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  • Monday, January 25, 2010 2:07 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    January 25, 2010

    Contact: Christa Van Zant, Marketing Manager

    800-528-1056 · Fax 602-308-6368 · ·



    PHOENIX, ARIZ. – As part of an agreement with the California Self Storage Association (CSSA), MiniCo Publishing now offers association members a significant discount on subscriptions to digital edition of the company's Mini-Storage Messenger magazine. Regularly priced at $21.95 per year, CSSA members may purchase annual subscriptions to the digital magazine for just $12.95. CSSA members currently receive MiniCo Publishing's Self-Storage Now! magazine as a member benefit.

    To purchase a subscription to the digital edition of Mini-Storage Messenger, CSSA members should call MiniCo Publishing at 800-352-4636 and request the discounted rate.

    MiniCo Publishing, a division of MiniCo, Inc., publishes the Mini-Storage Messenger, the leading monthly trade magazine covering the global self-storage industry. Other publications include Self-Storage Now!, Mobile Self-Storage Magazine, RV & Boat Storage Today, Self-Storage Canada, the Self-Storage Almanac, the Self-Storage Development Handbook, and the Self‑Storage Buyer's Guide.

    Since 1974, Phoenix-based MiniCo, Inc. has been a self-storage leader providing superior specialty insurance programs, informative publications and valuable products and services created expressly for the self‑storage industry.


  • Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:07 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)



    January 4, 2010 -- PhoneSmart announces writing their 600,000th lead/reservation. Tearrance "Ted” Chisholm, a PhoneSmart sales representative, has secured the momentous lead. "I feel honored to have taken the 600,000th lead. Sometimes as sales representatives we get so caught up in serving the individual caller without stopping to think about the bigger picture. It can be overwhelming.”

    Though a shifty economy has left many businesses with an unsure vision of the future, Dana Shields, Call Center Director, is confident that PhoneSmart’s success will continue. "In the beginning, it took PhoneSmart almost 3 years to hit 100,000 leads. From 500,000 to 600,000, it only took us 10 months! It gives us hope that we can tackle anything the economy throws at us and still come out ahead.”

    PhoneSmart, established in December of 2000, specializes in generating rental leads for an international network of self storage companies. For nearly ten years, now, PhoneSmart has been handling overflow inbound calls for StorageMart and over 600 additional self storage facilities. By generating reliable rental leads, PhoneSmart hopes to turn potential business into actual business for itself and its clients.

    Looking forward, the bilingual call center employees plan to hold themselves to their central motto: "You don’t spend money with us; you make money with us.”


    For more information:

    Tron Jordheim
    PO BOX U
    Columbia, Missouri 65202
    Ph: 866-309-1715

  • Monday, January 11, 2010 2:08 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    The longest running online storage directory,, grows online reservation services with well-recognized property management company.

    (Omaha, NE) – January 11, 2010 -- announces Watson & Taylor Self Storage Management Company, a long-time member, joins the growing list of companies to upgrade to its new online reservation network, Leading the way with the use of advanced technology, integrates with property management systems to offer real-time self-storage reservations. Consumers will now be able to reserve units online at 48 Watson and Taylor facilities in seven states.

    "We're excited to continue our partnership with by adding their online reservations,” said Tracy Taylor, Watson & Taylor President and 2010 Chairman of the National Self Storage Association Board. "We're highly focused on managing our rates and occupancies, especially in these economics times. has the ability to adapt to our Centershift databases and show live inventories, allowing us to compete for customers effectively.”

 , as a marketing partner of the ISSN Network, was the first to integrate with a variety of self-storage management software platforms including SiteLink, Centershift, DOMICO and others ensuring consumers can shop online for storage units that best fit their needs, seeing real-time availability, prices and specials at members' facilities securely online.


    " has always set the pace as the leader in the self-storage industry by utilizing cutting edge technology that others in the industry have yet to acquire,” says Michael Kucera, President of

    As the largest online storage directory, represents more than 12,000 self

    storage and mobile storage facilities nationwide. Consumers can shop through real-time unit inventory, pricing and specials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Watson & Taylor Self Storage properties represent close to 3.5 million feet of net rentable square feet of storage space nationwide. Visit at


    For more information:

     Loretta Carroll 402-393-2991 office/402-871-3710 cell

    Sharon Bargas 402-393-2991 office/402-319-2277 cell

  • Friday, December 11, 2009 2:08 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    Long Beach, CA - December 2, 2010 - The California Self Storage Association is pleased to announce the results of its 2010 election for the Board of Directors, and its 2010 Committee Chairs.

    CSSA members elected the following members to our 2010 Board of Directors Slate:

    Natolie Ochi - Board Member, SKS Management LLC

    Wayne Woolsey - Board Member, KIWI II Construction

    Jason Lopez - Board Member, Westport Properties

    The above three board members join our current 2010 slate, which includes:

    Shelley Geiler - Chairman of the Board, So Cal Self Storage

    Peter Ingersoll - Vice Chairman, Safe Harbour Equity

    Charles Byerly - Treasurer, Westport Properties

    Mark Allec - Secretary, A-American Self Storage

    Jim McNamee - Past Chairman, West Coast Self Storage Group

    Kelly Gallacher - Board Member, Devon Self Storage

    Jim O. Davies - Board Member, Belgravia Capital

    Tim Hobin - Board Member, William Warren Group

    Carol Krendl, Board Member, SkilCheck Services

    Steve Mirabito - Board Member, Storage PRO Inc.

    For biography information on our Board Members please visit our website at or call our office toll free at (888) 887-CSSA (2772).

    The CSSA nominating committee has appointed the following members to lead our 2010 Committees:

    Legislative Committee - Carol Krendl - SkilCheck Services

    Nominating Committee - Mark Allec - A-American Self Storage

    Northern California Storage Owners Symposium - Steve Mirabito - StoragePRO, Inc.

    Storage Owners Summit - Jim O. Davies - Belgravia Capital

    Education Program - Jim McNamee - West Coast Self Storage Group

    Annual Conference - Tim Hobin, William Warren Group

    Marketing Initiatives - Peter Ingersoll - Safe Harbour Equity

    Owner Networking Receptions - Wayne Roycroft - Storman Self Storage Software

    Membership Outreach - Shelley Geiler - So Cal Self Storage

    Vendor Benefit Program - Peter Ingersoll - Safe Harbour Equity

    Product Sales - Erin King - California Self Storage Association

    About the California Self Storage Association

    The California Self Storage Association is a not-for-profit trade association which was founded in 2002. The CSSA is dedicated to providing a unified voice for the Self Storage Industry for the State of California and to enhance the performance and quality of the services our industry has to offer.

    California Self Storage Association

    Erin King

    Executive Director

    California Self Storage Association

    (562) 304-2864

  • Friday, December 11, 2009 2:08 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    SMD Software/SiteLink, leading provider of self-storage ( and portable storage management software, added another industry-first with the release of its Promotions and Discount Module. The new, cutting-edge feature customizes, combines, and tracks specials.

    (Vocus) December 9, 2009 -- SMD Software/SiteLink, leading provider of self-storage and portable storage management software, added another industry-first with the release of its Promotions and Discount Module. The new, cutting-edge feature customizes, combines, and tracks specials.

    The Promotions and Discount Module analyzes source, volume, and effectiveness of every special. Operators craft specials to better target regions, customer groups, and national accounts. The module handles promos and coupon codes on stores' web sites where prospective tenants spot the same specials that managers use at the store. SiteLink users lower discounts by combining specials on merchandise, rent, and other charges.

    Multi-store operators manage all campaigns and offers from the Corporate Control Center.

    "Our new Discount and Promotions Module optimizes investment in marketing and advertising, and invariably raises return on every dollar spent,” says Markus Hecker, SiteLink's COO.

    About SMD Software:

    Established in 1996, SiteLink has emerged as the leader in portable and self-storage management software ( with over 8,000 installations worldwide. Used by over 50% of the Top 100 Operators, SiteLink Web Edition is the leading application for storage operations. SiteLink users enjoy the fastest performance of any software, secure processing, great customer service, and ease of use.


    Contact SiteLink today for more info at 919.865.0789, ext. 1, or visit

    Contact Information

    Jim Ferguson

    SMD Software

    919.865.0789, ext 0 

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