Meet our Team
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Nitzberg co-founded Devon in 1988 and, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, continues to be responsible for overseeing Devon’s overall operations. Since inception, the company pivoted from a general real estate management and investment company to a self storage management company.
As of March 1, 2022, the company operated 87 self storage facilities with a market value in excess of $1.25 billion with locations in 25 states and more than 5,800,000 square feet of rentable space and more than 39,000 tenants. Mr. Nitzberg served as Chair of the Self Storage Association, the national trade organization representing the self storage industry, during 2006.
In 2015 Mr. Nitzberg was elected to the Self Storage Association Hall of Fame of which only 47 individuals have ever been so honored. Prior to co-founding Devon, Mr. Nitzberg co-founded Equitec Financial Group in 1973. Mr. Nitzberg served as a Director from Equitec’s inception and as President from 1977 until his departure in 1987. He was instrumental in growing the company to an organization with $4.5 billion in assets under management, of which $2 billion was in real estate, for 250,000 individual investors and 100 institutional clients.
In 1983, Equitec made its initial public stock offering and, in 1984, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1987, a controlling interest in Equitec was sold, and Mr. Nitzberg left shortly thereafter. Mr. Nitzberg received his B.S. in Agricultural Business Management from the University of California at Davis in 1968
President – Acquisitions
Mr. Mackay is Devon’s President of Acquisitions and Construction, responsible for asset selection in primary target markets through proven long-term brokerage and principal relations. Mr. Mackay also oversees Devon’s Construction Team providing design guidance and development standardization.
Mr. Mackay originally joined Devon in 1993 as Senior Vice President – Operations to develop an infrastructure to assimilate future acquisitions and manage growth. In this capacity Mr. Mackay was instrumental in providing analysis for Devon’s target markets as well as creating marketing for each acquisition. From 1999 to 2002 was assigned to Devon’s European headquarters in Amsterdam, Holland with responsibilities for all self storage operations in Holland, Germany, and France.
Prior to Devon Mr. Mackay was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Energy Resources Inc. from 1991 to 1993. Prior to Energy Resources Inc., Mr. Mackay was Senior Vice PresidentOperations for Equitec Properties Company from 1979 to 1991, responsible for overseeing brokerage and management. He holds a Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and previously held brokerage licenses in California and Georgia.
Mr. Mackay attended California State University at Fullerton 1975-1977.
Senior Vice President – Operations
Mr. Gamm joined Devon in January 2019 and is responsible for store operations and team development. Prior to joining Devon Mr. Gamm was a Divisional Vice President of Operations for Heartland Automotive Services Inc., where he spearheaded daily operations with a focus on boosting revenue, increasing efficiencies, and enforcing policies and regulations for 86 Jiffy Lube stores across the St. Louis, Memphis, and Columbus markets.
Mr. Gamm also provided leadership and management for 10 district managers, 86 store managers, and 600 associates in multi-state operations. Over a 29-year career with Heartland Automotive Mr. Gamm held positions ranging from District Manager, Regional Manager, Division Director, Regional Vice President, and Divisional Vice President.
Senior Vice President – Asset Management
Mr. Humphrey joined Devon in 1990 and is responsible for leading Devon’s asset management team. He conducts facility acquisition analysis, responds to investor questions, builds discounted cash flow financial models, underwrites acquisitions and dispositions, negotiates financing terms and property insurance coverages, and conducts property tax assessment reviews and appealer presentation.
Mr. Humphrey graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a B.S. in Accounting in 1981. Mr. Humphrey preformed the following roles and holds these designations:
- Director of Acquisition Audit and Property Taxes for Equitec Properties Company with commercial holdings of 26 million square feet located in 20 states 1985 – 1990
- Senior Appraisal designation with the American Society of Appraisers (“ASA”)
- Senior Appraisal designation with the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers CCRA (Certified Commercial Real Estate Appraiser)
- Qualified as expert witness in 20 states for property tax appeals
- Co-Instructor and co-creator of the National Self Storage Association Acquisition & Valuation 17-hour course offered around the country for the past ten years
- Presenter on multiple topics at National Self Storage conferences; Author of several real estate articles.
Senior Vice President – Construction
Mr. Dodge oversees all of Devon’s construction activities including renovations and additions to existing self storage assets and the conversion of non-self storage assets into state-of-the-art self storage facilities. Mr. Dodge joined Devon in September 2015 after working for nine years in construction trades, primarily in the construction of self storage facilities.
Previously, he was the Project Manager for the construction company responsible for renovating Devon’s locations in Memphis and Nashville, TN. Mr. Dodge comes from a family with a long history in the self storage construction business. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Dodge served in the United States Marines
Senior Vice President – General Counsel
Ms. Siclari joined Devon in June 2004 and is responsible for due diligence and legal aspects related to the acquisition, disposition, and financing of assets. Ms. Siclari actively interfaces with senior partners, equity partners and lenders to ensure that all interested parties remain informed regarding legal and compliance issues relating to the respective self storage assets.
Prior to joining Devon, Ms. Siclari worked in the telecommunication industry from 2002 to 2004 and was responsible for negotiating and reviewing telecommunication and commercial lease documents for Cingular. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Siclari held several positions in the banking and financial services sectors.
Ms. Siclari also has experience in mortgage banking with a background in commercial and residential lending in both retail and wholesale markets. As a licensed real estate broker, Ms. Siclari worked at Bomac Mortgage from 1996 to 2000, assisting consumers with locating suitable financing for residential and commercial properties.
Ms. Siclari worked as a Loan Analyst with Countrywide Funding from 1992 to 1995, where she gained audit and compliance experience in packaging and selling loans on the secondary market.
Ms. Siclari has been an active member of the California State Bar Association since October 2001 with an emphasis on Real Property Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association. Ms. Siclari graduated from Chico State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She received her law degree from John F. Kennedy University.
Senior Vice President – Controller
Ms. Marier is Senior Vice President-Controller for Devon and is responsible for all accounting functions. Ms. Marier joined Devon in January 1995 as an accounting supervisor and has held several accounting and due diligence positions since that time.
From June 2000 until June 2002, she was based in Devon’s European headquarters office in Amsterdam as Vice President – Due Diligence, where she oversaw all accounting, administration and due diligence activities related to Devon’s European operations. Prior to joining Devon, Ms. Marier was employed at Homestead Development from 1984 to 1990.
Vice President – Information Technology
Mr. Beard joined Devon in April 2022 as its first Vice President – Information Technology. In that capacity he will oversee all of Devon’s activities in the technology area including setting up the computers and internet access on all existing and new stores, managing Devon’s internet functions and trouble shooting any related issues.
Ben spent the past nine years as a Sr. Engineer Team Lead with MicroMenders, a software service firm based in San Francisco. Prior to that he was a Sr. Analyst at TSM Corporation, a Department of Defense contractor. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BS in Management Information Systems.
Vice President – Acquisitions
Mr. Olsen is Devon’s Vice President – Acquisitions and as such is responsible for market research and property valuation. He is responsible for coordinating initial information leading to the final construction or capital budgets for each acquisition. Mr. Olsen has been with Devon since 2018. Prior to Devon, Mr. Olsen was Head of Operations for Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener.
Mr. Olsen managed 85 active dealer accounts, managed inventory for over forty different products, parts and packaging. Mr. Olsen graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho in 2010 with a degree in Business Management
Vice President – Operations
Mr. Smith joined Devon as Vice President of Operations in January 2022. Prior to joining Devon, Mr. Smith was Vice President of Operations for KO Storage where he was responsible for all facility operations, growing the company from 30 stores in 2 states to 107 in 13 states.
During his time with KO Storage Mr. Smith provided oversight and leadership to 2 Regional Vice Presidents, 8 District Managers, 65 regional facility & store managers as well an in-house call center. Mr. Smith has been involved in the storage industry since 2010 with a focus on day-today operations with new construction, acquisitions, and growing companies at scale. Mr. Smith attended Concorde College from 2007 – 2009.
Vice President – Assistant Controller
Ms. Murray joined Devon in 2007 as a staff accountant. Her initial charge was to modernize the company’s accounting procedures, build and implement effective internal controls, perform analysis of accounting records and financial statements. Ms. Murray has served to provide internal support to troubleshoot accounting software issues.
She is currently responsible for overseeing daily operations of the accounting department, financial reporting of Devon’s portfolios, and continuing to explore modern technology and resources conducive to effective processes and management. During her 15 years at the company, she has served in several corporate accounting leadership and management positions within the accounting department as the company grew from 15 stores to 86 stores.
Vice President – Asset Management
Mr. Sharp joined Devon in June 2018 as an Asset Management Analyst, where he prepared the initial stages of financial models for new acquisitions. Now, in addition to financial modeling, he prepares and distributes annual operating budgets and monthly investor reports, conducts monthly variance analysis, and facilitates and monitors rent increases to existing tenants using Devon’s Revenue Management program.
Mr. Sharp was named a Vice President – Asset Management effective January 1, 2022. Mr. Sharp graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015 with a B.S. in Accounting.