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About StorageMart

Storage & Social Responsibility

As we've grown and gotten to know our local communities, we've come to support the many places we call home. We believe that making a difference in our customers' lives means more than offering a clean, convenient place to rent a storage unit. Improving the lives of our customers and members of our community is at the heart of our charitable partnerships, and our passions really boil down to these three areas.

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1. Kids

Helping children and supporting groups who work to build thriving families is one of the greatest ways to change the future of our local communities. In our self storage business, we know that moving and trasition periods in life are stressful for adults, but - at times - even more unsettling for kids. If we can help make childhood more carefree, we think that's worth the investment. StorageMart is proud to support local foster care organizations, youth programs, shelters, sports teams and the like, so that volunteers and staff are able to make a larger impact in our home towns.


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2. Puppies

It's hard to resist big puppy dog eyes and a sweet wet nose! Families wouldn't be the same without our four-legged friends. We support local no-kill animal rescue centers and shelters and have been known to host a doggie-wash day or two...


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3. Trees

We like breathing. And we like investing in our community with lots of green spaces so that kids and puppies can play together.

StorageMart is one of the largest providers of renewable energy within the self storage industry. Outfitting the roofs of many of our self storage properties with solar panels is a win-win solution to create energy without increasing carbon footprints.

We're a proud founding member of the charity storage program, through which we support non-profit agencies in many local communities.

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Mission Statement

To satisfy every customer with friendly service and a welcoming self storage environment.

Strategic Vision

StorageMart is dedicated to delivering a warm and friendly self storage environment and to satisfying every customer. These values support our commitment to provide the highest level of service to our customers and our community:

  • Delight our customers
  • Take care of our team members
  • Own our actions and take individual pride in our decisions
  • Respect all people
  • Empower our employees to take initiative to "go the extra mile"
  • Encourage innovation
  • Build strong relationships with our customers, community, and colleagues
  • Give back to our local communities

Corporate Sponsorship

We would like to consider your request for corporate sponsorship and are especially interested in requests that develop our local communities.

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Executive Profiles

Mike Burnam

Mike Burnam

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Burnam is the CEO of StorageMart and is responsible for acquisitions, risk management, and capital investments and has been responsible for over $2 billion in self storage acquisitions and development.

Mike started in the self storage business in 1974 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 married in 1973; he and his wife, Janice, 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.


Cris Burnam

Cris Burnam

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 165 stores across the United States and Canada, comprising approximately 11,000,000 net rentable square feet and over 85,000 rental units. As President, Cris oversees all aspects of the organization. StorageMart is headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, and is the largest privately owned storage company in the storage industry.

Cris has been recognized as EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014, and was also given the 2014 Torch Award by the Better Business Bureau. Cris is listed as one of Ingram’s Magazine of

One of 50 Missourians You Should Know.

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 $3 billion dollars in Self Storage transactions.

Cris lives in Columbia, MO, with his wife Jennifer and 3 sons.


Steve Dulle

Steve Dulle

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 received a B.S. in Management from the University of Missouri in 1971 and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University in 1973 and is a CPA and a licensed real estate broker in Texas.