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Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas Kicks Off With Education, Networking Events

By Amy Campbell Comments
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The Inside Self-Storage World Expo begins today in Las Vegas with a full day of educational seminars. The slate includes everything from dealing with conflict in the workplace and storage auctions to the state of the storage industry and what’s new in management software.

While many operators choose only to walk the show floor, which opens tomorrow, hundreds look forward to the industry-specific education that can only be found at an ISS show. One of the hottest tracks this morning is marketing and sales The morning began with seminars on creating marketing promos, business growth and creative marketing.

Another highly anticipated seminar is this afternoon’s seminar on auctions. Unless you’re a first-time visitor to the ISS website, you know how hot the topic of self-storage auctions is right now. Needless to say, we’re expecting quite a crowd for the 2 p.m. seminar, “Is the Boogieman in the Closet? Storage Auction Myths vs. Realities.” The seminar is led by Lance Watkins of StorageTreasures, and Dan Dotson, the auctioneer on “Storage Wars,” the A&E show that’s shined on a light on the world of self-storage auctions.

Later today, one of the show’s most popular events takes place—the Self-Storage Q&A. Led by Jim Chiswell and Mel Holsinger, the event is not only educational but quite fun. The Q&A allows members of the audience to ask questions of their peers. Plus, many consultants and long-time operators are usually in attendance, making for a lively, interactive event packed with great info.

Education continues tomorrow, followed by the opening of the exhibit hall. This year’s show includes more than 150 exhibitors. If you’re here, please stop by the ISS booth, No. 107. We’ll have some great giveaways, plus we’d love to hear your feedback on the show. You can also learn about the new ISS Membership Program. If you can’t make it this year, you can follow all the action via our website. Plus, we’ll have a wrap-up of the entire show posted to the website later this week.

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