Mr. Bennett is a principal advisor to the Muhich family and Managing Director of AAA Storage Investments, the Fund manager. Mr. Bennett has over 30 years of experience in real estate and corporate finance as an investor, senior executive and advisor.
After starting his real estate private equity career in 1981 with a North Carolina real estate investment and syndication firm, Mr. Bennett served as Senior VP of Limited Partnership Products for Thomson McKinnon Securities, one of the top 5 investment brokerage firms in the United States at the time. At Thomson McKinnon, Mr. Bennett was part of a team that raised and deployed in excess of $100 million annually, primarily investing in real estate assets including self-storage.
From 1990 through 2015 Mr. Bennett held various positions including President and the Managing Director of a boutique investment bank, and President and CEO of a privately-held distribution company. In 2016, Mr. Bennett became President and CEO of Southern Spear, Inc. Southern Spear is a privately owned investment company and subsidiary of a European holding company that invests in commercial real estate and makes direct control investments in lower middle market companies. While at Southern Spear, Mr. Bennett managed a portfolio of real estate assets valued at more than $130 million, including the development of an $80 million mixed-use project in North Carolina.
Mr. Bennett left Southern Spear in March of 2023 to become a Managing Director with AAA Storage Investments Manager, LLC and act as a principal advisor to the Muhich family and AAA Storage.