Pamela Alton and Franklin Young
join OpenTech Advisory Board
Mike Connolly Named Executive Vice President,
Corporate Development for OpenTech
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – February 5, 2004 – OpenTech Alliance,
Inc. announced today that Pamela Alton, owner of Mini-Management
Services, and Franklin Young, Director of Sales and Marketing for
Door and Building Components Incorporated (DBCi), have joined the
company’s Advisory Board. The company also announced that
former Advisory Board member Mike Connolly has accepted the position
of Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for OpenTech.
“We’ve gained extremely valuable insight from our initial
Advisory Board containing Ray McRae, Diane Gibson and Mike Connolly,”
said Robert Chiti, OpenTech’s CEO. “We’re excited
Mike has agreed to join us fulltime in charge of corporate development,
and that Pam and Franklin have agreed to join Ray and Diane on our
“The facilities I work with are looking for ways to increase
their profits,” said Pamela Alton. “I like that OpenTech
helps facilities cut staffing costs without dictating what management
software to use. To me, OpenTech represents the first viable self-service
solution that’s easy enough for anyone to use but powerful
enough to really reduce the hours an assistant manager is necessary
“OpenTech is truly on the side of the storage owner,”
said Franklin Young. “The innovative way they integrate technologies
means owners can spend more time focusing on business. I’m
looking forward to working with such a talented group of people.”
Pamela Alton is the owner of Mini-Management Services - a nationwide
consulting and management company offering various services to the
self-storage industry. The company is also the largest national
and only international manager-placement service available today.
She is a frequent contributor to Inside Self-Storage, Mini-Storage
Messenger and the Texas Mini News. Ms. Alton is a member of the
SSA, TMSA and CSSA. She holds a business degree from Western Michigan
University and a California real estate license.
Mike Connolly has over 30 years of successful experience in business
management, sales, services, support and development in the software
industry. During his 16 years with Computer Associates, Mr. Connolly
held senior management positions including Senior Vice President
and General Manager of the interBiz Applications Division, SVP of
the Global Accounts Group, and International SVP for CA’s
Worldwide Distributor Organization.
Diane M. Gibson is the owner of Cox's Armored Mini Storage Management,
Inc., a management firm that manages commercial properties with
a combined property value in excess of $20 million. Ms. Gibson has
a 19-year background in property management and accounting and has
been actively involved in the management of numerous shopping centers,
office buildings, industrial parks and mini-storage facilities.
In February 2001, Ms. Gibson was appointed Secretary to the Executive
Board of the Arizona Mini Storage Association.
Raymond E. McRae is Vice President, Director of Operations for
Storage Solutions, a management firm that manages over 40 self-storage
facilities in the Phoenix area. Previously, Mr. McRae worked at
U-Haul Moving and Storage. Other prior roles include President of
U-Haul Company of Chicago Metroplex and President and Owner of REKOM
Systems, Inc. Mr. McRae holds a Certificate of Human Resource Management
from University of Phoenix, a Certificate of Retail Management from
Indiana University Northwest, an Arizona Real Estate License, and
is a member of the SSA and AMSA.
Franklin Young is Director of Sales and Marketing for DBCi - the
leading global supplier of door and hallway systems to the self-storage
industry. Previously, he was Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer of PTI Integrated Systems, a global supplier of access control
and management software technology to the self-storage industry.
Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University
of North Carolina at Asheville.
About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
OpenTech Alliance, Inc. has developed a vendor neutral, full-service
kiosk that improves customer service, reduces operating costs and
increases revenue for self-storage facilities. For more information
on OpenTech, please visit www.opentechalliance.com
or call (602) 749-9370.
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 749-9370 x118
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