Ben Burkhart is the owner of BKB Properties, a full-service consulting firm specializing in self-storage feasibility, buyer due-diligence, and development. Ben lives in central Virginia, outside of Richmond. Prior to opening his own consulting firm, Ben worked as a lender with Wells Fargo, specializing in self-storage transactions. He often participates as a speaker at regional and national self storage conventions and seminars and has written several topical articles for MiniStorage Messenger and Inside Self Storage. Ben is also owner and developer of multiple storage businesses around Richmond, Virginia. When not working in the self-storage industry, he enjoys songwriting, guitars, hunting and fishing, participating in his local Church, and especially time with his young family.
A message from Ben: We love Self Storage, but business is not the most important thing! "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
Mr. Scheurich began his career in the self-storage industry working as a property manager for a regional operator in Texas. Today, his primary focus is surveying managers and owners to aggregate data and gain a deeper understanding of a specific micro-market. John spends his free time windsurfing Galveston Bay, playing guitar, and enjoying the company of family and friends. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Oklahoma State University.
In a former life, Karen Carraway navigated the Telecommunications industry in account management and technical training, determined to pursue innovative software applications for implementation in Fortune 500 companies. After a brief hiatus to start her family, fiercely fundraise for local schools, and tackle solopreneurship, Karen now parlays her corporate skills to serve BKB Properties as project coordinator.
Aside from assisting Ben, John, and BKB clients with their professional pursuits, her favorite activities include, art, travel, dark chocolate, Whose Line is it Anyway?, camping, hiking, photography and spending time with her family. She holds a B.S. in Telecommunications from University of Florida – GO GATORS!
Ben has helped us with several projects during feasibility and design. When we are working on something new, we run it by him, and we know he will tell us the truth— even if the truth is: “bad idea.” We like that, and we like having StorageStudy on our team.Josh Duncan, SecureStore Self Storage, Lewisburg, WV
I have been working with Ben on my storage development projects since 2007. In every instance, he demonstrates a tireless and thorough approach to getting the job done. He is readily available for discussion and has offered critical input that goes beyond just feasibility and financing, but rather significant shaping of each project with consideration to optimum operating performance and long-term goals. Ben's insights and ability to guide projects stems from his background not only financing, but development and operation of self storage facilities. Ben is thorough, and diligent, and extremely focused on 'getting it right.' When I have a question about the next step, he is my go-to guy!Dan Rich, Taylor Ranch Self Storage/Albuquerque RV & Boat Storage, Albuquerque, NM
Ben is my go-to guy on a new project. If I have an idea, I often just run it by Ben. He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of self storage, and we rely on that experience when we are planning a new project. Ben’s projections have been almost dead-on. Ben takes the time to think through the issues with us, and make sure we move forward in a good direction.Keith Allston, Self Storage Developer, Charlotte Hall, MD
StorageStudy has become a big part of our team over the past several years. I’ve worked with Ben in several capacities: feasibility, design, development, project management, bidding, and problem-solving— he’s a pro. Ben’s team is focused on doing business the way it should be done. We rely on his expertise to make sure our projects are planned appropriately, an implemented correctly. Ben is our guy!John Auton, Imperial Design Builders, Fuquay-Varina, NC
We had developed storage before we knew Ben, but at this point we try to get his input first. He’s honest with us about our ideas, and we like having his voice in our decision-making process on new projects. And unlike other consultants, he responds quickly, is easy to reach and gives us his time and attention even “after the sale”. We have high expectations and Ben meets them.Patti Loy & Stan Pietkiewicz, Titan Properties, Orlando, FL
We see a lot of StorageStudy's projects from around the country. We have a high level of confidence in Ben's recommendations, and find his market & investment analysis to be very thorough.Terry Campbell & Anna Taylor, Live Oak Bank Self Storage Group
Ben is the owner’s rep on projects we design around the Country. While we know and understand the architecture and plan development side of self storage, Ben’s deep understanding, experience, and insight as developer/contractor/owner/manager helps us design better projects for our Client's. Ben knows the details that might be overlooked, and really, he’s fun to work with. We enjoy and benefit from having him as part of our team!Tim Kurmaskie, Architect Kurmaskie and Associates, Raleigh, NC
We refer Ben on feasibility studies because he gives the necessary, unbiased analysis on how a new development project will perform.Eric Bishop-Berry, Extra Space Storage