Cris Burnam has been the President of StorageMart since 1999 but has been working in the self storage industry since 1987 when he was closely tied to real estate deals for the growing family storage business. As President, Cris oversees all aspects of the organization, with a strong focus on long-term planning and goal setting.
Throughout his tenure with the company, Cris has overseen several periods of unprecedented growth as StorageMart developed from a single store in Columbia, MO to the largest privately-owned self storage company in the world. The short list of accomplishments includes acquisition projects like bringing 60+ Canadian InStorage properties into the StorageMart family in 2008 and the largest self storage commercial backed re-capitalization transaction in history in 2015. Most recently, the company has expanded into the United Kingdom as Cris and the executive team at StorageMart completed the acquisition of Big Box Storage, the 5th largest storage company in the United Kingdom.
Over the years, his strong entrepreneurial spirit has earned Cris recognition locally and nationally. After being named Ingram’s Magazine One of the 50 Missourians You Should Know, Cris was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014. The same year, StorageMart earned the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau for outstanding ethics.
Through three decades in the industry, Cris has completed over $4.5 billion dollars in Self Storage transactions, making a true mark on an industry valued at more than $32 billion annually. Outside of work, Cris lives in Columbia, MO, with his wife, Jennifer, and 3 sons. The Burnam Family has been an important force in the self storage industry for three generations and are proud to continue the family business into the next generation on a new level.