This week The Record/NorthJersey.com published an interview with Foy Cooley, who opened the first self-storage facility in the New York metropolitan area, in 1976. Access Self Storage Inc., the company owned by she and her husband, Ken, now owns or manages 19 self-storage facilities in New Jersey and New York, with revenue of $19 million. Last month, the Little Ferry, N.J.-based company opened a new center in Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Cooley, 65, is one of only a few female executives in a male-dominated industry. She has served as president of the national Self-Storage Association and on the board of the New Jersey Self Storage Association. She spoke with The Record about her entry into the self-storage business and the history of the industry. She also shared insights about the effect of the economy on self-storage, business trends, why people store and stories about customers in storage.
Source: The Record / NorthJersey.com, CEO brought self-storage to N.J.