The Inside Self-Storage "Best of Business" reader-choice poll, launched in 2011, solicits online votes from industry professionals who elect their favorite suppliers in 40 categories. Voting takes place via the ISS website in March, and winners are announced in early July. Winning companies are featured in the August issue of ISS magazine, and results are published online year-round for readers to access. Watch for next year's voting process, which will open in early May.
Note: "Large" self-storage associations were defined as those in states with 1,000 or more facilities. "Small" associations were defined as those in states with fewer than 1,000 facilities.
Best Architectural Services: RKAA Architects Inc.
Best Builder: Mako Steel Inc.
Best Building Components: Trachte Building Systems
Best Call-Center Services: CallPotential
Best Climate-Control Products: Quest/Therma-Store LLC
Best Commercial Insurance: MiniCo Insurance Agency LLC
Best Construction-Project Management: Kiwi II Construction
Best Development Consulting: Jordan Architect Inc.
Best Finance Broker: The BSC Group
Best Green Product (Other): Karnak Corp.
Best Green Product (Solar): Baja Construction Co.
Best Lender: Live Oak Bank
Best Lighting: Priority Lighting
Best Live-Auction Services: Storage Auction Kings, The
Best Lock: Chateau Products Inc.
Best Maintenance Products & Services: ABR (Accent Building Restoration Inc.)
Best Management Software: SiteLink
Best Manager Training: Universal Storage Group
Best Marketing Services: storEDGE
Best Online Directory: SpareFoot
Best Online-Auction Services: iBid4Storage.com/SelfStorageAuction.com
Best Operational Consulting: Haviland Storage Services
Best Payment Services: Select Merchant Solutions
Best Portable-Storage Unit: Universal Storage Containers
Best Real Estate Brokerage: Argus Self Storage Sales Network
Best Retail Product: Supply Side USA Inc.
Best Retrofitting/Refurbishing: Janus International
Best Roofing Company: Reroof USA
Best Security System: Sentinel Systems Corp.
Best Self-Storage Door: Janus International
Best Signage: Vixxo Sign and Lighting
Best State Association (Small): Arizona Self Storage Association
Best State Association (Large): Texas Self Storage Association
Best Tech Support: QuickStor Security & Software
Best Technology Innovation: Janus International
Best Tenant Insurance: SBOA Tenant Insurance
Best Tenant-Protection Program: Tenant Property Protection
Best Third-Party Management: Absolute Storage Management
Best Truck Rental/Leasing: On The Move Inc.
Most Innovative Product: PTI Security Systems