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A Storage Pro in Action and Other Thoughts From the Road

Jim Chiswell Comments
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SSTI to Offer Industry Education Designation

We are just a few months away from the official launch of a new Self-Storage Training Institute (SSTI) educational initiative. ISS has been marketing audiocasts and e-books, and conducting webinars for literally thousands of people from across the country and around the world.

While operating the Self Storage Education Network, Mel Holsinger and I had been providing courses on a variety of subjects to both owners and managers online. We have now joined forces with ISS to establish the Qualified Storage Manager (QSM) program. By completing the core curriculum and some electives, the QSM designation can be earned by managers and owners.

"Providing our industry with an affordable and convenient educational alternative to attending big meetings held in distant cities has always been one of our goals," Holsinger explains. "Combining the knowledge that Jim and I gained with the marketing power and industry visibility of Inside Self-Storage was a natural progression for our educational efforts."

Jim Chiswell is the owner of Chiswell & Associates LLC. Since 1990, his firm has provided feasibility studies, acquisition due diligence and customized manager training for the self-storage industry. He is a member of the Inside Self-Storage Editorial Advisory Board, a moderator on the Self-Storage Talk ( online community, and a faculty member of the Self-Storage Training Institute. Mr. Chiswell can be reached at 434.589.4446; visit

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