The Arizona Self Storage Association (AZSA) awarded Bill Cole, owner of B.C. Cole Auctioneers, with its 2010 Pioneer Award during the closing ceremonies of association’s 12th annual conference and tradeshow last month. Since 2005, the organization has annually presented this award to an association member who contributes substantial time and service to the local self-storage industry, exemplifying the association’s mission of statewide professionalism.
Cole has been involved in the self-storage industry since 1992. An active sponsor and supporter of AZSA, he played a significant role in implementation of the association’s statewide auction website. He was a charter member of AZSA and served on its board of directors for six years.
B .C. Cole Auctioneers, which has specialized in self-storage lien auctions since 1992, is used by more than 220 storage facilities in Arizona. The company has more than 1,700 storage auctions scheduled for 2010. It also provides a professional lock-cut service, currently used by more than 75 facilities.
Past recipients of the Pioneer Award include Richard Marmor, attorney with The Arbour Cos.; Hardy Good, founder of MiniCo Inc.; Bill Alter, a broker with Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate; Bob Schoff, president and chairman of the board for National Self Storage; and Chris Rudel, president of The Rudel Co.
Founded in1996, the AZSA was created to strengthen the self-storage industry in Arizona, promote professional standards and quality, and present a unified voice on issues affecting the industry in the state and in its communities. The association has more than 500 facility and vendor members.