About Go Store It Self Storage

Who We Are

At Go Store It Self Storage, we’re all about making your life easier. Based in Charlotte, NC, and founded in 2013, we’ve built our reputation on providing convenient, reliable, and affordable storage solutions. With locations across the U.S., our mission is to offer you hassle-free options that fit your needs—whether you’re relocating, decluttering, or simply need extra space.

Our team is committed to delivering top-notch customer service. With over 100 dedicated employees nationwide and decades of industry experience, we continually innovate to provide you with the best storage experience possible. We’re not just a storage company; we’re a team that cares about your needs and strives to make storage simple for you.

Meet Our Team

Ryan Hanks – President/CEO

Mr. Hanks founded Go Store It in 2013 and is responsible for leading Go Store It. Mr. Hanks has more than 19 years of real estate experience acquiring and developing apartment communities and storage facilities and has been involved in more than $5 billion in commercial real estate transactions.

Mr. Hanks started Madison Capital Group, LLC in 2009 with the purpose of creating an opportunistic real estate venture that would seek opportunistic returns in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Prior to that, Mr. Hanks was with Apartment Realty Advisors, the nation’s second-largest apartment brokerage firm specializing in the disposition of multifamily communities on behalf of private and institutional investors. Prior to Joining Apartment Realty Advisors, Mr. Hanks served as Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for a public company that specialized in the ownership, management, and development of multifamily communities across the country, and he was responsible for sourcing investment and development opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Mr. Hanks is a member of the Charlotte Apartment Association (CAA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), and Self Storage Association (SSA). Mr. Hanks attended Liberty University to study Business Administration.

Beau Agnello – Chief Operating Officer

Beau joined Go Store It as Chief Operating Officer in 2023. He started his career at Extra Space Storage sweeping out storage units and progressed through various operational and leadership roles to become the Divisional Vice President. Beau steers our operations to turn self-storage from a chore to an experience. He takes a hands-on approach to leadership; he knows your name, your dog’s name, and probably even what’s inside Unit 37B.

Evan Stephens – Director

Evan serves as the head of Asset Management for Go Store It. Evan helps analyze acquisitions, developments, and expansion opportunities. Evan previously worked with Jefferies Investment Banking in the Real Estate, Gaming, and Lodging group where he assisted in the evaluation and execution of strategic alternatives for public and private real estate companies—including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets issuance.

Up to this point in his career, Evan has worked on more than $2 billion of real estate transactions, including more than $1 billion in the storage sector.

Evan graduated from Wake Forest University with an M.S. in Accountancy and a B.S. in Finance.

Amy M. Youngblood – General Counsel

Amy M. Youngblood is a Licensed Attorney and serves as General Counsel for Go Store It operations. She began her commercial real estate career in Dallas with HFF, L.P., now part of Jones Lang LaSalle, as a CRE Financial Analyst and as the Director of Closing where she was instrumental in negotiating servicing agreements and closing billions in commercial real estate. After earning her J.D., she practiced with two Dallas law firms in their real estate transaction groups and went on to serve as an in-house attorney for Fossil Watches in their leasing and construction departments. Later practicing as a commercial title attorney for six years.  

Amy graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Economics and obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Texas A & M School of Law. Youngblood is currently licensed by the Texas State Bar.

Adam Lentz – West Coast Development Partner

Adam oversees the Go Store It development activity on the West Coast. Throughout his career, Adam has amassed extensive real estate experience through the acquisition and development of more than 28,000 self-storage units and 5,000 multifamily and for-sale condominium units, with total development costs exceeding $2.25 billion.

Adam most recently served as the Managing Director for Leon Capital, where he led the company’s self-storage platform—consisting of acquisitions, development, construction, financing, and asset management of more than 2.25 million square feet of self-storage properties.

Prior to joining Leon Capital Group, Adam was the Regional Director for Johnson Development Associates, where he founded the West Coast office of Johnson’s national self-storage development platform.

Adam graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics.

Ben Walden – East Coast Development Partner

Ben oversees the Go Store It development activity on the East Coast. Ben has been active in real estate development throughout his career and has gained extensive experience in all facets of the development process from sourcing deals, underwriting, entitlements, construction, and asset management. Most recently Ben was with Mequity Companies, a self-storage development firm based in Atlanta, GA. With Mequity, Ben led the development team to complete over $200 million in development projects and over 1 million square feet of self-storage deliveries in some of the most sought-after metropolitan areas in the US including New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, and Atlanta, among others. Prior to Mequity, Ben was with Edward Andrews Homes, one of the leading private residential developers in the Atlanta MSA. 

Ben graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate.

Lorraine C. Aiken – Director of Marketing

Lorraine C. Aiken serves as the Director of Marketing for Go Store It Self-Storage and BlueGate Boat & RV Storage. Her career began in sports publishing and sales before taking on the role as an Account Executive with advertising agency, GTB (Global Team Blue), on the Tier II Ford Motor Company account. In 2016, she joined senior housing developer, Maxwell Group, Inc. and Senior Living Communities as their Social Media Coordinator before being promoted to the Director of Social Media where she oversaw the company’s social media, branding, digital advertising, reputation management, and public relations.

Lorraine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.A. in Communications – Mass Media.

Baylor Bearden – Analyst 

Baylor is an analyst for Madison Capital Group and Go Store It primarily focused on asset management and investor relations, while also supporting the acquisitions team. Prior to joining the firm, Baylor worked as an analyst for boutique broker-dealer 30A Capital, LLC. He is experienced in the analysis and capital structuring of multifamily, mixed-use, industrial, and self-storage acquisition and development investment opportunities.

Baylor graduated with B.S. in Finance, Real Estate from the University of Alabama – The Culverhouse College of Business.

Andres Rodriguez – Analyst 

Andres is a Senior Associate for Madison Capital Group and Go Store It and is responsible for the asset and portfolio management of its operating assets. 

Prior to joining the firm, Andres worked at Nuveen Real Estate, a global investment management firm, and was focused on retail asset management and acquisitions in the Southeast region.  He oversaw an open-air retail portfolio of 13 properties which represented over 7 million square feet of space and over $700 million in value.  Before Nuveen, Andres worked at CBRE on the Global Retail team and was tasked with leading the group’s retail research and thought leadership efforts. 

Andres graduated with a B.A. from Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University. 

Tillman Drew – Investment Associate

Tillman is an Investment Associate for Madison Capital Group and Go Store It and is responsible for acquisitions, developments, and conversions. Prior to joining the firm, Tillman was a Senior Financial Consultant with Ernst & Young in the Capital Stress Testing and Quantitative Banking Book practices where he supported global systemically important banks through adaptation and adherence to Dodd-Frank regulations. Since joining Madison Capital Group, Tillman has assisted over $350 million of real estate transactions in the storage sector. 

Tillman obtained a B.S. in Enterprise Management from the Wake Forest University School of Business. 

Devin Redmond – Investment Associate

Devin is an associate for Madison Capital Group and Go Store It and is responsible for acquisitions, developments, and conversions. Devin previously worked at Barings, a global investment management firm, in the High Yield group where he assisted in identifying, underwriting, analyzing, and monitoring high-yield corporate bonds and leveraged loans across the Consumer, Healthcare, and Industrial industries. Since joining Madison Capital Group, Devin has helped close over $350 million of real estate transactions in the storage sector. 

Devin graduated from the University of North at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Jasen Payant – Director of Facilities

Jasen serves as the Director of Facilities for Go Store It and brings a rich background in project management, operations management, and leadership to the organization. His expertise stems from a remarkable career in the storage industry, holding roles as the Southern Regional Project Manager for Cubesmart Self-Storage, Project Manager for Life Storage, as well as serving as the Vice President of Operations for L.P. Enterprise. He has consistently delivered exceptional results with budget management, service contracts, and securing national accounts.