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Kim Kilpatrick

Kim Kilpatrick has recently taken a break from the corporate world where she was a marketing director. She now enjoys reading, writing and blogging about things that interest her including pets and pet care (she shares her home with her beloved 8-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, Chester), pop culture, history and music. Kim is a "veteran" of relocation, so she also has a great deal to say on the topics of moving and self storage as well.

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Napa, California, in the early morning hours of August 24. It was the largest quake in the San Francisco...

As an industry, the self storage market is still in its infancy outside of the United States. Better Management Systems announced that they are planning on opening a state of the art full service facility in Porto Alegre in Brazil in the second quarter of 2015. They will convert a former nightclub building into a storage facility. David Blum, an executive working with...

Data. When used correctly, it drives the decisions that companies make and those decisions impact how much revenue the company brings in. Extra Space Self Storage, based in Salt Lake City, has found that sweet spot where technology provides that critical data that brings in a high return of investment. Like many other companies, Extra Space utilizes search engine optimization...

Mike Parham, a longtime self storage developer from Bulverde, Texas, recently died after suffering a heart attack. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on November 30 at the Bulverde Baptist Church. Parham served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1974 to 1980. In 1978, he earned the rank of captain. After he retired from the army, he began his career...

Westy Self Storage in Summit, New Jersey, announced that they will support the Santa Claus Shop that is affiliated with SHIP (Summit Helping Its People).  They will donate 1 month free rent for a storage unit and free use of a truck and driver to help with SHIP’s annual Christmas event. This is the second year that they have helped with Santa’s shop. “Santa Claus...

Take one self storage business, throw in 1,000 moving boxes, add some budding young university design students, and what do you get? One of the most interesting sculpture exhibitions that you’ll ever see. WeStore, a start-up self storage business in the UK, challenged the design students from Brunel University in Uxbridge, Greater London, England, to create something...

FACT: Earlier this year, CNN Money reported that smartphones and tablets software applications accounted for 55 percent of Internet access in the United States in January 2014. This is the first time ever that it has surpassed desktop and laptop computer access. FACT: According to the Pew Research Center, as of January 2014, 55 percent of American adults had smartphones...

The self storage industry is a very active industry. There are always tidbits of news from facilities across the nation. Let’s take a look at three snippets of news. Crows Run Self Storage Paves the Way Self storage owners and operators are often very community minded. They support local charities and non-profit organizations in an effort to reach those less fortunate...

MakeSpace, the “closet in the cloud” company, recently hired Toby Ciottone as its vice president of growth, strategy, and expansion. Ciottone will be based in Chicago and will start work immediately. Ciottone brings a wealth of experience in the tech startup industry. Previously, he was the general manager in Boston and Chicago for Hailo, a tech startup company...

Inside Self Storage recently announced the winners of their Best of Business Awards. Storage.com received the 2014 Best Marketing Services Award. In 2011, Inside Self Storage (ISS) launched their Best of Business reader-choice awards program. Awards are given in areas such as Best Management Software, Best Customer Service, and Best Builder. Inside Self Storage honors...