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Reflections on the Storage Industry: Economics, Commitments, Patriotism and More

Jim Chiswell Comments
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Also, remember our veterans when hiring. They may lack some of the traditional sales skills desired, but there is no replacement for loyalty and a sense of duty to one’s country.

You can also look for ways to tell our troops that we support them. Maybe you can work with a group like Marine Moms or other organizations focused on providing care packages to service members stationed around the world. Offer a unit for a “package-packing party” or become a drop-off site for area residents who want to show their support in a practical way with product donations. The methods by which you can assist our military are only limited by your own imagination. Put your thinking hat on and let me know what you are doing.

The Passing of NBC’s Tim Russert

Just as I was finishing this column, the world mourned the sudden passing of Tim Russert. At only 58, his death, caused by a heart attack while at work, has left a major void in our nation’s TV news industry.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., like me, Tim never forgot his roots. He will be remembered not only for his journalism excellence in political reporting, but as the longest serving host on Sunday morning’s “Meet The Press.”

There are three transcendent themes in Tim’s life from which we can all learn. First, he was always fully prepared for his show and interviews. He was tireless in his research and fully primed before the cameras began rolling. Can we claim that same preparation for our own jobs every day?

The second was his love and devotion to his wife and son, his immediate family and co-workers, whom he considered his extended family. His two family focused books Big Russ and Me and Wisdom of Our Fathers were both New York Times bestsellers. In a tough, often cynical and jaded business, his prioritization of family was still hallmark.

Third, Tim was a committed man of faith. Not “wearing it on his sleeve” or egotistically as a badge of honor, he quietly practiced Catholicism and honored his faith in how he lived his life. Being a living example of one’s faith can be the most effective ministry of all.

“Meet The Press” and NBC News will go on without him, but he will never be truly replaced. We have lost one of the nation’s finest journalists, husband, father, brother and son. His life has truly touched the entire world.

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

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