The William Warren Group Team

Our Team

William Warren Hobin

William Warren Hobin

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Hobin is the CEO of the William Warren Group. Since founding the company in 1994, Mr. Hobin has worked closely with the company’s senior executive management team, in regards to acquiring and developing new properties, oversight of the company’s operational platform, and the management of existing and new business relationships.  

In addition to leading the WWG team, Mr. Hobin has had an active hand in the various state and national self storage trade associations throughout the years, acting as past Board Director of the National Self Storage Association (SSA), past President and Board Director of the California Self Storage Association (CSSA), and is a current member of numerous State Associations. Additionally, Mr. Hobin is an active member of the Self Storage Association Large Operators Council (LOC Group) and sits on an advisory board for CubeSmart, one of the industry’s leading public companies. Mr. Hobin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Clark W. Porter

Clark W. Porter

President/Chief Financial Officer

Clark Porter is the President and Chief Financial Officer of both WWG and WWP. Clark’s responsibilities include management of various lending and banking relationships, as well as oversight of the capital structure for acquisitions and new developments. He leads WWP’s efforts in the acquisition of existing storage facilities from the sourcing of an opportunity, through due diligence and origination of financing to the closing of the transaction. Clark directly oversees all financial aspects related to property and corporate level profitability.

Prior to joining WWG and WWP, Clark worked at WSGP Partners, LP, a merchant bank focused on the acquisition of financial institutions that was founded by former Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon. He received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from University of California, Los Angeles.

Gary Sugarman

Gary Sugarman

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Gary Sugarman directly oversees national growth initiatives for the StorQuest brand.

Prior to joining The William Warren Group, Gary served the past five years as COO of Edison Properties LLC, where he maintained full P&L responsibility for all business units of Edison’s real-estate portfolio, including direct accountability for all aspects of operating the notable Manhattan Mini Storage portfolio. Prior to his role at Edison, Gary spent 20 years operating several national retail chains, and practiced as a Wall Street corporate finance attorney. Gary is a graduate of Harvard Law School and The University of Michigan, and has served as Chairman of the New York Self Storage Association, a Board Member of the national Self Storage Association Large Operators Council, and a Member of CubeSmart’s Board of Strategic Advisors.

Timothy Hobin

Timothy Hobin

Executive Vice President – Real Estate

Tim joined his older brother Bill in May 2000 to help with new development opportunities and construction management.

Today, he manages a team of individuals across the country that is focused on development, acquisitions and sourcing new management opportunities. In addition, Tim oversees the company’s Investor Relations. Prior to joining WWG, Tim spent seven years as a Financial Consultant with Smith Barney in San Francisco. Tim graduated from UC Berkeley in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. He currently resides with his wife and four children in Newport Beach, California.

Scott McIntosh

Scott McIntosh

Vice President of Accounting/Controller

As Vice President of Accounting/Controller, Scott is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic accounting initiatives, coordination and communication of accounting responsibilities, and development and management of accounting polici

Scott has 20 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry (REIT) and 16 years in self-storage. He worked as an Assistant Controller and directed the accounting of 3rd Party relationships for Extra Space Storage for 13 years. Prior to joining the WWG full-time in August 2015, Scott worked in-house as an Accounting Consultant. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah State University.

Ed Zinke

Edward Zinke

Vice President of Real Estate

Edward Zinke is Vice President of Real Estate for WWG. In his 25 year career, he has been instrumental in the development of over $1.4 billion in property, located in the U.S. and abroad. Starting as a construction laborer, he has distinguished himself in many senior executive roles, with a primary focus on finance, P&L and marketing responsibilities.

Prior to joining WWG, Ed handled assignments for both public and private development companies including The Braemar Group and DeVere Anderson Enterprises. He has also been called upon to provide advisory services for select Fortune 500 companies including D.R. Horton, The Ryland Group and Standard Pacific. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the W.P. Cary School of Business, Arizona State University and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of California.

Michelle Bakva

Michelle Bakva

Vice President of Marketing

Michelle rejoins WWG as Vice President of Marketing, overseeing the company’s global marketing strategy, corporate communications, and community relations efforts.

She is responsible for driving brand awareness and customer acquisitions through all online and offline channels.

Prior to working at the WWG, Michelle served as Senior Marketing Manager at National Veterinary Associates, overseeing the development of interactive, direct marketing, creative and sales promotion strategies.

Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Law & Society from University of California, Santa Barbara and her MBA from Pepperdine University.

Dave Bird

Dave Bird

Vice President of Construction & Development

As VP of Construction & Development, Dave is responsible for Design & Construction of new facilities and acquisition upgrades. Dave is a Licensed Architect and General Contractor with over 30 years of practical design experience. Prior to joining WWG, Dave has held development roles with national retailers including American Stores, Pep Boys and Rite Aid. Additionally, Dave has collaborated on development teams in bringing CVS and Fresh & Easy into the California markets as well as roll out programs for multiple national retailers.

Bob Birmingham

Bob Birmingham

Director of Acquisitions

As Director of Acquisitions, Bob is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and closing new acquisition opportunities across the U.S including development of new business relationships with private owners.

Bob has over 30 years in real estate investments, real estate sales and real estate banking. Prior to joining WWG, Bob was a Senior Vice President with Colliers International where his primary emphasis was the brokerage of large investment properties and development of large private equity fund clients. Prior to joining Colliers, Bob spent 20 years with Bank of America where, for over 10 years, was responsible for all aspects of the asset management and sale of the bank’s foreclosed commercial properties.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management and is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of California.

Tracy Sells

Tracy Sells

Director of Strategic Partnerships

As Director of Strategic Partnerships, Tracy is responsible for WWG’s Third Party Management program, including new business development and relationships with third party owners.

Tracy has nearly 20 years of self-storage industry experience including third party management, development and operations.  During her self-storage career, she has worked for two of the national REITs and also managed a portfolio of real estate assets, including self-storage, on the East Coast.

Tracy serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Self Storage Association and is a frequent speaker at industry educational events.  Tracy has a master’s in Finance from University of South Carolina and an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland.

Ruby Blue

Ruby Blue

Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Ruby is responsible for managing all facets of the Human Resources Department, including: HR Strategy, Compensation and Benefit Management; Employee and Labor Relations; Employee Development and Talent Management;

Succession Development Planning; Recruitment and Selection; and Immigration and Relocation. Ruby focuses on partnering with executives and businesses to provide valued-added HR solutions to complex business challenges. Ruby holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State Hayward and a masters degree in Human Resources.

Alyssa Parker

Alyssa Parker

Managing Director of Research & Analytics

As Managing Director of Research & Analytics, Alyssa is responsible for developing and implementing analysis activities for WWG’s new acquisition and development opportunities throughout the United States. Alyssa manages the market research team, with direct oversight in evaluating new and current opportunities.

Prior to joining WWG, Alyssa gained business development and operations experience working as a General Manager for the Hillstone Restaurant Group. Alyssa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Steve Hanna

Director of Facilities Services

Steve is responsible for developing and growing the Facilities Services Department in line with WWG’s strategic growth. Bringing over 18 years of experience in Corporate Real Estate, Operations, Facilities Management, and Project Management,

Steve has built a successful career and track record in the entertainment and real-estate industries. Holding key positions, both in house and as a consultant for companies such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Yahoo, Universal, Warner Music, DirecTV and Farmers Insurance; he developed and led national and regional FM operational programs, built high performing teams and implemented comprehensive strategic operating procedures.

 

Todd Buese

Todd Buese

Pricing Manager

Todd joined WWG in August 2013 as Pricing Manager. He is responsible for developing and implementing the pricing strategy and systems for WWG.

Todd has more than ten years of experience in this field. Prior to joining WWG, Todd was employed at Farmers Insurance where he priced and managed profit and loss on a portfolio of insurance products as well as developed corporate strategy in the company’s strategic planning department. Todd received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola New Orleans, with an emphasis in Finance, and he received his MBA from Pepperdine University.

District Managers

Alison Vasconcellos

Alison Vasconcellos

District Manager - Hawaii

Alison Vasconcellos is the District Manager for the Hawaii properties.

She has spent the past 22 years in the Hawaii marketplace, and was recently the founder of Expert Perceptions LLC, a sales and marketing solutions company offering personalized consultation and training services to local companies. Until 2007, she was Senior Vice President of Towne Development of Hawaii, a real estate development company. Her many other accomplishments include being a Sales Manager, Director of Sales & Marketing, Project Coordinator, Real Estate Broker, and General Manager of a hotel & golf resort. A true passion for inspiring and empowering others has guided Alison through much of her volunteer service on homeowner association boards, action committees, community development committees and school service boards.

Sheri Fleischman

Sheri Fleischman

District Manager - Southern California/South Nevada

Sheri Fleischman is the District Manager for the WWG’s storage portfolio in the Southern California and Southern Nevada regions.

Sheri joins the WWG with over 20 years of self-storage experience, and has played a direct role in many markets throughout the Western United States, including Hawaii. Sheri brings her talents as a District Manager, Division Learning Manager, Director of Talent Management and Director of Training to WWG. As a District Manager, Sheri oversees operations in Southern California from Ventura County to the greater Los Angeles area. Sheri’s passion is the growth, development and ultimate success of her team and its individual members, as well as their contributions to the overall success of the organization.

Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer Curtis

District Manager - Arizona

Jennifer Curtis is the District Manager for the Arizona properties.

She joined WWG in 2004 as a Property Manager, where she successfully leased up a flagship store in Parker, Colorado, in record time earning her a national spotlight as Property Manager of the Year Runner Up from Self Storage NOW! Magazine. She went on to be a Team Lead for the Colorado and Arizona teams before receiving her promotion to District Manager. Jennifer has spent the past 20+ years in the commercial real estate industry. Until 2003, she was an Assistant Real Estate Manager for CBRE, a Property Assistant for Equity Office, a Property Manager for Insignia International and worked in property management in Breckenridge, Colorado for several years. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Self Storage Association.

Kelly Russell

Kelly Russell

District Manager - West Florida

Kelly Russell is the District Manager for the WWG’s portfolio of self storage properties in the West Florida region.

Before coming on board with WWG, Kelly spent nine years with SecurCare Self Storage as an Area Manager, and the past year as the Chief Operations Manager with Southeast Self Storage. Kelly oversees the gulf coast side of the WWG Florida portfolio. WWG is lucky to have Kelly bring her extensive experience to the team.

Kenny Carlough

Kenny Carlough

District Manager - Colorado/North Dakota

Kenny Carlough is the District Manager for WWG’s Colorado and North Dakota regions.

Prior to joining WWG in 2015, Kenny ran his own consulting firm where he was involved in new construction, feasibility studies, operations manual creation, financial projections, marketing, training and auditing for small storage operators. He also brings 17 years of self storage management and recruiting experience from Storage USA, Safeguard Self Storage and Extra Space Storage. Kenny sat on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Self Storage Association from 2011-2013.

Keith Haberstroh

District Manager – Texas

Keith Haberstroh is the District Manager for the WWG’s Texas self-storage portfolio - joining the team in early 2016.

Keith has years of leadership and operations experience and a vast skill set to prove it. Prior to joining the William Warren Group, Keith was a District Manager in retail for Hastings Entertainment, a Circulation Director for The Courier in Arkansas, and most recently a Divisional Director of Operations for Advance America. It was there that he oversaw 12 facilities and was responsible for all aspects of operations. He also has ample self storage experience, working with a large public operator and big box retail experience.

Edwin Murga

Edwin Murga

District Manager – Southern California

As a District Manager Edwin oversees operations in Southern California from Orange County to the Inland Empire.

Edwin joined WWG in 2013 with over 10 years of storage experience. He brings with him his knowledge of property management and his talent as a trainer. During his time at WWG, Edwin has received the 2014 Rising Star award and the 2015 Big Wave award for an employee that went well above and beyond the scope of their job multiple times throughout the year consistently. Edwin worked at multiple sites for his District, conducted training and helped with multiple conversions across the company.

Mikaela Welch

Mikaela Welch

District Manager – Central Valley

Mikaela Welch is the District Manager for the Central Valley region of Northern California.

Mikaela joined the company as an Assistant Manager in Colorado, and was promoted in quick succession to Property Manager in California, then to Team Lead for the Northern California region. Mikaela has a passion for the self-storage industry, and brings drive, enthusiasm, and experience to guide and support her Central Valley team toward further growth and success.

Michael StClair

Michael StClair

District Manager – Bay Area

Michael comes to WWG with an extensive background in the industry and 28 years of experience at the District Manager level.

He spent most of his career with Public Storage and Extra Space in various roles including District Manager, Senior District Manager and National 3rd Party Manager. Michael has received numerous accolades over the years including the first Extra Space District Manager CEO award and four-time winner of the Public Storage District Manager of the Year award. Michael grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California and graduated from San Jose State University. Michael enjoys playing soccer, body surfing and collecting old musical records.

Rona Siegel

Rona Siegel

District Manager - Northeast Region

Rona Siegel is the District Manager for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey for the Northeast region.

Rona has spent the last 20+ years in Asset and Property Management in various facets including commercial, retail and multifamily and has received many accolades including the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Manhattan Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) as “Manager of the Year”.

She currently serves as the 2016/2017 Board President of Southern CT BOMA chapter and is an avid runner completing several marathons and triathlons.

Ralph Rabasco

Ralph Rabasco

District Manager - Florida

Ralph Rabasco is the District Manager for WWG's portfolio of self storage in the Central and Eastern Florida region.

Ralph joined WWG in December of 2016 and comes with an extensive background in multi-unit management across several industries including Commercial Laundries and Retail.