The Investment Real Estate Group of Companies (IREGC), which specializes in self-storage brokerage, construction and management and operates the Moove In Self Storage brand, has made several staff changes to start the new year.
Christopher Riley, formerly the chief financial officer, has been promoted to president. He’ll also continue to serve as chief operating officer, a position he’s held since 2018. Riley will work closely with CEO John Gilliland and the board of advisors to pursue and ensure compliance with company goals. He’ll also continue to establish relationships with the self-storage community to nurture new business, according to a press release.
Riley has more than 25 years of commercial and residential real estate experience in the public and private sectors. He’s served in various operational and financial leadership roles, acquiring extensive experience in land acquisition, development, construction and property management throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
“Chris has brought an unparalleled work ethic and energy to our organization,” Gilliland said. “His tireless pursuit of our vision and goals has fueled our phenomenal growth over these last four years. There is no doubt that he has earned this promotion, especially as we continue to scale our operations. Well done, Chris!”
IREGC also hired Jerry Pearson as revenue manager. In this newly created role, he’ll assist in underwriting potential acquisitions and analyze revenue streams. He’ll also integrate revenue-management software programs and oversee tenant rates at some properties.
Pearson has more than 18 years of self-storage experience. He most recently served as director of pricing and revenue management for ezStorage. He also worked for Public Storage Inc. as a district manager.
“Jerry has demonstrated expert experience in identifying market and industry trends,” said Shaun Lewy, vice president of operations. “He has a track record of delivering suggested courses of action to remain the leader in not just earning new business, but also retaining current clientele.”
In addition, IREGC hired two people to its Moove In team. Maggie Hagan is operations coordinator, and Kurt Knepshield is a new district manager.
Hagan will create and process expense reports, manage schedules and travel for the operations team, and assemble monthly reports. She was formerly an executive assistant at an orthopedic practice.
Knepshield will oversee self-storage properties in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. In addition to enhancing team performance, he’ll manage pricing and competition surveys, property budgets, and expense reports. Before joining Moove In, he was a district manager for Life Storage for seven years. Prior to that, he worked in retail.
Founded in 1998, IREGC includes Investment Real Estate (IRE) and Investment Real Estate Construction LLC. IRE is a provider of brokerage, construction, development and management services to self-storage owners and investors.
Moove In operates 60 facilities in Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.