GYS Development Team
Lee provides the executive management for the company. He has delivered property management services for between two and 13 self-storage facilities since 1996. At that time, he was also managing Fredrick Enterprises, Inc. dba Credit Bureau of Lufkin; this family-owned business was an Experian affiliate serving the central east Texas region. In the 90’s, each of the self-storage properties operated independently and operating procedures lacked uniformity. For five years, he worked to develop consistent procedures by sharing the most effective operating strategies at each location. After selling the Credit Bureau in 2002, he has focused exclusively on the improvement and growth of our self storage operations.
Lee Fredrick graduated from the University of Dallas in 1986. He received Master’s degrees from Duquesne University and the Florida State University. His area of specialization is industrial and organizational psychology, and he makes use of this background in facilitating managers to have more productive and satisfying work experiences. He has also earned his LEED Accredited Professional designation from the United States Green Building Council. He has worked in the self-storage business since 1995, and he has worked at all levels of operations, from negotiating purchases to sweeping out units. Lee coordinates with the operations officer on oversight of all store managers, and he manages the financial operations of the company. He also conducts the feasibility studies for acquisitions or new developments and he provides oversight on the construction of new facilities.
Brandon Grebe is an entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and partner of GYS Development LLC, a private real estate company focused on developing, building, and owning best in class self storage facilities across the US. Brandon provides the executive management of the real estate and development services for the company. He has had a focused career in commercial real estate development and construction management, and looks at each project as an enjoyable challenge to bring to realization a ‘new company’ by working with high performing teams. Prior to Brandon getting into the self storage industry, he worked with a private commercial real estate investment and development company where he oversaw and managed projects to grow a real estate portfolio which was in excess of $100m. These projects consisted of a variety of asset classes and geographical locations mainly in Colorado and the BVI (British Virgin Islands) including; Class A+ office, multi-family, retail, restaurants, R&D labs, mixed use buildings, hangar space, flex/warehouse, industrial space, whiskey distillation facility, boutique Inn, and private resorts. He also holds his general contractors license and was responsible for managing an in house team of project managers and superintendents to execute general contracting projects. Brandon has also helped his wife develop and create a business around leasing spaces to salon professionals in a high-end salon environment in their home town of Fort Collins. Through hard work, building trusting relationships, and always looking for ways to create value, Brandon has enjoyed a fast-paced career. His formal education includes undergraduate degrees in both Real Estate/Business and Construction Management from Colorado State University, as well an executive MBA from CSU. He has actively held his real estate license for 10 years and is LEED accredited. Brandon serves on the board of directors of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, and when not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children that he has been blessed with and enjoys outdoor activities of hunting, camping, golf and snowboarding.
Mike Perry joined GYS in the spring of 2019 as a managing partner with the primary focus of sourcing and capitalizing self-storage acquisitions. Mike has been involved in various roles in the self-storage industry since 2003.
Mike started his career as a certified public accountant with a Denver based audit firm serving real estate and oil and gas clients. After ten years in public accounting, Mike joined National Storage Affiliates Trust (currently the third largest publicly traded self-storage REIT, “NSA,” NYSE: NSA) prior to NSA launching its Initial Public Offering in 2015. Mike worked extensively on the financial reporting leading up to the company’s IPO as the controller which included overseeing the merger of several large privately held self-storage portfolios and the SEC reporting related to the public offering.
After NSA’s IPO, Mike transitioned out of the accounting role and become the company’s Vice President of Acquisitions. Between early 2015 and 2019, Mike played a key role in the company’s unprecedented volume of acquisitions closing over $3.5 billion of self-storage properties ranging from numerous single asset acquisitions to multiple large portfolio transactions ($100m - $200m) and two large joint venture acquisitions (2016 – 66 property $650m & 2018 112 property $1.3b). Mike has cultivated a broad network of relationships in the self-storage industry both with owners and operators as well as the self-storage broker community.
Mike has a passion for connecting on a personal level with self-storage owners ranging from the single asset owner to large institutional owners. His philosophy is based on building a relationship of trust with sellers by not committing to more that can be reasonably accomplished and always following through with commitments made to sellers. Mike focuses on finding creative solutions leading to sellers achieving their primary objectives in a transaction while establishing the potential for compelling risk adjusted returns to GYS’ stakeholders. Through Mike’s extensive experience acquiring self-storage facilities, he has developed the balance between aggressively seeking acquisition opportunities in order to maintain a healthy pipeline of deal flow and thinking as an owner where filtering out transactions with unrealistic pricing expectations or target acquisitions with poor market presence and lack of ability to provide long term growth, is critical for sustainable success. Further, Mike understands the self-storage industry is a relationship-based asset class. Access to good opportunities is highly dependent on cultivating relationships with owners and their trusted advisors and maintaining an impeccable reputation for being a consistent and reliable buyer.
Mike graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. Mike and his wife Ashley have three young children and spends his free time trying to keep pace with the kids and finding opportunities to spend a day on the river fly-fishing, big game hunting or skiing.
Tony Ollila joined the GYS team in 2017. He helps manage project entitlements from inception to building permit. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in construction management from Colorado State University and has been managing real estate and construction projects ever since. Tony has worked with a private real estate development company where he managed commercial general contracting projects and assisted with developing new commercial real estate projects. Executing tasks from working with consultants on the design team, managing project budgets and pro formas and coordinating with subcontractors in the field. Tony has also helped manage residential projects with a custom home builder. Performing tasks with clients and design teams as well detailed project management in the construction of new homes. Tony enjoys the real estate industry and all the different facets that it presents.