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Facility Launches Online RV/Boat Survey
Lake Havasu RV & Boat Storage of Lake Havasu, Ariz., launched a survey designed to gather data on facilities that offer boat and RV storage. This information will help developers, owners, investors and operators develop business and marketing plans. Survey participants must include their facility name, state and e-mail address for validation as well to receive a copy of the final data, compiled by state. Names of businesses will not be included on the personalized report. Info: www.lakehavasustorage.com
Digitech Announces Winner of Security Reseller Award
Digitech International Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of self-storage access-control and security systems, named Nu-Enterprises of Charlotte, N.C., its Reseller of the Year. Every year, Digitech designates this honor to one of the companies that resells, installs and services its systems. Award criteria include technical competence, commitment to ongoing training, customer service, responsiveness, salesmanship and other factors.
Nu-Enterprises, owned by Scott Underbrink, installs electronic access control and CCTV systems for self-storage, corporate businesses and residential communities. Underbrink has more than 15 years in the security-installation business and has owned his own firm for more than four years. Info: www.digitech-intl.com
USstoragesearch.com Celebrates 5,000 Members
USstoragesearch.com recently signed its 5,000th premium facility member since its initial rollout less than two years ago. The company specializes in online advertising for the self-storage industry, helping to drive targeted self-storage and mobile-storage customers to member facilities using major Internet search engines. Info: www.usstoragesearch.com
Trachte Receives ISO Certification
Trachte Building Systems and its subsidiary, Trac-Rite Door, met the requirements for ISO 9001:2000 certification, an international standard that provides strict requirements for an organization’s quality-management system. The designation ensures the company consistently provides products and services to meet or exceed customer expectations and continually improves performance. Trachte designs, manufactures and erects a full line of pre-engineered and customized steel self-storage systems. Info: www.trachte.com
Bancap Passes $750 Million Milestone
In March, Bancap Self Storage Group Inc. surpassed $750 million in total sales of self-storage investment properties. Bancap’s clients include individuals, regional self-storage chains, national publicly traded companies, lenders, the RTC and other institutional entities. Info: www.bancapselfstorage.com
LeClaire Pronounced Top Investment Specialist by Marcus & Millichap
Marcus & Millichap, one of the nation’s largest real estate investment brokerage firms, pronounced Charles “Chico” LeClaire as its top self-storage investment professional for 2006. A senior investment associate based in Denver, he facilitated transactions valued at $134 million.
LeClaire joined the company in 1990 and was promoted to senior investment associate in 1996. His transactions last year included a $36 million self-storage facility in Boulder, Colo., and a $16.5 million self-storage facility in Scottsdale, Ariz.
With more than 1,300 investment professionals in offices nationwide, Encino, Calif.-based Marcus & Millichap closed $20.5 billion in transactions in 2006. Info: www.marcusmillichap.com
ISS to Offer Legal Learning Seminar at Reno-Tahoe Expo
Inside Self-Storage (ISS) and industry legal expert Jeffrey Greenberger will offer a three-hour Legal Learning seminar at the ISS Summer Expo, July 24-27, 2007, in Reno-Tahoe, Nev. An extension of the popular webinar series hosted monthly by ISS and Greenberger, the new in-person offering will cover important legal issues every owner/operator should know:
- Lien Sales: How to conduct a sale, including all the important checks and cross checks to conduct beforehand; when to stop a sale; appropriate rules and releases to guide the process.
- Facility Rules and Regulations: Why you need them and what they should include.
- Abandonment: When you can declare abandonment and whether a tenant can legally abandon a unit to an operator.
The seminar will also touch on important issues relating to the storage of vehicles and include some time for questions and answers. Attendees will receive a workbook to accompany the session material. The event will take place on Friday, July 27, at 9:45 a.m. Separate registration is required.
Greenberger practices with the law firm of Katz, Greenberger & Norton in Cincinnati, which primarily represents owners and operators of commercial real estate, including self-storage. He is the legal counsel for the Ohio Self Storage Owners Society and the Kentucky Self Storage Association as well as a regular contributor to Inside Self-Storage magazine and the tradeshows it sponsors. Info: www.selfstoragelegal.com
The ISS Summer Expo is dedicated to the needs of storage owners, operators, managers, investors, developers and suppliers. Info: www.insideselfstorage.com/expo
Austin and Des Moines Ranked Top Growth Cities
U-Haul Internationals’ National Migration Trend Report indicates that for cities with more than 10,000 families moving, Austin, Texas, has the highest percentage of growth for the second year in a row, with 8.15 percent more families moving into the area than out. For cities with 5,000 to 10,000 families moving, Des Moines, Iowa, had the highest percentage of growth at 14.17 percent. The 2006 Top Growth Cities Report was compiled from more than 1.62 million U-Haul transactions in 2006. Info: www.uhaul.com