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Ben Carr

President/CIO

Mr. Carr has enjoyed a career in self-storage with diverse experience including President of Miami City Self Storage, Chief Investment Officer at LifeStorage, a privately held self-storage company that sold for $1.4B in 2016, and Vice President of Investments and Controller for CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), the third largest self-storage publicly traded REIT. Prior to his time in self-storage, Mr. Carr held various roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving public and private real estate clients. Mr. Carr is currently a Trustee of Tyler Arboretum and has been heavily involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Mr. Carr has a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State as well as an MBA from Villanova, and he resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and two sons.

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Steve Makepeace

Director of Operations

Steve Makepeace is an 18 year veteran in the storage industry. After graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Hospitality Business Management, he relocated to South Carolina and spent 10 years in the food & beverage industry overseeing restaurant groups throughout the Southeast US. He started in the storage industry in 1999, when he was recruited by Public Storage to manage multiple locations in SC and NC. After a successful tenure learning the business and honing his skills in multi- unit management, Steve moved on to work with a handful of other storage leaders. He was successful in helping these companies grow their brands, by focusing his efforts on existing store expansion, new store acquisition, and site development. Steve joined the Go Store It Management team in January of 2017, as Director of Operations. He oversees the operation of our new and innovative storage platform. He and his team have combined their cumulative years of experience, with state of the art technology, and bold new strategies to create a fresh approach to storage.

Steve and his family live in beautiful Charleston, SC.

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Robert Cole

Head of Financial Operations for Go Store It

Robert serves as director of financial management. Robert has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry with a focus on the growth of the self storage industry. Prior to joining Go Store It Management LLC, Robert was a Director of Operations for Strategic Storage Trust DBA Smartstop Self Storage, where he implemened and supported several practices to increase growth through acquisitions. In this year, Robert increased NOI by 11.2% and continued to show year over year double digit increases in operating revenue. He was involved in the acquisition and implemetation of standards of 46 new assets. He managed a diverse portfolio of assets from Canada down the east coast of the U.S. Previous to this, Robert held various positions at the District and multi-site level of operations in the multi-family housing industry before moving to the self storage industry.

Robert holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resources, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and Finance.

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Evan Stephens

Senior Analyst

Evan serves as the senior analyst for Madison Capital Group and Go Store It. Evan helps to analyze acquisitions, developments and expansion opportunities. Evan previously worked with Jefferies Investment Banking in the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging group where he assisted in the evaluation and execution of strategic alternatives for public and private real estate companies, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets issuance. To this point in his career, Evan has worked on over $2.0 billion of real estate transactions, including over $1.0 billion in the storage sector. Evan graduated from Wake Forest University with a MS in Accountancy and a BS in Finance.

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Joe Teague

COO

Joe Teague has 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and related tax planning and business analysis. Joe has expertise in complicated finance structures as well as like-kind exchanges. As an attorney and business consultant, he has managed cumulative business transactions for companies in excess of $1.0 billion. Since leaving public accounting in 1998, Joe has worked at several premier law firms in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, working with real estate developers, high net worth family offices and private equity firms.

He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Joe is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he played varsity baseball, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. He has been a CPA for 25 years and a licensed attorney for 20 years. When not at work, Joe enjoys coaching Little League baseball and softball and spending time with his four children.

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Our Leadership Team

Ryan Hanks

CEO

Mr. Hanks is the founder and CEO of Madison Capital Group, LLC, which is the sole owner of Go Store It and Go Store It Management, LLC. Ryan started MCG in 2009 with the purpose of creating an opportunistic real estate venture that would seek opportunistic returns in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region.
Mr. Hanks resides in Charlotte, NC and has been married for 15 years to Erica and they have 3 children. Mr. Hanks attended Liberty University to study Business Administration.

Ben Carr

President/CIO

Mr. Carr has enjoyed a career in self-storage with diverse experience including President of Miami City Self Storage, Chief Investment Officer at LifeStorage, a privately held self-storage company that sold for $1.4B in 2016, and Vice President of Investments and Controller for CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), the third largest self-storage publicly traded REIT. Prior to his time in self-storage, Mr. Carr held various roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving public and private real estate clients....

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Joe Teague

COO

Joe Teague has 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and related tax planning and business analysis. Joe has expertise in complicated finance structures as well as like-kind exchanges. As an attorney and business consultant, he has managed cumulative business transactions for companies in excess of $1.0 billion. Since leaving public accounting in 1998, Joe has worked at several premier law firms in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, working with real estate developers, high net worth family offices and private equity firms....

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Steve Makepeace

Head of Go Store It Management, LLC

Steve Makepeace is an 18 year veteran in the storage industry. After graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Hospitality Business Management, he relocated to South Carolina and spent 10 years in the food & beverage industry overseeing restaurant groups throughout the Southeast US. He started in the storage industry in 1999, when he was recruited by Public Storage to manage multiple locations in SC and NC. After a successful tenure learning the business and honing his skills in multi- unit management, Steve moved on...

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Robert Cole

Head of Financial Operations for Go Store It

Robert serves as director of financial management. Robert has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry with a focus on the growth of the self storage industry. Prior to joining Go Store It Management LLC, Robert was a Director of Operations for Strategic Storage Trust DBA Smartstop Self Storage, where he implemented and supported several practices to increase growth through acquisitions. In this year, Robert increased NOI by 11.2% and continued to show year over year double digit increases in operating revenue...

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Neil Dyer

VP of Acquisitions

Neil oversees Go Store It's acquisition and is responsible for sourcing storage opportunities in our target markets. Neil was recently with CBRE where he was in charge of all storage invements sales in the Southeast region. Through this experience Neil got to know several owners and operators of storage assets throughout the US. Before that Neil was a VP with Spectrum Properties responsible for the development and leasing of office projects in the Nashville market.
Neil received his BS in Business from Suwannee.

Evan Stephens

Senior Analyst

Evan serves as the senior analyst for Madison Capital Group and Go Store It. Evan helps to analyze acquisitions, developments and expansion opportunities. Evan previously worked with Jefferies Investment Banking in the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging group where he assisted in the evaluation and execution of strategic alternatives for public and private real estate companies, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets issuance....

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