My good pal and self storage guru Ryan Blank deserves accolades for all of the great storage unit deals he's lined up for me over the last few years. Including one in an opportunity zone in Hyattsville, Maryland in Prince Georges County MD. not too far from Owings Mills and Pikesville where we grew up in Baltimore county. The project's pre-construction process was started last year when we closed on the development of the project and financed the balance using Peoples Bank.
The mall at Princes George's has a Macys, Target, Old Navy, DSW, H&M, TJ Maxx, Express, Ulta, Ross, Marshalls, and soon a self storage facility for our fellow PG County residents.
Ryan Blank has spent the last few years in business development and investor relations for the Poverni Sheikh Group based out of Baltimore. In a fairly short period of time, he has had a very specific focus on self-storage facilities and has helped build up a nice portfolio including this project I invested in located outside of Washington, D.C.
Fortunately from the very beginning, he has found a ton of great opportunities and so far they have all been big successes, as he is building an impressive portfolio up and down the mid-atlantic region from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
The journey to getting where he is today took knowledge, work ethic, and dedication to becoming an expert in self-storage facilities and reminds me of the book Relentless where those who strive to be a king of their industry have to put in the grit and hard work to be successful. As he continues to grow, Blank and the Poverni Sheikh Group have continued to grow and expand.
Taking the Next Step with the Poverni Sheikh Group
Getting to the Poverni Sheikh Group took a little bit of time for Ryan Blank. He worked in finance, real estate investing, and other sectors of the business world before getting into business development and investor relations with the Baltimore based firm. When the opportunity opened up, he felt like it was a perfect opportunity to make the most out of a situation utilizing his skills to help others prosper and join in as LP's to build storage units.
If there is one aspect Blank fell in love with early on, it was fundraising. Getting the opportunity to work directly with investors can seem intimidating to some, but Blank relied heavily on his confidence that any project he presented could take off (and so far that has been the case). Proper funding is necessary to make dreams into reality, and Blank’s mastered that at this point and investors like myself have been very happy with the results.
Growing with Each Project
To keep investors interested and to please the Poverni Sheikh Group as a whole, Ryan Blank is learning to grow with each project. A relatively new completed one in Woodbridge, New Jersey ended up being a perfect example of being patient and finding the right investment opportunity for the company.