, from 2015 until its acquisition by KeyCorp in 2016. During such service, Ms. Harnett participated in the strategic review that resulted in the $4.1 billion sale. She has also served on the Boards of QBE Insurance, CitiFinancial, CitiGermany and Visa Canada. She was Chair of Citi’s Management Board in Germany and of the Global Perspectives Advisory Group of Marquette University College of Business. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Marquette University, an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a Board Leadership Fellow from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Arthur L. Havener, Jr.
Director since 2015
Mr. Havener is and has been principal of Stampede Capital LLC, a real estate advisory and investment firm, since 2007. 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. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Havener served on the board of directors of MDC North American Real Estate Fund I, a private real estate equity fund. Mr. Havener also serves as Lead Trustee of Boardwalk REIT, a Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Effective March 1, 2019, Mr. Havener was elected to the board of directors of Nobility Homes, Inc., a builder and retailer of manufactured homes in the state of Florida. Mr. Havener also has previously served as an Alderman and Chair of the Finance Committee in the municipality of Sunset Hills, Missouri. As a result of Mr. Havener’s experience, he brings to the Board significant experience in real estate investment, corporate governance, private equity, capital markets, and REIT strategy.
Charles E. Lannon
Director since 1995
Mr. Lannon is and has been the President of Strategic Advisory, a consulting firm, since 1995. Strategic Advisory provides consulting and advisory services to companies seeking capital, transactional and financial guidance. Also, since 1995 he has served as an officer and board member of several non-public companies. In 1995, he co-founded Northtowns Imaging, Inc., a medical diagnostic imaging company, that was sold in 1999. From 2009 to 2015 Mr. Lannon was Vice Chairman of the Board of Kinex Pharmaceuticals LLC, a cancer drug pharmaceutical company, which changed its name to Athenex, Inc. and began publicly trading in 2017. Since 2013 he has served on the board of Royal Oak Realty Trust Inc., a private REIT, where he currently is the lead independent director and serves on various 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, marketing, strategic and transactional matters. He also has an excellent understanding of corporate governance trends and the role of a board of directors which enables him to well serve the Company as member of various Board committees.
Director since 2018
Mr. Pettinella was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Home Properties Inc., a publicly traded REIT, from 2003 to 2015. He served Home Properties Inc. as an Executive Vice President and director from 2001 to 2003. From 1997 to 2001, he served as President of Charter One Bank of New York and Executive Vice President of Charter One Financial, Inc., and from 1980 through 1997, he served in several managerial capacities for Rochester Community Savings Bank. Mr. Pettinella presently is a member of the board of directors of Manning & Napier, Inc., a publicly traded investment management firm, where he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He serves on the board of Royal Oak Realty Trust Inc., a private REIT focused on acquiring net leased industrial and office properties. He is also a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees. He was previously on the board of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and a council member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He brings to the Board his experience as a Chief Executive Officer and director of a REIT, and his experience in corporate finance and public company operations.
David L. Rogers
Director since 2018
Mr. Rogers, a co-founder of the Company, retired as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer on February 28, 2019, a position that he had held since March 2012. Before assuming his role as Chief Executive Officer, 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 of such predecessor 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. Mr. Rogers has served on the board of directors of Catholic Health Systems as well as other not-for-profit entities. He served on the Board of Advisors of the National Association of Real Estate Trusts (“NAREIT”) through December 31, 2018 and has been a regular presenter at national and regional meetings of the Self Storage Association. Mr. Rogers brings to the Board his intimate knowledge of the Company through his past experience as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.
Stephen R. Rusmisel
Director 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. During his more than 45 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, risk management 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 expertise in corporate governance, accounting, finance and enterprise risk management.