Closetbox Inc., a startup business specializing in valet self-storage services, has hired Sean Sutherland as director of engineering to help the company strengthen its focus on technology and efficiency. The appointment follows similar recent hires of “seasoned startup professionals,” according to a press release. Recent appointments include Travis Henry as head of marketing and Barb Stevens as chief operating officer.
Sutherland previously held engineering leadership roles with Harris Corp., Pearson and ReadyTalk. His career has included managing domestic teams as well as those in Asia and Europe. He most recently has focused on “developing local teams and fostering progressive engineering cultures to drive teams to higher levels of autonomy,” the release stated.
Closetbox recently raised $7.3 million in a recent Series-A funding round. The company has grown the number of its service markets from 24 at the end of 2015 to a footprint of 88 markets in 38 states and Washington, D.C. It added 10 new markets last month.
It differs from some other valet-storage operators by allowing customers to reserve a set amount of storage space in addition to storing items by the box. Customer belongings are stored in climate-controlled warehouses. The company has also sought to work with traditional self-storage operators. It has reportedly leveraged “excess capacity on 4,000 moving trucks and storage facilities nationwide.”
Headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., Closetbox uses an online platform that allows customers to schedule free item pickup, print barcodes to affix to boxes and oversized belongings, keep track of items using a private dashboard, and schedule delivery of items home. It has 206 locations.