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ISS to Host Self-Storage Owner/Investor Executive Symposium in Chicago


Inside Self-Storage (ISS), a provider of ongoing information and education resources for industry professionals, will host a two-day Owner/Investor Executive Symposium, Sept. 23-24, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago. The symposium consists of two separate events: a Self-Storage Owner/Operator Executive Conference, designed for existing facility operators, on Sept. 23; followed by a Self-Storage Developers Conference on Sept. 24, targeted toward interested investors and developers as well as existing owners who wish to expand their business.

ISS hosted its first regional developers conference last month in New York City. “The conference in New York was tremendous,” said Troy Bix, vice president of ISS. “Based on the feedback we received from attendees, we believe hosting a second event in the Midwest and pairing it with an operational workshop will be of tremendous value to owners, developers and investors in that region.”

The Owner/Operator Executive Conference will address executive-level issues pertaining to self-storage facility operation. It will include industry principles and best practices designed to help operators run an efficient, profitable business, meet and exceed customer expectations, and generate more revenue.

The full-day session will be conducted by Bob Copper, owner and partner in charge of Self Storage 101, an industry consulting firm specializing in operational improvement, training, audits, feasibility and market studies, and due diligence. Copper is a prominent industry consultant, author, speaker and trainer, as well as a self-storage owner.

The Developers Conference will provide expert insight to ground-up construction, conversions and remodeling projects, and include case studies to illustrate specific development strategies. The conference will begin with an overview of the current development climate and then unfold in dedicated segments covering all aspects of the development process including feasibility, financing, new construction, the conversion process, facility renovation and expansion, and boat and RV storage. Time will be allotted for a question-and-answer period with the presenters.

Speakers for the Developers Conference have not yet been announced. Seating will be limited for both events. Additional details will be announced at

For nearly 25 years, ISS has provided informational resources to self-storage owners, managers, developers and investors. Its educational offerings include a monthly magazine, annual conferences and tradeshows, an extensive website, an online store, and Self-Storage Talk, the industry’s largest online community.

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