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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.

On just about any given day, a report can be found online about a self storage facility being sold for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. For those looking to invest, it has to look awful tempting to dive right in. The only problem may be not knowing exactly how to do so. Lucky for those curious investors, there are seminars like the one Self Storage Profits,...

The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) Board of Directors recently elected executive officers for their 2014–2015 year. The members of the Executive Committee are President Amy Nolan of The Storage Place in Corpus Christi, Vice President Paul Glover of Storage Choice in Dallas, Treasurer Clint Wynn of Hixon Properties in San Antonio, Secretary Ricky Jenkins of The...

From Teflon to penicillin, some of the most important discoveries in history were made by accident. The inventor may have had something else in mind, but for whatever reason, circumstances kept them from their original goal and they ended up creating something else entirely. Such was the case for a residential development firm in Austin, Texas. The company, Vision 360...

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...