Our Team

Dean Jernigan

Dean Jernigan

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dean Jernigan has more than 30 years of experience in the self storage industry. After retiring from the role of CEO of CubeSmart (NYSE:CUBE) in 2013, he founded Jernigan Capital as the only direct lender focused exclusively on the self storage industry. His experience in the self storage industry spans more than 30 years.

He began his tenure in the industry in 1984 when he founded Storage USA, a company he took public in 1994. He grew Storage USA from a single property to more than 570 properties at its peak. During its life as a public company and under his leadership as Chairman and CEO, the company returned a 17.5% compounded annual return to its investors. Following the sale of the company to GE Capital, he formed Jernigan Property Group which assembled a portfolio of 17 properties in a short 18 months seizing upon the opportunity of a short acquisition cycle that presented itself.

In 2006, Jernigan accepted the challenge of rebuilding and rebranding U-Store-It which became CubeSmart. During his tenure as CEO, the company’s market capitalization more than doubled from approximately $2B to more than $4B. With extensive experience and knowledge in more than 100 US markets as a developer, owner and manager of self storage facilities, Dean has earned his reputation as an industry innovator, leader and icon.

 

John Good

John Good

President and Chief Operating Officer

John Good has over 28 years working with senior management teams and boards of directors of public companies in the REIT and financial services industries on corporate finance, corporate governance, merger and acquisition, tax, executive compensation, joint venture and strategic planning projects.  As a nationally recognized corporate and securities lawyer, he was lead counsel on over 200 securities offerings raising in excess of $25 billion over the past 25 years, with more than 125 of those deals being in the REIT industry.

Good began his association with the REIT industry in 1993 with the initial public offering of RFS Hotel Investors and since then has served as outside general counsel to over 10 NYSE-listed REITs, including CubeSmart, Mid America Apartment Communities, Education Realty Trust, Quadra Realty Trust and AmREIT.  He most recently was a partner and co-chair of the REIT practice group of Morrison & Foerster LLP, a global law firm.  From 1999 to 2013, Good was a partner, multiple term executive committee member and head of the REIT practice at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and prior to that was a shareholder and chair of the securities and M&A practice groups at Baker Donelson.

Good graduated from the University of Memphis with a BBA in accounting, cum laude, in 1980, attained his CPA designation and practiced with a large regional CPA firm until entering University of Memphis School of Law, where he received his J.D with honors in 1987.  He has been nationally ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer to the REIT industry and has been active in NAREIT since 1994.

Email John at john@jernigancapital.com.

Bill Drummond

Bill Drummond

Chief Financial Officer

Bill spent 37 years at Ernst & Young from 1975 through 2012, including 26 years as an audit partner and 7 years as the managing partner of the Memphis office. During his time at Ernst & Young, Mr. Drummond was the audit partner for over 15 public company clients. Since January 2013, Mr. Drummond has served as a principal with The Marston Group, a Memphis-based accounting and consulting firm, where he led the firm’s audit and transaction advisory practices.

Bill will also serve as Chief Financial Officer of JCap Advisors, LLC. Bill has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Mississippi. He also is a member of the board of the Patterson School of Accountancy of the University of Mississippi. Bill serves as Treasurer of The Church Health Center of Memphis. Since retirement from EY, he has been an instructor for EY professional development courses.

Email Bill at billd@jernigancapital.com.

 

William H. Mathieu

William H. Mathieu

General Counsel

Bill Mathieu has practiced law for over 30 years in a variety of settings. Bill has been a real estate partner in two major law firms, has practiced in smaller firms, has been in-house as real estate counsel with a major franchising company, and has served with an agency of the federal government.

Bill began his career practicing at a smaller firm in Atlanta, ultimately moving from general practice to a commercial real estate practice with a highly regarded boutique firm. He then served as an RTC contractor in both Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, as a member of the first settlement workout asset team designed to prepare assets for securitization and to settle complex litigation cases during the savings and loan crisis. He then served as in-house real estate counsel for a franchising company that ultimately went public, advising them on the sale and leasing of hundreds of company owned sites. Later, Bill was a real estate partner with Powell Goldstein and Stites & Harbison in Atlanta, focusing on retail and office real estate while representing a variety of developers, including national homebuilders, several commercial developers and a California-based REIT. Most recently, he practiced with a boutique firm in the Atlanta area, representing among others a national homebuilder in acquiring large land tracts and a major franchise restaurant company.

Bill graduated from Stanford University in 1980, and after working in banking for one year, earned his law degree in 1984 from Vanderbilt University, where he was Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Email Bill at billm@jernigancapital.com.

James M. Heimbach

James M. Heimbach

Vice President of Loan Administration and Servicing

Jim has 23 years experience in commercial real estate lending and loan servicing with a privately held Memphis bank. During that time he held a variety of positions, including asset management, underwriting and management of a $1.1 billion loan servicing portfolio of Commercial Mortgage Back Securities (CMBS), Life Insurance Company, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) loans in 27 states. He has been responsible for facilitating assumptions, loan modifications and workouts and defeasance transactions. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He has earned a Certified Mortgage Bankers designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Email Jim at jimh@jernigancapital.com.

Billy Perry

Billy Perry

Vice President of Investment Management

Billy Perry has over 25 years of experience in various aspects of the real estate industry. He began his career as a licensed securities broker selling real estate limited partnerships in the mid 1980’s. He has worked for various banks in residential and commercial mortgage lending and served as SVP of real estate lending with the Kemmons Wilson banks. He is both a licensed real estate affiliate broker and general contractor who has built numerous properties with the Kemmons Wilson Companies and for 12 years served as President of a local building company constructing over 800+ homes and developing in excess of 1,500 lots.  Billy joined Jernigan Capital as a Business Development Director in August 2015.

Perry graduated from the University of Memphis with a BBA in finance and in 1986 attained his MBA in finance and economics. He has served on the boards of the Memphis Area Homebuilder’s Association, local United Cerebral Palsy and as Chairman of the Briarcrest Christian School Board of Trustees.

Email Billy at billy@jernigancapital.com.

Kelly Luttrell

Kelly Luttrell

Vice President, Financial Reporting and Corporate Controller

Kelly has over a decade of experience in working with publicly-traded companies and the real estate industry. She began and spent the majority of her career at Ernst & Young LLP where she was part of the audit practice for 11 years and served numerous publicly-traded clients ranging from emerging growth companies to Fortune 500 companies, and had significant exposure to REIT financial reporting and accounting issues. Kelly joined the Company in the fall of 2015 from MicroPort Orthopedics, Inc., a global medical device manufacturer, where she served as Controller and Finance Director. A certified public accountant, she has a master of accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University.

Email Kelly at kelly@jernigancapital.com.

Jack Connell

Jack Connell

Director of Business Development

Jack has 23 years of experience in the self-storage industry. He began his career with Storage USA in 1992 in Bethesda, Maryland, working in a variety of positions including facility management, district management and employee training prior to relocating to Memphis, TN in 1998 where he continued with the company in franchise development/operations and national accounts. From 2003 through 2006, he served as Director of Operations for the Jernigan Property Group in Memphis, TN as the company acquired self-storage facilities in Tennessee, Texas, Ohio and New York. He joined CubeSmart in 2007, as a consultant for the national roll-out of the company point of sales system. He then joined full time as the POS Administrator and Revenue Manager and became the Director of National Accounts. Upon his departure from CubeSmart, he joined Jernigan Capital to become an integral part of business development.

Email Jack at jack@jernigancapital.com.

Warner Russell

Warner Russell

Manager of Business Development

Warner Russell is the Manager of Business Development for Jernigan Capital. He is responsible for assessing project demographics before working with developers to underwrite individual deals. Before coming on board at JCAP in mid-August, Warner worked as a writer and account executive for a nationally recognized advertising agency. He has also spent time working in retail banking and personal wealth management. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Warner is married and the proud father of a golden retriever.

Email Warner at warner@jernigancapital.com.

Will Aldridge

Will Aldridge

Senior Investment Analyst

Will Aldridge is the Investment Analyst for Jernigan Capital. In this role, Will provides analytical support in the underwriting, closing, and evaluation of all Jernigan Capital loans. Will’s primary responsibilities include projecting operating cash flows, calculating interest and operating reserves, and assisting in fair value accounting for quarterly reporting purposes. Before starting at JCAP in September 2015, Will worked as an asset/liability analyst for FTN Financial, an industry leader in fixed income sales. In this position, Will worked with 20+ banks, helping them to project and navigate their interest rate risk. Prior to entering the workforce, Will completed a 5 year BS/MBA program at Pepperdine University, receiving both degrees in the spring of 2012.

Email Will at will@jernigancapital.com.

Jennings Barnes

Jennings Barnes

Director of Administration

With 5+ years’ experience in banking, Jennings comes to Jernigan Capital with lending and underwriting experience as well as a strong customer service background. She also brings marketing capabilities gained through project management and website administration. Jennings joined Jernigan Capital in July 2015 as the Director of Administration. In this role, she deals with investor relations, vendor management, marketing, and Board liaison. Jennings is a Memphis, TN native and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Jennings is an active member of the Junior League of Memphis and a graduate of the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program.

Email Jennings at jennings@jernigancapital.com.

Claire Beatty

Claire Beatty

Executive Assistant

Claire Beatty is the Executive Assistant for Jernigan Capital, Inc. Her responsibilities include work in several departments including finance, marketing, human resources, office operations, supply management, IT and administrative support. Before starting at JCAP in the fall of 2015, Claire was the Director of Membership & Marketing at The University Club of Memphis, a private city club in Midtown Memphis. While at the U Club, she maintained the Club’s website, created marketing pieces, planned events and worked closely with the Board of Directors to grow the membership. Claire is a native Memphian who graduated from The University of Memphis in 2008 with a B.A. in Public Relations.

Email Claire at claire@jernigancapital.com.

Karina Benziger

Karina Benziger

Business Development Analyst

Having recently relocated from New York City to Memphis, TN, Karina comes to Jernigan Capital with a strong background in client relations, project management, and creative strategy.  Karina graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with a BSBA in Marketing and Art minor.  She fuses her marketing and design skills to enhance organizational strategic goals, build key customer relationships, and identify business opportunities. Karina joined Jernigan Capital in October 2015 as the Business Development Analyst where she assists new clients, develops existing accounts, and maintains extensive knowledge of current market conditions. In her free time, Karina enjoys skiing, cooking, tennis, art, and horseback riding.

Email Karina at karina@jernigancapital.com.

Amy Hagan

Amy Hagan

Paralegal

Amy brings construction, commercial real estate, and fiancé experience to the Jernigan Team. Most recently, she worked as a Financial Lease Analyst for CBRE in Memphis. She managed a portfolio of a national banking institution with 700 locations. Prior to CBRE, she and her husband designed, built, owned and operated a production facility building mini-homes for an upscale Class A motorhome resort in Florida. Additionally, Amy worked as assist to the General Contractor on the 250-acre resort and was the property manager after the completion of the construction. Amy started her construction and real estate career with the Brindley Group of companies in Pulaski, Tennessee. Amy joined Jernigan in September 2016 as a Paralegal to the General Counsel. She is responsible for managing the post-closing compliance, real estate tax and insurance monitoring, and works with outside counsel closing loans.

Email Amy at amy@jernigancapital.com.

Debbie Long

Debbie Long

Paralegal

Debbie has more than 25 years commercial real estate experience in the areas of property management, site selection and shopping center leasing and development.  Most recently she was a Senior Analyst for CBRE where her responsibilities included client transitions as well as management of both domestic and international real estate portfolio for Fortune 500 clients such as Coca-Cola & Eli Lilly and pre-eminent retailers such as Nike and Starbucks.  During her tenure at CBRE, Debbie also played a key role in the realignment of CBRE’s portfolio administration services department which included the successful integration of key services to their Warsaw, Poland office.  Debbie joined Jernigan Capital in September 2015 as a Paralegal to the General Counsel.  In this role she is responsible for drafting loan documents, managing the loan title policy program and working with outside counsel on loan closings.  Debbie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from San Diego State University as well as an ABA Paralegal Certificate in Civil Litigation from the University of San Diego.

Email Debbie at debbie@jernigancapital.com.

 

Heather Murdock

Heather Murdock

Staff Accountant

Heather Murdock started at Jernigan Capital in September of 2016 as a Staff Accountant. She obtained her Masters in Accounting at the University of Memphis in 2015 and earned the Certified Public Accountant certification in January of 2016. Throughout her last three years in college, she worked as the Accountant for a local construction company where she gained a thorough knowledge of the construction project processes. Following her time in the construction industry, she worked in the Tax Department for First Tennessee Bank before joining Jernigan Capital.

Email Heather at heather@jernigancapital.com.

 

 

Caitlin Shelton

Caitlin Shelton

Corporate Accounting Manager

Caitlin joined the team at Jernigan Capital in October 2015 as Senior Accountant.  She began her career in the audit practice of the KPMG Memphis office.  During her time at KPMG, she was a consistent member of the audit team of an NYSE – listed bank, as well as several other financial service clients.  Following this, she served on the Corporate Finance team at Thomas & Betts, a Memphis-based international electrical manufacturing company, before joining Jernigan Capital in the fall of 2015.  A Vicksburg, MS native, Caitlin obtained both her Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State University. Upon graduation, she earned the Certified Public Accountant designation in 2013.

Email Caitlin at caitlin@jernigancapital.com.