SOURCE: SmartStop Asset Management

SmartStop Asset Management

May 09, 2016 14:40 ET

Chairman/CEO of SmartStop Asset Management, LLC Honored as Silver Stevie® Award Winner in 2016 American Business Awards(SM)

LADERA RANCH, CA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2016) - H. Michael Schwartz, chairman & CEO of SmartStop Asset Management, Inc., a diversified real estate company, was recently named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Executive of the Year category in The 14th Annual American Business Awards.

"I am truly honored to have won this award and to be listed among the top business organizations and individuals in the United States," said Schwartz. "I couldn't have won this award without my executive team's expertise, loyalty and determination."

The American Business Awards is the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning "crowned," the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20.

More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year and App of the Year, among others. Schwartz was nominated in the Executive of the Year category for Real Estate.

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year's Stevie Award winners.

"Mr. Schwartz is definitely worthy of this top honor," said one of the Stevie Award judges. "His incredible business success story, from start to finish, is quite an accomplishment."

Last year, Schwartz and his team negotiated the sale of SmartStop Self Storage, Inc. (SmartStop Self Storage), a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed self storage company, owning and/or operating 170 self storage properties in 21 states and Toronto, Canada, to Extra Space Storage, Inc., the second-largest storage operator in the United States, for $1.4 billion. The SmartStop Self Storage and Extra Space merger marked the largest self storage transaction in 10 years and the third largest self storage transaction of all time.

"The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received this year," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. "The competition was intense, and every organization that has won should be proud."

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

About SmartStop Asset Management, LLC

SmartStop Asset Management, LLC (SmartStop Asset Management) is a diversified real estate company with a managed portfolio that currently includes approximately 43,000 self storage units and approximately 4.7 million rentable square feet. The company is the asset manager for 69 self storage facilities located throughout the United States and Toronto, Canada. SmartStop Asset Management is the sponsor of Strategic Storage Trust II, a public non-traded REIT focused on stabilized self storage properties, and Strategic Storage Growth Trust, Inc., a public non-traded REIT focused on opportunistic self storage assets. The facilities offer affordable and accessible storage units for residential and commercial customers. In addition, they offer secure interior and exterior storage units as well as outside storage areas for vehicles, RVs and boats. In 2015, key executives at Smartstop Asset Management negotiated the sale of SmartStop Self Storage, a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed self storage company, owning and/or operating 170 self storage properties in 21 states and Toronto, Canada, to Extra Space Storage Inc., the second-largest storage operator in the United States, in a merger transaction with SmartStop Self Storage having an enterprise value of $1.4 billion.

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