StorageMart President Receives EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Posted on Jun 23 2014 - 7:27am by Holly Robinson

EY announced that Cris Burnam, president of StorageMart, received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the Services & Real Estate category in the Central Midwest area of the United States. This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“It’s an honor to receive this award and a testament to the talented and dedicated people working beside me. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with my brothers and sister and learn from my mentor, my dad, Gordon Burnam” says, Cris Burnam, who continues, “My hope is that being recognized for achievement as an entrepreneur reminds others in the trenches that ‘it is the courage to continue that counts’.” Under Burnam’s leadership, the company focuses on customer experience because according to him, that is what matters most.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. It recognizes the contribution that people make in the business world and the inspiration they are to others by their vision, leadership, and achievement. The award celebrates those who are building, leading, and growing successful and dynamic businesses. These awards are given regionally, nationally, and globally in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

In the United States, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America sponsor the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.

EY (Ernst & Young Global Limited) is an organization that focuses on building a better working world. They strive to deliver quality and excellence in everything they do. They are committed to building a better working world where trust increases, capital flows smoothly, investors make informed decisions, employment rises, and businesses have sustainable growth. They also strive to develop talent and collaboration.

The Burnam family founded StorageMart in 1999. By 2008, their company had doubled in size with a successful takeover of a publicly held Canadian storage portfolio. Recently, they purchased 17 self storage properties in Des Moines, Iowa. Headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, StorageMart owns and operates 149 full-service self storage facilities 18 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

StorageMart is also very charity mined. Storage Mart Gives is the charitable arm of the company. They work with non-profit organizations in every location where they have a self storage facility. They have partnered with Open Books in Chicago, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, the Des Moines Music Coalition, children’s advocacy groups, and women’s shelters. They are also a charter member of Charity Storage that provides funding to Kure-It Cancer Research.

Sources used:

“EY Announces StorageMart President Cris Burnam is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award Winner in the Central Midwest.” PRWeb, 21 June 23, 2014.


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