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.
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 40+ self-storage facilities comprising more than 34,000+ storage units and 4+ 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.
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 19+ 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.
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. In 2019 Cliff was promoted to Director of Operations and currently oversees facilities in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.
As Financial Controller, Wanda Foley is responsible for the company’s financial functions, including accounting, audit, treasury, corporate finance, and oversight of accounting staff. She has 20+ years of financial leadership experience in global technology, manufacturing, and logistics industries. She has a proven record of facilitating growth by aligning business strategies, optimizing budget projections, revenue growth initiatives, staff retention programs and continuous process improvements.
Prior to Advantage Storage, Wanda was Director of Finance for Sysco Corporation on the executive leadership team setting goals and developing objectives during reorganization. Prior to Sysco, she held Controller/Financial Specialist positions with other large public companies, including Raytheon Corporation. At Raytheon, she earned Six Sigma Specialist certification, leading multi-divisional teams resulting in a significant expense reduction for the division.
Wanda attended King College, London, UK, 2005 – Economics and graduated Cum Laude in 2006 from Texas A&M with Bachelor of Professional Accounting (BPA) / Human Resource Management (HRMG) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA)/ Forensic Accounting. A published author, Wanda is active in the Dallas CPA Society, Daughter of America Revolution (DAR), Alzheimer’s Association, Women In Need and International Refugee Committee.
Narmada Satarasinghe is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and the Chartered Global Management Accountants. With over 20 years of residential real estate accounting experience, she joined Advantage Storage in 2014 as an Accounting Assistant and was promoted to Accounting Manager in July 2019. She has developed significant expertise in self-storage operations and accounting and is responsible for all aspects of payroll including H/R responsibilities, sales tax, preparation of 1099s, accounts payables and receivables and bank transactions. She also handles the coordination and compilation of individual storage facility accounting data and oversees all the Accounting assistants.