Westport Properties Inc. (WPI), which operates 110 self-storage facilities under the US Storage Centers brand, announced the recent passing of company partner and vice president of development Jamie Alai. Alai died last weekend after a two-year battle with cancer.
Alai was the first person hired by WPI Founder Barry Hoeven more than 20 years ago and was instrumental in the company’s growth and success, according to a press release. Most recently, he designed and supervised construction of Westport’s flagship property in Alhambra, Calif. He was also the 2015 recipient of the “Facility of the Year” award from “Mini-Storage Messenger,” an industry publication.
“Jamie was an older brother to me. No day will go by that I won’t think of him and all he did for Westport, his family, Barry and my family as well,” said WPI Chairman Drew Hoeven. “He was truly one of the most kind-hearted persons I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I will miss him dearly.”
Alia is survived by his wife, Julie, and high-school age sons, Jeffrey and Jake.
Founded in 1985 and based in Irvine, Calif., WPI is a real estate investment company that acquires, develops and operates self-storage facilities as well as provides third-party management services. Its portfolio comprises more than 7.5 million rentable square feet in 13 states. It's affiliated with Westport Memphis Self Storage LLC.