Contributing Editors



MyWay Mobile Storage Donated Portable Storage Units to a BBQ Festival

by Kim Kilpatrick June 2, 2014 8:16 PM
There are a lot of details when it comes to organizing and putting on a community festival. And, if it spans more than one day, organizers have to deal with the issue of where to keep some of the material from the event overnight. That’s when storage facilities come to the aid of the event planners. [More]

Climber with Double Knee Replacements Leaves for Mt. Everest

by Kim Kilpatrick March 26, 2014 4:25 PM
Do you know anybody that has had a knee replacement? You probably do because more than 600,000 are performed each year in the United States. By 2030, the demand for total knee replacement surgery will exceed 3 million. [More]

Climber with Double Knee Replacements Leaves for Mt. Everest

by Kim Kilpatrick March 26, 2014 4:08 PM
Do you know anybody that has had a knee replacement? You probably do because more than 600,000 are performed each year in the United States. By 2030, the demand for total knee replacement surgery will exceed 3 million. [More]

Team SmartStop(R) Pro Cycling Announces 2014 Cyclist List

by Tony Gonzalez March 10, 2014 10:57 AM
The Team SmartStop® Pro Cycling recently announced their 2014 cycling team roster. They also announced a new team director, Michael Creed. Creed is a very successful amateur cyclist himself. [More]

SmartStop Self Storage(R) Will Sponsor MMA Fighter

by John Stevens February 12, 2014 7:31 PM
SmartStop Self Storage(R) announced they will sponsor fighter Shawn “The Great” Bunch in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions. The sponsorship will last for 3 years and give Bunch financial support while he completes his training. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup

by Tony Gonzalez November 6, 2012 4:02 PM
Today is an important day in the news. Not only is it election day here in the United States, there is a lot of action going on in the self storage industry. Here's a roundup of only three items in today's news. [More]

Go Mini's Becomes a Franchise Business

by Tony Gonzalez October 9, 2012 6:28 PM
Go Mini’s Moving and Portable storage has undergone a drastic change in their business model. They used to have a dealer-based structure. After much diligent work, they have successfully switched to a franchise organization.

Their dealer-based organization has been very successful. It has grown more than 2,559% between 2005 and 2007. However, they feel that the franchise model is a more systematic and efficient business management approach. [More]

Extra Space Chairman Spencer Kirk Speaks at Wells Fargo Conference

by Tony Gonzalez December 22, 2009 11:15 AM
Extra Space Storage Chairman and CEO Spencer F. Kirk addressed the Wells Fargo 13th Annual Real Estate Securities Conference in New York City last Wednesday. The conference, which was broadcast live over the Internet, was held at the Waldorf-Astoria. An audio file and transcript of the webcast, and the power point presentation that Kirk put together to go with it, can be found online at Extra Space's website.

Kirk gave an overview of Extra Space's performance compared to other public companies. While acknowledging that the recession has hit the self-storage industry, just as it has hit other industries, Kirk noted that "There was a thesis for many years that storage was recession-proof. It is not. Storage is recession-resistant." Kirk continued, "All public companies have gone negative, but the degree to which storage has gone negative is remarkable....we believe that storage as a sector was perhaps last into the recession and we believe that storage as a sector will be amongst the first out of the recession....Extra Space believes that we are going to lead the way." Extra Space, Kirk pointed out, has significantly outperformed other storage companies for 2009. He attributed Extra Space's success to the high tech people it hires, the quality and locations of its properties, and the sensible processes and practices that it uses to, for example, make real-time, web-based data available for all of its facilities. [More]
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