Harry J. Thie
Harry J. Thie has been a member of our board of directors since February 2015. Dr. Thie currently is a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation, a position he has held since 1991. From 1987 to 1991, Dr. Thie was the Director in Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, and served as an active duty officer in the United States Army from 1964 to 1991, retiring as a Colonel in 1991. From 1994 to 2002, Dr. Thie served as a member of the board of directors of Storage USA, where he also held positions as the chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee. Dr. Thie holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the George Washington University, an M.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.A. in History from Saint Bonaventure University. We believe Dr. Thie’s expertise in the self-storage REIT industry developed as a member of the board of directors of StorageUSA, his prior experience serving on audit and compensation committees and his leadership abilities derived from his military experience are a significant value to our board of directors. The board of directors has designated Dr. Thie to serve as the lead independent director. In addition to chairing all executive sessions of the independent directors, the lead independent director shall have such other duties as the Board of Directors may determine from time to time.