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Executive Team - StoreWest Group of Companies
Roland brings over 20 years of experience in sales, business development, and management to the team. Prior to StoreWest, he spent a decade in private equity, and was formerly a VP with one of North America’s largest real estate private equity firms with assets in the billions. In this role, Roland managed a division with over 30 employees and annual sales of $100M across three provinces. As President of the StoreWest Group of Companies (SWGC), Roland oversees all operations and finance for the various companies under the StoreWest umbrella. Cumulatively this represents 8 distinct companies employing roughly 50 people at any given time. In addition, Roland acts as Director and President for the 10-15 development & acquisition LPs currently associated with the SWGC. Roland is also one of the founders of, and a member of the Investment Committee for, the ICM Bluebird Canadian Self Storage Fund. Since helping to found StoreWest in 2016, Roland has overseen growth within the SWGC to over $250M in AUM with over $15M in revenue across all business units including storage and wash operations. As StoreWest continues to grow, Roland will be focused on defining our strategy to manage this growth along with fostering the partnerships needed to support and enable it.
Steve brings over 15 years of experience in finance and business development in the private capital markets. As Vice President of Investment, Steve is focused on equity procurement, financing, and investor relations for the StoreWest Group of Companies. Previous to his role with StoreWest, Steve was also the VP of Business Development for Robson Financial based out of Vancouver. Robson Financial is part of the Hillcore Group of companies with approximately $4.5billion AUM. Prior to joining Hillcore, Steve was VP of the Capita Funds Asset Management platform with approximately $800 million AUM. Steve is currently working on his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Designation and has completed the Petroleum Joint Venture Analyst Designation and Chartered Investment Management Designation.
A results-orientated business professional with proven abilities in strategic planning, innovation, managing projects, improving efficiency of operations, team building and detailing project information to determine effective processes for operations. Able to identify areas of strengths and weakness and implement company policies, standards, changes in operation, and system that optimize productivity and bottom line. I enjoy asking those tough questions to our leaders and employees to understand how we can do better, and how technology will help to attain the goal. When others state that is how we have always done it, I enjoy diving headfirst into roadblocks, understand the why, and formulate a plan to overcome the issues and provide a solution.
Layne brings over two decades of experience in the Real Estate Investment and Development field. His main areas of expertise are the acquisition, planning, and structuring of investment strategies for residential, commercial and industrial real estate assets. Layne has been an integral member of the management team with Pacific Investments & Development Ltd for over 25 years. Layne has assisted in the management of real estate projects ranging from 20 acres to 1000 acres and valued at over $100 million. Over the course of his career he has raised more than $250 million in private investment across 22 real estate projects. Layne oversees all new procurement opportunities for StoreWest. His contacts within the real estate community, combined with experience in valuation, permitting, and acquisition, provide StoreWest with the opportunity to continually source new and exciting opportunities.
Director of Communications
Jeff has over 20 years of experience as a communications director, leading real estate teams in investment, development and deal completion phases of the real estate cycle. Real estate development projects have ranged from 3 – 5 acre commercial developments, to 1,000 acre industrial syndications, to new communities in the fringe areas of Calgary through Area Structure Plans, Land Use/ Outline Plan through the DP/ BP process. More recently, due diligence/ underwriting for both developed-property acquisition and entitlements supporting bare land purchases for development properties have been the focus. Prior to his real estate career, Jeff owned and operated a creative agency, providing for the sales, marketing and advertising goals of real estate and resort developers in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. Jeff brings an extensive communications toolset to help manage the Storewest development team’s project pipeline, including technology, publishing, land planning, graphic design, entitlements, investor relations and deal underwriting for real estate acquisitions and property sales.
A result driven leader with over 15 years experience in operational management, leading highly engaged and productive team members, in a complex technical environment. Established cost saving initiatives and best practices through continuous improvement and project management. Driving change effectively by leading by example and in collaboration with all key stakeholders. Known for tackling tough issues and developing practical solutions to new challenges. A keen customer focus, strong work ethic and a reputation as a top performer.
Chief Development Officer
Scott brings significant project management and operations management experience to the StoreWest team. In his role as Chief Development Officer, Scott oversees planning and development on all of StoreWest’s projects. Prior to working at StoreWest, Scott was Vice President of Business Development with Sussex Retirement Living. Sussex is a prominent North American retirement living residence developer with a portfolio valued at well over $500 million. Previously, Scott also worked as a project manager in the telecom industry – most notably with Telus. Scott also has a strong understanding of the private capital markets, with over 18 years of experience in private equity. Prior to Sussex, Scott was the President and Managing Partner of i9 Capital Consulting Group, which stewarded over $250 million worth of private capital placements.
Director of Development
Peter joined the StoreWest team in February of 2022 after having spent fifteen years building healthcare facilities in both the public and private sectors. His most recent experience was in the world of private equity funded long term care development. Prior to his healthcare experience Peter spent almost twenty years in the retail sector starting as a consulting project manager building commercial shopping centers for private developers and migrating to managing the development of grocery stores for one of Canada’s largest grocery chains. This background has given him a firm understanding of development processes and how to manage them through best practice design, value engineering, and project delivery. Peter is driven to provide the best possible project value possible to all of the StoreWest developed projects. Peter carries his PMP designation and is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator through Construction Specifications Canada. He has an Associate in Technical Education degree and a Bachelor of Educations from St. Mary’s University in Halifax N.S.
With over a century of combined expertise in Finance, Real Estate, Legal, Investment, Project Management, and Operational Acumen, our team is the best of the best. We are passionate about our business and strive for excellence in every development opportunity.
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