Welcome to Extra Space Storage’s Blog

Posted on Nov 11 2011 - 3:03pm by James Overturf

Welcome to Extra Space Storage’s blog. I’m the head of marketing and corporate communications with Extra Space Storage. I joined Extra Space in 1999 after working in financial services and high tech. I enjoy skiing, fishing and golf. (I really suck at golf; don’t ever pick up golf when you turn 40. I should’ve taken up bowling or fencing.) When I joined Extra Space Storage, we had 12 properties so I’ve seen just about it all. It’s a great company to work for and there is never a dull day in the storage industry.

At Extra Space Storage we are always looking for ways to interact with our nearly 500,000 customers and this blog will be a way of sharing helpful, informative and hopefully entertaining information about Extra Space Storage, the day-to-day activities at some of our properties, and the self-storage industry.

So, here’s some background on the company: First, the company. Extra Space Storage is the second largest self-storage company in the United States and the world – we’re kind of the Miller Beer of the storage world – Public Storage is the largest, they’re the Budweiser of the storage industry. They have like a million self-storage properties. I heard they put one in Antarctica.  Extra Space Storage has been around in some capacity since 1977 – the first property was built in Billings, Montana. Has anyone out there ever been to Billings, Montana? I have! I grew up there. It’s called the Magic City because of a high population of amateur, professional, and wannabe magicians. Now, Extra Space Storage has over 850 properties in 34 states including Washington, D.C. That seems like a lot, but there are over 50,000 self-storage properties in the U.S. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a storage property. That’s all I have time for now, there’s more to come, so stay tuned.

James Overturf

About James Overturf

SVP Marketing and Investor Relations
Extra Space Storage

James Overturf oversees all marketing and corporate communication activities for Extra Space Storage. James had ambitions on being an architect but was quickly brought back to reality by a lack of talent and instead decided to study marketing, economics and statistics. He enjoys skiing, fishing, golf and spending time with his wife and three daughters. James was duped into a career in self-storage from the high-tech industry in the late 90’s by current Extra Space Storage CEO Spencer Kirk.

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