Our Team

Thomas Smith, Founder

Thomas Smith founded Thomastown Builders, Inc. in 1976 as a general contractor building custom homes. Tom built his first self-storage facility in Norco, CA in 1983 and continues to build and develop commercial properties with a focus on self-storage. His awards include “Best Facility of 1999” from the Self-Storage Association for Laguna Self-Storage. His work has helped transform the self-storage industry into what it is today by building class “A” product. With over 55 years in the industry, his general contracting and self-storage knowledge has played an integral role in shaping the growth of the company. Tom remains involved in the day to day operations and the future expansion of Thomas Management.

Ryan Smith, President

Ryan Smith is a second generation real estate developer, learning the self-storage industry from his father for the past 15 years. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Management from California State University Long Beach. After his internship with Swinerton Builders, McCarthy Construction brought him on as a project Engineer. In 2006, Ryan moved back to Northern California to join Thomastown Builders, Inc. as project manager as well as property manager for Thomas Management’s existing properties. Since that time he has grown the portfolio of properties from 3 to 17 and continues to pursue new real estate ventures. His experience includes land acquisition, government entitlements, design & engineering, construction management, marketing, property management, and asset management. He currently maintains a California Real Estate Brokers License and General Contracting license. As President, he oversees the new development pipeline of self-storage and industrial product being delivered to the market.

Cheryl Nobert, Controller

As Controller, Cheryl brings more than 25 years of experience working in diverse financial positions within the property management and commercial real estate industry. She has an extensive insight within both disciplines of development and management. Cheryl leads our accounting department and assists Thomas Management with meeting organizational goals through a proactive approach to building and maintaining a reliable financial infrastructure. She also serves as a primary liaison and resource for our company’s payroll and human resources operations.

Prior to joining Thomas Management, Cheryl worked for Saca Development as Controller and Operations Manager where she successfully provided strategic and operational expertise for Saca’s various lines of business in the areas of cash and treasury management, financial reporting, legal entity management, human resources, payroll, construction/development accounting and tax reporting for a portfolio of more than 780,334 sq. ft. of retail and office product.

Jeninne Salais, District Property Manager

Jeninne has been part of the Thomas Management team since 2015, where she developed her self-storage interest as a resident manager of Sierra College Self-Storage. Applying that experience, she works closely with property owners, on-site property managers, and staff to improve the quality of daily operations across all portfolios.

Before joining Thomas Management, Jeninne worked for CBRE as an assistant property manager servicing a complex, multi-client portfolio of Industrial, Office and Medical Building products.  She is well versed in all aspects of customer and client relationship management, financial reporting, budget preparation, vendor management, lease administration, tenant improvement and capital expenditures project management.

Jeninne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, holds real estate licenses in both California and Texas, and is Commissioned by the State of California as a Notary Public.

Matt Beil, Security & Tech Consultant

As our in-house Security and Technology Consultant, Mathew has more than 20 years of experience working in information technology and intrusion protection. He started his career with the Local Union 320 IBEW/NECA Sound and Communications and has certifications with government agencies and security industry providers. As a senior technician, he has worked on many public works projects in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, and multiple law enforcement agencies. He has also performed installations for Fortune 500 companies and their executives’ residences security. Mathew enjoys the challenges brought on by industry advancements and client growth and expectations. His forward thinking provides service with custom tailored solutions that are integrated with a wide variety of systems while maintaining the client’s integrity and security.

Dave Dolan, Project Manager

Dave Dolan has been in the construction industry for the past 30 years.  After graduating from San Jose State University with a Business degree, Dave went to work for various construction companies to learn the industry from the ground up.  As an owner of a construction company for the past 20 years, he has acquired a broad knowledge of all aspects of the construction industry.  This knowledge has given him the insight to create construction management processes that are key to producing successful projects.  As a Project Manager, he manages a project’s entire production cycle:  pre-construction planning, scheduling, budget management, quality control, and client management.  He is excited to be a member of the Thomas Management Team, and is committed to its continued success.

Jonas Carr, Construction Apprentice

Jonas joined the Thomas Management team in July 2018. He currently works on the construction and security services divisions of the business under Mathew Beil. He brings more than three years of experience working in the field of construction and landscaping. Jonas enjoys the diversity of the work he performs for our company and continues to learn every day. He is also a student working on his general education courses.