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Top 10 Reasons to Offer Tenant Insurance

Join the FSSA and Mario Macaluso of the SBOA on Wednesday, October 18th as we discuss the following key areas of tenant insurance:

  • The benefits of offering Tenant Insurance
  • Perspective
  • Beliefs vs. Facts as it relates to insurance and rentals
  • Survey Statistics on who requires insurance
  • Most common claims
  • Participation rates for operators requiring proof of insurance


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Register Today for the Owners Summit

The whole idea of this event is for owners, operators, and investors to spend time sharing ideas, to help each other find solutions to business problems, and to build business relationships.

Networking is woven throughout the event, beginning with the evening reception and continuing through the next day during breakfast, and ending after lunch, when you choose to play a round of golf with your new connections or relax at the spa before heading back to implement everything you’ve learned. With an event that is full of industry experts, your issues are addressed head-on, making for a day that is all about you and your business.

We have a great lineup this year that includes a panel of REIT and non-REIT operators for a packed session covering topics from the impact of new development on rent growth to the state of the storage industry. We will also cover new development that is going on in Florida, where it is, and how soon it will be here.

To address the government aspect of business, FSSA is retaining a speaker on ADA regulations as well as eminent domatin speaker Brian E. Smith of Baker & Hostetler, LLP.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:00 PM 
Networking ReceptionBay View Bar

Join us for cocktails and appetizers. Mingle with your professional friends and make plans for dinner on your own.

(Rain location: Ca’ d’Zan)

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:30 AM  Networking Registration and BreakfastCa’ d’Zan Terrace
Register early and enjoy morning snacks, beverages, and relationship-building.

8:00 AM  Welcome/Opening Remarks
Ca’ d’Zan

8:30 AM  Panel

10:00 AM  Break
10:30 AM  Eminent Domain in Florida: The Basics
with Brian E. Smith, Baker & Hostetler
Congratulations! Your self storage facility is located on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the area. Your site has great visibility and is one of the first ones that comes to mind when the need for storage arises. But with every good thing comes some bad, and you’ve just learned that the Department of Transportation will be widening the road and will need a portion of your highly-prized site for its road project.
This presentation is a walk-through of what happens when the government exercises its power of eminent domain to acquire a portion or all of your property for road widenings, pond sites, power lines, and more. Like gas stations, self storage facilities tend to be located along busy roads that are often widened or improved, so eminent domain tends to hit facility owners with some frequency. Many times, more is at stake than just simple valuation of property – often severance damages, business damages, relocation expenses, and other elements of damages may be available to property owners.
11:30 AM   ADA Regulations
12:30 PM  Networking Lunch and Adjourn
Ca’ d’Zan Terrace


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Summit Sponsorships are Now Available

This event is specifically for self storage owners and operators only. This is a great opportunity for vendors who sponsor at the $3,000 level or higher to spend the day networking with the decision-makers of facilities. There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for the 2017 Owners Summit. Check out the options and register before they’re gone.

New for 2017! Companies who sponsor at the $3,000 level and higher may now add one additional representative for $750.

  • Event Sponsor ($10,000)      Only One Left!
    • Five minute speaking opportunity, logo on event signage. Speaking
    opportunity may include video presentation.
    • Full page premium InPrint magazine ad in all four 2018 issues.
    • One FSSA Web ad linked to your website for 12 months.
    • One cocktail table to display materials.
    • Two company rep registrations to event.

  • Panel Sponsor ($7,500)      Exclusive – SOLD OUT!
    • Full page InPrint ad in all four 2018 issues.
    • Introduce panelists and hold panel discussion (includes pre-work).
    • One cocktail table to display materials.
    • Two company rep registrations to event.

  • General Session Speaker ($7,500)      Only Two Available!
    • Two minute speaking opportunity, introduce speaker, logo on event
    • Half page InPrint ad in all four 2018 issues.
    • One cocktail table to display materials.
    • Two company rep registrations to event.

  • Lunch Sponsor ($5,000)
    • Additional signage at lunch.
    • Quarter page InPrint ad in all four 2018 issues.
    • One FSSA Web ad linked to your website for six months.
    • Two company rep registrations to event.

  • Reception Sponsor ($3,000)
    • Additional signage at reception.
    • Business Card InPrint ad in all four 2018 issues.
    • One company rep registration to event.
  • Bag/Portfolio Sponsor ($750)      Exclusive – SOLD OUT!
    • Company supplies conference bags or portfolios with name and logo.
  • Drink Ticket Sponsor ($500)      Limit Three
    • Company logo on event signage and on drink tickets.
  • Lanyard Sponsor ($500)      Exclusive
    • Company supplies lanyards with name and logo.
  • Bag Insert Sponsor ($300)
    • One promotional piece inserted into the conference bag (materials supplied by 10/13/17).


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2018 EXPO Replaced with Education

Thank you to everyone who came out to this year’s annual Conference & EXPO. With over 400 attendees, we have heard wonderful things about the tradeshow hall and high praise over the educational sessions offered.

It is our job to ensure that the programs we offer you are worthwhile both as a member benefit and as a tool for your business.

With that said, because the National Self Storage Association is holding their annual tradeshow in Orlando next year, Florida will not be hosting their typical Conference & EXPO in 2018. Instead, we will have a one-day Florida-based educational session for owners and mangers.

There will also be sponsorship and visibility opportunities for our vendors as well.

We will have more information on this event by the time summer comes around, but in the meantime if you have topics or speakers you would like to see presented, please email Courtney.

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New Member Benefits Available

Have you explored floridassa.org recently? If not, you’re missing out on a lot!

How-To Videos

Check out four “how-to” videos on topics including dealing with customer concerns on prices, completing a soft close, upping your ancillary sales, and managing your revenue. These are located in the Member Resource section of the website.

FSSA Legal Resource

Brand new to the website is our new Legal Resource section. Explore federal laws accompanied by attorney summaries and Florida specific laws with expert summaries as a FREE benefit to members in good standing.

FSSA Operations Roadmap

A 100-page operations guide written by Carol Krendl of Skilcheck. Help your manager navigate through uncharted self storage territory. Available for purchase by members for $350, and to nonmembers for $1,000.Topics covered include revisions to your rental agreements, vacating customers, filing systems, computers, payment options, and security. You can see the full Table of Contents here.

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Hint: If you don’t know your login for the website, your username is most likely the email address associated with your membership. If you know that, you can request to reset your password.

HURRICANE IRMA: Resources & Support

At this time several of our Florida coast areas have been placed on high alert due to the risk of damaging winds and floods, officials have issued mandatory evacuations for the Florida Keys.

With Hurricane Irma quickly approaching the Florida coast, we want to be sure you stay updated with the most current information, and have a litany of resources available at your fingertips.

Hurricane Irma Information and Resources
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Helpful Websites

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FSSA Members have access to additional resources under the new Hurricane Resources tab (must be logged in). Nonmembers can join for access to helpful websites, links to safety and precaution documents, evacuation tips, assistance in the aftermath of a hurricane, and links and numbers to a variety of contacts and outside resources.

In the event of loss please direct your clients to contact your insurance agent.

Be prepared, and stay safe.


Tools & Techniques to Maximize Profitability

Presenter Alyssa Quill of Storage Asset Management, Inc. focuses this webinar on strategies and tools for your self storage facility to maximize performance and profitability. Revenue management encompasses not only managing your storage unit rates, but also taking in consideration competition review, pricing and staff participation.

As always, webinars are free for members and cost $49 for nonmembers to attend.

Event info:
Thursday, August 10, 2017
2:00 PM EST


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Call for 2018 Board Nominations

Members of the Florida Self Storage Association are invited to participate in the nomination process for Director positions on the 2018 FSSA Board of Trustees. You may self nominate or nominate someone you think meets the requirements below.

Nominations are due by August 30, 2017.

We will be filling up to three (3) three-year terms during this election process. Terms begin January 1, 2018.

Download the form to nominate candidates who you believe would assist the self storage industry in Florida by providing strong leadership to our State Association. Before nominating someone, please ask them if they are willing to serve on the FSSA Board. Self nominations are also encouraged, so if you would like to serve on the Board, please nominate yourself by filling out the nomination form.

Please include a brief typed bio (Word document) and a picture of the nominee (.jpg file) with your nomination. These items are required for the ballot and will be required within three days of submission if not initially sent with the form.

For an individual to be placed on the ballot, he or she must be a member of the FSSA or an employee of a member in good standing. They must agree to fulfill the responsibilities of the FSSA Board of Trustees.

These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in Board conference calls, which are held as needed; approximately six (6) per year.
  • Attend “in-person” Board meetings which are held at least twice annually (one day prior to the EXPO and one day prior to the Owners Summit) with one or two additional meetings held at the President’s discretion.
  • Represent the Association to potential new members, current members, and vendors.
  • Promote ideas and opportunities that would benefit the membership and/or the self storage industry.
  • Attend meetings, events, and seminars hosted by the FSSA.
  • Become the Chairperson of one of the sub-committees created by the Board.

We look forward to building a strong leadership team for 2018 as we continue to build a stronger Association.

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FSSA 101: Making the Most of Your Membership

You know that savings, newsletters, and webinars come with your FSSA membership, but there’s many more benefits just waiting at your fingertips! Let us guide you through the Florida Self Storage Association’s website and point out how you can access all that FSSA has to offer, including leases, guide books, archived webinars and newsletters, our new Legal Resource page, and more.



Maximize Your NOI in 2017 Webinar

Join presenter Bobby Jones of XPS Solutions on Thursday, June 8th at 2:00 PM as he explains how you can increase profits by leveraging your contact center technology partnerships.

Webinars are free for members to attend, and nonmembers can attend for $49.00.

Can’t make this one? All of the FSSA-hosted webinars are recorded and posted to the Member Resource section of the website (must be logged in).



Understanding ADA and How It Applies to Self Storage

April 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Scott Zucker, Weissmann Zucker Euster Morochnik P.C.

This webinar will discuss the growing impact that the Americans with Disabilities Act continues to have on the self storage industry and the operation of self storage facilities. The session will discuss the general access regulations that apply to all businesses, the scoping requirements for roll up doors that are specific to self storage construction, as well as the growing trend of litigation concerning websites and the challenges of making online systems accessible to the disabled.