Guardian Storage, which operates 19 self-storage facilities in Colorado and Pennsylvania, has hired David Decker as vice president of operations. In this role, Decker will help guide the company’s property-management program and operations to a more efficient and sophisticated level, while also developing strategic plans for continued growth, according to a press release.
Prior to joining Guardian, Decker worked for Extra Space Storage Inc., an industry real estate investment trust and third-party management company, in a variety of roles including operations analyst, revenue-management specialist and district manager. Since 2013, he served as senior director of operations in charge of establishing policies and processes, increasing revenue streams, on-boarding new acquisitions, and outbound communications, the release stated.
“He is very collaborative and shares our people-first mindset,” said Steven Cohen, president of Guardian. “His vast knowledge and experience in our industry will prove to be extremely beneficial to Guardian Storage, both immediately and as we continue to grow.”
Over the last year, Guardian has added three new facilities in Hampton, Monroeville and Robinson, Pa. Three more properties are under development, including sites in Boulder and Longmont, Colo., which are scheduled to open in 2018. The expansion has enabled the operator to grow its employee base by 28 percent between the two markets, the release stated.
“I can see the company’s growth potential, and I’m excited to lend my experience to help them achieve their 2017 goals and beyond as they continue to expand,” Decker said. “I was immediately drawn to the company’s leadership, employee passion, and focus on customer satisfaction and operational excellence.”
Decker earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah.
Established in Pittsburgh in 1987, Guardian operates 15 facilities in Pennsylvania and four in Colorado.