Update 9/19/13 – Show organizers for Expo 13, a self-storage tradeshow that will be hosted by the Brazilian Self Storage Group in São Paulo on Nov. 4-5, have finalized the show’s lineup of speakers and guest panelists.
The previously announced international panel discussion of storage operators will feature Ernesto Arzac, president of Bodegas Usted Guarda in Mexico; Orlando Wong, general manager of MegaStorage in Panama; Mike Lukowiecky of Loq Storage in Costa Rica; and Flavio Del Soldato Jr., owner of Inbox Guarda Tudo in São Paulo. Allan Paiotti, CEO of GuardeAqui Self Storage in São Paulo, will serve as moderator.
Additional guest speakers include Eduardo Carvajal from Ixaya Business S.A. de C.V., who will discuss how to unearth key demographic data in Latin America, and Arie Rezepka, a licensed architect and president of Aki KB Minibodegas in Chile, who will talk about the challenges of building self-storage facilities throughout the region. David Blum, president of Better Management Systems LLC, a U.S.-based consultant that has assisted self-storage developers throughout the world, will discuss marketing and operations in emerging markets.
“To start day two, a one-hour workshop is planned to assist the newly formed regional self-storage associations in the mechanics of growing and managing local associations,” said Blum, who is also co-producing the show.
7/4/13 – The Brazilian Self Storage Group (BSSG), an affiliate association of the U.S. national Self Storage Association (SSA), will host its first tradeshow and education conference on Nov. 4-5 in São Paulo. The “All Latin Trade Show” will be held at the Secovi Convention Center and feature a keynote session on the importance of local associations presented by Patrick Reilly, chairman of the SSA. Additional presentations will discuss self-storage operations, and there will be a panel discussion with operators from a variety of nations, according to show organizers.
In addition to tradeshow exhibits and education seminars scheduled for both days, a welcome cocktail reception will be held on Monday, Nov. 4.
The BSSG advises that in addition to a valid passport, North Americans traveling in Brazil are required to have a visa, which can be obtained for free from the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate, or for a fee from a visa service.
Sponsors of the event include Chateau Products Inc., Janus International, PTI Security Systems and SMD Software Inc. (SiteLink).
Show details can be found at www.ssabrazil.com.