The national Self Storage Association (SSA) and California Self Storage Association (CSSA) have announced an agreement that will enable CSSA Executive Director Erin King to support SSA initiatives. King will maintain her existing role with the CSSA while expanding her scope to include functions in Western states as well as representing the SSA at its two national conferences. The move will enhance the growing management and government-relations obligations of the industry’s national trade group, according to an SSA press release.
The SSA currently manages 14 state self-storage associations and pursues a legislative agenda with targets from Florida to Hawaii. “Today’s announcement represents a commonsense approach to industry representation that will create immediate efficiencies in our state management and government relations areas,” said SSA CEO and President Tim Dietz. “Erin is a 15-year veteran of the self-storage industry, and for more than a decade, she has run one of the industry’s largest trade associations. We are particularly appreciative that the CSSA board of directors has supported this cooperative model.”
CSSA Chairman Dean Keller echoed Dietz’s comments. “We are pleased to reach an agreement with SSA that encourages a collaborative dynamic within the industry and offers Erin the opportunity to expand her impressive career while also preserving the independence of our state association.”
King began her career with Shurgard Storage Centers as regional coordinator. She later grew into recruiting and training positions, responsible for the staffing of 26 locations across Southern California. She went on to become a district manager, responsible for 12 locations in California. In addition to her CSSA position, she has also chaired the SSA Affiliated Associations Council for several years, leading dialogue among state and international association executives.
“I have enjoyed a productive relationship with Tim and his staff for many years,” King said. “This is the ideal next step in my career, enabling me to increase my support of this great sector, and also continue the position and relationships in California that are so important to me.”
CSSA is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to supporting the self-storage industry in California. The group offers educational events, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and more.
Founded in 1975, the SSA represents more than 22,000 U.S. self-storage facilities and approximately 9,100 international facilities, according to its website. It’s affiliated with several state and international self-storage associations and currently has 5,500 members.