Update 8/4/15 – More than 50 self-storage industry experts, investors, operators and owners attended the two-day seminar, which also included a cocktail reception and tour of a self-storage conversion project. The workshop featured four seminar topics and presenters:
- “The Real Storage Wars: Getting the Capital You Need to Build, Expand or Renovate,” presented by Terry Campbell, domain expert for the self-storage lending division of Live Oak Bank
- “Feasibility: Evaluation of the Viability and I Own It … Now What?,” presented by speaker Bob Copper, owner of Self Storage 101
- “Conversions: Changing Spaces,” presented by Jim Ponti, regional sales manager at Janus
- “Retrofit: Adding Value to Your Facility,” presented by Jamie Tuck, sales manager at Janus
Dave McDonald, a facility manager for Extra Space Storage Inc., hosted a tour of a facility in Irvine, Texas, which was converted to self-storage from a former Toys R Us store. Attended by 35 people, the tour highlighted the company’s conversion process, which included an addition to create the 76,000-square-foot facility.
Troy Bix, vice president of “Inside Self-Storage,” was the event emcee. Janus employees, including regional sales managers, were also in attendance.
“I know I, along with most of the people I spoke with, found [the conference] worthwhile and informative,” said Deno Maggi, managing member of Heritage Properties Inc., a real estate development and asset-management company.
6/1/2015 – Janus International Group LLC, a manufacturer of self-storage roll-up doors and building components, has just announced the “Janus Road Tour: Complimentary Workshop,” a two-day seminar for self-storage developers, investors or owners who are looking to convert an existing structure to a self-storage use or renovate an established facility. The educational event will take place July 9-10 at the Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Historic Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.
The first day of the workshop will explore the latest developments in self-storage conversions. Day two will cover ways to renovate an existing site and add more value, according to a Janus press release. The event will also provide networking opportunities for current owners and those new to the storage industry.
The hotel is offering workshop attendees a discounted room rate of $139 per night. Each registered attendee is also eligible to win a free conversion-project layout from Janus or one of 25 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance kits, which include building products to help storage operators become ADA-compliant.
Created in 1990, the ADA prohibits private entities from discriminating against individuals with disabilities by requiring operators of public places to remove architectural barriers that limit access or use of said space. In 2010, “scoping requirements” were added to the ADA standards, mandating that self-storage operators make a specific number of units at their facilities ADA-accessible.
Those interested in attending the Janus workshop should e-mail [email protected] or call 770.572.2850 for more information.
Headquartered in Temple, Ga., Janus has eight U.S. locations as well as manufacturing facilities in Mexico and the United Kingdom. It’s owned by Saw Mill Capital Partners LP, a New York-based private equity investment fund managed by Saw Mill Capital LLC.