Bolt Storage (previously Storage Squad) was founded by Nicholas Huber and Daniel Hagberg in 2011. The two were undergraduate students in Ithaca NY and began by picking up and delivering student’s items on campus during finals / move-in weeks.
By 2014 they operated at 30 major colleges in 12 states and had a team of 7 full-time employees and 150+ part-time employees.
In 2016 the business expanded into the self-storage space and the two built a 51,000 square foot self storage facility at 1401 Dryden Road in Ithaca NY.
The mission was to allow customers to rent a unit in 5 minutes or less, from their phone, with immediate access 24 hours a day. Technology has always been the strong suit of the company from an operational standpoint – and they viewed self-storage as an area where they could add value to customers through making the process easier and more efficient.
In 2018 the self-storage arm grew as Bolt Storage purchased a facility at 53 Pinckney Road in Ithaca and added it to the operations at 1401.
In January of 2021 the student storage division (Storage Squad) was split-off and the self-storage facilities were rebranded under the Bolt Storage name.
By late 2020 and into early 2021 Bolt Storage was hitting on all cylinders, and with new financial partners on board, Bolt Storage began to grow quickly.
Late 2021 saw expansion to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and deals under contract in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.
As of March 2022, Bolt Storage owns and operates 45 facilities, 8,337 units and 1,210,700 rentable square feet of self storage in 7 states.
The Bolt family has grown to 40 individuals, which you can read more about below!
Our mission is simple: Treat every customer in such a memorable way that when our interaction is complete, the customer tells someone else how GREAT it was!
Nicholas was born in southern Indiana and attended college in Ithaca NY where he ran track and field. He now splits time between Watkins Glen NY and Athens GA. He enjoys playing golf, craft beer, and hanging out with his wife Michelle and two boys Timothy and Everett. At Bolt Storage he focuses on growth and acquisitions.
Daniel grew up in St. Charles, IL (about an hour outside of Chicago) and currently splits his time between Athens, GA and New York City. He studied labor relations and ran track and field at Cornell University, where he was a 5 time Ivy League champion in the high hurdles.
In his spare time he enjoys golfing, tennis, and craft beer. At Bolt he focuses on operations and growth.
Amanda grew up and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago. She was a former high school English teacher. Although she misses her students, she loves using the skills she learned as a teacher in her current position at Bolt Storage. She enjoys being outside, playing volleyball, and having game nights (Catan is her favorite). At Bolt she helps manage daily operations and transitions operational aspects when we acquire new properties.
Kevin grew up just outside Rochester, NY on a small family farm. After graduating from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY he relocated to the Boston, MA area where he now resides. Kevin enjoys fishing, sports and spending time with his wife, Carolyn and 9 month old daughter, Eva. At Bolt Storage he focuses on long term growth strategy, underwriting, financing and investor relations.
Debbie grew up and still resides in the suburbs of Chicago. Previously she was a nurse in a pediatric office but once she started her family, she chose a path of customer service. She loves spending time with her 5 children, husband and immediate family, along with sharing her enjoyment of camping, ATV and dirt bike riding. Here at Bolt Storage she uses her caring personality to provide excellent customer service.
John was born and raised in Manila. He originally pursued Nursing during college but soon started working under the Customer Service field. He enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends. At Bolt Storage, he focuses on providing excellent customer service.
Jay lives in Iloilo, Philippines and has extensive experience in sales, data analysis, and customer service. He enjoys travel, martial arts, online games and spending time with family and friends. At Bolt he focuses on new acquisitions, prospecting, underwriting and growth.
Jim spent his early years at Cornell University , first as a dradesmen doing commercial HVAC work, then a supervisor of the technical shops. He spent his last few years as the associate director leading all the professional shops and providing construction management on in house projects. He moved to Athens GA in early 2021 and started with Bolt Storage as a property improvement specialist. He has three daughters and nine grandchildren and enjoys horseback riding and travel.
A seasoned customer service associate with more than a decade experience in the Airlines, Stocks Exchange and Telecommunications Industries. Born in Quezon City Philippines but raised in the province as his family was dragged by ongoing conflict in the Government then (Martial Law). Finished business school in 2002 and Culinary Arts in 2015. He loves to cook, as his Mom always says “If you love to eat, you need to learn how to cook also”. He can appreciate the arts in any form. A slight tech savvy like him can build a CPU unit. At 30, he see’s a hardware store as heaven on earth. A son, a husband, a father. At Bolt he focuses on the customer experience.
Mike was born in the suburbs of Chicago and attended college at the University of Iowa where he earned his degree in Finance. He now lives in Nashville with his wife Stephanie and dog Jessica. He enjoys going on hikes, playing intramural softball and volleyball and is trying to improve his golf game. At Bolt Storage he focuses on acquisitions working directly with other self storage operators.
Wes was born in Southern Indiana and attended Indiana University. He now resides in Augusta GA with his wife Diane and dog Wrigley. He enjoys Golf, hunting and spending time with friends and family. At Bolt he focuses on new acquisitions and growth.
Harrison attended the University of Georgia in Athens. He currently resides in Tampa, Florida where he enjoys basketball, longboarding and playing guitar. At Bolt he focuses on new acquisitions and growth.
Jess attended DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana before spending over 10 years in Indianapolis Indiana working with various developers and general contractors before joining Bolt Storage in late 2021. Jess enjoys fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his wife Amanda and their various family pets.
Chase attended Ole Miss and resides outside of Memphis TN in Jackson. He enjoys spending time with friends, professional sports, golf, and the outdoors. At Bolt he focuses on acquisitions and deals directly with self storage owners.