The Reliant Team
At Reliant Investments, we eclipse expectations by committing our time and energy to the growth of every asset. It all starts with our knowledgeable team members. We have created a culture of professionals who are well-trained, driven by success, and have a strong desire to achieve more. Our managers have years of revenue management skills, exceptional customer service practices, and a deep-rooted knowledge of the storage industry as a whole. Reliant Investments is a highly reputable company that is proud to have found success in the industry, with team members who strive to raise the bar day in and day out.
"Individually We Are One Drop, But Together We Are An Ocean"
- Ryunosuke Satoro -
Meet Our Leaders
Todd M. Allen - Managing Principle
Todd M. Allen, operates the Reliant Roswell (suburb of Atlanta), Georgia office, and has primary responsibility for development and acquisition site identification/selection, analysis, underwriting, equity investor relations, and all daily operations associated with the Reliant-managed facilities. Mr. Allen has been involved in the development and management of self-storage asset class in excess of 18 years. Mr. Allen is also a Managing Principal of Midgard Self Storage® and Store Smart® brands. Prior to his collaboration with Mr. Pollack at Reliant, Mr. Allen served as Director of Analysis for O.B. Companies, then the largest privately held self-storage operator in the United States. Prior to his employment with O.B., Mr. Allen has served as Vice President of Operations for Meridian Storage, Inc., and as a Regional Manager for Sterling Management, both companies regional self-storage developers/operators. Educated at Clemson University, Mr. Allen has been a Director on the Florida Self-Storage Association Board and is a member of the Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina Self-Storage Associations.
Lewis G. Pollack - Managing Principal
Lewis G. Pollack, operates the Reliant Delray Beach, Florida office, and has primary responsibility for equity investor relations. Mr. Pollack, a long-time corporate executive and entrepreneur, has been involved in the development and management of self-storage in excess of 30 years. Mr. Pollack is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Trenton State College, and holds a Ph.D. (ABD) from the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Pollack is a former Trustee and President of the Florida Self-Storage Association. Mr. Pollack is also a Managing Principal of Midgard Self Storage® and Store Smart® brands.
Kris Benson - Chief Investment Officer
Kris Benson oversees the the equity raising arm of the business, sits on the investment committee, and manages investor relations. In the past 24 months the Reliant team has been responsible for over $200MM in self-storage acquisition across the southeastern U.S. Mr. Benson, an executive sales professional, brings a wealth of knowledge from his ownership experience in the commercial multi-family arena. Prior to joining Reliant, he worked for Intuitive Surgical, developer of the daVinci surgical robot. Mr. Benson graduated from them State University of Binghamton. Kris currently lives with his wife and children in Roswell, G.A.
John Cordova - Director of Acquisitions
As Director of Acquisitions, John Cordova oversees the acquisition team for Reliant Real Estate Management and is primarily responsible for development and acquisition site identification/ selection, analysis and underwriting. In addition, Mr. Cordova interacts with various lenders to secure financing and oversees the due diligence process through closing. Mr. Cordova has worked with Reliant since 2016, but has over 10 years of experience in the self-storage industry. Prior to Reliant, Mr. Cordova was a senior appraiser with Beshears and Associates from 2004 until October 2015. During his time with Beshears and Associates, Mr. Cordova was responsible for all appraisals of self-storage assets, completing nearly 200 appraisals across the US for both local banks and institutional lenders. Mr. Cordova graduated with an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Florida.
Kolin Van Dyne - Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations – Corporate for Reliant Real Estate Management, Kolin Van Dyne has over a decade of experience in single and multi- unit operational management, handling revenue streams in excess of 100 million dollars for the world’s largest retailer. He has a track record of exceeding expectations by significantly increasing profit margins on underperforming assets. His responsibilities have included the management and development of thousands of employees, execution of day to day operational results, and full delivery of profit & loss returns. Mr. Van Dyne holds two postgraduate degrees and has won awards in business for outstanding operational knowledge.
Jamie Brooks - Construction Project Manager
As the Senior Project Manager, Jamie Brooks is responsible for the overall success of Reliant Real Estate Management’s nationwide construction projects. During his twenty plus year construction career, Mr. Brooks has developed thorough knowledge of the construction industry, its processes, and its related business functions. He holds extensive experience in self-storage project portfolios, complex multi-use developments, and various other commercial projects. Prior to becoming Senior Project Manager for Reliant Real Estate Management, Jamie worked as Senior Project Manager for Simply Self Storage as well as Director of Construction for T.D. Development. He successfully developed hundreds of sites across the United States. Along with his military service, he possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management f rom Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and holds OSHA 10 & OSHA 30 certifications. He fosters an environment of teamwork and safety while ensuring quality, performance, and business objectives are timely met.
Paul Ragaini - Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Paul Ragaini is primarily responsible for all finance and accounting functions for Reliant Real Estate Management and its affiliates. Mr. Ragaini is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Business Administration, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Ragaini has been practicing in the finance and accounting arena for over twenty-seven years. Mr. Ragaini spent the first twelve years of his career in public accounting, including over three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to his public accounting experience, he held Chief Financial Officer/Controller positions for a private equity investment management firm, a large national law firm, and a fiber optic equipment manufacturing company. Mr. Ragaini brings experience of having worked in a variety of industries with hundreds of businesses ranging from small start-ups to multi- million-dollar companies.
Mathew Naioti - Director of Analysis
As Director of Analysis, Matt Naioti is responsible for the underwriting and analysis of new acquisitions and developments including financial pro forma, market analysis, and competition studies. In his seven years with Reliant Real Estate Management, Mr. Naioti has held numerous positions within the company including Operations, Accounting, and Acquisitions. In doing so, Mr. Naioti has accumulated a wide range of experience regarding the various aspects of the self- storage industry. His uniquely broad experience with the self-storage asset class has provided him with an invaluable perspective to make critical decisions in analyzing and underwriting potential acquisition and development sites. Prior to joining Reliant, Mr. Naioti received his Bachelor of Science in Economics with a specialization in Finance from Binghamton University.
Matt Blackwell - Investor Relations
Matt Blackwell oversees Investor Relations for Reliant Real Estate. In this capacity, he maintains communication with existing and potential investors and raises equity for the Reliant portfolio’s expansion. Mr. Blackwell began his career as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. Understanding that leadership is a people skill, Mr. Blackwell applied his lessons learned in the Army to increase sales and operational efficiency for several small companies, as well as Fortune 500. Mr. Blackwell is also the Executive Director of Act6 Missions, a non-profit Veteran Service Organization. Mr. Blackwell graduated from the University of Georgia.
One Team - One Mission
Self storage has yielded some of the strongest returns on investment in commercial real estate over the past decade. With a portfolio of more than 50 properties and 4.55 million square feet of space across eight states, we are committed to the physical and economic growth of our assets. We have assembled a high-performing team that is full of industry knowledge and dedicated to helping you maximize your investments. We manage all of our properties through an owner’s perspective to ensure we exceed our customers’ expectations and provide the services necessary to drive success in the competitive self storage industry.