2016 was a good year for the CSSA!
Monday, December 19, 2016
Posted by: Erin King
For Immediate Release
December 19, 2016
2016 Was a Very Good Year for the CSSA
An average year for the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is exhausting enough to chronicle, as the organization stays constantly busy helping members, educating California self storage professionals and offering up top-notch gatherings. But 2016 was an especially notable year for the CSSA. The organization was behind some of the best conferences in the business, was recognized again as the top state association in America, and set up gatherings with self storage professionals in every corner of the state.
All of which qualifies as “business as usual” for the CSSA in the eyes of executive director Erin King.
“We hold ourselves to very high standards,” said King. “To be honored as one of the best state associations in the country is nice, but it also means we have to keep working our tails off to deserve that accolade. It is a labor of love, however, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Here are some of the highlights of 2016 for the CSSA:
(1) Napa was once again the site for the annual West Coast Self Storage Owners Conference from May 4-6. 230 people packed the Westin Verasa to gather new insight into the industry. The conference attracted a great deal of interest in operations and technology, so much so that the 2017 and future gatherings of the event will now be titled Self Storage Owners Operations & Technology Conference. OPTECH 17 will take place April 26-28, 2017, at the Silverado Resort and Spa.
(2) The 12th annual Owners Summit in Newport Beach was an unqualified success, drawing 260 industry attendees to the historic Balboa Bay Resort. Organized by Talonvest Capital Inc., the event has become a midsummer classic and plans are already in place for a spectacular gathering July 20 of 2017 with three panelists in the CEO Super Session having been announced. They are Dave Rogers – CEO – Life Storage, Joseph Margolis – CEO – Extra Space Storage, and Arlen Nordhangen – CEO, President & Chairman of the Board – National Storage Affiliates.
(3) The Tri-States Conference, featuring the combined efforts of the California, Arizona and Nevada state associations, took place October 13-14 at The Golden Nugget in Laughlin, Nevada. 160 people attended the two-day event that was in its third year.
(4) The 2017 CSSA Board of Directors was announced and will feature two new members while chair Dean Keller bumps up to emeritus status. Mike Gong and Josh Miller are the two newest additions to the CSSA Board. Gong is the National Self Storage Practice Leader and a member to the Real Estate Practice Group for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Miller is the Operations and Development Manager of his family's Storland Self-Storage business. Wayne Woolsey of Kiwi Construction is the outgoing emeritus. Kim Siclari (Secretary) and Chris Miller are no longer on the CSSA Board of Directors.
(5) The CSSA was once again voted by the readers of Inside Self-Storage as the winner of its 2016 Best State Association category. The win was the fifth in the last six years for the CSSA, an enduring testimony to the way it reaches its members and continues to come up with new and exciting presentations.
(6) The CSSA published its second book with MiniCo Inc. “The Drive for Success: Self-Storage Best Practices” is a follow-up to the successful “Greetings from California; Best Practices of the California Self Storage Association.” It offers pieces written by some of the best and brightest minds in the industry.
(7) Being in constant touch with state political doings is always important and the CSSA retained permanent representation in Sacramento. The SSA has been a key partner in helping the association find the right firm.
(8) The CSSA implemented new software for its board of directors allowing it to cut meeting expenses while allowing for more board member engagement and communication.
(9) The CSSA launched its redesigned website in the first quarter of 2016.
(10) Last, but certainly not least, the CSSA hit the road with lectures and gatherings all over the state. There were two legal gatherings with self storage law expert Carlos Kaslow (one in Northern California and the other in Southern California. The CSSA also hosted seven coffee meetings in locations like Palm Springs, Ontario, Sacramento, Chico and San Diego, among others.
“As one can see from all the many efforts we are engaged in, it takes a great deal of energy and dedication to make everything work,” added King. “We feel like 2016 was a very good year for the CSSA and that 2017 will be just as good, if not better.”