Leading Self-Storage Company Aims to Continue Growth by Promotion of Key Executives
DALLAS, Mar. 1, 2020 – Move It Storage, a leading company in the self-storage industry, today announced details of changes in its top-tier executive team in support of the company’s continuing growth. Move It Storage is an independent self-storage operator and a Participating Regional Operator (PRO) with National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE: NSA) and currently operates 85 properties across six states.
Effective immediately, former vice president of property operations Tim Springer will be promoted to the role of president. Mr. Springer will be primarily responsible for overseeing Move It’s business development efforts in new property acquisitions and development, capital markets, and investor relations. Founder A. Starke “Tracy” Taylor, III will remain chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors.
“We’re excited for Tim’s ascension into this new role with the company,” said Taylor. “Move It’s growth and results have outperformed our expectations since Tim joined the company in 2018. We look forward to this next chapter in Move It’s history as we continue to grow.”
Additionally, Move It announced that Anne Sullivan has been promoted from chief financial officer to chief operating officer. Mrs. Sullivan had served as Move It’s chief financial officer and a member of Move It’s executive committee since its founding in 2013.
“Anne brings a steady hand and experience to guide Move It’s operations as we grow to operate at a larger scale,” said Springer. “Her proven record in managing Move It’s accounting, finance, and treasury operations for its public and private equity partners will translate well to continue Move It’s strong operational performance.”
As both independent operator and third-party management advisor, Move It Storage has experienced significant growth since its founding in 2013. With over four decades of experience in the storage industry, Taylor and his management team have utilized their expertise to fuel their expansion, both in size and in operational capability. The promotion of Springer and Sullivan is effective immediately
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About Move It Storage
The Move It Storage companies are privately-owned companies chartered to acquire and manage self-storage facilities. A. Starke “Tracy” Taylor, III, founded Move It Storage in 2013 as a new venture after a four-decade partnership in the storage industry operating under the tradename Watson & Taylor Self Storage. Over forty years, Watson & Taylor acquired, developed, and managed multiple asset classes of real estate, including developing, acquiring, operating, and selling more than 100 self-storage properties. Move It’s senior management team are all Watson & Taylor alumni.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Move It Storage companies employ over 160 dedicated people, managing over 6.3 million net rentable square feet of storage and 34,000 customers across six states. Move It is an independent self-storage operator and a Participating Regional Operator (PRO) with National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE: NSA), a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).
Move It is a family business that operates on Christian values. The purpose of Move It is to honor its employees, customers, investors, and vendors with honesty, diligence, and excellence. Inside Self Storage and MINICO have consistently recognized Move It Storage as one of the Top 25 self-storage operators in the country.
About A. Starke “Tracy” Taylor
In 2013, Taylor founded Move It and transitioned his core team from his previous enterprise, Watson & Taylor Self Storage. He uses his expertise and extensive experience from weathering two recessions to guide Move It’s acquisitions, investor relations, and capital markets programs.
Taylor is a past President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the national Self Storage Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Large Owners Council of the Self Storage Association. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and an Elder at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Taylor has been married for 43 years with five children and thirteen grandchildren.
About Tim Springer
Springer has overseen Move It’s property operations and been significantly involved in all of Move It’s acquisitions, dispositions, and recapitalizations since 2018. Before joining Move It, Springer practiced law, first in Fort Worth for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as a law clerk and then in the courtroom and in the boardroom for Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Working for a global law firm with start-ups to multi-nationals as clients taught Springer that solving a problem is not about the size of the company; instead, it is about the right team with the right resources focusing on the right issue. Before law school, Springer was a financial analyst for Watson & Taylor Self Storage.
Springer graduated with honors from both the SMU Dedman School of Law and the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. During law school, he was a locally, regionally, and nationally decorated moot court competitor. Storage has not suppressed Springer’s advocacy interests, and he remains active at SMU by coaching national champion moot court teams and teaching persuasive writing. Springer is married with three boys that, along with cooking, golfing, and music, fill the rest of his hours.
About Anne Sullivan
Sullivan has directed all aspects of Move It’s accounting, finance, and treasury operations since its founding in 2013. Before joining the storage industry, Sullivan worked for a division of Chase Bank (formerly known as Bank One) liquidating assets for the FDIC, during which time she became a Certified Public Accountant. She later moved to Cleveland and worked for a division of Key Corp. until moving back to Texas to raise her family.
Sullivan joined Move It’s predecessor, Watson & Taylor Self Storage, in 2011 and transitioned to Move It upon its formation. Her business instincts and penchant for scrutiny—a skill honed as a mother of four—make her a key asset for strategic planning. Sullivan’s guidance has been instrumental as Move It has experienced significant growth, doubling in size by property count every two years since its founding.
Sullivan is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She has been married for 25 years and has four children.
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