About Our People

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Angelo Tomasello – President of The Locke Group, Mr. Tomasello joined Locke in 1998. His primary responsibility is to oversee all aspects of acquisition activity including supervising acquisition personnel, setting procedures, negotiating contracts, facilitating the formation of Joint Ventures, and identifying new business opportunities. Mr. Tomasello has a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Buffalo and has completed the majority of its M.B.A. program. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. His involvement in the self-storage industry began while working for Ernst & Young, LLP as a consultant to Sovran. Specifically, he assisted in Sovran’s transition from a privately held company to a publicly traded entity in 1995. He later joined Sovran in 1996 and served as an acquisition officer, overseeing over $200 million of acquisitions. He is the architect of the tax advantaged joint venture program developed for REITS.

Mr. Tomasello is also a co-founder and principal of 22nd Century Limited, LLC, a plant biotech firm which funds research and licenses products and applications. The company’s activities include identifying market needs and applications, funding research, licensing products and collecting royalties. Formed in 1998, the company owns or has exclusive worldwide licenses to several processes with patents pending in over 120 countries.

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C. Anthony Rider – Chief Financial Officer. Tony’s involvement with the Self Storage industry began in 1994 in connection with his role as the audit partner in charge of Ernst & Young’s engagements related to the initial public offering of Sovran Self Storage. In 2000, after a 27 year career with Ernst and Young that was extensively focused on capital formation and mergers and acquisitions, he became the CFO of Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ) and was engaged as a consultant to The Locke Group. In May of 2007 he joined The Locke Group full time as its CFO. Tony is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the New York State Society of CPA’s.

Mr. Rider is recognized as an expert in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He has appeared as a panelist for Bank of America, The Florida Self Storage Association, The New York Self Storage Association and The National Self Storage Association regarding the credit crises impact on corporate finance and real estate transactions. He is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPA’s.

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Peter Weimer – Acquisition Officer. Mr. Weimer began his association with Locke in August 1999. His responsibilities are to search for, identify, and negotiate the acquisition of self-storage facilities. In 2007 Peter was our lead acquisition officer on an $80 million portfolio with 14 locations in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama. Mr. Weimer brings sales and financial expertise from his previous employment as a regional sales representative for Meer Dental, and as a mortgage originator for M&T Mortgage Company. He is a 1990 graduate of Canisius College where he earned a B.S. in Business Management.