Our Management Team

Executive Leadership 

Ben Vestal | CEO

Over the past 20 years Ben Vestal has been involved with the management, development, construction, and brokerage of commercial real estate properties. As the CEO of Argus, Ben is responsible for the management and overall operation of the company. He has personally been involved in over a billion dollars in self storage transactions and is frequently asked to share his specialized expertise at self storage conventions around the United States.

Korey Hanson | President, COO

As President of Argus, Korey Hanson is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the management company and all 250+ managed storage facilities. Korey has been a part of this company since it began in 2012. He works closely with his district managers and other corporate level employees to ensure maximum efficiency of day to day operations. While remaining active in new management acquisitions and maintaining client relations. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Self Storage Association. In the company, Korey started out as an Area Manager quickly working his way up to Director of Operations and eventually to President. Gaining experience in all areas of self storage allowed Korey to see how development, operations, marketing, accounting and finance all work together to create a business. 
Korey Hanson

Amy Hitchingham | Exec Vice President

Amy Hitchingham joined Argus Self Storage Advisors in 2002 and served as the company’s Director of Marketing & Operations before becoming Executive Vice President in 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado where she was a member of the Sigma Iota Epsilon honors fraternity and received Dean’s List honors throughout her tenure.

Amy has experience in the advertising and marketing fields and has worked in various industries including commercial building, healthcare and business-to-business advertising. With over 20 years of experience in the self-storage industry, Amy has specialized expertise in marketing this unique property type. She is responsible for all the marketing and operations functions of the Argus Network. .
Amy Hitchingham

Jason Hert | Chief Financial Officer

Jason Hert joined the Argus Professional Storage Management team in 2022. Jason holds an Accounting Degree from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Growing up in Michigan, he has made Arizona his home for the past 22 years.

In Jason's spare time, he enjoys unwinding with his wife and two children, loves golf when he gets a chance, and is an avid sports fan.
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David Vivancos | Vice President of Operations

David has over 20 years of experience in this industry and considers himself fortunate to have worked with many solid, people focused leaders and organizations with great cultures in the past. He aims to ensure that our processes are operationally sound ‘always’ and hopes to foster an environment that encourages personal/professional growth and development.
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Facilities & Capital Improvements

Jason Farlee | Director of Facilities

Jason Farlee joined the Argus Professional Storage Management Team in 2017 and serves as the company’s Director of Capital Improvements. He works with the management team to address the capital improvement needs of all client properties. From routine maintenance to major property renovations, Jason strives to ensure that all of APSM’s managed facilities are maintained at the highest level possible.Prior to joining APSM, Jason worked as a Parent Aide Coordinator for Aviva Children’s Services where he acquired valuable skills in the management of programs and personnel. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps out of High School, he earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona.Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends when he’s not at work. On weekends he can be found fishing, hunting, or working around the house.
Jason Farlee

Jason Christley | Director, Marketing

Jason Christley brings to Argus Professional Storage Management more than 20 years experience in the marketing & communications space for professional sports. Since joining in November of 2023, he oversees APSM’s Marketing Department with a focus on client services, reputation management and project development. His team manages clients' Google Adwords campaigns and works with our web companies on developing and maintaining all of APSM’s websites. A New England native and former journalist, Jason spent nearly 15 years with the Integrated Marketing Communications at NASCAR in Florida, before moving to Tucson with his wife and their three sons.
Jason Christley

Shifali Zimmer | Accounting Controller

Shifali Zimmer is an innovative and driven accounting professional with over 10 years of experience. She has worked in industries such as real estate investing, manufacturing, government contracting, and health care. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has also earned a master’s degree in Accounting. Shifali strives to learn new ways of doing things and thinks outside the box to achieve complex challenges. She has expertise in managing multiple companies and creating efficiencies and automation within processes as well as documenting policies and procedures. She has led finance integrations efforts as well as mergers and acquisitions and has overcome obstacles those have brought. Shifali has strong interpersonal skills and enjoys building relationships with those throughout the organization.
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Cole Carosella | Director, Business Development

Cole Carosella is the Director of Business Development at Argus Self Storage Advisors, the nation’s only nationwide brokerage specializing in solely self-storage. He has extensive experience in self-storage valuation, management and brokerage. Cole joined Argus in November of 2018 and is a key member of the Argus Colorado brokerage team. Since joining the Colorado brokerage team, they have successfully closed over $300MM in self-storage transactions in Colorado alone. In addition to working on the Colorado brokerage team, he works within the Argus corporate office assisting the executive team and national brokerage network in the business development, financial analysis, underwriting and budgeting of assets across the country. Cole has valued over 2,000+ self-storage properties nationwide with an aggregate value of more than $2 Billion and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Argus corporate financial analysis team.

Cole has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an active member of the National Self Storage Association, Young Leaders Group (YLG).
Cole Carosella

Human Resources

Brenden Robinson | Director of Human Resources
Brenden has over 30 years of executive Human Resources experience and leads our professional Human Resources Team as a strategic partner in building Argus’ businesses by maximizing the value of human capital, aligning it with our initiatives, values, mission, strategies, and the needs of all stakeholders.
Regional Directors of Operations

Joe Razo | Regional Director of Operations - Central Division, Director of Revenue Management

Joe Razo joined the Argus Professional Storage Management Team in 2008 and serves as the company’s Regional Director of Operations covering our Central Division. In addition to supervising the day to day operations of 14 properties, he also helps oversee millions of dollars of capital expenditure projects over the last several years and continues to help the company in this capacity today.

Prior to joining APSM as a District Manager, Joe was a Site Manager for Professional Self Storage Management as well as another self-storage company in Dallas for 5 years. Before entering the self-storage industry, Joe worked 5 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and was a General Manager in the restaurant industry. Joe attended the University of North Texas studying Business Management.

Joe spends a lot of time on the road for business but when he is at home he enjoys spending time with his family.
Joe Razo

Donna Lay | Regional Director of Operations - Western Division

Donna joined the Argus Professional Storage Management Team in 2012 and serves as the company’s Regional Director of Operations covering our Western Division. She is responsible for revenue enhancement, rental activity, expense control, pricing, market competition, property repairs and maintenance, budgeting, auditing, as well as tenant relations, and the hiring & training of Property Managers. She will assist with marketing initiatives, phone skills, and will suggest and implement methods to increase traffic and closing sales ratios for her Managers. She works closely with several of our clients keeping them informed of facility progress and budgets, as well as identifying any financial variations that clients would need to be aware of.

Prior to joining APSM, Donna worked as South Regional Manager with National REO and has experience in Asset Management, Foreclosures, Training, Regional Budgets, Expense Control, and Pricing Vendor Contracts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Business with a concentration in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Donna enjoys surfing, hiking and spending time with her family and is a dedicated Raiders Fan.
Donna Lay

Dan Fischer | Regional Director of Operations - Mountain Division 

Dan Fischer joined Argus Professional Storage Management Team in early 2018. He serves as the company’s Regional Director of Operations - Mountain Division, responsible for 3 district managers & 43 self-storage facilities in 5 states. He brought a lot of experience with him along with new ideas and is helping to grow APSM’s presence not only in Colorado but also in neighboring states.

Prior to joining APSM, Dan worked as District Team Lead with the William Warren Group for many years with significant experience in Multi-Unit Self Storage Property Management.

Dan enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his grandbabies, sports and loves to coach people to be better at their job.
Dan Fischer

Ruben Jurado | Regional Director of Operations -Southwest Division

Ruben Jurado joined the Argus Professional Storage Management Team in 2011 and serves as the company’s Regional Director of Operations - Southwest Division. He, along with his Team Lead, is currently responsible for overseeing 20 New Mexico self storage properties for 3 different Clients. He supervises 26 employees and is very proud to say that all his stores are doing very well. Ruben prides himself on providing his team with the tools they need to be successful in managing the daily operations of their sites. He also works with his team on budgeting, revenue management and marketing.

Prior to being working at APSM, Ruben worked as a Storage Manager in El Paso, Texas and has additional experience in Sales, Business Management & Customer Relations.

Ruben is married to his beautiful wife Corina and has 4 beautiful children. He enjoys coaching his daughter’s Fastpitch team as well his son’s Baseball team. Ruben also enjoys hunting, camping and spending time with his family whenever he can.
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