• Going Global
    When an Amsterdam acquaintance identified a potential European site for Devon Self Storage in 1996, President/COO Kelly Gallacher and Chairman/CEO Ken Nitzberg were skeptical. They sent acquisition and construction executives to The Netherlands to investigate further and ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Sign On
    There are more elements to a good sign than first-time owners--maybe even old hands--might believe. Signs are a major tool in a facility's marketing strategy often overlooked or misunderstood. Approached with an eye toward marketing, sign design and purchase can go a long ...More
    December 1, 2001 Tom Leveen Posted in Articles
  • The Self Storage Legal Network
    The Self Storage Association and attorneys D. Carlos Kaslow, Joseph D. Joiner and Scott Zucker are embarking on their third year of providing one of the most valuable resources to self-storage professionals, the Self Storage Legal Network (SSLN). The SSLN is a hotline ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Talking Tongues
    In the October issue, I shared in my letter about my experience living abroad in Siena, Italy during college. Although I won't say I was perfectly fluent in the language upon returning to the States, I did acquire a reasonable working knowledge of the native tongue. I ...More
    December 1, 2001 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Program Partners Shurgard With Independent Operators
    ISS: We understand you have been meeting with independent operators at recent tradeshows. What have you learned? Independent operators are keenly concerned about ways to improve their competitiveness and remain independent. They want to be able to compete effectively in ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Eastlake's Newest and Best
    The coastline of southern California has provided many opportunities for developers over the past century. In San Diego County, the five-year-old economic recovery has brought tens of thousands of new jobs into the area and has resulted in an unprecedented need for housing. ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Development
  • Promoting Self-Storage in European Markets
    Over the last three years, it's been fascinating to watch and be part of the change to first the United Kingdom self-storage sector and now that of Europe. When our fit-out company stumbled across the self-storage industry in 1998, there were approximately 130 facilities in ...More
    December 1, 2001 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • Landmark Interest Corp.
    The history of Landmark Interest Corp. and its president/owner, M. David Boothe, began 40 years ago in the residential, multifamily, commercial and industrial construction markets. Seven years ago, Landmark's focus changed with Boothe's first self-storage project. Since ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • The Humanized Computer
    Those of you familiar with the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey will remember HAL 9000, the computer that was an interesting combination of trusted servant and omnipotent master. Although portrayed as ludicrously futuristic, the day of the HAL-9000 computer is rapidly ...More
    December 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Thoughts From the Road
    As I write this column, I have just completed my eigth airplane trip since our national tragedy on Sept. 11. At the end of my flight from San Diego to Philadelphia, a flight attendant got on the public-address system and sang "God Bless America." The applause from the ...More
    December 1, 2001 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles