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Wade Buxton

Wade Buxton is a Principal at VanWest Partners responsible for leading the company’s operations and acquisition strategy. After joining VanWest in 2014, VanWest has completed over $375 million in acquisitions on behalf of investors, spanning more than 3 million square feet of self storage space. Wade’s extensive career in self storage, coupled with his prior roles at Strategic Property Associates and Baceline Investments as an underwriter and acquisition analyst, has been critical in establishing the criteria and systematic approach in which VanWest operates today.

Using a data-driven approach, Wade and his team analyze hundreds upon hundreds of properties every year to ensure the limited number of deals the company proceeds with meet VanWest’s very strict risk-return profile. He oversees financial projections, construction, budgeting, and operational needs of the entire portfolio, thereby driving successful outcomes at the facility level as well as at the fund level. Wade determines the financing that best fits each deal and has established relationships with lending partners to guarantee the best financing terms and certainty of performance.

Wade’s results-oriented approach has significantly improved operational performance at the facility level due to a focused level of detail and analysis of each asset’s performance. Working in tandem with the field teams, VanWest can continuously control expenses at the asset level, and implement revenue-increasing tactics for unparalleled portfolio performance.

Wade graduated magna cum laude from The University of Denver with a BSBA in Real Estate. He also received an MBA with a concentration in finance from The University of Denver.

Wade enjoys spending his time with his wife and two daughters hiking, biking, skiing, or running. He supports the mission and work of Craig Hospital Foundation.