The 2020 Self Storage Gabfest is a live, virtual conference for self storage owners, operators, managers, and investors.
Join us for a free, one-day, online self storage workshop, featuring industry pros and peers discussing the real life wins and pains of operating, building, marketing, and crushing self storage. It’s a Gabfest when you arrive!
Featuring topics like The Whole Customer Experience, Hiring Best Practices, and State of Self Storage: Trends and Numbers, we invite you to learn about new developments, keep up with best practices, and start a discussion with both panelists and other attendees so we can all grow together.
Attendees can tune in for the entire live broadcast or drop in for the topics most relevant to them. There will be something for everyone!
The entire event will be streamed live via Zoom on March 17, 2020 from 11am to 6pm EDT. You can attend from any device, computer, or browser. Look out for the access link in your registration confirmation email.
Stephanie Tharpe is the president of A+ Management Group LP, and currently manages locations in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and Florida. She is the 2020 President of the Tennessee Self Storage Association.
Stephanie has been a featured speaker, roundtable host, and operations panelist at several national and state association conferences for the last seven years.
Tommy Nguyen is co-founder and COO of StoragePug. He enjoys giving talks on all things technology, operations, and marketing at national and state-level self storage association conferences across the country.
Since graduating from the University of Tennessee in computer science, he's founded a number of tech startups before creating StoragePug with fellow college friends, Matt and Richard. He's a husband to an amazing lady and father to three cats.
Melissa is the owner of MR Management & Consulting LLC, offering management and consulting services specifically to state self storage associations. She began her work on the state association level with the TN Self Storage Association (TNSSA) in 2009 where she served on the Board of Directors for several years before accepting a paid position as their Administrative Director in June of 2014.
Melissa is also the VP of Operations for CAS Holdings LLC, which owns and operates a variety of residential properties, as well as 9 self storage facilities, in Tennessee and Kentucky under the Affordable Storage Guys brand.
What’s better than a room full of industry pros and peers discussing all things self storage? A “virtual room” of pros and peers! You can attend the virtual conference from the comfort of your office, home, or even a coffee shop. Plus, no flying needed! Pajamas optional.
We personally invited these select industry pros to share their experience and expertise in self storage. Hear not only from self storage vendors but also your peers: owners, operators, managers, and investors who face the same issues as you, have the same questions, or might even offer a solution you haven’t thought of!
Continuous education is a key to success in a rapidly growing and changing industry. We’re excited to bring the 2020 Self Storage Workshop: A Virtual Gabfest free of charge to everyone in or looking to join the industry! Access to the event materials after March 17, 2020 will be made available online.
Attendees can choose between three different tracks to best fit their interests or switch between them for a more well-rounded conference experience!
|11:00 to 11:15am||Welcome!||Tommy Nguyen, Stephanie Tharpe, Melissa Huff||Welcome!||Welcome!||Welcome!|
|11:15 to 11:45am||Hiring Best Practices||Jim Mooney, Bob Copper||Stephanie Tharpe||Owner||Operations and Development|
|11:45am to 12:15pm||Giving Managers the Tools to Succeed||Sue Haviland, Cindy Ashby, Jim Ross, Denise Bowley||Ben Hendricks, Jason Lee||Manager||Gab Focus|
|12:15 to 12:45pm||Chaos to Control: How's & Why's of Online Auctions||Pete Whittingslow, Lonnie Bickford, Alonna Ross||Stephanie Tharpe, Bob Vamvas, Linda Nunn||Owner and Manager||Marketing and Technology|
|12:45 to 1:00pm||BREAK||BREAK||BREAK||BREAK||BREAK|
|1:00 to 1:30pm||Legal Minute||Jeff Greenberger||Stephanie Tharpe||Owner and Manager||Gab Focus|
|1:30 to 2:00pm||Revenue Management||Scott Worden, Peter Spickenagel, James Appleton, Jim Ferguson||Jim Mooney||Owner and Manager||Operations and Development|
|2:00 to 2:30pm||Maximize Your Online Exposure||Tommy Nguyen, Christina Alvino||Jennifer Perkins, Chad Lundberg, Jess Casto||Manager||Gab Focus|
|2:30 to 3:00pm||Tenant Acquisition||Tommy Nguyen, Scott Worden, Holly Fiorello||Chad Lundberg, Matt Clark||Owner and Manager||Marketing and Technology|
|3:00 to 3:15pm||BREAK||BREAK||BREAK||BREAK||BREAK|
|3:15 to 3:45pm||The Whole Customer Experience||Jim Mooney, Sue Haviland, Cindy Ashby||Jess Casto, Phil Murphy||Manager||Gab Focus|
|3:45 to 4:15pm||Automated Operations||Bob Copper, Terry Campbell, Jim Ferguson||Jane Sauls, Raheem Amer||Owner and Manager||Gab Focus|
|4:15 to 4:45pm||Self Storage Financing: A Look at SBA Loans||Terry Campbell||Jane Sauls, John Manes||Owner||Operations and Development|
|4:45 to 5:15pm||Creative Ideas for Relocatable Rentals||Lisa Maloney||Calvin Byrd||Owner and Manager||Operations and Development|
|5:15 to 5:45pm||State of Self Storage: Trends and Numbers||Cory Sylvester, Anne Williams||John Lindsey||Owner||Operations and Development|
|5:45 to 6:00pm||WRAP-UP||Tommy Nguyen, Stephanie Tharpe, Melissa Huff||WRAP-UP||WRAP-UP||WRAP-UP|
A “virtual conference” isn’t just a fancy term for webinars. We’re talking interactive, live panels where virtual attendees can ask questions and engage with industry pros and peers alike.
Plus, no travel needed! Join from the comfort of your own office, home, or favorite coffee shop. Pajamas optional.
From the Oxford Dictionary: a conference or other gathering with prolonged talking.
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