Kevin Bledsoe began his career in the self storage industry in 2004 as a District Manager Trainee with a privately held REIT, All Season Storage. During his time with All Seasons Storage, he advanced to the position of District Manager and operated a district of 12 properties in Pennsylvania. In 2007, the 30-property storage portfolio that All Seasons Storage owned was acquired by OB Companies, which trades under the name Simply Self Storage. Kevin’s services as a District Manager were retained by Simply Self Storage during the acquisition of the All Seasons portfolio. During his time with Simply, he went on to manage more than 30 properties for the company which were spread across seven states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West.
In 2008, Kevin joined Investment Real Estate Management, LLC (IREM) as a District Manager. He spent the next two years helping grow the third-party management division, which featured more than 40 properties under management. In 2010, Investment Real Estate sold the third-party management division to two investors and the company was renamed Storage Asset Management (SAM). Kevin joined SAM as part of the acquisition to help the two principals Jay Hoke and Alyssa Quill start their new company.
During his five years with SAM, Kevin helped grow the management company from 20 to 60 third-party management contracts. He was promoted from District Manager to Director of Operations and played a key role in the growth and evolution of the organization. Today SAM manages more than 120 self storage properties and has recently been recognized as the largest privately held third-party management company in the self storage industry.
Kevin left the operations side of the business in 2015 to team up with John Gilliland and Investment Real Estate (IRE) as a Brokerage Advisor. He was quickly promoted to Vice President of Brokerage, filling the role formerly held by John Barry. The brokerage division has experienced significant growth over the past three to four years through the addition of brokers strategically hired in CT, VA and the home office in York, PA. The addition of talented real estate Brokerage Advisors in each of these markets has allowed the team to more effectively work with buyers and sellers in the various states in served by IRE.
Since joining the company in 2015, Kevin and his brokerage team have closed more than $220 Million in self storage real estate sales, which translates into 63 self storage properties sold. The brokerage team continues to grow and is the leading self storage brokerage firm in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Today, owners rely on the team at IRE to assist them with property valuations, operational expertise, feasibility studies and new construction development. They also recognize the team at IRE as industry experts who can assist with their day-to-day self storage needs.
Kevin lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife Kasey and son Kaden. He spends his free time coaching youth soccer, attending many pro and semi-pro soccer games with his son, and staying active by training for endurance competitions.