SmartStop Self Storage, which operates 163 facilities in 20 states and Canada, hired Matt Lopez as the controller assigned to the company’s two affiliated real estate investment trusts (REIT), Strategic Storage Growth Trust Inc. and Strategic Storage Trust II Inc. Prior to joining SmartStop, Lopez was a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Most recently, he was an audit senior manager serving clients involved in hospitality, real estate funds and REITs, and residential and commercial development in Los Angeles, Orange County, Calif., Phoenix and San Diego. He has more than 14 years of auditing and accounting experience.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to apply the knowledge I gained servicing top real estate companies at PricewaterhouseCoopers to Smartstop’s two dynamic and rapidly growing affiliated REITS,” Lopez said.
A certified public accountant, Lopez graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
“Matt comes to us with significant experience in REITs and real estate,” said H. Michael Schwartz, CEO and president. “We’re excited to have him join our organization and take a leadership role in the accounting department as SmartStop continues to grow.”
Formerly Strategic Storage Trust Inc., SmartStop Self Storage is a diversified real estate company that focuses on acquisition, advisory, asset management and property-management services for self-storage properties. The company is also the sponsor, adviser and property manager for Strategic Storage Trust II Inc., a public, non-traded REIT specializing in stabilized properties, and Strategic Storage Growth Trust Inc., a private REIT focusing on self-storage acquisition and development.
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