Company History



DataSafe is an industry pioneer and a trusted name in Records and Information Management Services for over 70 years.

Founded in 1946, DataSafe's complete range of services provides the systematic control of your organization's records throughout their lifecycle. Our highly trained staff of Records and Information Management professionals will help you identify, organize, maintain and access needed information and properly dispose of the rest, while realizing the benefits in cost savings, efficiency, regulatory compliance and reduced litigation risk.

DataSafe grew out of City Transfer and Storage Company, a moving and storage business founded in San Francisco in 1898. World War II veterans and Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni Robert Reis and Robert Bush purchased City Transfer and Storage in 1946 and pioneered the records management industry in San Francisco by establishing an off-site records storage and retrieval service to meet the growing needs of post-war Bay Area businesses for secure and cost-efficient records storage.

City Transfer Historical Photo

Robert's son, Tom, a CPA, joined City Transfer and Storage in 1976 as Vice President of Finance. Father and son expanded and refined the Company's records storage services by constructing a high-security, environmentally-controlled vital records center in downtown San Francisco in 1978. That same year, another son, John, joined the Company as Vice President of Marketing. John was instrumental in consolidating City Transfer and Storage Company's records storage services into a new division named DataSafe.

In 1982, DataSafe set its course as a pioneer in records management innovations, beginning with DataControl, which provided computerized office and vital records inventories and activities. DataControl was followed by the implementation of barcode technology in 1986 to monitor the transfer of items in and out of the records center. That same year, another Reis son, Ron, joined DataSafe as Vice President of Sales and the Company continued to grow.

As DataSafe's services expanded, so did its facilities. In 1986, the company consolidated its administrative offices and records center in its current headquarters in South San Francisco. A new facility with a vital records center and hard copy center was opened in Newark in 2001 to better serve the needs of East Bay clients. In 2008, DataSafe ventured north to Sacramento, to provide out of area service for Bay Area clients, as well as provide extraordinary service to the greater Sacramento Metro area.

While Ron and John Reis have both retired from the company, it remains family focused with the addition of the third generation. Tom's sons Rob, who joined the company in 2005 and now serves as its President, and Scott, who joined in 2007, are dedicated to continuing the same quality service established by their grandfather in 1946.

DataSafe is proud of all that we have accomplished, and we look forward to serving as an industry leader in Northern California for many years to come.


DataSafe history dates back over 70 years, and during this time we’ve built a unique understanding and had the opportunity to partner with an array of dynamic bay area companies whose disciplines range from biotech, business, municipal, education, legal, the arts, and more. This long history has allowed DataSafe to gain a level of expertise that carries into what is provided to clients each day and with each challenge - a full suite of resources and solutions. DataSafe prides itself on valuing its employees and in turn, its employees take care of clients like family. When a client works with DataSafe, they’re working with family values. DataSafe is your local and reliable resource that focuses on building your business impact and success. When it comes to your records, DataSafe is committed to being the business records management industry leader in service, security, and client satisfaction.