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LifeStorage Employee Wins Self-Storage Manager of the Month Award From SpareFoot


Susan Powers, district trainer and manager of the LifeStorage facility in Carpentersville, Ill., has won the Self-Storage Manager of the Month award for July from SpareFoot, an online self-storage marketplace.

LifeStorage operates 18 self-storage facilities in the Chicagoland area. Powers was nominated by colleague Paul Menzel, manager of the LifeStorage facility in Elgin, Ill.

“She has great leadership skills and a willingness to help other people, great follow-through with tenants, and a great personal attitude,” Menzel said. “I chose Susan because, although she has only been with the company a short amount of time, she knows exactly what LifeStorage wants in a manager and does what she needs to do to be a great role model for all new employees of our company.”

On July 31, Powers and co-worker Liz Benson participated in the “Muddy Buddy” competition in Gilberts, Ill., an athletic event that raises funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). Powers was the captain of “Team LifeStorage,” which has been instrumental in raising money for CAF through various fundraising events. CAF provides opportunities and support for people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles.

“It means so much to me to be a part of a team that felt highly enough about me and the job I am doing to nominate me for the award,” Powers said. “I feel honored to even be considered for the award. I would like to thank my wife and kiddos for supporting me, and my team for their faith in me to train others that come on board. Thanks to my district manager Debbie for all that she has taught me in the business, and thanks to Paul for nominating me and contacting SpareFoot.”

Founded in 2008, lists more than 5,000 self-storage facilities in its nationwide directory, which allows consumers to compare sites before renting. Through multiple websites including,, and many others, SpareFoot helps self-storage operators find new tenants through a pay-for-performance model. The company is backed by Silverton Partners, FLOODGATE and Capital Factory.

SpareFoot regularly accepts Manager of the Month nominations at

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