|Terrence R. and Barbara Caster|
Terrence R. and Barbara Caster, along with their family, have been active in the development of residential, commercial office buildings, industrial parks, build-to-suits, and A-1 Self Storage facilities. A corporate history highlighting past endeavors reveals growth, variety, and depth in the projects that Mr. and Mrs. Caster have developed. Learning from Terrence Caster’s parents, they began developing mobile home parks in Arizona and California in the 1960’s. They then purchased prime property in the heart of San Diego, Mission Valley, where they developed Stadium Park; a three phase industrial property that was completed in the very early 1980’s and has been home to numerous successful San Diego businesses for more than three decades. In 1983 the Casters began developing A-1 Self Storage locations throughout California. Today that enterprise has grown to include 48 A-1 Self Storage locations in California and Texas. Through this development, the Caster Group serves more than 33,000 self storage customers.
Brian R. Caster
Brian Caster is the President and CEO of the Caster Group. He is second generation in the Caster family business. Working for the Caster Group for 35 years, as CEO for the past 23, Brian Caster has grown A-1 Self Storage to become one of the Top 10 family-owned and operated self storage companies in the country. Brian is considered an early innovator in the industry. He worked hard to build a solid management team committed to ensuring the A-1 Self Storage brand is synonymous with quality, state-of- the-art self storage operations. Over the years, the Caster Group has prioritized customer service, facility design, and the importance of giving back to the local community, essentially helping to shape and then redefine the self storage industry as a whole. Brian currently sits on an advisory board for the Burham-Moores Center for Real Estate, CubeSmart and the San Diego Police Officer’s Association Widows & Orphans Fund. He has served previously served as chairman of the Self Storage Association’s Large Owners Council, made up of the top 100 storage operators in the country. He is active in professional groups such as ULI, BIA, CIC, SSA, and CSSA. His dedication to his industry is rivaled only by his commitment to his family and charities.
Tom Kearny is the Vice President and Construction Manager of the Caster Group.
Gary Davidson is the CFO of the Caster Group, joining the team in that role in November 2004. The Director of the company’s Information Technology Department also reports to Gary. Prior to joining the Caster Group, Gary served from 1998 to 2004 as CFO and COO of SourcingLink.net, Inc., an internet-based software application and services company providing consulting services and internet tools for the retail industry. From 1985 to 1998, Gary worked at Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a publicly-traded diversified technology and research company, serving as the CFO. Additionally, Gary worked at the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University. Gary participates in several not-for-profit organizations as a Board of Directors member and Finance Officer.
As Director of Human Resources, Barbara Culver is responsible for managing all aspects of the Human Resources Department, including but not limited to: Associate Recruiting, Benefits Administration, Compensation, Labor Law Compliance, Associate Relations, Conflict Resolution, Policy and Procedure Establishment, and HR investigations. In addition to her duties related to Human Resources, Barbara is also responsible for oversight of the Caster Group’s industrial property management and the management of store residences, cell sites, and billboards. Her duties also include management of the Administration Department and corporate office. She has fulfilled many roles at Caster over her nearly 30 years of tenure.
As the Storage Operations Manager, Dave Ratliff is responsible for overseeing the operational functions of the self storage properties and the call center. This includes P & L responsibility, as well as the planning and implementation of new policies and products. Dave joined the Caster Group 22 years ago during which time he has helped them grow from 8 self storage properties to their current portfolio. Prior to joining the Caster Group, he worked as a Field Consultant for Southland Corp. where he worked with franchisees, and an Area Manager for Blockbuster Video.
Brian L. Caster
Brian Louis Caster is currently Area Manager for the central San Diego A-1 Self Storage division of the Caster Group. Brian Louis is third generation in the Caster family business. Brian Louis joined the team in 2007 as their Commercial Leasing Agent and Property Manager responsible for the leasing and management of over 300,000 sq. ft. of industrial, retail, and office buildings in the central San Diego area. After four years of leasing and property management while attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Brian Louis became the Marketing Manager for A-1 Self Storage. With the skills learned from attaining his degree, Brian Louis ensured that the Caster Group conducted fluent integrated marketing communication campaigns and all relevant projects pertaining to bringing the cost per acquisition down while maintaining high lead traffic volumes. In January of 2013, Brian Louis became an Area Manager of the central San Diego properties for A-1 Self Storage. Along with these daily duties, Brian Louis sits on the board for the Serving Hands International Young Philanthropists and is involved in a number of charities such as Water for Sudan, Invisible Children, and the Barrio Logan College Institute. He has also served on the USDHS Alumni Board as well as the Telcom Property Owners’ Association as Vice President.