Our commitment is to serving the best interest of our clients.
Clients need to know that the team working for them is focused on their victory. We know the driving forces in the marketplace and see it from a broader perspective. Because of this, clients know that when we do our strategic analysis of their property, it is both honest and complete. They know that every property we bring to market, every opinion of value we produce and every word of advice is designed to maximize the opportunities for them. We do this because it both ensures our own success and gives a great deal of pleasure in the process.
- We offer clients the most knowledgeable and experienced self-storage team.
- We specialize in investment management based on top of the line market knowledge.
- Our closely-held pool of qualified investors and exchange buyers is unmatched.
- We offer a time tested system for creating the broadest possible exposure for every facility.
We invite you to give us a call to explore how we might help you make the transition from where you are to where you want to be with your property or portfolio. Because of our partnership with Marcus & Millichap, we promise bigger deals, better marketing, higher offers and faster closings.
MICHAEL A. MELE. Senior Managing Director Investments, Senior Director National-Self Storage Group, Board Member, Florida Self Storage Association. Sold over 300 self-storage facilities since joining Marcus & Millichap and over $1.57 billion in sales to date. Elected Senior Managing Director Investments in 2014. Top 5 Self-Storage Sales in Marcus & Millichap - 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016. Marcus & Millichap National Achievement Award - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. 12-Time #1 Broker in Marcus & Millichap's Tampa Office.
Michael A. Mele joined Marcus & Millichap in 1999 as an agent, rising to associate in May 2000, senior associate in May 2002, senior investment associate in July 2005, vice president investments in January 2008 and senior managing director investments in 2014. His product specialty is self storage. He has closed over 300 self-storage transactions totaling over $1.75 billion in sales volume and has achieved executive director status in the National Self-Storage Group. For consecutive years, Mr. Mele has been the recipient of Marcus & Millichap’s National Achievements Award, Chairman’s Club Award and, the most coveted accolade, the Chairman’s Circle of Excellence Award.
Mr. Mele is a graduate of West Chester University, where he earned a B.S. degree. He is a member of the National Self-Storage Association and the National Association of Realtors. He is currently on the legislative committee for the Florida Self Storage Association as well as the prior president. With almost two decades of experience as a self-storage advisor, Mr. Mele provides significant insight for his clients, ranging from single, private investors to large-scale REITs. His experience and vast contributions to the industry have made him a key advisor in the self-storage market. He has been recognized and interviewed over 50 times by multiple publications including Inside Self-Storage, Mini Storage Messenger and The Wall Street Journal for his critical leadership, expertise and knowledge of the self-storage industry.
Luke Elliott is with the Mele Group of Marcus & Millichap and specializes in self storage. He is a Director of the National Self Storage Group, Member of the Self-Storage Association and President of the Florida Self Storage Association. Luke has partnered with owners for over 15 years, providing advisory and transactional expertise. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Luke was a Senior Associate with Prudential Commercial Real Estate Florida, in the firm's Industrial Services Group. Luke has been a consistent recipient of the Pinnacle Award in recognition of his transaction volume. At Marcus & Millichap he received a Sales Recognition Award in 2014 and earned the prestigious National Achievement Award in 2015 and 2016. Throughout his career he has represented institutions, companies and investors on both national and local levels, advising them on the disposition of their assets as well as acquisition strategies.
• Marcus & Millichap National Self-Storage Group
• Marcus & Millichap National Office and Industrial Property Group
• Real Estate Investment Council
• Board Chair for Young Life Pinellas County
Sean Delaney joined Marcus & Millichap, the nation's largest real estate investment services firm, in late 2003 specializing in self-storage assets with a focus on the Midwest. In September 2005, he became an Associate of the Firm and in March 2007 reached Senior Associate status. In July 2012, he was promoted to Associate Vice President Investments then in July 2013 to First Vice President Investments. As of October 2017, Mr. Delaney holds the distinction of Senior Vice President Investments. He serves as a Senior Director of the National Self-Storage Group (NSSG). For 2016, he ranked as the #3 broker in the Chicago Oak Brook office and 7th out of 100+ throughout the firm's three Chicago offices. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Mr. Delaney played seven years of professional baseball for the Kansas City Royals and the Saint Paul Saints.
Mr. Delaney has successfully facilitated the purchase or sale of in excess of $500 million in self-storage properties. Sean has been the recipient of the coveted Marcus & Millichap Sales Achievement plaque nine times over the course of his career and received four, consecutive National Achievement Awards for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Robert Bloch joined Marcus & Millichap in 2012 as an Associate to the firm’s Washington D.C. office. He has over 28 years of sales, management, and business development experience, including 10 years as an Executive Investment Broker and 11 years as a Regional Manager and Director of Sales. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Grinnell College located in Iowa. In addition, Mr. Bloch is also a member of the Marcus & Millichap National Self-Storage Group and aims to provide investors with exceptional expertise on self-storage properties all over the East Coast.
Trey Hammond is a senior associate at Marcus & Millichap and a select member of the National Self-Storage Group with a specific focus on Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. Mr. Hammond joined the Oklahoma office of Marcus & Millichap in 2011 as a self-storage specialist, bringing with him over five years of business development and brokerage experience. Mr. Hammond is a graduate of Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering where he also earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) graduate degree.
Trey is committed to building long-term relationships with real estate investors by delivering exceptional client services and maintaining the highest ethical standards within the industry. Mr. Hammond provides extensive market expertise and knowledge while understanding long-term objectives, thereby ensuring quality transactions and unrivaled business relationships for years to come.
As a self-storage investment associate for The Mele Group of Marcus & Millichap, Brian Fulton brings over 13 years of financial experience to the team, specializing in the areas of valuation, cash flow modeling, research and analytics. For three years, Mr. Fulton served as team’s senior financial analyst, valuating over $3 billion in self-storage assets. A Tampa native, Mr. Fulton graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in Finance. Throughout Mr. Fulton’s career, he has functioned as a financial consultant advising construction companies; serving as a portfolio manager for a Florida-based registered investment advisory firm and as a consultant designing executive deferred compensation plans for numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Fulton has successfully completed the level I exam for the coveted Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is currently studying for the level II exam. He is also a member of the Self Storage Association’s Young Leaders Group.
Daniel Kuchugurny is a self-storage advisor with the Mele Group of Marcus & Millichap, focusing on Northern California. Prior to joining The Mele Group, Daniel helped both experienced and first-time clients realize their financial aspirations and find paths to reach their goals as a mortgage loan originator.
As a young refugee from eastern Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union, Daniel knows what it is like to work hard to achieve the American dream. And now as a commercial real estate advisor with The Mele Group of Marcus & Millichap, he continues his passion in helping others obtain that same dream.
Outside of assisting his clients, Daniel is a consistent volunteer at the University of California Davis Medical Center, he enjoys helping others and making a difference in the lives of the center’s medical staff, patients and visitors. Additionally, he shares this same passion in supporting the Los Angeles Dream Center, an organization committed to transforming lives of others by offering hunger relief, job skills training, rehabilitation and transitional housing for the homeless and victims of human sex trafficking.
Daniel is a member of the California Self Storage Association (CSSA), the Young Leaders Group (YLG) and the Self Storage Association (SSA). Daniel studied business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship at California State University Sacramento.
Noah E. Obuchowski is an investment associate with The Mele Group of Marcus & Millichap. He is based out of the Washington D.C. office with a focus on the self-storage market throughout the Northeast United States. Mr. Obuchowski joined the team directly after graduating Cum Laude from the University of Florida with degrees in real estate and business. In addition to his studies, he was a two-year captain for the UF Men’s Lacrosse team. Mr. Obuchowski continues his passion for lacrosse by competing in international tournaments and the world games as a defenseman for the Israel National Lacrosse Team.
Prior to arriving in Washington D.C. in February 2017 to expand the reach of the Mele Group, Mr. Obuchowski worked in the firm’s Manhattan office. While in Manhattan, he was a team member of the New York Multifamily group, which is New York City’s leading multi-family investment sales team. Before working in the Manhattan office, Mr. Obuchowski started his tenure with Marcus & Millichap in 2015 in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He worked with The Hunter Kristol Group which was Marcus & Millichap’s highest-producing multifamily team in South Florida. Noah E. Obuchowski is an investment associate with The Mele Group of Marcus & Millichap. He is based out of the Washington, D.C. office with a focus on the self-storage market throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Noah joined the team directly after graduating from the University of Florida where he studied real estate and business. In addition to his studies at the University of Florida, Noah was a two-year captain for the UF Men’s Lacrosse Team.
Jeffrey L. Herrmann is a self-storage specialist in the firm’s Chicago-Oak Brook Office. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Jeffrey was President and Co-owner of Apple Self Storage in Wauconda, IL. Prior to that, Jeffrey was Executive Vice President and COO of Telular Corporation, a public company in the telecommunication technology space. Prior to that, Jeffrey served in various financial management roles at Bell and Howell and RR Donnelley & Sons Company. Jeffrey earned a BS Degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and he holds a CPA certificate and a Real Estate License in Illinois. Jeffrey began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Company as a Public Accountant.
Ms. Paronto brings more than 14 years of experience and expertise into the management of thriving businesses and start-ups, within the financial and real estate investment industries. She has a solid background in real estate, finance and economics and a keen sense of the industry markets and trends. She manages the full range of operational duties in a wide variety of areas including real estate escrow management, marketing and budgeting. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Mele Storage Group and manages the $350 million dollar plus pipeline of current and under contract listings. Prior to joining the team Tara was on the ground floor of the start-up of another collaborative real estate firm and assisted them in growing from three employees to over three offices and nearly 50 staff members Nationwide.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, surfing with her son Luke, boating and golfing.
Kevin J. Menendez coordinates the group's internal and external operations and oversees the Strategic Advisory (SA) Program for The Mele Storage Group of Marcus & Millichap. Kevin joined the Mele Storage Group in July 2012 as the team’s financial analyst. During his time in this role he underwrote over $1.2 billion worth of self storage assets throughout the United States. In this role he assisted in the valuation and disposition of over 40 transactions consisting of 67 properties for a total of $358 million. With Kevin’s experience in his role with the Mele Storage Group, he is able to successfully advise his clients on ever changing dynamics of the self storage market and brings over five years of experience in the real estate sector.
Mr. Menendez is certified in ARGUS Valuation-DCF and ARGUS Developer.
Kevin graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 where he double majored in Finance and Real Estate. He was an active member in the Real Estate Academic Leaders school club as well as local chapters of NAIOP and ULI.
Rachel oversees all marketing activity throughout The Mele Group of Marcus & Millichap, ensuring a consistent brand for marketing efforts and the team as a whole. She also ensures that every project, whether deal-specific or a special feature, both meets and exceeds the expectations of clients and teammates. Since joining The Mele Group, she has personally directed and constructed the marketing materials for over $730 million in self-storage assets.
With a degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a solid background in design, Ms. Roy is equipped with a vast skillset ranging from copy editing, to web development and graphic arts. She has over 15 years of experience utilizing Adobe InDesign and is adept in all graphic-focused Adobe components. With a natural curiosity for mastering new applications, a perfectionistic eye for pixels and a love for graphic design, web development and writing, Rachel fully utilizes these skills with any task to bring the most comphreneisve materials to market while keeping ahead of the industry in developing and introducing newly-implemented systems for utilization by the team and clients.
Mr. Priteshbir Aulakh (Pibu) serves as a financial analyst for the Mele Storage Group. He brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained from his Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level II and 5+ years of professional, real estate experience. Pibu holds a MBA in finance and real estate from the Schulich School of Business, a top tier business school in Canada, and is working towards the coveted CFA designation. He has successfully completed the CFA Level I & Level II examinations. Through this educational background, Pibu has attained a substantial wealth of knowledge in asset valuation, market research, portfolio management and global economics.
Prior to joining the team, Pibu was a financial analyst for Morni Properties LLLP (Morni). At this organization, he led the investment analysis and market research process for deploying the organization’s private equity. For this undertaking, he valued over 100 commercial real estate properties and evaluated their qualitative fit with the partnership’s investment goals. Prior to joining Morni, Pibu was the general manager of a service stations portfolio in Canada.
Kimberly was first introduced to a title insurance industry in 2003 when she joined a newly-formed title company in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Brothers built her career by gaining knowledge and experience, learning every aspect of the title industry by working for well-established private companies, builders, lenders and mortgage brokers.
Chloe Strada is an accounting major at the University of Tampa. She works directly under the team assisting in both transactional and day-to-day operations. Currently, Ms. Strada is studying for her commercial sales associate license and aspires to obtain a CPA license in the near future.