Founder; and Partner
CitiStorage; and Black Gold Suites
Elaine Brodsky is the founder, with her husband, Norm, of CitiStorage, a Brooklyn-based archival storage and records-management company. Since it launched in 1990, CitiStorage has grown to become the largest independent, privately owned, single-location records-storage company in the United States. In December 2007, the couple sold a majority interest to a NYSE company. During her time at CitiStorage, she sought to create a unique workplace culture. Her initiatives, which were the subject of several articles in Inc., were designed to encourage personal growth and promote teamwork throughout the organization. CitiStorage is a past recipient of the Strive Employer of the Year Award for “demonstrating a commitment to providing second chances to individuals and assisting them in becoming productive members of society.” And Brodsky herself earned the 2006 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional award for New York City. She also received the 2007 National Association of Women Business Owners Lifetime Achievement Award in New York City. Brodsky has co-authored numerous articles on women in business for Inc.com and is currently mentoring several women business owners. Her company and its culture have been featured in two bestselling business books, Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big and The Knack. Passionate about corporate culture, Brodsky strives to be a positive influence for employees, customers, and friends and within her community. She is currently chairperson of the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the League Education and Treatment Center and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The mother of two and grandmother of three, she has been married to Norm Brodsky for 48 years. They live in New York City.