About Us

With over 25 years of experience, Mason Equity Partners has a passion for developing leading edge industry from the ground-up. We have a strong track record of developing, owning and operating self-storage facilities.

COMPANY BACKGROUND

John Mason, president of Mason Equity Partners, has developed $230 million of commercial real estate in five major US Markets since co-founding his first development company in 1996. In October 2018, John and his prior partner Gray Cardiff sold a Core Portfolio to a self storage REIT for over $76 million.

In 2019, John and Gray sold a high rise apartment site they spent 5 years entitling as well as an adjacent site in Downtown Chicago to Onni Capital LLC for a sum total of $25 million.

In January 2020 John, Shane, and Gray sold a 120,000 sf Data Center Building to the city of San Francisco for 67.3 million.

In February 2020, John and Shane formed Mason Equity Partners to pursue, entitle, and develop Self-Storage and Last-mile Industrial assets. In February 2021, MEP purchased a Self-Storage Development Site in West Los Angeles that will be the future home to a 136, 154 sf institutional grade climate-controlled facility.

Our Team

John Mason

President

John co-founded Cardiff Mason Development and Self Storage 1 in 1996.

He has overseen the ground up development of three self-storage facilities, in San Francisco, West Los Angeles, and the Galleria area of Houston.

John also directed the acquisition and repositioning of 5 other existing buildings for self-storage use, 2 each in San Francisco and Chicago and 1 in Honolulu. he led the entitlement of a 373-unit apartment tower in the Fulton Market district of downtown Chicago.

In 2018, John managed the sale of a 2 property portfolio consisting of the Houston and West LA facilities, to a self-storage REIT for $77 million and the sale of the entitled Chicago apartment land to a large Los Angeles based multi-family developer.

Shane Mason

Director of Development

As Director of Development, Shane and his team are responsible for all aspects of property acquisition and analysis, contract negotiation, land use entitlements, design management, construction oversight, and fundraising. Shane graduated Cum Laude from US Berkeley’s Has School of Business with Dual Degrees in Business Administration and Economic Geography. Shane joined the family business in 2013, after learning sales and project management roles at several early-stage tech startups.

While working at Cardiff Mason Development, Shane successfully entitled a 120,000 sf Data Center Project and led the creation of a proprietary software platform used internally for evaluating development opportunities nationwide.

Jennique Mason

Since 2008, Jennique and her team have been responsible for all aspects of property management for Self Storage 1. She has led a 15 person team and managed over 500,000 square feet of self storage property across the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago markets. Jennique received her Bachelors Degree from UC Berkeley in 2007. Growing up in her family’s self storage development company, she believes that business success is built on trust and leading by example.

Nan Jiang

Ms. Jiang supports John and Shane on all aspects of acquisitions and development. Nan’s primary duties include identifying and qualifying acquisitions, financial modeling, underwriting, zoning and building code review, due diligence coordination, entitlement coordination, presentation design, and graphic production.

Nan holds a Masters degree in Land and Property Development from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture Design from Yunnan University. Ms. Jiang started work with John and Shane at Self Storage 1 in 2016. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

She is currently pursuing her CFA after passing the Level 1 exam in 2018.

Isela Zermeno

Isela Zermeno joined Self Storage 1 in 2008 as manager of the newly opened West Los Angeles location where she grew the store’s NOI to $2,200,000. Under Jennique’s direction, Isela also led pricing strategy and revenue management for four other Self Storage 1 locations.

Isela joined the Mason Equity Partners acquisitions team in 2020 is now responsible for sourcing the firm’s pipeline of self storage deals. She is fluent in English and Spanish

Jennique Mason

Since 2008, Jennique and her team have been responsible for all aspects of property management for Self Storage 1. She has led a 15 person team and managed over 500,000 square feet of self storage property across the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago markets. Jennique received her Bachelors Degree from UC Berkeley in 2007. Growing up in her family’s self storage development company, she believes that business success is built on trust and leading by example.

Nan Jiang

Ms. Jiang supports John and Shane on all aspects of acquisitions and development. Nan’s primary duties include identifying and qualifying acquisitions, financial modeling, underwriting, zoning and building code review, due diligence coordination, entitlement coordination, presentation design, and graphic production.

Nan holds a Masters degree in Land and Property Development from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture Design from Yunnan University. Ms. Jiang started work with John and Shane at Self Storage 1 in 2016. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

She is currently pursuing her CFA after passing the Level 1 exam in 2018.

Isela Zermeno

Isela Zermeno joined Self Storage 1 in 2008 as manager of the newly opened West Los Angeles location where she grew the store’s NOI to $2,200,000. Under Jennique’s direction, Isela also led pricing strategy and revenue management for four other Self Storage 1 locations.

Isela joined the Mason Equity Partners acquisitions team in 2020 is now responsible for sourcing the firm’s pipeline of self storage deals. She is fluent in English and Spanish

Strategy

Passion for our Business, Precision in our Work.

The Principals of Mason Equity Partners have a strong track record of owning and operating self-storage facilities. We have successfully developed, owned and operated self storage facilities since 1996 under the brand Self Storage 1. Historically, we have achieved growth in rents and occupancy in our properties by empowering our staff with a high degree of responsibility. We pride ourselves on modern, bright and clean facilities and high quality of customer service. By offering attractive Internet rates to new clients, we are able to raise the rent systematically over the course of their stay. This results in stabilized cash flow growth of 7-8% per year over the life of assets.

Our Network

We’ve built our reputation on a foundation of integrity and mutual respect.
Here is a sampling of partners we’ve worked with over the years

Our Mission

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Our Vision

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We aspire to deliver only the highest-quality work, using technology and processes that are at the forefront of the industry.

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