Cris Burnam named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist
StorageMart President Cris Burnam is on the short list of nominees for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Central Midwest Region.
"You’re so focused on doing your thing,” Burnam said. To see that other folks have recognized that is rewarding and nice."
The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award is in its 28th year of existence. Nominees are identified for their excellence in innovation, financial performance, market impact and social responsibility. Burnam is one of 23 finalists for the Central Midwest Region, which covers the states of Missouri and Kansas.
Burnam has served as StorageMart President since founding the company with his brother, StorageMart CEO Mike Burnam, in 1999. Since that time the Burnam family has grown StorageMart from a single self-storage facility into the world’s largest privately-owned self storage company, with 149 locations across the United States and Canada. It’s most recent expansion came just three months ago with the acquisition of the former Budget Storage in Iowa. The acquisition added 18 properties and more than 1 million net rentable square feet to the StorageMart portfolio, bringing the company-wide net rentable square footage to more than 9.8 million. Additionally, StorageMart is now the single largest provider of self storage in the Greater Des Moines Area.
StorageMart founders celebrate the company's 15th Anniversary
(Appearing Top Left: Tim Burnam, Mike Burnam, Steve Dulle, Cris Burnam; Seated: Gordon Burnam)
That the brothers have flourished as a team is no accident. “When you put us together, there’s a great synergy,” Cris Burnam said. “The trust is there. About the time I’m thinking of something, my brother has already picked up on it and is saying it.”
The EY Entrepreneurs of the Year will be announced later this month, but even if he does win Burnam realizes the true success still lies ahead.
“You’ve got to have that vision going forward,” Burnam said. “Once you’ve defined your vision and know where you want to go, everything else falls into place.”