Chief Executive Officer
Mike Burnam is the CEO of StorageMart and deals primarily with relationships in the storage industry, acquisition of companies and development land.
Mike started in the self storage business in 1976 and had a hand in developing many of the family’s businesses, including apartment management, mobile home park management, ownership of an insurance agency, real estate agency, travel agency and trash hauling company. Mike was vital to the storage site selection process and management of self storage facilities in the early years of building one of the first self storage businesses. Between 1974 and 1986, he and his partners built storage properties throughout Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky, North and South Carolina and Alabama.
An international promoter of the self storage industry, Mike was President of the national Self Storage Association in 1994, again elected to a national board position of the association in 2005 and on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Self Storage Association in 2008. Mike is a requested speaker at national and international storage events.
Mike has been married for 36 years to Janice; they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. In August 2007 Mike’s son joined the company in the construction department and became the third generation to work in the family’s self storage business.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Cris Burnam has been working in the Self Storage Industry since 1987, and since 1999 has been serving as President of StorageMart. StorageMart owns and operates 132 stores across the United States and Canada, comprising approximately 9,000,000 net rentable square feet and over 70,000 rental units. As President, Cris oversees all aspects of the organization. StorageMart is headquartered in Columbia, Missouri.
In 2008, Cris led the company in its successful $416 million dollar takeover of InStorage REIT, a publically traded REIT on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The transaction closed in March of 2009, and has since been fully integrated in StorageMart.
Cris also created and opened PhoneSmart Call Center in 2002 as a wholly owned subsidiary of StorageMart. Today, PhoneSmart provides call center services to over 800 independently owned storage facilities in the US, Canada, Mexico and Panama.
In 1994, Cris and his brother, Mike Burnam launched an IPO of their family owned company called Storage Trust (NYSE:SEA). Storage Trust was successfully merged into Public Storage in 1999 for approximately $650 million dollars.
Over the course of his career in Self Storage, Cris has completed over $2 billion dollars in Self Storage transactions.
Cris lives in Columbia, MO, with his wife Jennifer and 3 sons.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Dulle is the CFO of StorageMart and has worked hand in hand with the Burnam family since the company’s formation. Steve brings experience and expertise to the business; he previously worked for Storage Trust Realty and was the Chief Financial Officer of each of Colonial Storage Centers I, Ltd.; Colonial Storage Centers II, Ltd.; and Colonial Storage Centers III, Ltd. Steve was also the Secretary and Treasurer of Colonial Storage Management 85, Inc. and Colonial Storage Management 86, Inc. Prior to joining Colonial in 1980, Steve was a Senior Manager with the public accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick.
Steve holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University in 1973 and is a CPA and a licensed real estate broker in Texas.