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American Storage Group, LLC is an owner-operator of self-storage facilities in the southeast. Established in 2008, by Brian Petersen, ASG delivers turnkey property management solutions to owners and provides solid investment opportunities to its equity partners. At the core of ASG’s culture is Brian’s belief that every facility should be operated as if it were his own. It is this principle that has driven ASG to continually assess and adapt its operations to reduce costs, drive sales, and achieve superior results on a reasonable budget.

Today, ASG’s proven track record of spotting unique self-storage investments as well as overseeing and implementing successful operating plans for each facility has made ASG a lucrative investment opportunity for capital partners looking for solid investments. ASG’s team brings extensive experience in the acquisition, development, and management of self-storage, but excels at identifying properties with value-added opportunities and potential for high returns. ASG is also an expert in expanding, renovating and repositioning these assets to produce significant returns and increase their ultimate asset value.

Brian Petersen – CEO, CIO

Mr. Petersen is the founder CEO, CIO of American Storage Group. His vision was to create a company that could provide research, acquisition, investment and management services for the storage market sector. He maintains and active role as Corporate Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. His experience in the storage sector began in 2008 when he founded American Self Storage, LLC and purchased the first of its holdings. Since that time, under his direction, the company has expanded its holdings to 8 locations with multiple acquisitions planned in the near future. He holds an officer position on the board of the South Carolina Self Storage Association.

Mr. Petersen has been a successful entrepreneur, an active real estate investor, builder, developer and private lender for 20 years in the residential and commercial sectors spanning over several states. Prior to becoming involved in real estate, he enjoyed a successful career in manufacturing, distribution, import and export in the forest products industry. He also gives back by being involved in several community organizations and is the current Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Liberty, SC and is a USCG licensed Master Captain.

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Elian Tyson – Director of Operations & Marketing

Ms. Tyson began her career with ASG first in website design, marketing and research. She is responsible for the company’s core business systems and infrastructure as well as all aspects of marketing, research and promotion. Ms. Tyson is a leading presence at ASG, versatile and dynamic, with well-rounded industry knowledge.

Prior to joining ASG Ms. Tyson worked extensively with her community and regional small businesses and organizations to improve their marketing and online presence. She received a B.S. degree from Clemson University.

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Nancy Lawler – Director of Finance & Acquisitions

Ms. Lawler brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ASG in her role of Director of Finance & Acquisitions. She is a driven, results-oriented professional with a history of success. Nancy’s ability to manage and leverage investments effectively makes her a key player in the growth of ASG.

After a successful career in marketing she moved into financial services. Her corporate banking career included stays at Credit One Bank and First Union. Her leadership of the First Union Corporate Marketing Team led to her promotion to Senior Vice President where she managed multiple branding programs, product launches, corporate re-engineering initiatives and participated in over 20 mergers. Nancy was also co-owner of 2 franchises for Passport Health. She and her team built the smallest geographical market into a Top-10 performer of 210 nationwide offices by achieving $1M gross revenue faster than any franchise in the network’s 12 year history. Nancy hold a B.S. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Michael Sheriff – Director of Facility Development

Mr. Sheriff has been a member of the American Storage Group Team since its inception and holds a license to practice architecture in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. As a senior member of the team he has over 40 years of corporate facility planning for fortune 500 companies such as Blockbuster Video, Owens-Corning, Phillip Morris, National Cash Register, and Extended Stay American. Mr. Sheriff is in charge of all design, up-fits, conversions and construction projects with ASG.

Mr. Sheriff is former member of the board of directors of the South Carolina Chapter Of the American Institute of Architects. He served 12 years as an elected official of the city of Liberty including his last term as Mayor. As a graduate of Leadership Pickens County he has served on many community boards.

Tim Brackin – Director of Real Estate Development

Mr. Brackin brings his real estate experience to ASG. He is responsible for identifying new storage opportunities to bring into review. Mr. Brackin also leads the American Realty Group and handles commercial, residential and land development. His ability to explore every option and coordinate the details are his key to assisting clients in making informed decisions.

Prior to joining ASG Mr. Brackin worked with other realty companies in the state of South Carolina. He is actively involved with his church.