George McCord, the principal owner and operator of Southeast Storage & Development Co. and the developer of Plantation Self Storage, passed away last week after a long illness.
George had more than 30 years of project-intensive self-storage experience including the development of facilities totaling nearly 1 million square feet of space. George served on the national Self-Storage Association Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006, and was president of the SSA Southeast Region in 2003. He was a long-standing member of the Georgia Self Storage Association and a founding member of the South Carolina Self Storage Association.
George presented at several Inside Self-Storage World Expos and submitted articles to Inside Self-Storage magazine on the topic of wine storage. His Plantation Self Storage chain, with four locations in Columbia, Bluffton, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., are renowned for their wine-storage services and amenities.
From 1991 to 1994, George served as chief development officer for American Monroe Ltd., a subsidiary of Chicago-based American Invsco Corp., where he was responsible for the acquisition and development of multi-family housing properties. Prior to 1991, he supervised the construction and installation of a premier yacht harbor and marina for a private resort development in the Bahamas, and managed development and operations for a marina near Door County, Wis. He was also a former owner of the Palmetto Bay Marina on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Following his graduation from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., George received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
George lived on Hilton Head Island, S.C., with his wife, Joanne, and their three children.