H. Michael Schwartz, Founder , Chairman and CEO
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H. Michael Schwartz is Founder, Chairman and CEO of SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. (SmartStop), a self-managed REIT with a fully integrated operations team of over 400 self storage professionals focused on growing the SmartStop® Self Storage brand. SmartStop, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, also sponsors other self storage programs, including Strategic Growth Trust II, Inc. and Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc. SmartStop is the eleventh-largest self storage company in the U.S., with an owned and managed portfolio of 163 properties in 19 states and Toronto, Canada.

In 2007, Mr. Schwartz founded Strategic Storage Trust, Inc., a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed self storage company, owning and/or operating 169 self storage properties in 21 states and Toronto, Canada. In 2015, Mr. Schwartz negotiated the $1.4 billion sale to Extra Space Storage, Inc., the second-largest storage operator in the United States. In January 2019 he successfully negotiated a second full-cycle REIT liquidity event with the all-cash merger of Strategic Storage Growth Trust, Inc. with Strategic Storage Trust II, Inc. for $12.00 per share. Over the past seven years, Mr. Schwartz has overseen the return of approximately $1.2 billion of equity and profits to investors.

Mr. Schwartz has more than 32 years of experience in real estate, securities and corporate financial management. During the last 20 years, he has transacted more than $6.5 billion in commercial real estate. He is a renowned expert, he’s frequently invited to speak at national conferences and he’s been interviewed by major news media.

Mr. Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in finance, from the University of Southern California. In 2010, he was named one of “The Top Ten People to Watch” by National Real Estate Investor.

Wayne Johnson, President and Chief Investment Officer
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Mr. Johnson is our President and Chief Investment Officer. He has served as our Chief Investment Officer since June 2015 and as our President since June 2019.  Prior to that, he served as our Senior Vice President - Acquisitions, focusing on self storage acquisitions, which position he held since our initial formation in January of 2013.  Mr. Johnson also served as the Chief Investment Officer for our Former External Advisor and SAM until June 2019.  Mr. Johnson served as Senior Vice President - Acquisitions for SmartStop Self Storage from August 2007 until January 2015 when he was elected Chief Investment Officer until the merger of SmartStop Self Storage with Extra Space on October 1, 2015.  Mr. Johnson also served in various roles at SSGT, including most recently as its Chief Investment Officer until the merger with us on January 24, 2019.  In addition, Mr. Johnson serves as the Chief Investment Officer of SST IV and SSGT II.  Prior to joining Strategic Capital Holdings, LLC, Mr. Johnson was involved in all aspects of commercial development and leasing, including office, office warehouse, retail and self storage facilities.  During such time, Mr. Johnson developed, managed and operated 14 self storage facilities in excess of one million square feet. Mr. Johnson served on the board and is the past President of the Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA), which is the trade organization for self storage development, ownership and management with approximately 3,800 members consisting of storage owners, developers, operators and vendors throughout Texas.  Mr. Johnson entered the commercial real estate business in 1979 after graduating from Southern Methodist University with a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate.

Joe Robinson, Chief Operations Officer
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Mr. Robinson is our Chief Operations Officer, a position he has held since October 2019. Prior to joining SmartStop, Mr. Robinson served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Simply Self Storage Management LLC from April 2016 until September 2019. At Simply, Mr. Robinson led various functions including all marketing, pricing, information technology, and training. From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Robinson served in several pricing and marketing capacities at Extra Space Storage, Inc. Most recently, he was Vice President, Marketing where he led revenue management, data analytics, and the call center. Prior to that, Mr. Robinson served as Director of Revenue Management, where he led the development of multiple industry first centralized pricing models for self storage. Mr. Robinson is a respected authority on Revenue Management in the self storage industry. He has delivered multiple speaking engagements on pricing and has had multiple articles distributed in several industry trade publications. Mr. Robinson holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a Business Minor from Brigham Young University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Rice University.

James Barry, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
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Mr. Barry is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, positions he has held since June 2019.  Mr. Barry served as our Senior Vice President – Finance from August 2018 to June 2019.  Prior to being our Senior Vice President – Finance, Mr. Barry served in various positions for SAM, including Senior Vice President – Finance from August 2018 to July 2019 and Director of Finance from October 2015 to August 2018.  From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Barry held the title of Financial Analyst, and was highly involved in the negotiations, calculations, and communications for the merger of SmartStop Self Storage with Extra Space on October 1, 2015.  From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Barry served as a Corporate Accountant and Budget Analyst at Thompson National Properties, LLC, a sponsor of commercial real estate offerings.  From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Barry worked in various accounting functions at Grubb & Ellis Co.  Mr. Barry holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Chapman University, where he graduated with honors.

Michael O. Terjung, Chief Accounting Officer
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Mr. Terjung is our Chief Accounting Officer, a position he has held since June 2019.  From January 2017 until December 2019, Mr. Terjung served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for SSSHT and its related advisor and property management entities.  Mr. Terjung was also the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of SSGT until that company merged with and into a wholly-owned subsidiary of SST II in January 2019.  Mr. Terjung was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of SSGT II from July 2018 until June 2019.  Mr. Terjung has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of SAM since January 2017.  Previously, from October 2015 to January 2017, Mr. Terjung served as a Controller for SAM.  He also served as the Controller of SmartStop Self Storage from September 2014 until its merger with Extra Space on October 1, 2015 and served as a Controller of SSH assigned to SmartStop Self Storage from September 2009 to September 2014.  From July 2004 to September 2009, Mr. Terjung held various positions with NYSE listed Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., including Corporate Controller responsible for financial reporting and corporate accounting.  Mr. Terjung gained public accounting and auditing experience while employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP from September 2000 to July 2004, where he worked on the audits of a variety of both public and private entities, registration statements and public offerings.  Mr. Terjung is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California, and graduated cum laude with a B.S.B.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton.

Nicholas M. Look, General Counsel and Secretary
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Mr. Look is our General Counsel and Secretary, positions he has held since June 2019.  Mr. Look was previously Senior Corporate Counsel of SAM, a position he held from June 2017 until June 2019.  In addition, Mr. Look serves as the Secretary of SSGT II and SST IV, positions he has held since June 2019.  From September 2017 to June 2019, Mr. Look served as Assistant Secretary of SSSHT.  Prior to that, Mr. Look worked with the law firms of K&L Gates LLP, from April 2014 to June 2017, and Latham & Watkins LLP, from October 2010 to April 2014, where he served as corporate counsel to a variety of public and private companies, and where his practice focused on securities matters, capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate governance and compliance.  Mr. Look holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and a J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Gerald Valle, Senior Vice President – Self Storage Operations
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Mr. Valle has served our Senior Vice President – Self Storage Operations since June 2019.  Mr. Valle also served as Senior Vice President – Operations at SAM from June 2018 to July 2019, and served as Vice President of Operations at SAM from joining SAM in 2017 to June 2018.  Prior to joining SAM in 2017, Mr. Valle served as VP of Operations with The William Warren Group from 2012 to 2017.  From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Valle held various positions with Extra Space, including nine years as Divisional VP of Operations and VP of Sales Center, where he was instrumental in the creation of that company’s 100-agent sales center.  Mr. Valle also worked for 15 years at Public Storage where he held multiple roles ranging from District Manager to Regional VP of Operations.