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Self-Storage Conference LanAmExpo 2016 to Be Held in Panama City, Panama


Update 6/16/16 – Show organizers for the upcoming LanAmExpo in Panama have released the event’s final agenda and speaker list. Additions include a presentation of results from the first survey of Latin American self-storage operators, a 90-minute cocktail and networking event, and more than four hours of access to vendor exhibits.

Recently added speakers include Ernesto Arzac, president of Bodegas Usted Guarda; Mishka Chacon, marketing coordinator for Mega Storage; Thiago Cordeiro, CEO of Goodstorage; Roc Hughes, vice president of international sales for Janus International Group LLC; Joel Sebastian Caballero Morcillo, consultant for JSC Panamá Inc.; Arie Rezepka, CEO of Minibodegas S.A.; and Federico Rolz, CEO of Mr. Bodeguitas.

2/15/16 – The inaugural LanAmExpo, a tradeshow designed for self-storage facility developers, investors and operators interested in the Central and South America markets, will be held July 13-14 at the Hilton Panama in Panama City, Panama. The event will feature seminars and vendor exhibits representing all aspects of the storage business, including development, marketing, software and security, according to a press release.

Seminars will focus on facility development, management and marketing as well as investor-related topics including feasibility, project valuation and others, according to the show website. Panel discussions, vendor presentations and a cocktail reception are also on the agenda.

Speakers include David Blum, president of Better Management Systems LLC; Lance Comstock, president and CEO of PTI Security Systems; Markus Hecker, chief operating officer at SiteLink; Jay Massirman, managing principal at Rivergate Cos.; Federico Rolz, CEO of Mr. Bodeguitas; Ashton Rowles, executive managing director for Latin America at Colliers International; and Orlando Wong, general manager for Mega Storage.

Blum and Massirman are listed as the event producers. Blum is a U.S.-based consultant who has assisted self-storage developers in several countries, with a focus in Latin America, for the last 12 years. He helped produce the Latin America Self Storage Trade Show and Education event in Brazil the last two years.

In addition to his role at Rivergate, Massirman is managing director of MCSS Self Storage LLC, a Florida-based joint venture that includes Blum. The company launched last year with the intent to develop and manage urban-infill self-storage facilities within densely populated areas of South Florida.

“Latin America is the perfect opportunity for developing self-storage,” said Roc Hughes, vice president of international sales at Janus International Group, an event sponsor. “The LanAmExpo will be a great platform for anyone interested in building a self-storage brand [in the region].”

Show details can be found at


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