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Meet the core team

Rennie Schafer

CEO

Rennie Schafer - CEO

Rennie is the current CEO of the Self Storage Association UK, having previously been the CEO of the Australasian Self Storage Association for over 9 years.  Rennie has extensive knowledge of the self storage industry across the world, from the developing Asian markets through to the birthplace of self storage in the USA.

While with the Australasian Self Storage Association he introduced a range of simplified standard licence agreements for the different types of storage arrangements used by the industry, developed an industry marketing guide, customised self storage staff training, a workplace safety manual and demand study for the industry.  He was also part of the judging panel for the self storage industry awards across Australia, NZ and Asia and has spoken at numerous self storage events around the world.

Rennie has an MBA from Deakin University as well as a Masters of Applied Science (Environmental Health).  He has over 15 years experience working in industry associations, and enjoys riding his mountain bike, listening to music and swimming.

Paola Barraza

Membership Services Officer

Paola Barraza - Membership Services Officer

Paola joined FEDESSA in April 2016 in the key role of membership servcies officer.  She is fluent in Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish and English and has previously worked in the marketing division of Shurgard Self Storage in Europe. With both industry knowledge, marketing training and linguistic talents she is a valuable addition to the FEDESSA team

Board Members

Cesare Carcano (Italy)

President

Cesare Carcano (Italy) - President

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John Trotman

Vice-President

John Trotman - Vice-President

John is a Chartered Accountant having trained with Deloitte LLP, where he specialised in the real estate sector and self storage. On leaving Deloitte in 2005, he worked for a subsidiary of the Kajima Corporation. John joined Big Yellow as Chief Financial Officer in June 2007. He joined the Board of Directors of the Self Storage Association UK in June 2014 and the FEDESSA board in 2016.

Michael Fogelberg (Sweden)

Executive Council

Michael Fogelberg (Sweden) - Executive Council

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Martin Brunkhorst (Germany)

Executive Council

Martin Brunkhorst (Germany) - Executive Council

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Marc Oursin (Belgium)

Executive Council

Marc Oursin (Belgium) - Executive Council

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Loic Vaillant (France)

Executive Council

Loic Vaillant (France) - Executive Council

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Christian Schmutz (Switzerland)

Treasurer

Christian Schmutz (Switzerland) - Treasurer

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Allan Agerskov (DK)

General Council Member

Allan Agerskov (DK) - General Council Member

Allan has been involved with self-storage for more than 5 years. During this time he has been Head of Operations in Pelican Self Storage. Allan became a member of the board of the Swedish Self-storage Association in 2016, and has been a member of the Danish Self-storage Association for 5 years – since 2015 also being the Chairman. Prior to joining Pelican Self Storage, Allan has been working for almost 20 years in the retail industry heading positions within Sales, Category Management, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Most of the years at companies leading their industry in positions with a nordic responsibility i.e. COOP Nordic, Arla Foods and Duni AB. Allan holds a B.Sc in Economics and Busines Administration from the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. He also served as a reserve officer in the Danish Army with the rank of Captain.

Javier Arambarri

Executive Council

Javier Arambarri - Executive Council

Javier Arambarri started his career as a banker in a merchant Bank in London and concurrent he became founder, shareholder and executive of different start-ups companies in several sectors; industrial design, telecommunications (Jazztel), and many more. Today he is executive and/or reference shareholder of Eurotrasteros (Spanish Self Storage operator), The Residence in Madrid (University student residences), SIDIR (Building, Operation & Maintenance for photovoltaic industry), and UNICOM (guiding students into US and UK universities). Based on his role as secretary for AESS (the Spanish Self Storage Association), he joined the FEDESSA Board in 2017.

Alberto Borregon (ES)

Executive Council

Alberto Borregon (ES) - Executive Council

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Per Hauge (NO)

General Council Member

Per Hauge (NO) - General Council Member

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Mathieu Knipping (NL)

General Council Member

Mathieu Knipping (NL) - General Council Member

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Jude O'Meara (IE)

General Council Member

Jude O'Meara (IE) - General Council Member

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Jussi Tolvanen

General Council Member

Jussi Tolvanen - General Council Member

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