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Executive Team


Steven J. Guttman

Mr. Guttman retired from Federal Realty Investment Trust on January 1, 2003 following a thirty-year career with the company. Mr. Guttman became Managing Trustee in 1979, was elected President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee in 1980, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in February 2001, the position he held at the time of his retirement. Between 1979, when Mr. Guttman assumed leadership of the Trust, and his retirement at the end of 2002, Federal Realty’s assets grew from $41 million to $2.3 billion; funds from operations grew at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5% and the dividend rate increased each year, growing at a compound annual rate of 6.8% from $.45 in 1979 to $1.94.

The Washington Business Journal recently recognized Mr. Guttman in its Twenty Years of Washington Business retrospective edition as the leading Washington area retail real estate developer during the twenty-year period from 1982 to 2002. Mr. Guttman has been a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) since 1973, has served as a member of its Board of Governors since 1985, and sat on the Executive Committee from 1994 to 2000. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors for 1997-1998 and is now an Ex-Officio member of the Board. Mr. Guttman also has held active membership in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1972; from 1988 to 1991 he served as the State Director for Maryland and the District of Columbia, has been a frequent speaker at ICSC meetings, and is a Past Trustee of the organization.

Mr. Guttman also is a member of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center Advisory Board of The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the Executive Committee. Additionally, Mr. Guttman is a member of the Board of Advisors of The George Washington University Law School. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania as well as at MIT. He has previously served as a Director of First American Bank of Maryland, First American Metro Corp., and as a member of the Board of Regents of Mercersburg Academy.

Mr. Guttman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968, with academic honors including the Dean’s List. He attended law school at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., earned a J.D. degree in 1972 and graduated with honors.


Evan M. Novenstein

Mr. Novenstein is General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Willco Construction Company, which is a major developer of office and industrial properties in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Mr. Novenstein graduated from Columbia University in 1968 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and he received a J.D. degree in 1971 from George Washington University. Mr. Novenstein has over 30 years of experience in real estate development and management.




Nicholas S. Coslov, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Coslov joined Storage Deluxe in August 2002 as Partner / Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for overseeing the marketing and operations departments. Since that time, his responsibilities have expanded to include overseeing operations, marketing, finance, construction and new store development. In April of 2009, Mr. Coslov was promoted to Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Storage Deluxe, Mr. Coslov was a founder, board member and CEO of AutoBody America. Mr. Coslov founded AutoBody America in January of 1998 and served as its Chief Operating Officer through January of 2000. In February of 2000, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for growing the company from two existing collision repair facilities in Memphis to 16 collision repair facilities throughout Memphis, Nashville, Jackson, Raleigh and Greensboro by the time of his departure.

Mr. Coslov spent the first part of his career as an investment banker specializing in both the Real Estate and Automotive groups. He has his BA degree from Duke University. Nick is currently a member of the New York Metro chapter of Young Presidents Organization.


Steven A. Novenstein, President, Storage Deluxe Realty

Steve Novenstein entered the self storage industry in 1998 as a co-founder of Storage Deluxe, a New York based developer, owner, and manager of self storage facilities. From its inception, Novenstein has been a driving force in all aspects of the company’s growth and has assumed many different leadership roles over the years including acquisitions, development, operations, financing, construction, and marketing. He remains primarily responsible for acquiring new sites, overseeing pre-development, working with government officials, developing the sites, and negotiating contracts with sellers, however, Mr. Novenstein is also instrumental in all of the company’s legal and financing activities. Storage Deluxe has quickly established itself as one of the premier self storage companies in the New York metro region with 25 properties throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens as well as locations in Westchester, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Novenstein received a J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law at American University and a B.A. from Tulane University and was previously an Acquisitions attorney for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Mr. Novenstein founded the Connecticut Self-Storage Association in 2001 and is currently serving as its President. He is also on the Board of Directors of the national Self Storage Association (SSA), a member of the Large-Size Self-Storage Owners Group, the New York Self Storage Association, and Pennsylvania Self Storage Association. In addition, Mr. Novenstein is on the March of Dimes Westchester/Rockland Division Board of Directors


Frank Crivello Jr., Sr. Vice President, Operations & Marketing

Mr. Crivello joined Storage Deluxe in April 2006 as the Senior Vice President, and is responsible for the Operations and Marketing Departments.

Prior to joining Storage Deluxe Mr. Crivello worked at Public Storage. He was responsible for property operations across New York State. Mr. Crivello spent the first part of his career with the Southland Corporation (7 Eleven food store). During his twenty-five year career there, his responsibilities included maximizing sales and profits, marketing, development, accounting and real estate expansion for 1000 stores from western New York to Charlottesville Va.

He attended the University of Texas School of Marketing, and serves as a board member of the Long Island Association (the nations largest regional Chamber of Commerce), and Long Island Cares (an organization founded by Harry Chapin and dedicated to feeding the hungry).Frank is a licensed New Jersey real estate sales person and a member of the National Board of Realtors since 1988. He received the Muscular Dystrophy person of the year award in 1998 and the St. Ursulas Humanitarian award in the year 2000.


Max Levine, Chief Financial Officer

Max Levine is the Chief Financial Officer of Storage Deluxe and UOVO.  Mr. Levine joined Storage Deluxe in 2005 and has held a variety of roles within the organization focusing on finance, investment, real estate, and business development. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Levine is responsible for the financial performance of the organization, strategic and financial planning, capital markets, accounting, tax, insurance, investor relations, and technology. He received a B.A. from Hobart College with a dual major in Economics and Urban Studies.


Christopher M. Lynch

Christopher Lynch joined Storage Deluxe in 2013. He currently holds a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. His career spans from Heavy highway construction, Bridges, Roads, High Rise in New York City to Sewerage Treatment Facilities. He created a general contractors company in 1998. He built a 2 million square ft. of Self Storage, capable of completing all phases of construction including excavating, concrete and steel. His construction company has also built high end residential housing. Chris lives in Seaford, New York with his wife and children.