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  • Tuesday, October 02, 2012 2:46 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    Contact: Erin King, Executive Director                                  

    Phone: (949)783-4130

    E-mail: erinking.cssa@gmail.com

     

    California Self Storage Association Hosts Storage Olympics

    Proceeds to Benefit Kure It

    NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA —October 2, 2012—The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is pleased to announce it will hold a Storage Olympics event at its 10th annual conference in San Diego on October 25, 2012. Sponsored by SpareFoot, proceeds of the event will benefit Kure It cancer research.

    Held during the opening night reception, the CSSA Storage Olympics will feature "minute to win it” challenges such as Egg Zone, Chopstick Stack, Junk in the Trunk, and Hot Hoops Basketball, with points awarded for each game.

    "This will be a unique sports competition event—much like ‘Minute to Win It’ on TV,” says CSSA Executive Director Erin King. "We will have an Opening Ceremony, after which there will be 10 sponsored tabletop ‘Olympic’ events.”

    The event will conclude with an awards ceremony where the most skilled tabletop participants will receive Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals. Each enrolled conference attendee will receive three tickets to participate in the game of their choice, with additional tickets available for a donation of $10 each or three for $20.

    For more information about participating or to sponsor an individual Olympic event, contact the California Self Storage Association at (949)783-4130 or visit www.californiaselfstorage.org.

     

    About The California Self-Storage Association
    Founded in 2002, the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is the state’s not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to serving the California Self-Storage industry including owner-operators, facility managers and industry vendors. The CSSA represents some 450 direct member companies that own and operate over 1,200 facilities in California. CSSA direct members range from individual facility owner-operators to multiple-facility operations, to the industry's largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

     

    About Kure It

    Kure It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money for research specialists conducting innovative projects to better treat and ultimately cure kidney cancer and other cancers.  Founded by self-storage industry veteran Barry Hoeven after his kidney cancer diagnosis, Kure It has raised over $1 million for research since 2007. www.kureit.org

     

    About SpareFoot

    SpareFoot is the world's largest online marketplace for consumers to find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. The company also offers Web marketing solutions for storage facility owners and operators. Its AdNetwork tool helps facilities modernize their marketing and win new tenants online. SpareFoot AdNetwork listings get more traffic than any comparable directory, featuring software integration and ROI-proving analytics. http://sparefoot.com


  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:47 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    Contact: Erin King, Executive Director                                  

    Phone: (949)783-4130

    E-mail: Erin.king@cssaweb.com

    Storage Olympics to Take Place October 25th During CSSA Event Reception

    The California Self Storage Association will host a Storage Olympics competition as part of its 10th annual conference and membership meeting, Oct. 25-26, in San Diego. Sponsored by Sparefoot and designed to mimic the "Minute to Win It" television series on NBC, the event, will take place during the evening cocktail reception on Thursday with all game proceeds going to Kure It for Cancer Research. Event memories can be captured at the onsite photo booth courtesy of Domico.

    Open to all conference attendees, the Storage Olympics will feature an opening ceremony, sponsored competitions and an awards ceremony during which medals will be distributed to winners. CSSA Owner and Vendor members are encouraged to sponsor individual events, which will include:

    • Get the Lead In: Players must bounce pencils, eraser end down, off the table and into each of seven glasses (60-second limit).
    • Penny Hose: Players must retrieve a penny from each leg of a pair of panty hose and put them on a table using only a single hand (60-second limit).
    • Egg Zone: Players must balance four footballs on individual plastic tees, and then balance four eggs upright on the tips of the footballs (60-second limit).
    • Noodling Around: Players use a piece of uncooked spaghetti, held in their mouth, to pick up six penne noodles placed around the perimeter of a table. Fastest time wins.
    • Stack Attack: Players must stack 36 plastic cups into a perfect triangle-shaped structure, and then get the cups back into a single stack. Fastest time wins.
    • Ping Pong Pogo: Players must empty eight ping-pong balls from a tissue box, strapped to their lower back with a belt, while remaining upright and without using their hands.
    • Hot Hoops Basketball: Players use a launcher to rapid-fire as many mini basketballs as possible into baskets (60-second limit).
    • Extreme Nutstacker: Players must stack 10 large metal nuts, edge to edge, by sliding them off a chopstick onto a wooden cutting board held in the opposite hand 60-second limit).
    • One-Handed Tissue Grab: As quickly as possible, players use only one hand to pull tissues out of the box, one-at-a-time, until the box is empty.
    • Create Your Own Game: Subject to approval. Game supplies, rules and description to be provided by game sponsor in advance.

    All conference attendees will get three tickets as part of their registration, each good for one game of their choosing. Additional tickets are available for $10, or three for $20.  Points are awarded for each game played.

    CSSA is a non-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the self-storage industry in California. The group offers educational events, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and more. More information can be found at www.californiaselfstorage.org.


    About Kure It

    Kure It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money for research specialists conducting innovative projects to better treat and ultimately cure kidney and other cancers.  Founded by self-storage industry veteran Barry Hoeven after his diagnosis with kidney cancer, Kure It has raised over $1 million for research since 2007. www.kureit.org

     

    About SpareFoot

    SpareFoot is the world's largest online marketplace for consumers to find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. We also offer web marketing solutions for storage facility owners and operators. Our AdNetwork tool helps facilities modernize their marketing and win new tenants online. SpareFoot AdNetwork listings get more traffic than any comparable directory, featuring software integration and ROI-proving analytics. http://sparefoot.com


  • Tuesday, September 04, 2012 2:47 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    E-Waste International, BigMaMaEarth, Greensense, Dependable

    Companies & Others Join Eco-Focused Virtual Marketplace

     

    San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY – August 13, 2012 - EcoExpo365, the ultimate green virtual tradeshow, will be officially opening its online doors in September, 2012. The eco-focused virtual marketplace already has an impressive list of early commitments from E-Waste International, BigMaMaEarth, Greensense, Dependable Companies, GREENspotDROPoff, Groovy Globe and others.

     

    EcoExpo365 will be a new online community focused on promoting responsible and sustainable green business practices as well as hosting regular high-profile speakers within the global recycling, environmental, alternative energy and other eco-conscious industries, such as:

    • Material Manufacturers, Producers and Distributors
    • Recyclers, Reclamation Centers and Processors
    • Waste & Recycling Companies
    • Environmental Associations
    • Investors, Business and Environmental Media
    • Environmental Specialists
    • Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders & Green Marketers
    • Buyers and Other Opinion Makers

     

    The zero carbon footprint virtual expo will feature a state-of-the-art, online auditorium, exhibition hall, multi-media rich media library, expansive e-learning center and integrated social media lounge. EcoExpo365 will initially be free for individuals to enter and open 24 x 7 x 365 days a year. 

     

    "We're pleased with the high level of interest and early corporate participation," said Barry Keyes, Founder & CEO of EcoExpo365. "When we’re able to bring industry leaders, authors, opinion makers and companies together to share knowledge, collaborate and help solve problems, like the long-term health of our planet, we all win.”

     

    EcoExpo365 will also host regular keynote addresses and virtual events that will stream live and on-demand video and presentations from business leaders, government partners, association members, authors and other thought leaders. If you’re interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or speaking at an upcoming virtual event, please email info@EcoExpo365.com.

     

     

    About EcoExpo365:

    EcoExpo365, owned and operated by Xpo24, LLC, is the ultimate green virtual tradeshow.  EcoExpo365 represents a new online community focused on the environment, green, recycling, alternative energy and other eco-conscious companies. The online marketplace features an auditorium, exhibition hall, e-learning center and social media lounge – all designed to share knowledge, facilitate networking and partnerships, foster greater collaboration and generate leads for participating member companies. For more information, visit www.EcoExpo365.com, email info@EcoExpo365.com or call 800.881.1270.

    # # #

    Media Contact:

    Chris Faust

    Fastlane on behalf of EcoExpo365

    973.226.4379

    cfaust@fast-lane.net

     


  • Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:47 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    Contact: Erin King, Executive Director

    Phone: (949)783-4130

    E-mail: erinking.cssa@gmail.com

     

    California Self-Storage Association Named "Best Of Business” For Second Year

     

    NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA —August 22, 2012—The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) has been selected as the Best Association by the readers of Inside Self Storage magazine in its Best Of Business survey. This is the second year that the CSSA has received this honor.

     

    As a 2012 Best of Business winner, the CSSA will be honored at a special ceremony held during the Inside Self Storage World Expo to be held in Las Vegas, April 3-5, 2013. The association will also be profiled in an upcoming issue of Inside Self Storage magazine.

     

    "We are truly honored, especially after also being named Best Association last year,” says California Self Storage Association Executive Director Erin King. "We believe that this is a huge accomplishment for the association and all of our members.”

     

    After receiving the award in 2011, the CSSA was inspired to put together a book of the best practices employed by its members. Titled Greetings from California: Best Practices of the California Self Storage Association, the book features 17 chapters of exceptional operational information for the self-storage industry—no matter what state you are located in. Published by MiniCo, is available at www.ministoragemessenger.com.

     

    • Since its inception in 2002, the CSSA has worked hard to strengthen its legislative effectiveness and provide its members with a valuable platform of benefits. "The CSSA has many exciting projects in the pipeline, says King. "In 2013, we plan to offer a new package of operational forms to our members along with a customized employment handbook based on our members’ portfolio size. The handbook will also offer legal updates to our members on an annual basis.”

     

    To learn more about the CSSA, please visit www.californiaselfstorage.org .


    About The California Self-Storage Association

    Founded in 2002, the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is the state not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to serving the California Self-Storage industry including owner-operators, facility managers and industry vendors. The CSSA represents some 450 direct member companies that own and operate over 1,200 facilities in California. CSSA direct members range from individual facility owner-operators to multiple-facility operations, to the industry's largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).


  • Thursday, August 09, 2012 2:48 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

     

    A-1 Self Storage acquires land to build a new multi-level storage facility

     in Alhambra, CA which will open Late 2013.

     

    San Diego, CA – August 8, 2012 – A-1 Self Storage, the premier provider of self storage in California announced their plans to build a new 74,868 square feet, multi-level facility with over 700 storage units on .66 acres of land in Alhambra, a suburb in Los Angeles County, CA.  The all-cash transaction was made with a private individual for an undisclosed amount. This property is located on Poplar Blvd between S Fremont Ave and W Main Street. It will feature Climate Control and is expected to open Late 2013.

     "Location, location, location! We’re very excited about building a new storage facility that will be conveniently located in a busy retail center near Costco and Target” said Brian Caster, President and CEO of A-1 Self Storage. "A-1 Self Storage is proud to join the Alhambra community and we look forward to serving the storage needs of the local residents and businesses in the near future.”

    A-1 Self Storage is looking throughout California to purchase raw land, existing facilities, projects in fill-up and projects that are entitled but not built. If you have any of these opportunities, please contact Bryan Underwood via e-mail: bunderwood@castergrp.com or call: 800-219-4854 ext 164.

     

    To find a Los Angeles County A-1 Self Storage, please visit: http://www.a1storage.com/self_storage/Los_Angeles_County_CA/a-1_self_storage

    Or to find an A-1 Self Storage location near you, please visit:  http://www.a1storage.com/self_storage/locations

     

    About A-1 Self Storage:

    A-1 Self Storage is one of the leading providers of self storage and car storage in California with 8 locations in the Los Angeles County area and 42 locations statewide. A-1 is the Self Storage division of the Caster Companies, a third generation family-owned company headquartered in Southern California since 1959. The Caster Companies specializes in acquisitions, development and management of A-1 Self Storage, A-1 Car Storage and other commercial properties in California. Its Real Estate Portfolio includes over 4 million square feet in real estate properties. It is one of California’s largest independent self storage and car storage owner/operators in California.

     

    CONTACTS:

    Fran Laporga-Ching

    A-1 Self Storage

    (619) 287-8873 x 141

    press@a1storage.com

    www.a1storage.com


  • Thursday, August 02, 2012 2:48 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release         

     

    Contact: Erin King, Executive Director                                  

    Phone: (949)783-4130

    E-mail: erinking.cssa@gmail.com

     

    California Self-Storage Association Calls For Entries To

    2012 Examples in Excellence Manager Reward Program


    NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA —August 1, 2012—The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) in partnership with MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC, is pleased to announce that it is accepting entries for the first annual Examples in Excellence Manager Reward Program. Three finalists will be selected to attend the CSSA 10 th Annual Conference and Member Meeting in San Diego. The winners will be announced during the event on October 25, 2012.

    CSSA Executive Director Erin King commented, "The Examples in Excellence program is a great way for our members to recognize the outstanding performance of their managers who operate within the self-storage industry in California.”

    MiniCo Publisher Poppy Behrens stated, "We are proud to be a partner with the CSSA for this important program that will recognize and reward managers for their outstanding contributions. We are pleased to announce that the three finalists will also be entered into MiniCo’s Manager of the Year competition.”

    Entries may be submitted by completing the official nomination form, which can be found online at www.ministoragemessenger.com/CSSA-Entry-Form.pdf. All entries must be received no later than Friday, August 31, 2012. For more information, please visit www.californiaselfstorage.org.

     

    About The California Self-Storage Association
    Founded in 2002, the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is the state not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to serving the California Self-Storage industry including owner-operators, facility managers and industry vendors. The CSSA represents some 450 direct member companies that own and operate over 1,200 facilities in California. CSSA direct members range from individual facility owner-operators to multiple-facility operations, to the industry's largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).


  • Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:49 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    Press Release

    Richardson, TX, June 29th 2012  

    XPS Solutions has added another successful offering to its suite of self storage outsourced solutions.  This time, it has rolled out an outsourced pay-by-phone solution powered by XPS’ proprietary ECHO platform and integrated with the property’s site management system. 

    The XPS Pay-by-Phone solution is a turn-key solution for independent small to mid-sized self storage operators allowing their business to collect rental payments from tenants securely by phone. Benefits of implementing this solution are many, including freeing the property management personnel from the phones to process payments and reducing the risk of fraudulent activity that happens when credit card numbers are exchanged over the phone.  But the icing to the cake may be the fact that new revenue is being generated for each property by the incremental service fee the property can choose to levy for use of this service to its tenant.  Each property can choose whether or not to add a service fee as well as control the amount of the charge.  XPS went the extra mile and integrated with Site-Link, Centershift, QuikStor and Domico.

    Pay by Phone, the first of its kind in the industry, is an Integrated Voice Response (IVR) system that allows tenants to make secure payments over the telephone through a voice prompted teller.

    "XPS Pay-by-Phone enables the inde­pendent operator to follow the strategy of the REITs by deploying a turn-key, secure payment processing system for rental payments.  The goal is to reduce collections while providing better customer service.” said John Traver, CEO of XPS Solutions. 

    XPS Solutions enables small to mid-sized independent operators with competitive solutions to compete for tenant market share.  "XPS knows that in the current economic climate, every prospect counts and that a self storage company needs to be quick to adapt to changing customer needs such as these.  That’s been our vision here and we continue to work close with our clients to meet their ever changing needs.” added Michael Roberts, Vice President of Business Development for XPS Solutions.

    XPS Solutions provides best-in-class call center that also offers web solutions. The XPS suite of products captures and tracks new leads, lead sources and receives payment transactions through the use call center, web platform and IVR tools.  XPS is integrated with most site management systems.

    For inquiries please contact Michael Roberts @ Mroberts@xpsusa.com 972-865-4312.


  • Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:49 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    (Temple, GA – June 26, 2012)  Janus International Corporation has announced a strategic business alliance with Self Storage Equipment Financing, an Atlanta, GA-based company specializing in the financing of removable storage equipment such as doors and hallway partitions.

    Numerous owners and developers have stalled their plans for renovation, conversion or new construction due to unreachable upfront investments. In today’s banking environment, conventional routes to cash may be either unavailable or too costly. Self Storage Equipment Financing offers an alternative, with low down payments, affordable monthly payments and low interest rates. At the end of the term the equipment is yours.

    "We see aligning with Janus International as a win-win for owners and developers who need new storage materials to remain competitive, but need a resourceful method of financing,” states Self Storage Equipment Financing principal David Dixon.

    As the leading supplier of roll up doors and self storage building components, Janus vice president of sales Ramey Jackson is optimistic about the alliance. "By offering our customers a new method of financing their doors and components, we foresee a benefit to the self storage business across the board. The easier it is for storage owners and developers to build, the greater the impact on the entire industry,” says Jackson.

    ###

    Janus International is a leading manufacturer of rolling sheet doors and building components for the self storage, commercial and industrial markets.  Headquartered in Temple, Georgia, Janus has five U.S. locations as well as joint ventures in the U.K. and Mexico.  For more details, visit our website at www.janusintl.com.

    Self Storage Equipment Financing specializes in financing of removable equipment in the self storage marketplace. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, their principals bring years of experience in the construction and management of self storage facilities nationwide. For more details, please visit www.storageequipmentfinancing.com.


  • Monday, June 18, 2012 2:50 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    San Diego, CA – June 15, 2012 – A-1 Self Storage, the premier provider of self storage in California, recently acquired 1.6 acres of raw land in San Juan Capistrano, CA and announced their plans to build a new 72,000 square feet facility with over 500 storage units on the property. San Juan Capistrano is located in South Orange County between Mission Viejo and San Clemente. The property is immediately adjacent to the I-5 freeway, off of San Juan Creek Rd to Valle Rd. The all-cash transaction was made with a private individual for an undisclosed amount. This new A-1 Self Storage location will also feature a 24/7 Rental/Payment kiosk and is expected to open in Fall 2013.

    "A-1 Self Storage is proud to become a part of the San Juan Capistrano community and we look forward to serving the storage needs of local residents and businesses in the near future” said Brian Caster, President and CEO of A-1 Self Storage.

    A-1 Self Storage is looking throughout California to purchase raw land, existing facilities, projects in fill-up and projects that are entitled but not built. If you have any of these opportunities, please contact Bryan Underwood via e-mail: bunderwood@castergrp.com or call: 800-219-4854 ext 164.

    To find an Orange County A-1 Self Storage, please visit: http://www.a1storage.com/self_storage/Orange_County_CA/a-1_self_storage

    Or to find an A-1 Self Storage location near you, please visit:  http://www.a1storage.com/self_storage/locations

    About A-1 Self Storage:

     

    A-1 Self Storage is one of the leading providers of self storage and car storage in California with 8 locations in the Orange County area and 41 locations statewide. A-1 is the Self Storage division of the Caster Companies, a third generation family-owned company headquartered in Southern California since 1959. The Caster Companies specializes in acquisitions, development and management of A-1 Self Storage, A-1 Car Storage and other commercial properties in California. Its Real Estate Portfolio includes over 4 million square feet in real estate properties. It is one of California’s largest independent self storage and car storage owner/operators in California.

     

    CONTACTS:

    Fran Laporga-Ching

    A-1 Self Storage

    (619) 287-8873 x 141

    press@a1storage.com

    www.a1storage.com


  • Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:50 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Erin King, Executive Director

    Phone: (949)783-4130

    E-mail: erinking.cssa@gmail.com

    California SSA Announces Update on AB 2540

    Proposed Sales Tax No Longer A Threat To Self-Storage Operators


    NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA —June 7, 2012 — The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) has announced that Assembly Bill 2540 is no longer a threat for self-storage operators. The CSSA and the national Self-Storage Association (SSA) had joined forces to fight the bill, which proposed a 7.5 percent excise tax that would be applied to storage use or consumption in the state effective January 1, 2013.

    "We are grateful to the SSA for partnering with us to fight this proposed legislation and are happy to report that the bill is no longer a threat to our industry,” says Erin King, CSSA Executive Director. "The general issue of the proposed sales tax is not going away, but at least for this year, it is dead.”

    The proposed bill, the result of a bi-partisan group in the California legislature that has been working on an expansion of sales tax in the state to include services, would have required a two-thirds vote in both houses. "The bill just didn’t go anywhere,” explains King, who says that the CSSA will continue to monitor any proposed taxes that may be introduced.

    A similar case was introduced in South Dakota in January—Senate Bill 142—which would have impose a 4 percent sales tax on the gross receipts derived from self-storage unit rentals, and a 4 percent privilege-use tax on the rental payments for use of the property. The bill was killed in the South Dakota Senate earlier this year.

    For more information about the CSSA and its efforts, please visit www.californiaselfstorage.org.

    About The California Self-Storage Association
    Founded in 2002, the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is the state not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to serving the California Self-Storage industry including owner-operators, facility managers and industry vendors. The CSSA represents some 450 direct member companies that own and operate over 1,200 facilities in California. CSSA direct members range from individual facility owner-operators to multiple-facility operations, to the industry's largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).


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