The national Self Storage Association (SSA) has announced that it will hold its spring convention and trade show from April 18 to 20 at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado is a state with a lot of sentimental value for the Self Storage Association, which was founded in Denver 35 years ago, in 1975. This year’s convention, therefore, will also be a celebration of the SSA’s 35th anniversary.
About 1,000 self storage owners, operators, investors, developers, executives, and industry vendors are expected to attend the convention and participate in the trade show. Important leaders in the self storage industry will also be present, and will give talks and participate in educational panel sessions. The SSA’s educational program will feature several speakers who are well-known in the industry, including Robyn Waters, who will speak about how to track trends and translate them into sales and profits, and Norm Brodsky, who has founded and expanded six businesses, several of which are self-storage properties.
The convention will begin on Sunday, April 18 with its third Economic Summit. The theme of the Economic Summit will be “Capital Markets and Loan Workouts, Modifications and Extensions.” SSA’s President and CEO, Michael T. Scanlon, Jr., stressed the importance of this year’s summit. “This important industry assembly is set to take place at a critical point in time in the nation’s economic recovery,” he said. “As we learn from the experts how the national economy is evolving in early 2010, self storage owners can better ascertain the expected banking, customer and economic impacts on their individual businesses. Thus, this is a crucial meeting — one not to be missed!” Panelists who are determined not to miss the summit include lenders, mortgage brokers, investment brokers, bankers, and CEOs of self storage companies.
The convention’s first day will also include an “Idea Exchange” with an open mike, so operators can network, ask questions, and get advice from their more experienced peers.
Special educational workshops for “Team One” firms — small self storage businesses that have just one facility and a single owner/operator — will also be held. At the same time, there will be sessions designed for the Mid-Sized Operators Group (businesses that have between two and nine facilities) and the Large Operators Council (businesses that have at least ten facilities). In addition, the SSA plans to hold a Legal Forum, which will include news updates related to court decisions, legislative bills (like the service tax bills currently pending in several states), new laws, and legal opinions related to the operation of self storage businesses using the Internet or self service kiosks. The Legal Forum will also update SSA members about recent changes to state lien laws and regulations regarding customer privacy and the storage of abandoned records.
To register for the Convention, members should go the to website of the Self Storage Association. The Self Storage Association is the national, nonprofit trade association for the self storage industry and is its registered lobbying organization for purposes of advocacy with members of Congress and with federal agencies. The SSA has about 3,000 direct member companies, and 3,000 more who are members of its affiliate state and regional organizations. Altogether, members of the SSA own and operate about 22,000 self storage properties in the United States. Members range in size from tiny “Team One” firms to multiple-facility businesses to large publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).