New Classes, Workshops Inspire Attendees
This year’s expo also featured an abundance of new seminar topics, speakers and an owners workshop. New seminars included an International Summit. The panel members from around the world, including Asia, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Mexico, discussed development in their counties, and operator and legal challenges.
Another new educational experience this year was the Ancillary Symposium. Led by Bob Copper, president of Self Storage 101 and an ISS Expo speaker, panel members discussed the pros and cons of add-on profit centers and services including moving supplies, boat/RV storage, rental trucks, cell towers and more. “All of the seminars were very informative,” Karen Warburton said.
Terry found the legal information enlightening. “Surveillance can be a sticky legal term. I’m going to make sure we’re watching our terminology and be more self-protective,” she said.
During exhibit halls hours Thursday and Friday, vendors kept busy fielding questions and offering demonstrations of their products and services. “The quality of attendees at this year’s show was amazing,” said Teresa Sedmak, president of Everbrite Inc., which manufactures protective coating for self-storage unit doors. “It was really one of the best shows in years. There was a positive energy.”
Members of the ISS team were busy during exhibit hours discussing the new Inside Self-Storage Store. Launched this week, the store is the world’s first on-demand, online market for industry insight and education. The hub enables self-storage owners, operators, developers and investors to obtain cutting-edge information and educational resources, including guidebooks, digital magazines, educational videos and webinars, manager training courses, and exclusive offers on self-storage services from several leading business partners.
The ISS Store also includes valuable industry reports from the Self-Storage Industry Group of Cushman & Wakefield, a leading real estate and consulting firm. Drawing on 20 years of historical and current industry, Cushman & Wakefield will offer a variety of market and property-specific data available that will be available in the ISS Store.
“The reports available through the store generated a lot of interest from attendees. Owners and new developers were excited to learn they could obtain market data from as little as a three-mile radius around a specific property site up to current and historical data on a national level,” said Tony Jones, ISS online content editor, who was part of the team that designed and launched the store. “Our partnership with Cushman & Wakefield enables ISS to deliver the type of market intelligence to the industry that previously has been proprietary to Wall Street analysts and major institutional investors.”