Meet Yevgeni Kaniayev

Yevgeni Kaniayev

Yevgeni is responsible for self storage brokerage activity including listings, sales, buyer representation, due diligence, financial analysis and feasibility studies for properties located throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region with his focus on Virginia, where his office is based.

Yevgeni is a native of Belarus, and moved to the United States at age 11. Like many first-generation immigrants, he let his work ethic lead him to succeed in every endeavor. He was recognized early in his education as being gifted and was given the opportunity to compete in Academic Games, where he eventually rose to a top 10 standing nationwide. Additionally, he was top five of his graduating class and accepted to the incredibly competitive Schreyers Honors College of Pennsylvania State University, which only accepts 300 of nearly 11,000 incoming freshmen at the main campus in State College, PA.

While still in college, Yevgeni began his ascent along the sales career path. Starting at the level of insurance salesperson, he was promoted to supervisor within one year, but then made the transition into more complicated technology sales. With his background in engineering, he was able to understand complex concepts and communicate those concepts across all parts of a company from a technically inclined IT person to the big picture CEO.

Yevgeni received many accolades for his sales prowess. He was the top salesperson many months and at some points was the top producer at a multi-billion company in percent to plan of individual sales. He was also selected in the first batch of salespeople to learn about and sell new products and services. At the time, he was the youngest Account Manager in the company.

Within a few years he made the leap into software sales, which is a notable achievement for the career field. Still being the youngest Account Executive in his business unit, Yevgeni was able to close the largest transaction on his team of much more senior and experienced sales professionals.

When he began looking for his next challenge, John Gilliland immediately recruited him to join the brokerage team. Yevgeni brings over six years of corporate sales experience across various industries in addition to his energy and problem-solving mindset.

He currently resides in Sterling Virginia and is an avid music listener, fitness enthusiast and competitive chess player. He strives to be the best at everything he does and adds another dimension to an already successful brokerage team at the company.

Yevgeni is a member of the national Self Storage Association (SSA), Virginia Self Storage Association (VASSA) and Pennsylvania Self Storage Association (PASSA).