Tom Nicholson III joined his father in the self storage business in 1979 after earning a BLA, four way degree in Business, English, Biology and Psychology from Roanoke College. Tom has been active in the development, construction and management of self storage facilities since that time.
Christie Nicholson graduated Cum Laude from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She holds a Certified Public Accountant license in Virginia and has over thirty years’ accounting experience. Christie has worked for The Nicholson Companies, Inc. on and off since 1995. Christie Nicholson serves as Vice-President and Secretary of The Nicholson AAAA Charitable Foundation. Christie’s work with NACF allowed a partnership with ForKids and a mentorship program was created in 2019. The program currently serves eleven children. Christie has been a Norfolk CASA for two years and is currently on the audit committee for the Virginia Opera, the audit and finance committee of the Foodbank SEVA and is serving on the Board of Foodbank SEVA.
Kelley began her career with AAAA in 2006 as a Store Manager. She held several supportive positions including Trainer and Auctioneer before being promoted to Operations Specialist in 2009. Kelley continued to advance as a District Manager in 2013 and was promoted to Director of Storage Operations in 2019.
Scott Styer joined AAAA in 2009 after overseeing a Top 25 Self Storage Operator in Northeast Florida for more than 8 years. Scott is a graduate of Lanier Technical College in Atlanta GA and oversees the AAAA Marketing Department and Affiliate Programs.
Ashley joined the Company in 2011 as Facility Manager of the Virginia Beach Blvd in Virginia Beach, VA location bringing over 5 years of sales and property management experience with her. She was then promoted to Operations Specialist in 2014 and transitioned to the corporate office to supervise our Storage and Moving Sales Center about 6 months later. As the company began its transition to using Salesforce, Ashley assisted in redesigning and mapping complex business processes to the new program, eventually taking on the role of NOA Administrator in June 2016. She has since taken on the full time role of developing NOA, our storage intelligence suite built on Salesforce.
Irma joined the Company in 1995 as the Receptionist. She was then promoted to Office Manager in 2011 with over 20 years experience in the administrative field. She has since taken on additional roles in Corporate Support, Marketing, and Quality Control. Irma also assists in the administration of NOA, our storage intelligence suite built on Salesforce.
Desiree joined The Nicholson Companies in 2018 and has served as the Assistant Controller since that time. As a graduate of Washington State University, Desiree brings over 20+ years of accounting experience to the team. In addition to her normal duties, she also volunteers through The Nicholson AAAA Charitable Foundation mentoring program.
Since December 2017, Alison brings a strong background in sales and marketing. A hard-working and detail-oriented marketing professional with a track record of accomplishment both academically and professionally. She is a graduate of The University of Phoenix. Her experience spans everything from sales to old-fashioned newsprint advertising, graphic design, creating and developing artwork and designs for various marketing campaigns to support specific marketing objectives that include custom advertising promotions, social media marketing, content management and Mailchimp e-mail marketing.
Erin had over 5 years of sales and management experience prior to joining the Company in March 2006 as Facility Manager for the Laburnum Race Track location in Richmond, VA. She was promoted to Operations Specialist in December of 2009 and to District Manager in April 2013.
Ed joined AAAA Self Storage in 2015 and learned the industry as a facility manager. Moving through several roles in the operations department, he gained a large working knowledge of self-storage management. In late 2019 Edward was ready for a new challenge and joined the Business Development department to focus on brokerage and third-party management. Having being involved in every aspect of self-storage Edward is prepared to not only provide brokerage services, but also to serve in an advisory capacity for any needs potential clients may have.
Ellyn (EJ) brings over 30 years of progressive experience to the team. Prior to joining The Nicholson Companies, she spent 27 years in the automotive industry, working for the largest automotive sales and service delivery network in the Mid-Atlantic region, responsible for 4000 employees, 80 locations and 4 states. Her current position provides her an opportunity to work in all areas of HR and Payroll, as well as interact directly with every employee of the company. EJ has been certified as a Certified Professional of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) since 1999.
John Kish joined The Nicholson Companies having 25 years of sales and management experience in the truck rental and storage industries. After joining the team in June 2016, John was promoted to District Manager in February 2017. John graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Krystal earned a BA in English from Lynchburg College (now University of Lynchburg) and brought 5 years of experience in sales, customer service, and management from the hospitality industry when joining AAAA Self Storage as a Store Manager in September 2009. In March 2010, she transferred from the Providence Road location in Richmond, VA to assume management of the Forest Road location in Forest, VA. In 2014 she became an Operations Specialist while continuing to work as a Site Manager. Krystal was promoted to District Manager in May 2019.
Beiana joined the Company in August 2011 as the Assistant Manager in Chester, VA. She had over 5 years of sales and management experience prior to joining the Company. Beiana was promoted to Facility Manger in November 2014, Operations Specialist in February 2017, and to District Manager in November 2019.
Mark joined the company in October of 2017, as the Technical Support Specialist. He graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Information Systems and Technology (B.S.B.A.). He programs comprehensive systems into NOA, our storage intelligence suite built on Salesforce. As well as offering remote technical support for sites in the field and within the corporate office. Mark holds greatest marksman award in the 2019 Nicholson Shooting Contest, and Most Excellent/Highest producing garden plots, three seasons back to back.
Melinda started working at The Nicholson Companies part-time during her high school years as an administrative assistant. The experience gained during this time allowed her to be promoted to a full charge management bookkeeper in 2018. She is completing her Associate of Applied Science - Accounting at TCC in 2020 and will then further her education by pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at ODU.
VaLisa is a strong accounting professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Business Administration, Management and Operations from California University of Pennsylvania. She joined the accounting team as a bookkeeper for Nicholson Companies in June of 2014. She was promoted to Lead Management Bookkeeper in May of 2017. VaLisa has been very active with the Nicholson AAAA Charitable Foundation from the beginning and currently serves as one of the first volunteer mentors in the Foundation mentorship program for at-risk youth.
Originally hired in August 2011, His first position was mowing lawns for the facilities. A year later he was promoted to Assistant Manager of the AAAA on Sewells Points Rd. until being promoted to Store Manager for the Lowery Rd property, a position Nick held for four years until his current position as Operations Specialist.
Frances Sessoms joined the accounting team for The Nicholson Companies in 2010 handling many of the AAAA facilities and was promoted to Senior Corporate Bookkeeper in 2017. She currently handles all of The Nicholson Companies corporate accounts and has over 20 years of accounting experience.