Pat Watson has joined our Board of Directors to assist with our planning and implementation of events. We welcome her expertise and knowledge to our BOD. We look forward to having her insight in the year 2017. Her contact information is below:
Patricia A Watson,
V.P. Self Storage Buildings &
Custom Engineered Buildings
Flexospan Steel Buildings, Inc.
P.O. Box 515
Sandy Lake, PA. 16145
Unit Trac is a featured speaker at our 2017 conference! Unit Trac is a cloud-based self storage management software with key features that include a user-friendly interface, interactive facility map, custom website, credit card processing, financial reporting and more that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime on any device allowing you to serve customers quickly and professionally.
Representing Unit Trac at our conference is co-founder Jillian Smallenberger. Amongst other professional responsibilities, Jillian worked for a leader in self-storage buildings. From site selection to construction, business development and operating a storage facility, Jillian understands the responsibilities, joys and challenges of being a self storage owner because she is one – just like you. Jillian will speak on Thursday afternoon on managing your storage facility with greater efficiency. Every facility and customer base is different, but Jillian will share how to help your business operate better using proven tools – regardless of the size.
We can’t wait to hear Jillian speak on behalf of Unit Trac! Conference brochures are being sent next week with registration forms.
Unit Trac offers a full-feature demo and a 30-day risk free trial with straightforward monthly pricing and no contracts. Customer support is inclusive and software updates are free. For more information, visit www.UnitTrac.com.
We are sending out our conference brochures February 1st to all of our members. Please email email@example.com if you need to update address, phone number, email, or any other pertinent information. The brochure will include registration form and instructions on where to mail payment. Thank you for your continued support of our association!
Scott Zucker –
If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Scott speak, this is the ideal setting to meet him in an intimate discussion, with plenty of time for questions. If you have met him before, you understand his legal counsel and advice are priceless! We welcome Scott Zucker back to the state of Maine. Scott Zucker specializes in business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on dispute resolution in the areas of construction, real estate, employment, landlord-tenant and franchise law. Scott represents companies in matters relating to contract claims, loss and damage claims, delay and productivity claims, premises liability actions and tenant dispossessory. Scott is one of two lawyers representing the Self Storage Association at events, conferences, and blog posts. He also runs the Self Storage Legal Network, along with D. Carlos Kaslow.
Tron Jordheim –
Tron Jordheim is the Business Development Manager for Store Here Management. He was formerly the chief marketing officer of one of North America’s largest privately held self storage companies, and director of the industry’s leading award winning call center. Tron is a frequent speaker at global self-storage events and a contributor to industry trade journals. He has done consulting in four countries. Tron started his first business in the sixth grade with a roll of paper towels and a can of window cleaner and has been running businesses ever since.
Tron will be speaking Thursday afternoon, with a Workshop style presentation, titled “Sales and Marketing”. We will learn how to: Rent to people who you are missing – Increase your sales conversion rates – Drive more demand for only a few dollars a day – Appeal to today’s savvy online shopper.
The 2017 MeSSA conference will be held Thursday March 23 and Friday March 24. Please save the dates. The location will be South Portland, Maine at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
Please mark your calendars for a dinner meeting for MeSSA members, Thursday January 5th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at The Muddy Rudder Restaurant. The topic for this meeting is “Do’s and Don’t’s of Self Storage”. Please arrive for a 5:30pm cocktail half hour, with casual networking. Then, we will conduct a fun and informal meeting throughout dinnertime.
Thank you to our Vendor Social Mixer Sponsors!
If you are interested and/or have questions about what the responsibilities for a board member is, please contact us! There are many ways to be involved on the board – we would like to hear from you. Please email Mark Adler, MeSSA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org
SSA’s 2016 Spring Conference & Trade Show
March 31 – April 1, 2016
Hyatt Regency | Dallas, Texas
Our events are developed by self storage professionals…for storage professionals. Your further success is our goal. At our 2016 Spring Conference & Trade Show, you’ll find sessions with topics geared to you, the facility owner/operator. This is your chance to learn from the best, network with your peers and the industry’s top suppliers, and discover Texas Hospitality at its best!
Experience for yourself the power of SSA as we present a program packed with timely information for individuals responsible for every segment of the self storage industry…site and area managers, owners, developers, suppliers…those who have made a significant investment in self storage.
2016 Spring Conference & Trade Show Lineup Includes:
- Not-to-Miss Self Storage Economic Summit
- Two Days of Trade Show
- Networking Receptions
- Roundtable Discussions
- “Marketing to Millennials” General Session Panel
- Full Day Managers Summit
- Keynote Address by Hessam Nadji, Senior Executive Vice President, Marcus & Millichap
- Concurrent Educational Sessions for Owners/Operators and Managers
- Self Storage Facilities Tour
- Self Storage Legal Network (SSLN) Power Hour
Register early and save: http://www.selfstorage.org/Events-Education/Events/National-Spring-Conference
WE ARE DOING WHAT OUR MEMBERS LOVE again this year . . . bringing back Attorney Scott Zucker as our keynote speaker on April 16th & 17th. Everyone loves FREE self storage legal advice, not to mention a fun and information-packed two days at Hollywood Casino. After registration on the 16th at 12:00 noon, Scott kicks off the conference at 1:00 pm. Come interact with Scott and get answers to those “What do I do if . . .” questions that you have always wondered about. Our “Vendors in the Spotlight”, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors, U-Haul of Maine & New Hampshire, Syrasoft Self Storage Software, Bader Company, Flexospan Steel Buildings, and Storage Auction Solutions, will inform us about topics that are current and relate to our businesses on Thursday afternoon. The MeSSA sponsored cocktail reception will be Thursday evening, the 16th. This is a fun networking and social event with beverages, food, and raffles for free slot play and a 50/50 cash prize.
On Friday morning, the 17th, we are welcoming Glenn Walton to our conference once again. He will speak to us about “Customer Service for Self Storage Owners and Managers”. After a tasty lunch, we will spend the afternoon with Scott when you will have another chance to gather FREE legal advice. And not to mention the door prizes from our vendors! Gift baskets, a Kindle, an IPad, and more were last year’s prizes! The event wraps up on Friday afternoon with a cash prize drawing.
This event is a “must attend”, so put these dates on your calendar and register now by clicking on Events, scrolling the calendar to April, and selecting the Annual Conference. The first attendee from a member facility always attends for FREE, each additional attendee per facility is only $40. Non-members may attend for only $75, which can be applied toward their 2015 dues at the conference if they become a member! Please join us once more for a very affordable, very enjoyable, and very informative event put on by YOUR state self storage association. FMI contact Mark at email@example.com.
BIOGRAPHY OF SCOTT I. ZUCKER
Scott Zucker is a partner in the law firm of Weissmann & Zucker, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott specializes in business litigation with an emphasis on real estate, landlord-tenant and construction law and represents companies throughout the country in resolving their commercial disputes in state or federal courts and through Alternate Dispute Resolution. Scott works with property owners in reviewing and drafting leases, construction contracts and employment agreements and in evaluating property management operations. Scott also defends landlords against tenant loss and damage claims and premises liability actions. Scott is a frequent lecturer at national conventions and is a contributing legal writer for industry trade magazines. He is the author of Legal Topic in Self Storage: A Sourcebook for Owners and Managers. He is also a partner in the Self Storage Legal Network; a subscription based legal services for self storage owners and managers.2015 MeSSA Conference, Hollywood Slots, Bangor, ME - April 16 & 17
This was a great evening to beat the (long) winter blues and just get out to be with others in our industry. Our location was great – plenty of parking and a nice, bright meeting room made Duffy’s Tavern in Kennebunk a good choice. There was something on the menu for everyone. After a brief business meeting and talk of our future conference at Hollywood Casino on April 16 & 17, MeSSA welcomed Philip Ross, Director of Inside Sales for the Storage Business Owners Alliance (the SBOA) as our speaker for the evening. The Storage Business Owners Alliance offers discounted programs and services from industry-leading vendors in the self storage industry. They provide substantial discounts on operating expenses that are already used in the everyday operations of our facilities. Phil presented information on how SBOA works and how it would work for us. We all like to save money. It is free to be a member of SBOA, so that makes the deals even better. The member attendees and 3 guests had an enjoyable evening of networking and information.
For more information on SBOA’s specific discounted programs and services offered, or SBOA Tenant Insurance, check out their website at http://www.thesboa.com/. See you in Bangor!
When you read this review of our last meeting, you will know that you missed an informative and fun time at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant. As usual, this is one of our best member meetings during the year. We do a little business and have some fun, too. The food and service were excellent (thank you, Gerry), and the room was bright and inviting. We had a full house, but could have squeezed you in if you had come. Lots of catching up and making friendly acquaintances took place during our meet and greet time. While waiting for our delicious dinners, our panel of experts spoke on varied topics from raising rental rates to energy efficient lighting, with a few amusing stories in between. After dining, Pete Bouchard, Chief Meteorologist for WHDH Channel 7, Boston, shared his career experience and read some of his “fan mail” to us. We only wish we were so popular. Thank you for entertaining us. The BOD met beforehand at 3:00 and, with coffee in hand, fine tuned plans for our future events. You can find our future events by clicking the “Events” tab at the top of the website. See you next time.
Thank you to our panel of experts Donna Theall, E-Z Self Storage, Ellsworth, Don Plourde, Pondwood Self Storage, Winslow, Julie Bouthillette, Wells Storage Solutions, Wells, and Matt Hynes, U-Haul of Maine and New Hampshire.
In this photo, your Board of Directors: Connie Neville, Sperry Van Ness, Mark Adler, Safe Storage Sanford & Kezar Falls, Scott Young, Halls Self Storage, Sherri Brown, Arenhall Corporation, Julie Bouthillette, Wells Storage Solutions, Kelley Young, Halls Self Storage, Guest-Pete Bouchard, Meteorologist Channel 7, Boston, Rhonda Hallett Pope, Adams Park Storage, Matt Hynes, U-Haul of Maine & New Hampshire, and Holly Watkins, Sanford Storage Solutions
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