Board of Directors

Steve Byler - Chairman

Steve has spent 50 years of his life in the world of sheds. He grew up in a family business which his father started in 1972. Steve launched his own rent to own company in 2007 and bought out the family business when his father retired in 2010. In 2018, they merged the Virginia based companies with Ulrich Lifestyle out of Texas. Steve currently serves as president of Backyard Leasing and also serves Ulrich in business development both internally and externally. Recently, Steve also began writing as a columnist in the Shed Builder Magazine and blogger at as well as working part-time as a speaker and executive coach.

Phone: 540-490-2870
Email: [email protected]
Backyard Leasing – 36 Southgate Court, Ste 202, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Leann Burkholder - Vice Chairman

LeAnn Burkholder, partner/managing director of Burkholder Management, LLC ,joined the RTO industry in 2009 and transitioned to COO in 2015. LeAnn currently serves three RTO companies with accounts in 7 states, including North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Montana and is known for her passion and perseverance. As a champion of stellar customer service and the integration of Christian values & principles, LeAnn enjoys leading her team in daily operations that support these goals. Her passion for time optimization and integration find outlet in business and overflows in her private life where she mentors and speaks periodically on Daily Rhythms, Time Management, and Education as Atmosphere, Discipline and Life. Wife, and mom of three, LeAnn avoids boredom successfully by juggling business, and personal life. Inherently curious, a foodie and traveler, LeAnn is always game for the next adventure.

Phone: 803-594-2309
Email: [email protected]
Burkholder Management, LLC – 315 N Main Street Suite 1, Salisbury, NC 28144

Dave Miller - Treasurer

Dave is CEO of SmartPay Rentals and a deacon at All Saints Church. He is passionate about building God's kingdom through business and community. Dave and his wife Anne live in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with their 7 rowdy and wonderful children.

Phone: 717-951-0201
Email: [email protected]
SmartPay Rentals – P.O. Box 322 Leola, PA 17540

Jonathon Ulrich - Member

Jonathan Ulrich resides in Cleburne, TX and has over 15 years experience in a second generation company. Jonathan is the CEO/President/Owner of Ulrich Capital Group, LLC. Ulrich Capital Group owns multiple storage shed and log cabin manufacturing companies and a few RTO portfolio companies including Ulrich Barn Rentals, LLC dba Backyard Leasing. Jonathan built his first shed at age 8 and has worked through all positions in the company, giving him an invaluable experience. After dropping out of high school he has worked full time in the business and started in sales where he sold 523 sheds his first year. Prior to serving as CEO/President he served as Vice President for over 6 years. Jonathan has recruited a management team that combined have 160 years experience in the backyard products industry. Jonathan was born as a missionary kid while his parents served in Costa Rica and later met the love of his life Raquel to whom he is now married and together have 4 children. Jonathan is fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch and has extensively traveled Central and South America as well as parts of Asia and Africa. His hobbies are flying and of course spending time with his beautiful wife and kids! Jonathan is passionate about Servant-Leadership and growing the industry with timeless leadership principles combined with industry leading technology and best in class processes and people. His life was greatly influenced by Zig Ziglar at a young age and adopted the mantra, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. Jonathan is known for being tenacious and passionate.

Phone: 817-517-1057
Email: [email protected]
Ulrich Lifestyle Structures, LLC – 100 Energy Way Floor 18, Fort Worth, TX 76132

Tanner Leibee - Secretary

Tanner Leibee sold his first shed in 1996 and soon after started delivering buildings with a handyman jack and PVC pipes. Ten employees and four locations later, the family business was sold, and Tanner and his wife Rebecca served as missionaries while living in a mud hut in Ghana, Africa. They learned much more than they taught and after 8 years, settled back in the USA. Tanner still travels to Africa twice a year to assist churches in Bible Story-telling & Leadership. As president of Upward Management Group in North Carolina, he oversees multiple RTO companies and serves on the board of the NBSRA. He loves to discover great ways of communicating through stories, questions, and ideas.

Phone: 855-769-7433
Email:[email protected]
Upward Management Group - 4077 Statesville Blvd. Salisbury, NC 28147

Jim Kuhlmann - Member

Jim Kuhlmann is co-owner of JMAG, LLC along with his wife Melissa. Jim got his start in the shed industry as a hauler in 2005, and began a rent-to-own business in 2008. In 2011, Jim quit hauling sheds and focused solely on building JMAG, which is now operating in multiple states across the country.

Phone: 618-841-1985
Email:[email protected]
JMAG, LLC - P.O. Box 282 Harrisburg, IL 62946