Rick Jones, a real estate development and building professional with thirty-five years of industry experience is the founder and president of Advantage Storage. Mr. Jones leads the Advantage team in all aspects of development, construction and management operations. He has expertise in market research, design, development, construction and operations of storage facilities. Under Mr. Jones' direction Advantage developed their first facility in 1996 in Sherman, Texas. Since then they have developed, acquired, managed and sold more than 30+ self-storage facilities comprising more than 17,000+ storage units and 2+ Million leasable square feet and growing. Mr. Jones is knowledgeable in real estate investment financing and is a licensed Texas Realtor. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Texas Self Storage Association.
Who We Are
"Great vision without great people is irrelevant" – Jim Collins, Good to Great
Cory Horne graduated with a business degree from North Carolina State University in 2000. Beginning his career at Mobile Mini Inc., the world's largest portable container company, he advanced to upper management overseeing the entire central division. Cory joined Optivest Properties as regional manager in November 2007 and was made a partner in 2008. He oversaw all operations of the Texas / Arizona facilities and collaborated with his supporting staff to make those markets the largest and most financially successful regions at Optivest Properties. Cory joined Advantage Storage in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer and oversees all aspects of self storage operations.
Mr. Deadman has been a Partner with Advantage Storage since 2012. In that role, he is responsible for sourcing and executing on new acquisitions and development activity. His background resides in lending/banking, valuation, commercial real estate and institutional money management. Mr. Deadman served as Chief Lending Officer of Triumph Savings Bank during 2012-2014 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Triumph Savings Bank, SSB and Triumph Community Bank. During 2004 - 2011, he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of NexBank, a financial services organization that included a broker-dealer and an investment banking and corporate advisory firm. In that role, Mr. Deadman grew a $50 million rural community bank into a $600 million urban commercial bank with a diversified loan portfolio and significant non-interest income. During 1998 - 2007, he served as a Senior Portfolio Manager and ultimately partner with Highland Capital Management L.P. In this role, he managed a team of investment professionals responsible for a several billion dollar portfolio of credit investments across multiple industries. Additionally, he oversaw various real estate investments for the firm including the notable $200+ million Chase Tower (Dallas CBD Office) acquisition. Prior to 1998, he served as an investment officer at Mutual Benefit Life, where he managed a $200 million commercial real estate-backed loan portfolio.
Mr. Deadman received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, Cum Laude, from Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder.
Brian Baca has been involved in the management of commercial construction for 15+ years. He joined Advantage Storage in 2000 as a project manager and was subsequently promoted to vice president of construction. He oversees approximately six to eight million dollars of construction volume annually. He is responsible for all aspects of construction including final project design and specification, budgeting, bidding and administrating and leading project superintendents.
Michael Iwasko is a native of Texas who graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. He has held licenses from the Texas Department of Insurance and FINRA, and has worked for three of America's top ten largest banks. While holding the position of Controller for a privately owned manufacturing company in North Texas, Michael proved a track record of implementing and overseeing a structure for financial reporting, both cost and revenue recognition, and variance analysis. Michael joined Advantage Storage in 2014 as Controller, leading day-to-day finance operations, internal control, financial reporting, and optimization of accounting functions.
Susan Parker joined Advantage Storage in 1998 as accounting manager. She has developed significant expertise in self storage operations and accounting and is responsible for all aspects of payroll, sales tax, preparation of 1099s, accounts payable, accounts receivable and bank transactions. She also handles the coordination and compilation of individual storage facility accounting data.
Robert serves as the IT Services Manager for Advantage Storage. He has worked in the services industry for 35+ years with Eastman Kodak, Hewlett Packard, and Advantage Storage. During this time, he has held a number of leadership positions working as a Senior Network/System Engineer, Digital Engineer, Production Manager, Consultant, and a Facility Manager. He attended Saint Petersburg College and also served his country in the United States Marine Corp. Robert started with Advantage Storage in 2010 as a Property Manager and joined the Corporate staff in 2014. He brings his depth of experience, technical skills, and management capabilities to his current positions where he supports the needs of Corporate, Properties, and the Advantage Storage mission.
Julie joined Advantage Storage in 2012 as an assistant manager and advanced to Regional Manager in 2016. Julie’s management skills and training helped her to support the needs of Advantage Storage and its overall mission at the facility level. Her education and training began while serving her country in the US Navy. She received her degree from Southern Illinois University in 2005 with Bachelors in Management. Julie is currently covering the greater DFW area.
Prior to Advantage Storage Ken worked at the Frisco Stonebriar Country Club as an Assistant Golf Professional. He also served as the Manager of the Fox Restaurant in Surrey, England. After 8 years of running a family-owned fine dining restaurant he returned to the U.S. in March 2013 to pursue a career in the golf industry. As well as playing high school and college golf, Ken was selected to play on a local club team (Surrey County) and placed 1st in the Merrist Wood Club Championship. In 2010, he placed 1st in the West Hill Club Championship. Away from golf, Ken enjoys most sports, particularly NHL Hockey and English Premier Football. Ken joined Advantage Storage in December 2015 as a Facility Manager.
Cliff began his career in the self-storage industry in 2004. He spent over a decade with Public Storage in Orange County, California as a Property Manager and Trainer before relocating to the Phoenix area. Cliff joined Advantage Storage in 2016 as a Facility Manager and was promoted to Regional Manager in 2018. His experience and in-depth knowledge of the industry makes him a vital member of the Advantage Storage team. Cliff currently oversees facilities in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.