The SBOA is the leading national self storage business alliance comprised of industry owners and operators of all sizes. We are dedicated to helping increase profitability, by providing significant discounts from industry-leading partners. Leveraging more than 17,000 members, we are able to negotiate pricing that reduces operating expenses, become more competitive in the industry and support owners and operators to gain knowledge.
By joining SBOA, you become part of a larger network with over 17,000 members across the United States and Canada.
Through our partnerships across the US, we create robust buying power opportunities with best-in-class partners and service providers. Our turn-key business solution for all business needs eliminates the vendor vetting process for our members. We provide one-stop shopping for your business with exclusive offers to save time and money. We respect and are appreciative of the vendors we have selected as alliance partners and believe both our members and our vendors benefit significantly from the SBOA relationship.
There is strength in numbers. By working together as an alliance, SBOA Members gain economies of scale and improve their negotiating position.
Jeniece Carter-Rae - President
Jeniece Carter-Rae is CEO and Co-Founder of the Business Owners Alliance (BOA), after 30 years of experience in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry. Formerly the vice president of strategic business development for AlphaStaff, Jeniece worked closely with business owners and operators to provide solutions that improve operations and reduce costs. She served a critical role in four of the largest acquisitions in the PEO industry and has a proven track record of success in sales, senior leadership, mergers and acquisitions and building strategic partnerships. Her strong businesses acumen in illustrating the intrinsic and financial value of products services that enhance profits has positioned her as to be an asset in evaluating the operations of many organizations.
Her analytical approach has resulted in advantageous results for her growing network and she continues to provide unparalleled consultative services. As CEO for the BOA, she is focused on membership benefits, vendor relations and continued growth of the organization. Jeniece’s close working relationship with both Ian Burnstein, and BOA’s sister company, the SBOA, make this venture a natural fit in their portfolio of success. Jeniece attended Florida Bible College with a finance concentration and resides in Jacksonville, FL with her children and husband.
Ian Burnstein - CEO and Founder
Ian Burnstein is a Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Business Owners Alliance (BOA). He also is the co-founder and president of the Storage Business Owners Alliance (SBOA). SBOA is a buying group for self-storage owners and operators that creates savings on expenses for self-storage facilities and is utilized by more than 15,000 locations nationally. Ian is also the co-founder and president of SBOA Tenant Insurance. In this capacity, Ian led the creation of an innovative and industry-leading organization that enjoys the participation of many of the largest self-storage private operators. He is also one of the creators of List Self Storage that is the preeminent self-storage property listing service. In addition, Ian is the co-founder and COO of Storage Pros Management, LLC. In this capacity, he coordinates all operational aspects of the company including property management as well as marketing and technology for a portfolio of 56 properties encompassing more than 3,000,000 rentable square feet of self-storage.
Ian has developed, owned and managed storage facilities since 2001 and is a member of the Michigan bar. While in law school he was the editor-in-chief of his law review. Ian has been an active principal in more than $750 million of real estate investments and has served in an advisory capacity in numerous other real estate transactions.
David Levenfeld - Co-Founder Board Member
David M. Levenfeld is a Co-Founder and Board Member of the Business Owners Alliance (BOA). He also serves as co-founder and CFO of the Storage Business Owners Alliance (SBOA) and CEO of Storage Pros Management, LLC. and its affiliated companies. Storage Pros, which David co-founded in 2007, owns and operates self-storage facilities in the Eastern US.
David has worked in the self-storage investment community nationwide for nearly 30 years. Since 2002, both individually and in partnership with various private institutional investors, as well as through the Storage Pros platform, David has lead the acquisition and in some cases, disposition, of more than 75 investment-grade self-storage properties totaling more than four million square feet of rentable space with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $1 billion. He has also brokered the sale of more than $130 million worth of self-storage facilities and development parcels in the Northeast U.S.
From 1996 to 2001, David served as vice president – development, for Storage USA, at that time, a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust. In that capacity, he supervised the company’s development activities in the eastern third of the country, including the development of numerous new construction, expansion, and conversion self-storage facilities.
David currently serves on the Advisory Board of CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), a real estate investment trust that owns and operates self-storage facilities nationwide. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of SBOA Tenant Insurance, a self-storage tenant insurance company.
David is a licensed real estate broker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Business Administration in 1987 from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated in real estate and finance. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University.
John Price - Executive Vice President (EVP)
John Price is EVP and CFO of the Business Owners Alliance (BOA). In addition, he is the president of Storage Pros Management, LLC. (SPM) and its affiliated companies, with responsibility for the full breadth of company operations and financial performance. He is also co-founder and principal of Equitable Advisors, LLC., which offers capital investment and business advisory services to improve client performance.
John has more than 20 years of experience in finance, treasury and operations. He joined SPM from GMAC (now Ally Financial), a $173 billion diversified financial services provider, where he led global liquidity management and structured financing activities. Previously, John spent ten years at Ford Motor Company and its Visteon Corporation spin-off, leading finance and treasury activities including financial planning and analysis, subsidiary financing, operations finance and cash flow forecasting. He began his career as a commercial real estate lender at Comerica Bank.
John earned his Master of Business Administration with High Distinction and a concentration in finance and accounting from University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He earned a bachelor’s degree, with high honor, in finance from Michigan State University.
Kim O’Connell - Senior Vice President (SVP) & Controller
Kim O’Connell is SVP and Controller for the Business Owners Alliance (BOA). In addition, she serves as vice president & controller of Storage Pros Management, LLC. and its affiliated companies. In this role, Kim’s wide-ranging responsibilities include financial reporting, cash management, payroll functions, expense review and process development. Kim works under the guidance of the CFO to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the accounting department are running smoothly.
With more than 17 years of accounting experience, Kim has worked in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing and entertainment. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.
Jessica Johnson - Operations Director
Jessica Johnson is the Operations Director of the Business Owners Alliance (BOA). With 20 years of experience, her skillset has developed to include operational and financial acumen, growth and profitability of organizations, event management, and competitive market research and analysis. Jessica is a self-managed individual who thrives in both team and fast-paced environments. She has done either project-based work or worked directly for large organizations such as Smoothie King, StretchLab, Venus Fashion, Global Franchise Group, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Walmart, and MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream. Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and aspires one day to earn her Master of Business Administration. Jessica lives in Jacksonville, FL with her family.
Dave Manning - Business Consultant
Dave Manning is the Business Consultant for the Business Owners Alliance. His core focus is assisting small, medium, and large businesses towards growth and efficiency. After almost 10 years of sales and customer service experience, Dave believes that building long-term relationships has been the key to his success in sales. In 2009, right out of high school, Dave served in the United States Navy Reserves, and for 8 years worked on aircrafts. During that time Dave received many accolades and awards, amongst them being Sailor of the Quarter and Aviation Warfare Specialist. These awards granted Dave the opportunity to work with NASA in assisting with their Weather Aviation department based in Virginia in 2012. Dave now resides in Jacksonville, Florida and in between building businesses, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and experiencing new places.
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