The William Warren Group Team

Our Team

William Warren Hobin

William Warren Hobin

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Hobin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The William Warren Group, a vertically integrated real estate investment and development company. Since the formation of the company in 1994, Bill has led the WWG team on all of the development, acquisition and management activities. He is responsible for major company relationships, building the WWG team and providing strategic corporate vision.

Bill has an active hand in the various state and national self storage trade associations, acting as key note speaker to numerous groups, past Board Director of the National Self Storage Association (SSA), President and Board Director of the California Self Storage Association (CSSA), and maintains current membership across numerous State Associations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and resides with his family in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Clark W. Porter

Clark Porter

President/Chief Financial Officer

Clark is the President and Chief Financial Officer of WWG. Clark’s responsibilities include management of all lending and banking relationships, as well as oversight of the capital structure for acquisitions and new developments. Clark directly oversees all financial aspects related to property and corporate level profitability.

Prior to joining WWG, 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 the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gary Sugarman

Gary Sugarman

Chief Operating Officer

Gary is the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of WWG and directly oversees national operating and growth initiatives for the StorQuest brand.

Prior to joining The William Warren Group, Gary served as COO of Edison Properties, LLC, where he maintained full P&L responsibility for all business units of Edison’s $5 billion 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 of Real Estate

Tim is the Managing Partner and Executive Vice President of WWG. He is closely involved in all aspects of the company’s growth decisions. Tim’s major responsibility is oversight of the company’s Real Estate Development and Acquisition team. 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.

Barrett Carrere

Barrett Carrere

Controller

As Controller, Barrett is responsible for overseeing the Accounting team to ensure the highest level of standards to all investors, third-party owners, and key stakeholders. Barrett started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen, and held leadership positions in a variety of large, publically traded and private-equity backed companies. He was also a professor of accounting at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Barrett is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is an active certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Barrett also serves on the Audit Committee for New Roads School.

Ed Zinke

Edward Zinke

Senior Vice President of Real Estate

Edward is the Senior 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.

Kellen Kalso

Kellen Kalso

Vice President, Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Kellen oversees the company’s national operating strategy and initiatives. He is responsible for creating a customer-centric culture throughout the organization, with an emphasis on delivering quality operational service excellence, new product development and business process improvement.

Prior to joining WWG, Kellen served in multiple senior leadership positions at The Walt Disney Company. Most recently, he led the management of a world-class tenant roster at Disney Springs located at Walt Disney World. Prior to his role at Disney, Kellen led the operations team at several national retail and restaurant brands. Kellen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Michigan State University.

Michelle Bakva

Michelle Bakva

VP of Sales and Marketing

Michelle rejoined WWG as Vice President of Marketing & Sales in 2015, overseeing the company’s marketing & sales strategy, corporate communications, and community relations efforts. She is responsible for driving brand awareness, customer acquisitions and retention through all online and offline channels.

Prior to working at 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 Vice President of Construction & Development, Dave is responsible for the 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 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 rollout programs for multiple national retailers.

John Suddarth

Jon Suddarth

Vice President of Real Estate

As Vice President of Real Estate, Jon oversees the development and acquisitions team in the Denver, Portland and Seattle markets. He joined WWG as a Development Project Manager in August 2013, overseeing 11 ground-up construction projects. Prior to WWG, Jon served as Senior Development Analyst for THK Associates, consulting on a variety of ground up real estate development projects throughout the United States and internationally.

Jon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a focus in International Business from the University of Kansas in 2002, with a Master’s degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver in 2010.

Alyssa Parker

Alyssa Parker

Vice President of Real Estate

As Vice President of Real Estate, Alyssa oversees the business development and market research team. The business development team is responsible for sourcing new third-party owners as well as potential development opportunities in key markets. On the market research side, she is responsible for developing and implementing analysis activities for WWG’s new acquisition and development opportunities throughout the United States.

Prior to joining WWG in 2015, 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.

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.

Clark Porter Jr.

Clark Porter Jr

Director of Data Intelligence

As Director of Data Intelligence, Clark oversees pricing strategy, business intelligence, database management, data architecture, and data science projects. Prior to joining WWG in 2017, Clark developed, trained, and managed a Sales Team at a Los Angeles based start up as both the company and team revenues quintupled in size during his tenure. Clark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and his Graduate Certificate of Business from Bond University.

Nicole Bakva

Nicole Bakva

Director of CRM & Analytics

As Director of CRM & Analytics, Nicole oversees the market research team, which provides market intelligence on prospective acquisitions, developments, and management opportunities. She also builds and manages the business development customer relationship management database.

Prior to joining WWG, Nicole lead a team in prospect research, client acquisition, and performance analysis for a multi-billion dollar industry leader. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications from the University of California, Davis, and her MBA from the University of Southern California.

District Managers

Michael StClair

Michael StClair

Divisional Director of Stores, West Coast

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.

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.

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.

Keith Haberstroh

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 – Colorado

Mikaela Welch is the District Manager for the Colorado region.

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.

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.

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David Friday

District Manager – West Florida Region

David Friday is the District Manager for WWG’s West Florida region.

Prior to joining WWG, he worked with Public Storage for over 5 years where he was recognized for excellence in business advocacy as a President’s Circle Award Winner. David also held management roles with US Remodelers, Nestle and Frito Lay.

David graduated from University of Tampa with a degree in Environmental Sciences.

Joshua Niday

Joshua Niday

District Manager – Colorado

Joshua Niday is the District Manager for the Colorado properties.

Prior to joining WWG in 2015, Joshua spent the majority of his working life in the self storage industry. He brings 10 years of experience, holding various positions with Extra Space Storage. Joshua came to WWG as a Site Manager and was promoted to Team Lead, where he shared his passion for team building and driving performance success. Joshua is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and enjoys staying active.

John Banh

John Banh

District Manager - Inland Empire/Desert

John Bahn is the District Manager for the Southern California Inland Empire/Palm Desert and Nevada Las Vegas Market.

John has over 15+ years of experience at the District Manager level. Prior to joining WWG, he worked over 4 years as a Sr. District Manager with Jiffy Lube and over 6 years as a District Manager with Public Storage where his role was also the Trainer of new District Managers. In addition, John has held Management roles with several Car Rental companies including Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

John graduated from University of California, Irvine with a degree in Economics.

Shawna Morris

Shawna Morris

District Manager in Training - Oregon/Washington

Shawna Morris is the District Manager in Training for the Pacific Northwest region.

Prior to WWG, Shawna gained her self-storage knowledge while at Urban Self Storage, working in multiple field management positions. Since joining WWG in 2014, she has gained several accolades for her leadership with development store lease-up successes; Store Manager of the Year - AZ District in 2017 and Rising Star - AZ in 2016. She went on to be the Arizona Team Lead in 2017.

Shawna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and Society, Ethics and Human Behavior from University of Washington. Additionally, she brings extensive research and statistical analysis experience working toward her Master's Degree in Administration Studies at Arizona State University.

Nicole Phavisith

Nicole Phavisith

District Manager in Training - Central Valley

Nicole Phavisith is the District Manager in Training for the Central Valley region.

Nicole comes to WWG with over 11 years of experience in the industry. She spent the beginning of her career with Extra Space Storage and joined WWG company in 2016. In the industry she has won numerous accolades over the years including three-time winner of the Big Wave award while with WWG. Nicole has a passion for the self-storage industry with team building and leading her team towards further growth and success.

Timothy Stovall

Timothy Stovall

District Manager in Training - Nevada

Timothy Stovall is the District Manager in Training for the Reno, Nevada Properties.

He joined WWG in December 2014 as an Assistant Manager in Reno, NV and was promoted in quick succession to Property Manager and then Team Lead for the Reno market. He received Manager of the Year in 2015, Big Wave in 2016 for going above and beyond the scope of his job consistently and earned Store of the Year in 2017. Tim previously worked in the storage industry for 3 years and additionally brings 25+ years of business management experience to WWG. Tim enjoys spending time with his husband and pups, camping and outdoor activities such as hiking and trail biking, and has a passion for gardening.