Did you play King of the Hill when you were a kid? I feel like I'm still playing. Getting older imparts a wider array of freedoms, but it also signifies the attainment of intensified responsibility, along with more things that require protection: your vehicle(s), your residence, your family, your bank account, your job or business.... It's a consistent challenge to "stay on top" of it all.
If you're a self-storage owner or operator, security is no doubt at the top of your list of concerns. As technology advances, so do your choices for fortifying your facility. David Reddick discusses how to go about selecting a security system that works for your particular business, as well as the pros and cons of the available options. Gate access and control, CCTV, perimeter beams--such are the components of a system that will prevent break-ins and vandalism from becoming a liability for your business. Steve Cooper talks about the advantages of proper planning and preparation in regards to security.
Thinking about making an investment in real estate? Unsure which business entity to assume in the process? Carlos Kaslow outlines the benefits of the newest ownership entity, the limited-liability company. If it's marketing decisions your grappling with, refer to Harley Rolfe's column for advice on meeting customer expectations, or Cary McGovern's discussion of marketing for records management . Don't forget to read Jim Chiswell's "Thoughts From the Road", which always contains great pointers and insights into this flourishing business.
It was a pleasure to see many of you at our trade fair and seminar at Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss. I've come to really appreciate the opportunity to speak with readers and vendors about what's important for them to see in the magazine--articles that address their concerns, that they enjoy reading. As always, we encourage you to share your ideas with us.
Best wishes until next time,
Teri L. Lanza