NeSSA 2019 Spring Retreat

The Northeast Self Storage Association is returning to the Publick House Historic Inn for our annual Spring Retreat!

Begin your morning mingling with sponsors and other self storage owners and managers over breakfast. The day’s education will begin with an introduction of our speaker, Rick Beal from Easy Storage Solutions. Rick’s session, The Five Pillars of Facility Management and Tools You Need to Succeed, will be split into two sessions in order to maximize the amount of material passed onto you.

You can check out the descriptions of each session as well as the day’s agenda below!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
8:30 AM – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM – Opening Remarks
9:15 AM – There are five pillars of management every storage facility must focus on in order to be successful. As competition increases, so can your vacancy. That is why it becomes more important than ever to follow these pillars to enable long-term growth of your revenue and business. The five pillars include:
1) Growing revenue,
2) Growing employees,
3) Gaining new customers,
4) Keeping customers, and
5) Elimination of unnecessary costs.
11:30 AM – Lunch and Networking
12:30 PM – In the afternoon session we will discuss what must-have tools are available to operators to help achieve these goals that are the five pillars. Technology in self storage has exploded in the past ten years and deciding what to implement for your store can become overwhelming and expensive. Together, we will explore how to view technology, what free tolls to use, how tech benefits your daily operations, and how to decide whether or not you should invest in the “next thing.”
2:00 PM – Adjourn

Registration Fees
Member Rate: $75 ($85 after 4/9/19)
Nonmember Rate: $89 ($99 after 4/9/19)
Tabletop Sponsor: $300 (Includes one attendee registration and a cocktail table to showcase your company’s information and materials.)
Not a member? Join while registering and pay the member rate! Your membership will last through the end of 2019 and you’ll receive all the benefits that come with a NeSSA membership.

**Two for One Registration Opportunity**
Are you a member of NeSSA? Do you know someone who isn’t a member? Register to bring them with you to the 2019 Spring Retreat and you will each receive 50% off your registration fees! Simply enter the Promo Code 2FOR1 while registering.

*Only available for current NeSSA members. Their guest must not already be a member of NeSSA. Guest’s company information must be provided at time of registration. Only one nonmember guest per member registration.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued for the full amount minus a $30 administration fee if received in writing by April 9, 2019. Refunds cannot be issued after April 9th.


2019 Five-Star Sponsors

Thank you to our annual 2019 Five-Star Sponsors!

Boardwalk Storage Solutions, LLC
44 Wood Ave., Suite 7
Mansfield, MA 02048
Boardwalk Storage Solutions creates individualized self storage solutions to suit your development needs and build the best project for the cost. Our turnkey approach allows the owner to focus on his/her business strengths while being assured of quality and timely projects. Of course, you can tailor our services to specifically suit your particular needs. We sell success and nothing else!

Storage Insurance Brokers
750 Old Main St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Storage Insurance Brokers, a Division of World Insurance, is a leading national provider of business insurance for self storage facilities. We develop exclusive, comprehensive programs designed specifically for the unique needs of your self storage facility, at the most competitive premium available. Give us a call today at 860-372-4106 or visit

Storage Investment Management, Inc.
40 Lily Brooke Court
East Amherst, NY 14051
Storage Investment Management, Inc. (SIMI) is a professional self storage management company. SIMI employs a hands-on focus along with cutting edge strategies to create profits and value. Our clients work with a highly experienced principal owner who is always accessible to you. Because SIMI thinks and acts like owners, we have a unique understanding of this business and will always do our best to achieve success on your behalf.

SVN | C.M. Neville & Associates, Inc.
PO Box 193
Lexington, MA 02420
SVN | C.M. Neville & Associates is pleased to be a resource to owners, investors, and operators of self storage facilities offering complimentary, confidential valuations, feasibility studies, consulting services, and complete brokerage and marketing services to owners who wish to sell their properties. Contact Connie Neville at (781) 696-6241 or for your self storage solutions.

Trachte Building Systems
314 Wilburn Rd.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Trachte Building Systems designs, manufactures, and erects a full line of durable, pre-engineered, customized steel self storage systems including single and multi-story, portable storage, interior partition and corridor, and boat/RV. Trachte’s knowledgeable sales team is committed to helping owners make informed decisions. This commitment, along with over 115 years of experience, has given Trachte a leading edge in the industry.

Looking Ahead: A Q&A Webinar on Self Storage Now & Beyond

It’s easy to get caught up in the present when running a business. But in our digital and fast-paced world, tomorrow is something that just can’t wait. On Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 PM, spend an hour exploring the business needs of today while looking ahead at the future of self storage with our panel of experts including Damon Emerson of StorSmart Insurance, Charlie Fritts of SIMI, and Scot Vayo of iStorage.
This webinar isn’t your typical lecture. Instead we will have an open and honest discussion in a question and answer format between our panelists and you. You are encouraged to send in your questions ahead of time to Courtney Long.

Out of the Office

Thank you for your interest in the Northeast Self Storage Association! The office will be closed beginning Thursday, November 22nd and will reopen on Monday, December 3rd.

If you have a particular question, you are more than welcome to send us a message at Please be sure to include your name, company, email, and phone number, along with a detailed description of what information you need. You can also reach us through our Contact Us page, or you can call us and leave a detailed message at (617) 600-4481.

Until then, we encourage you to browse our website!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!

It’s Dues Time!

All current members of the Northeast Self Storage Association should have received their 2019 dues renewal notices in the mail. If you didn’t, please contact us at

Dues can be paid in three different ways:

  1. Check via mail
  2. Online via electronic invoice
  3. By credit card over the phone

Be sure to double check your company and contact information and correct and/or update any mistakes or blanks. This will help your profile look more complete when possible customers search our facilities list for available storage.

Prospective members can join any time! Simply go to our Join Us tab and select the membership option that best matches you.

Rhode Island Facility Meet & Greet

Rhode Island self storage facilities now have a home! The Northeast Self Storage Association invites all Rhode Island facility owners and managers to join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and refreshments at the Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant in Warwick, RI. We’d love to get to know each other and introduce you to your new association.

NeSSA President Joe Victoria and Vice President Connie Neville will be in attendance and ready to chat with you about your business, what the association offers, and how we can help. The association solely exists to be of service to our members and to help them grow their business. We’ll talk about things like member resources including online PDFs, articles, forms, and archives webinars, member benefits like discounts to attend events and the quarterly newsletter, government relations efforts and successes within the individual states, and so much more.

Registration is FREE and includes all the hors d’oeuvres you can eat and a redeemable drink ticket.

Click on “Register Now” below and come get to know us! We can’t wait to meet you!

More Things that Go Bump in the Night Legal Webinar

With Halloween approaching, our presenter, Jeffrey J. Greenberger, a partner at Greenberger & Brewer, LLP in Cincinnati is back to present a webinar on a new list of actions in your operations that can expose you to a lawsuit. These will not be the basics, such as a failure to properly conduct a lien sale. Rather, Jeff wants to take you on a more advanced review of the other things you do (or fail to do) that can put you at risk for a lawsuit.

Topics include: Failure to properly verify the source of a request to change an occupant’s address or email; failure to properly prepare for the storage of and ask for information about vehicles stored in the space; and failure to properly understand and require Occupant’s indemnity in your Rental Agreement. The goal is to make sure that you avoid an unpleasant and spooky lawsuit surprise that you could have managed to control and avoid if you had taken proper precautions along the way.

As always, Jeff will present the webinar in a lighthearted manner and allow time to answer your questions.

School’s Expensive: Let NeSSA Help

Applications for NeSSA’s 2018 Stephen M. Tranni Acadmemic Scholarship are due to the office by Saturday, September 15, 2018.


Applicants must be an employee of or related to a member of the Northeast Self Storage Association, and are enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education.


Scholarships will be chosen by a committee of volunteers from NeSSA and will be awarded each year at the Northeast Storage EXPO held every fall. If there is more than one applicant the committee deems worthy of a scholarship, the amount may be split into differing levels and presented to more than one individual.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are based on the applicant’s responses to the questions on the application.


Completed applications must be received no later than September 15 for the current/upcoming academic year.

  1. The applicant must be an employee of, or related to, a member of NeSSA.
    1. Applicants cannot be related to scholarship committee members.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education, either full-time or part-time (technical college, 2- or 4-year college, graduate school, etc.), and able to provide proof of acceptance or attendance.
    1. Proof of acceptance or attendance can include your letter of acceptance, transcript, etc.
  3. The application will include questions and a 300-600 word essay which will provide a response to a posed question and demonstrate the applicant’s thoughts on the importance of higher education.
  4. The scholarship must be used for the current/upcoming academic school year.
  5. The applicant must submit a completed application with all required supporting documents by the noted deadline of September 15.
  6. The scholarship recipient(s) will be honored at the fall 2018 Northeast Storage EXPO. One need not be present to accept.

Please email the completed application to or fax to (860) 228-1337.

Your 2018 Exhibitors

The Northeast Self Storage Association is thrilled to have another full exhibit hall at this year’s Northeast Storage EXPO. You can see the companies exhibiting this year listed in alphabetical order. Be sure to note those who are sponsoring!

All Risks
Bader Company
Bid13 Storage Auctions
BL Companies**
Boardwalk Storage Solutions*
Capstan Tax Strategies
Chateau Products
Easy Storage Solutions
Flexospan Steel Buildings
Gerard Construction Corporation**
Global Integrated Technologies
Hillcrest Agency
Insurance Office of America (IOA)
Investment Real Estate*
Janus International**
Key Solar*
Kidd-Luukko Corporation
Live Oak Bank
Miller Buildings
NAI Norwood Group
OpenTech Alliance
Ponderosa Insurance Agency – Safestor Tenant Insurance
PTI Security Systems
Rabco Enterprises
Select Merchant Solutions
Self Storage 101**
Steel & Metal Systems
The Storage Acquisition Group
Storage Auction Solutions*
Storage Insurance Brokers
Storage Investment Management, Inc. (SIMI)
Storage Structures
StorSmart Insurance
SVN | C.M. Neville & Associates
Syrasoft Self Storage
Trac-Rite Door
Trachte Building Systems
TrinityPoint Wealth
U-Haul International
U-Haul Self Storage Affiliate Network

*denotes sponsorship
**Event Sponsor
Hyperlinked companies are 2018 Five-Star Sponsors

Resurrecting the Facility Manager’s Confidence

Join us for the next webinar in our 2018 series coming up on Tuesday, August 14th at 2:00 PM.

This webinar, presented by March Chase of Southeast Management Company, is focused on enhancing the facility management skill set, resurrecting and improving the manager’s self-confidence and self-esteem and thereby developing a mindset for success, and premier financial performance at the store level.