Greg Ward has joined Jernigan Capital as its first chief financial officer.

The Miami, FL-based self-storage lending firm was founded last January by former CubeSmart CEO Dean Jernigan.

Ward has a background in commercial real estate lending. Most recently, he worked for nine years as senior vice president at Wells Fargo in the Cleveland-Akron, OH, area. He oversaw the origination of several billion dollars in loans, including packages for hundreds of self-storage properties.

“Greg’s impressive background in commercial real estate lending makes him a great fit for his new role at Jernigan Capital,” said Dean Jernigan, president of the firm.

Ward is based in Cleveland.

“I’m excited to join the executive team at Jernigan Capital under the leadership of self-storage industry leader Dean Jernigan,” Ward said. “I am impressed by the team’s dedication to solid strategic growth, and I am excited to assist in that growth as CFO.”

Ward earned an MBA from Case Western University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and English from Allegheny College.

BC Cole
Bill Cole (left) is turning over the reins of BC Cole Auctioneers to Edward “Casey” Jones.

BC Cole Auctioneers

Edward “Casey” Jones has been named CEO of BC Cole Auctioneers, an Arizona-based company that conducts storage auctions. Jones succeeds founder Bill Cole, who’s retiring Jan. 1. Jones has been senior auctioneer and partner for 12 years.

“On the day of our 24th anniversary, it is time for me to step down from the day-to day operations and turn it over to a new, progressive and high-tech management team,” Cole said.

BC Cole says it’s the largest storage auction company in Arizona, with more than 1,600 storage auctions already scheduled in 2015.

Cole will remain with the company as a utility auctioneer.

Rusty Jones has been promoted to senior auctioneer at BC Cole, in addition to his current role as lock-cut specialist.


New York-based storage-by-the-bin startup MakeSpace recently hired Toby Ciottone as vice president of growth, strategy and expansion. Ciottone is based in Chicago.

“We want to build a national storage company,” MakeSpace CEO Sam Rosen told Crain’s New York Business. “We know Toby is the guy to help us do that.”

Ciottone joins MakeSpace after working as general manager for Hailo in Boston and Chicago. Hailo, a London-based taxi-finding app, shut down its U.S. operations in mid-October.

Midcoast Properties

Hilton Head Isle, SC-based self-storage real estate brokerage Midcoast Properties recently hired Michael Morrison Jr. as a broker.

Morrison has been a Realtor since 2006 and previously worked as an agent for RE/MAX Holdings. Morrison owns two self-storage facilities.


Statesville, NC-based Betco, a metal building and component manufacturer for the self-storage industry, recently hired David Montane as an inside sales representative covering Georgia and north Florida. Montane previously worked for Betco from 2004 to 2010.

Alexander Harris