Vistage Recognizes John Gilliland with 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

Vistage Recognizes John Gilliland with 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

YORK, Pa. — March 7, 2024 — John Gilliland, CEO of The Investment Real Estate Group of Companies (IREGC), has been named the recipient of a 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award by Vistage, the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors long-standing members with a track record of bold decisions benefiting the company, community and beyond, and these leaders are a beacon to their peers.

Gilliland is a prominent national leader and visionary in the self storage industry. He has propelled the growth of IREGC to over 100 employees in his various companies including acquisitions, construction, development, insurance, property management and asset management. IREGC owns and manages a portfolio of over 80 properties in eight states across the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest regions. For his leadership and achievements, Gilliland was inducted into the inaugural class of the Pennsylvania Self Storage Hall of Fame in 2018, and received the industry’s highest honor when he was inducted into the National Self Storage Association Hall of Fame in 2020.

Throughout his career, Gilliland has made noteworthy philanthropic contributions supporting the greater York community through the Gilliland Family Foundation. He also supports his wife Denise’s charitable organization, Pink Power, which raises money for local breast cancer patients in need. Gilliland stated, We hope to make a difference in the lives of others here in our community and beyond.”

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from Vistage,” Gilliland said. “This Lifetime Achievement Award is proof of the unwavering commitment, collective efforts and shared vision of every individual who has been on this journey alongside me since my ‘holy smokes’ moment of finding the self storage industry in 1997. Together, we have developed long-term relationships and remain committed to building a self storage portfolio of 100 properties at home in Central Pennsylvania and across the country.”


Founded in 1998, the Investment Real Estate Group of Companies (IREGC) has grown to become a national leader in the self storage industry with more than 100 employees developing, building, acquiring and operating more than 80 facilities under the Moove In Self Storage brand across the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest regions. Locally owned and operated, IREGC is guided by its core values: do the right thing; be enthusiastic, engaged and competitive; work hard and work smart; be positive; be compassionate and authentic; and have fun and celebrate success.


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