Since 2007, the management team has collectively managed 15 storage and mixed-use commercial properties totaling more than 3400 storage units, 108 vehicle spaces, 11 onsite offices, 7 apartments, and 6 retail rental spaces in 8 states around the country.  At purchase, the storage units of these facilities averaged 51% occupancy which was increased within the first year of operations to an average of 77%.  (80%-90% is considered “fully occupied”; occupancy greater than 90% indicates prices should be raised.)

In addition to the management of the storage and mixed-use properties, the management team has over 40 years of combined experience in real estate investing.   This includes owning and operating a 125-lot mobile home park, 41-unit apartment building, and 16 single family and multi-unit rentals.  Additionally they have collectively worked with investors to rehab, originate or purchase performing and non-performing notes on more than 90 properties, all while paying investors on time, every time throughout the course of these projects.

Al Johnson
Al JohnsonBS; MBA; Former US Air Force Officer
Al began investing in self-storage facilities in 2007. Since then, Al has acquired and operated more than $17 million in real estate, including 15 self-storage properties, 2 apartment complexes, and 3 residential rentals. From his base of operations in California, Al oversees a team of employees managing self-storage assets across the country. Al has developed and refined a systematic approach for taking a self-storage property from low/mid occupancy to full occupancy in a 6- to 24-month timeframe, thereby increasing a property’s value in a relatively short period of time and allowing a refinance or sale of the property to be financially profitable. Al’s role in the Company is to manage the properties, specifically: identifying new prospects, leading negotiations, securing property insurance, ensuring onsite security, hiring employees, creating local bank accounts and payroll, instituting online and local marketing efforts, establishing U-Haul partnerships, supervising repairs and expansion, contracting storage auctioneers, and overseeing general property operations. Al is the manager of the Alta Management LLC which manages the Company and its holdings.

Al has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Duke University, and a Masters of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance. Al previously served as an officer in the US Air Force, where he held positions as an engineer, and later as a project manager for various GPS development programs. After leaving active duty, Al spent the next 17 years in project and program management in the private sector. Al began investing in real estate part-time in 2003 and has been full-time since 2014.

Terri Garner
Terri GarnerBS; MBA
Terri has acquired and co-operated 12 self-storage properties with the other members of the management team; focused on managing investors and ensuring on-time payments. Purchasing her first piece of real estate in 1996, Terri has personally transacted over $35 million worth of real estate, investing in 21 states around the country. Completing multiple single family rehabs and fix & flips, she has also managed 7 long-term residential and vacation rental properties and is a certified Home Stager. In 2011, she and Alia Ott created Investors In Action, a real estate education and lending company. Together they have originated and purchased more than 80 performing and non-performing notes/mortgages/trust deeds. She has managed projects both in state and out of state, successfully completing multiple ventures remotely. Terri’s role in the Company is to assist with underwriting properties for the fund, maintaining proper LLC structure and compliance, and management of investor capital.

Terri holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine, with exchange certificates from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and the University of New South Wales Graduate School of Management, Sydney. She graduated with honors from Texas A&M and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. After 6 years designing satellites for Hughes Aircraft Company, a year as a technical consultant in Europe, and 11 years as a business manager at Verizon Wireless, Terri left Corporate America in 2007 to focus on her real estate endeavors full-time.

Alia Ott
Alia OttBA; BRE Broker
Alia has acquired and co-operated 12 self-storage properties with the other members of the management team. She has spent more than 13 years actively investing in real estate and has been involved in over $30M worth of real estate transactions and fund management. She has acquired and operated a 125-lot mobile home park, completed multiple rehab projects, and owned multiple residential rental properties. As a life-long learner, Alia has gained hands on experience and mentorship in real estate law, property management, mortgage and lending practices, wholesaling, lease options, self-storage and commercial real estate operations. Alia served as a Director for several corporate philanthropy programs initiated by Cisco Systems, AOL, Yahoo! and the United Nations, that have raised over $1 Billion online for charitable causes. In addition to co-creating Investors In Action, Alia and Terri are founding members of several financial literacy programs including a youth-based program called “The Magic of Money” and “Cashflow Divas,” a mastermind group for women focused on creating passive income streams. Alia’s role in the Company is to conduct outreach, reporting and education to investors in the fund.

Alia is a master connector and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Chapman University and a Certification for Advanced Project Management from Stanford University. She is a licensed real estate broker and best-selling co-author of the book “Initiative”. Alia has actively been investing in real estate since 2002.

Giving Back To Our Community

Giving back to our community has always been a big part of the reason of “WHY” we invest in real estate – it gives us the time, connections and resources to both volunteer and contribute.

Our team has supported and volunteered with the following organizations:

  • Junior Achievement – Educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs.
  • R Charity Ranch – Providing veterans and children with special needs a chance to get away from their problems and enjoy family fun.
  • Big Animals for Little Kids – Delivers joy to children in partnership with organizations like Make-a-Wish and Starlight Foundation.
  • Rally for Children – Raises funds to support charitable projects and programs which benefit children.
  • Magic of Money – Co-created with the Invest Club for Women, an interactive program which teaches financial literacy to youth.
  • Robotics Club – Working with elementary and junior high youth to foster creativity, critical thinking, and team building.
  • Math and Science Breakfast – Exposing and encouraging junior high girls in STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  • Campus Tours – Organizing tours of local college and university campuses for junior high and high school students.
  • Elementary School Composting – Teaching 2nd graders how to vermi-compost… great for the environment and fun with worms!
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