SSG is a fully integrated real estate investment, development, and construction company located in the heart of Boston’s historic Leather District. Our focus is on creating state-of-the-art, self-storage and mixed-use developments. We have developed over 1.3 million square feet of Class-A self-storage in core, high barrier to entry markets, along the East Coast - from Boston to South Florida.
SSG has evolved over the years since its founding in 2006 as Self Storage Group (“SSG”). The company’s mission was to identify properties for redevelopment into ground up, purpose built, Class A self-storage facilities. A short time later, SSG Development was formed.
SSG Development is comprised of a dedicated team of seasoned professionals who value the communities in which we live and work. Best-use designs based on a thorough analysis of each site and its surrounding market, risk assessment, and collaboration with local officials and area residents, consistently ensure each project’s success. We offer unique solutions that maximize the true financial potential for each site. Our portfolio is representative of this and now includes not only self storage but a mix of self storage, retail, commercial, and/or residential development.
Since quality is a core belief at SSG, and to reinforce our commitment to excellence, we founded SSG Construction. SSG Construction works closely with our development team to ensure quality from start to finish.
Whether you know us as Self Storage Group, SSG Development, or SSG Construction, we are one family of companies that share a common goal of excellence. We are SSG.
David W. Fulton, Chief Executive Officer
David W. Fulton, Chief Executive Officer at SSG , brings over 25 years of diverse experience in real estate development, business start up and commercial and residential construction to the team.
Mr. Fulton was SSG Chief Operating Officer from 2007 to 2014 for investment Fund 1 and Fund 2 with an institutional investor. He was subsequently promoted to CEO in mid 2014 to lead the company.
Mr. Fulton has been involved in all aspects of development resulting in thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of commercial development, while driving respectable returns for investors.
Prior to joining SSG, Mr. Fulton served as Senior Project Manager for GLC Development Resources LLC, a leading real estate development consulting firm, located in Boston. While at GLC Development, Mr. Fulton consulted to the founding partners of SSG on assessing the Storage industry opportunity and setting up the business plan.
Before joining GLC, Mr. Fulton was an independent real estate development consultant in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was Director of Operations for a general contracting firm located on the South Shore of Boston that focused on building custom residential homes, commercial and retail construction projects, and historic preservation and restoration projects including national registered historic properties throughout the state.
Mr. Fulton received his B. S. Degree in business management and marketing from Ithaca College and MBA with a focus on finance and real estate development from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Mr. Fulton is a registered and licensed construction supervisor in Massachusetts. He is a member of the Greater Boston Builders Association, past chairman of the 50+ New England Housing Council, and past member of the Extra Space (EXR) Management Advisory Board.
David W. Williams, Director of Development
David M. Williams, Director of Development, brings over 30 years of diverse experience in real estate development, multi-location roll out as well as commercial and residential design-build construction to the team. In his current role David oversees the Development Process which includes site selection, feasibility studies, permitting and site dispositions.
Prior to joining SSG, Mr. Williams served as Director of Real Estate and Construction for Sunbelt Rentals, a leading construction equipment rental company headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina. While at Sunbelt Rentals, Mr. Williams was responsible for site acquisitions, facility relocations and property
improvements. He managed Lease Negotiations for a territory that covered 25 States and over 180 facilities. While working for Sunbelt Rentals Mr. Williams was responsible for opening new stores, beginning with market studies through site selections, lease negotiations, permitting, construction and branding nationwide.
Before joining Sunbelt Rentals, Mr. Williams was a managing partner of Dovetail Homes, Inc. Based in Northborough, MA, Dovetail was a design-build firm specializing in residential as well as light commercial development and construction. Mr. Williams was responsible for site acquisitions, permitting, design and sales for Dovetail Homes.
Mr. Williams was educated in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Williams has earned his licensure as a Construction Supervisor and Real Estate Salesperson in Massachusetts.
Gordon J. Wells, Director of Construction of Construction at SSG
Mr. Wells brings over 30 years experience in commercial real estate and construction to the SSG team. Prior to joining the SSG team, Mr. Wells was Senior Vice President of Construction for S.T.F. Enterprises, one of the country's largest builders of self storage facility totaling in excess of 2 million square feet of rental space throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey.
Mr. Wells was also President and Operating Officer for Wells General Contractors, LLC, a General Contracting and Construction Management Company, building numerous self storage buildings, apartment complexes and condominiums in the area.
Mr. Wells is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives with his wife in Weymouth, MA.
Raymond A. Potvin, Controller
Raymond A. Potvin, Controller of SSG Development, LLC and SSG Construction, LLC, is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in diverse accounting disciplines within utility, equipment leasing, transportation, warehousing and logistics, and construction companies.
Prior to joining SSG, Mr. Potvin served as Controller for the Pinnacle Group of Companies, a retail-based general contractor and development company located in Braintree, Massachusetts. There he built the accounting department and implemented policies and control procedures to manage all of the affiliated companies.
Before joining Pinnacle, Mr. Potvin was Chief Financial Officer of Kellaway Intermodal and Distribution Systems of Randolph, Massachusetts, a Northeast-based, transportation, warehousing, and logistics company. There he helped fuel a 200% increase in profits while positioning Kellaway to be consolidated with seven other transportation companies, creating the largest intermodal drayage company in North America.
Mr. Potvin received his B.S. Degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University and did post graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Deborah O’Neil, Office Manager
Deborah O’Neil, Office Manager of SSG, is an accomplished professional with over 18 years of experience in the construction industry.
Prior to joining SSG, Ms. O’Neil served as Office Manager for Caron Building Corporation, a nationwide general contracting company based in Ashland, Massachusetts. There she implemented policies and procedures to manage the growing company. She was also responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, and supporting all team members.
Before joining Caron Building, Ms. O’Neil was a Property Manager for Forest Properties based in Needham,
MA with properties located throughout New England. She managed an apartment community in Brighton, MA that was 95% occupied. As move outs occurred, she oversaw the renovation and transition of the subsidized housing to market apartments in all aspects of construction.
Ms. O’Neil studied at North Adams State College in North Adams, MA.
Adam Riley, Analyst and Project Engineer
Adam has been with SSG for five years beginning at the site level and working up to his current role as Analyst/Project Engineer.
At SSG, Adam extensively researches prospective growth markets. He has developed several processes for vetting markets, sites, and portfolios based on a comprehensive analysis of specific targeted metrics.
Prior to SSG, Adam worked for Advanced Energy Systems (AES) in Boston, Massachusetts. AES oversaw the operations of the Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP), a cogeneration facility that provided electricity, steam, and chilled water to the Longwood Medical Area. At AES, Adam headed a project to build an
extensive and detailed set of drawings highlighting the various upgrades and additions over the life of the plant, as well as plan for future plans to expand the plant’s capacity.
Before AES, Adam worked for NStar Energy through a Co-Op program at Northeastern University. There, in the Gas Distribution division, Adam worked on bringing older sections of the Distribution Network up to code and compliance, as well as cataloging the ever expanding service coverage area in the companies GIS software.
Adam studied Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University focusing on Alternative Energy, and developed a scalable horizontally mounted wind turbine as a Cap Stone project.
Gerald D. Cohen, Partner
Gerald D. Cohen ("Jerry") is a Founding Partner of SSG Development, LLC, Founder and Manager of SF Properties, LLC, SF Properties, Inc., ("SF Properties") and CGI Companies with expertise in financing, leasing, developing and managing real estate.
SSG has developed eleven (11) self-storage facilities, totaling approximately 1, 225,000 sq. ft. along the east coast. Currently, SSG is developing four self-storage facilities, totaling approximately 400,000 sq. ft. plus 88 residential units and 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space.
Mr. Cohen operates over 25 properties consisting of shopping centers, downtown store blocks and office buildings totaling over 625,000 sq. ft. SF properties, Inc. has extensive experience in the renovation and restoration of properties throughout Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cohen, appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts (11/07), served as Vice Chairman (2010-2016) and Director of MassDevelopment (2007-2016) and Chairman of MassDevelopment’s Origination and Credit Committee. MassDevelopment is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ finance and development authority, (www.massdevelopment.com).
Mr. Cohen currently serves as a Trustee of Hebrew Senior Life (HSL), member of HSL’s Finance Committee, member of HSL’s Real Estate Task Force, member of Kellogg’s Real Estate Advisory Council, member of the Pete Henderson Society at Kellogg School of Management, member of Regional Campaign Committee for Kellogg, member of the Corporators at Cambridge Savings Bank, member of Tufts Medical Centers Real Estate Committee, and member of The AJC New England Board.
Mr. Cohen is a former member of Kellogg School of Management’s Alumni Council, former member of Brown University's Corporation Committee for Facilities and Design (1996-2013), Brown’s Strategic Long Range Committee (2005-2013), and Chairman (2009-2013) and member (2003-2013) of Brown’s Real Estate Sub-Committee.
Mr. Cohen was a Founder and Organizer of Commonwealth National Bank (2001), a nationally chartered bank in Worcester, Massachusetts. The bank was acquired by United Bank in late 2009. He served as a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Brown University (1975) and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management (1979).
Mr. Cohen was the recipient of the 2011 Kellogg Alumni Service Award.
Mr. Cohen is a Massachusetts real estate broker.
Robert Granger, Partner
Robert Granger, a founding partner of SSG Development, brings over 30 years of construction and development experience to the team. Mr. Granger spent most of his career in the construction business, co-founding what became an Engineering News Record Top 400 Contractor. During his tenure as president and CEO of Granger Management, the firm completed over $2 billion worth of commercial and government construction. Some notable projects included: the Massachusetts State Archives Building and Museum at Columbia Point; the Silvio Conte Polymer Research Center located at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the Air, Fire and Rescue building and a number of air cargo buildings at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
In addition to serving as president of the construction firm, Mr. Granger participated as a partner in numerous residential developments which, in aggregate, produced well in excess of 500 residential units and 300 dormitory rooms.
Mr. Granger retired from an active role in the construction firm in the year 2000 but remains involved in a number of development and other business ventures. He is active in the assisted living field as co-founder and president of Cortland Corporation, owner and operator of Sunrise of Leominster Assisted Living. He is also a co-founder and a former director of Commonwealth National Bank located in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Mr. Granger earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and an MBA from Boston College.
Stephen Granger, Partner
Stephen J. Granger, a founding partner of SSG Development, brings over 30 years of knowledge and experience in development and construction to the team. Mr. Granger, along with his brother, co-founded Granger Management, which completed over $2 billion dollars worth of projects throughout New England and Florida.
Since his retirement from the construction firm in 1999, Mr. Granger has been involved in other business and development ventures. In 2001 he was a co-founder of Commonwealth National Bank of Worcester, Massachusetts. Currently, he serves on Commonwealth’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is also vice president and treasurer of the Cortland Corporation, which owns an assisted living facility in Northern Worcester County.
Mr. Granger is a trustee of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Saint Francis Home of Worcester, Massachusetts, a skilled nursing facility. He is a former board member of Notre Dame Academy and the Worcester Country Club.
Mr. Granger received his B.S. Degree from Boston University in (1974).
Bryan T. Rich
Mr. Rich is the current Chairman, CEO and one of the lead investors of SmartEquip Inc., a software company located in Norwalk Ct. that operates a procurement network channel delivering web based equipment lifecycle support for more than 160 construction equipment brands & suppliers, to 40,000+ users across more than 5,000 locations in North America and Europe.
Mr. Rich is a member of the Board of Directors of Pine Environmental Services, a niche market national rental company, specializing in environmental testing and measuring equipment headquartered in central NJ.
Mr. Rich was the former Executive Vice Chairman of Sunbelt Rentals Inc, after Sunbelts September 2006 acquisition of NationsRent Companies Inc. He served as Co-Chairman and Executive Director of NationsRent Companies, Inc., leading the re-birth of the company’s operations from June 2003 until the September 2006 sale and previously co-lead the buyout of the bankrupt company in 2003, which was funded by a Boston based investment group.
Mr. Rich was the majority stockholder and CEO of Logan Equipment, Corp., a full service construction & industrial equipment rental dealership with over 12 locations concentrated in the New England area from 1980-1998, prior to selling the company to NationsRent Inc. in December of 1998. After the acquisition he became Senior Vice President of the Northeast Region, charged with acquiring and operating the rolled-up entities within the region, until he resigned in Nov. 2000.
In 2001 Mr. Rich Co-founded Commonwealth National Bank, a commercial bank, located in Worcester Massachusetts, until it merged with United Bank of Springfield Ma.in December of 2009. He was a member of the board of directors and served on their executive committee for approximately 10 years and co-lead the merger negotiations.
Mr. Rich develops and own commercial real estate primarily in the Northeast and he is currently a managing partner in SSG Development; building urban, multi story, climate controlled “Class A” self-storage facilities throughout the eastern US. Over the last 30 years he have owned and operated numerous commercial businesses, in a variety of industries, including medical and the electronic security sector.
Mr. Rich has served on various industry boards and is a 1978 graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management.