Paul Feikema, operations director for the Hide-Away Storage self-storage facilities in Southwest Florida, has been promoted to commander in the U.S. Navy reserve. Cmdr. Feikema has spent a combined 17 years in the Navy on active and reserve status, including nearly a year in Iraq in 2004.
Feikema was promoted at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., June 1 by Capt. Lewis Harrison, CENTCOM deputy engineer. Feikema served on active duty in 2009 at CENTCOM, managing engineering issues in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other locations in the Middle East. His active duty assignments before his reserve duty included the island of Guam, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico.
His duties at Hide-Away Storage encompass overall operational control of the company’s 10 Florida self-storage facilities in St. Petersburg, Ellenton, Bradenton, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Naples. He also will have control over the new Xpress Storage facility on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, which is separately owned from the Hide-Away facilities but managed by the same management firm.
“We are delighted with Paul’s success both with Hide-Away Storage and also with the Navy,” said Steve Wilson, managing partner of Hide-Away Storage. “Handling what are, essentially, two simultaneous careers is not easy, but Paul seems to be able to accomplish this demanding task.”