First-time events don’t always come off as planned, but when they do it means a lot of people contributed to the success. Such was certainly the case with the Tri-State Self Storage Conference held October 16-17 at The Golden Nugget in Laughlin, Nevada. The California, Arizona and Nevada state associations pooled their resources and energy to create the first-ever gathering and, by all measures, it was a huge hit! So much so that the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) hopes even bigger ones can be organized in the future.
“It was great to see so many people flock to Laughlin for the gathering,” said Erin King, Executive Director of the CSSA. “We even had people who said it was their first time attending a conference & trade show. Most importantly, our post-event survey indicated that attendees truly enjoyed the speakers and having a chance to meet others in the industry.”
The California Self Storage Association (CSSA), Arizona Self Storage Association (AZSA) and Nevada Self Storage Association (NVSSA) combined forces to host the “See You at the River” event, that featured speakers like Jeff Greenberger, Esq. (SelfStorageLegal.com) and Carol Krendl (owner of SkilCheck Services), round table sessions and breakout gatherings for each state association. 125 people from the three states attended the event
A post-event survey conducted by the CSSA indicated that Greenberger and Krendl were overwhelmingly appreciated (“A” grades for both), as were the state association breakout sessions (also an “A” grade). The networking receptions on Thursday and Friday also received thumbs-up from those surveyed and every single one of the attendees who answered the survey said they would like a similar gathering next year.
A sample of answers to the survey included: “I think we outgrew the space that the Golden Nugget has - but that is only because of the attendees and how you all did a great job promoting to get people to attend…well done.” “Content good, location reasonably priced, met lots of new people.” “Was basically a 1-day conference. Might consider spreading the info out over 1 1/2 days in the future.” “Everything was great and everyone was so helpful. Thank you so much!!”
“The CSSA would like to thank the AZSA and NVSSA for joining forces in such an impressive and outgoing way,” concluded King. “When you get three state associations so willing to work together, great results can happen, as evidenced by the Laughlin gathering. We certainly hope for more Tri-State conferences as it is good for everyone in the self storage industry in California, Arizona and Nevada.”