Meet The Team

Bret Durfee
CEO and Chief Investment Officer

Bret has over 27 years of financial management and investment experience, 16 of which has been in the self storage industry. Bret’s introduction to the Self Storage Industry came in 1999 when he joined Storage USA, then a public REIT, as Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. In that position he and his work group were responsible for earnings projections, the development of a disposition strategy, valuation and selection of assets considered for sale, and strategic decision support reporting and analysis. A year prior to the sale of Storage USA to Extra Space Storage, Bret moved into an acquisitions role. Bret was Vice President of Acquisitions at Extra Space Storage for 8 years where he was directly involved in the acquisition of over $650mm of self storage assets.

In 2013, Bret started “Get it Right Financial, LLC”, a consulting company focused on self storage development feasibility and transaction advisory. Bret’s consulting assignments primarily focused on self storage development feasibility and also included acquisition and development transactional work. In 2015, Bret and his capital partners formed Wasatch Storage Partners.
Prior to joining Storage USA, Bret spent 11 years in various Financial Planning and Analysis roles at Fedex.

Bret holds a BA in Business Administration from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Utah.

bdurfee@wasatchstoragepartners.com

Scott Wyckoff
President & Chief Development Officer

Scott Wyckoff has been involved in the Real Estate Development and Construction business for 20 years. He worked with Extra Space Storage from 2008 to 2015 in different capacities: Vice President of Development, Consultant, and Director of Redevelopment. While at Extra Space, he created the Redevelopment and Expansion Program that is currently being executed, the company’s specifications manual and was integral in the development of their “Purchase at Certificate of Occupancy” program.

Prior to joining Extra Space he managed the Development and Entitlement group for Eagle Meadows Management, a private firm based out of California with over $1 Billion in assets. He has also owned and operated his own development and construction firm, Woods Development Corporation, focused on projects in the Southeast.

Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Brigham Young University, and has completed Graduate work in Geography, with an Urban Planning emphasis at Brigham Young University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

swyckoff@wasatchstoragepartners.com

Dane Smith
Senior Financial Analyst

Prior to joining Wasatch Storage Partners, Dane spent 4 years with Coldwell Banker Commercial most recently as a sales agent focusing specifically on investment transactions. In that position he negotiated and facilitated transactions on a wide variety of income producing real estate assets in the Intermountain West.

Prior to his role as a sales agent, Dane was a research analyst with Coldwell Banker Commercial focusing on investment and retail properties. He was responsible for researching properties and administering a database of all investment and retail transactions in the market.

Dane holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster College.

dsmith@wasatchstoragepartners.com

Ray Wariner
Controller

Ray has over 20 years of real estate, accounting and finance experience. Ray worked as a senior financial analyst with American Stores during a time when $1 Billion a year was being deployed for new stores and he helped develop and roll out a centralized ROI program for the company. Subsequently he joined Extra Space Storage where he worked in various capacities in the development department. Several years before Extra Space got out of the development business, Ray was responsible for sourcing storage sites in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. During his last year at Extra Space, he sourced over $30 Million in new storage development projects along the west coast. Prior to joining Wasatch Storage partners in 2016, he was a corporate controller for FC Organizational Products. At Wasatch Storage partners, Ray is able to apply his finance and accounting expertise to administer proper budgeting, reporting, and treasury functions that arise during and after the development process. He is also instrumental in seeing to it that the company stays GAAP compliant so lenders and others can rely on the financial data.

Ray has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance and a Master’s Degree in Accounting — both from Utah State University.

rwariner@wasatchstoragepartners.com

Justin Barnes
Development Manager

Justin Barnes has been involved in the real estate and construction industry for more than 15 years. He has worked in various capacities ranging from project superintendent, project manager and general contractor. Justin has managed and developed several commercial and industrial projects throughout Utah’s Wasatch Front, primarily focusing on office warehouse flex space.

Prior to his role at Wasatch Storage Partners, Justin managed several high profile capital improvement projects for the University of Utah as a project manager.

Justin holds a Bachelor’s Degree and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Real Estate Development – both from the University of Utah.

Phil Brierley
Investment Associate

Phil Brierley has been involved in the Real Estate Industry for over 10 years.

He worked as an investment broker with the one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate brokerages groups for 5 years, working out of both Chicago and Salt Lake City.

Prior to brokerage, Phil worked in research for Morgan Stanley Capital International’s Real Estate division in Chicago, focusing on fund analysis and benchmarking for some of the largest US and Canadian real estate funds.

Phil holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Utah and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with Honors from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Parley Vernon
Investment Associate

Prior to joining the team at Wasatch Storage Partners, Parley Vernon spent nearly four years in investment banking with Goldman Sachs. While there he managed default risk and credit ratings in the municipal, health care, and industrial sectors. Parley was also responsible for controlling the risk of derivative trades and managing their exposure within those markets.

Parley holds a BA in Finance from Brigham Young University where he was awarded the full-tuition Heritage scholarship as well as an MBA from BYU’s Marriott School of Management where he was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship.