This week the eyes of many members of the self storage industry have been on the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans. Earlier this month, though, another important self storage conclave took place — the fall conference of the national Self Storage Association. At the Self Storage Association conference, the Self Storage Association Foundation (SSAF) met as well. The SSAF Board, among its other responsibilities, also nominates persons to be inducted into the Self Storage Association Hall of Fame. This year, the SSAF inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame: Steve Wilson of Hide-Away Storage in Sarasota, Florida, and Bill Kenney of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, California.
Bill Kenney is the owner and founder of All American Self Storage of San Mateo. But he also has a long history in the self storage industry. Kenney frequently speaks at self storage association meetings both nationally and internationally, and is a past president of the Self Storage Association.
Steve Wilson, a managing partner at Hide-Away, has also worked in the storage industry for several decades and was one of the first businessmen to get involved in developing the self storage industry in Florida. Wilson was one of the first people in the industry to carry the self storage concept from the Midwest and Southwest, where it started, to other areas of the United States — in Wilson’s case, the Southeast. He opened one of the first Hide-Away facilities in Florida in 1977.
“We understood the dynamics of moving, storage, and the needs associated with that kind of household turmoil,” Wilson commented in this month’s SSA Globe. “So when we first saw a self storage facility, we immediately understood its importance to so many Americans, and it seemed like something we could do.”
Both Wilson and Kenney are known not just as leaders in the self storage industry, but as leaders in their communities. Wilson is active in his church and has served as president of the Manatee Homeless Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping Florida’s homeless (and those who are at risk of homelessness). Kenney serves on his local school board, is president of his chapter of Rotary, and currently serves as co-chairman of the Self Storage Association’s Board of Trustees Charitable Foundation. He has also worked with the San Mateo Girls’ and Boys’ Club, the San Mateo March of Dimes, the Samaritan House, the National Council on Alcoholism, and the San Mateo County Historical Association. Kenney has also pushed hard for the introduction of the SSA’s new Scholarship Fund.
Kenney and Wilson are the 23rd and 24th members ever to be inducted into the Self Storage Association Hall of Fame.
Self Storage Association. “Self Storage Association Foundation.”
“Steve Wilson, managing partner of Hide-Away Storage, inducted into Self Storage Hall of Fame.” PR Web. Sept. 26, 2010.
“Steve Wilson: three decades of SSA participation.” SSA Globe. Sept. 2010.