Self-Storage Services Firm Investment Real Estate LLC Names New Director of Marketing, Executive Assistant

Update 4/23/15 – Investment Real Estate LLC (IRE) has hired Erin Rogers as executive assistant to John Gilliland, president and CEO. She will be responsible for the daily operation of the office, event organization and execution, and travel arrangements for executives and sales staff. Rogers will also assist with projects on the brokerage side of the business including feasibility studies, offering memorandums and proposals. She replaces Jess Dubbs, who was recently promoted to director of marketing.

Erin RogersUpdate 4/23/15 – Investment Real Estate LLC (IRE) has hired Erin Rogers as executive assistant to John Gilliland, president and CEO. She will be responsible for the daily operation of the office, event organization and execution, and travel arrangements for executives and sales staff. Rogers will also assist with projects on the brokerage side of the business including feasibility studies, offering memorandums and proposals. She replaces Jess Dubbs, who was recently promoted to director of marketing.

Rogers’ professional background is in sales and marketing. She held several positions, including management, during nearly 10 years at event-planning company National Conference Services Inc. Her responsibilities included hiring, training and managing new employees, and she was responsible for more than 33 percent of the company’s overall revenue from 2006 to 2009, according to the release.

“I am excited to work with an energetic and strong individual,” Rogers said. “The position offers a great opportunity to excel at my favorite activities: travel plans and event preparations. My past work experience has certainly prepared me to handle anything that comes through the doors at IRE.”

Rogers has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Tennessee. She is also a certified life coach and LesMills BodyCOMBAT instructor.


4/17/15 – Investment Real Estate LLC (IRE), which provides brokerage, construction, development and property-management services to the self-storage industry, has promoted Jess Dubbs to director of marketing. Dubbs was hired by the company in April 2013 as executive assistant to John Gilliland, president and CEO. The position included some marketing projects. After her first two years, it became clear she would be more valuable to Investment Real Estate Group of Cos. (IREGC) if she was working on marketing activities full time, according to a company press release.

Jess DubbsIn her role, Dubbs is responsible for IRE’s traditional and digital marketing, including but not limited to blog development, branding, copywriting, e-mail marketing, graphic design, photography, social media, video, and website design and maintenance. She coordinates the company’s trade, community and facility events. She works closely with the company’s brokerage division on marketing and proposal design. She also works with district and property managers on business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing efforts.

“I am excited to be moving into marketing full time! I have loved my job since my first day with the company, but marketing and design are my true strengths and where my passion lives,” Dubbs said. “I am eager to hit the ground running and put my years of training and experience to work, and help drive a larger [return on investment] through new and exciting marketing efforts.”

Dubbs has more than 15 years of experience in design and marketing in the corporate and private sectors. She owned and operated a freelance business focused on graphic and multi-media design. She also boasts a vast amount of knowledge in digital marketing, print and traditional marketing, according to the release. Her past positions include director of production, graphic designer, marketing and map design manager, preflight specialist and senior graphic designer.

Dubbs is also an avid and professional photographer. In addition to shooting portraits and weddings, she photographs and sells nature prints, focusing mainly on birds and landscapes.

Dubbs is a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Self Storage Association Young Leaders Group and York County Economic Alliance.

IRE has provided brokerage, construction, management and development services to self-storage owners and investors since its inception in 1998.

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