2021 TSSA Board of Directors Owner Candidates

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Andrew Guinn, NitNeil Partners, Austin

Andrew Guinn is currently the Director of Investments at NitNeil Partners, an investment firm that specializes in the acquisition, development and management of self-storage facilities across the southern United States. He was previously the Director of Acquisitions for self storage at Virtus Real Estate Capital, a private equity fund focused on recession-resilient real estate.

Prior to joining Virtus, Andrew's background includes experience in underwriting/due diligence of Industrial, Multi-Family and Office properties with Crow Holdings in Dallas.

Andrew earned a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is currently serving on the 2021 TSSA Annual Conference Committee.

Anne Hawkins, Morningstar Storage, Nashville

Anne joined Morningstar Properties in 2019 as Senior Vice President of Operations before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2021. She is responsible for the company’s field teams, including training & development, and works closely with the marketing and asset management teams.

Anne’s background includes operations, investing (growth and buyout) and investment banking experience. Most recently she was an Executive Vice President at STR (now a division of CoStar Group), the leading provider of competitive benchmarking and analytics solutions to the global hospitality industry. Anne spent five years in private equity, executing growth equity investments at Great Hill Partners and software buyout transactions at Thoma Bravo. She began her career at McColl Partners (now Deloitte Corporate Finance) working on middle-market M&A transactions and recapitalizations.

Anne holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Georgia, where she was a Foundation Fellow Scholar, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Ross Pfeifer, Hixon Property Company, San Antonio

For the past 15 years, Ross Pfeifer has been the Director of Operations for Hixon Properties, Inc., where he manages their self-storage, parking, and multi-family portfolios.  Previously he was with Shurgard (acquired by Public Storage in 2006) for 15 years, where he was Regional Vice President, responsible more than 120 locations from Texas to New York. With Shurgard, Ross oversaw operations, acquisitions and development for a market that included Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. 

Ross previously served on the TSSA board of directors in the early to mid-1990s, serving for three years as a board member and then for an additional three years in an advisory capacity as a REITs representative to the board.  At that time he was one of the youngest board members to have ever served on the board.

He is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan and served 12 years as their team statistician.

Erik Tolpo, Tallwood Storage, Beaumont

Erik is the owner/operator of Tallwood Storage LP, dba Central Maxi Storage in the Port Neches area. He entered the self-storage industry in 2013 and has been a member of TSSA ever since. He supervises day-to-day operations, property acquisition and development of commercial and residential real estate. He enjoys the industry because there are always new challenges to tackle regarding innovation and best practices to continually improve his business.

Erik’s non-storage professional background includes public service work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas Department of Public Safety, and various roles in law enforcement including a stint as Chief of Police.

Erik earned his B.B.A in Marketing from Lamar State University in Beaumont.