Company Culture at SPMI

Since October of 1999, Strat Property Management, Inc. (SPMI) has provided residents of California and Texas with quality multifamily housing and self storage options. Founded by Randy Strauss and Don Clauson, SPMI has stayed true to its roots – valuing culture and community above all else and, in turn, providing the best customer service possible.

Our dream and our vision was to be supporters of a more awesome life. We are achievers and conquers. We don’t wilt in the face of adversity; we solve problems. We plan, we dream, we innovate. We are a group of multitalented individuals who have come together to make this world better. We celebrate diversity and we thrive on the spirit of possibilities. We work hard and we play hard and we figure out how to make it fun.

By giving our team ownership of their facilities and encouraging them to use their positions to strengthen the community, we are committed to creating a network of individuals who work to make their neighborhoods a better place to live. We encourage our team to pursue causes close to their hearts, not because it’s an obligation or “the right thing to do”, but because we are passionate about creating a better world. Serving our brothers and sisters in the community is an honor. It is our hope that our team takes an active role not only in SPMI as a company, but in the communities we serve.

Meet Our Team

Our team is divided up into four categories: Executive Leadership, Storage, Apartments, and Home Office.

Looking to join our team? You can find our available openings by clicking here.

DON CLAUSON, OWNER/CEO

DON CLAUSON, OWNER/CEO

Industry Leadership

Past Chairman for the Self Storage Large Operator Council (LOC)
(2014 – 2017, 3 one-year elected terms)

The LOC is a group of the largest operators in the self storage industry dedicated to work cooperatively to understand and tackle real time issues facing the industry as well as working together for the betterment of the industry.

Immediate Past Chair – National Self Storage Association
(2013 – 2020)

Started on the board in 2013 as LOC leadership representative. voted onto the SSA Board in 2015, and then served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chair, Immediate Past Chair

Founding Member and Past Chairman of the Board of StoreLocal
(2015 – 2018)

StoreLocal is a self storage co-operative providing leading edge technology solutions and purchasing power to their members.  The goal is to allow independent operators to have access to technology and share knowledge and tools to compete with REITs and larger operators.

30 years of Self Storage Experience 

Don is among the most respected independent self storage operators in the Country. He is a hands-on leader with first-hand knowledge and experience gained by operating and growing his portfolio. This is coupled with on-going involvement in highest levels off industry leadership positions, where he helps operators across the United States navigate an industry that has seen unprecedented advancement and sophistication in recent years.  His industry relationships and loyal associations with colleagues extend from REIT CEO’s, national association leaders and staff, other local and national operators and a long list of brokers, lenders, and industry vendors.

Vision and Purpose

In 1999, Don, along with his partner Randy Strauss,  formed Strat Property Management, Inc. a management company specializing in self storage and multi-family management. The platform has grown from initially managing 12 properties to managing and overseeing 132 properties today.

In 1999, Don purchased his first self storage facility, and in 2000 completed his first ground up facility. Both are still owned and operated today. Don began aggressively purchasing operating self storage facilities, and land to develop self storage facilities, in Southern California, Texas and Colorado. Currently SPMI operates 66 self storage facilities –  45 in Texas, 20 in California and 1 in Colorado. The properties are operated as Lock Away Self Storage (Texas and Colorado), StaxUp Self Storage (California) His acquisition strategy is to identify investments with upside potential and to seek a competitive advantage geographically. Acquisitions have included ground-up developments, conversions, properties with expansion potential, value-add from property renovation, and implementing superior management and economies of scale.

RANDY STRAUSS, OWNER/CFO

RANDY STRAUSS, OWNER/CFO

As modest as he is analytical, as consistent as he is adaptable, as independent as he is committed to the professional development of his team, Randy Strauss is a leader who would like to remain behind the scenes. This humble commitment is one of the central reasons for Strat Property Management Inc’s success.

He’ll tell you that he prefers to have ten digits than 26 letters, but those who have worked closely with him describe him as a perceptive communicator who shows his appreciation in addition to voicing it. Acting as Chief Financial Officer, Strauss is Strat’s financial architect, overseeing the accounting department as well as apartment operations.

Despite Strat’s growth, Strauss has managed to maintain a healthy work-life balance. He can often be seen running his two daughters to softball practice in the afternoon, acting as both coach and treasurer for the league during the last 5 seasons.

A graduate of the Olin Business School at Washington University at St. Louis, Strauss’ early career included time as a concert promoter in both St. Louis (Contemporary Productions) and San Diego (Bill Silva Presents).

Environmentally conscious, Strauss grew up in a family that emphasized frugality and common sense: turning off the lights when they aren’t needed, closing the curtains when it’s cold out and turning off the heater when it’s 75 degrees. Team members working out of the San Diego office attest that Strauss lives these conservation principles daily, including practicing a vegan diet.

If you ever get a chance to talk sports with him, take it. Strauss has curated a sizable baseball and football card collection during the last 15 years. His knowledge of the history is entertaining and insightful.

At his core, Strauss is first a devoted husband and father. Strat’s acquisitions, developments and milestones are a source of great pride and joy for him, but they take a backseat to the memories created daily with his family.

Chad Hunt
Chad Hunt

StaxUP Storage Senior District Manager

StaxUP Storage Senior District Manager

Amy Medrano
Amy Medrano

Lockaway Storage Senior District Manager

Lockaway Storage Senior District Manager

Julie Merry
Julie Merry

StaxUP Storage Vice President

StaxUP Storage Vice President

Thomas Nannen
Thomas Nannen

Lockaway Storage Senior District Manager

Lockaway Storage Senior District Manager

Monique Quintana-Padilla
Monique Quintana-Padilla

StaxUP Storage District Manager

StaxUP Storage District Manager

Kathy Polakovic
Kathy Polakovic

VP of Business Development

VP of Business Development

Tristina Volesky
Tristina Volesky

Lockaway Storage Vice President

Lockaway Storage Vice President

Ann Westerman
Ann Westerman

Lockaway Storage District Manager

Lockaway Storage District Manager

Diana Buchheit
Diana Buchheit

Senior Administrative Assistant

Senior Administrative Assistant

Tammye Bridgeman
Tammye Bridgeman

Lockaway Storage Administrative Assistant

Lockaway Storage Administrative Assistant

Chris Pruitt
Chris Pruitt

Lockaway Storage District Manager

Lockaway Storage District Manager

Andrew Aue
Andrew Aue

Lockaway Storage District Manager

Lockaway Storage District Manager

Brandon Loftus
Brandon Loftus

California Apartments District Manager

California Apartments District Manager

Taylor Rex
Taylor Rex

California Apartments District Manager

California Apartments District Manager

Diana Buchheit
Diana Buchheit

Senior Administrative Assistant

Senior Administrative Assistant

Matt Daniel
Matt Daniel

Controller

Controller

Conrad Doud
Conrad Doud

Accountant

Accountant

Doug Homan
Doug Homan

Accountant

Accountant

Susan Hovey
Susan Hovey

Marketing Director

Marketing Director

Jessie Lamb
Jessie Lamb

Vice President Human Resources

Vice President Human Resources

Ashley Montessoro
Ashley Montessoro

Payroll and HR Coordinator

Payroll and HR Coordinator

Jason Steitle
Jason Steitle

Education and Training Manager

Education and Training Manager

Mike Wade
Mike Wade

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Join Our Team

Newcomers to our staff are often surprised at the enthusiasm our team has for our culture. We are committed to a spirit of inclusivity. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to where we are headed next – so much so that we have fostered an environment that encourages team members to grow both personally and professionally.

The company culture our team has developed during the last two decades is rooted in shared experiences and continues to grow every day. If you’re interested in helping develop this fast-paced, challenging, yet rewarding environment, please take a look at our available positions!