Storage Investment Management Inc. (SIMI) hosted its annual Manager’s Conference and Awards Recognition dinner Sept. 23 at the Inn at Ethan Allen in Danbury, Conn.
The conference included an educational segment with a presentation from an attorney with significant self-storage experience. The session focused on dealing with customer issues such as bankruptcy, death, divorce, transfer of rental agreements and more.
The afternoon included roundtable discussions on marketing, same-store results, expense reduction, and online marketing with an emphasis on social media and operations.
An awards and recognition dinner followed the conference. Each year SIMI recognizes the “Best of the Best Managers” by presenting a variety of awards for best-performance results for certain criteria that are key elements to successful self-storage operations. This year’s top winners include:
- Manager of the Year and Most Improved Results: Ron Tortora, sales manager, Storage American, Garden City, N.Y.
- No. 1 Ranked Power Ratings: Clayton Dineen, sales manager, Avon Quality Storage, Avon, Mass.
- 20-Year Employee Award: Michele Sealy, Planet Self Storage, Hyde Park, Mass., and Arlene Moran, Planet Self Storage, Lindenwold, N.J.
SIMI also recognized seven other employees for their extended length of service, ranging from five up to 20 years. An owner-operator, fee manager and consultant in the self-storage industry, SIMI currently manages more than 30 properties in the Northeast.