It is with deep sadness that we share news that Jamie Alai, our beloved friend, Partner and VP of Development, died over the weekend of January 14th. Jamie was recognized throughout the self storage community and played an important role in the design and construction of the industry’s next generation storage facilities. Most recently, he designed and oversaw construction of Westport’s flagship property located in Alhambra, CA and was the 2015 award recipient of MiniCo’s Facility of the Year. Jamie was the first person brought onboard over 20 years ago by Westport founder and Industry Pioneer Barry Hoeven and was very instrumental in our growth and success over the years.
Drew Hoeven, Chairman of Westport Properties, said “Jamie was an older brother to me. No day will go by that I won’t think of him and all he did for Westport, his family, Barry and my family as well. He was truly one of the most kind hearted persons I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I will miss him dearly.” Jamie battled cancer for the last 2 years surprising many doctors with his strength and determination to battle this terrible disease much longer than they all anticipated. It speaks to his strength, commitment and character.
Jamie leaves behind his beautiful wife Julie and his two sons, Jeffrey and Jake, who are both in high school. He is greatly missed but, his impact on the Westport Family will undoubtedly live on in our hearts and memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.