Leadership Team

President & CEO

Monty Spencer

Cowles M. “Monty” Spencer, Jr. serves as The Storage Acquisition Group’s President & CEO. Monty is an accomplished real estate executive with over 20 years of commercial real estate experience. He has won numerous CoStar® Power Broker of the Year and Commercial Real Estate Council Awards, as well as winning the Deal of the Year Award & Broker of the Year Awards for three consecutive years. Distinguished throughout the industry for developing dozens of high-profile retail projects, Monty has brought his unique blend of expertise and ambition to spearheading The Storage Acquisition Group. He received his BA from the University of Mississippi in Business Administration & Marketing.

Chief Operating Officer, Midwest

Jonathan Cutler

Jonathan joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2016. As the owner of Cutler Enterprises, Inc. and the former Director of Acquisition, Purchasing and Estimating for KB Home, Jonathan brings over 20 years of commercial real estate, development and land use experience to the group. His in-depth knowledge of acquisitions, corporate structure and organizational behavior contribute greatly to the superior experience we provide our clients.

Due Diligence Coordinator

Anna Beumer

Anna joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2016 and is responsible for municipal research, site assessment investigations, site planning, preparation of due diligence reports and tracking facilities throughout the acquisition process.

Chief Financial Officer

Mary Jo Braeutigam

Mary Jo has served as the CFO for Mid Atlantic Real Estate since 2010 & brings her skills and expertise to The Storage Acquisition Group as their CFO. She is responsible for overseeing the financing of all acquisitions nationwide.

Marketing Coordinator

Tammy Buchli

Tammy joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2016 and is responsible for creating and preparing marketing packages for acquisition opportunities nationwide.

Chief Marketing Officer

Melissa Shandor

Melissa joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2020 and oversees all aspects of the planning, development and execution of the company’s marketing and advertising. and implementing the company’s growth strategy.

Advisory Team

Vice President, Mid Atlantic & South

Fred Paris

Fred joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2014 and specializes in finding facilities for acquisition in the Mid Atlantic and South. Prior to this, he represented a Walgreens Developer and The Staubach Company in site location work, as well as listed and sold commercial property during his previous 14 years in commercial real estate. Fred also worked in Economic Development at the local, regional, and state-level in Virginia and New York. Locating such companies as Symantec Corporation, Nextel Communications, and John Deere Vehicle Group. He received his Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration & BS in Business Economics from the State University of New York.

Vice President, Northeast

Bill Sitar, Jr. Esq.

William “Bill” Sitar Jr., Esq., joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2016. As the Vice President of Sitar Realty Company & TSAG, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the group. Bill’s diverse background in real estate brokerage, legal services, development and the financial sector enable him to provide comprehensive solutions during the acquisition process. In addition to being a licensed New Jersey real estate salesperson, Bill has a law license in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was recognized as an “All-Star Commercial Real Estate Broker” by Real Estate New Jersey. Bill holds a BA from Boston College, an MBA from St. Peter’s College, a JD from Seton Hall University

Vice President, South & Mid Atlantic

David Spencer

Dave joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2016. In his role as Vice President, Dave develops and assists with acquisition opportunities across the South and into the Mid Atlantic. Dave’s comprehensive background in real estate development, telecommunications, technology, and environmental regulation enables him to navigate complex deals and keep projects moving in a positive direction for all parties. He received a BS in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University and a Master’s in Marine Science from William & Mary.

Senior Advisor, Pacific Northwest

Mike Armanious, CCIM

As an investment sales real estate broker since 2003, Mike joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2020. Mike has specialized in the sales & leasing of all types of commercial properties and negotiated numerous successful transactions. He further has experience on the development & project management side, acquiring land & seeing it through the engineering process, entitlement & building phases. Mike graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and earned his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 2017.

Advisor, Northeast

Andrew Burachinsky, MBA

Based out of New Jersey, Andrew became a member of The Storage Acquisition Group in 2018. Prior to his career in commercial real estate, Andrew spent the majority of his career working as an accountant for a private equity fund manager focused on institutional-quality real estate investments in Latin America. He utilizes his knowledge and experience in Finance & Accounting to provide an edge in the constantly changing self-storage industry. Andrew received his BS in Finance from Rutgers University and his MBA with a concentration in Management from Centenary College.

Advisor, Northeast

John Cranley

John joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2017. In addition to his role there, he is a Sales Associate for the Sitar Company, a full-service commercial real estate firm based in New Jersey. John focuses on acquisition opportunities in NJ and the Northeast. John uses his experience in commercial transactions to meet the needs of self-storage facility owners looking to sell. Additionally, John has 25+ years working in finance, primarily in the Institutional equity trading department of Morgan Stanley, holding Series 7, 24, 55, 63 & 65 licenses. He received his BA in American Studies from Middlebury College.

Senior Advisor, West

Daniel B. Cromwelll, CCIM

As the owner and president of DBC Advisors, Dan brings decades of experience in nearly every component of the Commercial Real Estate industry to The Storage Acquisition Group. He has broad-based expertise in economic incentive negotiations, site selection & evaluation, tax increment financing, public/private partnerships, entitlements, acquisitions, dispositions, strategic planning, development services, investment/financial analysis, centroid and roll-out studies. Dan graduated from the Pacific Maritime Academy in Honolulu, HI and was conferred the Captain’s rank by the US Coast Guard as a Captain. He earned the prestigious CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 1990 and served on the international Board of Directors for eight years.

Advisor, Midwest

Tripp Dunmann, MBA

Tripp joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2019. Tripp is a licensed real estate agent in both Kansas and Missouri. Prior to his career in real estate, he served in the Energy Industry for 30 years in a variety of roles including Portfolio Manager, Senior Originator, and Managing Director. Tripp worked for companies of various sizes from Fortune 500 to a Silicon Valley startup where he managed the National Sales Team. Tripp originated and developed derivative structures for companies of all sizes to help them manage their energy-related risks. Tripp holds a BA in Business Management from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Oklahoma City University.

Advisor, Mid Atlantic

Scott Eckert, MBA

Scott joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2017 to source acquisition opportunities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Scott’s background is in real estate appraisal and valuation assignments of multifamily property throughout Virginia. Scott received his BS in Criminal Justice & Safety Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and later earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Real Estate.

Senior Advisor, Mid Atlantic & Midwest

Jonathan S. Guion, SIOR

Jonathan has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience specializing in investment properties, representing clients in the purchase and sale of properties and development. As a real estate owner/investor, Jonathan understands his client’s perspective of property ownership, values, ROI and the value of cash flows. Jonathan is a member of the Society of Office and Industrial REALTORS (SIOR) where he served as an Officer and the State Chapter treasurer for over twelve years. Jonathan earned a BS in Business and an MBA in Finance from Old Dominion University.

Advisor, Midwest

Chris Nielsen, CCIM

Chris joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2016 and has been applying his expertise to acquisition opportunities in the Midwest. Chris has been involved in the acquisition of investment property and development for over 10 years in the Midwest. After being recruited back to Nebraska from Washington DC in 2007 to work on a Senate campaign, he became interested in economic development and real estate. His experience spans a 17-state footprint and transactions involving warehouses, enclosed malls, power centers, multifamily, 1031 exchanges and single triple net investments. Chris received his BA in Political Science & Psychology from the University of Nebraska.

Advisor, Northeast

Thomas Palumbo

Thomas joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2017 and brings with him over 30 years of extensive experience in land acquisition for residential development and redevelopment for the Northeast Region. Currently, he serves the Senior Director, Broker/Sales Associate with Sitar Realty Company, based in Iselin, New Jersey. His area of expertise includes sourcing residential and commercial land for development, asset disposition, self-storage and institutional representation.

Advisor, Mid Atlantic

Jonathan Spencer

Since Jonathan Spencer joined The Storage Acquisition Group in 2018, his focus has been on sourcing acquisition opportunities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. As a 13-year veteran of the advertising industry, Jonathan leverages his robust understanding of marketing and communications to optimize the acquisition experience for every seller. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Richmond, Virginia.