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CSSA Executive Committee Ready for 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
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CSSA Executive Committee Ready for 2018

Behind every great organization is an equally great committee.

It might sound like a punch line, but when it comes to the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) it is true that a solid and involved Board of Directors makes a huge difference. And it is likewise true that the Executive Committee of the CSSA is thoroughly dedicated toward pointing the organization in the right direction, working with executive director Erin King to make sure that all hurdles are overcome and the organization is constantly moving forward.

The Executive Committee’s primary responsibility is to ensure the health of the association, including financial oversight, membership retention and growth, brand awareness, succession planning and overall governance. To that end, the CSSA Executive Committee is dedicated to the organization in a myriad of ways.

“Having served on the CSSA and SSA boards for several years I have seen firsthand how much time and effort members of the Executive Committee invest in supporting the association,” said Robert Chiti, Chairman of this year’s Executive Committee. “They are involved in regular meetings to deal with association business and are required to put their respective business agendas aside and deal with issues in an independent and professional manner. They are also typically the first to raise their hand when the association is looking for sponsorship dollars.”

The executive committee is made up of five people; the Emeritus (Past Chair), the current Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer. The Past Chair/Emeritus is Natolie Ochi of SKS Management, the current Chair is Chiti of OpenTech Alliance, the Vice Chairman is Pedro Florida of Self Storage Management Co., the Treasurer is Pam Domingue of Storage Solutions and the Secretary is Drew Hoeven of Westport Properties. 

Here is a quick look at each one:

Natolie Ochi – Natolie is the President of SKS Management LLC, which currently manages 20 properties (with two additional facilities to open in 2018). The managed properties are located in prime locations throughout California and one in Hawaii. Prior to joining SKS, she worked for Sunrise Development Co., a real estate development firm, as its general manager. Natolie also worked for The Call Company and Ascolta. She joined SKS in 2003 and previously served as its vice president. She is a graduate of Stanford University and has an MBA from National University.

Robert Chiti -- Robert has been in the technology business for over 30 years.  His career includes holding leadership roles in software development, sales, marketing, and operations of both large and small technology companies. In 2003 he founded OpenTech to create innovative solutions that would help self storage operators increase revenue, lower operating costs and improve the user experience they offer to their customers. He served as a board member for the CSSA for 5 years and is currently serves as the Chairman, in addition he is a past board member of the national Self Storage Association.

Pedro FloridaPedro Florida is the Executive Vice President and COO of Self Storage Management Company and has 15 years' experience as a Real Estate executive. Prior to SSMC, Mr. Florida lead the Marketing and Advertising efforts of IMBEV in South America, as Marketing Director. Pedro is a graduate from UCA with a degree in Marketing and Advertising, has a Certificate in Real Estate Development from UCLA, and has an MBA from Pepperdine University, where he serves on the Board of Mentors for executive students.

Pam Domingue – Pam has been in the storage industry for over 10 years. She and her husband Jack started with one facility 10 years ago and now own and operate six in California and one in Hawaii. She credits the CSSA, its board members, and executive director Erin King for having been instrumental in helping her learn and navigate her way around the business. “Storage veterans are so open and helpful to their colleagues and competitors, and I consider myself fortunate now to be in a position to give back and help others. Working on the CSSA Board with such a talented group of individuals has been an amazing experience.”

Drew Hoeven -- Drew has over 13 years of full-time real estate and self-storage experience that has included acquisitions, development, construction and operations. He currently is Principal and Chairman of Westport Properties, Inc. and US Storage Centers, Inc.  Drew graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Policy, Planning & Development. Drew is a member of the NAIOP Young Professionals Group class of 2008, NAIOP Forum member, and a board member of the YPO Orange County chapter.  Lastly, Drew is a board member and actively involved with Kure It, a non-profit that his father Barry founded to raise money for innovative cancer research for underfunded cancers. 

I have been fortunate to work with some incredibly talented, smart and caring individuals over the past decade,” said Erin King, executive director of the CSSA. “Our 2018 committee is a terrific example of some of those kinds of individuals. While I work closely with the entire board of directors, I do work a little more closely with the Executive Committee through out year. Each role comes with a distinct set of responsibilities and it really is a pleasure to work with each of them on the common goal of improving the association.”