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Campbell Promoted to Digitech Account Manager

Digitech International Inc. selected Steven Campbell to assume direction for the Southeastern sales team. Campbell will create and support customer relationships, and lead a team in order preparation and general account service. He has been with Digitech for more than three years as a senior technician in the company’s technical support call center.


OpenTech Hires Two New Grads

OpenTech Alliance Inc., the maker of INSOMNIAC self-storage kiosks, filled two key positions at its Phoenix headquarters. Sean Moriarty joined in March as business development manager for the mountain and western Canada regions after receiving his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. Jason Bradley joined the team in June in the technical services department, and has completed his electronic and computer technology degree from DeVry University in Phoenix.


Trachte Adds Eight Employees

Trachte Building Systems announces the addition of eight new employees. Devin Anderson is a product development engineer responsible for developing and launching new products to help Trachte diversify its markets. Jennifer Schroeder was recently hired as an engineering technician. Her duties include generating proposals, contracts, plans, construction details and bills of material. Tim Sexton accepted a position as a PC support specialist. LeAnn Spuda joined the materials group as a purchasing agent. Lisa Gensch is a new accounting assistant. Shaun Decker and Mali Butteris accepted positions as structural engineers responsible for the design of custom details for new buildings. Trevor Sajdak is an engineering technician, generating proposals, contracts, plans and construction details.


Sentry Hires Yonis, Promotes Lekas

Norman Schulman announced Rick Yonis has joined Sentry Self Storage LLC as executive vice president and managing partner. For the past 13 years, Yonis served as vice president of operations and franchising for Storage USA and Extra Space Storage. He will be based in Sentry’s Dallas office. Bryan Lekas was promoted to regional vice president and partner. Lekas, based in the Coral Springs, Fla., office, joined Sentry in 2001 as district manager and worked as operations manager. Rob Nelson joined Sentry as the district manager for Texas; previously he was with Storage USA and Extra Space Storage.


Hryszko Joins CBRE as VP

CB Richard Ellis announced Steve Hryszko has joined the firm’s self-storage advisory group as vice president. With Hryszko’s arrival, CBRE has added a national institutional brokerage component. He will work in the company’s Cleveland office and serve large national and regional institutional owners as well as smaller local clients. Hryszko, a 20-year real estate veteran, most recently worked for U-Store-It, where he oversaw the acquisition of more than $1 billion in self-storage properties.


Rapid Rack Appoints National Sales Manager

Frank de la Torre is new national sales manager of the industrial division for Rapid Rack Industries Inc., a manufacturer in the shelving rack and workbench industry for more than 75 years. A 10-year veteran of the industry, de la Torre will oversee the sales managers and manufacturer’s representative organization.


New Personnel Director for AAAA

AAAA Self Storage Management Group appointed Vicki Mahone as human resources manager. She has 22 years experience in human-relations management. AAAA Self Storage Management Group, an affiliate of Virginia-based The Nicholson Companies, is a full-service management and development company for the self-storage industry along the mid-Atlantic.

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