Self-storage REIT Public Storage has hired Lily Yan Hughes (pictured at top) as its chief legal officer and corporate secretary. She replaces Steven Glick, who had held those positions since 2010.

Hughes comes to the Glendale, CA-based REIT from Ingram Micro, where she was associate general counsel for corporate, M&A and finance, and was assistant corporate secretary. Hughes joined Ingram Micro, a publicly traded electronics and IT distributor, in 1997. Before Ingram Micro, Hughes was a partner at law firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips.

Hughes earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from UC Berkeley’s law school.

“We are pleased to have Lily join our management team and bring her recognized leadership, broad business knowledge and legal experience to Public Storage,” said Ron Havner, CEO of Public Storage.


Mark Rupert has been promoted to the newly created position of project manager at DBCI. The Douglasville, GA-based company makes doors and building components for the self-storage industry.

“His role will provide an unprecedented focus to current projects, which in turn improves the efficiency and responsiveness of our estimating department,” said Bray Allen, inside sales and estimating manager.

Rupert has worked at DBCI for eight years.

New Hampshire Self Storage Association

The New Hampshire Self Storage Association recently elected two new board members.

Katie Russell, manager of Budget Self Storage in Brentwood, and Elizabeth Comeau, regional manager for Optivest Properties, are the new board members. Rhonda Hallett-Pope, owner of Somersworth Storage, and Connie Neville of Sperry Van Ness were re-elected to the board.

NHSSA board
Rhonda Hallet-Pope (from left), Liz Comeau, Jamie Breen and Joe Mendola.

At the association’s January board meeting, Comeau was elected secretary and Hallett-Pope was elected treasurer.

“New folks are in position to bring new ideas to the table that will modernize and expand what the association offers to our members,” Comeau said.

Jamie Breen of Storage Station in Concord was re-elected president, and Joe Mendola of NAI Norwood Group was re-elected vice president.

The Storage Group

Maitland, FL-based The Storage Group recently hired Jeanne Dotson to fill the new role of director of customer success. The Storage Group is an Internet marketing agency for self-storage operators.

“Hiring Jeanne will solidify the best-in-class experience for clients as they come on board, as well as their use of TSG products and services,” said Steve Lucas, director of sales.

Dotson has 20 years of experience in multimedia marketing and customer service.

Alexander Harris