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Inside Self-Storage World Expo 2020 Offers 4 New Immersive Workshops

Update 3/23/20 – The ISS World Expo has been rescheduled to July 21-24, still at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In accordance with the new dates, the agenda for immersive workshops has changed, including those for the four new offerings previously highlighted. The events will now take place:

  • Acquisitions Workshop, July 24, 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Operations Workshop: Fundamentals, July 24, 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Operations Workshop: Advanced, July 24, 1-5 p.m.
  • Risk Management Workshop, July 24, 1-5 p.m.

The show will also still offer four workshops on July 21, focused on self-storage development (planning phase and building phase), digital marketing, and legal issues. To participate, attendees can purchase them a la carte or register for an All-Access Pass. Additional details are available at

2/7/20 – The Inside Self-Storage World Expo, the self-storage industry’s largest conference and tradeshow, will feature four new workshops this year focused on property acquisitions, facility operation and risk management. The event will take place April 14-17 at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Acquisitions Workshop, 8 a.m. on April 17, is designed for owners and investors interested in buying self-storage properties or increasing their asset value. Taught by Bob Copper, owner and partner in charge of industry consulting firm Self Storage 101, the four-hour session will cover best practices, how to increase revenue and asset value, and how to develop an informed decision-making process for potential future deals. He’ll also review several case studies to share specifics and tips as well as pitfalls to avoid around the transaction process.

The Operations Workshop: Fundamentals and Operations Workshop: Advanced will take place at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, on April 17. They’ll be taught by Rick Beal, Magen Smith and Matthew Van Horn, co-founders of Atomic Storage Group, a full-service management company specializing in self-storage management, feasibility studies, marketing and consulting. In the morning, attendees will learn the basics of property management and guidelines for developing long-term strategies, getting expert insight to key operating metrics, hiring and training, revenue management, and more. The afternoon session will provide hands-on demonstrations and case-study-type approaches to common practices and challenges. It’ll take a deep dive into facility software, reporting, marketing, sales and other critical skills.

The Risk Management Workshop will be held at 1 p.m., led by several industry insurance experts and seasoned facility managers. Attendees will get an insightful look at risk prevention to avoid costly incidents, disasters and claims that can cripple a self-storage operation. Topics of discussion include insurance coverages and claims, cyber crime, general crime prevention, facility safety, disaster planning and response, and more.

The ISS World Expo will also offer four workshops on April 14, focused on self-storage development (planning phase and building phase), digital marketing and legal issues. To participate, attendees can purchase them a la carte or register for an All-Access Pass. Additional details are available at

The ISS World Expo comprises four days of education, networking and exhibits. Designed for self-storage owners, managers, investors, builders and vendors, it draws approximately 4,000 professionals from around the world. Attendees can choose from three registration packages to participate in workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions, open-forum Q&A sessions, an evening cocktail reception, vendor presentations, live product demos and more.

This year’s event will feature 100-plus presentations and approximately 200 industry product and service exhibits. It’s produced by Inside Self-Storage (ISS), which has provided informational resources for the self-storage industry for more than 29 years. Additional educational offerings from the brand include a monthly magazine, an extensive website, the ISS Store, and Self-Storage Talk, the industry’s largest online community.

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