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We are thrilled to be able to invite StoreLocal CEO, Hans Pearson to join us at the first ever Self Storage Expo Asia Online, and he has invited THE INDUSTRY LEADERS in the Australia and New Zealand market to share the latest industry trends and innovations with us. 

Hans has established an extensive background in self storage since 2008. Hans brings many years of property experience as a lawyer, investment banker, and funds manager in the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane markets. He and his team at StoreLocal has started a popular webcast in early 2020 with the aim of providing a forum for the industry to discuss issues relating to the pandemic. Guests so far have included UK Self Storage Association CEO Rennie Shafer, prominent Hong Kong Self Storage operator Kevin Shee, US self storage expert Scott Jensen, and an OH&S consultant from Australia, who provided advice on how to deal with COVID -19- related issues.

Hans Pearson

Self Storage Expert in ANZ


The StoreLocal Group

Hans Pearson is CEO of The StoreLocal Group, a nationwide Australian self storage investment and operations business. 

StoreLocal manages 25 stores, with a presence in all major markets in Australia. Hans is responsible for the strategy and management of the group and leads the growth of the business through development and acquisition of stores, and third party management of independent stores via the StoreLocal operations platform. 

Hans is a 2021 Board Member-elect for the Self Storage Association of Australasia, representing large operators.

In 2020, Hans launched the StoreCast webcast series. StoreCast is a series of interviews with industry members globally which are shared openly with the industry as a way of collectively sharing experiences throughout the challenging COVID Pandemic period.

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Thomas Whalan

From Olympic to Self Storage


Rent a Space Group

Thomas Whalan is the Chief Executive Officer across the Rent a Space group overseeing a self-storage portfolio of 12 operating assets and 5 in development in addition to a commercial development project. Four-time Olympian having represented Australia in over 330 test matches and played professionally in European champion clubs across Italy and Spain. Former Director and President of Water Polo Australia and founder of Water Polo by the Sea.

Jason Keane

From Shopping Centres to Self Storage


Sentinel Storage Security

Jason Keane transferred his skillset from shopping centre management to self-storage in 1999, where he identified self-storage as being the next emerging industry in the Australasian region. Having been involved in self-storage operations in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for thirteen (13) years until 2014, he was well placed to capitalise on the purchase of Sentinel Access Control which was one of two leading storage security products in Australia and New Zealand. Jason and his team have grown the Sentinel business significantly in the past six (6) years. Last month Jason secured the Australasian distribution rights for PTI Storage Security and is looking forward to further enhancing the reach of PTI into the Asian region. Jason has been a board member of the Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA) and  consults to self-storage valuers as an operations expert.  This background and general dynamics has him perceived as a knowledgeable and well respected member of the self storage community.

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Jonathan Perrins

Self Storage Manufacturer to Investor of Self Storage

Fund Manager

USS Funds Management

Jonathan has over 24 years experience in the self storage industry and is the founder, owner and chairman of Steel Storage Group - a business Jonathan has grown for over 20 years in the areas of self storage design, manufacturing and construction in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Jonathan is a past Chairman of the Self Storage Association of Australasia and the past Chairman of the Self Storage Association of Asia. Jonathan was a founding shareholder and director of Extra Space Asia and has invested in a number of self storage centres in Australia and the UK. Jonathan founded USS Funds Management in January 2014 to capitalise on his experience to create further investment opportunities in the self storage industry.


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Ben Cohn

Co-founder & CEO

TAXIBOX Group Pty Ltd

Ben Cohn is co-founder and CEO of Australia’s leading mobile storage company, TAXIBOX Group Pty Ltd. TAXIBOX currently operates across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane providing a range of mobile storage related services including door-to-door storage, on-site storage, refrigerated storage and interstate moving services. Ben has been a pioneer of the mobile storage industry in Australia and brings a wealth of experience associated with developing the market.

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