June 2020 Conference Videos

State of the Union in Storage and
Opening Remarks

Listen in to SBOA Founder and CEO Ian Burnstein for opening remarks to the 2020 Virtual Education Summit.

Utilizing Technology and Maximizing Efficiencies

COVID has changed the way business has run for many industries. Self storage has obviously been impacted. Owners and operators have found creative ways to adapt and utilize technology to make the business run safer and more efficiently. This includes working remotely, improving functionality of websites and payments, utilizing kiosks and touchless access. This panel is moderatred by Jeniece Carter-Rae (SBOA) and Robert Chiti (OpenTech Alliance, Inc) It includes panelists Chuck Gordon (Storable), Scott Kube (Cygnus Systems, Inc.), and Ryan Stewart (PTI Security Systems).

Can't Touch This How Smart On Door Smart Locks Make Contact

Breakout session hosted by Janus International Group.

Saving on HVAC Energy & Maintenance Expenses

Breakout session hosted by Motili and EnerAllies.

Acquisition Trends

Four top industry experts share their thoughts on the state of acquisitions in a post-COVID environment. David Levenfeld, CEO of Storage Pros, will moderate a panel of industry leaders, who will share insights on the impact on underwriting and valuations, as well as the current availability of capital on the equity and debt sides. Panelists include Brian Cohen (Storage King USA), Scott Levy (CubeSmart), Aaron Swerdlin (Newmark Knight Frank), and Ben Vestal (The Argus Self Storage Sales Network).

Should I Consider Third Party Management?

All aspects of managing self storage facilities have become more complicated. The regulations are constantly changing, and HR has become more challenging with each day. Travel further complicates remote management. Alison DeJaeger of List Self Storage moderates a panel of some of the preeminent third-party management companies as they share their thoughts on how they can alleviate the management burden and improve the operations of your business. Panelists include Scott Beatty (Absolute Storage Management), Marlene Gore (AlphaStaff), Korey Hanson (Argus Professional Storage Management), and Mara Paredes (The William Warren Group).

Safeguard Your Storage Operation from Crisis

Breakout session hosted by Jon Loftin at OpenTech Alliance.

Automating Your Facility

Breakout session hosted by Easy Storage Solutions. 

Financing Self-Storage in Today's Environment

In a quickly changing world, financing real estate can become a significant hurdle to overcome to execute a transaction. This panel will share their many years of experience and expertise on which type of financing best meets your needs. This panel will be led by Steve DeRose of Starwood Mortgage Capital and will discuss whether you are best served using a CMBS loan, traditional bank financing, an SBA loan, insurance company financing or other options. Each situation calls for a different type of solution. Additionally, the type of financing available is constantly changing as the markets change. Panelists include Terry Campbell (Live Oak Bank), Nick Collins (Bank Five Nine), Shawn Hill (The BSC Group), and Dan Hryczyk (Metro Self Storage).

How to Improve Operations in an Ever-Changing World

COVID has changed the way businesses operate and has forced us all to re-evaluate the current model. Companies are exploring significant long-term issues regarding remote work for office employees, touchless rentals and how to staff and maintain properties efficiently. While there are significant immediate challenges, there is also great opportunity. Ian Burnstein of the Storage Business Owners Alliance will explore these questions with a panel of experienced and sophisticate operators. This panel provide tremendous insight and answer questions from the audience regarding how they have adapted and improved operations. Panelists include Steven Cohen (Guardian Self Storage), RK Klienbenstein (StorTrack), Bryan Mosser (SBOATI), and Anne Hawkins (Morningstar Properties LLC).

SBA Lending Opportunities

Breakout session hosted by LiveOak Bank.

Defending Your Storage Operation

Breakout session hosted by Storable.

Why is Business Intelligence Important in Self Storage?

Breakout session hosted by StrockTrack.

How ZyraTalk has transformed Thousands of Businesses During COVID-19

Breakout session hosted by ZyraTalk.

Navigating the Impact of Covid-19 on Your Storage Business

Breakout session hosted by AlphaStaff.

SBOA Conference Testimonials

“Way to be pioneers in the storage space and get the virtual conference world kick started for our industry."
Shawn R. Hill
The BSC Group
"We have participated in several recent investment bank research virtual events. Yours was superior in the interest level of topics discussed. Very well done. Congratulations to you, Ian and everyone at SBOA for hosting an excellent format."
Marc Boorstein
MJ Partners Real Estate Services
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