Pogoda Cos., a Farmington Hills, Mich., self-storage operator and broker, hired John K. George as vice president of operations.
George has more than 15 years of self-storage experience working with many of the top self-storage real estate investment trusts. His self-storage career began in 1994 at Storage USA. For eight years, George was instrumental in the company’s expansion as it grew to more than 650 facilities nationwide. In 2006, he became divisional vice president for U-Store-It, overseeing nine district managers, a regional office staff and 132 facilities.
George has expertise in all facets of operations from revenue management to controlling expenses while producing growth in occupancy and profit.
As the new leader of Pogoda Management Co., George will focus on building a cohesive management team with shared company goals. Additionally, he intends to establish a three-tier certification training program for all staff to further maximize profit through revenue management and streamlined processes.
“When I saw the opportunity to hire John I jumped at it. Finding someone with his knowledge and many years of experience is rare. Adding John will allow me to focus on the acquisition and development of new properties in Michigan and other major markets across the country,” said Maurice Pogoda, president.
Founded in 1987, Pogoda Cos. provides brokerage, management, investment and consulting services to the self-storage and manufactured housing industries through its Pogoda Group Inc. and Pogoda Management Co. divisions.