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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.

OpenTech Alliance, Inc. recently announced the launch of their new rating tool called ICARE About Quality. This tool is available free of charge for self storage managers who use OpenTech’s INSOMNIAC Live! automated kiosk and call center services. ICARE will help owners provide critical feedback on how calls are handled. OpenTech’s new tool works hand-in-hand with...

In the current market many self storage companies appear to believe in the old saying you can never have too much of a good thing. With the self storage industry one of the most reliable investments in real estate in recent years many companies are working hard to expand their holdings in the industry. LifeStorage can be counted as one such company. Over the last couple...

This week, StorageAhead announced that they have hired Dirk Wakeham as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of their Board of Directors. They are pleased to welcome him and look forward to his expertise in focusing on the needs of customers, implementing strategic innovation, and for his vision for the future. Wakeham has extensive experience in the real estate industry....

As with any industry, self storage companies appreciate the value of public recognition. For one, it means the company and its employees are doing a good job. It also means that there’s a good chance they are receiving some kind of award—which means there’s probably going to be publicity. To self storage owners and managers, that means free advertising! S.D....

Business leaders and government officials in Mamaroneck, N.Y., joined Murphy Brothers Contracting for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mamaroneck Self Storage facility. Murphy Brothers Contracting owners, brothers Chris and Sean Murphy, are the team behind the new facility. The state-of-the-art storage facility will span 40,000 square feet and will cost $3 million. The...

At a time when the country is watching NFL rosters cut players in order to reach the league-mandated roster limit, members of the self storage industry are doing exactly the opposite. In fact, many within the industry are doing what they can to expand their roster, but they are doing so for the same reason NFL teams are cutting players. They want to provide customers with...

StorageMart of Columbia, Missouri, won the Better Business Bureau TORCH Award along with nine other businesses and two charities. Winners will receive their award at a luncheon on Oct. 14 in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. Businesses and charities that were nominated for the TORCH Award were evaluated for their commitment to customer service through...

via Shutterstock Many self storage companies participate in charitable, non-profit activities that benefit their communities—activities such as Toys for Tots, donating food to shelters for the homeless, or raising money to donate to cancer research. For storage businesses that are looking for a new charitable activity to participate in and for those that are willing...

via Roost Facebook page A wise businessman keeps abreast of the news and the changes in his industry. So it is in the best interest of self storage owners to become aware of Roost, a new self storage startup in San Francisco. Roost is an online marketplace similar to Airbnb, a company that allows people to rent out their home to others for a short-term stay. But instead...

People rent self storage units for all sorts of reasons, but there is one that everyone hopes will never apply to them: natural disasters. Many of the reasons that people rent self storage units are ones that they see coming. They can plan for them, and they don’t cause much—if any—trouble or discomfort. However, when it comes to events like wildfires, tornadoes,...