Formation of the Maine Self Storage Association was begun in early 2001 by Lorene Patterson. Lorene contacted the National Self Storage Association for assistance in launching a state association. She drafted the Articles of Incorporation, the By-laws and incorporated the Maine Self Storage Association. Lorene secured initial vendors, members, volunteers and board members and officers. Reasons for starting MeSSA included:
- To enhance the quality of the Self Storage industry in Maine and to promote the National Self Storage Association’s code of ethics.
- To provide opportunities for members to increase their knowledge of the self storage industry through education, research, discussion and exchange of information.
- To provide leadership in Maine on issues that affect the self storage industry
- To impact the standard of conduct in the self storage industry in the state of Maine
- To support, communicate and cooperate with the National Self Storage Association and to take all reasonable steps to encourage MeSSA members to become members of the SSA.
An initial meeting was held on September 18, 2001 at Patco Construction in Sanford, Maine. Association set-up activities continued for the remainder of 2001 and into 2002.
By February 2002, officers were established, By-laws were completed and IRS paperwork was being finalized. The first MeSSA meeting was held on June 12, 2002 in Augusta, Maine.
Since then the Maine Self Storage Association has continued to evolve and grow. Today there are 52 facility and vendor members. MeSSA is now an affiliated member of national SSA and we continue to work closely with them.
We promote the vision of the founding members to make a positive impact on the self-storage industry in the state of Maine. The current slate of Officers and Board members are committed to providing a valuable association for self storage owners and operators through meetings and workshops all over Maine and through the website.