After 11 years as chief marketing officer of StorageMart, and even longer as the director of its subsidiary PhoneSmart, Tron Jordheim has resigned.

“It was a great run, we did so many great things,” Jordheim told the SpareFoot Storage Beat.

Jordheim said he was starting work soon on a few consulting gigs, both in and outside of the self-storage industry. He said he also plans to organize a self-storage “unconference” in Hawaii next June.

Jordheim announced the change on his Facebook page August 30:

My tenure at StorageMart and PhoneSmart has come to an end after fifteen great years of innovation and revenue growth and relationship building. I am very proud of all we accomplished and how well we developed those businesses. I can’t wait to see what I create next. Good times!

Jordheim rose alongside StorageMart, seeing the Columbia, MO-based self-storage firm rise from 12 locations to more than 160 across the U.S. and Canada. Under his leadership the operator’s call center subsidiary PhoneSmart was voted Best Call Center by Inside Self Storage readers in 2011, 2012 and 2014

Westport Properties

Irvine, CA-based Westport Properties hired Peter Watson to serve as general counsel, a new position at the operator of US Storage Centers. In addition to overseeing legal and risk management, Watson will oversee the company’s real estate contracts and due diligence items.

“Peter is an accomplished legal expert with a focus in real estate, and we’re excited about the contributions he’ll make to our company as we continue to grow,” said Charles Byerly, president and chief executive officer.

Watson was recently an attorney at Wright, Finlay & Zak LLP. He obtained his law degree from Whittier Law School.

The hire is the latest in a string of promotions at the company, which is ramping up its development pipeline.

A Plus Storage

Nashville, TN-based self-storage operator promoted Stephanie Tharpe to serve as senior vice president of operations, a new position a the company. Tharpe started with the company five years ago as a property manager. Most recently Tharpe served as district sales manager.

In 2013, Tharpe was named Self-Storage Manager of the Year by the Tennessee Self Storage Association.

“The value of our self-storage portfolio in Tennessee has increased considerably under her stewardship. She loves this industry, and her energy is inspiring,” said company president Tommy Pierce.

The company operates seven facilities in the Nashville area. It sold five facilities last year for $33.6 million.

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Alexander Harris